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  1. We used to listen to audio books all the time around here. In the car, at home, all over. When I had only one or two kids, I feel like it was fun and fairly manageable to get kids involved in a quiet activity so we could all listen in peace. But now there are four of them ages six and under, and they don't like holding still, or refraining from talking, or the baby starts jabbering nice and loud at random points. So I usually turn the books off when things get noisy, but the end result is that they're very often off most of the time these days. So I'm wondering if there's any benefit to just leaving them on anyway. Do kids still get anything from stories (even just enjoyment?) If they're only hearing broken bits of the stories? Or should I continue to save audio books for when they can be a little more focused in their listening? (Maybe in ten years! :P lol)
  2. Thanks for the suggestions! In general, I don't require much reading bc I'd rather they read for enjoyment. But I decided I really do want to have some say over their content to, so I made a book list and decided to offer rewards whenever they finish a certain number of books. The number will be much smaller for German books compared to English, I think, first because their German testing is weaker and slower, and second just to make German reading more enticing. We'll see how u it works!! :)
  3. It's a good idea, except that I have a thing about writing in books. Not sure why, but I rarely can bring myself to do it and nearly always regret it badly when I do! :) I'll think about it more though!!
  4. I asked about requiring reading a while back on the general ed board, and the consensus was to just let them read as much or little as they want to fit enjoyment (early elementary, so only just starting to read fluently). However, we're almost at the point of reading in German now, and the situation feels different to me somehow. Is it? Is it not? What, if anything, is good and helpful and reasonable to ask of them? They do love reading in English at this point. Currently, we speak on German whenever dh isn't around (though it's on the decline as the children outnumber me more strongly and don't speak it amongst themselves willingly... and mostly unwillingly either...) and we listen to lots of German audio books, and I read German books aloud. But I feel like I'm losing battle slowly but surely and they have no formal school work in German other than l learning to read and write at this point.
  5. I know there's been conversation about the lists in this book before. I've read the book, the lost, descriptions, etc a few times and think it would be a fun family project to actually read all of the recommended books over the coming years. So I started to type out the list, organized by recommended level and age instead of title, and including the other books in the descriptions. Before I get too far though, it occurred to me to ask if anyone else has already done this and maybe save myself some typing. :) anyone?
  6. Thanks, folks! I'm so glad for your responses. I almost didn't post this question because I was nervous folks would ridicule me for the suggestion or tell me he just needs to have more space / discipline / or something else... :)
  7. My oldest boy gets frustrated because he's so distractible when he's trying to work. I am considering some sort of noise blocking something for him, since space constraints make it so that he can't just go sit in a quiet room by himself when he's working. Thoughts? Recommendations? Alternative suggestions? We have a pair that dh got at a truck show, but they're designed to keep out roaring while letting in normal vocal frequencies, so not ideal for this situation.
  8. I moved too much as a kid to have any sort of coherent history curriculum (e.g., something about 6 middle schools...). Hubby's reading SOTW Ancients at bedtime with the kids (he LOVES history!), but I'm in and out with the babe and have a hard time keeping up on it. I'm looking for something similar (but geared toward adults) that I could read several times to really get the "flow." I've always been fascinated by history, but it never seemed to "stick." I know SWB makes one for adults as well, but am wondering what else comes highly recommended from the hive. I don't mind if it's more than one book for "ancients", but I'd like it to be cohesive. Bonus points if you can recommend good ones for the later periods too! :thumbup:
  9. Thanks, All! You've given me a lot to think about. She definitely scored high on the HSC test. My library doesn't have the book but I may try ILL to read it. We may also just try family counseling again too. When my older kiddo was having some issues with anxiety and we wondered if he had issues (ADHD, on the spectrum, who knew what else) and we were just having constant tension and conflict in the family, despite feeling like he was a good kid, we found this family counselor who helped us a ton. Gave us great insights and practical advice on how to turn things around, and it really worked wonders for our home life. Depending on how helpful the book seems like it'll be, we may just try to see her again and hope it turns this around too. I feel silly going in because our 4 year old is wreaking havoc on our home lives, but I'd rather regain the peace sooner rather than later! :)
  10. Thanks, all. I feel like almost every thread I start trying to solve a problem ends up with me finding out I was trying to fix the wrong problem and looking like a fool! :) oh well! All part of the parenting learning curve, right? We made an appointment to talk with her pediatrician next week tutu pursue these ideas. Hadn't been planning on meeting with the doc since I thought it was "just" personality, but it sounds like meeting with him to discuss anxiety or sensory processing or whatever else he thinks it might be would be good at this point. My older child has anxiety issues, as does my husband, and we've done counseling for both of them and our family as a whole to try to learn how best to cope with it. So I'm wondering now if it's just something that runs inn or family.
  11. Hmmm... Interesting... She really enjoys just sitting with me and doing something (but again, maybe that's sensory and not just the one on one thing). She likes to run around like crazy with friends when they come over and it's a group she knows very well (6-8 kids). She loves to be crazy and wild with her dad, too, so I never really considered sensory issues... Now I have to go read about these!! :)
  12. So this isn't really about homeschooling, but sort of in a roundabout way. I've come to the realization that my 4 yo is supremely introverted and sensitive. We started noticing it about the time she turned 3 when we'd be out, and she'd crawl into the stroller (double) at the zoo on days that it was very busy and pull the cover down completely over her so no one could see her... Anyway, she's having a really hard time understanding it and what to do about it, and I don't know how to help her. At preschool (we send them for 1 year before homeschooling), she plays by herself during recess because there are too many kids outside (all running around and screaming like crazy young kids usually do during recess!), but then she tells me how sad she is that nobody wanted to play with her (but she won't go up to the big group to play with them) -- every single day, she's upset that "nobody" wanted to play with her. She may ask one friend to play with her, but if that friends is already engaged with the other group and declines, she gets incredibly hurt. At home, she tells people she doesn't like them and doesn't want to play with them (not to be mean, I'm convinced, but because she really just needs to be alone for a while) but is hurting others' feelings. She gets upset when I tell her that she should go to her room for some alone time (instead of sitting in the living room and expecting everyone else to disappear/be silent/leave her completely alone). I could give lots more examples, but what it really comes down to is that she doesn't understand herself and her needs and she feels like she's being left-out and excluded much of the time, even though it's her own choice to not participate in stuff. She asks something very quietly and then gets hurt when someone doesn't answer, even though we've told her she needs to speak up because others can't hear her. I am not an introvert. DH is, but it was not nearly this pronounced at such a young age. And I feel like we're doing something wrong, because she seems to be becoming increasingly antisocial (refusing to go to her gymnastics class at co-op, even though it's her favorite class, refusing to greet people when I introduce them, etc.) Some of it we view as training issues (she is expected to follow through with her class commitments, she is expected to greet others politely, etc.), but I'm not sure how much to push. I stop short of things when I feel (no real hard and fast rules - just a mother's gut feeling) that the issue is not disciplinary and she's truly uncomfortable with situations. I've been reading a lot about introverts, but it seems that most articles really deal with older kids or adults who can, in some sense, recognize their needs and learn to address some of this themselves. I'm really at a loss as to how to proceed with this one. She's often in tears and getting her feelings hurt (that started at 6 months old, when we started telling her "NO" sternly and she'd start crying... With my other three kids, you could tell they cried out of defiance because they'd been denied what they wanted... This one cried because you'd hurt her feelings... :p) Somebody help me understand and relate and nurture this child! ETA (seems like a better place to add it than amidst all the other comments): And if it's not introversion, but something else, I'd welcome any other advice too! :) Not being one myself, I just had a few friends who I went to for advice tell me that's the issue at hand, and so that's what I've been pursuing. She really enjoys just sitting with me and doing something (but again, maybe that's sensory and not just the one on one thing). She likes to run around like crazy with friends when they come over and it's a group she knows very well (6-8 kids). She loves to be crazy and wild with her dad, too, so I never really considered sensory issues, as a few of you have suggested... Now I have to go read about these!! :)
  13. Yup, I agree! As much as possible, I'd give them LOTS of times outside of RS to hear/speak/be exposed to French. Just make it part of your day. :)
  14. I also got rid of later editions to buy the first. For me, the first edition described the method better without relying too heavily on prepared curriculum recommendations. In particular, I homeschool bilingually, and really love the WTM description of the classical education where you rely primarily on subject books from the library, because I can adapt that to my bilingual needs. I think curriculum recs are great and all (and I'd love to see some mention of spalding in there, because I only found it after trying half a dozen phonics programs with my boy and having them all fail...), but I just felt that it got to be too curriculum focused.
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