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  1. I think there are as many people that struggle with language as people that struggle with math. I just think they don't have permission to admit it. Part of my childhood was spent being reared by an illiterate step-parent. There are people confident about their ability to succeed in life with the abilities they have and I think that is good. Our society requires more diversity than we admit. If we ever succeed at our professed goals, I believe Western society would collapse, or at least need to quickly back-pedal on immigration. Math is hard for most human brains. I can learn it, when I p
  2. If you do not already know who YOU are, spend this time figuring that out. Many women orbit and obey others so much that they have no idea who they are are. Self-discovery requires trying things and monitoring your response. You said you want to read the Great Books. FIRST figure out WHY you want to read them, and make sure that is a good reason. Then if you want to proceed, start reading some of them yourself and be honest about how you feel as you read them. I was able to buy the Britannica Great Books collection for 50% off and what I learned reading them was that I could skip them ent
  3. I think I am going to use a box of Whitman's Sampler as an "Advent Calendar". One chocolate a day. I love that the cover tells what is inside each chocolate. I have not seen a 24 oz box anywhere, yet. I think there are about 50 chocolates in that size, which is more than enough. I need to try some new stores. I will try a CVS. There is one about 2 miles from me that is not too far to walk, but not a store that use regularly. A Walgreens is closer.
  4. I am not there with boots on the ground, so forgive me if what I say is incorrect or unwelcome in any way. And I am a fruitloop by modern standards so ... first I will list my crazy fruitloop beliefs that would underlie any specific advice. I believe in HOMEschooling, not homeSCHOOLING, and found that most problems that I encountered homeschooling were rooted in PARENTING issues and best solved with non-academic correction and training. I think young children are not designed for the academic style and volume of work that is the current fashion. It is only self-defense when they begi
  5. Hillyer's A Child's History of the World does an excellent job of preparing a student to understand most classical literature. "Accurate" history isn't the most effective way to prepare a student to read literature. Using Hillyer's A Child's History of the World is like teaching a child to fish instead of try to give them the most awesome piece of fish possible. The old Calvert and American School were amazing resources that are not the same as they were. First edition Saxon math, too. Homeschooling keeps getting less efficient: more work and expense; less results.
  6. Yesterday's Classics has a list of books, and most of these can be found for free elsewhere https://yesterdaysclassics.com/books/holiday-stories/
  7. When people fall in love with CM, Waldorf, and Montessori, they are usually falling in love with some aspect of STANDARD schooling from the period of that author. None of these authors were as revolutionary in their time as people think. They might have been in the minority, and protesting something common in the PS at the time, but were not revolutionary. They often wrote to an audience with more resources than the PS. You love the BOOKS. Read the books. Make sure if you buy a curriculum that it includes the kind of books that you have fallen in love with. Complicating simple things
  8. We have all heard that "Less is more," but when it comes to the holidays, "Less is elegant." When we figure out how to do each thing a bit more minimally and old-fashioned and less garish, it just gets better and better. It takes longer to be elegant, but it costs less. Yes, "time is money", but maybe we can figure out how to incorporate the work into the traditions.
  9. Wisconsin Electric Company has been printing a Christmas Cookie Cookbook every year since 1932. They are all free at the company website. https://www.we-energies.com/recipes/cookiebooks/index.htm? What a fun tradition to wait for the new cookbook and make a new cookie every year! The 2020 Cookbook has a fruitcake biscotti that looks interesting https://www.we-energies.com/recipes/cookiebookarchive/cookiebook2020.pdf
  10. How to Make Sock Toys http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63454 The Santa Doll http://www.gutenberg.org/files/63454/63454-h/63454-h.htm#c20 The broad category for handcrafts http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/loccs/tt
  11. Gutenberg's category for "Christmas Stories" http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/subject/343
  12. Can we share links to collections of free and vintage Christmas Books? Survivor Library Christmas books http://www.survivorlibrary.com/index.php/8-category/28-library-christmas
  13. My oldest asked me again recently how I knew something that turned out to be critical to how his entire adult life developed. I simply told him that all the time that I was accused of "wasting" online was mostly doing research.
  14. Yes! My boys and I were reared on the KJV Bible, so our familiarity with older vocabulary and sentence structure was precocious by modern standards.
  15. Enders' Game was the first book that popped in my head, too! My youngest son loved this book. My 6th grade class read The Iceberg Hermit and I still remember that today. I think this might have been the first book that several of the boys ever read cover to cover. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0590441124/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0 In high school, the boys were reading this series and quite surprised when I joined them. The Dune series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel) My oldest son was a big fan of any of the Star Wars books and movies that feature Bob
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