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  1. We got ahead because we started early, and I will do 2 lessons a day, one more difficult, like regrouping and an easy fun one, like measuring with a ruler or scale. We use TB, WB, and CWP. We will finish 3B by October and then we are only doing one level per year hopefully, so 4A/B in second grade, 5A/B in third, 6A/B in fourth.
  2. We don't allow Legos out of their bedroom, ever. If I see a Lego anywhere else, I call the offender to immediately stop whatever they are doing and come and return it to their room. I don't care if you are eating, watching TV, playing outside, you must immediately stop and come and get it. That has greatly cut down on the "everywhere" problem. We have bins for each color in their room and a shelf that runs the length of the wall under the window. Creations go on the shelf, pieces go in the bins. I make them get every Lego off the floor and in one of these locations before they are allowed to go outside to play or watch TV or we leave the house.
  3. I have never seen BA, but we use CWP and am going to start IP with the next book in the next few weeks (3A). My 7 YO DS loves the CWP, they are not too challenging to him, but it does take him longer than 3 seconds to figure them out, which he enjoys :).
  4. I haven't read responses, but I would not be okay with watching someone else's two year olds without them expressly asking me...as a favor...occasionally :). I don't even let my four year old go out of my fenced backyard without me, my three year old, no way! She makes foolish (typical three year old) decisions inside the house, with me in the adjoining room where I can rescue her. My neighbor sends his four year old out to play with my kids, which I think is borderline annoying, and I don't stay out to watch him if my little two go in. I would just mention to the parents that you are uncomfortable with the situation.
  5. Me, too :). We are testing the waters this summer, I had forgotten how long it takes to do everything with a pre-reader.
  6. Mine will be 5 and 7 in the fall, too. We will be doing The One Year Bible, SOTW, Science in the Beginning, and CC together. Math, reading, handwriting, and spelling separately. My 7 YO will be answering the SOTW questions in a notebook and reading the extra books independently and 5 YO will be doing them orally and I will read to him.
  7. And to add, we do spelling and Shurley English for the other parts of language arts.
  8. I have been looking at a lot of my friends' curriculum and all are doing some sort of reading program, A beka, Bob Jones, Sonlight, etc. We used The Writing Road to Reading to learn to read, now he can read practically anything. He has read the first two Harry Potters this year, all of the Hatchet/Brian Saga, the Mysterious Benedict Society, Inkheart, so that gives you an idea of his reading ability. So where do we go from here? When I taught, we had readers, with generally stupid stories and reading comprehension questions at the end, and a vocabulary section. Do I need to find something like this, or is just reading enough? Do I need to make up comprehension questions for him based on the books he's already reading? I mean, he clearly understands what's going on, he finishes the books and asks me questions about words he doesn't understand, but do I need to be searching for a reading program for second grade? Do I search for a reading program for a higher level since the books he's reading are higher than second grade? ETA: He also reads lots of nonfiction, he reads the Usborne World History and science encyclopedias daily, plus nonfiction about whatever CC topics we're covering.
  9. I love that I have room for a dedicated schoolroom and playroom, it helps keep me from going insane from the amount of stuff we have. I love that my kitchen is enormous, we actually have more cabinets than we can use. I love that it's all hard floors on the bottom, except the playroom, and all carpet upstairs. I love that we have enough room for my husband to have his gallery in our house which doubles as a dedicated media room. I love that we have lots of windows so lots of natural light. I love my fenced backyard where my littles can play safely any time. I love that we have friends for my kids in nearly every house within walking distance. I love that we have lots of friends for ourselves within walking distance. My favorite feature is we live in a cul de sac where they can all ride their bikes in safety :).
  10. We signed him up :). Asher is going to take a break from swimming in the fall, and both he and Jax are going to swim in the winter and spring. Sweet P will be old enough for Awana in the fall so I will be able to grocery shop alone every week, whoo hoo!
  11. LOL, no she lives in PA. She is offering to pay for art camp this summer, and wants them to go on different weeks so they will feel special. The camps my 7 and 3 YO's chose are a week she is going to be here for part of the week, I seriously considered making her take the 3 YO in the morning, coming home, going back at 1 to pick her up and drop off the 7 YO, coming home, and going back at 5:30 to get him, just so she can get a feel for my reality ;).
  12. And no, I don't even have enough bedrooms for everyone to have their own room.
  13. And again, thank you for all your replies. My MIL is making me feel like I am a terrible parent for not giving my children their own rooms and that I need to put them all in different activities until they find their "gifted ness", even my 3 YO. And yes, she is willing to pay for this exploration.
  14. And yes, we (parents) chose swimming. They have been in lessons since they were tiny and they all absolutely love to swim. We chose it because all three could do it all the way through high school/life, and to make my life easier :). My 7 YO really, really loves swimming on the team, and does not like soccer at all (we let him play twice when he was 5 and 6, that's how my 4 YO knows about the snacks.). I did offer up Gatorade and Oreos after swim meets :). DH is not home to help on any sort of regular schedule, he has photo shoots 3-4 nights a week, then meets with clients on nights in the winter. Moving to a small town sounds good, no matter where you live in Greensboro, you are going to be driving 20 minutes to something, we actually live in the city limits.
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