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  1. I forgot to add she likes to do Khan Academy. This is not a requirement from me, so when she does it, it's because she wants to and she is allowed to work on what she wants. We also have a Reading Eggs membership that includes Math Seeds. She likes that too. So I don't really want to only use a screen based curriculum (just trying to cut down on screens in general), but maybe pairing those with Beast Academy, and checking against a third grade scope and sequence to make sure we're not missing anything would work. Also adding in math games and real life activities. I should revisit that relaxed math thread. lol
  2. This child would probably do well with unschooling but that is way out of my element. I feel more comfortable following a curriculum. I have been looking at Right Start. I'm just concerned because of the expense and the possibility she'll hate that too. Although I think that's what I'm leaning toward using with my youngest child so I guess I wouldn't really be out money if I needed the manipulative kit for her too.
  3. I hadn't looked at Horizons before. I will check it out. Thanks.
  4. I have three kids in 7th, 4th, and 2nd grade. We study the same time period for history but I have different readings for my 7th grader (the 4th and 2nd grader do more with me.) This year I have the 7th grader doing his own science because we picked something fairly in depth. I wanted to keep science light for the younger ones so they are doing something different from their brother but they do their lessons together. Hope that makes sense. :)
  5. No, we have just done the textbook (sometimes ) and workbook. I can check into those.
  6. I need help deciding where to go with my daughter for math. She is almost 8 and will be a third grader next year. She is definitely my most challenging child to homeschool. She's a difficult child in general and doesn't like anything that looks like school. She is very bright and quick to pick up concepts. She's maybe a little ahead of grade level and she has good number sense. Math is not difficult for her so she doesn't need tons of repetition. We've used Singapore for the past 2 years because I like how thorough it is and I thought she'd like the colorful pictures. She hates it. We sometimes threw in a little Miquon. She liked this at first but does not want to do it anymore. I got her Beast Academy 2A (her brother uses Beast as his main curriculum) and she really enjoyed that although it is challenging for her and I feel like for HER, it's not enough for a main curriculum. Sometimes she likes using manipulatives, and then sometimes she gets mad if I try to show her a concept with manipulatives. I never know what I'm going to get with her. lol Anything with a lot of text on the page will be overwhelming and honestly, a lot of writing is overwhelming for her. (she's very capable just not willing to do it.) Yes, we are addressing underlying issues of this general behavior so I'm not looking for help there. I just want ideas for math for next year. If this was your kid, what would you do? Thanks! ETA - For Singapore, we just go over the textbook if needed, and do the workbook. We don't use any of the extra books. We spend maybe 15 min a day on math.
  7. I'm about to start WWS1 with my middle schooler. Thank you for sharing!
  8. Basically the same answer as Mshokie. We will finish RSO Bio 2 sometime in the fall and then do RSO Astronomy 2.
  9. My 4th grader does 3-4 pages a day at the beginning of the chapter, and 1-2 pages a day towards the end because the concepts build on each other and get harder throughout the chapter. This is his main curriculum and that takes him about 30 min per day. He's in 4D. My 2nd grader is doing 2A as an occasional supplement. She does at most 1 page a day.
  10. Lori - thank you for this wonderful book list! While HO looked great on paper, it was a poor fit for DS. Way too much writing for him (I kept tweaking and eventually took most writing out), and the Kingfisher Encyclopedia was hard for him to get through. I took out the writing assignments and eventually had him just narrate the page he'd read to me but even still he struggled to pull out the important parts (and this is just an area he struggles with in general, he is high functioning autistic). He does enjoy The Story of Mankind - it's much more readable for him. So we'll continue with that and add in some other resources. He also said he got more out of listening in on my elementary kids' lesson (SOTW and Usborne history encyclopedia) so he's welcome to do that. I don't know what else to use for a nonfiction spine that is more on a middle school level but more interesting than the Kingfisher one, so if you have recommendations, I'm all ears. :)
  11. Thank you everyone. I am realizing that one of the biggest things I need to do is help him be more self aware of emotions, particularly feeling overwhelmed, and learning to take a break before that happens. I need to be better at noticing when he's going down that route and helping him learn it too. He and I had a good talk this week about how he's been feeling and we're working on some strategies for recognizing those overwhelming feelings, particularly when siblings are stressing him out, letting mom know when he needs a break, and actually taking those breaks when needed. He has a quiet, calm place to go to (he has his own room) so we need to utilize that more. I'm going to reread everyone's suggestions and take some notes for more ideas. Thank you again!
  12. My 12 year old is autistic and we've had a mostly good experience with our church. He's on the mild end of the spectrum and many people don't realize he's autistic until they try to have a conversation with him. We've just been up front with the pastors and anyone working closely with him. For his confirmation classes, he's not expected to talk if he doesn't want to. We're fortunate to belong to a very friendly and welcoming church - they try to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome there. It's a fairly small church too, with small Sunday School class sizes so that helps as well.
  13. We're dropping our history curriculum for my 7th grader and just kind of piecing a few things together for the rest of the year so we can at least get through this time period. (History Odyssey was boring him to tears and we're only about 1/4 of the way through). We plan to have him listen in on younger siblings lessons, keep up with maps and timelines and supplement with middle school level readings. Any great suggestions for either fiction or non fiction? So far this year for history, he has read: A Door in the Wall Adam of the Road a version of King Arthur The Trumpeter of Krakow The adventures of Robin Hood and I have Canturbury Tales (retold) ready for him. I'm hoping for some other suggestions? Thanks!
  14. My in-laws took my oldest on a trip a couple of years ago and they had such a good time. The trip was designed for grandparents and grandchildren to go together. They got to experience some really cool things related to marine science. They are taking my 10 year old on a trip to the Rocky Mountains this summer, which includes hiking, some mild white water rafting, horseback riding and a hot air balloon ride! (I'm a little jealous! lol) I love that my kids will have this wonderful experience with their grandparents that they'll never forget.
  15. He usually runs to his room yelling angrily that he's "never going to " xyz "again!" or "going to stay in his room forever and ever!" I leave him alone until he's had time to calm down and then I tend to get distracted by everyone else and need to work on making an intentional effort to go back and have a conversation. If my husband is home, I send him because he tends to be better at diffusing the situation than I am. Lately, he has not wanted to talk about the problems even later on when he's calm. I totally get that all kids have to learn to deal with the big emotions that come with puberty (honestly, for my 7 year old, just learning about how to handle emotions at all is a struggle and she does not have autism). I guess we have some work to do with learning appropriate ways to handle those emotions.
  16. So my 12 year old son is on the autism spectrum and we've definitely noticed an increase in big emotions and him not being able to handle them. He is extremely touchy with noise and busyness in the house, and having 3 younger, very boisterous siblings really sets him off easily. He just got into a screaming match with my 7 year old over something fairly trivial. He just blows up so easily these days (and he was not like this at all growing up....he was usually a pretty even-keeled kid). I tried to talk him through the conflict but he was so upset and angry he couldn't listen and he ran to his room to cool down. I guess I'm asking for some ideas of what I can do to help him through these big emotions that he doesn't know how to handle. Maybe he needs more exercise? More one on one time? I don't know... He tends to shut down when we try to talk to him. If you've helped an autistic child through the teen years, what tips do you have?
  17. I just wanted to pop back in and update. We made some changes based on suggestions here and things are going better! We dropped Spanish and cut his daily binder work in half. We are being more proactive about setting goals for his math work so he doesn't get behind. (And he usually does a little more than his goal each day so his assignment has been getting done early, giving him a breather.) I've cut out some of the history work and had him use what he learned in IEW to write outlines and paragraphs for history instead of the outlining method that HO taught, which was a struggle for him. We have set aside Thursday mornings while my youngest is as PS and worked through a whole chapter of RSO Biology each time. Now it's actually getting done! I did ask DS if there were any activities he wants to cut and he said if he had to choose something it would be cello. That would be my first choice too, as it just doesn't seem to be something he's strongly interested in. He has a mini recital coming up in a month, so we agreed to revisit that idea after that date. I'd be perfectly happy with one activity off our plate. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. It was a huge help!
  18. So much good advice here - thank you! It really helps to run things by the BTDT parents. My three year old attends preschool 2 mornings a week. I can use one of those to really dig into science for a couple of hours and know she's out of our hair while we're doing it. We're getting a science museum membership soon. And my good friend and very science-minded friend runs science events for homeschoolers every once in a while so we attend those if we can. So even if we don't get through all of Bio this year, I can feel comfortable knowing he's getting lots of different exposures. I feel like I can use what he's learning from IEW and have him write about his history reading once a week or so and kill two birds with one stone there. The literature portion is not too intense, but even so, I can be more selective about what I think he really needs to read. We do the discussion questions for those orally once he's finished the books (and he's a good reader so these are really not too time consuming.) Again, thank you for taking the time to give me ideas. I am feeling a lot better about where to go from here. :)
  19. OK, coming back to this to reply more. I sincerely appreciate all the advice. This is only our second year and I still feel like a total beginner trying to figure it all out. With him being the oldest and so close to high school, I'm afraid of screwing up. He definitely needs a lot of structure and support and I mostly have this built in. His assignments are in a planner (I think I'm going to start writing the order to complete them), materials are on the table or easily accessible and I generally have him work in the same room as me. His siblings can be a distraction but if I'm not around him he totally spaces out and forgets to work. I'm going to cut out Spanish for now. I feel like Latin is more of a benefit (and younger siblings are learning Latin too). I'm going to keep IEW but slow down the pace, maybe be do every other week. I can cut down on the daily binder work too. He's good at grammar so maybe he doesn't need a sentence a day. One or two a week is fine and I can cut down/out that copywork. I definitely adjust the workload for History Odyssey but I'm realizing how much more we could do orally or just have him read and not write about things. I'm also going to skip and choose what I think is most important for the time period and not get stuck in the mindset of having to complete every lesson. I think I will take the advice to shelf RSO for now, maybe pull it out from time to time and catch up in the summer. I'm going to search around for some fun history and science videos and go that route for much of this year (for the youngers too, they aren't getting much history or science either.) The three (almost four) year old makes things interesting for sure but she's definitely the last three year old so I know things will get easier. Hopefully next year we can streamline activities a bit more and not be running around so much. (Is that a reasonable goal with 4 kids? lol) Thanks everyone for giving me ideas to make this year run more smoothly. :)
  20. Wow, I think I need to be hit over the head with that a few times. :) I've struggled to "let go" of my expectations for what I think he should be able to do, but that is unfair to him.
  21. Thank you everyone for your advice. I really needed to step back and look at this from afar and you really helped me do that. I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head right now so bear with me as I reread, process and respond. :)
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