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raindrops

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    swimming, reading, the outdoors, viola, learning piano, plan to start a vegetable garden this spring...

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    happily married with two small children

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  1. Ok, thank you. I may just go with the Wordsmith Writing instead.
  2. I've read that this book is often used as a 6 year course, for grades 7th through 12th. I'm thinking about using it next year with my 7th grader, but I can't figure out how to schedule the content. Can anyone help me with this? Or have any links to someone's schedule for this course?
  3. We love it. I used 2nd through 4th for my daughter, and I'm currently using 3rd for my son. It's thorough, it gets done, and the kids like it. Everything for the experiments is included. Initially, I was turned off by the scripting as well, but now I find it useful to skim before doing the lesson--just so I get the gist of what we should cover.
  4. Thank you... I've really resonated with, and have been comforted by your posts. I have mixed feelings, but I think we might have to stick it out... at least for 7th grade. I always take it one year at a time. ? Though we'll be living rurally, we'll be in the same community, and she'll still be in swimming, dance, Lego League, youth group, church... She just won't have her best friends across the street anymore. She's so much more independent this year, following her plan, and getting her work done, that it makes me believe she'll be able to continue self study. She used to always say she wanted to go to school, but now she tells me she wants to stay home schooled. She has more time to read for fun, and she loves learning how to code on her own on khanacademy. I don't know if she'd have time to pursue other interests if she were in school. She loves drama, too, and within a couple years, a local Christian theatre group is moving to our area. I don't have it all figured out....not by any means-- especially how to better meet my own needs.
  5. Our local high school offers an IB diploma. Does anyone know much about it? I've heard that some kids take AP exams at the appropriate time while earning their IB diploma, just to boost their credentials for college admissions. Is that really necessary anymore? I'm also already wondering if my daughter should self-study for AP exams, or go the IB diploma route through our local high school... Any thoughts or experiences with this? 1
  6. Thank you so much for your thoughts... There is a local private, Christian school that's only about $3,000 per year, but I'm not crazy about the curriculum they use. I know many of the moms involved, and her involvement would naturally give her opportunities to grow in social/ emotional intelligence. I just don't want her to lose academic ground she's gained. I suppose I could supplement... This school only goes up through 8th, and then she'd go to the high school. Our local high school offers an IB diploma. Does anyone know much about it? I've heard that some kids take AP exams at the appropriate time while earning their IB diploma, just to boost their credentials for college admissions. Is that really necessary anymore? I'm also already wondering if my daughter should self-study for AP exams, or go the IB diploma route through our local high school... Any thoughts or experiences with this?
  7. Looking for pros/ cons of public vs. homeschool for my 6th grade daughter for next year. I've homeschooled her since Kindergarten, and she is excelling academically.. but I'm tired. And, I wonder if she might thrive in the public school because of her outgoing/ social personality. We will be moving to the country soon, and she will no longer have her two homeschool best friends across the street. My biggest concern about placing her in public school is that she's doing so well academically at home. Also, as an introvert myself, her high energy drama is wearing me down. Granted, I'm getting over being sick, but I'm tired.
  8. We just got a new dishwasher, and I found the only way to get the dishes clean is to use two of the Finish powerballs and some citric acid. I put one powerball in the prewash, and one in the main wash, and then sprinkle about a tablespoon of citric acid into the main wash. Then, when it's done, I open the dishwasher while it's still hot, so it dries better.
  9. She was being provocative the moment she said "fancy" pen. She was unnecessarily rude, and put you on the spot.
  10. I was planning on using Galore Park's Year 6 Maths book for my rising 5th grader, but I skimmed it, and it looks like a review of Year 5 with a little more depth. She could use some review, but there looks to be little that would challenge her to learn more. Should I go on to the next book? (I loved the rigor of Year 5). Is the next book So You Really Want to Learn Maths Book 2? I'm afraid Book 1 may be too much review as well, since it's recommended for Year 5/6.
  11. We are using a combination of Explode the Code and Primary Phonics readers from www.memoriapress.com. It's working pretty well.
  12. Deleted post. Really should share this with close friends instead.
  13. Thanks for the commiseration. Maybe I can make it, one day at a time, until they're in 6th grade. =) One's in fourth, and the other's in first. The fourth grader has the more challenging, strong-willed personality. I'm just tired, and don't like to fight. I'm pretty persistent and determined though.
  14. Feeling kind of stuck. Homeschooling is working academically, but the whining/ complaining/ arguing makes me want to be "done".
  15. I had Novasure in February. After suffering with borderline anemia and low ferritin (11-20 range) for a long time, my levels went up to the 50s (for ferritin) within a month. Now my ferritin is at about 78, which is close to ideal. I'm glad I did it.
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