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  1. Yes! Sometimes I have to remind myself of this. But I see other kids his age that are so much more independent and this free up mommy's time to do other things--teach the other kids, potty training, cleaning house, etc. I'm jealous of the parents of those kids that seem to do so much more for themselves. I have to constantly direct my son what to do from one moment to the next. ARGH
  2. I'm on the same boat of feeling like we're missing a lot of Am. Hist. We started on TWTM path late, so my 2nd and 4th graders are doing the Middle Ages together this year. I haven't rushed through any of the history stuff because they LOVE it. I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate Am. Hist. into our schedules next year without tacking on ANOTHER thing to do. If you teach Am Hist, what curricula have you used?
  3. Don't get me wrong, I didn't intend it to sound mean. I'm just a little frustrated with him because I know what he's capable of doing. He is "lazy" with all things--not just schoolwork.
  4. ALL boys love legos. You can get a small lego kit that creates a Star Wars space ship for under $20!
  5. I've used WRTR and love it. My hubby recommended it because he used it thirty years ago. It covers more than the average phonics/reading program. I wrote a detailed review of it on my blog...just look at the labels.
  6. Thanks. I've printed many forms from her site in the past few years. I love it. Now I've come to the point of creating my own as I need them.
  7. I had my first two at a hospital--both naturally. Hated all the contraptions, lack of privacy, and many other things. My third was born at the birthing center. I loved seeing the midwives. They were much more caring about me as a person--not just my body. My hubby was not sure about this. He likes the safety of hospitals, doctors, medicine, and machines. I didn't need, nor did I want, all that (btw, the hospital was right down the road and you could be there in 2 minutes in case of emergency). Yes, we did leave a few hours after her birth. I was totally ready. I prefer being in the comfort of my home with the support of family, friends, and neighbors. The midwife came the next day--to our house--for a home visit for me and baby. Everything was fine. SO MUCH BETTER!
  8. I actually typed this up for next year (a checklist). Right now I have the subjects listed on a white board. He likes to check them off there. But for next year, I thought I would print this off and fill in each day's assignment for each subject area. Then he could keep track on his own. I'm still trying to figure out how to have all his work ready for him each day. Do I put it in a notebook or stack the books and worksheets on the desk/table? Right now, I pull out the teacher or student textbooks, set them on my desk and place his worksheets on his desk. We go through the stack. I put the books back on the shelf on in the desk, and he places his finished worksheets in the notebooks. Keep the ideas rolling!
  9. Thank you. He can do a lot of his math work alone. I do about 10 minutes of lesson time, then he's on his own. He's advanced in math. I wish more subjects were that easy. He is a control-oriented child. He likes to see the checklist of what needs to be done, and he likes to choose what to do next. I have our day broken up into "morning work" which is more mommy teaching, and then "afternoon work" which is more independent. Hey, I need a break, too! Thanks. It's nice to feel some support out there!
  10. I have a child that is highly intelligent, but very lazy. He is willing to talk and listen about almost anything, but when it comes to doing his schoolwork, he is very lazy. This year he is in 4th grade and is 9 yrs old. I feel that he should be working more independently, but he wants me to hold his hand through everything. I feel quite frustrated because I need to spend more time with his younger brother (2nd grade, 7 yrs old) and his sister (2 yrs old). He is my oldest, so I'm not sure what are reasonable expectations for his age/maturity level. Do you have a child about my kid's age that you have taught to be more independent? How? What about a lazy child? What do I do? Please tell me the magic cure!
  11. Our cub scout packs meet at a church. Most cub scouts are religious, but you are encouraged to practice your religious faith at home--not at pack meetings. As far as helping in this service, I think it is just a community service type of thing, not necessarily pushing one denomination over another. If you don't feel comfortable, ask the cub master.
  12. After using FLL for a few years, I'm sad that the program doesn't continue. My son will be in 5th grade next year, and I'm looking for a grammar program that is like FLL--excellent, easy to use, demanding, and so on. I have the old version of TWTM and it recommends A Beka, Rod & Staff, or Shurley English--all of which don't sound like a good fit. What does the new WTM recommend? If you have used FLL and loved it, what did you use after FLL4? Please tell me the name of the programs, I'm no good at all the letters and trying to figure out what they mean. Also if you could include a cost of the program. I'm not willing to spend a fortune on a grammar program. Thanks!
  13. I use FLL4 with my 9 yr old son and he loves it. When I began teaching him grammar concepts in 2nd grade he freaked out. He hated it. I looked around and purchased FLL. I began telling him, "it's time to do your favorite subject" and he yelled. After a few months, he loved it. He likes the feeling of success and doesn't like failure. He now LOVES grammar. This is a kid who is also still behind in reading and writing, but does exceptionally well in grammar. I wholeheartedly recommend using it! On a side note, I was trained to be an English teacher, and I love grammar. It was heartbreaking to think this would not be his love, but thanks to FLL, we turned that around. The content covered in these books is more that the typical high schooler gets. Trust me, I've been in the public schools! One more thing, don't worry about memorization of definitions and lists of words. They go over these every year. I couldn't recall a definition or list the pronouns if asked (and I got a 3.9 in college)! Just makes sure he gets the concept and can do the work. He'll learn it over time.
  14. I agree that it's not about the curricula you choose, it's how you teach. I feel the first step would be to guide her to WTM and/or Home Learning Year by Year (Rebecca Rupp)--these may be available in the library just for reading/notetaking purposes, that's how I found them first. Both of these focus on how to teach and give you approximations of what the child "should" be able to do. Obviously, if the child is behind, you start her at her ability level--not her age/grade level. Secondly, I would focus on the basics--just like you would with a younger child. Make sure she gets math and language arts daily. And lastly, make sure she enjoys learning. Children really take off when they LIKE what they are doing. Sounds like she's been through enough and doesn't need to be pushed. Just go to the library and read TO her. Play silly games and talk with her.
  15. This site was very helpful. It had suggested books to align with the history lessons' time periods--perfect! And the school he works out of is related to the school I'll be working at. Thanks a million. :grouphug:
  16. I find that my kids go through phases of hating and loving subjects. Especially if they're struggling with some difficult new concept, then they hate it. Just stick to it and find some fun ways to present math. After all, isn't it meant to be used in the real world? :)
  17. Yes, it is. But I'm looking for specific ideas that relate to these time periods and can be used in a waldorf classroom. Thanks
  18. Thanks. The eighth grade curriculum guide helped name a few age-appropriate books.
  19. :iagree:I have a copy of TM I'm not using this year. If you can't get a hold of one, PM me. I buy my TMs used on amazon for less than $10!
  20. Sounds good to me. Just pick where YOU think he should be comfortable and give it a try, if it's too hard, go back, if it's too easy move forward a little faster.
  21. It's always two words--no one--or if referencing a person "nobody." There's no one way to teach. (Used as number word) There's no one at the door. (Used to reference a person) There's nobody at the door. (also acceptable)
  22. This has been my 2nd year homechooling, but my first year w/ classical curriculum. My experience has been great. First of all, there is no one size fits all program. I've never met a parent that was entirely "classical" in his or her approach. So check that off the list. Secondly, I chose classical because it is heavy in language (I'm an English major:)), it's rigorous yet flexible, and the timelines make more sense. My first year of homeschooling was such a hodge-podge of unrelated info that jumped around. I love using SOTW as our history spine and relating our lit. program to that. I also use their grammar. I've adjusted the writing program and science, though. Good luck!
  23. Thank you, Brindee. I may be able to use some of this for the lang. arts program. I appreciate your help!
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