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  1. Definitely don't skip the logic section. It was one of our favorites. Fractions... You probably aren't missing anything there.
  2. I'm in GA and was only teasing about using those hours anyway. We spend more than the necessary number of hours on schoolwork, field trips and bunny trails. :)
  3. 810 hours over 180 days. Please don't ask if I track that. Wow, I've just done some math and I'm definitely working too hard. My oldest is dancing 8.25 hours a week this year and also piano lessons. That comes to 315 hours (of music and PE) by itself. When I figure out what time is left and divide by my 180 days, I only need 2.75 hours of instruction per school day. Wow! I could become a total slacker and still be in compliance. Don't tell my daughter.
  4. Thanks everyone. I guess we will chug along with Beast Academy. Her older sister can pass on her laminated multiplication chart since she finally has hers down. I guess the two aren't very different in that respect. It took my oldest until just before summer this past year to be fluent. Memory is such a weird thing though. My youngest memorized her addition and subtraction facts with no trouble at all and is an ace at mental math with just those two operations. I don't understand my kids brains at all. (And as to the Neuro psych, we went that route for my oldest and learned a lot. I'll keep that idea in my back pocket, but wow is it expensive!!!) And thank you for the suggestions for MEP and CLE. I've looked at MEP before but had forgotten about it. I might print out some of it and let her see what she thinks.
  5. We started it this week too. We are doing most of it orally and having a great time. We've only listened to the first two songs and my oldest really detests the parts of speech song. The singer's monotone voice makes her skin crawl apparently. She is currently sitting at the piano composing a new version for us. Ha! Grammar and piano covered today!
  6. Ugh. My daughter is a young 3rd grader. She'll be 8 on August 25th. Last year we started the year with Math in Focus (we used it in first grade too) and at the end of 2nd grade we had moved into Beast Academy. We are currently on the multiplication chapter of Beast Academy. I know, from going through Beast Academy with my oldest, that once you finish that chapter, you end up using multiplication to solve problems quite frequently. The problem I'm having is this: she has a terrible, absolutely terrible memory even though she is quite smart. She picks up on things really quickly but promptly forgets them if we don't review frequently. I've taught money so many times and even though she can learn the names of the coins and how much they are worth and count out money and add and subtract money...well, if we don't talk about it for a couple of weeks, it's as if we never covered money at all. This doesn't just happen with money (she took a long time to learn the alphabet and letter sounds too). We've been drilling the number of sides on each kind of polygon for forever!!! It's making me crazy, absolutely bonkers. So, it's going to take awhile to learn these multiplication facts, and I don't want to just hang out and do daily drill for two reasons...It will be dull and she'll forget everything else she knows. I have Math in Focus 3A, but the material covered in that book is too easy for her and she's complaining about boredom. It doesn't cover the things she's having trouble with (likely they are covered in 3B, which I don't have). I have Beast Academy through 5B but don't really feel like I can go anywhere with it at this moment. At the end of last term, our daily math consisted of math fact practice (Reflex Math), a page from a Math Mammoth review workbook, and a couple of problems in Beast Academy. I don't know where to go now. I don't want to spend a fortune because I do intend to go forward with Beast (I hope, since I already own all of it), but we need SOMETHING to do. It seems like it needs to be spiral (is that the right word for coming back to topics frequently and building on them) and I would like it to be conceptual. Also, secular. She would love it to be hands on. Does such a creature exist? Ripping my hair out here! (And to add to my frustration, I had to order a second copy of Apples and Pears workbook A because she has trouble spelling and was having a difficult time at the end of the year so I put it away hoping that the summer would allow her to age a bit and she'd be ready to tackle it when we started this term. Anyway, she's gone back so far in skills that I would need to erase half the workbook to get us where we need to be.)
  7. I told my oldest daughter that when she learned to tell time, I would buy a fun clock for the wall in our school room. She's now eleven and learned to tell time long long ago. Now my youngest is pretty good at telling time and I would like to buy a fun clock. I would like it to be something bright and cheerful and under $50 if possible. Anyone have a great wall clock that they can recommend? I feel like I've looked at clocks until I'm cross-eyed and still haven't found anything I like.
  8. I'm not going to do links because I'm on my mobile and it would be a pain, but a basic youtube search will turn up our favorites: SciShow Kids SciShow Space It's OK to be Smart Crash Course Kids All of the videos are science related (our favorite) and are pretty short. We use them to start our day over breakfast. What I need are some ideas for history videos that are short (10 minutes or less) and would appeal to my youngest--age 8. She's pretty sensitive to violence and doesn't like to read about history. Anybody have any ideas?
  9. I circle wrong answers so they know what to try again and if the second try is no good then we work it together. I don't mark correct answers, but my kids still like stickers so I occasionally put a sticker on well done pages. Otherwise, I don't grade work at all. I know I will have to soon, but my kids are still young.
  10. I've spent my whole school budget, but if I had the money, this is what i would buy:
  11. When my husband and I got married and bought our first home, he didn't understand why I was so desperate to replace the futon in the living room with a nice, new sofa... And it probably wouldn't make sense to most people... But I spent a few childhood years with other's cast off ripped sofas followed by many years of sitting on the floor in the living room... I especially remember Having a friend come over tho visit and then later being teased at school because we didn't have any furniture in the living room. Having a nice sofa in the living room meant I was settled. ETA: it wasn't really about the sofa though... It was more of a symptom of an unsettled life where needs frequently went unmet. I admit, I have the luxury of homeschooling. Our bills are more than paid and life is good. If things were different, I never would have left the workforce.
  12. I only read a few posts on the thread that spun this off because it made me so sad... And I haven't read any of the replies on this thread... And I haven't ridden off into the sunset because my girls are only eleven and eight...BUT... I wouldn't trade this time with them for anything. 18 years each, that's all I get of them at home before they go off and make their own lives. This time is so precious. No, I have no idea what I will do when this time is over. So much time will have passed(has already passed) that stepping back into my career will be impossible. I don't care. I wouldn't give this up for a moment. Is it all sunshine and roses? Nope. But what is?
  13. Wow, thanks! That's on our read-aloud list this year and I've just saved myself some breath. Now I can color with the girls while we all listen! What a bargain.
  14. Thanks. That's really helpful. I really liked what I saw in the sample but didn't know how to get a copy. It's kind of pricey, isn't it? (For spiral review I mean. I'm not afraid to spends lots on our primary curriculum.)
  15. Yes, leftover soap can really irritate sensitive bottoms.
  16. I used Charlie's. It's cheap and it works.
  17. I've used both. I didn't care for the look of HWT when my oldest used it and I'm not sure she thought it was that great either. I started my youngest with LOE Rhythm... and it's much prettier. I don't think one is harder or easier than the other. Pick whichever you like and be consistent. ETA: My oldest has changed over to a more traditional style and really prefers it.
  18. We did about half of RSO chemistry and we did Nancy Larson 2 and 3. Of the two, I prefer Nancy Larson. I guess I felt like it was more open and go and since I don't like to spend a lot of time planning, I really appreciated that. On the other hand, Nancy Larson is pretty schooly and we ditched the worksheets and some of the scriptedness to make it our own. Maybe I'm just not good at curriculum. That seems to be the case more and more these days. :) ETA: I think I also appreciated that Nancy Larson isn't a full year of a single topic so around the time you get tired of pulleys, etc, you move on to a bird study. That said, we are giving RSO Biology 2 a shot this year and I'm really excited about it.
  19. Where do you buy that? It looks like the link only caters to schools.
  20. Did you know that Math Mammoth has a review workbook that is spiral? My youngest tends to forget some basic concepts like time and money if we don't touch on them often so we used this with Beast Academy this year.
  21. We usually start back when the public school starts back and run about the same schedule because my oldest dances a lot and the studio follows the public school schedule. So, we finished end of May and will start back first of August. I understand why you would want to change that because of the temperature (it's super hot here too), but it's just easier for us to be doing what our friends and extracurriculars are doing. I second showing them the calendar and letting them see that they are getting just as much vacation as everyone else just at a different time and explain why. Your kids are old enough to be reasonable about these kinds of things. If they don't like it, you can go one of two ways with it: 1. Tough luck kids, I make the schedule. 2. If you don't like this plan, get together with your siblings and present something you think you would like better and be prepared to convince me that your plan is superior. (I think this sounds like a kind of fun assignment actually.)
  22. With my youngest about 30 and with my oldest it became closer to 45 - 60. We don't go by number of pages because it can really vary depending on what's on the page. And, if the work is really frustrating, doesn't matter how much time we've spent on it, we just put it away and pick it up the next day. With a fresh mind, they are usually able to tackle it and work it out.
  23. We probably spent 3 to 3.5 hours on it a week. One hour of that was the online lecture/discussion, and the remainder was split between reading the text and hands on demonstration type things. We made a fountain of the type invented by a 1 AD physicist (that was probably out favorite activity) and did some hands on things with the Pythagorean theorem. We measured the circumference of the earth. She had lots of things to do and I really appreciated that it wasn't read the book, listen to this lecture and then fill out this worksheet. The instructor is great, she seems very knowledgeable. There are plenty of opportunities to discuss things in class and she also has online office hours if the kids have other things they want to talk about. She's kind of nerdy like my daughter and referenced things like Avatar: The Last Airbender, ViHart's youtube channel, and I don't remember what else, but she really seems to get children and she has a youngish daughter herself so maybe that's why. We liked it enough to sign up for her next class. The online portal is really well designed and once my daughter figured out how to navigate it, I was able to mostly turn the class over to her. My only complaint, and it isn't about the class, is about the text itself. The information is great and very interesting, but the presentation is very ADHD. There are so many sidebars and other topic boxes that it sometimes really hard to read. I finally asked my daughter to just read through the chapter just reading the main text and then return to the start of the chapter and read all the extras. Maybe it's not the best method but I haven't found a better one.
  24. RSO has a new Physics text. It's brand new so I don't think you will find any reviews.
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