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  1. I am teaching ds2 German. We have just been using a workbook from Hueber, but I forgot I was also going to use Nico's Weg and started using it this week and he likes it. He really did not want to learn it, but my older 2 didn't either and so I didn't make them and now they wish I had, so this kid is learning German! At this level it's easy for me, but I hope to get better at articles/gender teaching him as this is always tricky. There are all the new electronic words that I need to learn along with him too. While I was looking for things to use this year I ran across some news sites at
  2. We have used a book called Anglican Family Prayers by Anne Kitch. It takes Morning/Evening and few other prayers from the BCP. We used the evening prayer for years and are getting back to it with the younger one. We also use the birthday blessing from this book and a few others as applicable. We add in scripture reading or devotional from Our Daily Bread. When we don't use that we just do regular unstructured prayer closeing out with the Lords Prayer. At one point we used a book calle Celtic Daily Prayer. We did spend about 2 years with that one woven with the above two praye
  3. Sunday: traditional sunday at my parents. Roast, carrots, potatoes, peas, biscuits. Monday: coconut milk red curry with chicken Tuesday: grilled Salmon with bourban/honey/garlic, salads, cauli tots Wednesday: brats with peppers and onions and buns for whoever wants them Thursday: ? Friday: Chicken Enchilada casserole Saturday: ?
  4. Trick or Treat is just a grass roots thing here. No one sets it up, it just happens organically. Anyone who doesn't want to participate any year just turns off their lights and doesn't go out. Certain people think it's evil and never participate and others get older and just can't be bothered and it's no big deal we just skip their houses when we notice the lights out. We will participate this year as usual.
  5. With my older two students I sometimes used the Key to... series to reinforce concepts. Often in the summer or other breaks these helped make concepts clear and easy. These did not replace our main curriculum, only supplement as neeeded. https://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/program/key-workbooks/MKTSP-HGH01M0.html?page=1&sortby=title&order=asc&bu=seg
  6. I have used ABeka phonics/reading/writing/grammar in K-2. I used some other things mixed in as well, but we eneded up packing most of the other curriclum away and using Abeka during those years. In 2nd we used primarily Abeka for all those subjects and it worked great. Ds2 really enjoyed it a great deal and he loved the 2nd grade readers. I liked the way the reading and phonics and writing are all woven together to reinforce concepts.
  7. It is going very well and our days flow pretty well. We have put IEW on hold for now and have gone back to WWE and ds2 is also writing his own stories just for fun and it was his idea so I think it will do for now. IEW was causing frustration for both of us, so after 2 weeks I laid it aside for the time being. DS stapled together some construction paper for his own book. He writes his story first on lined paper and then we edit it together and then he writes it in his Story Book. The other subjects are going smoothly.
  8. We have done both IEW and MP CC. My dd did IEW with a class in 4th grade. It was a good start, because it tells you exactly what to do. Then in 6th grade she started MP CC and she did through the Common Topic in 8th grade. She also did an online MP Lit class in 7th-8th grade so she did write some other style of papers there. After that she attended a local hybrid school. It was classical oriented, but the Comp and Lit class did write regular style high school type essays. She did very well. She is in college now with a focus is Language Arts for her education degree. She is still get
  9. We eased into homeschooling from private school in 3rd and 1st 12 years ago. I had wanted to homeschool and had spent much time looking at Sonlight. Dh was thinking homeschoolers were weird and now he's fully on board with it! LOL Anyway, the 2 older kids went to hybrid school for a year and a half and then we did our own thing until high school where they went back to hybrid school. I'm currently homeschooling our 3rd grader. We piece things together, but we have always used Sonlight books, some MP products especially in middle grades, SOTW has been a big hit. We settled on Ho
  10. I have enjoyed MP, but I think they do better starting with middle grades. I am using the lit for 3rd grade, but I just look through the lit guide and ask questions and mostly I also just answer them, unless ds wants to answer. As the year goes on and he gets a little older he may write out 1 or 2 answers. We will see how goes as the year goes on. The books for 3rd grade are great and I think they do well with choosing books. I did not like their K-1st very much. I also wonder why they keep saying learning doesn't need to necessarily be fun. I do think it should be as enjoyable as possib
  11. It took me a year or two to find the fit not only for my students, but for me the teacher. Now I'm teaching the same program for the 3rd time. I know what to add in and what to not stress about so much. I used to lay awake at night stressing so much about math programs! I was terrified of ruining my childrens future. LOL Nonetheless they are thriving and one is very mathy and the other not so much, but they both liked the program we settled on through 6th grade so we are doing it with #3 too.
  12. My endo would consider that TSH high. He likes well below 2 and anything above 3 is high. He does do all the other numbers too. Hopefully someone else will explain those ratios. I am not up on all that anymore.
  13. Brats, cooked on the grill, in buns with saurkraut with side salad. Water melon for dessert. Cold beer if like.
  14. All ornaments have to be approved. There are no animal ornaments or statues in the front of homes in that neighborhood. They have a lot of rules. It's not for me, but lots of people like living there.
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