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  1. In WWE1, the teacher is supposed to write the narration. The child writes the copywork on the other days. Eventually, they will copy their narration from what you wrote for them. This separates the two steps of writing (thinking of what to say and physically putting pencil to paper) to make it simpler for a young student to master the steps of writing. Since you have an older-ish child working with WWE1, you could have him write his own narration if you want to. But a main goal of having the teacher write it first is so the student can see a well-formed sentence with correct grammar, punc
  2. One hour a day of Wii and/or Minecraft and/or PBS kids shows. On weekends we'll also watch a movie or sports according to Daddy's wishes, so that can be another 1-6 hours.
  3. Yes, IEW can do that for your 6th grader. My friend had the same sort of issues, and her 11 is doing WONDERFULLY with the level B Medieval themed book. I haven't used IEW extensively ... but I've seen it, watched some videos, and am using All Things Fun and Facinating with my 8 yo this year. I don't think you can go wrong for doing it for a year, then reevaluating if you want to. It's formulaic, yes, but having clear and simple goals for a child who doesn't like to write or doesn't know what to write or isn't confident in writing is a GOOD thing. As for what products to use for
  4. I'm not sure that a 4th grader would know about simplifying by dividing by 4... but that is a challenge problem, right?
  5. Here's what I got... once you simplify to 49=x times x, a 4th grader should be able to recognize that 7 times itself will be 49 without discussing square roots.
  6. I don't think I would add grammar on for a 1st grader that doesn't like to write.... I like FLL 1 and 2 because they're done orally. And skip any of the lessons that you do at others times (poetry, picture study, narration). After having done all 4 levels of FLL, I see the purpose of levels 1 and 2 as establishing general understanding of parts of speech and beginning to memorize the definitions. You can speed up or slow down as needed. Or just wait a couple months or start next school year. If FLL isn't a good fit for you, that's fine. But again, I don't think I'd start a written gr
  7. Bravado. Expensive, yes. But after nursing 3 babies with subpar undergarments, I slurgged on two from them... I can't find the exact ones I have, but this one is close: https://smile.amazon.com/BRAVADO-DESIGNS-Seamless-Maternity-Butterscotch/dp/B000YQPZSW/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?keywords=bravado+nursing+bra&qid=1573394647&sprefix=bravado&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A2V3PL72ZG5F1J&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFNRkxIR0hQT0pYWjYmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA4MDc3MDIyVVFVWEhHOERYRk0zJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5MzM2OTMyM1k5QkU3TjNXSDhCJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfcGhvbmVfc2VhcmNoX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tS
  8. I would do FLL 2 first. It introduces parts for speech and definitions orally (very little writing in FLL2) and helps get the concepts in the student's head before they have to apply them in FLL3. I'm doing FLL3 with my daughter now (we did FLL2 last year) and there's many times in FLL3 where it says "if you didn't do FLL 2, spend some time memorizing this definition/list of words on your own". I don't like having to add things in on my own like that, so that's why I suggest doing FLL2 first.
  9. DS is 5th grade, 10yo, and we did FLL 1-4 and loved it. FLL is a great fit for me and my kids. So I really wanted to continue Grammar for the Well Trained Mind, which we've started this year. I read lots of reviews that said it was too hard for 5th grade (the first advertized year for the sequence), so I decided to slow it down. We do 2 lessons a week instead of 4, but we're also doing a grammar based Latin. Overkill? Maybe. But he's my oldest and my guinea pig. 😉 We're at lesson 15 and I like it so far. I can see why people would say it's too much for 5th grade, even having done FLL
  10. Pampered Wolf. Focuses on 35+ and her mom comes on a lot too to demonstrate mature skin.
  11. I haven't used this, but I plan on it! Novare's Physical Science: https://www.novarescienceandmath.com/product/novare-physical-science-3rd-edition/ They also have a secular print of this through Centripetal Press.
  12. That happens here too. It's SOOOO HARD not to take it personally. I've tried to cater to the tastes of my 5 yo because, you know, I want him to EAT. But it's apparent to me now that if it's not homemade pizza, Mac and cheese, or spaghetti, he won't be pleased....
  13. Thanks for all the great ideas and success stories! Do you have any suggestions for what to do during the visit? With a 5 hour round trip, I'd like to spend a good part of the day with her, not just an hour. So far I'm thinking: share a meal, watch a movie, take her for a walk in a wheel chair if allowed. Anything else? I also thought of my older kids writing her letters that she can take her time to answer during the week. She's fairly close to my kids, we all get together 4-6 times a year and she loves hanging out with them. ETA: I'm not a talker by nature, and she
  14. First, if you're inclined to, please pray for my family member. She and her husband have tried for several years for a successful pregnancy and are on their 5th try. This one is the first (and only?) IVF baby and she's 21 weeks today - none of the others got past twelve.... She's leaking amniotic fluid. They'll admit her for hospital bed rest at 23 weeks, if they get to that point. For those of you who have gone on bed rest for such a long time, what can I do for her or gift her that would be helpful? We live 2.5 hours away from her, and I have my four children who probably sho
  15. My SIL is certified in PA. She finds it easier to file as a tutor than a homeschooler, though I don't know the details.
  16. When my daughter was 2.8 years old at the start of the school year, I used Confessions of a Homeschooler. But she had excellent dexterity and a natural affinity for language. I've used those R&S books too - I forgot about them actually! But I don't think my current 3yo would go for them. What else have you landed on? Has anything been working?
  17. For K: We do reading instruction (phonics with leveled readers), math, and handwriting (usually copywork from the readers) every weekday. The rest is done on a rotating cycle. I aim for 4-5 "lessons" a day, so reading, writing, math, + 1 or 2 (a science picture book for example). We also do Morning Time as a family where we do prayer and a read aloud chapter book. For 2nd: reading+phonics, copywork, and math everyday. Grammar and composition (we use FFL amd WWE at that age) get woven into that. History, science, geography, and catechism get done 1-2 days a week each. The Takeaway: re
  18. I've used Annual Credit Report in the past. When you ask for the report, you have to answer very specific questions about previously owned cars, residences, etc to verify identity. I've been able to retrieve DH's with a touch of difficultly. But it doesnt inform the person of an attempt if you get some question wrong (or if you get them right and get access). You would have to pay money to get the scores, but everything else in the report is available. https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action Though, if your DH has credit monitoring, he might get a notice, I'm not sure.
  19. Eight. Then six. Another expecting a 5th. All young enough to have more.
  20. DH and I call each other's parents Mom and Dad. We have ever since we've been married. ILs refer to themselves as such, sometimes with a last name attached on a card.
  21. A week? I'd call the office and ask. Of course it is now Friday evening...
  22. It's not necessary where I live, so I opted out. Too many emails! But I can see benefit of having the option.
  23. Yes, this. It's the son's half of the bunk bed that can be unbunked. If he leaves the room, so does his bed.
  24. My upcoming 5th grader is not the greatest speller. Not terrible, but not great. He does well on his spelling tests, but is also working a few books behind - finished Spelling Workout book C in 4th grade. I don't believe he has any learning quirks or disabilities - I think he's behind more because I jumped around programs a lot when he was younger. So, help me jump ship again. 😉 I think he's ready for something at a more typical 5th grade level for spelling... I have both the Writing Road to Reading and Phonics Pathways. I thought about doing a phonics review including dictation using one
  25. How exciting! We considered the flex bow, but we went with their cabin tent with the awning and walls (6 people, 4 tiny but growing fast!). We were able to cook under the awning while it was raining and it worked out nicely. But either way, the canvas kept the temperature much more constant and felt much softer to just be in. Very refreshing.
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