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  1. I know this has been talked about before, so feel free to link me to any previous threads. Now that the weather is getting colder, I am once again trying to find clean movies that interest my 13 year old all the way down to my 3 year old. Here's what I DON'T want -Children being disrespectful to their parents or siblings -Bad language (inc. idiot, stupid, loser, etc) THIS IS A BIG ONE that really bothers me -sex or any reference to We've already watched a lot of the classics including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Red Velvet, Parent Trap, Pollyanna, Wizard of Oz, The Lo
  2. So, from a financial point of view-my plan makes no sense. If I do IEW with my kids in 4th and 5th, then I'm stuck because I will buy Level 2 Years 1 and 2 (for my older kids). Part of why I didn't mind buying it was because I thought my younger kids could use it (in 6th/7th), which would make it very worth it only to have to buy the additional binder. But now, it looks like I'd be buying 4 years of IEW. That's what I'm concerned about-4 years of IEW. I guess it's only $300 or so, but my husband won't be happy if we don't use it after paying for the forever streaming.
  3. Hi, So, to make a long story short, I needed a "get er done" writing curriculum for my 7th and 8th graders, to take them from a sorry state of writing ability-to a pubic school ready state. We chose the new Structure and Style by IEW, Year 1 of level B. We are in week 6 and are loving it so far. Seriously, it's so easy for me to monitor and I love the DVD teaching by a teacher that is much funnier and clearer than I could ever be. Mr. Pudewa is quite entertaining and I hear my boys laughing from the other room quite often. I know I'll get Year 2 next year for my then 8th grader. The
  4. I forgot to mention that I'm trying to not drink as much pop. My big puffy heart love is Cherry Pepsi.
  5. I'm just wondering if you are rethinking that plan at all? My son really wants to go to High School, and that has always kind of been the plan. (Although now that I'm homeschooling 8th grade, I feel that HS is totally doable whereas it scared the bejeesus out of me before). However, my husband is doubtful that the world will be back to normal by then. Remember, we're talking a year from now. And I'm realizing that the curriculum choices I chose for him this year are not the same choices I'd make for him *if* he were to stay home for 9th. But, it seriously never occurred to me that
  6. I don't drink coffee, and that's what most people I know have in the morning to get going. I emerge from my bed (even after a shower) pretty half-asleep with no desire to get things rolling. And yet, i need to emerge fresh and energetic (or at least that's the dream!). OR, around 3:00 when I feel like I need a nap-maybe something then would help me? I don't really want something unhealthy per se, just something with some natural caffeine or something to get me going-for the love of God. So, hit me with your favorite good-tasting drinks that give you some energy.
  7. Hi, I could use some advice from those of you juggling 4-5-6 or more kids. I will be schooling 5 kids plus the 3 year old. Here are my biggest concerns that I really need to change this year, for my own sanity. 1. Chaos and noise. This is the biggest one. It seems like my house is very chaotic from morning until night, and the older I get, the more it's starting to drive me batty. I need order and calm at least some of the time-especially when I'm teaching someone 1-1.. I have 6 kids constantly mulling around the same two rooms distracting each other. 2. My two older kids (6th/
  8. I'm looking at using this next year, but just can't find very many people who use it. Right now, we mostly use book guides from MP. I like doing a few of these every year, but also like the variation that I see in anthology type programs. I'd love to hear your experience if you've used it-to sway me one way or another. Also, if anyone has any to sell, please let me know. This is one expensive curriculum!
  9. I'm thinking through my Spelling options for next year, and can't seem to make a decision. You see, I'm not content with any spelling options I've used/seen thus far. We have been using MP's Traditional Spelling for 1st and 2nd (and like it), but those are the only two grade levels they have. MP recommends you continue on with Spelling Workout, and I'm just not jiving with that. I've also considered Building Spelling Skills from CLP, but not sold on that either. And so, I'm looking at the 6 levels of AAS that I have on my shelf. I used this with my older kids when they were the only
  10. I need recommendations for a science program for my kids in grades 2,3,4 next year. For obvious reasons, I want to combine them and do one program. Here is what I’m looking for- 1. 2-3x/week max 2. Christian but not in your face YE 3. low teacher prep time 3. minimal experiments Things I’ve already ruled out are TGTB (gives me a heart attack when I look at the supply lists!) and Nancy Larson. We’ve dabbled in Mystery Science but want something a little meatier and book based. Thoughts?
  11. Hi, It's been awhile since I've sold anything on Paypal, and I have a question. I just sold a few things, and got an email that the buyer paid. However, the money is listed in my account as "pending" even though it's been several days. It has a button to "verify" or decline the payment, which I don't ever remember doing in the past. I do have a credit card linked and I usually just keep the money I make in my Paypal account, which is what I want to do this time. But my account says I have a zero balance, even though 2 people have paid. What am I missing? Did the money get transferred to
  12. Interesting. We have only done up until grade 6 and I wondered if 7th and 8th started with the literary elements a bit more. But, I also want my kids to really delve into reading all of those classics, and with the slow pace of MP (and I get why the slow pace), it seems they're pretty limited to just the 4 books a year. Mostly because my kids just aren't going to pick up Sir Gawain and the Green Night or something like that, and understand it without my involvement. And being that I have 6 kids, it's hard to find the time for that you know? That's why I considered CLE (and Mosdos actually) bec
  13. I'd actually like to hear more about this. What do you mean when you say "their nonresistant views"? That is one thing I'm concerned about and I'd like to know just how it presents itself. We are Christian, but not of the same beliefs as them so I have wondered how much that would filter into the reading. I'd love to hear you elaborate on that if you have the time!
  14. We are doing the lit guides from Memoria Press this year, and while I like some aspects of them, it's getting pretty rinse and repeat. I'm looking for something deeper-somewhat varied/creative activities instead of just answered 5-8 questions every day. Nothing too crazy-but just something that introduces literary elements and gets them ready for high school. I've considered CLE but the reviews there seem to be mixed. What gem is there out there that I haven't found yet?
  15. My husband just returned, and they are now under a mandatory "self-isolation" for 2 weeks. Just curious if other companies around the country did the same.
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