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  1. I'll have a 4 in March! I haven't considered him much yet. Probably Singapore Math K Essentials... maybe Phonics Pathways? He know his letter sounds already, but is so not ready to blend. Tagging along with his 1st grade brother. Playing with various siblings throughout the day while I work with the other various siblings! 😉
  2. About $3000 for the 3 kids that are doing things (last one is only 3 years old). That's rec gymnastics for one, taekwondo for two (which might be one soon), seasonal rec soccer for one, and scouts for the other (which might increase since he's moving from Cub to BSA soon). ETA, these are kids aged 6-10, no teens.
  3. Using mostly Memoria Press for my upcoming 4th grader. First Form Latin with her brother (they're finishing LC now) Math Mammoth 5 MP Language Arts: Fable, English Grammar II, Cursive Copybook, Spelling Workout E, 4th grade literature MP History: Greek Myths, Christian Studies I, US States and Capitals MP Science: Astronomy Catechism with Faith and Life book 4, whatever that title is Charlotte Mason style artist study, poet study, and music appreciation Also, gymnastics and church.
  4. I use the Singapore Essentials that's been mentioned. I also have C-rods that I use following the instruction at You could probably fly through the Singapore books pretty quickly. I actually use them for PreK and start Math Mammoth 1 in kindy. I like having a book at that age to practice writing numbers and reading symbols. MM has a lot of picture manipulatives that you can use with real manipulatives, but then I know what to actually teach and the proper sequence.
  5. We love The Martian, Bridge of Spies. We also liked The Informant!
  6. Another strategy you might consider is the "go down the list" method. Yes, many schedules expect you to do so many lessons in so many days, but that's hard to do in real life. So instead of saying "it's Tuesday, we must get these 10 things done listed under Tuesday!" you might instead start at the top, work your way down until you need to be done for the day, then pick up where you left off the next day (even if its Wednesday and your starting Tuesday's 7th assignment). This doesn't work for me, but others have found this a helpful mental shift!
  7. I got to the same point as you when my oldest was 3rd grade. I started homeschooling with TWTM and got tired of having to reinvent the curriculum every year (for multiple children!). I chose to go with MP, but only for the subjects I was tired of... we stuck with the math and grammar we liked. I was planning on using MP for Latin anyway, so that was my foot-in-the-door. So figure out which subjects you would rather not antagonize over. Then look at those boxed curricula ONLY in those subjects and see what you think. (As a side note on MP - you can still get a sizable discount even if you don't get a full core. If you get "enough" subjects and purchase the curriculum guide for that grade level, they'll give you a discount. Send them an email of what you want, and they'll send you a quote back, no obligation to buy.)
  8. I totally agree! My third born will be 1st grade this fall, and he seems SO MUCH younger than my oldest at the same age. It is what it is I guess. Here's my tentative plan, mostly using materials I already have: Reading/Spelling: Phonics Pathways and The Writing Road to Reading method Math: Math Mammoth 2 Writing: WWE1 and FLL1 Religion: Faith and Life book 1 Geography: Daily Geography grade 1 I'm still up in the air for history and science. I might just use library books if I can find some good lists. I did SO MUCH more with my oldest at this age, but now I also have two older kids to teach in my day so... yeah. Not enough time. I'm also trying to not go and buy all new things for him. I don't need to be as frugal as I did for my older two, but I'm trying not to buy shiny things for shiny things' sake. He'll also be doing religious ed at church and probably soccer.
  9. My oldest will be 6th grade this "fall" (we start in July). Language Arts: second half(ish) of Grammar for the Well Trained Mind, Spelling Workout E (maybe, I might stop formal spelling and address it as needed). Composition - I think take a break from MP and do IEW Medieval History-based Writing. Maybe half a year of each using Cheria and Maxim. Math: Math Mammoth 6b and 7a, I might choose select chapters from 7a and 7b to get that year done to start Algebra in 7th grade. Still have to look into that. Latin: First Form Latin Literature: MP 6th grade Lit package, focuses on the middle ages Continue MP's sequence for history/classics to include Christian Studies III, Famous Men of the Middle Ages, and Geography II with a Book of Centuries instead of MP's Timeline. Science: Catholic Heritage Curricula's Life Science. I plan on following Novare for the rest of middle school. Religion: Faith and Life book 6, whatever that title is and Virtues in Practice from the Dominican Sisters in Nashville. Fine Arts: Charlotte Mason style poet and artist studies. MP Music Appreciation, pick up where we leave off this year. Continuing piano lessons. Plus Scouts BSA, Relgious Ed at church, and maybe Taekwondo.
  10. This is helpful to me too, thanks for the replies! I'm using GWTM with my 5th grader at half speed since everyone else said it'd be too hard. I think we'll get as far as we can next year, then stop. He'll be starting First Form Latin next year too (and hopefully continuing) and has completed FLL 1-4. I'll reevaluate the need for explicit grammar after that.
  11. I share your line of thinking, also to include family history and cultural traditions.
  12. Here's a great explanation of how credit cards work in YNAB. I think you can still do what you're doing using YNAB. You just end up dealing with each individual transaction twice, once with the credit card and once with the checking transfer to the credit card. (Honestly, that seems like a lot of work. YNAB will reserve the money for your credit card payment for you, as the video explains.) He also has a Beginners Guide video that discusses cash at some point.
  13. This video should help too. More complicated to set up, but easy once you do.
  14. Happy Planner actually comes in a variety of formats. If you look online, you can see which covers have which layout (and then use the cover of the one you have if you like it better). I have a Plum Paper planner for the first time this year. I love it! The layout and even the headings are customizable. It comes spiral bound or in loose sheets, so you can punch those Happy Planner holes (if you buy the hole punch) in it to use the discs with it.
  15. When my kids signed up for a Spartan Race, they could download a training schedule. It's mostly body weight workouts with a 1/4 mile jog at the end. It's nice to have a list to follow, and there are different lists based on age and ability. You do have to give them your info to get it though.
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