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  1. Phonics: Outsourcing (T4L, Reading Eggs, Easy Peasy or similar) - I have 3 different accents for words (Aussie, British, and US), so I make big mistakes when trying to teach Phonics, so I outsource it to a speaking program thats not me :p Extra goodies to come from GVS


    Math: Unsure on this. Either GVS suggestion, T4L/Mathseeds (although I'd rather not use an online program for her, she's a worksheet gal), Math on the Level etc. I might end up teaching her anything she needs to know before moving her to Math Mammoth 1. I'll need a couple more weeks to iron out Maths. She's doing Mathseeds for the moment.


    General Other Stuff: GVS suggestions.


    She was doing Science 4 Us, but its a bit over her head since shes a paper and "help mom" type girl.


  2. The story of a failed Math Saga.


    I like a lot of them, we've been through quite a number due to my eldests problems. I run due to multiple medical issues, on little sleep, so stuff that is straight forward and not confusing is helpful (for instance, BFSU, no matter how much I loved it, had to go, as I just couldn't function with it. It would require multiple cups of caffeine and a couple of hours to even wrap my head around one lesson. I don't have minutes, let alone hours (only reason I'm typing right now is I'm still recovering from surgery so taking it easy, elsewise I woud be doing housework).


    Math Mammoth - Pros: Colorful, Independat Worksheets Cons: My daughter found it boring and wayy to many questions for her to answer, I started picking and choosing questions. Some things were not explain enough. Somehow her knowledge didn't transfer out of the worksheet.


    Math U See - I liked they could watch the video, I watched at the same time to help if they ran into any problems (I know the video is meant for the parents), the kids didn't like that it was teaching the one subject the entire time, my son kept poking me for answers and trying to manipulate to get the right response from me, the pages were extremely boring, those cube sets (I had 2-3 sets) somehow end up over my entire house. Ive been trying to corral them together for months, and I still keep finding them everywhere -- second only to legos.


    MEP - My youngest loved this, the others meh. Unfortunately the way it was set out was too time consuming, and awkward for me, I would keep stopping to figure out where I was up to and what to do next.


    Singapore - I've only done this with my eldest (Earlybird), I should of stuck with it. My eldest might have had much less problems had I done so (I freely admit this). She flew through the earybird one, loving it. But the change between the colorful interactive-ness of Earlybird, to 1A was such a stark contrast, it was a shock, number 2 was how confusing everything was to me at that time (My CFS & ME was replaying up, so it was a very bad time for me), there was page flipping galore, so much information and reading for me (HIG), it was just too much, even the number bonds at that time was even too confusing (LOL).


    Spunky Math (Donkey?) It was a bit too basic feeling, this is when I started understanding my daughters need for something that would keep grabbing her attention.


    Right Start & Miquon - Same thing, just too much for me.


    Teaching Textbooks - The navigation was too much for my eldest.


    I have probably tried a lot of curricula I am not mentioning. Math with her was a huge sore point, so much switching. :'(


    She's on Time 4 Learning now, and has been doing quite well on paper, but its not transferring out to everyday life. We went over her options (now that she is old enough to choose more logically (oh BTW, she pronounced TT as "Weird" lol.) and she is starting to hate math (insert huge gasp here), she needs math, because of her T1, she'll need to be proficient for life. We spent a few days doing random placement tests.


    She chose that she wants to do math with me somehow, as she understands it when I explain it, but not really when its explained by someone else, she also wants non-worksheety math, but says she liked it when I just wrote up math sheets for her (I used to just do up a page of math problems when we were doing more living math type stuff). It cemented what I already knew was probably the answer, but didn't want to accept (though I have little bits of spare time now, math not being outsourced means when life gets in the way and my free time goes out the window, so would any mom-taught subjects.)


    So I have turned in a little mini-circle and am going back to Math on the Level, which suits her quite well (we used it in 2013), only reason I strayed from it, was at that time it was a huge time-sucker, I was overwhelmed and trying to do it with 3 children. This time, I'm just going to be using it for her, and I'm trying to stay much more organized.


    My son will stay on Time 4 Learning, My youngest was on Time4Learning, but has gone dormant on that account for a bit to use Reading Eggs & Mathseeds till my sub expires (in beginning July), then she'll either transfer fully over to GVS stuff, part GVS and MOTL, or back to T4L depending on how she feels


    So in the end my Favourite Elementary Math is probably Time4Learning, just because it saved me during my worst period when everything just exploded (finally getting stuff back on track now), but if you want retention I woud suggest stil going over concepts with the printable worksheets if using that. To me, for everything to be retained, the worksheets aren't optional, they are mandatory. But a star of Recc goes to Math on the Level, for the amazing-ness of it, I would of still been using it with all the kids if it wasn't for my sleep-deprived brain. And Singapore Math is always runner-up as like WTM, I think the ideals of it and the final results are astounding, but in my current situation, it just doesn't work.


    Awkward post, but there it is, brutally honest.

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  3. 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.

  4. We're doing Creativity Express on HSBC

    and Harmony Fine Arts


    Other than that, I keep clingwrapped ice cube trays filled with pre-mixed colors in the closet, and brushes in a water pot near the sink. My kids can go get out their stuff, paint and put most of it away, themselves.


    I also am using Tapestry of Grace. There is a section that gives vocabulary for the week. I select a bunch and just write the names on the bottom of a plain sheet of copy paper. My daughter draws a picture relating to each vocabulary word. It seems to help the vocab stick in her head more and she loves to draw.


    Atelier would be our other choice if I wasn't doing our current stuff.

  5. 1) For the Freedom. We fit in school around our other pursuits.


    2) Currently throw at the wall and see what sticks approach I think? I have styles I learn from that make me a better teacher, but I can't say I fit into one category. I adore WTM, Charlotte Mason, Rudolph Steiner, Maria Montessori plus about 20 other mentors/teachers, because they all have at least one or two things to contribute to the table.


    3) We currently use what's in my sig so thats really a mix of more artistic with classical, with basic & textbook. Plus the kids watch a lot of videos and tend to them go off and do project based on the videos. Other than that, the rest of the time they spend outside playing & creating.


    I suppose a Summerhill approach is more my thing for philosophy. I don't force a child to do school, they ask for it instead. Whilst I was in the middle of writing this one of them came to me and asked for school and chose math, she's now doing it beside me. I ask a child if they want to do *blah* and they usually respond in the positive. If I do need them to do something, I tell them that and why, and again, they pretty much always are happy to do it. If they aren't, unless I really need it done right then (I don't think I've ever had that situation) then I just try again later after keeping an eye on their mood. I also try not to interrupt them if they are in the middle of something. If I am in the middle of my writing, I hate to be disturbed/pulled out of it, so I have the same respect for their "work" whether its doing a collaborative project, building a sky-high lego building or even turning the loungeroom into mattress central for a game. If they are busy I try to leave them be unless I need them, they in turn give me the same respect. I treat them like equals, and if something needs to be done, I explain it to them (in the case of Eve's injections and refusals to eat, sometimes, yes, that does force me to become the medical authority and last word, but usually she can be talked down as long as I remain calm).


    Sorry for the long, drawn out answer. It's very hard to find where I fit into certain boxes, so its easier on me sometimes to write it out and let them other person put me into the box :P

  6. I'd have to think about that when they are middle school aged.


    Right now, no, I don't. But hubby does and has, no matter how many times I tell him not to. He's left them in the car a few times to pay for gas. I only find out about it afterward, after finding he did it more than once, and again ignoring me, I have been more wary of letting him take them out by himself. But its because he has a different mindset then me, he never does prevention, only cure after the fact. So if the car got blown up with the kids inside, and years later I had more babies ,,,,THEN... at that point he MIGHT think twice about leaving them in the car (weird example, but you get my point). Where as I am at the opposite end of the spectrum and see the reasons not to without even havign to think (Eve likes getting out of her seat, Chaos doesn't understand and could try to start the car or take off the handbrake, Atlas would overreact about something jump out of the car and fly into the shop with little thought, leaving her two younger siblings alone. Someone could take them. Someone could try to steal the car not knowing they are in the back, eve could open the window lean out (shes done this numerous times) and with noone to watch her fall/tumble out and crack her head on the concrete, Chaos could do something and have a meltdown causing the other kids to freak or be hurt, Atlas might decide to let her brothers & sisters clamber around the car, which could cause an accident. SO many things could happen its not funny. And its not a situation that needs to happen for any reason, its just laziness on getting the kids in and out of the car or unwillingness to "deal" with them inside the shop, so its unacceptable.


    Whereas the toilet situation I have slowly adapted my mind on, I can see my kids are at the point (apart from Chaos) where they can go into seperate toilets in certain situations (rather than all in with me) and sometimes only atlas can go to a separate toilet, and sometimes they all come in with me. So it differs upon the situation.


    Right now, considering all the things that could happen and the physical, mental and emotional stages of my children, I wouldn't leave them in the car till they were about 14. Where they can be at that age where they know what to do in most situations, and where, if it does get hot, they can happily get out of the car, lock up, and either make their way in to find me, or leave a note in the car as to where they have gone, and I can be happy enough with them going off. So all that seems around 14 to me.

  7. I just put this on another thread, but it suits here as well:


    Well Trained Mind (obviously)

    Well Educated Mind

    Dumbing us Down - Gatto

    Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing

    The Original Homeschooling Series - Charlotte Mason

    Summerhill School: A New View of Childhod: A.S. Neill

    Free Range Kids - Leonore Skanazy

    50 Dangerous Things (You should let your child do)

    John Holt book or Magazine (your choice)

    Project Based Homeschooling: Lori Pickert

    Discovery of the Child: Maria Montessori

    You Are Your Childs First Teacher - Dancy

    Kingdom of Childhood - Rudolph Steiner

    Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out

    Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

    Bringing Reggio Emilia Home - Cadwell

    Simplicity Parenting- Payne & Ross

    Montessori Madness: Eissler

    Big Book of Unschooling - Sandra Dodd (or read her website, same info)

    Complete Home Learning Sourcebook (not exactly a reader, but a good reference)

    Better late than never - Raymond Moore

    The Three R's - Ruth Beechick

    Pocketful of Pinecones - Karen Andreola

    Slow and Stady Get Me Ready - Oberlander (good if pregnant, a slow but brilliant curriculum from 0-5)

    A Thomas Jefferson Education - DeMille

    101 Reasons why I'm an Unschooler

    Back to Basics: Raising Self- Sufficient Children

    Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home - Elizabeth Foss

    Latin Centred Curriculum

    Managers of their Homes/Schools/Chores

  8. If a person is not pleased with a certain thing, I find that they tend to use any method available to prove its not a prudent idea.


    If a person had two similar boy in front of them, two similar ages and personalities, one homeschool, and one at public school, both acted the same way in a similar situation, highly likely it would be responded to in a fashion as stating one boy is socially awkward and the other child is just at that "pre-teen stage, boys will be boys" etc..


    Same as if you put your child in public school and your family wanted him in private school. They'd comment on the manners and disrespect of the child "dirty habits being picked up from public school", but if that same child was transferred to private, that same attitude would either be ignored "boys will be boys" or they would just speak to them about it, and tell them it wasn't acceptable, no hint of "dirty habits picked up from private school" because that's not what they believe.


    and unfortunately parents & parents in law seem to find crossing the line some sort of achievement. I've had my PIL several years ago come over, and the knew we were co-sleeping (at that time anyway), rather than take the discussion up with me (as would of been appropriate), they decided to take it further down the chain and manevour my daughter. When they were alone with her, they told her it wasn't normal to ever share a bed....blah blah blah....that she HAS to sleep on her own, by herself, in the dark....plus a whole lot of conversation I have no idea about. This was at a pivotal moment where we were slowly weaning her off co-sleeping. It scared the heck out of her and set her back several YEARS. She came to me in tears, utterly terrified she was going to be locked up in the dark. I don't scare my kids to get them to do things. I explain it on their level and let them see about it, and usually they make a good choice. She couldn't even make the choice, and only recently have we been able to start weaning her off (slowly) being in the same room whilst she's asleep. Now we're working on her going to sleep by herself without an adult in the room. All of this could of been avoided had they come to me instead of giving her night terrors.


    The kids would also just be drinking water instead of cordial. My eldest was happily drinking water till she was  3, then PIL ignored my instructions and gave her juice. In combination with the fact I was very sick and pregnant, it ended up being a long and horrible road. I've got all the kids now on cordial, and eldest will drink water if I tell her to, so will others (sort of) but again, could of been avoided if they came to me.


    I have found if you are not in complete agreement with friends and family on certain subjects, to draw thick black lines on what is and isn't appropriate behaviour and conversation. And if they disagree with something, come to ME/YOU not the children.


    Otherwise you are the one at the end of the day trying to bolster their courage and raise their self-esteem all over again for something that is not their fault.


    Some people also like to nitpick about everything, and it doesn't matter what it is, if that hindrance is removed, their is a new hindrance. Hubby is this way, the one fault he has that drives me absolutely insane (really insane). First it was harping on about the cigarettes, so I gave those up, then it was the energy drinks (I don't drink coffee), so I gave those up too, then it was the sugar, so gave that up, then the amount of food i eat, so I go on a shake diet & start exercising, now he's harping on and on about the cat litter being my problem not his (its been his responsibility for the past 3 years, and he hasn't really complained about it before), I'm sure if I take over the Litter, he would start harping on about something else. He's like the seagulls on nemo instead of "mine" its "nag, nag nag, harp harp harp" rofl. Unfortunately without the carbs & sugar I have less patience to deal with it, lol. It also makes it harder to get stuff done, which makes for fun school days......


    With my kids, I usually go get upset at something else (the tree outside for instance) to get rid of any negativity, then go speak to the child as honestly and succinctly as I can about the whole of the situation. We sometimes ponder why the person may have said what they did, and turn it into a discussion, at the end of the day though, I let them know it wasn't really appropriate for the person to say that to them, and then explain to the child the truth of the situation (they are the way that they are and that its beautiful and I love them just the way they are.....if that makes sense, lol). I was socially awkward too, but at the same time had a lot of friends. I'm still socially awkward now, but the ones that stick around and talk to me end up being really good friends, so I end up with a smaller, but more select group. No "Fair weather" friends, but friends who are around through it all. I'm also just not interested in most social events. I find them tedious and boring, when my mum asked why I don't have more girl friends, I think I explained something like "because all they talk about are clothes are shoes, hair and stupid stuff, nothing that matters, people die every day and all they care about is the color of their nail polish, and what boy is cute, its boring" the so-called popular girls were such snobs I ended up joining and leaving their group within a week. But my heap of guy friends and the few girl friends I had? Were my friends for years and years, and in fact a lot of them are still on my Facebook from school. And I would still hang out with them except several years ago I moved states.


    Socially awkward doesn't necessarily mean something that needs to be fixed. I had wonderful manners, I was always willing to help somebody out that needed it, I befriended everyone, I just didn't get the point of small talk or stuff that wasn't actually important, I was a girly-girl and an adventurous girl, loved dressing up, but wasn't interested in yakking about it, I just wanted to have fun and make people happy. But at the end of the day I found more interest in reading or playing on the computer than being "socially fit". If my mum had pushed me through to try and make me more "socially acceptable" it would of made my teenage years more confusing and rotten.


    Whats more inportant is that he's happy and has resources at his disposal to use should he need to. If he's not happy where he's currently at, then putting the materials and supplies he needs to get to a point where he can be happy.

  9. I have a fascination with teaching styles.


    Basically my interest stems from there. So to take from your list, I would get interested in Montessori, which would lead me to the interesting way Math is presented in Montessori, so I would end up travelling further down that path. I use a lot of bunny trails. Montessori also has interesting crossovers with parenting especially in the modern day, quite a number of authors have approached this. So from my list there is Simplicity parenting, which stems from Montessori i Believe (that or a waldorf/montessori mix, its a bit late here and I seem to have fogged) also one I have forgotten is Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self. I also read a lot of websites and blogs, which I factor into my reading time. I like reading generally about a method from different websites, and personal thoughts from blogs, then usually having more of a thorough biography of the person who inspired the style themselves, as that, more than any book on the subject, helps me understand them, and why they thought and decided what they did.


    So this doesn't really fit into your fields exactly, but these are books that got me off into different fields and ideas that I incorporate into my teaching.


    Well Trained Mind (obviously)

    Well Educated Mind

    Dumbing us Down - Gatto

    Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing

    The Original Homeschooling Series - Charlotte Mason

    Summerhill School: A New View of Childhod: A.S. Neill

    Free Range Kids - Leonore Skanazy

    50 Dangerous Things (You should let your child do)

    John Holt book or Magazine (your choice)

    Project Based Homeschooling: Lori Pickert

    Discovery of the Child: Maria Montessori

    You Are Your Childs First Teacher - Dancy

    Kingdom of Childhood - Rudolph Steiner

    Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out

    Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

    Bringing Reggio Emilia Home - Cadwell

    Simplicity Parenting- Payne & Ross

    Montessori Madness: Eissler

    Big Book of Unschooling - Sandra Dodd (or read her website, same info)

    Complete Home Learning Sourcebook (not exactly a reader, but a good reference)

    Better late than never - Raymond Moore

    The Three R's - Ruth Beechick

    Pocketful of Pinecones - Karen Andreola

    Slow and Stady Get Me Ready - Oberlander (good if pregnant, a slow but brilliant curriculum from 0-5)

    A Thomas Jefferson Education - DeMille

    101 Reasons why I'm an Unschooler

    Back to Basics: Raising Self- Sufficient Children

    Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home - Elizabeth Foss

    Latin Centred Curriculum

    Managers of their Homes/Schools/Chores


  10. -Tapestry of Grace

    -Harmony Fine Arts

    -Science in the Beginning/follow Borenson Science books (right now I am using this go around of it by utilising the ideas & topics, so have been giving them just videos from Youtube etc on the subjects, so reflection/refraction, interesting experiments done by actual schoolkids filming themselves and stuff like Bill Nye on the themes).

    -Living Math through History (Purchased Units)

    -Math U See at appropriate levels

    -Funnix 1 & 2

    -I also grabbed Creativity Express and we started using that, and my eldest has Always Icecream (I add scoops to her account for each day for timely completion of school & chores).


    -Once each child finishes Funnix, I was thinking of moving on to The Sound Way (an Australian English Programme, spell/write/read) after completion of Junior Soundway possibly move onto Cozy Grammar & maybe a roots program or game? (rummy roots?) or perhaps a writing programme. Theres a couple of things/topics I have planned it just depends on each childs interest and stress after finishing them.


    I've stopped the youngest MUS for a little to brush up on her numeral recognition and writing as getting much further in MUS requires that (without changing a lot of it anyway) so shes doing some number sheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler, but if anybosy has some fun workbooks/worksheets for that (shes a workbook girl).


    I'm also looking for an app or something self-correcting (computer? or maybe some sort of electronic thing?) that can help with enunciation and speech for my son as well (we work on it, and he's doing fabulous, I just would like something he would be willing to play with (he loves anything electronic) that he can do by himself (he gets rather frustrated or annoyed practising a lot regarding this, and refuses to do any other work with me (like schoolwork) if I push, so something he can take off into his quiet corner and play with would help out enormously. Finding ways to include practice in 24/7 and I'm running out of ideas and time. I found one app, but it cost an absolute fortune for something that was not worthwhile (for a speech therapist maybe/yeah, but for one child, not really).


    Also looking at eldest joining something to do with horses,whether its just some workshops or something like a weekly riding group, am not sure, but looking into possibilities, so that should be exciting for her.

  11. Don Quixote.


    I actually like the story, found it quite amusing, but the writing style just makes it really hard for me and I cannot get through it. Perhaps its the translation (I chose a recommended translation), but its awkward and slow. Its like watching the TV Show Neighbours, you could skip 10 episodes, come back and that same cup of tea is still boiling.

  12. These are mostly books that I loved as a kid (and a couple that my kids love me to read now)


    Pippi Longstocking

    Mallory Towers Series'

    Babysitter's Club

    Henry Huggins series

    Magic Treehouse series

    American Girl Series

    The Hobbit

    Strawberry Girl

    Charlotte's Web

    The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe

    The Secret Garden

    Anne of Green Gables

    Little Women


    The BFG

    The Twits

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Goosbumps Series

    Choose your own Adventure books

    Little House series


    Winnie the Pooh

    Harry Potter Series

    Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass

    Judy Blume books

    Paul Jennnings books

    Tuck Everlasting

    The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly stupid Fairy Tales

    The Faraway Tree series

    Morris Gleitzman books

    Jackie French books



    ooh. almost forgot. My kids are loving "A Cry from Egypt" but it does get a bit graphic with what happens to slaves (based around the Jews in Egypt).


    Another option is to have her try writing stories instead of reading. Like every now and again give her the option of reading this book or writing part of a story etc.


    hth xxx

  13. UM.....Celebrity Slim Rapid Chocolate Shake and 1/4 Diet Coke.


    What I wish I had: Hash browns.......like 20 of them. rofl. I lurrrrvvve Hash Browns.


    Unfortunately since quitting smoking, quitting V (energy drink) and going through dental surgeries (which I will continue through the next few months) I have doubled in size over the past year. So it was either continue to gain kilos whilst undergoing the dental surgeries (which make it hard to have anything but stuff like ice creams etc due to the pain/swelling) or go on a meal replacement shake diet (which I can still use through the rest of the surgeries). Also trying to get into exercising with kettlebells and keep moving round.


    I'll probably dream of wheat & potatoes for months ROFL.

  14. I have 3 seperate organizing strategies for 3 different lots of books.


    1. My curriculum books aren't too huge (I purchase quarterly), so they just go on a shelf in the computer room cupboard till I require them. I have a milkcrate on wheels that holds my currently in use curricula & books, my table holds the proclick-ed curricula & MUS and any items not for the current year are boxed up and shelved.


    2. My own/personal books are large and many. I often ruthlessly cull these books and try to use the Ipad where I can instead. I am currently re-arranging rooms so my books are currently in boxes awaiting moving of furniture. Once thats done they will go on bookshelves in a random order that is very precise to me and random to my husband. He gets in trouble if he moves them. lol. I usually put them in some sort of subject/category order.


    3. The kids books. This is where all previous literature from school stuff, books the kids read, informational books, everything ends up. This is a large majority of the household books and I have tried numerous ways of keeping these (even upto a meticulously arrange library room with a scanner) I've tried just on the shelves, in baskets on the shelves, in mini baskets, sorted into groups over various parts of the house. My current version works quite well, but is not the most eye-pleasing version, but keeps the house tidy and even my son has no dramas putting them back. I also have a mini bookshelf in the bedroom, so the books hubby reads to kids of a night (amd books my eldest reads to herself of a night) can be temporarily placed on a bookshelf in their room, to avoid books being left on the floor.


    I currently have signs on a spare wall (in the L shaped akward lounge we don't use) with genre's and their descriptions. Below each genre is a large tub/basket (or two, or sometimes three) to hold the books for that genre. I then stickytaped a color-coded genre label to the book. Its simple, not overly complicated and the kids put everything back without messes or dominos of books falling down. Eventually, hopefully, by the time I end up with way too many Fiction or Information to fit beneath the signs, they'll be old enough to handle a bookshelf. I also go through these tubs every now and again for books that are getting too young for them.


    So its definitely not pretty (luckily our home is not a showhome and is completely private) but it works wonders.







  15. Thank you!


    Understandable, if still annoying.


    I had been trying to google everywhere and nothing about it was coming up. It was like a weird secret handshake everybody was doing :p


    If I didn't get humougously annoyed over fb on phones, I would probably use my phone too. Unfortunately, I have never figured out how to view posts others have made on a page, it only shows the owners posts, so I gave up.

  16. Because its starting to drive me insane.


    Like this:


    Kerry Anderson > House of Ideas

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    And so on, what does the asterisk denote? There's liking which puts it in your feed, so theres no reason to add a comment of starring to like something or add it to your newsfeed. I have to scroll through a heap of these to find actual comments, its rather annoying. It looks like a lazy way of agreeing or something.


    Please tell me what it means before I go coo-coo!



  17. I can mention stuff on my shelf if that helps:


    Managers of their ______ (Homes, Chores & Schools) *wishlist*

    Trim Healthy Mama (obviously more a mum book, also contains info about stuff other than food)

    Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home - Elizabeth Foss (Catholic CM book)

    The Well-Trained Mind (current edition & 1999 edition)

    Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self - Dr. Jim and Sonny McFarlane (Montessori Parenting)

    Summerhill School: A new view of Childhood - E.S. Neill (Child Equality, Unschooling, "Little Adults")

    Make way for Reading - Latimer & Fenner (Waldorf Student Book list: Current version)

    Charlotte Mason Original Homeschooling Series

    Simplicity Parenting

    100 & 101 Top Picks - Cathy Duffy

    The Country DIary of an Edwardian Lady (CM-style Nature Diary) (there is also a tv series that aired long ago by the same name)

    The Story of Charlotte Mason - Essex Cholmondeley (Biography, Out of Print, Hard to find)

    A Literary Education - Catherine Levinson (CM-Inspired Booklist)

    A Charlotte Mason Education - Catherine Levinson (CM)

    More Charlotte Mason Education - Catherine Levinson (CM)

    When Children love to Learn - Cooper (CM)

    Charlotte Mason Study Guide - Penny Gardner (there is also a Secular Version available)

    A Pocketful of Pinecones - Andreola (Ins & Outs of Nature Study through story)

    Wonderland of Nature (Australian CM-style Nature Diary)

    For the Children's Sake - Macaulay (I actually have 2 copies of this...no idea how that happened, rofl)

    Maria Montessori: Her life and Work - E.M. Standing (Montessori)

    Keeping a Nature Journal - Leslie Roth (Nature Journaling)

    A Charlotte Mason Companion - Andreola (CM)

    The 3 R's - Ruth Beechick (Basics of k-3 R's)

    Home Learning Year by Year - Rebecca Rupp (HSing via trade books/library)

    Successful Homeschool Family Handbook - Dorothy Moore (Delayed Formal Schooling)

    I also have a couple of books from Simply Charlotte Mason in digital format.

    Home Learning Source Book (Out of Print. Huge HS resource book for every subject from A to zoology)

    Project-Based Homeschooling: Lori Pickert (Reggio/Montessori/CM feel child-directed studies)

    Teaching TIps and Tricks - Kathryn Stout (Unit Studies)

    Writing Road to Reading (Integrated LA)

    Well Educated Mind - Bauer

    There's also stuff on my wishlist like Blackberry Inn & The Lady's Assistant (Mason) and another Nature study Guide.


    There's probably a few things I've forgotten on my kindle and a bunch that are around the house that I can't remember (I'm useless remembering anything unless it's in front of me, I already had to revise because of books I left out) but thats pretty much most of them minus the DIabetes & Autism books


    I can't really know what to suggest since I don't know much about the lady in question (is she religious/secular? could she handle diving into the original series from the get go? Does she prefer digital or real books?) There are also sites like Charlotte Mason Made Easy that she can subscribe to and it sends out bites of information so that one doesn't get overwhelmed.

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