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  1. Thia, I did join the Facebook group. So, thanks for that tip!
  2. Thanks for all the feedback. Much appreciated! Still looking for the "perfect plan".
  3. I feel like I do. Some subjects I need my hand held. History is one of them. I was surprised when I started reading the lesson plans. I'm getting discouraged and I haven't even started yet.
  4. Question...I'm using Abeka History for grade 8. The lesson plans are designed for a classroom. Am I missing something? Are there just basic homeschool lesson plans?
  5. Thanks! As I said, I had a list of requirements that I wanted out of a curriculum. Christian, accredited, somewhat independent, academically advanced, spiral, quiz/test based, and most of all appealing to my boys. I have high hopes that Abeka is the answer. I will check out the yahoo group. Again, thanks for all the input!
  6. I purchased the Abeka DVD curriculum for next year. I have tried Sonlight, Calvert, and a mix of other things. Nothing worked the way I wanted it to. I have a list of requirements I want out of a curriculum. I got my hands on all Abeka had to offer at our homeschool conference. I really loved it. So...I want to hear from those of you who have used it. Pros? Cons? Likes? Dislikes? How do your kids feel about it? Is it academically on par with other curriculums? Please share what you wish you had known before you started on this path. Thanks!!!
  7. Thanks for all the input! I love hearing from everyone! I am going to finish the curriculum. I am not going to use the teachers manual. I was hoping this would work long term, so I didn't have to go on the curriculum hunt for next year. No deal! Also, I use CLE math and LOVE IT! I wish I liked the other subjects they offered, but I'm not a big fan. I don't get how anyone does Calvert...each subject has an objective. introduction, instruction, and application. Do that for each subject for each kid...ug! My house would be a wreck and we would never eat a home cooked meal.
  8. First, I tried Sonlight. We didn't like it. I wanted something a little more independent and a little more structured with quizzes and tests. Next, I bought Calvert. We are a month into it. I love the academics of it. I don't like that I am "teaching" every subject to each of my boys. The subject matter is straight forward enough that they could do it on their own, but the manual is written to the parent. It's too much skipping around. I also don't like that the schedule is set in stone. If you miss one subject on one day...you're off. I spend more time flipping around, getting
  9. My biggest challenge is this...I sit down with ds and start reading his lesson. I get him started and begin with other ds. Either one ds is waiting for me to answer a question, or the other ds is waiting to be told what to do. Do you block out time for each child? Since every subject needs direct involvement, how do you organize for multiple children? I guess that's what my real question is. :confused:
  10. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
  11. For those who use Calvert...do you do it exactly as instructed or do you change it at all? I like the instructor's guide, but it slows us down. I know the curriculum is not meant to be independent, but I think it could be. If you will, please share with me how Calvert works best for you. Thanks for sharing!
  12. I ordered from Christian Light at a conference. They did tell me I could ask for "seconds" when placing future orders. If a light unit isn't in perfect condition (bent corner, floor copy at a conference, etc.) it is sold at a discount. You have to place your order by phone and ask if there are any seconds available. That's the only cost saves I know about for CLE.
  13. I would agree. TT must be somewhat behind...I was just surprised there was wasn't a bigger gap. KWIM. Now...if I could just get my other subjects running as smoothly...:001_huh:
  14. Last year (my 1st year homeschooling) was a disaster in math. My curriculum of choice was highly recommended and widely successful with many of you on this board. For me...a flop. After some research I found CLE (Christian Light Education). I started my 10ds in level 400. For those who aren't familiar, each level includes 10 "Light Units". Each light unit has 17 lessons including 2 quizzes and 1 test. Today, ds is starting light unit 407. He has gone from an average ps student to a math loving kid!!! I am looking ahead at high school math and trying to determine what courses
  15. Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to make my decisions for next year and this is my pick for science...so far.
  16. :grouphug: I just need to know people are praying...or thinking...of them.
  17. Well, my husband would say the same thing. And, I would strongly disagree with him! Just let it go...be strong...and know that if you are REALLY THAT CONTROLLING you won't argue back with her!!! :lol:
  18. I just moved to Alabama. We joined a YMCA and today was our 2nd PE class. Upon arrival today...they shared the news that a mom had passed away. I don't know her. I never met her or her kids. She had 6 children. They were 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 18. The Y was raising money for the family because the 18 year old was battling cancer. So sad. I am beside myself with grief...and I hadn't even met her. Her service is tonight and her burial is tomorrow. Along with homeschooling, she was the CEO of Jesus Offers Bread Mission which offer help to thousands of people. Her name is Vic
  19. For the record...I never said "simple flu". And I would like to add that I get lots of information and support from the folks on this site. I am shocked that sharing my experience and information (which is why we are all here) has prompted you to tell me to "skip any more posts on this board that mention Swine flu"...since I am the one that started this post. Respectfully disagree. Share your story. But stop short of telling me...or anyone here...what to do. We all have the same goal in mind here. We all want happy, healthy, educated kids. Keep that in mind when you post
  20. Hi Melissa. I actually live in Florida. My child had survived the "swine flu". I never said anyone was being silly for being concerned. I simply think information is key. I was just sharing what I know first hand.
  21. With all respect to you, I would disagree. :)
  22. Whoever told you this does not understand the nature of influenza. With all respect to you, I would disagree. :)
  23. The regular flu takes lives every year. The H1N1 hasn't presented itself as such a threat in decades. That's why I said H1N1 takes "no more". Year over year...I think you might agree.
  24. Research shows people in 1918 caught and died from that pandemic in 1 day. This is not the case here. Further research shows people born before 1960 have an immunity. The same immunity my son has since he has been exposed. A vaccine the opportunity for your immune system to have exposure to the infection and build up immunity. I'm just saying there is no need to be fearful. Be informed. When I was diagnosed with RA I had to learn about my diagnosis. Those with the same diagnosis decades ago were crippled and died. With knowledge and today's medicine, I am not that statistic!
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