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  1. This year I'm using a mix of my own for actual planning, and Homeschool Tracker for scheduling (with paper scheulers, I end up re-writing things I already wrote or having to arrow back to another day, as we school year round as days off just appear, we don't get much notice for them, lol. Basically my full life system (as homeschool intermingles with it everywhere) is: -File Crate System (set up like Dawns, clipart and sayings on outer sheet have been customised for me (by me, lol), inside folders contain pieces for that week like bills, tickets, etc, PLUS a set of sheets I use each week that I printed out like a Meal Planner (full daily including all snacks) & Hubbys full todo list - saves me nagging at him about it, I also use whatsapp to send him the list daily, and I update and change it. (both of which go on fridge), the end week of each month also contains a monthly planner sheet which I fill out from my planner selected pieces and this also goes on the fridge, so my family know what is coming up for the month. There is also a weekly schedule agendy and a week to view sheets, but I think I might be incorporating those back into my planner. There is also the homelearning inner sheet like Dawn has, but I am not using that full right now, I'll see how I am with it in another few months, I'm not really getting time to sit down and feel out my week, as its crazy hectic here right now. -Homeschool Tracker Online. This schedules all the lessons out for me, but doesn't have the actual lesson plans on them. Its just too hectic to re-write things, so HST allows me to push things, and add new days off for medical appointments etc (I have two kids with t1 diabetes, a SN son, I have CFS and other dramas, and my husband has back problems, so murphys law and all that, lol). -Binders. - I have binders for the Kids with daily dividers (1-5) and 6 binders each containing 6 weeks of lesson stuff. So each week, I pull out the stuff behind that weeks divider and divide it behind the day dividers in the smaller binders. -My binder. This contains a quote I really like at the front and the sections are" *Lessons - Which contain the lessons/curricula I've actually made up myself and plans for that, so I know what to do for those subjects, plus things like Harmony Fine Arts plans and the current months daily writing from Schoolhouse Teachers etc. *Days 1-5 (as above) *Schedules - Which contain at a glance calendars for me, big month to a view layouts so that every month I can lay out my ideal month (not that it neccessarily goes that way, but I like to see the larger overall goal to aspire too ;) And daily routines/chores/cleaning zones etc. *Checklists. This has my supplies lists and subject checklists, at hte end of the week I can tick all the lessons done for each subject just so I can keep an eye on things and make sure nothing is flying under the radar. It has has a Rea the bible in a year checklist. *Curricula - Has my current curriculum and resources list, future curriculum, and a wishlist. *Notes - Long Slender notes & Todo Lists. I also have a legal pad at the back of the binder. *A5 Schedule Book - I made this myself as I couldnt find anything close to what I wanted (pretty & functional 15 minute schedule/appointment book.) It has a gussied up cover, some silly pictures of my family, A really long pull out Year planner from Frankling Covey, and the meat of the book is my 15m schduler that goes from 6:30am to 11:30pm, it has four coloumns, to a view, two colums to a page, the last coloumn on the right hand side is blank, for me to jot notes needed for that day., at the back I have a flip out (on cardstock) Mothers-Rule of Life schedule plan for the day, I look to that in the morning and then plan out my day accordingly. At the back I have a pouch to put pieces needed for that week, and HST plans etc. Lastly *Moleskine - I use a Large Softcover Moleskine, and use it like a Bullet Journal, with calendars and tasks list for each month in the front, ongoing to do list, and special pages for projects etc. So each piece contains some sort of planning/organizing for school purposes.
  2. LA: Bravewriter Lifestyle + SchoolhouseTeachers Math: Dynamo Math + Math on the Level + Cyberchase + Living Books Science: Chcs Behold and See + BFSU + Random unit studies (science loving kid) Unit Studies: Dipping in and out of Konos. History: Story of the World Bible: SchoolhouseTeachers Plus random other bits and pieces, and things,Ive probably forgotten, lol
  3. My plan actually starts now. I am in Australia, so start in January/February. So I'm always posting on some 'tween thread, that is never actually the right timeframe. So by the time I'm "planning" my following year, there are no threads on current curriculum as people have only started their school year (in about Oct is when I slowly start figuring out following years plan)
  4. Math: Singapore Math Standards Edition + Challenging Word Problems + Fan-Math Language Arts: YOUNGER TWO: Homeschool Australia's Learn to Read, Write & Spell Kits. Bravewriter Lifestyle + Jot It Down. OLDEST: Bravewriter Lifestyle + Partnership in Writing. History, Science, Social Studies etc: KONOS Volumes Aboriginal Studies/Australian History: Crackerjack Education Art: Discovering Great Artists by Maryann Kohl Health: Healthy Living from the Start (Oak Meadow) Home Ec (Eldest): Lessons in Responsibility for Girls Technologies (Eldest): Digital Camera + Photo - Editing Software
  5. I thought the one I tried (Darwin) was quite cute. Unfortunately, whilst the kids don't mind me reading picture books ocassionally, they aren't into me reading out books. They will listen to their father read out long stories of a night (right now they are going through the entire Harry Potter series, before that it was American Girl stories), so unfortunately, not matter how much I like the idea of classical, I can only include bits and pieces and ideas of such into our curricula. My eldest is a big reader and will read a lot of interesting books on her own of her choice (quite good choices), but she doesn't like assigned reading books, and right now I think its better for her to have a love of reading, so she has a scribd unlimited subscription as well. So she likes independant, straight forward "unboring" type stuff and for math has lessons with me, my son does straight Time 4 learning and Science 4 us as it works for him right now to be as independant as possible otherwise he relies on me as a crutch to figure out answers. My youngest prefers doing school with me over computer or literature based schooling and loves worksheets, So I'm transferring her over to that. In other words, none fit the classical mold (cue sad violin music), but if we were, BYL seems like a nice "slightly" boxed version of WTM. I would probably still prefer to just to WTM method over boxed, as I like to tweak and present things my own way, but it's a nice alternative that seems fun. As for typos, I make them myself, and people stalk around correcting me, so I can't really comment on that part. If I see a typo, I mentally correct it, and move on. It's a teaching guide so a few typos or index dramas don't bother me, if a novel contains multiple mistakes, sometimes that can drive me crazy, but a guide doesn't bother me much.
  6. I found a blog where the lady shows the front of the Binder-Builder Lapbook for Science in the Beginning and directs you to a Journey through Learning, but the only mention I can find of this lapbook on the business site is a quick blog spot mention last year at some point of the owner saying she was making it, no sign of the actual lapbook anywhere.
  7. Just listening in. Mortenson math intrigued me, coming from a House of Ramone thread, but both their website & stuff looked really cheap and they wanted insane dollars for it :lurk5:
  8. A lot of people use Miquon as a supplement to their math program (same as quite a number just use the Math Card Games from Rightstart). I was coming in to suggest Rightstart as well, but I'm a little bias ;) One thing I would suggest is if you went with Rightstart, to wait a bit before adding Miquon. The author of Rightstart suggests not using something like coloured rods as a supplement for the confusion factor. Since I already have Miquon (plus nearly every other math available pmsl) I'm just going to use it a little bit further down the road than you normally would. It adds a change of angle, so all I am waiting on is to get past the basics in RS, so as not to cause this confusion. Challenging Word Problems from Singapore is something people from many different math programs add in. So even if you don't use a particular program, there is usually always ways to add in the flavour of another curricula. I haven't really heard of people combining MM & Miquon, but I think thats because the MM people tend to stay quiet about what they are using, lol. My daughter does Math Mammoth, Singapore and MEP for fun, I don't really have anything to do with those programs anymore, she just asks me ocassionally what to do on a particular page if she can't figure it out. MEP is downloadable/printable and free. CSMP is the same (its more living/story math, combined with this cool little paper calculator. My daughter doesn't like story math and the site confused me, otherwise I would of added it, if only as another thing for her to do in her spare time (on this endeavour, a proclick has been super helpful. I just keep making up books for her, and leaving them in her schoolbox). She likes MEP, but prefers when I do the lesson with her, so it doesn't get done much. Math mammoth she loves (I think we have the whole site except the light green worksheets & the Make-It-Real math) so she always has 2 books of varying stuff printed out (usually her grade, plus 1-2 topic/others). Singapore I had problems with her relying on finger counting and when adding starting from the very beginning, so we dropped that. I left the workbook she was on at the time in her box, and she does a page of it every now and again. Miquon, I'm sure they would love, but because it clashes with RS, I've had to just leave it alone for the moment. Miquon I think is a program with a bit of a learning curve, its not simple open and go (although will pretty much be once you have finally started). You have to read through the first grade diary & the other one (brains fuzzy on titles) then use the annotations? the big book to help you with the sheets. Rightstart Math as the person above said, is from an ex-Montessori lady. So has a touch of Montessori flavour, as well as a lot of research having gone into the program. It relies slightly on sight grouping. I think its a brilliant program. Its very much open and go, is partially scripted, and lots of fun. If you are wanting to stay with Montessori Math, perhaps look into something like Shiller Math? I have the digital versions of both kits I got awhile ago (one of those weird purchases I make every now and again) it really confused me and I couldn't make heads or tails of it, but I have heard great things about it, and perhaps coming from a Montessori background yourself, you might understand it a lot better than I did (I think I thought it was something a lot different than what it was, so its my fault, not the product). If you are liking the idea of Singapore Math, and perhaps want to have a read into it (a lot of people would suggest reading this book no matter what) There is Liping Ma's Knowing & Teaching Elementary Mathematics. Another idea if your children like story format, is Waldorf Math, Life of Fred, or Queen Homeschool Math. These all use stories as their basis for teaching math. A couple of waldorf math places - Christopherus, Hunter (forum poster) has a link to two South African Waldorf math places with downloadable PDFs I think, Journey through Waldorf Math (I think thats what the next one is called), Oak Meadow (Waldorf inspired, but the levels I looked at used Dorothy Harrer as basis for Math, which counts it as close to waldorf math in my mind), and One using the idea of Waldorf as well as the United Nations school (I think of it as Scientific Waldorf) is Enki Education. Theres also books that more serve as guides like Maximum Math (kathryn Stout), Kitchen Table Math, Math on the Level, One-to-One Homeschooling (covers nearly everything, including math, and has a fantastic little handwriting section). Then you have online/screen Math, like Math Rider (horse-based for drills), Time4learning, Math-U-See (students aren't supposed to watch the DVD, but most parents do that anyway), Mathtacular, Mathletics, Khan Academy And finally very textbook based like Saxon, BJU, Abeka, CLP, Ace Paces, etc HTH xxx

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  10. I broke the internet. Well at least mine. I even lost my flashy cursor thangy. We is not pleased. Off to pout.

  11. Madame, I will try this one more time to post, then I will duly hit keyboard, and leave internetz. a>a>a>a>

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      Okay, I officially give up. :/ but at least they are clickable links (FWIW I did try it on another forum that uses the same software and it worked!) 59cc9979705accc698ffd0f0ae3ced95.jpg

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