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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.
  14. Yes, in 8th or 9th this is what it looks like here mostly. I also try to use WWS around that age, but we don't do it in full in one year. We'll do it for awhile, but when we're doing writing in content subjects or doing more literature for English, then I'll put it aside.
  15. My dd16 is most excited about putting up her sewing machine in her room when odd goes go college next month instead of having to get it out and put it up everytime, now that she'll get to claim all the space in their room. 🙂
  16. 1100 SQ ft for five here. I declutter constantly, but when you live and work in every area of your home, no extra bedroom or den or sewing room, it looks a mess! Right now, just for our work if the day, I have the front room/living area destroyed with boxes of clothes and crafts spread out that I'm preparing for a consignment sale. The kitchen table as just used for an online craft class, so remnants remain. Lunch was mostly cleaned up, but there are a couple pots in the sink to wash. Dd6 has a giant toy setup going on in the living room because I've got to get rid of something in her room before the new toy can go in because a friend just brought it over. Most of the clutter will be at least straightened up before bed each day- crafts and schoolbooks and clean laundry put away, dishes washed. But an ongoing project like the consignment sale work is a couple weeks worth of work that I do a little each day on. Nowhere to hide it! I don't love clutter, but we live and work here. It doesn't look like a magazine spread.
  17. bookshelves all over the house, every room. Dining room is lined with three tall bookshelves and stores all school books and supplies. It is not your typical home decor. We also store things not in use in labeled tubs in the garage. My teens do not have dedicated desk space. They have a shelf which is their locker. They pull down what they need, work at the kitchen table, on the couch, or wherever, then put things up. I use storage baskets to separate things out on the shelves, like a basket with all of the pens, pens, markers, each divided into separate cups within the basket. I put an extra wall shelf on a corner of the dining room over a small child's table. I have baskets on it for children's supplies. That little table is the only dedicated school area for my 6 yr old. I hang learning posters, her bulletin board, artwork, a clock, etc. over that little table to make her a separate learning center and workstation. She needs to have so many supplies on hand, a few crayons, scissors, gluestick, flashcards, etc. for every lesson, that it doesn't make sense to pull it all down separately and expect a little one to be able to put it all up, so I set up baskets on her workdesk for her. One holds her folders. In each folder she has the supplies she needs for that subject whenever possible. Over our piano in our small living area is a big bulletin board instead of artwork. I change it out seasonally like an elementary school bulletin board sometimes, or sometimes I have it set up with whatever is our major subject we are learning about at the time- currently ours has posters on the civil war and early state history- pictures, maps, old newspapers, etc. I'll do nature and animal boards, birthday boards, holidays, artwork displays, a couple of times a year.
  18. Ok, different state I guess. in my state, this is homeschooling legally as long as it is not through the PS.
  19. I am still not there, and I only have a couple of weeks to go, but a busy couple of weeks with major projects taking up my brain power! But I need to start thinking about this. So this is not in detail or in full, but it will help me start getting it together maybe. 1. Finish deciding exactly what courses dd15 is taking this year. 2. print out SOTW student pages for dd6 3. print out lesson plans from Schoolhouseteachers Understanding Ancient Hisotory for dd15 and start looking through it. 4. order first weeks of books from library for SOTW 5. look at first few SOTW projects and see what I need to get 6. clean out sandbox for SOTW archaeology project 7. read through Drawing with Children and make any printouts. Come up with a little plan for getting started on it. 8. make a schedule of classes to try to fit it all in! (will need dance class schedule and co-op schedule before I can really do this.) 9. We are trying to enroll in a new co-op this year. I have no idea what they have on the plan, since I don't know anyone. Enrollment isn't until the end of August. So I will kind of need to see that plan for long term schedule making. I may make an August schedule, then readjust once we have that plan! 10. Decide if dd15 needs to finish her unit study from last year before moving onto Ancient history. I am leaning towards this. 11. make a reading list for dd15 (16 later this month!) I need to read through the Ancient history book first. 12. put together her English plan in general. I think I will carry on with the same resources we were using, but need to put the reading list together first. 13. order a speed drill and music book from Rod and Staff for 1st grader. 14. I think that is it. It is mostly rereading through curricula, printing, and scheduling. My brain is not ready for it yet! 15. one more... Look at R&S 2nd grade math, and make sure I have the manipulatives I need. I put up all of the pieces I had made many many years ago, but I need to sort through them to make sure it is all there. So I guess more curriculum reading. sigh.
  20. I don't get the issue. My dh read this article and brought it up with me yesterday. I just don't see any issues. Homeschooling has often been attacked for a couple of reasons. One that we can't possibly do it all as non certified parents (which has been proven wrong,) and two if the arguer acknowledges that yes we can do it, then we must be missing out on multicultural learning and interactions and only teaching from one point of view and that that is elitist because if we can teach well that we should be channeling our energy into the schools so that we aren't taking the tax dollars from the neighborhood schools and putting our energy into making them better, kind of the same argument people use against private schools. That public school is an equalizer. I don't see this as a new argument. I see this as a different paradigm. As homeschoolers we have always embraces individualism and meeting each kid where they are. We don't need to try to keep good students down into a subpar education. And we don't have to fail poorer students for having different strengths. Instead of failing them, we can focus on their strengths and come up with an education that works for them. So I don't see setting up a "pod" as anything different from setting up co-ops and homeschooling groups like we have been doing our entire homeschooling career. We want to learn latin? We find a set of peers and families with the same goals, and we get together and study and we end up doing other subjects together and extracurriculars and find our tribe. I just don't see what's different except that these parents are coming out of public school. How is that going to put regulations on us? Aren't they just becoming homeschoolers? Or are they getting together and doing public school? What am I missing? I think the article is too short for me to grasp the argument.
  21. We found a new co-op that we can't wait to join if it starts up as planned. Scouts is up in the air as the church we meet at will probably not allow us to meet. So I may do small groups in my home or we may do online. Our dance studio is small, so she is doing small live classes again. Church and Sunday school are staying online only. 😞 Library classes are all canceled.
  22. Lots of experience dealing with multiple age kiddos on this board, with all kinds of SN and learning differences. My odd has ADHD, but us also gifted academically. Two yes after her the next one has dyslexic symptoms, so academically has been more than two years behind academically. My next is ten yrs younger than her, and I homedchooled s niece in there as well. So when baby was born I had a 6th grader, 4th grader, preKer, and baby. Sorry- got busy. Anyway, I taught high school and kindergarten this past year. It's a challenge to patience and creativity. But everyone here dies it. When I had an advanced three year old learning to read I had an actually 18 month old along for whatever we did. School for a three yr old doesn't look like it dies for an elementary kid. My three yr old learned to read because she wanted to. We didn't need to exclude the one yr old from what we were doing. As I tried to explain, she learned to read on my lap at bedtime and naptine storytimes, with her one yr old sister with us. I read to them, but also spent time with the beginning reader sounding out words she could read and explaining sounds. The one yr old listening and climbing up and down off if my lap as we talked. I set them both up to do crafts together. The three yr old would practice writing her name or letters. This just always continued. The little one always thought she was doing just what the older was. Her "school book" might have been a sticker book while the older one did a letter page. No the little one did not stay at the table the whole ten minutes that older worked on a page. But she started there. I had toys that rotated out just for school. When I had a three yr old niece for homeschool and my own older elem kids,I started the day doing preschool songs and games with her. Then I had her help me take care of the baby while the bigs did something. Then I got out schooltime toy totes for her while I read to them all. Homeschooling little kids takes a lot if irgsnization- physically by having activities set up and organized and accessible that can also be put up easily, and mentally by just knowing that you're going to be "on" the whole day, making meals, cleaning up, helping direct activities, etc. There's nothing wrong with working with a kid who's ready. But the little one should be included. Show them both the letter cards. Expose her just as much as you show him. Give her every sheet he's doing, even if she just scribbles, or doesn't touch it all. Make it available. It's school for both of them.
  23. Most of us do school with our own kids with our own toddlers around. It takes patience. It doesn't sound like she's got any special needs?? And what phonics and math are you doing that she can't participate in? My kids were two years apart. The older was advanced in academics. We did everything together as much as possible. Learning to read was with them at napime and bedtime. My early reader sounded out words in easy readers with me. And I read from a couple poetry or picture books to both. They sat together for calendar time while little one was only 2, and she thought she was following along while we sang the months of the year and the days of the week. If we did math with manipulatives, she got some to do her math too- even if her math was just tossing them around the table or building with them. I always did school together with them. When odd was in third grade and we started foreign language worksheets, ydd's Latin workbook was a coloring book. I'd say get out your Latin books, and that was hers. She could color and put stickers in it during class time. We did a lot of playdough for her at table time. Odd would do a few minutes of what she needed to do, then get some playdough time too. Both at table together.
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