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  1. *shrug* At least he does laundry. I do laundry like your DH. One in the dryer, one in the washer. I have clean, unfolded laundry sitting in my hallway right now. Folding laundry is a job for late afternoon, after school, when I am worn out and ready to go hide in my bedroom and fold laundry. :D
  2. School goes on as usual unless there is a measurable fever (like 100 or higher), or they're puking. We don't usually take sick days for colds, allergies, or unnamed maladies that stem from not wanting to. If your throat is a bit sore, have a sore throat lozenge or some tea. If you're sneezing I'll give you a box of tissues. If you're really sick, then you can go to bed and not do school. I don't know if I'm too harsh, but I don't want them growing up thinking that it's okay to just blow off responsibilities under the guise of being 'sick', you know? So we don't do that. If I can see
  3. This morning I was reading a listing describing a 'poco dot dress'. Really? I decided her spell check must have just been off or something. But no, she spelled it exactly the same three more times! :cursing: I wanted to leave her a comment saying, "It's polka dot! Polka dot!" But I didn't. Spelling and grammatical errors drive me crazy. There's nothing more irritating than seeing 'convenyense' on a giant billboard beside the road. :glare:
  4. Don't worry, Jandy :thumbup1: Both of my readers have learned the letter names before the sounds, and it didn't hinder them at all. Just like a cat is named a cat but says 'Meow", they can learn that a letter has both a name and a sound.
  5. It really all depends on the child, and that's true whether you are a classical homeschooler, a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, a Waldorf, homeschooler, or an unschooler. My oldest taught herself to read before she turned 4. She was passionate and focused about it and I did not try to hold her back. I followed up with phonics because I wanted her to have the tools to keep moving forward, but she was the driving force. My second already knew his letters and sounds when I set out to teach him, from listening carefully to his older sister's lessons. He was a breeze to teach and reads very w
  6. Oh, we definitely have a math odyssey here too (and we're not even to 5th grade yet)! USED: Liberty Math: DD did this in K, and it was ok. Lots of repetition, boring. She did learn from it, though. Horizons: solid math, but there was just too much on the page. DD would get completely overwhelmed before she even started. Math In Focus: pricey, and not my kids' learning style at all. Certainly not my learning style. Regretted this one. A Beka: like Horizons, solid but very messy pages. MEP: my son used the primer level of this and it was ok, but it was too easy for a K'er. H
  7. CLE 400 should be a good place to start since you went through R&S (which is very similar). They may need a brush-up on their cursive (with a cursive workbook or something), but the grammar should be right on. As another poster mentioned, you can easily cross out anything you don't want them to do, such as spelling or writing. If you're very unsure where they should be, the placement test is the surest way to find out! We used CLE from 100-300 levels. The lessons are just so long! I wanted something shorter, to make room for more history and science this year, and so went with Easy
  8. The primers (Get Ready, Get Set, & Go For the Code) teach the consonants (phonics and writing). Book 1 introduces the vowels and blending. We usually try to get through the primers in pre-k, books 1-3 in K, and books 4-6 in 1st. I haven't used ETC as a complete phonics course. I think it goes along very nicely as a writing supplement to a book like Phonics Pathways, Ordinary Parents Guide, or The Reading Lesson. But by itself it seems very light in actual phonics instruction. On the upside, it is mostly independent.
  9. The K-8 series is available as a free download at coreknowledge.org :) It is not a curriculum. More like a guideline to make sure all the bases are getting covered.
  10. I think with toddlers and babies in tow, relaxed and flexible is going to get you the most mileage [emoji846] For instance, having set times when you're 'supposed' to do things will go out the window quickly. Ask me how I know! Our first couple of years were pretty crazy. This year for second, I am focusing on building some independence into DS's day. His reading is solid, so we won't have to work on that. Morning Basket: DS's will have Bible, art & music appreciation, Life of Fred, and poetry. First seat work block (approx. from 10-11:30): Easy Grammar 2 (very repetitive fo
  11. Both of mine (so far) have been about 2 years to fluency. I would say we started around age 4 and by 6-7 they could read chapter books comfortably to themselves. Sara Mom to 8yo DD (3rd grade), 6yo DS (1st grade) and 4yo DS (preschool)
  12. Congratulations! That was so fast! Prayers for a sticky baby and an easy pregnancy! Sara Mom to 8yo DD (3rd grade), 6yo DS (1st grade) and 4yo DS (preschool)
  13. Yay for healthy baby! I'm so thrilled for you too! Sara Mom to 8yo DD (3rd grade), 6yo DS (1st grade) and 4yo DS (preschool)
  14. Yay! I'm so happy for you!
  15. Praying for you both (you too Arctic Mama) and for good ultrasounds today *hugs*
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