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About lea_lpz

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    Hive Mind Level 3 Worker: Honeymaking Bee
  • Birthday 06/22/1984

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    Female
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    DSS, 12, 7th grade public school with his mom
    DD, 9, 4th grade
    DS, 7, 1st
    DD, terrific two's
    Twin girls born March 18th

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    Heading into year 5, school age kids 7 & o
  • Location
    Silicon Valley, California
  • Interests
    I enjoy cooking, walking, reading, and spending time outdoors with my family
  • Occupation
    SAHM, Homeschool Mom, and part time graduate student-in my spare time ;)
  1. My dd is 9 and we just started her 4th grade year. I also have a 1st grader. How many hours a day do you do school with your 4th grader? How much of it is direct teaching and how much is the child working independently? We also have twin 5 month olds and 2 1/2 year old. After having them in March we went on survival mode and pared down on school doing a "light schedule" for the last 6 months. Typically we'd do about 2 hrs of school a day. Now I'm trying to get us back on a "regular schedule." Right now we usually---- Start with a half hour morning time---CNN student n
  2. My dd is 9 and we just started her 4th grade year. I also have a 1st grader. How many hours a day do you do school with your 4th grader? How much of it is direct teaching and how much is the child working independently? We also have twin 5 month olds and 2 1/2 year old. After having them in March we went on survival mode and pared down on school doing a "light schedule" for the last 6 months. Typically we'd do about 2 hrs of school a day. Now I'm trying to get us back on a "regular schedule." Right now we usually---- Start with a half hour morning time---CNN student n
  3. That explains the piano. If you guys all enjoy taking lessons and having lunch with dad I might keep that. My ideas are that is too much work to get done with how much you are out. I would probably drop CC if you feel it's more a supplement or do less science and history at home and utilize CC more for that. If you already feel stressed, I would add more to your day so I would skip the bible study but probably keep the tennis for PE. Could that be moved to the afternoon? On piano days, I'd assign them some independent work to do well you do your lesson and maybe do some o
  4. This is what sort of typically stops me from joining CC. I much prefer a 4 or 6 year history cycle. We did early American History up through the Civil Wat this year and plan to do something different. We are going to do a Little House study doing a book a month then pick back up with the 1900's to modern next year focusing on US History. I don't know that CC will compliment my plans or that I want to change them to go along with CC. On the other hand it's tough finding other co-ops or starting one. And I have a toddler and twin infants, so I feel like we need something to help keep us o
  5. I think not wanting to get all the kids out of the house early is a totally valid reason! It sounds like you are on the fence and need a push lol.... So you will only have one school age child and he'll be in 3rd. He's reading above grade level. Ok I think it's very doable. He can likely get set on a routine to do independent work if he's reading well. My dd is in 3rd and can do about an hour and a half of her work on her own. She does her phonics, spelling, handwriting, math exercises, free reading and book basket (subject based readings) on her own. Some days this is all she does
  6. Curious. I will have a 1st and 4th grader. What do you do with CC at home? Do you study the same history at home? Do you treat it like memory work and do your own thing?
  7. This is so my son! He's all about get the basics done and then doing his own learning by building, exiting outside, watching science shows, and asking me to do science expertiments or inventing his own. I had him start k at 6 and really glad I did. K looked very different with him then with dd. But that's ok!
  8. We did this for 1st. We had very light "Bible history" in 1st. In 2nd we did a light overview of early US history from exploration through the 1812. It was mainly good books and hand on crafts. This year for 3rd we are up to a 3 hour school day. One hour of that's independent. "Light school" is very much a consequence of me being pregnant during 1st, having a newborn in 2nd, being pregnant in 3rd with twins, and now the newborn twins are home, so we'll continue to keep things "light". Next year my goal for dd in 4th is 2 hours independent work and 2 hours with mom. I will have an h
  9. I am very like you. Love history, literature, art, handicrafts, cooking , and music. We read science books, write in our science journal and watch science videos but I am not great at doing hands on science or nature journaling. I just had twins and decided to sign them up for a homeschool science class that takes place at a local park. They'll get the hands on science and nature time. I'll back it up at home with books and shows on the topic and get them to do a journal page.
  10. I'm so excited that MFW has revamped their preschool program! I used the preschool toy package with my ds when he was 3/4 and rounded it out with BFIAR and Rod and Staff books, but this looks so fun! Has anyone been a pilot family or used All Aboard? How did it work for you? I have a 2 year old and newborn twins so I'll get my use out if it? Do you think all aboard at 2.5 is too young? That means we'd do voyage at around 3.5.
  11. 2 year old- all aboard the animal train (for two's) 1st grader- mfw 1st math, Lang, and Bible only 4th- Singapore math, Rod and Staff Spelling, language lessons for today, and finish explode the code books (might finish this year) Both- Prairie Primer as core and La Clase Divertida level 3
  12. Hahaha! Yes I can see how that would sound confusing. A brief states study focusing on geography, culture and a bit more contemporary in focus and a state study of California as we are Californians that would explore California history.
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