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About llifeon18wheels

  • Birthday 12/27/1967

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    Fort Worth, TX
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    Photography, Travel, Australian Labradoodles, Young Living Essential Oils

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  1. Math: Algebra II (possibly online Apologia) History/Literature/Bible: Omnibus IV Primary with Veritas Press Language Arts: Byline with Clear Water Press Foreign Language: 4th Form Latin with Memoria Press Science: Novare Chemistry or Apologia Chemistry (possibly online) Over the summer: Review of Algebra I with Memoria Press Physical Ed: Christian Soldiers Karate Geography: finish up BJU Press Geography
  2. Thank you for the ideas. I am going to go with the Perplexors books first and then I will re-look at this subject for a 9th grade online class.
  3. My daughter is heading into 8th grade and hasn't started any Logic study yet. I am looking at an online option for this because I think she would enjoy it more. My choices are Classical Academic Press Logic which uses the Art of Argument product. The other option is Memoria Press and they use the Traditional Logic product that they make. I know that I can do a DVD version of both of these options but I really want to do an online class for her. Any advice on these two options? Also, is 8th grade too late? I know that I can do whatever I like but I'd like to prepare her for high school and not be slack. Thanks! Michelle
  4. yay, I just put my daughter in Omnibus 1 Self-Paced and so we have a lot to catch up with if we want to get into the online classes for next fall. I look forward to meeting the others. Michelle Hanks
  5. My list will be short and sweet. I am loving our Memoria Press online latin class. I actually sit and just listen to the teacher because she relaxes me. I really like our Math-U-See Pre-Algebra. We have far fewer tears. I picked up Notgrass "From Adam to Us" and I LOVE IT!!! I don't think we will continue with Analytical Grammar now that we are taking latin online. Science. - hhhmmm. We just finished Apologia A&P and have no clue what to do next. I think I'll be reading your comments to get some ideas.
  6. I'm curious to know what are your expectations of your students to complete each subject. Like a range of time. I understand that each student will have their own challenges and then also that each subject requires a different amount of time to invest in it. SO, with all of that in mind, what would you guess for the following subjects. I'd love to hear (read) what others have thought about and then possibly if your expectations were spot on or totally unrealistic. My daughter is at the end of 6th grade and almost 12 years old. So, my point is that she's average, not behind and not far ahead either. Here are my guesses or expectations. Math - 1 hour per lesson / 5 days a week Science - 45 minutes per lesson / 5 days a week Language Arts - 1 hour per lesson / 5 days a week History - 1 hour of reading / 5 days a week Art or Music - free time / at least 1 hour / 3 days a week Thanks!! Michelle
  7. Thank you for the advice. I like the idea of doing a harder, more challenging Pre-Algebra text. I will look into Math Mammoth too.
  8. So I've checked out the post that lists out all the math curriculum options for Algebra and beyond. I've checked out Horizons, Teaching Textbooks, and Jousting Armadillos. I don't know anything about Foresters (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) or Jacobs or Dolciani. Pleas give me some guidance on where to start next. My daughter started school with LifePac, then moved to Horizons in 3rd grade. Then we did Teaching Textbooks for the last 3 grades.She is 11.5 and finishing Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra at the end of the month. I wouldn't say that she's advanced but it seems that she is by her age. maybe just a little. She cried a lot before Pre-Algebra and that was troubling but this past year,she's been moving a a normal pace and it's encouraging. Has anyone moved away fro TT for Algebra because they thought it wouldn't prepare them for the high school subjects? If you moved away, did you go back? I can go to marvel's locally but they don't have the last three brands that I listed for me to look thru. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Michelle
  9. This looks great. Could this be done on the side or would you use this for history by itself?
  10. I've wanted to get our daughter into a musical instrument and this TED talk finalized that decision for me. Thanks for linking it.
  11. So sorry that it's taken me this long to respond. I've had my planner for a good enough time to make an evaluation. First off, my planner and it's quality are awesome. Nothing wrong there. I did order extra stickers and the print was thinner than their preprinted stickers but no big deal. I do think the price for the stickers is high but I wouldn't be able to figure out printing them and I don't have access to a printer daily (we are truck drivers and barely home). Next issue is that I chose it for homeschooling not conventional school. I love that it is dateless and that I can start anywhere during the year and that drove me away from the Life Planner. It has 40 weeks of lesson planning (mine actually has 42 weeks, don't know why) and I just write in what week we are on. You write in the week number at the top and the dates down the left side of the left page. I do wish it had 7 days because we school they the week but I realize that's not normal for the majority. Here are the negatives. They end up all being me versus the planner. I started off writing what we accomplished each day outside of doing Sonlight. I use their schedule and had added so much stuff to their schedule (in the blank spaces) that it looked messy. I realized after a month that I was just journaling what we did each week, I wasn't actually PLANNING anything. Ok, so back to square one. I pulled out all the stuff (books and schedules) that I had for my daughter to do and actually planned the next 3 months out (we school year-round). That was SO MUCH BETTER. I have found that I've used those preprinted stickers to cover up my writing mistakes because I would plan something like CAP Fable to take 2 days a week but it only took her 1 day. Now, my planner looks like chaos. I even started using Washi tape and that just helps to streamline my pages by eliminating the blank spaces. Now it's filled with colorful chaos. I can see why a digital planner would work better for things like that but I don't want to get my computer out each day or even each week for that matter. Our lifestyle on the road just doesn't make it easy. Other parts are all the pages that I didn't think I'd use. I have used the 2-page notebook sheets behind each month in the calendar for notes on struggles with sleep, focus, foods, changes in behavior, new products we started and where she is progressing. I didn't track that anywhere before my planner. I do like that. The graphing pages, absentee pages and the grading pages are still mostly blank. I love the size of the teacher planner and wouldn't want those pages gone because then it would be a skinny thing. I just need to figure out what else I could put there. So, I'm not fully utilizing it but I wonder if it's because I only have one child or is it because I don't write stuff down as a habit. I don't know. In response to the Plum Paper Planner. My daughter doesn't use it but it is an 18 month planner and so I'll try to reintroduce it in October when our new school year starts. I thought it would help her with feeling more in control of her studies but she's just not needing that like I thought. We've worked on food sensitivities, more consistent sleep, more consistent vitamin intake and now introducing Essential Oils and those things are helping her far more than the planner idea. I hope somehow they my rambling that you. An determine whether you would want one. Are they expensive? Yes. Are they good quality? Yes, mine was but I've read more than once that people had issues, this thread included. Can hey handle daily life? Yes, and then some. That cover and coil (on mine) are fabulous and beyond able to handle my lifestyle. Does it fit my needs? Not really but I am willing to adapt. I wish they would come out with a larger Life Planner or a Homeschool Planner. Will I buy another one? Yes, because I need the strength of this one and I'm not ready to use one of the fabulous online or on computer ones. I can see when I'm home more and in a different job, a digital one may be in my future. Now, with all that said. They are very pretty and I want one for educating myself in Essential Oils and beyond. I plan on becoming a Massage Therapist and want to be the coolest strident I class with my pretty planner. :D
  12. I'm a Sonlight user and I want to mention that the IG does give you a suggested reading schedule but I've never fully run by it. I read multiple chapters I. A day because it just fits better. I mark off each thing we do and keep 4 weeks of the IG out at a time. I'm sure BookShark will be the same way. Taylor it to your needs. All the missionary titles are gone but it's secular so they pick great books to substitute with. I think it'd be a great choice for book loving families.
  13. When we went last year, we chose Old Town, Whale Watching (on the small Navy Seal sized boat, not the big ferry sized boat), the USS Midway Museum, sailing trip aboard the Californian at the San Diego Maritime Museum, and the San Diego Seal Tours. We did drive over to Check out Coronado Island and the Hotel del Coronado. That bridge scared the be-jeebies out of me. One of our best vacations. We had dogs and rented a beach house near Dog Beach and got to run the dogs each day. Fantastic!
  14. I'll jump in here with what I did. I only have one child and so I think that has directed a lot of what I've done. We chose to school year-round primarily due to our job (we are over-the-road truck drivers and our daughter is on the truck with us). We did not really do a Kindergarten grade but she was in a local church preschool. Next, 1st grade was from Sept-Dec 2010. She finished fast and I knew we wouldn't wait until the next school year. Then we started 2nd grade in Jan 2011 and went until Sept 2011. We had taken 2-wk vacations grouch out the year so I just kept going. We stated 3rd grade in Oct 2011 and finished end of Aug 2012. I chose to give her a longer break at this point. We started 4th grade in Oct 2012 and kept on until Sep 2013. I really liked our previous schedule so we did it again. Fifth grade started in Oct 2013 and we should finish history in August but all my other subjects are behind that because I changed everything up a few months ago. My goal will be to stay on an October to September schedule but always just moving to the next level in a subject even if it's in the middle of the year. So, it's an organized chaos. Michelle P.S. The lady in my profile picture is my mom but those other sweeties are all on the truck as we travel the country.
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