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  1. Thanks guys. I don't mind tweaking because I am one by nature. I can't even follow a recipe without tweaking. But I've found with HOD I'm tweaking the whole thing. So yes I'm aiming for something that's "less" tweaking! I don't even mind the more parent intensive or less. That doesn't bother me. I'm still in the frustrated mode I guess because we put out the money and it's not working. I'll go read the reviews. Still considering both for right now. Thanks again.
  2. This year for the first year ever I bought a "boxed" curriculum (HOD Bigger) and we are ending up hating it. At this point I'm tweaking everything to make it through the year. While I love the thought of HOD and like most of the books it's just not for our family. So now looking ahead for next year I'm looking again at TOG. Or maybe even MFW. Or going my own route. I went with a boxed because my dh has diabetes and losing 3 toes in 2 years and numerous foot wounds, then out of work, I needed something I thought we could open and run with. SO here's the thing...does TOG include science or do I need to come up with my own? I printed out the first weeks samples. How is MFW...lots of hands on? We need a hands on type of curriculum. DD (7 1/2) is a huge advanced reader so lots of books are an absolute bonus. The science in HOD is way to weak for us so I'm changing everything pretty much at this point. I'm not opposed to tweaking something to make it work, but having to tweak pretty much everything isn't working for me. So just give me opinions I guess on MFW and TOG. What works, what doesn't. Janelle
  3. I'm not using a math curriculum and my dd is 7. I couldn't find one we liked so we're going off on our own. I'm pretty sure I can cover second grade math without too much difficulty. Not sure about next year yet, but for this year we're "winging" it...ok not winging it, but we don't have a set curriculum. We used Singapore last year which we didn't like and I noticed huge gaps, so this year we're filling in the gaps and doing our own thing. Well I may like Singapore it wasn't working with my dd and no learning was being done. This year is going better. Janelle
  4. I don't sweat...I turn red, get dizzy, pass out. My mother does not sweat. What a thing to inherit. Couldn't it have been something else?? When in the marching band in high school, they had to have a parent or another student walk close to me, carry extra water. During this heat wave we've had, I have a fan that mists water and also runs while misting, I carry water, and salty chips. That's the only way I can maybe kinda get by IF I have to go out, so I look a little odd at Farmers Markets, but you do what you gotta do. Luckily my dd sweats, so that strange thing isn't inherited. I turn into a hermit come middle of summer, till fall weather hits then I joyfully exit the house and stay outside as much as possible. I hate not sweating, but am used to it by now. Janelle
  5. We're starting HOD this year for the first time, new joiner of yahoo group also. I'm all for social! :)
  6. So here's a question. We're starting Bigger this year and I just got the guide today. I'm already questioning the science. All the writing and note booking will do her in. NOT her thing. We have the books and I really can't afford anymore curriculum at this point ... any ideas of what to do with her?! Read and try to beef it up with more hands on?
  7. I'm considering joining, have been following and finding so many fun things I may never have time to follow all of them. Right now not feeling too hot due to tummy virus or something icky, can I pm someone when I'm me again?!
  8. I don't know if I should thank you or NOT...just jumped over from a link...oh boy I'm in trouble. More projects heading my way. I don't think my dh will be thanking you :)! LOVE IT!!! Janelle
  9. For the first time ever this year I'm going with a boxed curric. (HOD) Will tweak and add. My dh is diabetic and lost 2 toes last year and with all the time we spent in clinics, hospitals, infectious diseases dr's it would have been nice to have a little box tell me what I should be doing. That way when my Mom was playing with dd for me, they could have played school! Something my Mom could have followed. So since last year was the way it was, this year I'm going HOD. Now next year who knows...could be a whole other story. Janelle
  10. What is Miquon's approach? Have looked at MEP, found it kinda confusing (to me at least).
  11. You guys always come through...so here we go again. Trying to get next years materials settled kinda gotta file with the state soon and gee they normally like to have something down! :) DD (7) is way advanced in the language portion of life. Math ummmm really NOT happening. We tried Math Mammoth, Horizons, Singapore (this year)...she's NOT getting math at all. Has a major mental block. WHAT do I do this year for 2nd grade math? Look at Saxon? Another program? Relax, read math books, play with manipulatives. Rightstart? But from what I see that's pricey and boy with husband unemployed that's not in our budget. What would you wise people suggest? I know it took me awhile when I was in school for math to click...so I'm hoping she's the same!:001_smile: Janelle
  12. Thank you! They have the book, I'll get it and get the workbook through Rainbow or CBD. Woohoo! Thanks again...love lovely surprises like this...especially after the night and week I've had! :)
  13. Ok...quick question about HTTS...do I start her in grade 2? Would she miss anything by not doing grade 1 workbook? I like the looks of HTTS. I hadn't heard of that one. SOOOO glad I asked! :)
  14. Wow I'm really glad I posted! I will look more into HTTS. My main goal is to teach her the rules. She's a great natural speller, but doesn't know the rules to apply to other words. We have looked at the higher levels in Spelling Workout. She needs something to point the rules out, base words on those rules and go with that. She's not great at figuring out a rule ... after all she is just 7! :) I don't want her to fly too quickly through AAS...dh is unemployed and I just teach music! So yes money is an issue.
  15. DD (7) has hated Spelling Workout...haven't finished book one because she hates it. Now I'm hating it. Major.:glare: Have been considering All About Spelling...thinking we'll try that next:). I emailed the company and they suggested level 2 for her. Is that what you would suggest? She CAN spell and VERY WELL...just NOT with Spelling Workout...you'd think she'd lost all ability to read, write, and what letter is this again:confused:. She can read and read very well...except for yes you get it...Spelling Workout! She's read about AAS on the website while I was looking at it and thought that yes she can do that one. So....long way of asking...level 2 with the review cards for level 1? Janelle
  16. Oh yes you can do this! And oh yes...hang on for the ride of your life :)! My dd is 7 and has always been home. She has food allergy issues, we looked at schools and thought AHHH NO! I was advised when she was 5 that if we wanted her to "fit in" with her peers in our school system...to stop reading to her. Stop all progress. Um yeah...sure...how does one stop a river from flowing? You gotta be kidding. The librarian at our branch mentioned HOMESCHOOL THIS CHILD. :) Yeah we love Miss Lori! :) I work with my dd where she's at...grade level in some. NOT so grade level in others. It's a trip, but oh so much fun. Enjoy the K year! I just read, read, read to her and followed her lead in what she wanted to learn. Turned out to be a fun year! :) Janelle
  17. We're using MCT Island coupled with books from the library and FLL 1 (with me heavily editing and weeding through skipping lessons). Loving MCT though. DD was self-taught and also hates repetition. So FLL 1 is taking a lot of weeding through to skip the repetition.
  18. Oh she's a word girl alright! She'd rather deal with words than math any day of the week! :) In her perfect world math would NOT exist! Janelle
  19. Has anyone used this with a second grader? DD is a music fanatic...really makes her tick. I was looking at this tonight thinking it would be something she would love. Age range is 4th-8th...could it be done with a younger? She'd love it I know. Music is in her blood. :) Janelle
  20. Oh it's so nice to see I'm NOT the only one carrying around Veritas Press catalog. I have never ordered anything from them, but want to this year. So many things...so little money. Sighhh. I AM doing the cards though. Most definitely. For those that do the cards do you choose the bible ones or the history ones or both? DD's 7 will be in 2nd. Janelle
  21. Thank you for all the options to consider! I will look through them all and make my decisions. I want her to fully learn it later, but wanted a gentle/fun introduction now. Being raised in the public you can safely bet I didn't have Latin! :) Language/reading is her strongest point...so am capitalizing on that. We're going slowly through Grammar Island and loving it. Have the other books too and will start them shortly. Had a lot of breaks this year due to Daddy losing a toe and then having open wounds in feet. But are getting back up to speed and so am planning for next year. Thanks again for all the options and opinions. This board rocks! :) Janelle
  22. I want to start my dd in Latin next year and am looking for opinions on the best route to take for a gentle approach. She'll be in 2nd grade and is 7 years old, but is ready for the challenge. What's your thoughts on the different programs out there. Janelle
  23. of Apologia's Exploring Creation series. It doesn't follow the WTM layout for science as far as I can see. Anyone used it? Any opinions or thoughts? This would be for a second grader next year. She loves rocks and I'm not thinking any of those cover rocks am I correct in my thinking? I want to keep her interest and love of learning going. So if I follow the WTM science layout we'll hit her two loves. BUT if I choose Exploring Creation we probably won't. Thoughts as to how to mesh this with WTM? I'm just in the stage of exploring science right now for next year. Janelle
  24. We did the Cornish Game Hen. Kept Queen Cluck as she was called by my dd in a double plastic bag. AND in a bucket between changes because we live in an apartment and have two extremely nosy cats. No smell. We loved the entire process. Did put Queen Cluck in the trash bin Pyramid as yes we live in an apartment and still have two VERY nosy cats. We would definitely do again. Was a lot of fun for both of us.
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