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Jayne J

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About Jayne J

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  1. If you are interested in a modern, secular vision of a living books list, check out Build Your Library. She has thoroughly updated the Charlotte Mason approach--I find too many lists of books that are out of print and sometimes offensive in other CM type lists. The curriculum is essentially a reading list and suggested schedule, and I have found that a large majority of the books are available at my local library system. It is not complete--no math, little non-narration writing, and I feel the science needs some beefing up, but a great reinvention of the CM reading lists.
  2. We worked through a couple of these at an informal homeschooling group I belong too, and had a lot of fun. http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/guides/
  3. Thanks for all the suggestions! If Writing Skills doesn't pan out, I know where to start looking for a replacement!
  4. Thanks for the heads up! I am planning to intersperse some fun creative writing from this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1118024311/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER DD has dyslexia and needs REALLY explicit, step-by-step instruction, so this seemed like the thing, but I agree that it could be dull-ish without something else to spice it up.
  5. Thank you! I hate buying the TM only to find it less than useful.
  6. I am looking at book 1 for my daughter who needs some explicit writing guidance, but the samples of the TM that I can find look more like teacher education than an integral part of the program. Yes? No?
  7. I am another who has always left correct answers unmarked and put check marks next to incorrect ones (life-long Pennsylvanian). That is how my teachers in school always did it. We also used check marks to indicate "complete/finished" and minus signs to indicate "incomplete" but the context was always obvious.
  8. I have a couple of very prolific artists here too. We have a color-coded file folder for each kid, where they stick any and all art they make (3D stuff is photographed). After 6 months or so the folder is stuffed full and we sit down together and sort it. Some becomes gifts for grandparents, some becomes wrapping paper for small gifts, some gets tossed, and their very favorite pieces get a new dated folder which goes into that child's storage bin for permanent storage.
  9. http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/540167-so-minimalist-challenge/?do=findComment&comment=6151949 http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/559478-minimalist-school-supplies/?do=findComment&comment=6505948 http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/551774-my-new-minimalist-supply-list/?do=findComment&comment=6375118 http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/545948-another-minimalist-homeschool-thread/?do=findComment&comment=6254583 http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/546041-minimalist-challenge-roadschooling-with-onlymostly-hardcopy-books/?do=findComment&c
  10. I felt utterly shut out of the local homeschool scene (extremely conservative Christian) until I was lucky enough to stumble onto the 'underground' homeschool scene (by which I mean the secular/inclusive/eclectic/even-slightly-unschooly crowd). They seem to be sort of shadow worlds to each other--neither acknowledging the other, and never the twain shall meet LOL! At the risk of stereotyping, I would have found this group much more quickly had I been looking for them outside the box--whole foods markets, CSA pick-ups, yoga studios, alternative healing places, the local UU congregation, skate p
  11. I was just coming in to recommend Gilgamesh myself. Surprisingly readable, relevant, and fun.
  12. Context is everything. I have one kid who would laugh her head off and think it was the funniest thing ever, and another who would be very upset, feeling like the target of bullying and meanness despite having a hilarious sense of (verbal) humor. I understand the humor, but don't personally enjoy that kind of joking. My mother's side of the family did things like that and it always made me feel a little picked on. But if it brings you all closer and makes you laugh together, go for it! :)
  13. Annual event here--I am in the middle of 'putting-away-the-books-from-this-school-year' an event which includes a lot of paper sorting, and dealing with broken crayons. And then completely reorganizing every shelf in every room, because the grammar books wouldn't all fit in the space allotted to them. And no matter how many shelves we add, it is the same story every year--how is that possible? If I am very, very lucky by the time it evolves into 'oh-my-goodness, did no one put a single art or craft supply away all year long?!' I will be too exhausted to start pulling things off the close
  14. Yay! Just got back. I ended up with the Serenity/Hellboy/Alien mashup. The kids got two each, because they wore costumes. Sigh. I love free comic book day...
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