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  1. I go every year and absolutely love them. I learn so much. I attend as many workshops as look interesting and learn something from almost everyone, even if it's just encouragement. I have discovered so many services or curriculum that have changed our homeschooling lives that I wouldn't have known about if I hadn't attended.
  2. We have a morning basket time of things that rotate that I don;t really care if they get done daily or not, but are things that I wouldn't want to get skipped entirely. So if we have a busy day, and we skip it to get the essentials done, no biggee. If we have a field trip or co-op day, then we don't do the basket time. But on our at home, no big things due today days, then we spend an hour on morning baskets rotating through things like that. I don't schedule them.
  3. Small house here. Our kitchen is not eat in, so the small dining is all we have. The dining room is lined with bookcases. Books are organized by shelf. Each kid has a shelf with their current year's books and notebooks. But other than that, all science stuff is on one shelf (references, texts not in use, etc.,) History stuff on another. Lit is on shelves semi broken up into WTM time periods, so ancients all together from elem. to high school because even high schoolers benefit from picture books sometimes. All my reference books on other shelves like all my homeschool books that I refer to often, the dictionaries, thesauruses, foreign language dictionaries, etc. Someday our dining room will not also be a library, but that is not the stage we are in right now.
  4. Oh, and mine did a separate half credit of health one year, so that's another half credit for her.
  5. I just had my dd's transcripts yesterday for a scholarship application. I put a half credit each year. She's honestly done more than enough hours for a full credit each year, but I figured that was enough. Some of her hours can be extra curricular in her sport. So she'll have 2 full years when she graduates. I mean she did it. When I was in high school I didn't do sports. But mine should get credit for doing hers.
  6. I would so do it if I was anywhere near you! We did an AG co-op class when my oldest was 2nd grade. She was an advanced reader, so was the youngest in the class. We enjoyed it so much.
  7. So I've used For and Staff from preschool through high school English. I've tweaked differently different years. In elementary we did just about every lesson 3-4 times a week. We never finished a text entirely as there are so many lessons in any R&S book, but they aren't missing anything. Everything goes deeper and get touched on again. We did all lessons together, including oral drills from the TM. That's some of the best stuff from the whole program, the way it drills and reviews from the TM. Then we did the class practice together on the whiteboard to make sure they understand the lesson after reading it from the book. Then I assigned any of the written work I wanted them to do (if any.) Sometimes the oral and the class practice section was enough. We did do all writing assignments. They were all good. Then, in later years when they had do much other work going on, including Latin which drills grammar a lot, I only assigned them to read the grammar, made sure they understood it, and I bought the practice pages. We used those as a workbook, so if there was a worksheet I would have them do it, but if not I usually didn't have them do anything besides the class practice orally and the composition exercises. At some point as our schedules got heavier with outside classes and writingin other places, we got to where we don't use the grammar a lot. But I'm not so to give them up, so we pull them out occasionally. We'll go a month where we work from them when we're not doing something else. And do we've skipped a grade of them for obe of mine. And the other who isn't as strong in grammar works the 7th grade book for high school as it's still pretty strong stuff to review from. So basically we used them however I needed them each year as we went.
  8. And too bad we can't insert pictures here or I could show you some of my stuff when I pull it all out. I don't blog.
  9. Yes, i had the older version of grade one, and I did make a small black felt board and cut yellow felt ducks by hand. They sell flashcards that go with, but I made mine by hand with index cards as i went. And there were some learning posters to make. All of that was ok with me because it was cheaper and I laminated them and reused, and I still have all of it saved for this time around since I'm starting k with my youngest now twelve years later! I haven't seen the revised first grade. I know it doesn't use the ducks in the duck pond for the felt board. I think you cut cubes or something out of felt. But the learning posters weren't hard to make for grade one. In grade two when it had the clover and the bees and the sailboats, it was more detailed cutting, but I did it to make the manipulative posters. And in grade three I never did understand how to make the learning manipulative poster for multiplication, so I just skipped it, and by then my kids had kind of outgrown the need for the hands on anyway. I'm so excited to pull out my Rod and Staff 1st grade stuff this year for my kindergartener. I can still order the old version of the workbooks go go with my TMs from the publishers if I call them directly. And, I just remembered, some of it I just did on a whiteboard instead of creating a learning poster... I am thinking of the place value poster. I just drew the little farm animal heads the days we did it. If you read all of the teaching instructions it gives you exactly what go do. It tells you about how the lessons need to include movement and will include little instructions for that.
  10. I love Rod and Staff. It is just enough hands on in the younger years, and the TM lays out everything so nicely.
  11. Mine took it for the first time with writing. She was not optimistic about her math just because that's her least strong subject nor tge science just because she said she was pretty brain fried by the end. Then she did the writing, but she felt ok about it. We shall see. She'll retake next year to up any scores.
  12. I used as a spine of what to study. So you might read it all in small bits. Or you might just pick a few things go read about it aloud, but get most of the study from your other books like one small square books. So maybe just look at it like you always do, but a bit more, not necessarily reading it all if it's not working. I tried WTM science starting in first, and I hated the suggested animal encyclopedia back then. Instead we got most of our info from other library books.
  13. Three places for us: Apologia science journals had a copywork page. One of mine liked those journals through 6th grade. Memoria Press cursive copybook of Bible Verses. Thinking Tree journals have a "font practice" page that I make them copy from the MP book above or something else of their choice. Mine never did use cursive in actual work. They both print or type. So I made them keep up copywork for practice.
  14. I think it's meant to be just orally drilled. I've never used it but have a copy of FLL 1
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