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Blueridge

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  1. Tears of joy for a change tonight, ladies. Your tender messages are such a blessing, so I'm remembering that we're not alone. Many thanks for your kindness. <3
  2. You all have really encouraged me to take pencil to paper and plan. I've put on my big girl panties about this being my last year so now I am focusing on it being a great year. :D I have purchased the Guest Hollow Chemistry and a few of its recommended books to get us started. It looks really fun and since I want to spend time with her it looked like we could enjoy it together. I will read some and she will read some. As far as literature, I am thinking about Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold (Brit Lit). Those novels are superb and she hasn't read them yet, so they will do well as read-aloud selections. I am making a separate short list of books I want her to read on her own (I can dream!). Although she struggles with motivation she can do things required as long as she makes her own schedule and she reads much more easily after 6 months of OT exercises. I like the Jump In book for those writing prompts so I think that it will take a lot of pressure off her to have a simple, step by step method instead of having to create a research paper and numerous essays off the bat. I hate to admit this but, honestly, I am thinking about using SOTW 3 and 4 for an easy overview of US and world history (We've made it to the time of exploration with other programs and I don't want to leave her hanging lol). It's been years since I've read those but I need easy and low-stress and wide coverage. She has studied some Spanish on her own but wasn't consistent so she requested a class with others. We'll see how that goes. I also have a little Government 101 pamphlet and lots of videos to plug in that hole. In the spring I can find some economics things, Dave Ramsey might fit alongside. Still looking for some interesting things that we can have spirited discussions with like current events and worldview, but at least I am off square 1, thanks to everyone's encouragements. Thank you so much!
  3. I really appreciate your suggestions and think they will certainly be of great help to me. Thanks so much!
  4. Oh thank you so very much! I've been away all day today and just saw your lovely response. I will read it through thoroughly and I'm sure there will be much to help me!
  5. This will be my very last year to homeschool so I am melancholy about that (year 27). I have reached a sort of impasse and simply can't seem to make any decisions so I am asking for your help. Our youngest daughter just turned 18, and this year was diagnosed with dysautonomia, which is similar to Aspergers or autism. She is so bright and intuitive but is often very difficult to teach, short attention span, extremely opinionated lol. I've tried almost everything out there through the years but most materials and methods have fallen by the wayside. She is behind in most subjects despite my best efforts but I press on and I try to hold onto thankfulness for the opportunities to make her life as meaningful and successful as possible. She wants this to be her last year, even though her 11th grade was a disaster. **If you had only one year left to try and give your child a world of worthy skills and knowledge (I am asking too much, I know), what would you choose as the best of the best?** She is still trudging through geometry so math is behind but consistent. I need an awesome writing program (Lost Tools of Writing?), some kind of classic literature guide that could keep her on a manageable schedule (Ambleside, Sonlight?), a worldview program?, a simple world history (MOH 4?), she wants chemistry so I am looking at several simpler programs (Guest Hollow or Chemistry 101?), she will try Spanish again, (with a tutor), and basically some kind of amazing program or guide that will help us both 'finish this race' on a positive note. My most favorite thing to do is reading aloud and having discussions so I always lean toward materials simply for the beautiful books. Even though she acts bored a lot of the time, she still hears me. :) She struggles with too much reading on her own and has very little personal discipline so this is a big factor that I need to keep addressing. Sorry to ramble but, as you can see, my mind is tired and since all my best laid plans have been a washout, I need other thoughts! Thank you so much for helping me this late in the year but I still have faith that it may be our very best.
  6. This will be my very last year to homeschool so I am melancholy about that (year 27). I have reached a sort of impasse and simply can't seem to make any decisions so I am asking for your help. Our youngest daughter just turned 18, and this year was diagnosed with dysautonomia, which is similar to Aspergers or autism. She is so bright and intuitive but is often very difficult to teach, short attention span, extremely opinionated lol. I've tried almost everything out there through the years but most materials and methods have fallen by the wayside. She is behind in most subjects despite my best efforts but I press on and I try to hold onto thankfulness for the opportunities to make her life as meaningful and successful as possible. She wants this to be her last year, even though her 11th grade was a disaster. **If you had only one year left to try and give your child a world of worthy skills and knowledge (I am asking too much, I know), what would you choose as the best of the best?** She is still trudging through geometry so math is behind but consistent. I need an awesome writing program (Lost Tools of Writing?), some kind of classic literature guide that could keep her on a manageable schedule (Ambleside, Sonlight?), a worldview program?, a simple world history (MOH 4?), she wants chemistry so I am looking at several simpler programs (Guest Hollow or Chemistry 101?), she will try Spanish again, (with a tutor), and basically some kind of amazing program or guide that will help us both 'finish this race' on a positive note. My most favorite thing to do is reading aloud and having discussions so I always lean toward materials simply for the beautiful books. Even though she acts bored a lot of the time, she still hears me. :) She struggles with too much reading on her own and has very little personal discipline so this is a big factor that I need to keep addressing. Sorry to ramble but, as you can see, my mind is tired and since all my best laid plans have been a washout, I need other thoughts! Thank you so much for helping me this late in the year but I still have faith that it may be our very best.
  7. THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

    • For Sale
    • USED

    For sale: various levels of the superb Michael Clay Thompson (Royal Fireworks Press) English program. Each level grouping was purchased new as a set so they all coordinate. All books were unused and in 'brand new' condition unless noted and being sold far below the retail price. Level 1: Grammar Island 2nd edition, teacher...$20.00 Level 2: Caesar's English I, (2012) part 2, student...$15.00 Level 3: Grammar Voyage, 2nd edition, teacher...$20.00 Grammar Voyage, 2nd edition, student...$15.00 Practice Voyage, (2011) teacher...$8.00 (tiny bends on back cover) The World of Poetry, teacher...$18.00 All 4 level 3 books sold as a set for $50.00 I will need to calculate the shipping based on what you decide to purchase and which USPS shipping speed you desire. I prefer priority mail because it's faster and safer but it is up to you. :) I accept Paypal for payment. I regret over-purchasing these beautiful books at a curriculum fair, and hope someone can give them a happy new home. Many thanks for your consideration!

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

  8. I caught the cookie thief! But... someone else took sixteen cookies from the cookie jar!

  9. Blueridge stole 15 cookies from the cookie jar.

     

    Rules of the game: if you find this (anyone except the cookie thief themselves) then post here to say "I caught the cookie thief! BUT... someone else took two cookies from the cookie jar!" That way we know this player has been caught and we'll look on another profile. Next, copy this entire post and paste it onto someone else's profile (player must have more than 100 posts and must have been active in the last month.) Lastly, change the type in red so that the numbers each increase by one. It will be easier to track that way. Please post your findings in the thread entitled SOMEONE STOLE A COOKIE! Forum Game. Have Fun!

  10. That is wonderful! I hope it works out at the sale. Sadly, not long after disasters strike most people tend to forget about it because there is always something else to be distracted by. You must have wonderful children and be a great example to them, and I would guess a very supporting husband. Don't think you're being a bragger by posting great news about your family! We all need to hear positive news! Thanks.

  11. Hello! She has been continuing to sew for several months now, and has a huge bin of all kinds of outfits. We are planning a homeschool used curriculum sale (we are purging 20 years worth) for the end of this month, and she is setting up her display along side the books and things. I am still working out the details, but I am hopefully going to secure our local library's conference room for the sale, in hopes that more people can come. I am praying that the ladies who come will be impressed and buy all the garments. That would be lovely! We found a nice place through the Christian Light representatives where she can send her donations for Haiti. Thanks so much for asking! Blessings~

  12. Hey, what's going on with your daughter's secret mission of making the clothing and selling it to raise money to help with Haiti Relief? Please post it! If you have mentioned it, I missed it.

  13. Sweet post! My girls and I have tea parties every Friday, and have for years now. It is a precious time for me as I see them growing so fast. We try to set the table nicely, and my 16dd takes care of the kettle and tea pot. We are studying France right now, and just today we went shopping for fun goodies. We hit Goodwill and found some French-made canning jars that would look beautiful as flower vases, and some linen cloths to use as placemats. Then we went to Aldi's and they had croissants, pink lemonade bottled in France, and little raspberry tarts on sale. We're all set for our Friday tea (but this time we'll have cafe au lait). We'll put on thick French accents and have a grand time while we chat and listen to Saint Saens. A lovely way to wrap up the school week. Isn't homeschooling wonderful? :)
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