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  1. I've never had to push this for 5/6 of my kids. But one (currently 11 yo girl) has "PE" 3 times a week on her checklist because otherwise she would not move. Ever. And it shows pretty rapidly in her attitude tbh. We do hike as a family once a week and she is allowed to use that as one PE day as long as it isn't cancelled for some reason. As for the other days, we made a list of ideas for her to pick from but she needs to be active for at least 30 minutes. Things off the top of my head that are on her list: take the dog for a walk, roller skate, ride a bike, jump rope, do a yoga video via youtube, swim (we have a pool, though obviously this only works in summer), jump on the trampoline, take younger siblings to the park and play with them, turn on some music and dance. We have some free weights and that would be a great option too if she would do it. She wont, but yours might. Obviously my goal isn't sports skills or even muscle building as much as just general activity.
  2. It's been in production forever, and every time they hit their estimated date it gets pushed back another 6 months to a year. That being said I only know that because I've been watching it the past few years hoping it's actually going to be finished! So I do hope you are right.
  3. Agreeing with others that while I don't see anything missing, per se, I'm surprised he can get done in that time. I had two 5th graders last year. My struggling daughter also uses TT, but our rule was that she had to spend at least 30 min. Sometimes, especially in the early review lessons, this meant 2 in a day. Then they both spent at least an hour on language arts; a writing lesson or project daily and alternating grammar and spelling. That's an hour and a half right there. I'd also agree that at this age 20-30 min a day may not be enough history and science, and he could possibly go above and beyond his siblings. That being said I wouldn't add things just to add them. Especially if he's keeping himself healthily occupied during his free time and learning at a level you are happy with, awesome. 2 hour school days it is! If he's bored, or not using his time wisely things you could add in are: a second math program (TT can be light), a foreign language, art, music appreciation, an instrument, a skill or craft like baking, computer programming, logic, geography and cultures, government (an election is coming up and kids this age pay attention), a physical exersize like running or archery, or really any interest.
  4. TC includes some grammar but not a ton, and not at the level you are describing.
  5. I have two sixth graders next year. Personally, our biggest focus for both is increasing independence/self-organization. It's a lot of "Toss them in and see how they do". (After years of me organizing everything, and then a year of doing it together). They will be switching from a daily checklist to a weekly, for example, which feels huge and gives them a lot of space to screw up. 😜 As for your plan... Math looks great. If he likes AOPS pre-al there's no reason to leave. My son felt like it was too much/took too much of his time, and we are moving on to Keys to and Jacobs. I can't speak to reading as we've never done any formal lit. We are a read, narrate, discuss family 🙂 We are doing middle ages for history too, and there are so many good/great books in that time period!! Beowulf, Arthurian legends, Robin Hood, so yes, look at WTM selections. Science I'd honestly go interest-led. There are SO MANY amazing living science books and now that my middle schoolers can read at an adult-level it's a whole new world. Ambleside has excellent suggestions. PE and music looks covered. I find CAP easy to teach, personally. But since public is the plan I'd find out what they expect as far as writing goes and make sure you covered that. Our schools seem to focus a LOT on free-flow creative writing at this age, for example, while essays are still barely touched. Cooking would be cool! Honestly it looks like a great year.
  6. This is super similar to my middle schoolers' year. The only thing we add is a required reading list (I read too so we can discuss but it's very informal). I'm finding that I can't pile on as much as I expected to when they were in the grammar years. Partly puberty makes learning hard. Partly they are both so busy with their own (worthwhile) interests. So I appreciate Momto6's comment.
  7. This sounds like both of my 11 year olds- easy to offend/upset, easily overwhelmed/frustrated, snappish and rude to siblings, lethergic and not interested in exercise. The only thing you left out is inability to think, mine forget what a fraction is, forget how to spell things, forget their own name basically. I think you are doing great to get him outside. Fresh air and exercise is huge. So is getting enough sleep and regular healthy snacks. Honestly I just pretend they are toddlers again. How would I react to this meltdown if they were 3? Probably a snack, a nap, and a trip to the park. 🤣 Stay calm and wait it out mama. You arent alone.
  8. I behind by deciding on goals for each child. So for math maybe that's finish 5th grade in 5th grade. Or be ready for Algebra at the end of the year. Or be confident manipulating numbers 10 and under. For writing that may be learning to form letters or become confident in essays. It might even be as simple as "exposure to and appreciation of botony". Then I pick curricula or make a plan that will achieve said goal. I split that plan or curricula into three. One for each season (sept-nov, dec-feb, mar-may). I then split each season into 10 weeks, leaving off two weeks for breaks or holidays or catching up. I look at that and then adjust or combine kids as necessary to reflect reality. I do all of that in the spring. Then I plan in the minutae 5 weeks at a time. Hopefully during one of those handy 2 week breaks.
  9. I would do SS2. We did both SSL abd then LFC A. The three SS books took us 3 years, as we moved slow with lots of review. When we started LFC my kids were 10, 10, 9, and 8. Honestly, my 8 year old struggled a bit. It's a LOT of grammar, and very quickly. SS is much more fun and gentle.
  10. They have very generous samples in their website, including schedules. If I'm remembering correctly, they have a 3 and 4 day a week option (with the 4th day being largely rhetoric and sharing of work), to cover a lesson a week. I found the first two books easy to split into 2 days a week. The first day we covered the Talk About It and shorter grammar/writing exercises, the second day we did the longer writing project and the Speak It portion. Those took about 20-30 minutes, working with two kids at once. The next couple books I've found require 3-4 days per lesson, depending on the week. The 4th day is Speak It and any necessary finishing up. My oldest two kids did start skipping the Speak It, which made it 3 days, as they are both very involved in theatre. But I have my middle two kids do that section to help with enunciation, breath control, and all that other public speaking goodness. We only ever do 2 books a year. We spend the extra weeks polishing our favorite writing projects from the program, and doing other "fun" side writing.
  11. I've done it twice, with very different results. The first time was a "sunlight" basement that had teeny tiny windows (so no sunlight). It was only partially finished and while we put up bookshelves and a carpet, it wasn't inviting. I also had toddlers/babies. It lasted a week...maybe. it was dim and cold, and I needed to be able to multitask (watch littles out of the corner of my eye, feed snacks, do dishes, ect). The second time was a new split level home with a large room available off the backyard. It had real windows, a sliding glass door, and good heating. My kids were all 6 and over. I wasnt miltitasking anymore, tbh, because teaching 6 kids was enough!! I adore our school space now.
  12. I have one of those (also 11). Our perfect mix has been Math Mammoth for mastery and Teaching Textbooks for review. At first we did both every day, as a TT lesson only took about 15 min. But then TT started getting harder so we are now doing MM on M/W/F, and TT on T/The. TT does run about a grade below MM, it's worth noting. That works great for us as it's solid REVIEW, but if you want the same topics Id suggest going a grade up in TT. I've tried to use Math Mammoth alone, using pages from different sections to self spiral. It was a total fail, somehow not enough mastery OR review. 🙄.
  13. Probably because in my (relatively short) 7 years homeschooling I've never seen any topic get hysterical and mean faster than the CC debate. 😂 People have STRONG opinions. And moderators don't have time for it.
  14. With 6 kids some independance is necessary. I start giving my kids daily checklists in 2nd grade, with a lot of handholding. By 3rd I really do expect those items done by the end of the day (although I still CHECK every day). By 6th grade I'm checking weekly (and they can move items around). My current 3rd grader has: Daily reading minutes (30) Audiobook assignments Copywork Piano practice Latin review on Headventureland Typing practice Chores Hygene items like shower reminders My older kids have done math facts review either by game, flash cards, or worksheets (he already knows his facts) or written narrations (he's not ready) at this age. We had workbook spelling one year done mostly via checklist (it wasn't successful). I'll also start them off onath or a writing project and write to finish it up.
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