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  1. Every time I look at state standards for a subject, I can see that I have covered it in some way or another. Honestly, even in our state history standards, where it had very specific things like compare a certain musical that includes our state to modern literature, we had done that in that my kids had performed parts of that musical in a co-op class, and we had watched the whole thing, learned the songs, and compared aspects of it in everyday discussions about it. State standards are not hard to be met. I had a public school high school english teacher come over and look at the thing
  2. I am very flexible, but do not cheat. A day that my 1st grader learns and practices math and reading and writing and explores the world on field trips or at co-op is school. We only do math 4 days a week anyway, and sometimes 3 on field trip weeks because of co-op one day and the field trip one day. We make up those days by starting our math curriculum a month before co-op starts and doing 4=5 day weeks of it to start the year off and doing it for a couple of weeks after co-op ends I use curriculum and experiences and outside activities and co-op classes as part of my curriculum. So I don't
  3. So, we have always co-oped, meaning four days of school at home, one at co-op. Co-op day is usually co-op and extra curriculars only most years, even for my high schooler this year, so even her high school math is only 4 days a week. In the elemenatary years, we might have a day of a field trip or have a day of games for school only where math is covered in a different curriculum or a game format or review games or whatever, so we might only do 3 days of the regular math curriculum for one or two weeks a month. To compensate for this we do longer school years. We start our homeschool a mon
  4. yes, as a coffee drinker, I would just be having some very creamy coffee for the next two weeks.
  5. Well my poor girl needs two math credits, so she is doubling up doing Geometry and Alg. 2 in one year. The plan is to do as much Geometry over the summer after work as possible, but she is planning on working, possibly two jobs, so it will be minimal, not a crash course, finish the course in two months thing. It will be moving steadily along one lesson a day that she can manage it. It took her three years to get through preAlg. and Alg. 1, but she is getting it now, so I think we will manage. So Mr. D's Geometry and Alg. 2 English- home course, British lit and writing WTM style
  6. whipped cream every day on everything... coffee, fruit, puddings, oh my. 🙂
  7. yes, these are all questions I asked at the parent information session I went to. The answers didn't satisfy me. And my kids weren't in the program ever. The semester I taught at the high school level (I don't know their official names,) the director said she had found out that she could outsource at the uppermost high school levels out of her pay, so she did.
  8. This was me too. I teach Latin, not certified, but have taught in co-ops for years. It is what I put years of study and time into. I created classes and clubs at parent run co-ops so that my kids had a peer group for years. So CC courted me for a long time to teach. But I couldn't teach just Latin. I was supposed to teach everything for one grade level only. I stuck with teaching at my regular co-op for free with my kids. At one point I did get third party hired to "tutor" (teach) the high school Latin 3 course because the director found she could outsource high school. It was for VERY
  9. Our Aldi has the whole wheat spaghetti only, so we use that, but the the other noodles, nope.
  10. I remember the Sweet Pickles. One of my sisters had them that I read. I do agree that I will keep some of our favorite children's books. Everytime I look at my dd's copy of Ping, I think of the old copy I had when I was little that had been my mom's before me. We don't have anything from when we are kids, and I think it would be nice to have some of our favorites for my kids.
  11. The few times I had a yard sale, I felt like it was way too much work for what little I made. I started doing children's consignment sales twice a year, and make a few hundred a couple of times a year. The thing about the children's consignment vs a yard sale are that the people going to the consignment are going looking for children's stuff. You don't know what the people coming to your house are going to be looking for. Kids outgrow clothes, toys, books, sports equipment, outdorr clothing, etc. every year, so I am going through the closets and drawers every season. They get new toys, bo
  12. Yes, mine eat whole wheat anything. If I buy bread, I buy whole wheat. Tortillas, bagels, etc. are white flour. If I make pancakes or muffins at home, I do about half and half whole wheat/white flour because I never mastered fully cooking with only whole wheat flour. Bread, I did used to make whole wheat or half and half, but lately, if I throw a loaf into the bread maker or dough for rolls I do white. Spaghetti noodles are easy to buy whole wheat, so I do, but macaroni and such is usually white, just because I am not going to whole foods stores, just trying to make affordable good choice
  13. I love my books and curriculum, but I don't see my kids using most of it in the future. I know my grandmother passed down my mother's old textbooks to us. They were used when my mom got them to use in public school, so some were from the 40s. They apparantly still bought their own textbooks in my mom's public elementary school. I never have any use for these books. I don't have teacher's books to make lessons out of them. We have occasionally used some of them as just reading practice, but they aren't any high quality thing that I need. As precious as they are to my grandmother who hop
  14. I think I am the same. The phonics are introduced through our Letter of the Week activities at that age. The phonemic awareness pages in R&S just reinforce that. Having basic teaching tools like a nice set of flashcards and/or letter posters with all of the letters around make this a full program. We did use Bob Books somewhere in there as the kids were ready too, before starting R&S 1st grade reading/phonics. One of mine was already reading pretty fluently when we got to the 1st grade reading and phonics, and so I started her in unit 2 of the 1st grade R&S reading/phoni
  15. So I haven't used any CLE (except for one weather/calendar workbook that they sell for like 3rd grade and their planner book which I really really liked, just using it with my own curriculum.) But addressing the too much writing in the R&S preschool/K books- I never thought so here. We usually started the ABC series around age 4, working through one book at a time, plus the Bible coloring book simultaneously. We read 1-2 of the Bible stories a week while the kids colored in the books. Then we did a couple of pages in the current workbook 1-2 days a week. One day a week my kids al
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