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    Married to my favorite chemical engineer, mommy to three
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  1. Right?! I have one that goes to school and two that homeschool. I bought a used math book last weekend for the kid-in-school so that when school is inevitably canceled, I'll have math for him. I can pretty easily fold him into everything else the siblings are doing. And there's no way the homeschoolers are going to have no school for weeks on end if we're all in this house together. The show must go on!
  2. Glad to see this confirmed as a good resource. It just arrived last night in from Amazon after I saw many, many references to it in a big stickied thread about writing without curriculum. I've not gotten a chance to look through it yet. Your approach sounds very practical to me. I'm going to look at Hake. Thanks!
  3. I have twins in 6th grade. One is a STRONG writer, one is an average writer. This year and last, we used IEW (themed books). Before that we did some MCT and some Brave Writer. All that to say, we've been a little random, but I still feel like we're on track and making adequate progress with writing going into middle school. I can't decide what to do next year, though. I feel like another year in IEW would feel stagnant. They've got a pretty good handle on those 7 or so units and formats. My inclination is to just assign writing across the curriculum next year using IEW style formats, but I'm just not sure I'd be consistent with that. That was my problem with MCT and BW and why I started IEW in the first place, for MY accountability. If you were in my shoes with my kids, looking toward 7th grade, what writing would you use? And if you'd forgo writing curriculum and just assign writing across the curriculum, any tips or tricks for making that approach stick and actually get done? Thanks in advance!
  4. I wish we could! I mean, we *could* but because of my other son that doesn't homeschool being on a regular 9 month school year schedule, it makes it harder to be consistent with homeschool work through the summer. We gave up when we put my oldest in school. We're embracing the summers off with travel, camps, etc. They're only 11, though. Things could change.
  5. This is a good to know! Good to know about Derek Owens! What started this mini-panic this morning was my SIL telling me that her daughter, who is 2 years older than my kids, is loving her Dr D's pre-A and they're planning to continue using his classes for Algebra 1 next year. I went to his website, saw that all of his classes run Sept-May and thought, "Crap. Have I gotten myself into a bind?! We're very unlikely to be ready for Algebra 1 in September of this year, and are likely to be beyond ready for it by September of next year." I'm feeling reassured, though. Thanks!
  6. That all makes perfect sense, And I appreciate the admonition not to rush to make things fit nicely. We do have lots of time. I need to keep reminding myself of that!
  7. One of them is using AOPS pre-A. One of them was tired of the AOPS approach after Beast and moved to MM7 for pre-A. Right now, both are pacing to get halfway through by the end of May, but we'll see. I like the idea of a one semester filler course if needed (filler in a time sense, not a fluff sense). Thanks for the input!
  8. Hey all! My twin 6th graders both started pre-algebra about halfway through 6th grade this year, since that's when we finished Beast Academy 5. Looking ahead, is this going to create problems for us? Having math classes not start in August/September and run the length of one standard school year? Should I push to get them to start algebra 1 in the fall, or the other option, intentionally take 1.5 years with pre-A and start algebra 1 in the fall of 8th grade so that math classes then fit tidily onto high school transcripts? I'm also wondering about the possibility of our current schedule preventing us from finding good online math classes (although with southern hemisphere homeschoolers, there may very well be some that start in January?), which I expect to want as they get older, possible dual enrollment, etc. Thoughts? Thanks!
  9. 5/5/20 first big edit. Ha! The plans are in flux due to having the non-homeschooled kid home this spring and (let's face it) likely home some next year, too. I needed to simplify my initial thoughts for 7th grade. Edits in bold. I've got boy/girl twins headed into 7th grade next year. Math: finish pre-algebra (started mid-way through 6th grade), begin algebra 1 when ready. DS will likely continue with AOPS. DD is using MM7. I've not done the algebra 1 research for her yet. Favorites for after MM7? I'm not loving AOPS pre-A as we've neared the halfway mark. I'm hoping DS will be willing to go elsewhere for Alg 1 next year. Still no clue what that will be, though, for either of them. Science: probably Exploration Education's advanced physical science (90% sure) Yep. Bought this, let them start it early because they were bored with our current science. BIG HIT! Writing: TBD, maybe continuing with IEW. If so, Narnia vol. 2 themed lessons would probably be our choice. We may use IEW unit structures to write across the curriculum and not actually use a book from IEW. Or we may do something else entirely. Still doing some research. I have a billion tabs open from that giant "writing without a curriculum" thread from ~5 years ago. So we'll see. We dropped IEW at the point that big brother came home for Covid-induced homeschooling. We've been writing across the curriculum and really winging it, and loving it! So definitely continuing that next year. I've got some stuff to read through to help me do that a little better in the fall (Lively Art of Writing, The Writing Revolution, etc) so that research will be this summer's task. Literature: probably Brave Writer boomerangs. We used arrows for years, but took a break from BW this year. I think that'd be a welcome return. Yep, had kids work on a tentative book list with me. Excited about it! Other things under the language arts umbrella: no formal spelling (both are strong natural spellers), maybe vocab? I'd like to do some work with literary devices and literary criticism. Brave Writer might offer enough of that in Boomerang units to satisfy me, or we might see what else is available. Maybe Figuratively Speaking? None of this feels important right now. Logic? Do I want to do formal logic? Still thinking. Nope. Foreign Language: I need to get them to choose one. This year (6th) we've done BYL 7, which is world geography & cultures and they've been doing a world languages tour, changing languages using Duolingo every time we change continents. It's been really fun, and they've enjoyed trying out some different stuff, but I want to start something they can do through high school next year. Again, probably not. It got dropped this spring, and no one misses it. I think we'll take a year off and re-evaluate what foreign languages we'd like for high school after that. History: This is the one I'm feeling the most unsure about. We've done the full history cycle and a year of world geography, so I feel like we've got a couple of years to play with before we have to get down to standard high school history courses. I think we can do something more interest-led and have some fun with it. I'm leaning toward projects under the social studies umbrella, TBD. As an example of what I'm batting around in my head, I think I'd like our first project in the fall to be answering the question "What level of government has the most impact on my daily life?" They'd have to research and read about what each level of government from federal down to our city council does for its constituents. I'd love to see some interviews with city council, maybe a trip to Austin to visit with our state government representatives, mapping our various districts, etc. Who knows what all we could tie it! Ending with a paper, presentation, etc. And then choosing another project after that, hopefully with more of their input once we get our feet under us. And I'd love to see them do some projects separately from one another, too. Does this sound crazy?! Yep. Crazy. I don't have the headspace to organize and support that. So, new plan! Social studies units from Moving Beyond the Page. They chose some with me the other day and everyone is excited about them. Other: piano for both, taekwondo and scouts for him, theater for her, co-op for art and who knows what else What am I not thinking about?! I'm feeling super scattered about this!
  10. I have twins that have been using BA 3rd through now (3/4 of the way through 5th). My son is rocking along in Beast, and I'm leaning toward letting him try AOPS pre-A when he finishes BA5, sometime mid-way through next year. I *just* moved my daughter out of Beast 2 weeks ago. She had gotten to where it was frustrating for her and she needed more direct instruction and more independence. I was having to talk her through too many problems for her liking. She was not having any trouble with the MATH, but with presentation and pre-teen angst. 😉 I moved her to MM6. She's able to skip over some chapters because we've covered the content in BA5 already, and I suspect she'll finish MM6 about the same time her twin finishings BA5. I expect her to do MM7 for pre-A at that point. I guess we'll see how the next few months go, though...
  11. Twin 6th graders in the fall. How did they get this old?! BYL 7 (world geography & cultures) will cover reading, history, geography, art, etc. Really excited about this! ELA: some IEW themed writing course, currently leaning toward Narnia volume 1, plus IEW fix-it, level 2, and some additional copywork, dictation, and writing through BYL and science DS's math: finishing Beast Academy 5 (probably by Halloween?) and then he'll probably try AOPS pre-algebra DD's math: finishing Math Mammoth 6 (again, probably by Halloween) and then probably MM 7 for pre-algebra Science: Elemental logic stage chemistry Enrichment co-op on Tuesdays, whatever is offered that appeals to them Other: piano lessons for both, maybe children's choir at church, taekwondo for him, tumbling for her, and 6th grade is confirmation year in our church, so they'll have religion classes for that in the winter & spring
  12. After a big move, a bunch of going back and forth, securing spots at a classical university model school, and then rethinking that plan, it seems we're back to homeschooling full time for 5th grade. Here's the plan for boy/girl twins who do everything together and are (generally) pretty easy to teach, have no learning issues, etc: Morning Time: memory work and read alouds, mostly historical fiction to go along with history, plus Shakespeare and logic puzzles ELA: a mishmash of BW Arrow and Boomerang units for Elijah of Buxton, A Long Way from Chicago, Bud, not Buddy, Number the Stars, Inside Out and Back Again, One Crazy Summer, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, View from Saturday, Holes, Walk Two Moons, a short story a month to practice close reading, lit analysis, etc, and a mishmash of MCT Town level (finishing, as we did some last year), CE2, and Editor in Chief for grammar, vocab, and composition. Math: Beast Academy 5 French: starting with an introductory class on outschool, then probably Getting Started with French, or maybe L'Art de lire. We'll see. Switching to French was a really random decision from them, and I half expect them to finish their 8 week outschool class and want to go back to Latin. History: DIY plans that roughly cover the same time period as SOTW 4, using some SOTW, some other resources, maps from map trek for geography, some units from TPT, relevant crash course videos, etc. Science: ES logic stage astronomy & earth science Other: typing, poetry teatimes 2x/month, weekly enrichment co-op, art classes at our local art museum, piano lessons, and exploring our new town!
  13. A mom in our co-op taught a history of rock class using that book this past spring, and it was super popular! I was bummed she taught the same hour I did, so I didn't get to stick my head in and enjoy the fun. ?
  14. Agree with this. However, you don't need much Latin to figure out Minimus. I had only had BASIC (like, elementary level, equivalent of LFC A&B) Latin from teaching at a classical school pre-kids and pre-homeschooling, and was able to teach Minimus 1. I taught book 1 along side Song School level 2 with my kids, using it as a reader/contextual source like Targhee mentioned, and we enjoyed it. The next year I moved my kids to LFC and taught Minimus 1 as a fun Latin introduction at our co-op. Some of those kids were doing Latin at home, but for some it was their first exposure. I really like Minimus, but I don't think I'd use it as stand alone full curriculum.
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