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  1. I used a spine as 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 anal encyclopedia back then.instead we got most of our info from other library books.
  2. 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.
  3. I think it's meant to be just orally drilled. I've never used it but have a copy of FLL 1
  4. I used to just regularly hit up the library arts and crafts children's sections. I have no suggestions because we found all kinds of things. We got into collage for awhile with a couple books for instance. It opened our minds to something my artistic child hadn't even considered by me just taking home random books and we ended up learning quite a bit about the topic and using it in hands on. I never knew which drawing books would inspire her, so we got a lot.
  5. For math, Rod and Staff is so good in the way it lays out the teaching examples and in the TM for how to teach. I love it through 8th grade. I haven't used the others. For science in 7th grade my DD did a co-op class with Science in the Age of Reason. It says through 6th grade, but was great for her. The hands on activities and journaling prompts are super simple for a middle schooler to follow on his own. Then she chose a Thinking Tree journal and got to choose a topic of her choice for further study. We chose a spine to use and a television series to use with it, and she followed the prompts in the journal each day as far as output for that. She chose marine animals. So she used an animal encyclopedia we had and a series on Netflix to watch weekly. That was a really good addition to her year which worked on multiple skills beyond just science. And I truly was almost completely out her science that year. Another way to go is with Memoria Press. There are almost no hands on activities in their middle school science packs. But we've always learned a lot when we used their materials. But we just added on our own stuff- like when learning about birds, we spent a lot of time outside in nature parks birdwatching, went to some Audobon society meetings, and even hatched some chicks in an incubator.
  6. Sounds a little like my girl! We did a year of EasyPeasy 7th grade Spanish for some introduction one year. Was perfect for her.
  7. Sounds like a really good plan! PS, I love R&S 7th grade spelling. I think it's lessons on word roots and the history of our language are not to be missed!!
  8. I finished WWS 1 in 9th grade with my first kiddo. My current 9th grader is doing it over 9th and 10th. I think it is entirely appropriate for highschool. I use other materials after.
  9. My kids this year have art and piano lessons at an all day co-op. They do a study hall in-between and while the other does piano. The art class has upper elementary to high school, but she's made the projects where we've had work to do at home on them and my teens could really excel, and the middle kids could rush through them in classes alone. They've done some amazing work with her. It's just a half day for them. My preschooler stays all day, and they walk home to work on their own stuff after their classes. In the past when we've done all day co-op we've had Latin, science, pe, and art as constants up through high school. They've also had speech, state history, drama, yearbook committee, and journalism. They created a nice yearbook that we had printed. And they made a monthly newsletter in journalism. I counted these as extra curricular for my kids. We always had older teens who would have books go work on their own stuff for part of the day at all the co-ops we were in while younger sibs had some classes, but we tried to have worthwhile things for them too. Next year for 12th and 10th and k will be the first year we aren't going a co-op out of the house weekly.
  10. Mine did the Kaplan ACT course as well. She just took it for the first time last weekend, so we don't know how she did yet. She knows it wasn't a perfect score, lol. She also did Kahn SAT prep for quite a while before that. She's wrapping up her junior year. We plan to have her do the SAT in June with tge Latin subject test, then she will probably do more Kahn and Kaplan practice and take both the SAT and ACT one more time her senior year.
  11. I have one of mine credit for her 8th grade year of Latin, and I didn't the next one. Both continued in it. But the second one was not at a level ready to move onto Latin two at the end of 8th grade, so we continued but called 9th grade Latin 1.
  12. Guess I'm fashioned and agree with religious colleges! I didn't realize it was that uncommon! I still see no problems expecting my own kids to be courteous and home at decent hours if living at home as young adults, I think. 🙂 like I said not there yet!
  13. Mon- chicken tacos and salad Tues- loaded baked potatoes and salad Wednesday Breakfast for dinner- pancakes and eggs and fruit Thursday- grocery day, so whatever strikes our fancy while shopping that day! often nachos, salads, or pizzas are the cholce, lol. Friday- ??? will make the rest of the week's plans after the shopping day!
  14. I haven't read all of these yet, but had one thought when I read the OP. Colleges have curfews for young adults in the dorms for safety and considerations. I wouldn't have a problem with having a curfew for young adults living in my home. I wouldn't have a problem with setting limits for old adults living in my home …. say if we had family members who needed to stay with us for some reason. I would have expectations that there couldn't be parties, couldn't be drugs, couldn't be noise after a reasonable time, etc. If there was a problem with any of that it would need to be addressed. My kids aren't there yet, but we are close. So far my kids fall into the not a problem with any of this category. I would assume things won't change a bunch, that they will always tell us where they are and when they expect to be home, BUT mine aren't driving on their own yet, so things may change, lol. But I see nothing wrong with curfews just like a dorm does.
  15. We've stayed with WTM style history. We did the History of series for ancients, middle ages, and Renaissance for 9th, 10th, 11th. We've done Am. History as it's come up opportunity wise (field trips, classes in the community, etc.) and where it's come up in actual history. We did a really big state history year in 8th grade, and we've kept up bits of it all the time too. What I'm planning for 12th is a big history year in one- 1/2 credit state history, 1/2 credit government, 1 credit American history. We will basically complete our history cycle. I'm using plans from Schoolhouse Teachers dot com that incorporates waiting projects around original sources as our spine. I'll have her read something for government. SHT has some plans for that too linked to government documents. There's a lot of overlap in these. Then we'll look at what was going on in our state along the same lines. Even though we've done a lot if Am. History and state history all throughout high school I'm going to only put it in the transcript for 12th grade. Mdd has done Renaissance this year for 9th grade. She'll do the same history as above for 10th. Then she can do ancients and middle ages if she wants for 11th and 12th or we can drop history for her after next year as she'll have all she needs.
  16. The year we did FLL my kids were still in a science class at co-op, so they got some exposure and hands on there on other topics, but the FLL topic and research was enough for a study for us for most of the year. There was Robotics, plus science involved in researching their invention for their theme that year. We did several field trips as a group to learn more also.
  17. I wasn't excused for breastfeeding and being the caregiver of my four and two year old years ago. I was shocked. Turns out judge was breaking law by not excusing a bfing mother in our state, but I wasn't aware at the time nor did I think to get a dr's note.
  18. We are a hundred feet smaller and have five people, and I would easily and comfortably add one more kid. Currently I have two kids in one room, the preschooler and toys in her room, and dh and I in the bigger room (not a master, we have one bath.) But the two teens shared the room that the preschooler had for years, so I could put bunks in there for her for another. We have tiny living spaces, but larger bedrooms so this works out for us, but not for any company whatsoever. To move from room to room you have to scoot past each other! I watch a woman on YouTube that has like 9 kids in a house our size with one bathroom for storage ideas, and I actually get get ones from her. Our house will feel less cluttered when the olders move out and when I can downsize the massive amounts of bookshelves and school stuff in the living areas. That time is approaching. And I am not looking forward to my kiddos leaving anyway, so I live with it! But OP, I feel you! Our bedrooms are ok, but I have to constantly be picking up the living areas. Kids need room to play. Kids need room to do school. Kids need to practice piano and eat meals. And we are all on top of each other doing it! We just get out and put up stuff constantly!
  19. I started these in 7th grade with my artistic girl. She had thrived with the Apologia notebooks during elementary school, so I already knew these would be right up her alley. I still incorporate these into her high school. I just pair with appropriate materials. She's using about five of them plus the dyslexia games therapy book this year.
  20. We always had an "afternoon subject." Mornings were gor Sesame Street, chores, core schoolwork, then lunch, outside and naps or rest/silent reading time. After rest there was sometimes more outside time, then afternoon subject. Monday was art, Tues/Thurs was history, and Wed was for science. Read alouds happened at bedtime or over lunch and before rest and often coincided with our current studies ala WTM.
  21. I went to a large bulletin board as part of home decor a few years ago, displaying our current studies, pictures, maps, or posters. But I also have and do use that tacky stuff to just put posters and things in the wall. It makes almost anything but the heaviest of posters stick and doesn't damage the walls.
  22. I love the nature study notebooking journal by Dyslexia Games/Thinking Tree. (Funschoolingbooks dot com.)
  23. Sorry for all who try to decipher my terrible phone typing, btw. I have to replace my laptop, and I'm terrible on phones.
  24. I never got a memo to give up read alouds! We still read aloud. Last week a biography on Roosevelt after an online webinar class on him. We've been doing these Presidential Primary Sources Project webinars that I signed up for through the Ford's Theater education links. Some are better than others. So we've been meh about sone. Others led to great talks and reading. We read literature and non fiction. Next week we are starting Hamlet together. We see plays, watch videos, do all kinds of field trips, do read alouds, learn to see, do crafts, do hands on. We love art. I teach some. We do some online classes. They take some classes without me. But my favorite days are cozy at home days. Listening to them practice piano. Then them getting out their art supplies while I read aloud on all if our subjects, ling discussions, some individual math time, helping with their writing, practicing skills aloud. I don't outsource much. Yes, my kudscread a lit onbtgeir iwn, but we still read a lot together. I'm so excited for my history plans next year. I'm doing a unit study on the History of fashion to go alongside our primary sources based history year. I was inspired by a workshop we attended at Mt. Vernon last summer in the topic and knew that looking in depth at history through fashion would inspire me and one of my girls. The other will not do as much in the fashion, but will do some. We will incorporate actual sewing skills intobtge course as well as computer skills, proper MLA reports, and geography with this. So I still try to do as much as we always did. I've got very limited time left. We just toured the classics department my odd will attend. She is leaning towards a Letters degree that shecwill be able to design a lot for herself. She can choose the history of ballet or all kinds of interesting things to satisfy her multiple history requirements (alongside the Greco Roman stuff of course.) We've always enjoyed the freedom of homeschooling to learn this way, and she can't wait to continue in college.
  25. We'll, of you want to homeschool I would. Mine is not the only of her gender, but the only of her age. My olders are in high school. She's in preK. She'll be doing most of her school years while they are away at college. Both are already busy with extra curricular part time jobs and friends. At this point, I'm still planning on homeschooling her. I'll have more time to devote to taking her to activities that interest her and playdates or setting up group learning arrangements with others if needed. Right now, at her age, she's do young that she lives one on one attention from any of us and enjoys playing with neighbor kids and little siblings at her sisters' activities. I've managed to meet their needs as they've come up and I have faith Good will help me with what I need for this one.
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