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  1. Classical it is. I am very surprised that unschooling was the second top score and only 1 point behind classical, my educational philosophy is very far from an unschooling one. Score for Charlotte Mason: 6 Score for Classical Education: 12 Score for Montessori Education: 9 Score for Project-Based Learning: 3 Score for Reggio-Inspired:6 Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 0 Score for Traditional Education: -14 Score for Unit Studies Approach: 6 Score for Unschooling Approach: 11 Score for Waldorf Education: 3
  2. From your narrowed down list I love Emily Rose or Violet Grace Good luck deciding
  3. My youngest is anaphylactic to egg and dairy. We keep both in the house and they are used all the time and I really mean all the time. We are fanatical about preparing, cooking and storing all his food separate and making sure everything is cleaned up asap. Having said that, he could sit right next to you as you eat a huge bowl of egg and cheese with no reaction, if he was to touch it or you touch him with some on your hands then he will react mildy but he is only anaphylactic when he actually eats the food. We have epi pens at the ready at all times but have not had to use one yet. He was al
  4. Middle names of my 3 girls are Lily, Rose, and Violet (in that order) lol :001_smile:
  5. This is the typical daily schedule of my 9yo 4th grade student: 9am -9:30 independent LA (workbook then reading) 9:30-10 LA with me, grammar, spelling... 10-10:30 writing (sometimes independent, sometimes not) 10:30-11 Break outside 11-11:15 logic. 3 days a week logic book (currently primarily logic or number junctions), 2 days a week a logic game 11:15-11:45 Math. Morning times are very approximate but above it what it would look like on a day when she is working well and not distracted by anything and everything. Some days she finished all of the above including a half hour of reading
  6. Oh and I will add, my kids prefer audio books too. There are some amazing narrators and they bring a book to life in a way I never could
  7. I am another that really just does not like reading aloud to the kids. As toddlers I like it, I like them snuggling and talking about the pictures etc and their books are short. I do not enjoy reading aloud novels to the older kids, I want to but I just don't, even my favorite books I just do not like reading aloud to them. We do however listen to a lot of audio books while driving, and by a lot I mean we go through 2 or more novels on audio every week easily. While I am not reading to them they are listening to books all the time. That will have to do here. I do read to them during school ti
  8. This is me too, hate them UNLESS I am driving (which I also hate), when I am driving it provides just enough mental stimulation that the driving is more enjoyable while not distracting me. It also keeps the kids quiet and stops them distracting me so win win.
  9. Lol, I found myself teetering on that particular subject while writing the initial post but could just not come up with anything that better attempted to describe what I was looking for :laugh: I guess I am wanting good quality literature that would be suitable for 8-10yo's in terms of content that they will enjoy. Ideally I need some "older" titles, we have read a lot of modern literature but not so many older titles
  10. I have had similar problems with both my older girls. Both are very mathematically minded. The problem here basically boils down to they are bored, tear inducing bored, however while their mathematical skills are mostly intuitive I feel very strongly that they need to learn the standard conventions and methods and also, some aspects of mathematics is just not picked up through intuition and daily life so they had gaps in their knowledge. For this reason we have been working through our chosen program (at an accelerated speed) to fill in any gaps and teach the more standard conventions. The
  11. What are your favorite classics for ages 8-10 yo? I am wanting to expand their literature exposure but not quite sure where to start. What classic books have your kids enjoyed listening to at this age? My girls will not be reading these books, they will either be read aloud to them or we will get them as audio books to listen to while driving, we do a lot of driving so listen to a lot of audio books but up to this point there really have not been any "classics" in our audio library. Thanks
  12. For books that will not last us an entire year I alternate them one week on and one off (currently grammar one week spelling the next) or do that particular subject only 1-2 days per week (geography and handwriting here). That makes the individual days less cluttered and streamlined while pacing the curricula to last for hopefully the entire year. Some years we just decide to do 2-3 years worth of a curricula by working daily though but generally I pace it.
  13. As mentioned above, we are using Remedia publications outlining books and really loving them. They are providing the step by step hand holding that my dd needed to really see how the outline is created and the overall picture.
  14. Having never used wordly wise I am not sure if this will look considerably different but we are using working with words and enjoying it. At only $2 for a workbook that lasts us all year it is great value too (I do not have the teacher guide and we have not needed it) http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/054738
  15. I am after recommendations for the best text books written at an upper middle school/early high school level please. They need to be able to be used independently by the student and must be secular. We have holt life science already. My dd9 (4th grade) is asking for "adult text books" on science as apparently what we have already is not in depth enough for her and she seems to be left with more questions at the end of a chapter than answers. I have quite a number of uni text books in chemistry and several biology fields however she is not at that level yet but is well beyond the elementary/
  16. I am after recommendations for the best text books written at an upper middle school/early high school level please. They need to be able to be used independently by the student and must be secular. We have holt life science already. My dd9 (4th grade) is asking for "adult text books" on science as apparently what we have already is not in depth enough for her and she seems to be left with more questions at the end of a chapter than answers. I have quite a number of uni text books in chemistry and several biology fields however she is not at that level yet but is well beyond the elementary/
  17. Half an hour here of independent work, reading the above answers it seems I might have it easy lol
  18. Another one who never planned on accelerating, in fact I actually set out to deliberately hold them back as much as possible by really exploring and expanding on topics rather than move on to the next level. Some years my kids did 3 different math programs at the same grade level just to hold them back a little. Well that failed, despite my trying to keep them at lower levels they are working at much higher levels anyway and I have given up holding them back and letting them go for it. both older kiddos (grades 2 and 4) are currently at least 3 grade levels ahead of their age grouping, they ca
  19. Nerd and geek are an insult here generally. If being called a nerd/geek by someone who is not a nerd or geek that is highly offensive, however if called a nerd or geek by a fellow nerd then that is not only fine but a compliment and sign of solidarity. It really comes down to context but the only acceptable time to use those words here are between groups of friends who all consider themselves to be a nerd or geek.
  20. You give credit for answers that were initially wrong? Is this common? Maybe it is different where you are but here you get 0 for a wrong answer or if showing working out was required up to 1/2 for a problem where the working out was correct but a simple error resulted in an incorrect final answer. I have never heard of giving partial credit on a test to an answer that was initially marked wrong and then re-answered.
  21. I am moving my DD10 into megawords 1 in 5th grade after finishing AAS 1-5. I am a little over AAS at this stage with 2 currently working through the program and a 3rd due to start it next year so I have decided to change spelling for #1 child.
  22. This is why we homeschool. From my experience IQ testing will not help, schools here are not set up to allow gifted children to accelerate or use alternative resources, having that score will not change the way the school is run or the opportunities they can provide. Even if you do find a school with an accelerated or gifted program it is likely to only be an hour or 2 a week max of alternative work and even then it will not be a sufficient step up in difficulty to provide an actual challenge (just my experience). On the other hand homeschooling in australia is great :)
  23. I was worried about that when I downloaded it but was hoping for the best, we have not yet used it or printed any out but I was planning on using it soon, hopefully it will be ok for us when printed
  24. We love prodigy here! My girls beg to use it daily and have been doing really well with it. We used just the free site for 2 months in the beginning to make sure they were going to keep going with it, just at the end of that period a local homeschool group organized a group buy so we got memberships, they are even more in love now lol, I was not prepared to pay full price for an online game subscription for 2 kids but the group buy price was about $15 per child for the year, heaps better
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