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  1. They have a sample on their site. https://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/store/product/the-talk/
  2. We used The Talk series by the Gilkersons. I liked it a lot and it was easy to use. It allowed us to be age appropriate and go as in depth as needed for all our boys. The youngest was 5 and the oldest 9 at that time. We did one book at a time, the first all together. Then we did the next two as the aged and needed that info.
  3. We spread our read aloud time out through our day. I usually do one for 10-15 minutes during our morning time and DS 7 and 3 play and wander. We do another at lunch for 20 minutes and they all sit and listen since they’re eating. And then separate ones at bedtime. I get each then for another 10-20 minutes. my older ones can listen for longer times at a sitting but they get irritated with the younger ones interrupting so the split schedule works for us. As the younger ones learn to listen longer well make the times longer too.
  4. Mine went in person all last year, obviously unvaxxed. He will go again this year still unvaxxed
  5. For us it has depended upon the child. My current 2nd grader/7 yo. He’s not one to sit for long periods, so I cater to his needs. He is required to listen in to our morning time with includes Bible, geography and read aloud. He doesn’t sit this whole time but will often walk around the room, play legos, color. He does 20-30 minutes of math (this is his strength and he enjoys it, otherwise it would be much shorter) 20 minutes of reading lessons 5 minutes of handwriting 20-30 minutes of hands on activities related to Five in a Row. This is split up through our school day and he takes a lot of breaks to play with his younger brother while I work with my older ones he will sit in on their science and history and pick things up there when interested I’ve had two others who desired to sit down and do formal lessons beginning in K and still do. My schedule and expectations of them were much different.
  6. I primarily use NASB for study occasionally ESV. For just reading I’ll use NIV or NLT. For memory work we use ESV.
  7. I wouldn’t say a AAR or AAS are fun. Perhaps a bit more interactive than other programs with worksheets but mine never found it fun. There are things that I really like with it and I do recommend it to many. But I’d you already know your child is struggling with Wilson I wouldn’t go to AAR. As @PeterPansaid it’s a step down. I used AAR for three kids. It wasn’t working for my fourth so I started researching. After trying a few more traditional programs which didn’t work we settled on Barton. Since I had the levels I decided to fill in some things with my other kids. Wow! There was a difference! While you do need to learn the process for how to teach it, imo it’s worth it and so much more incremental than AAR. There may not be the fun worksheets or readers that come with it, but it has been great for us. Even the way it’s explained made more sense to my kids. And since you mentioned the AAR fluency sheets I much more prefer Barton’s method with fluency Adding in the ability to read and spell nonsense words made a huge difference for my struggling reader (who struggled with fluency and spelling after doing AAR and AAS) I’d at least suggest seeing If there are other obstacles first and I’d suggest using at least level 1 in Barton. It was unbelievable to see how much that level alone helped fill in things missed in AAR for my other kids.
  8. When I go coffee free I usually drink teas. When craving the cream and sweetened coffee I’ll do roasted dandelion root. Not the same but it helps me.
  9. Could using the book list from a guest Hollow work? The spine is Apologia which would probably be too much but they use a lot of lit that may fit for learning. Then we added in a chem set from Home Science Tools which came with experiments. You may be able to just buy the simple booklet from them for those ideas
  10. Jamie c Martin has a wonderful book Give Your Child the World with suggestions of good literature for different countries with a summary. It was super helpful. We also enjoyed the booklist from Beautiful Feet’s Around the Works with picture books (I used the program for k-6th). I wasn’t thrilled with the actual guides. Atlas crates are fun too
  11. We have done EEME and Mark Roberts class. They are completely different IMO. EEME is great for beginning to learn electronics, how to do simple projects. rovers class which he recommended using the arduino kits is more taking an idea froM beginning to end, problem solving and implementing it. It is more process. My kids enjoyed both. EEME is more beginning knowledge and I would suspect that 42 electronics is a step up from them (we haven’t tried it yet).
  12. If doing online I’ve seen group buys for Beast Academy online. They may be those for the upper levels too.
  13. Five kids here- first was early. Next three late with two needing to be induced at 42 weeks as my docs wouldn’t let me go longer. Fifth came naturally on his due date. I thought he’d be late and they already set up. A date for his induction since it was by the holidays.
  14. Nope. Music is on constantly here. We have a Bluetooth speaker they use for listening so its also not just them in their own world.
  15. For our kids the majority of toys are in their bedroom. The toddler does have a few things downstairs since he’s usually where I am. So for Legos they do each have their own sets in their rooms. Although there are Certain toys that stay in their rooms to be played there only, they will often migrate around the home when they play. I’ve been okay with that as long as the toys end up back in their home (in the bedrooms). All. Video games and board game stay in the common areas.
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