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  1. None of the resources recommended nor any basic third grade book leaves this stuff out though, that I'm aware of.
  2. This is all true! I'm back in first grade now, using phonics and reading and math. It's all in the tms. But later they work directly from texts.
  3. I use Rod and Staff. The lessons are in the teacher guide, sometimes instructions for how to do the work are in the guide, not on the page, and aren't self explanatory.
  4. I miss our city pool right down the road that we get passes to. Little kids do swim lessons every morning, and I sit and read in a lawn chair. Then friends meet up with us or we play with neighborhood kids for a few hours before eating lunch outside and going home to rest. We usually do library activities. Even my teens have gone to good teen programs on art, on theater, all kinds of things over the years. No pool passes this year. Pool only opened in July . They are only open a couple days a week because of so many quarantined that the workers have to rotate between all the city pools. No passes. So we have to pay full price for everybody. Not cheap, we've only done it once. Dd15 has a fever one day and a slight tummy bug. How long before we can go out guilt free?? It's all so stressful.
  5. Exactly, and there's a lot of ugliness beneath fairy tales, mythology, Bible stories, nursery rhymes, all of history. It's not not factual to focus on the good and heroic in the younger ages. You don't tell little kids that Romans had orgies in their temples or left some of their infants outside to die if born with birth defects. It's not age appropriate. You teach them the ideologies and the heroic truths they were aiming for by telling them their heroes, their stories. No culture reaches it's true ideals and perfection nor can they be looked at through today's lenses. But you see what they are aiming for, what they believed from their literature and stories and their heroes. Discussion of right and wrong is subjective and for later ages. For Columbus, I read his actual diaries and read some aloud to my kids. There were interesting passages where he described in awe meeting the native Americans. Not in today's language and vocabulary of course. But he is part of history. When my kids are older they read actual primary documents themselves to study. I don't get into right or wrong debates at a young age. They need to know what happened, the major players, have heroes and ideals, learn countries and continents and how to read maps.
  6. Adding this book to my library reserve list!! I have internalized and understood all of that. I've never thought CC's idea of elementary recitation and long memorywork as classical education, but couldn't explain it so succinctly. This book sounds like exactly what I need.
  7. Our lives are still a mess and affected. The daycamp I work in that is usually in June got put off until the end of this month and the beginning of August... Right during the end of summer planning time that I need. And the dance recital that we paid for and bought costumes for back in January that was supposed to be in May, also now. Usually we take the month of July off from dance. Now kids have extra rehearsals, spread out for social distancing, two nights of recital to spread out instead of one, but of course, I have kids in both... all during the last weekends of July on top of the regular goals and job commitments (side jobs) that I'd already committed to for July because it's usually our slow month. So when all of this stops, I've got a week to get my dd17 to a bunch of Dr appts and packed and taken to the dorms, 11 days before classes start. I guess they are spacing them out coming a few at a time, so again, I'm not ready for that. It's earlier than I expected. And somehow I've got to get curriculum ready, ordered, and start teaching??? Nope. I'm not thinking about it.
  8. I've never liked the memorywork of facts for the sake of memorizing. We memorize within subjects- recite dates of relevant things we are studying in history, math facts, Latin vocabulary or endings, but not before we are learning Latin. We just do the memorywork within each subject and certainly not standing stiffly in our living room. When I taught Latin in a co-op classroom, that was a good time to have standing up reciting time because everyone was doing it. It's awkward one kid in their home doing it. Like others said, it's while bouncing around doing normal life at home for little people.
  9. In k I like to do poetry memorization. We read it at bedtime and say it throughout the day- I'll quote Robert Louis Stevenson's The Swing while DD swings, and next thing you know she's saying it every time she's outside swinging. We read poetry books at bedtime, and focus on one every now and then. Address and phone number are good things, last name and how to spell, sometimes I've done Bible verses or the continents, or books of the Bible. But it's more about what goes along naturally with what we're learning. I never do everything on a memory list. We use suggestions from the WTM for memory work each year, and if memory serves me right there aren't memory work suggestions for k. I also attended a memory work workshop by the guy from The Institute for Excellence in Writing and he said poetry, poetry, poetry for memorywork, and I think he even wrote a book on it that he was there promoting. That always stuck with me.
  10. Ugh. My stupid phone autocorrect. It's supposed to say Science in the Age of... (Reason, Beginning, etc. ) The Berean Builders that you said as well, Lol.
  11. Can my supplement beva large homeschool room added to the back and f my house with natural like ght, a door to the outside, and room to store all the stuff out of the rest of the house. That's the supplement I dream of. 🙂
  12. Have you looked at the Science in the she of... Series? I liked it so much better than Apologia. Shorter chapters. Shorter assignments. Good experiments, but my middle schooler could usually do them herself. Not as time intensive as Apologia at all.
  13. This is where I was confused by the article and the worry about it. If parents withdraw to homeschool which is what I was assuming from the article, and hire teachers, that is homeschooling. Then some people said in their state, that isn't homeschooling, because a parent has to do it. But it is homeschooilng in my state. The parent is responsible for providing an education however they see fit. They can hire anyone. So in my state, public schoolers getting out of PS to form a pod and hire a teacher is legally homeschooling. So it won't affect homeschooling laws at all. They have the right to do that already. And I said in my first post, if we are talking about them hiring a tutor to guide them through the PS online stuff, then it doesn't apply to us. The article was offended that some would have an upper hand and a better education than those that couldn't afford the tutor. If he was referring to it as real homeschooling, so what? It doesn't change anything. If he was saying it about public school kids doing distance learning, and it wasn't fair, he's right. (but of course life isn't fair. Parents could always pay for afterschool tutoring and extra curriculars if they wanted to, and this is no different.) And in that case, it would just be a misinformation of him using the term homeschooling which a lot of people are doing right now. Which is actually worrisome, if the word gets into laws that are for public schoolers, but just on his unfair argument I don't think it is any argument that holds any water, so I saw nothing in the article that I didn't dismiss immediately as they same old rhetoric that has been answered before.
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