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  1. We drove a 2007 Sienna until 2017 and it was fantastic. Super happy, never any maintenance problems, loved it. When we got ready to replace it, I drove every minivan on the market. There were two clear front runners--the Odyssey and the (at that time, brand new) Chrysler Pacifica. I wanted the Pacifica, my husband wanted the Honda. We drove both multiple times, had hours of discussion and debate, and in the end, bought the Odyssey. I don't think there was a wrong choice, and I'm very happy with my van, but I still look wistfully at Pacificas when I see them around town. Our Odyssey has been pr
  2. We went in early June 2019 and got 3 inches of snow our first day in Yellowstone! We started with 3 days/2 nights in Grand Teton NP, which I wouldn't miss! It's my favorite NP we've visited so far. Then we drove up into Yellowstone through the south entrance. We explored around Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring (definitely take the hike up to see that one from above), and areas around there the first day and then stayed in a lodge at Grant Village. The 2nd day we drove around and did some hikes and stops around the lake and then on up to Canyon Village where we stayed 2 nights. The 3rd day
  3. Math Mammoth 7 was PERFECT for pre-A before doing Forester's Alg 1 this year for us.
  4. Boy/girl twins, will be 13 this summer. Math: finish Forester's Algebra 1. We should start 8th grade about halfway through. I don't know if we'll start geometry after Christmas next year or do some one-semester filler class to put us on track to start 9th grade with geometry. I'm not worrying about that until mid-fall. ELA: Reading list largely taken from Build Your Library level 8, with some added short stories & other things that sound interesting, using Brave Writer boomerangs for the books that have them available. Using The Writing Revolution to write across the curriculum
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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 j
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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 preven
  13. 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 will
  14. 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 c
  15. 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 Sc
  16. 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 Star
  17. 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. ?
  18. 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
  19. Twin 3rd graders here. My lineup is VERY similar to Lace's! Morning time with memory work (bible and poetry) and read alouds (random assortment of science, history, and literature) Math 4x/week for ~30min in Beast Academy plus math facts. I take a pause every few chapters in Beast and do some straight up computation practice using Math Mammoth in whatever section best fits our most recently finished Beast chapter. So far, that has meant I'm mostly pulling from MM4, as I grow more and more convinced that BA 3 is NOT 3rd grade math. We're loving it, but it's HARD!! LA using MCT (Sator
  20. I do a ton of counted cross stitch, and my daughter (newly 8) is perfectly capable, although not interested enough to keep up with it and finish projects. Hobby Lobby has a TON of small cute kits, though. Michaels and Joann, less so. For just general "craft kits" though, this was ENORMOUSLY popular with my daughter when she got it for her birthday. We've given it as a gift a couple of times since then, and it's always been well received. https://www.amazon.com/Klutz-Make-Clay-Charms-Craft/dp/0545498562/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477748171&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=clay+craft+ki
  21. King Cluck was our dearly departed fowl pharaoh. 😂 So far this year we have done a contraction paper mosaic on a poster board sized picture of Emperor Justinian. We plan to do the Ren Fest. We are touring a castle nearby with our homeschool group in a couple of weeks. We will go see the Gutenberg Bible on exhibit at the University of Texas the next time we visit grandparents in Austin. I already had plans to build cardboard castles like Farrar suggested, and I'm trying to put together some sort of intro to embroidery project based on The Bayeaux tapestry. None of that really comes close t
  22. I carry a wristlet wallet, as well. It's big, but it can also be the only thing I carry if I don't want to throw it into my big ole' purse. I can fit my phone inside, plus all of my many, many cards (library, costco, insurance, credit card, ID, gift cards, various store reward cards, etc), and a zippered section for cash. I love it. Mine is a Keen Hazel, which appears discontinued. This is similar: https://www.amazon.com/Haiku-HK043-Zip-Eco-Wallet/dp/B01B7FINZ0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_468_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=P29C1N61VW7AJGXTZZRJ
  23. I'm on the leadership team for an enrichment mom-taught co-op. We also have 3 classes, one morning a week. Starting this semester, we have had a put in place a rule that people cannot join our co-op if they are also in another full morning thing (like CC) or in a university model school (HUGELY popular here as a part-time homeschool option). We have just had too many moms drop out because of overwhelm, or not drop out but also not be able to really fulfill their responsibilities to our co-op. They're coming late, they're not well prepared for their classes, they have too many absences, etc. I
  24. DH has a new Outback and we LOVE it. I'm so jealous! My old minivan is no fun in comparison. :lol:
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