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About Maela

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    Mother of two: 8 year old girl and 6 year old boy.
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    Central California
  • Interests
    Gardening, learning to play the fiddle, & reading
  • Occupation
    Homemaker & Mother
  1. I've posted in the other threads, I believe, but we've become even more relaxed since then... I'll have a seven year old (in October) and a nine year old. LA: BW Quiver of Arrows and Arrows; BW Partnership Writing projects Math: I'll be using Math Mammoth more as a spine this year. I think we'll just do the chapter tests, and do the learning in more fun ways (don't ask me how; I'll be figuring that out as we go along ðŸ˜). Science: Mystery Science History: We'll be focusing on California history, but in a super relaxed way. So local field trips, and living books. And
  2. It's different almost every year. This year M(8) did tap, gymnastics, and Girl Scouts. j(6) tried karate but ended up quitting in December and did gymnastics. They also each did some monthly classes at our homeschool charter. ETA: I always forget piano. Dh teaches them and I think that's why. We don't do anything in the summer except swim lessons.
  3. I haven't read the whole thread, just the first few replies. I'll be honest. I would love to still be jobless after my kids no longer need me. I wouldn't be calling my husband at work hoping to make him come home though. I would keep myself busy with volunteering, cleaning, organizing, cooking, making homemade gifts, gardening, photography, reading, visiting/helping my parents in their old age, helping others with their kids (occasional babysitting), etc. I feel like I could help a lot of people and take care of all the home stuff (car appointments/plumber appointments, etc.) while Dh
  4. regular copy work piano reading many good books ETA: We're so close to finishing SotW2 (as a read aloud)!
  5. I was signed up for the free trial through June. I just got an email that said I can get it now through 4/30 for $89, 5/1 through 5/30 for $99, or in June for $129. At least, that's the way I understood it. I'm currently debating whether or not to purchase.
  6. 4th grader: - Brave Writer Quiver of Arrows & Arrow guides and Partnership Writing - reading the books that go with the QofA & Arrow guides as read alouds - SotW 3 as a read aloud - reading many, many living history and science books - skipping around through Math Mammoth 4 while playing with manipulatives and games and reading living math books - field trips, experiments, fun activities & games - all supplemented with once a month fun history class at our homeschool charter 1st grader: - Brave Writer Quiver of Arrows & Arrow (adapted to his level) gu
  7. I had a Spanish tutor that moved out of state. We continued my lessons for a year using Skype. It was great; sometimes there were technical issues with Skype, but not often. The only reason I stopped was lack of time and money.
  8. For me, what's different between the bullet journal method and other planners is that I can have as much or as little space for each day as I want. Some days I want to journal about the day. Other days I just want write my to do list. I don't plan the next day until the night before. In other planners I've had there's always not enough space or space wasted.
  9. My kids each have their own card and check out whatever they want. I check out on my own card the books that I want us to read for "school." Sometimes I'll use their card if my hold limit has been reached.
  10. We skipped those lessons also. Letters and their sounds were learned more casually and (IMO) a more fun way.
  11. I keep a bullet journal - I love it! I put some homeschool stuff in there, but record what we do each day in a teacher's lesson planner book. Next year I was thinking I'd have a separate bullet journal for homeschooling stuff. Mostly just recording each day's learning (I don't plan much), but also for any journaling re:homeschooling and for keeping track of classes and things. I got a Leuchtterm 1917 with dot grid for 2016. I use black Faber Castell PITT artist pens in M, F, S, and XS and colored Staedtler triplus fineliner in 0.3mm size. I don't doodle much. I've used a couple of si
  12. Book #25 :o : The Sculptor by Scott McCloud It's a graphic novel with amazing illustrations about an artist who makes a deal with Death that only gives him 200 days left to live. Very good!
  13. Thank you! Those all look great. There are just so many out there; I felt like I needed some recommendations.
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