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  1. Literature, handwriting, copywork, composition/narration, spelling, dictation, reading skills and poetry.
  2. I didn't mean that you are being nasty, I mean that we are heading towards that point and I'd rather not go there.
  3. Ok, I don't want this to turn into a dissection of every word I've ever typed. People have told me IRL that I'm speak in a confusing manner, and I guess that carries over into my typing and writing. I can definitely assure you that I do not lie or make things up. Please let's just discuss the original question in this post and not veer off into all sorts of nastiness. Thank you kindly.
  4. Just out of curiousity: unschoolers, how do you handle math, especially upper level math (algebra, geometry, calculus, etc.)? If you ever needed to write transcripts - how did you title/describe the "math courses" for the high school level?
  5. I'll answer concerning dd(5). Dh and I aren't terribly strict when it comes to bedtimes and wake up times. Dd is usually down around 7:15ish and up around 5:45ish (she has dh wake her up in the morning so she can get in bed with me for a few minutes).
  6. Calvert, WiloStar 3D, Time4Learning (though I do think T4L has to be supplemented) Those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. I've never used an online progrsm such as the ones above so I can't really offer any advice.
  7. I apologize for confusion. Good questions :001_smile:. First thing to note is I part-time homeschool some kids that are not my own, so in some cases I may talk about dd(15) in two posts, and they are two separate people, if that makes any sense. In this case, it is the same person. When she was starting out, I asked around and it turned out that a neighbor was a Latin teacher. My dd studied Latin under her and I was completely uninvolved. I knew nothing, really, about Latin, except that dh wanted the kids to learn it. I want to to be more involved with the rest of my kids' Latin studies, and so I am trying to learn as much about Latin as I can. HTH, Hadassah
  8. Foreign language, definitely. We also do math, Bible, reading/writing, and musical instrument practice every day, but these don't seem to be the focus.
  9. We "do school" five days a weeks and have one co-op/errands day. How many times a week do you do: Science: Twice a week for dd(5) and thrice a week for ds(13), plus weekly nature study for both History/Social Studies: 2x per week for both, plus daily AO readings for ds(13) Math: 4x a week for dd, 5x a week for ds, plus one fact drill/math activity day for both. Phonics/Language Arts: Reading 7 days a week for both (with incidental phonics for dd, as she's already a strong reader), plus language arts/writing 5x a week for ds. Geography: 2x per week Spelling: Incidental Critical Thinking/Logic: 3x per week Handwriting: 4x a week for dd and 1x a week for ds (calligraphy) Music: Piano 4x a week for dd and Mommy and Me-style music class 1x a week; piano 1x a week for ds and guitar 5x a week for ds, plus weekly composer study for both PE: Playing, walking, running every day, plus structured exercise 3x a week for ds and 2x a week for dd Foreign language: 5x a week for both Art: Composer study done weekly, plus co-op art 1x a week for ds
  10. Whenever the old one ends. We school year-round/continuously. Usually we do a six weeks on, one week off schedule, with longer breaks thrown in sporadically. Our kids simply finish one program and begin the next, without grade distinctions. We live in a non-reporting state, thankfully.
  11. I teach Hebrew and some ASL, dh and I teach Spanish together, we sort of do our own thing with Greek, and everything else is either outsourced or we use an independent curriculum. I am definitely learning Latin and Mandarin along with the kids - I am already fluent in Hebrew, Spanish, and, to a moderate degree, ASL. We just use library books and other eclectic resources for Greek. When dh and I first got married, we agreed that we would emphasize multilingualism for all of our kids. We didn't plan for our kids to learn so many, though. It just kind of happened. Foreign language is their favorite subject. Dd is majoring in linguistics at college. I feel blessed by my kids, and blessed by their intense interest in languages (not that they're perfect little darlings :lol:).
  12. Has anyone used the Classical Writing series? With the Homer level and such?
  13. Interesting to hear all of your responses. I'll share mine too, if anyone's interested: What are your expectations? To be fluent in Modern Hebrew, Spanish, and one "hard" foreign language - either Mandarin or Arabic or something similar To know very good Latin and good-ish ASL. To know basic Greek. What are your kids' actual accomplishments? Dd, now at college, accomplished the Latin, Hebrew, and Spanish requirements in homeschool, and she's studying Arabic at college. She knows barely any Greek, though, and only knows very basic ASL. I didn't get much time with her, because she left for college at age 14. Ds (13) has accomplished the Latin, ASL, and Hebrew goals, and is almost fluent in Spanish. He will start Mandarin at ps next year and plans to study an additional language in college. I am working with him and dd (5) on Greek at a very leisurely pace. Dd (5) has almost accomplished the ASL goal, is currently studying Latin, and is doing very leisurely Greek with ds. What do you think is the bare minimum for foreign language study? Some Latin or Greek, and fluency in a modern foreign language. What are your thoughts on when to begin foreign language study? As young as possible! In utero! :D How important do you think foreign language studies are? Essential. Foreign language is one of our three core daily subjects, along with language arts and math. How do you select which foreign languages your children will learn? Latin, because I really think it helps you understand the concept of languages as a whole. Spanish, because we live in a very Spanish-speaking area and country. ASL, because we have several deaf cousins, and because my kids are kinesthetic learners. Greek, for the same reasons as Latin - but I require lesser proficiency because I personally prefer Latin. Hebrew, because we're Jewish Mandarin or Arabic (or comparable), to stretch their minds and offer them a little choice Both of my oldest children also plan to, at some point, study Italian to fluency, and they have this little plan worked out where dd will study Arabic, and then tutor and teach ds, and ds will do the same for her for Mandarin What do degree of fluency do you expect? Obviously, total fluency is the greatest goal, but I'm satisfied with basic proficiency for some languages.
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