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  1. That's probably what I would say to my kiddo, not knowing for sure. I would tell her I am not completely sure, but that possibly the n and g are kind of together for the ending sound, and the silent 3 is still making the vowel long. I have no trouble telling my kids good question, I don't know the answer 😛
  2. I am so so sorry. I am praying for peace for all of you! I know your pain. My first died at a young age. But I didn't have others yet, so I only had myself to get back on track after losing my own child. But I have a little experience. Six years ago I lost 3 siblings in a six month period while pregnant with my last. It was just boom boom boom, by the way, now it's time for the baby to be born. That year was a mess for all of us. How we kept up some routine: I tried to keep the kids in their outside activities. They had dance classes and co-op. At co-op they were in Latin classes a
  3. I found junior and senior year of homeschooling to be the most intensive. I had to learn how to set up to take all of the exams through the schools or online. I had to figure out the requirements and set up appointments for driver's ed and all of the related tests. And for us, it involves driving quite far. Our city is always completely booked, and you have to go around the state to get in anywhere. Higher requirements and all of their appointments for higher awards in scouts, helping kids get jobs and get them there, plan college and all of that research, doing applications with them, the FAF
  4. For my first grader we visit the library A TON. We get all SOTW Activity Guide suggestions, both history and literature. I read from What Your First Grader Needs to Know for poetry, nursery rhymes, common sayings, songs, etc. And then just whatever she wants from our personal book collections or that she picks at the library. Currently she is having me read a lot from a big Children's Literature Anthology that we got as a hand me down from our church's library. We read the readers from Rod and Staff that cover Bible as well as from our Children's Bible. For science, we are doing WTM styl
  5. I agree with this. My dyslexic child at this point still plans on college. She may need to start in junior college. Our state has a scholarship program that pays for instate tuition for students that qualify based on income and basic curriculum requirements and ACT score. She has prequalified based on our income. She has to get through Alg. 2 in math to qualify among other things. She is a junior and is still finishing up her Alg. 1. She still has to get through geometry and Alg. 2 by their requirements to qualify for the program. But it took us this long to solidify the basics, and I am ok wi
  6. We are very homegrown here. I use textbooks, library books, the online site Schoolhouseteachers dot com, a mish mash of literature books, funschooling journals and dyslexia games books, the internet, girl scout projects etc. Right now my junior in high school is having almost nothing outsourced except PE (dance classes and a PE class at co-op once a week) and an elective course that falls under health called human development at a co-op using a textbook that teacher picked out. We joined this particular co-op because they have theater, and she wanted to be in a play. So she is doing a couple o
  7. I used the Claire Walker Leslie book, Keeping a Nature Journal, one year, many years ago to set up nature journals with each of my kids like she does. It did give us a guideline, included a lot of drawing which is part that I and one of my kids enjoy a lot outdoors, and helped us all enjoy nature topics a lot. We have done a lot of the suggestions above over the years. It was more about the noticing the environment and drawing than about studying the topics. We added that in sometimes with CM style or other curriculum or books. Sometimes we just did the Leslie style journaling. One thing
  8. My current first grader is doing what my past first graders did for the most part: Rod and Staff 1st grade reading and phonics- covers Bible and spelling and writing and copywork, everything L.A. all in one if you get the additional worksheets. I spread 1st grade materials over a year and a half, starting in K whenever they are ready for it. Then when 1st grade is complete, in the past I dropped all of this except the 2nd grade phonics. We completed the 2nd grade phonics and picked up the 2nd grade R&S english, but dropped the reading and all of the worksheets. Rod and Staff mat
  9. My non math loving kid did it for geometry and Algebra 2 and Trig/preCalc. I don't know about engineers. We are into the humanities here, but it served her well. My dd in particular was not a fan of math. It was her lowest score on her PSAT and ACT and at one point she wanted to get that score up to get closer to her scores in the other areas. She went back through Alg 2 in one month, redoing every quiz with intentionality and brought her ACT math score up 7 points. So I don't know if she wasn't trying her hardest to understand before, quite possible, or what. But she never used anything else
  10. We take the same approach as 8fillstheheart. I don't keep grades and percentages. At the end of the course, I know how much effort was put into it and what they are capable of. My odd took a year and a half on an Algebra text. I still only gave her a B. It was mostly due to effort. We went back over things and she could still never do a quiz at the end of a chapter and get above a B because she had a mindset against it. So she was a B student in math for our homeschool. Her standardized tests reflected what I gave in every subject when we began taking them. She didn't enjoy it, and didn't put
  11. I think what they encouraged you to do, hard to put into words, but exactly what I did for high school. I never could just do a straight textbook course. We incorporated projects into everything and created our own courses or used projects and field work we were already doing for parts of our courses. We also incorporated test prep by doing some national exams, studying for ACTs, and in subjects. Hitting standards? whenever I looked at them, I figured we were hitting most of them. If I was developing a course for a co-op or completely from scratch without any prewritten curriculum I would loo
  12. If she likes art too, I LOVE the Arty Facts series. It has science topics with art projects that are amazing. I believe they are out of print, but can sometimes be found used. Story of the World has amazing projects for history. I have adapted them for high school even. We had a great middle ages based year for 8th and 10th grades with vol 2 activity guide. We just added in more library books and online "trips" to see the places. A Christian science book series that worked well up to 7th grade for one of mine to do mostly on her own was the Science in the Beginning Series. Even tho
  13. I assigned odd problems only all of the way through R&S arithmetic from 1st through 8th grade. It isn't the completing of a page that means a lesson is complete, it is the learning of the concept. I didn't like the textbooks I had for Algebra 1 (used PS ones,) because I wasn't sure how much was needed for daily work, and I had to spend a lot of time working each lesson to figure out what I thought was absolutely necessary for my odd to complete each lesson, otherwise if she tried to do every problem, the books would have taken years to complete. When I switched her to Mr. Ds on
  14. My odd did almost all science labs through co-op. She attended with the same teacher from 3rd-10th grade. In 11th grade we did our first complete year of high school science at home, and she joined two astronomy clubs, so most labs were done there. One was a high school girl scouts club with a high school Astronomy teacher, and they did SO much there, plus they joined the city Astronomy club. For that one we mostly attended events, but gained a lot of knowledge there. So we still didn't do a lot here for that. My next didn't have the science teacher at co-op past 9th grade. We did a scie
  15. We are members of Schoolhouseteachers dot com. There are several high school art classes on there- some video instruction,vso no reading at all. My artsy high school dd has liked lots of those classes.
  16. For good middle ages art projects, do not dismiss the SOTW2 activity guide. It really has some amazing art projects in it- making stamps with string and glue in symbols from Japan (I think? It's been a few years...) to learn about their art and language. Stained glass projects, mosaics, calligraphy, making illuminated manuscript pages. Vol.2 has done of my favorite art projects. We paired them with reading the library books suggested and other books with real photos from the places to see the art and architecture we were learning about. Online tourist websites would work just as well.
  17. I am pretty sure our second time through we did WTM suggestions from the time- outlined from the Kingfisher Encyclopedia, created the divided history binder, did the timeline, and picked a topic for further research. My kids read a library book about the topic they wanted to look at further and wrote the narration and filed it in the appropriate place. We added the Geography Coloring Book. Then we followed the blog, Classical House of Learning Literature for literature to go along. But I could have just used the Well Trained Mind lists too. I did for high school. But I liked that the blog and
  18. Well, I am homeschooling my first grader with the same materials I used with my now graduated senior, so I am guessing, I would do the same if I were just starting now... Rod and Staff for math and reading/phonics, SOTW and WTM for everything else (and library and whatever fun finds I came across. I was never scared to veer off, take breaks, use community resources, do contests, and then go back into curriculum.)
  19. I haven't read all of these. But yes, I do not have facebook. I do miss out on some staying in touch with old friends and some groups, but most groups have alternative ways of communicating. our girl scout troop sends emails. Our dance studio uses some kind of sports app thing, GoMotion. I just graduated one teen who is starting college next week and have another one right behind her. She stays in touch with friends in other ways too. So we have survived without FB so far.
  20. Kate Snow's Preschool Math at Home is excellent. What Your Preschooler Needs to Know Letteroftheweek dot com THese altogether would be a perfect homeschool year, though not an all in one.
  21. Not related to your issues, but just wanted to say, the journals made the course for one of mine. One of mine was fine answering questions out of the book to plain notebook paper and saw all of the artsy stuff as extra, non necessary. My next, artistic kiddo thrived with the Apologia journals. We made them kind of like our unit study for that year. They include Bible in the form of verse copywork, so handwriting too, plus literature suggestions, creative writing around science activities, and extra hands on science activities. We discovered that she did so well with these types of artistic, co
  22. There is an old, inactive blog called Classical House of Learning Literature that is still available to be seen, even though it isn't being updated anymore. It is a secular curriculum written by a homeschool mom to go along with SOTW. We used their booklists for grades 5-8. You might take a look at it. There were some really good choices that we really enjoyed. I believe she has some for different age groups on there now, but it has been awhile since I went through it. But I checked and the website is still there.
  23. None of the resources recommended nor any basic third grade book leaves this stuff out though, that I'm aware of.
  24. 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.
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