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  1. I’ve hiked little portions of it. Most of the Smokey’s, a section in VA and NC, a couple day hikes in NH. I don’t feel like I’ve hiked enough to be qualified to speak about it. I know a mom who has 3 girls who has hiked 150ish miles with her girls and is planning a sort of thru hike this year. The plan is to complete it in 12 months, but they are hiking it in sections during school breaks. She would be an interesting person to interview. I’ll send you her IG via PM.
  2. I own TTC and I’ve never watched it🤦🏼‍♀️. I got inexpensively used when my kids were still pretty young, I put it aside for later. Earlier this summer I was thinking I should dig it out, I think you gave me the kick in the pants I needed.
  3. Yes! It is well done. They typically stick to the same composer for a month. You can access it online or through the podcast. My kids usually just answer the 3 questions but there are additional activities available as well.
  4. I’m interested! I have a new 8 year old wanting to play ukulele. I’m not sure how well he would do with online instruction, but I’m willing to give it a shot since there aren’t any in person lessons in my area at the moment.
  5. When you are able to go, invest in a good sleeping pad, it will make a world of difference! If you can borrow gear at first, that would be very helpful to figure out if you like backpacking and what you do or don’t like about certain pieces of gear. I started out borrowing and with inexpensive or used gear. Slowly I’ve upgraded.
  6. I agree! Youtube has been so helpful, who do you follow? My kids make fun of me, they tell me hiking is way better than watching people hike. I do agree but I also enjoy watching many of those channels way more than a sitcom.
  7. I still consider myself a beginner but I’ve been backpacking a few times a year for 3 years now. I even took my kids on their first backpacking trip a month or so back. My first big trip (6 days, 5 nights) is coming up in September. I LOVE hiking and I go as often as I can. But I started backpacking to do a challenge and now I see it as a way to get away from crowds and enjoy trails I wouldn’t have time to do on a day hike. It’s different than regular camping, but still a lot of fun. There are lots of ways to backpack: Big miles like thru hikers, medium miles like section hi
  8. Until you said you were pregnant I was going to tell you to go. I’d talk to your OB to see what they think. They are in your area and have a handle on how and where people are getting sick in your area. I am very comfortable going to my library and taking my kids. All staff and patrons are masked and the counter has nice plexiglass barriers. They are disinfecting. It isn’t busy at all like it used to be. All the chairs have been removed to discourage hanging out. Books are quarantined for a minimum for 3 days although the librarian told me it has frequently been 5 days or more. We
  9. What about a different type of trucking job? My father in law is older than your husband, has bad knees that need surgery, and he is driving a truck. He is staying really busy right now and the pay is better than normal. He drives a step deck (type of flat bed). He does have to tarp loads but he isn’t doing heavy lifting. He drove on his own authority for years, sold his truck, taught at a community college (he has an MBA), then went back to trucking. He drove for a concrete company for about a year, he hated that job but was home every night. Now he owns his truck but cont
  10. FIAR has plenty activities, but if you are doing history with your kids and using Story of the World, there is an activity book for that too. We did more activities with Ancients than in later years. Your kids are at great ages to do lots of fun things, but the thing we did most when my kids were little was leave the afternoons open to play. I know your original question was specific to literature, but are you using Memoria for all your subjects? I don’t want you to think we are all telling you to start all over with something different, Memoria puts out great products. Also,
  11. We don’t have an Alexa device, but I told my sister about it and she got one. Thanks!
  12. I can’t quickly find the podcast episode I’m thinking of, but this one may be helpful for you as a new homeschooler. I sent it to my sister-in-law who is a new homeschooling mom this year too. https://readaloudrevival.com/159/
  13. Five in a Row is fantastic at the ages of your children. I didn’t discover it until my third child, but we really enjoyed it.
  14. I don’t think you need literature guides for the ages of your kids. Just read them good books. Looks at the book lists for Memoria Press, Sonlight, Read Aloud Revival (RAR). RAR has a podcast episode (a couple years ago) and it’s probably mentioned in her book “The Read Aloud Family” how to talk about books with your kids. Welcome to homeschooling!
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