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  1. Oops, sorry, I skipped over you listing her, in my mind its nancextoo, so I skipped over you saying it LOL. I just realized I've been on here for about 7 years.....it's making me feel old when people like Nance whose posts you awed over have wandered elsewhere without you knowing lol.

    There is the Oak Meadow Families group and a number of subgroups on Facebook, if that helps (providing you haven't already mentioned that) and one of the yahoo groups (or maybe two?) are still there to rifle through. 

    It's rather late here, so I'm not as elegant in my speech as I would like ;)

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  2. Did you end up getting the guide Rosie? I am umming and aahing over buying "Our Whole Lives K-1' by Barbara Sprung. There's not any samples that show the layout of the lesson, etc, and the only site doesn't even show post costs to Aus,, but I am over awkwardly flapping around this area. I just have a feeling I will fork over a chunk of money for a book that has under an hours total lessons. I wish they just had online versions of this :(


  3. Eat to Live - Dr. Fuhrman (Nutritarian)

     

    Reboot with Joe Juice Diet (Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead)

     

    Nourishing Traditions (Sonlight's High School Nutrition based on the studies of Dentist? Weston A Price)

     

    The China Study (well known study)

     

    Wild Fermentation

     

    Foodwise: Understanding What We Eat and How it Affects Us, The Story of Human Nutrition

     

    The Biodynamic Food and Cookbook: Real Nutrition that Doesn’t Cost the Earth

     

    Wholefood Heal, Nourish and Delight by Jude Blereau

     

    Trim Healthy Momma (Definitely NOT something I would recommend for children)

     

    And there was another book that I had on my old wishlist, but I can't find the name of it, it was basically about using the whole plant, the whole animal, to create a complete diet, rather than just picking out the parts that we liked (and most of the time, may not be the best bits), about keeping stuff local, homegrown or as close to it etc, real "Wholefood" cooking, since I can't find the name, an alternative (just about meat):

     

    The Complete Nose to Tail - Fergus Henderson

     

    *I am not commenting on the validity of these books, just adding to the list as these are books I have read or am planning to read.


  4. All of my answers below is based on a Pug, which is very different from a lot of breeds and isn't really the type of dog most people should choose lol, unless they are fully aware of the breed and its associated lifelong requirements.

     

    When did your puppy sleep through the night? 

     

    She pretty much sleeps through the night now (1 year old), about a month ago, she still had moments where if you woke up it was play time for another hour.

     

    When was your puppy fully house broken? 

     

    I don't think she'll ever be, if you are talking no "accidents". I have a Pug, they are one of the hardest dogs to housetrain. She's pretty good with going to her mat now, but still does do them elsewhere in the house.

     

    When could you leave your puppy at home for more than 2 hours? 

     

    Again, I have a Pug, lol, they really aren't meant to be left alone, they were bred for 24/7 companionship, its not somethign they are meant to deal with. Saying that, I have a weekly (not so much now) engagement for about 4 hours on a Sat/Sun. I started leaving her alone (in a VERY puppyproofed room) for little periods whilst doing things and she was able to deal with the 4 hour by about 4-5 months (4 hours is really the maximum though, and if it was more often than just a day a week, I would not have gotten a pug. I have to secure her (my bedroom is her homebase when shes not running free) when I do school as shes a goat and will eat everything and bounce off the furniture and run away ROFL. But I am the other side of the clear baby gate, and she's only just gotten used to me doing school, and she'll use that as her naptime (pugs require a lot of sleep LOL).

     

    When was your puppy good enough to be let to have free roam of the house and not in a crate? 

    She has free roam of the bedroom, I don't really use the crate at all, again, Pugs aren't really the sort that should be crated (bladder needs, overheating, needing to be near someone). BUT she follows me around the house and outside (unless its a hot day) all day long. Pugs are also nicknamed shadows. She will basically attach herself to my leg and follow me everywhere :)

     

     

    Basically, it obviously depends upon the nature of the dog, the breed, and the owner. My other current dog is a Border Collie x Lab, and she was sleep through the night pretty much two weeks after getting her, but she slept in the laundry, not my bedroom, so was less likely to be awoken by me. She wasn't fully housebroken until about 3 1/2 years old, but again, this is because we initially lived in a rental and she was bascally outside barring bad weather, when she slept in the laundry room. When we moved into our house, she had accidents and it took her about 4 months to be 99% housetrained. (I say 99, because I don't think a dog can be fully housebroken, but the only accidents shes had since then have been very far and few between. She had a nasty number 2 because her body obviously couldn't cope with something she had eaten, so didn't have time to advise that she needed to go out, she did a number 1 near the door, when she obviously left telling anyone till too late LOL). She was left at home (outside) from about 4 months old, but she gets bored really easily, so did tear up fencing etc at that point (its hte border collie in her that needs to exercise her brain and body), before we invested in heavy duty toys meant for zoos LOL. Now she happily entertains herself, and I taught her soccer, so she loves playing with the ball by herself too. Dogs shouldn't never really have free roaming without some sort of watchful eye, I mean my Pug will steal a pencil and start chewing on it, or a but of foil that she might add to her dragons treasure nest (what is it with Pugs & hoarding things secretly?). My Lab will steal one of my pugs toys and sit there chewing on it, covering the fur in Saliva, and possibly ripping it apart, she;ll also eat the pugs food. If you are talking about when do they settle down enough.....Well my pugs as settled as she's going to get at 1yr (still does zoomies and chasings, but doesn't do the crazy face jumping bites pugs do as much anymore), and my other girl, it was about 3yrs she settled down enough to lessen the amount of knocking stuff down she does with her tail and exuberance.

     

    I think its pretty much the "how long is a piece of string" question. Answering the questions also makes my dogs sound really bad, but they are the sweetest things! My Lab is currently snuggled on the couch under a blanket next to my youngest, fast sleep and she was happily following her round the yard and doing the seal-nose ball trick earlier. My pug is currently snoring loudly tucked under the table next to my feet and when I have a shower, she'll wonder round the house, and every minute or so, keeping coming back to check on me, to make sure I'm still there and okay :001_wub:

     


  5. I have it because my son is obsessed with Lego & Robotics.

     

    Wedo is basically the younger version, then Boost is the version that will be out midyear which is the next level up, followed by Mindstorms, which is the top level.

     

    I decided we would just follow them all the way up.

     

    To me, it was worth it, because I knew it was something my son would engage with and love, which he does.

     

    Now my youngest could happily play it, but thats just because hes playing it and its something different and new, and interesting, but ultimately she would either break something or lose interest, simply because its not any sort of passion.

     

    My two girls love playing on scratch and the eldest is learning how to use it and will eventually follow up with something like Python, she'll also be doing more digital STEM quests and Fashion Design Illustrator programs, because those are where part of her passions lie. The youngest may follow using scratch as well.

     

    As above poster says. scratch is perfectly fine.

     

    Do I regret getting Wedo 2.0? Absolutely not, I love it and think its brilliant.

     

    You are the best person to decide and know your own child, to see if its worth it. Look at the trailers on Youtube, the Club videos of ppl using it on there too. Download the software and have a stickybeak. Then think about you child and see how much they would love it, if they have the sticking power to use it a reasonable amount enough to justify the cost to you, and what your child would take away from the experience (even if its just something like "happiness" lol).

     

    I think Wedo, Scratch and other similar beginning coding programs all have their own place :001_smile:


  6. If you arecoming at it from the Waldorf point of view, one reason would be because by then your childs Outer Shell will have started to grow. Children under 9 don't really have this, so stuff that happens before then can really hit them hard, and stay with them (even subconsciously) throughout life. If they have built up their confidence and "shell" at home, they are more ready to handle the enslaught of cliques and remarks at school later on, and with  much more balanced emotional health too. :)

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  7. There's a book called funky science that I got for my daughter: https://www.bookdepository.com/Funky-Science-Experiments-Hinkler-Books-Pty-Ltd/9781743088777

     

    Its pink and super girly girl, and has all sorts of experiments, sorted by area (physics, chemistry), named appropriately (Rock Star for Earth Science for example).

     

    Its wouldn't suit my other two kids, but my eldest is the super pink, sparkly one and this sort of thing made her squeal with excitement.

     

    Other than that, my favorite books are the Backyard Scientist & Janice VanCleaves books. As my favs include anything that actually properly explains the experiment enough for the child to actually understand what happened & Why it happened at their individual level.

     

    Other than that, for excitement, interest and just plain fun, I love madaboutscience.com.au and buy kits & bits and bobs (like lab coats, weird gadgets, googles, pipettes, breakers etc) from their all year round.

     

    If I was in the US, however, the world would be my oyster. I would live on HomeScienceTools, Young Science Club, and all the other weird & wonderful kits, clubs, subscriptions and just plain crazy stuff I could get over there :D

     

    Like:

     

    This for instance Chemistry Subscription Kits!!!!: https://melscience.com/en/

     

    Or as mad spree through here: https://www.scientificsonline.com/shop/chemistry-fun?Page=1

     

    Molecular Models: https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Chemistry-Molecular-2-hour-Molymod/dp/B01KL3GK4K/ref=pd_day0_21_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=D9CW85ZTPZTAC2120308

     

    Thames & Kosmos Kits (based on your budget) https://www.amazon.com/Thames-Kosmos-First-Chemistry-Science/dp/B00B9BFU5Y

     

    Intro to Chemistry: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/complete-introduction-to-chemistry-kit

     

    Or if you wanted the more curricula type approach:

     

    Noeo Science: http://www.logospressonline.com/noeo-science-chemistry-1/

     

    Edible CHemistry Kit: https://www.amazon.com/Copernicus-Edible-Chemistry-Kit-Ages/dp/B00ESHK1J6/ref=sr_1_37?ie=UTF8&qid=1487506036&sr=8-37&keywords=chemistry+kids

     

    Edible Science Book (anything where you get to eat it afterwards is always a winner with kids (unless picky eaters of course lol): https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Mostly-Edible-Science-Experiments-ebook/dp/B01AUYB2V6/ref=sr_1_40?ie=UTF8&qid=1487506036&sr=8-40&keywords=chemistry+kids

     

    Tops Chemistry: https://www.topscience.org/books/analysis10.html

     

    The Happy Scientist: http://thehappyscientist.com/

     

    Horrible Science: Chemical Chaos: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/products/92676

     

    Supercharged Science: http://www.superchargedscience.com/

     

    Discovery Streaming may have Chemistry vids, Lessons & downloads.

     

    Bill Nye is also an option (half my kids love him, I can't really stand him as is a very intense sound, and flashing light program).

     

    There are so many amazing things out there LOL, I could just keep going. :laugh:

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  8. I like Mollie Katzens books. She is well known for her vegetarian cookbook, which has been reprinted a couple of times (Mousewood Cookbook), but she has both vege & nonveg cookbooks. Her childrens Books are fantastic http://www.molliekatzen.com/kids.php

    They have the adult info & recipe, followed by the pictoral version for children.

     

    I like to go at nutrition from three points of view:

     

    1. Getting the kids in the kitchen as early as possible and letting them explore with healthy ingrediants, followed by cookbooks like Katzens & https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Kitchen-Independence-Confidence-Montessori/dp/1477542043 .& https://www.boffinsbooks.com.au/books/9781741966787/wholefood-for-children-nourishing-young-children-with-whole-and-organic-foods

     

    2. From a body point of view (perhaps its because two of my kids have t1 diabetes). Showing what roles parts of the body have (Pancreas, Liver, Stomach etc), do experiments showing how the didgestive system breaks food down and how cells convert glucose into energy. Then follow with the best nutrients you are looking for (iron, vitamins etc) and what foods are high in them (like dark leafy greens), and then a comparison on how different foods break down (lettuce vs potato chip/crisp), and what foods like processed deli meats & highly processed foods in general do to your body (glucose storing, teeth, digestive problems etc)

     

    3. Have the kids hanging around when I'm in the kitchen, and I talk, talk, talk, but also leave plenty of spaces for the to ask there own questions, which I happily answer (even if I have to admit I don't know the answer and stop chopping/prep for a moment to google, and re-explain). I make raw prey model foods for my animals too, and have my own seperate meals from the family, and everyone here tends to have their own allergies, so all the info on how different bodies process the foods and different diets work their way into the conversation too.

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  9. I know you bought them, but thought I owuld add notes on my own ones.

     

    I liked the arches one, but something I don't think people understand is that they are SMALL. They are very short, meant for 3-4 year olds to play under, so even without the arches they are like very low shelves.

     

    So I loved the look of them, but the cost for what they were was ridiculous. I got my husband to make us some. So he made them about 2? years ago for me.  and I can fit under the center of the arch without bending (although I am a shorty). Its tucked away in the corner of my very compact house and I have a cabinet under the end of them that holds random school supplies (art, math, beginning readers, music stuff etc), the top of the cabinet holds the girls American dolls and accessories.

     

    The Playstand itself I put an old much loved horse patchwork quilt over the top of (the quilt is on its last legs, so allows it to be viewable, but not accessible. - There is also red fabric with white spots that turns the playstand into a mushroom if they want and plenty of various scarves available. The poles across the top we have used  to hold hangers for things, Our playstand is two seperate shelves with arches, so its easy to move around.

     

    The shelves hold board games, nerf supplies, spare (used on one side) paper, Kids art sculptures, my grandmothers ceramic fairies she made that hte kids love, and our school "collection" (various items Ive purchased for school lessons, like rocks, fossils, gemstones, shofar, Coconut thumb piano, etc (basically the stuff unusual or unique we like to display).

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  10. Mine will be straddling the 3/4th grade line, but as SN, he'll be at his own pace. Updated 13/02 Updated 26/02

     

    Happy Phonics & Lots of Reading, maybe a comprehension program once up and reading (I don't want to overwhelm him and have to keep his lessons short). For LA, I really don't have any goals past "get him reading" at this stage. He wants to go back to also using Teach your Monster to Read & Reading Eggs, Following Bravewriter Lifestyle with Siblings.

    He also does Literacy Plant & Brainpop, so will continue those. Using Skwirk to cover standards & Filll gaps.

    Miquon & Life of Fred (and Family Math Games), will be adding in some sort of Singapore Supplement book maybe (CWP, Problem Solving etc), after Miquon finished,  Rightstart Maths anf Imaths to cover grade level standards maybe add Beast Academy Later On?

    Currently using Lego Wedo, so will move to Lego Boost, then Lego Mindstorms, and maybe do some technic stuff as well.

    Minecraft/Lego etc. Maybe add Animation-ish?

    RIC Health to cover standards

    Apps like Dragonbox.

    I also look through National curriculum stuff and see if there is any bits and pieces I want to teach/addon (especially with practical stuff) Doing this following diy "unit" studies.

    I also would like to work further on his articulation, but am umming and ahhing on what to use.

    Auslan

    Computer Piano

    Adding Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

    Adding UU Studies: Our Whole Lives & Sexuality & Our Faith

    Trips: Theatre (monthly), Museums & Other Events


  11. Updated 13/02 Updated 26/02

     

    Continue with Complete Education Australia Moving to FIAR

    Maybe continue with Miquon Easy Peasy Math. Kitchen Table Math + Life of Fred, Move to Beast Academy Later On. Transferring to Rightstart for whole family, Imaths to cover Grade Level Standards.

    Topic Based Activity Bags "Showbags" I do up for her (pretty much an activity based unit study, she loves them)

    Exploration of Art Techniques & Media, maybe add Artventure

    Rebecca Rupp's Home Learning Year by Year, Twinkl,

    Anti Coloring Books & Tin Man Press

    Board Games, DIY Games and basically lots of games

    Reading Time (HappyPhonics/Charlotte Mason)

    Core Knowledge & Some Activity Books

    Janice VanCleaves Books, Backyard Scientist and Various other Science Books

    Cooking

    Read Alouds

    Bravewriter Lifestyle with rest of family. Literacy Planet, Skwirk (to cover standards)

    RIC Health (to cover standards)

    UU Programs: Our Whole Lives & Sexuality and Our Faith

    Critical Thinking Workbook

    Auslan

    Swimming

    Brainpop

    Chickadee Magazine

    We go to the Theater monthly, and have some sort of other ed event every month.

    She also loves hanging around and listening/coloring whilst her soon-to-be 6th Grade sister does school, so she naturally picks up stuff from that (SOTW, shakespeare, math, etc)

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  12. Honestly, I have no idea. I plan a field at a time, and have several ideas for the threads that follow current stuff, Ischool year round, so below is as far  as my head has gotten for whatever comes after the current curricula. Updated 13/02 Updated 19/02 Updated 26/02

     

    Guessing:

     

    *Online: Brainpop & Literacy Planet (she loves them, so will use them till she runs out of lessons. Icivics, and sites similar. Skwirk to cover standards, Bravewriter Lifestyle with Simblings

    *Continue Shakespeare Studies

    *Math: Changing to Rightstart soon,even though it will add hours to my time (She has dyscalculia and I just can't keep on top of her lessons without a program (she recently came off of Dynamo Maths) Adding Imaths to cover grade level standards

    *Subscriptions: Stembox, Get Kids Cooking,  probably add some more.

    *Magazines: Double Helix, American Girl, Horrible Histories, Historicool

    * Double Helix Lessons, then Supercharged Science? also getting books like Women in Science, that she wants.

    *Currently doing Grammar curricula, then will switch to a writing curriculum, like IEW or novel writing, again, no idea, lol. Bravewriter and Cover Story Going to do a grammar run-through with Grammar-Land & Life of Fred Language Arts

    * Literature, she choose her own literature, I'll add a few nice literary choices I believe she'll like. She wants intellectual devotionals as a daily mini read aloud too, We also have plenty of read alouds always going on here. Sprees on Scholastic

    Prarie Primer Starting now, and then transfer to Konos with HomeschoolMentor later this year.

    RIC Health to cover standards

    Growin' Geers

    * Learning Auslan (her choice) (actually she wanted the same as Helen Keller, but since we are in Australia, I explained Auslan was more useful :p )

    *History: Finishing off Story of the World, then moving to Sunburnt Country, then to History of Politics (something she is interested in).

    *I want to add a self defence class, swimming, some sort of drawing class, she'll probably want something bible (we finished TGS), shes currently learning the guitar so we'll also see where that goes, maybe work on her handwriting a bit more. I really want to do this health curriculum I saw about 2-3 years ago online, but I never found it again LOL, she does need a more "Awareness" health program though, so I need to tie that in somewhere. And at the end of the day, shes in charge of most of her school, so its always subject to change :001_rolleyes: Continue going through DIY.org (we do an offline version of it), Conitnue with Scratch Programming, when finished move to something like Python,

    Own Studies to cover Design and Tech & The Arts

    Art Projects

    Adding UU Studies: Our Whole Lives & Sexuality and Our Faith

    Garry's Mod & Other Games

    Computer Piano

    Trips: Theatre (monthly), Museums & Other Events

     

    I've given her a Compass planner sheet so she can write down things she'd like to do (Books to Read, things to Improve, Places to go, Stuff to learn about).

     

    It's pretty much all up in the air

     

     

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  13. MATH - Cyberchase, Umizoomi, Odd Squad, Peg + Cat, Mathtacular, Numberjacks

    ART - Mister Maker, Atelier, Art Attack

    HISTORY - Drive thru History, Horrible Histories, Liberty Kids, Little House on the Prarie, Time Warp Trio, American Girl

    SCIENCE - Magic School Bus, Wild Kratts, Bill Nye, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Captain Planet, Sid the Science Kid, Science of Disney Imagineering, Moody Science (Christian-Based), Beakmans World, Chopped, Zula Patrol, Planet Earth, Fizzy;s Lunch Lab, Sonlight's Discover & Do, How it's Made, Microcosmos

    GEOGRAPHY - Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

    LANGUAGE ARTS - Reading Rainbow, Word World, Schoolhouse Rock, Leapfrog dvds (Letter Factory etc), Between the Lions, Wishbone, Martha Speaks, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, Ghostwriter

    MISC - Rock N Learn (Multiple subjects), Little Einsteins, Berenstein Bears,

     

     

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  14. Can you tell me about Language Lessons Through Australian History please. I am about to buy it but really worried it will not be a good fit here (but there is no other real option I can find)

     

    I think it pretty much suits anyone who likes classical or formal CM style curricula. My eldest is just sensitive and gets frustrated easily/has anxiety. The book you read is pretty okay (our Australian Story), and it has questions, cut and pastes, dictionary work/alphabetising, additional book suggestions for the history/reading side, all the usual cm stuff (copywork, dictation, narration), it has little Picture Studies, Art/Lit/Poetry Study, Researching etc. I do like that its Australian and works through Australian history and is CM.

     

    In my personal opinion, the age its correlated to is way off (the first book is stated as 6 to 8, and I'm using with my dyslexic 10-11yo). But this is just my opinion, if you were coming from a rigorous CM or classical view, its probably on target. I, myself, have already presented most of the info to my daughter over the years probably between the ages suggested (6-8), just in different formations (WTMs LA, Growing with Grammar, word games, Queen Homeschool materials), I think just the format and way its presented would better suit my child at her current age as a review and to work on areas she does badly at. I use more games and hands on stuff early on, so my daughters only starting to do the more paperwork based stuff now.

     

    I'm happy to answer any questions you have about it, for us, I think its something we'll stick with, we just alternate days, so she doesn't get overwhelmed.

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  15. I love my proclick. I like that it makes circular holes, thus making the edges wear more evenly, rather than cornered holes that tend to rip. I also love the proclick snap coils, they help the spine stand straight and not schlump, easy to edit, fold back upon itself, pages don't come loose or rip out. its the only time/reason I have considered getting anything of the sort. I'm actually planning to purchase another one. I've had mine for about 4?ish years.

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  16. From the past year (we school year round)

     

    LOVES

    Dynamo Math (really cementing things for Atlas, who really needed it - dyscalculia)

    Story of the World + Activity Book (of course)

    KONOS (Love this, I use it my own way/as a framework)

    Math on the Level (Love this, allows me to do math our way, at individual levels)

    Bravewriter etc (Love, I use the main manual and ideas from things like Jot it down etc, its a lifestyle rather than "lessons" for us though)

    Creek Edge Press Task Cards (I use as a framework)

    General Handwriting Book (used for eldest, just picked up locally, I get her to do half a page a day, freely, without criticism, its slowly improving her confidence with grips & writing)

    Unplugged Play book (I have a couple of books like this, but love this one)

    Anti-coloring Books (love)

     

     

     

     

    HATES

    Mathseeds (blah)

    Daily Writing - Schoolhouse Teachers (not involving enough, wasn't suitable for the child in question)

    Behold & See Science (liked the idea, but wasn't the right fit for us)

    Susan Evan Unit Study Treasure Vault (not what I expected, wasn't for us)

    Bush Calendar - (Forgotten the author - Amy Mack?) (Not fond of the writing style, its a bit stilted and all over the place for us, and a bit too descriptive so rambles on a bit too much)

     

    NEUTRALS

    Teach Your Monster to Read (went too fast, easy to manipulate without knowing anything)

    Reading Eggs (Only use this because I have problems teaching certain parts of phonics)

    McRuffy Math(Love, but time consuming due to my thought process)

    Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding (Love this, but I survive sometimes on little sleep due to medical needs of family, so I can't focus on prereading lesson when needed, similar problem with mcruffy, pity :( )

    Living Math Cycles (I liked the book suggestions in it, but the writing style and lessons plans weren't definitely not me)

    Harmony Fine Arts (I like this well enough, but it never gets finished/done, no idea why, I'm moving onto a different curricula for the moment, but may move back to it)

    Earn it, Learn it book (Not exactly what I was after, however, I just used it as a framework, so now that its more "us, I like it, but not something I'd buy again etc)

     

    ?????

    Telling God's Story (Just started, so far, I quite like it, similar to SOTW)

    Language Lessons through Australian History (just begun, not sure if I like it, it started anxiety in my eldest, we'll give it a chance and see how we go, but relaxed-ly)

    Winterpromise Syllables to Sentences (waiting for it to arrive)

    Wonderland of Nature - Nuri Mass (planning to start, but I misplaced where I put the book LOL)

    Kids Cook Real Food (Only just started, but so far, we love it)

    Winterpromise Children around the World (Only begun this today, but so far so good :) )

    Atelier (Haven't started this yet)

     

     


  17. I use homeschool tracker and print out their task lists (i'm a list girl). I don't get all overinvolved in it. Like the Math Lessons are literally stuff like MCRuffy Math Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc. It holds me more accountable, and I never used to like that sort of thing preferring to handwrite out, but I spent more time playing with the planners than actually using them, lol. If I was a person who was already ontop of things, a simple spiral notebook could work as a planner, Blog She Wrote has details on that, or if I wanted to go all fancy, Well Planned Day. Otherwise for the rest of my chaotic world, I use a Moleskine for Bullet Journaling and Lists/Collections, and Franklin Covey ideals and planner inserts for daily life planning.


  18. Here's what we are currently using (we work round the year):

     

    Atlas:

    Dynamo Math

    Daily Writing Prompts

    Tin Man Press/Anti-Coloring Books + Puzzle Books (Sudoku, Crosswords etc)

     

    Chaos & Eve:

    Reading Eggs/Eggspress

    McRuffy Math

     

    Family:

    Right Now Media (Bible Studies)

    Story of the World

    Math on the Level + Living Math + Math Fun etc

    Konos

     

    What I'm planning to add in Soon + In the Future:

    Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse/Classes by Kitchen Stewardship (already have it, just gathering some stuff I need)

    Creek Edge Science Task Cards (I'm using these as a base to create my own fun science curriculum,as I've tried practically all the science programs out there, most are boring and kids prefer when I create the science class stuff.)

    My Own Art Exposure/Lab class I am creating for the kids, (as again, I have tried most art programs out there and find them boring LOL).

    Maybe transfer Atlas to CLE once finished Dynamo? I'm still umming and ahhhing over that.

    Eventually move over to Picture Smart or Stick Figures for Bible

    Put Atlas in some online classes (Mincecraft, Fashion Design etc)

    Figure out some sort of home economics/sewing class.

    Next year (2017) at some point, add Grammaropolis and other grammar resources to Atlas' stuff. Or Grammaropolis + Wordsmith Apprentice

    Work on a Handwriting program of some sort for the younger two.

    Use Mensa Booklist as ideas for reading programs or readalouds.

    Thinking about Susan Evans Unit Study Treasure Vault

    And Enchanted Homeschools subscription

     

    A lot of the Future stuff is half thought out stuff, probably won't add all of it, as I like to have as little formal school as possible as the kids do their own self-directed projects and studies, I just like to whet their appetite ,and help out in areas they are struggling or require for things they would like to do.

     


  19. I think the previous mom who lived here had that cut. The bathroom walls are a swirling marble print that remind me of guylian seahorse chocolates and the kitchen has these awful barnyard/farm curtains I still haven't gotten around to replacing (5 years later lol, hoping to do it in the next couple of weeks since I have been overhauling the kitchen.).

     

    My mother had 501 various shaped tiny bathroom soaps everywhere and last time I saw her had that cut. LOL.

     

    I normally just hack mine off when it gets annoying, I think my last passport photo looked like I was rather masculine with a slight mohawk, also happened to have a cold sore the size of earth at that time..and I was wearing a  denimwear.......pretty scary photo LOL. I got people doing a double take looking from me to passport and sizing me up. LOL.

     

    For the sake of my husband I haven't cut it in about 4 years (except self-trims) as he hates short hair. Its darn fine and knotty, so I mostly wear it around the house in a braided pigtail style, giving me a sorta Ellie Mae Clampett style LOL. I also only just took out my vertical nose piercing, so a mum cut, probably would of been the final chapter in scaring my neighbours, HA. :lol:

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