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Everything posted by Ellie

  1. Cranking up the music and stalking kittehs with nerf guns, 'cuz you can sit on the sofa or a comfy chair so your body is still being quiet.
  2. It's a well-known dish, but not where I'm from (southeastern Virginia/northeastern North Carolina, California, central Texas). Although I've seen people online talk about it, I've never had it IRL.
  3. When you're feeling good, congratulate yourself for resting, and rest some more. You gave birth to the little persons (regardless of how old they are at this moment) in your house. You have contributed to family life. Now stay quiet. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. ((((Terebith)))) Honey girl, it takes much longer than you imagine it will to heal, mentally as well as physically. You must, must, must rest.
  5. If you require your dc to do the written work in all of the lessons, not just the actual writing lessons, then YES! R&S's English totally enough.
  6. Many people like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for young children, because it doesn't require writing. You could do Spalding. It's very adaptable to children of all ages; it teaches to read by teaching them to spell, and simultaneously teaches penmanship, capitalization and punctuation, and simple writing. With a 4yo, you could have him do initial "writing" with his finger, and move to an actual pencil (or pen) when he's ready. You only need the manual (Writing Road to Reading) and a set of phonogram cards, and you're good to go forever.
  7. You could consider Rod and Staff Publishers (not as a supplement to CLE, though). There are really good word problems.
  8. You don't need to spend that much money. Srsly. Zaner Bloser is an excellent penmanship series. It teaches first the strokes that are used to write letters, then the letters using the strokes. It emphasizes correct pencil grip, as well, and placement of the paper. Children who hold their writing implements incorrectly can have a difficult time, so yes, it's important. ๐Ÿ™‚ You might also think about giving him a fountain pen, because it is impossible to have an iron grip and press it into the paper. You could also consider doing Spalding, which teaches children to read by teaching them to spell, and simultaneously teaches penmanship, capitalization and punctuation, and simple composition. You only need the manual (Writing Road to Reading, the fourth edition if you can find it) and a set of phonogram cards, for which you'll spend less than $40.
  9. A little six-year-old person doesn't need formal spelling (except for those learning to read and spell with something like Spalding, which teaches children to read by teaching them to spell). I think copywork would be good, and reminding her to do things like begin sentences with capital letters. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. There is no one who represents all homeschoolers. When someone is writing an article, he will try to find sources to cover all aspects of the topic. HSLDA covers one of those aspects.
  11. It isn't that HSLDA doesn't "have a stake in that game." It is that charter school people don't need HSLDA, as their children are in enrolled in a public school system and therefore technically not homeschoolers, and shouldn't need anything HSLDA has to offer.
  12. Yes!!!! Only one of my wisdom teeth came in, and it came in sideways. A dentist who did some work for me when I was around 24 said it was NBD and I should wait until it caused me problems. So I waited for another six or so years, and then it was an oral surgeon, not the dentist, who had to extract it, because it was pressing on a nerve and I had pain down the front of my neck. Then I had a dry socket, which required a week or so of narcotics for pain and every-other-day visits to the oral surgeon so he could remove the packing and repack it. Yes, have that puppy out now.
  13. He's had a boatload of grammar already. Are sure he needs more? Surely at this point correcting any grammatical mistakes in his writing should be enough.
  14. WB. ๐Ÿ™‚ There are some new people (me), some long-time people, some really good discussions, some shenanigans. The Chat board is for everything that doesn't go on the Education boards (except for Ignore This Thread, which has taken on a life of its own; feel free to jump in). Otherwise, I think everything is pretty much the same (although I didn't join until after 2003, so what do I know?).
  15. You want a cursive *hand.* ๐Ÿ™‚ Zaner Bloser and Palmer are the two most common traditional penmanship hands. I like ZB marginally better. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a site that has two kinds of printables: the cursive stroke descriptions, so the children know exactly how to make the strokes which are used to write each letter; and worksheets.
  16. Here's what I was told: Your body uses white blood cells to fight colds. And it burns calories to make those white blood cells. If you are active, your body is burning the calories it needs to make more white blood cells, so there are fewer calories available to make the white blood cells, so you won't get well as quickly. So yes, you need to rest.
  17. I homeschooled before co-ops were invented, so my vote would always be for a support group, not a co-op. Like you, I would not want to be involved in a co-op because it would disrupt our routine. I am perfectly capable of teaching my dc whatever they need to know, at least until high school and foreign languages and lab sciences and advanced maths. Have you looked for support groups in your area? Also, if you know some of the families already, why not start a support group?
  18. Each lesson starts off by saying it will take X number of days to learn thus and such. And the author wrote it such that an adult works with the child to provide guidance and feedback and whatnot. The author (whom I met) intended for Writing Strands to be about a semester's worth of writing instruction, the other semester being literature/reading. It could be alternated with reading/literature (a Writing Strands chapter, then lit for as long as that unit takes, then back to WS).
  19. I would expect most 11yo children to "have a hard time getting his paragraphs to flow." ๐Ÿ™‚ I have always liked the *original* Writing Strands. You could consider doing a R&S English text, which has everything except spelling and literature. If you require him to do all of the assignments on paper (instead of, say, doing the grammar work orally) he'll get a boatload of writing, because *everything* counts as writing.
  20. Not that often, really, but I make it a point to do some mix-ups a couple of times a year, usually in the form of a potluck or cook-out at my house. I love mixing it up. ๐Ÿ™‚
  21. Precept Ministries has really in-depth Bible studies (although recent ones sometimes include a little twaddle, but you can just move past the twaddle). There are on-line classes which are very reasonably priced. I haven't done one of the on-line classes, so I can't tell you about them. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I am a trained Precept leader, and I love Precept studies most of all the ones I've done.
  22. Yes, dear, it is normal for mourning. ((((((Mom0012)))))
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