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  1. I guess I'm not seeing the connection on how cursive would make any difference in how the child commits the spelling to memory. Now if the child is just beginning or still learning cursive introduced at 2-3 grade level, then I can see how that might be an issue. But the quote wasn't framed as that. We use Rod & Staff for spelling and beginning in 3rd grade the spelling list is written in cursive. I require my children to do their spelling in cursive. We are a cursive first home as well though using French school workbooks that are for children beginning at about 5. So by the time they are
  2. I just answer the question politely if I am in a hurry. If I feel like waiting, then I look at my children and prompt the little one to answer politely. Most people do not have an agenda and they are genuinely just making small talk. I don't even think they really care about the answer. It's the kid equivalent of talking about the weather. There really isn't much in the way of casual conversation that you can make with a child in a 2 minute interaction besides "How old are you?" and " What grade are you in?". I've never gotten any kind of rude response when I or one of my children replied that
  3. I love this tradition! I really try to make "Back to School" special and they look forward to it. The last time I did them I just bought things that they needed but a little more fun if that makes sense. Mostly supplies that we go through quickly. This year they are getting some books, gel pens, food shaped erasers, duck tape, book markers, water color pens, nice adult sized scissors and then the regular stuff like more pencils and notebooks.
  4. My children read a lot, play Lego, draw, play in the yard , build things and follow me around. They also play an elaborate Pokemon RPG game they created and spend hours on "Cutie Toy Squad" which involves battling factions of Beanie Boos. Their latest fixation is on racing teams of marbles. They do not have access to tv, video games, or devices M-F. It doesn't happen very often anymore but they know if they come to me with complaints then I will help them manage their time in a way they will be less than thrilled with. My perspective is that I am not a cruise director. They just need to figure
  5. They can watch television beginning at 7am. There is no hard and fast rule as to when it goes off but it's usually about 3 hours. Now there are plenty of times when that doesn't happen because of life and so they may watch only an hour or none at all. Twice a month they are allowed to play a video game on the XBox or use the Kindle. One or the other, not both. Yesterday they opted for playing with Dad on the xbox. It's highly controlled and different than many of their friends but this is what keeps the peace. We have had to have lots of talks with them about the fact that you can have too muc
  6. For my kids there really is no middle ground. There is no media allowed Monday through Friday, period. Unless it is something we are doing specifically for school as in their Latin DVD or a Great Courses we are working through. We've tried other setups but eventually it turns into an issue with rushing though things, lack of focus, fighting and mood swings. We finally went cold turkey about a year and a half ago and it was the best decision for our family. Push back was brutal at first but now they can see the benefit themselves. Breakfast is at 7:30 and we are AT the table ready to go at 8:30
  7. I don't grade their work. For me I see no point in that and it's meaningless to them. I do check their work/ go over answers as soon as they finish it. That way we can correct anything right away and work it together if needed. I hate for it to drag on and if I don't do it then, I won't do it. I would rather for math (or whatever) to be done, checked and corrected so it can be put away with nothing hanging over our heads. When my oldest was a bit younger though and now with my 8 and 5 year old, I sit right next to them as they are doing math. This way I can catch a mistake as it's being made.
  8. We school year round and I feel it helps us all with avoiding burn-out. If we take a random day or week here and there it really doesn't affect our long term goals. When they finish something we start on the next thing no matter what time of year. We take 3 weeks off in August and 2-3 in December. That's about as much as any of us can tolerate before the kids start getting antsy. Most of our outside activities follow the September to June model so that is why we follow it. Our schedule is much lighter in the summer though.
  9. We use it as a supplement in our home. For my DS (11) he used MiF and is now using AoPS Pre-Algebra as his main. We've also used Keys to Algebra as a supplement when he does BA. So it's usually main spine and then maybe twice a week he does BA. He now does it on his own with me helping when he asks and then we work the problem together. For my other two children we are doing it also as a supplement and I do it with them. Maybe the 8 year old will do a few problems independently but mostly I am there. The 5 year old does what he is able orally. They both use Horizons as their spine.
  10. They read whatever they want (as long as it is appropriate) for as long as they want all day long without interference from me. I don't feel it unreasonable to ask that they read from a book of my choosing each day as well. I have a book box of selections I would like for them to get through. They can pick what they want to read next for SSR time. Depending upon their age and length of chapters I have either assigned a chapter at a time or required reading for a set length of time. Right now my 11 year old has to read for 30 minutes daily and my almost 8 year old for 20 minutes. This is a part
  11. To me curriculum means our overarching plan of study. As long as our path is consistent or at least measured in the changes we make, then what "resources" I use to accomplish those goals is much less important. The math program is not teaching my child, I am. I try not to leap into something different without evaluating first why other resource wasn't working in the first place. Many times it has not been the book at all but the timing and development of the child. I consider it a strength that I can put a resource aside and try something different to adapt and meet our current need. One of th
  12. No I didn't with my oldest and don't plan to going forward. As long as they have a strong conceptual understanding then when they have it committed to memory was unimportant to me. I realize that's not a popular route but it worked just fine for us. I printed out a table for him when he was 7 or 8 and had it laminated. He could use it as much as he wanted. Eventually he just didn't need to use it anymore. He is 11 now and would be 6th technically. He probably stopped using it 2 years ago. So he did in fact memorize the tables through repeated interaction with it but not because he did drills w
  13. I will say that I am a better parent now than I was 5 years ago when we began and I consider homeschooling an extension of my parenting philosophy, so yes. Homeschooling handed me a mirror and a pumice stone and thus made me look very hard at myself and how I handle different situations. My growth has been painful at times but eventually to the benefit of the children and our days. I think I am better because I am more patient and have been doing it just long enough for me to believe that is okay to trust in the process. That means practically for me that as long as I am intentional and observ
  14. I actually think using Beast alongside PreA has been a good combination for us this year.
  15. I've been merging my 5 and 7 year olds for the past two months and it has worked very well. I decided to take the path that I use for other content subjects and teach to the oldest child's level and modify it backwards for the younger. For math that means that we've been doing Beast Academy 2A, Kitchen Table Math 1 and 2, Life of Fred, Math and Magic in Wonderland and just playing around with money and manipulatives. The 5 year old catches what he catches. It's been great as I feel he is getting exposure to more math concepts than he would have if he was working solely on his level and she is
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