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  1. Chiming in here quickly. This is on the website: Question: Aren't some of the books too easy for high schoolers? Answer: The spine text A Patriot's History of the United States is a book that is used in some colleges. It is NOT a lower-level book. Using just the spine book, the scheduled videos, and the linked activities covers quite a bit of history. The scheduled books are "frosting on the cake" that help bring topics alive in a way that is engaging and memorable. I do schedule in quite a few graphic novels and some easier fare (amidst some more difficult titles written for adults), but my goal is to get students to not only learn history, but to RETAIN it and LOVE it. I do this using a mix of materials that even adults could learn from. Information is information. It doesn't have to by dry and difficult to get through in order to be valuable (in my opinion). When I was homeschooling, I always used what I believed to be the BEST vehicles for teaching information, no matter what the "level" of those materials. The feedback I've received about this program has been amazing. Students who used to think history was dry and boring have remarked how much they love it after using Guest Hollow's American History Year 1! Question: Aren't some of the books too hard for high schoolers? Answer: I combed AP U.S. History reading lists when researching books for this program. Most high schoolers should be able to handle the reading. There is plenty of "easier fare" to balance things out. Let me know if you have any questions. My curricula isn't a fit for everyone, but the book list isn't 100% representative of the material covered. 😉 There are also tons of YouTube videos scheduled (including Crash Course, etc.). It's really a multi-approach program. You can always ask the parents who are using the program what they think (since I could be considered somewhat biased, lol):
  2. The Kindle version of The Science of Seasons is free until Friday: I wrote an illustrated it. ?
  3. Good idea to separate it into a separate activity book...I will consider that for the future. :-) (And I love reading all the great feedback from the other posters!! Totally made my day.)
  4. I'm glad you haven't changed your icon/avatar - whatever you call it, lol....because that's how I recognize it's YOU. Some of the others have changed theirs so I don't know if it's who I think it is or not. ;-) I'm glad you are still here!
  5. I'm enjoying it as well! I used to wonder what I would do with myself when I was finished, and it turns out I have LOTS to do, and it's finally what I want and not centered around the kids. ;)
  6. The alpine lodge: I bought so much Playmobil for my kids over the years. I think I was secretly buying it for me, lol...
  7. Yeah, I bought myself a Playmobil then I set it up in my craft room. ;-) I may not have kids anymore, but I still love toys. :laugh:
  8. Just sending you some ((hugs)). My kids are all grown up now, but I sometimes wish I could go back to those snotty 10 year olds and give them a hug. ;-) I think every parent feels like a failure at some point. My advice: Try to avoid power struggles. Allow several choices, so those struggles don't come up as often. Find activities for your ds like Boy Scouts or something where he can have some time to himself with friends in something that is structured. Try reading the book: Yes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind - Your ds isn't a teen, but the info in the book is really useful and will help you get some perspective.
  9. I haven't had time to visit the boards much, but I MISS all of the great conversations. I need to hang out more here, even though I'm "retired" from homeschooling. I put about 15 grammar related pictures books on hold at the library for a curriculum I'm working on. Does that count? ;-) Just wondering if anyone else is hanging on, even if you aren't homeschooling anymore. I refuse to leave, lol....
  10. I don't know much about stuttering, but you mentioned anxiety...I sometimes stutter at the beginning of sentences when I'm very upset or anxious. I hope you get some answers and that it's an easy fix for your Ds.
  11. I found MM useful, but booooooooooooooooring. I used it here and there with one of my kids and also a student I tutored. I did NOT use it as our primary math program. That would have bored us all to death, lol. Maybe you can use a bit of Khan Academy to make things more interesting for awhile - while you research other programs. I was never afraid to make a switch when something wasn't working and my kids "hated" what we had on hand. Homeschooling years are too short to hate things when there is always something that's a better fit out there. ;-) That's my personal philosophy at least.
  12. Oooh, no, I haven't seen that....checking it out now. Thank you so much for the recommendation!
  13. :grouphug: Everyone else has great suggestions. I just wanted to send you a hug. :-) I'm done with homeschooling now, but I LOVE it. I am redefining myself and focusing on my interests for a change. It takes a while to transition, but you can do it! Think back to the things you enjoyed before kids. Do any of those things still interest you? I've been making friends at a free gardening club at my local library. They have free crafts and such at the library, too. If your passion has been homeschooling, you might connect with a local homeschooling group and find a mom who would love some help once a week or something...just ease yourself into a few things and allow your interests to blossom. If you feel like you don't have any interests, try something new via a local class or group and see if it develops into something more. You will likely develop friendships and find yourself during the process.
  14. LOL....My husband and I went on a guided plant identification fieldtrip / class and one of the ladies recommended I not sample one of the edible plants because of chemtrails. I made sure to pop it in my mouth right then and there and take my time chewing. ;-)
  15. My son practiced piano 1-4 hours a day, generally. I allowed him to pretty much set his own practice schedule, and it was never "forced." He generally practiced in between subjects and also had an hour that was scheduled. He practiced because he wanted to and it was something that he loved so much that he couldn't go long without doing it for extended periods of time. It worked for us and I was pretty flexible. If he ended up practicing more, we moved things around in our day to make it work. I found that allowing him to set his practice schedule kept any burnout from occurring. He practiced and played simply because he loved to. Some days he "needed" to play for hours and hours. Other days he spent more time focusing on something else. It all worked out in the end. ;-)
  16. I had to relearn math from scratch in order to teach it successfully. Singapore and Miquon really helped in that regard, as did RightStart. If I was homeschooling all over again, I'd use Singapore in a heartbeat. I think Singapore was by far the best math program we worked with, with lasting benefits all the way into college (according to my daughter). We also used Teaching Textbooks (among other things) and it had its place. I know it's often maligned, but it worked really well for one of my children who just needed to get through math without a lot of fuss. (Note: we only used the high school levels. I would NOT use the lower levels, as I prefer Singapore and other programs during that stage.) We did NOT have any success with Saxon. I found that my family needed math programs that allowed us to see math differently and approach it from many different angles (har har). I personally needed to replace my "rote" type of education with conceptual math to truly understand it. I am the "poster child" of a mom who was NOT comfortable with math who successfully relearned it and had great success in my homeschool, so don't be discouraged!! Math doesn't have to be a struggle. You just need to find a program that speaks to you / your children's way of learning and take the time to rebuild your foundation, if necessary. I literally started over with addition, in order to properly learn everything. Now I am very comfortable with math and it's a subject I really enjoy. I'm "retired" from homeschooling, but out of everything I miss teaching - I'd say I miss math and science the most (and history, lol). ;-) Because I made myself relearn math, one of my sons was learning Algebra I in 5th grade and by the time he was in 8th grade he was studying calculus. That wouldn't have happened if I had been unable to help him along by relearning everything myself. ;-) I also recommend Khan Academy. It's a great resource and you can start at the very beginning and work your way through math that is fairly advanced, and it's free! I had one child who originally struggled with math but had a lot of success using Khan Academy because it allows you to work on whatever string of math you want / need to without any grade level limitations (up or down).
  17. I recommend prismacolors (colored pencils). I don't often have time to make sketches, so I resort to taking pictures and cataloguing them in a Word document. I add notes in the document. I've also collected samples and put them in Ziploc bags to identify later. Someday I plan on pressing some of the plants / flowers I find and putting them in a notebook (plastic sleeves or such). At some point I'll transition to a notebook and try a bit of watercolors, etc. A great book I recommend is: Keeping a Nature Journal by Leslie Roth Also, EDx has a free course that is starting on June 27: It's called "Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101" and is put on by The University of Newcastle in Australia. It's an online course with video & text instruction on drawing the natural world. I took the course when they offered it previously and noticed there were quite a few homeschoolers / kids taking the course. It "forced" me to get out and do some nature-related drawing. :-)
  18. Another example: The ranger shared the best place to hike (along the trail). Is along the trail an object complement or a prepositional phrase acting as an adverb?
  19. I'm hoping someone has the answer to this question.... Can a prepositional phrase be used as an object complement? Example: He chose his cousin (as the leader). Is "as the leader" modifying the direct object cousin as an object complement? Can you think of any other examples? I've found conflicting information about prepositional phrases being used as object complements and am trying to straighten it out in my head. :-) Thanks!
  20. An update: I didn't get anything done in the time frame I thought I would! We moved to a different state and were staying with family for awhile, etc. Anyway, I finally got back to work on this! I also decided to create an ENTIRE grammar curriculum, instead of a unit on prepositions, so needless to say, things are taking me a lot longer than I anticipated, since I'm illustrating everything myself. If anyone is interested in being a proofreader, please follow my Facebook page: . I'll be posting something about it soon. Proofreaders will get a free final copy. :-) I'll still be randomly drawing a list from replies in this thread for "beta testers" and feedback, but it's going to be awhile before I have a final draft ready to go. I'm aiming to have it completed by this fall! I hope this post doesn't break the forum rules. I had another post having to do with Guest Hollow stuff taken down. ;-) I'm not complaining at all, though!! I love this forum and wish I had more time to just hang out, like I used to.
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