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  1. But then I see her happily explaining something she learned in her textbook, happily going through her flashcards/notecards, or enthralled in a science book in her free time. Then I relax and remember that sometimes ignorance is bliss. If my ignorance in the correct way to go about things has gotten us this far, something tells me it will get us where we need to be.
  2. Thank goodness I'm not the only one! I can't decide if we're doing things "correctly" and I feel reassured or if I feel panicked because I have messed up to the point of no return. Of course we're still in middle school-- I can still change my corrupt ways. Maybe I only "think" my dd knows anything. Maybe she's just "memorized" her way thus far, and it's all a facade. Maybe she's just staring blindly at all the science and literature books she reads during her free time and has no true understanding because we used flashcards. :svengo: Honestly, I almost need to talk myself down from sending her somewhere or scrapping everything that is working because it's really not-- in all my ignorance, I've just been fooled into thinking it is. :sad: I don't know. . . We're in middle school and part of me wishes I hadn't opened the thread. :001_huh: I was so happy with how everything was going until I read this. Now I suspect we're doing it all incorrectly.
  3. Thanks for this. I think I was misinterpreting memorizing for "need to know" or "learn" in previous threads. I see where memorizing info that you have no connections with would be futile. My thinking was more in lines of making sure it's in long-term memory and not short-term. My daughter enjoys learning correct terms and "memorizing" them, but mainly so she can use correct terminology discussing the topic and understanding it, so I was confused for a bit. Now I see I was using the term in a different way. Thanks! It makes sense now. So it's like AoPS. She doesn't memorize the formulas, but she can explain why they work and use them. We are only in middle school, but I am learning lots from this thread. Thank you. FWIW, we use textbooks as a spine to give a broad overview/summary of topics as a foundation for the many other books we use in each subject.
  4. It doesn't here. Quite the contrary. ETA: I think we might mean different things.
  5. LOL! Yes, on most days there is much fun and laughter. We sometimes need to remind ourselves to settle down--this studying business is serious stuff! That never lasts :party:
  6. Yeah, chapter 2 was a toughie! ;) I agree that some extra practice is a good idea. Hang in there-- chapter 3 is better. :) The other day my dd made some snide remark about how she thought I had found a challenging math program, but AoPS is easy! I reminded her about chapter 2. Her smile faded. Then, not thinking this was rebuke enough, I warned her about chapter 5, which I'd heard about here (maybe from wapiti). This was enough to get her to return to her work humbled and slightly unnerved. :tongue_smilie:
  7. LOL...there is so much pressure when posting on a relaxed thread, isn't there??? Somehow I missed the high school part in the first post. I'm a little hesitant to say anything else because I haven't dealt with high school yet, so it might all be flights of fancy. :tongue_smilie: Do keep us posted as you figure out what works for you!
  8. I started to respond, but then as usual on these relaxed threads I became befuddled. Are you wanting to maintain a relaxed feel with no schedules or schedules with a relaxed attitude? We are intense scheduled homeschoolers that spend much of our 8ish hour days happily working and often laughing. We take rabbit trails, but take care to never lose our direction entirely. Rabbit trails and changing directions are two different things. It's important to know the difference. I can answer from that perspective, but not the other one. If you are looking for how to not stress about not having schedules, I am clueless. ;)
  9. I find this thread interesting. I wonder if people are using the term relaxed in different ways. Does it mean no structure or no stress? One can have structure and be totally relaxed. One can have no structure and be stressed to the max. One can have no structure and no stress. Then there's having both structure and stress. Lots of combos. I guess I'm still unsure what relaxed means. It reminds me of trying to define rigor. ;) Or does it mean fewer subjects? I'm getting stressed just defining relaxed! :tongue_smilie:;)
  10. We stopped outlining in history until we were about halfway through WWS. I think we will now start outlining in history again to see how the skills are transferring to situations with less hand holding. We won't be outlining in history every day, though. This is just our approach. I'm sure there are others. :)
  11. Writing With Skill by Susan Wise Bauer :001_smile:
  12. Thanks! I saw your link for crayons. Did you ever find a sharpener that works with them?
  13. Thanks! What are you using for map drawing? Is that taught in these books or somewhere else?
  14. I am getting ready to order the book, but thought I would see if people actually used theirs before I spend the money. Sometimes books look good, but are only used a few times. Would anyone care to share experiences? Thanks!
  15. LOL! Herbartian Psychology is discussed in this week's CM reading. How timely! CM--Herbartian psychology is rich in suggestion, but we cannot take it up as it stands without losing the educational value of the two or three leading principles which are, as we say, 'in the air' for the teaching of mankind. :boxing_smiley: (I didn't even read what was in the link yet, so this is all in jest--at least for now. :tongue_smilie:)
  16. Ruth, Thanks so much for this thread. I appreciate the time and effort you've put into it.
  17. Those are some of the same reservations I have with DM. They are mostly based on what I've read of other people's experiences. It seems I hear more negative than positive. I need to look at it more closely, though. Thanks for posting the link to Lial's.
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