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  1. We haven't been doing formal spelling, grammar or phonics studies this year. I'd love to say it's because my students are awesome at all of those things, but alas, it's because they have fell by the wayside in favor of reading, science, math, and pet projects. What we have been doing is keeping lists posted on the wall of what we call Mystery Words. Mystery Words are words that we don't know, have questions about, or are just fun or unique for whatever reason. Mystery Words get looked up in the dictionary or Google. They get written down in their notebooks. They (and their definitions) are
  2. I've had some success on Craigslist. I've sold book lots on eBay before as well. Our preferred strategy is to wait until April-June to sell. A lot of people are looking to buy curriculum for the next year that time of year in the US.
  3. I agree with 908874. I think that maybe you shouldn't focus 100% on classics. Non-fiction is cool too, especially for curious kids who want to see how things work and why they came about and so on. Another thing that came to mind after my last post was that maybe your boy would be interested in Snap Circuits or Robotikits. He may be a touch too young though, plus I've found those sorts of things to be more a Dad thing in our household. I would also recommend a few books that my little guys really liked. We do a lot of science fiction for bedtime and read alouds. :) The Wonderful
  4. I'll have to look into these apps and the Genki textbook. The apps may make a nice summer intro to Japanese to gauge interest. There's also a family at our church who lived in Japan for a length of time. Two of their kids are fluent and the oldest has done a few presentations/informal Japanese classes with the homeschool co-op/group. They were for 10-14 yo though, so DD wasn't old enough to attend the last time they were offered.
  5. We have considered having him do FF on his own. I am on the fence as to whether or not he can handle it on his own though. He still needs quite a bit of handholding and oversight. I think he would get overwhelmed or just obsess over irrelevant things at this point. I'm looking for something that he can do on his own, but that has a monitoring component to help him stay on track. Plus I want him to have a bit more exposure to the German language before I leave him to own devices with FF. Since I can't really help him, he'll need to be more independent in seeking help and also in managing his ti
  6. We kind of do this multiple year for multiple kids approach. Ambleside Online is fairly comprehensive and can be tailored to individual kids and levels without much fuss. If nothing else, the booklists are a valuable resource, imho. AO also posts TONS of resources, like week by week lesson plans and ideas for art, music, and Shakespeare rotations. AO encompasses pretty much every area but math, if you want it to do so for your situation. I don't use it for everything, but you probably can. Best thing is you don't really have to purchase much formal curriculum (textbooks, workbooks) unt
  7. My oldest (12yo) expressed an interest in learning German this year, so we purchased Rosetta Stone Homeschool German for him. He is really NOT liking it, complains about it being boring and his progress is fairly non-existent. He says that he still wants to continue studying German, just not with Rosetta Stone. He's pretty good with languages despite having a lingering speech impediment and not being very verbally oriented. We did Fluent Forever Spanish on our own for 5 years with pretty good success. He likes flashcards and rote memory tasks a lot. He is also very auditory and has to have
  8. I would do an interest-based theme unit. What is your little interested in? What does he want to learn about? What sorts of things do you want to do with him at this stage? I'd say it's a special treat to just have one child to focus on. I really enjoyed just having DS2 at home last year and kind of miss it on crazy days now that I have 6 nerdlings in the nest most times. Also be sure to make plenty of time for play, trips to the park and such. That was actually my favorite part of just having DS2 around. I could take him places and really connect with just him. We had a lot of good conver
  9. My Ideal K Curriculum: Varies by child, ;) I've only homeschooled one K, because my two older kids went to school for K due to me working at the time and juggling multiple littles. Last year, my K boy was already reading, writing, and ready to do serious school so he did all first grade level stuff. This year, my K boy is still doing Pre-K. So I guess next year he'll be doing "real" K level stuff. --------------- My Tentative Plans for K Next Year: READING/LANGUAGE ARTS: Ambleside Online Year 1 (currently doing Y0) All About Reading Level 1 (probably just supplem
  10. I would suggest Real Science 4 Kids. They have elementary and middle school level chemistry curriculum available. We were going to do chemistry this year, but opted to do astronomy for the older ones and physics for the younger one who is ready for science. We'll be doing chemistry together as a family next year, so we're looking forward to that.
  11. Our Experience: DS1 and DD both went to public school for K. DS1 went to school until halfway through second grade. We dissatisfied with the level of services of local school system was providing and disagreed with their decision to mainstream him in second grade. He did not adjust well, so we withdrew him and kept his sister in the local school for K until the end of the year. We hs'ed everyone for 2 years. Then in 2014, I had some health issues and we had to re-evaluate our educational plan. We decided to place the oldest in a small private school near our home at the time. My MIL st
  12. It's a puberty thing. My oldest started going through the space cadet thing at 11, right before puberty REALLY started. Now he's in the full swing and we've had some adjustment issues. He doesn't space with math, but reading, writing, Rosetta Stone, copywork, Bible... What worked for mine was to structure his workflow so that he didn't have to read as much. Just listen. More reading aloud, more audiobooks, more video lessons. I also let him do "Lego Lessons" with DS2 and DS3 a few afternoons a week. He teaches them how to build things he has already built, older kits, that sort of thin
  13. We only do school 4 days per week now. We go year round, only taking brief period off for family time and holidays. Birthday Policy: We kind of consider birthdays to be holidays. DS1's b-day is close enough to Christmas that it gets rolled in with the general holiday hullabaloo. DD and DS4's birthdays are both close to the 4th of July, so we just take a couple weeks off around that time and celebrate both b-days and the 4th with a family trip if we can. The other three have birthdays scattered throughout the year, but we just take the birthdays off as a family if we can and go out for a ce
  14. We've got the opposite issue, as you can see in my sig. One girl and FIVE boys! I worry a lot about her sometimes, but as she's gotten older, I've seen that it's not always a bad thing. She is much more resilient than most girls her age in terms of bouncing back from teasing and such. She is much more comfortable around boys than most young girls are and seems to be more confident as well. Like she isn't afraid to go up to a group of boys and ask them to spar at TKD or to ask a group of kids at church if she can sit with them or whatever. I think that comes from her constantly having
  15. Hey there! :hat: I'm Nerdybird. 30 something lady STEM nerd with 6 nerdlings in the nest. We love science, math, nature, board games and art. DS1 has significant learning delays associated with PDDNOS, and speech issues, along with a real gift for music and a strong interest in building things and tinkering. DD has ADHD, loves dance and Tae Kwan Do, and has recently fallen in love with anime. Spends a lot of time drawing and is currently trying to "anime-ize Frozen" in her sketchbook. DS2 is very smart, but also a bit of a wildman who likes climb things. Loves to read and has
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