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  1. I've been thinking about this thread. I think I'm coming to the conclusion that having a large family necessarily does take some things away from our children BUT I'm also convinced that there are innumerable blessings in having a large family as well. I can't read so often to my younger children as I did with my older children but my younger children have so many more companions. I've noticed that when my older children were young I had more time for special projects but I also controlled much more of what they did. Now with my young children it's the opposite; I don't have time for all the projects but I allow them much more freedom because I just need them to be busy. My parenting style is completely different but I think that my children are better off now. They do get short changed in some ways but I really do think that it's worth it, even from their perspective.
  2. I hear you. I long to have more time to expand our studying. I've got one with dyslexia and my 5yo is probably on the autism spectrum. There's just absolutely no more hours in the day to squeeze out more. It's encouraging to me to see my older two on their way to becoming functional adults. For composer study, you could rely on audio as well. We found some classics for kids cassettes that my littles really enjoy. They're audio dramas about the famous composers. Here's an example of one we've listened to: Vivaldi's Ring Mystery. There might be some other ways to squeeze out a few extras if you're creative.
  3. I don't know if you can see my signature but I've also got my hands full with 2 16yos, an 8yo, 6yo, 5yo, 4yo, 3yo, 1yo and a baby almost due. I've been thinking about how to streamline things too. I've been focusing on Bible as my focus with reading, writing and arithmetic as well. We have a family Bible time with memory work and hymn singing every morning. This almost always happens. I've been using various things to teach reading but once they're reading I like to use the Pathway readers, either for free reading or if they don't read much themselves as something they're required to read. I've been using MEP for math but I don't think that I can keep it up. I think that I need something quicker. I've been thinking about Ray's. I've also used R&S English for my older two. I really appreciated it. I plan to start my younger ones with the year 3 book when they're about 9yo. I've been reading SOTW1 to a couple of my little as just a read-aloud. Mostly though, I just use library books to cover history and science until about age 12. I just try to be intentional about the books that I pick. We're rural so they get a lot of nature exposure naturally. I'd probably do more intentional science if we lived in an urban environment. Just yesterday though I found a blog of a mother of 15 doing some CM style work. Here's the link: I found the idea of doing narrations with several children for the same text interesting and the idea of using copywork/dictation as a core part of our language arts a nice way to streamline school work. If you're interested in considering a gentler approach than Latin, you could consider English from the Roots Up. It's really nice. has a really good audio version of Our Island Story. You could use some audio books to cover your knowledge based subjects (e.g. history, science) and focus your school time on the skill based subjects (e.g. math, reading, writing, piano).
  4. Thank you so much for all this food for thought. My ds8's older brother is mildly dyslexic with his main trouble manifesting itself in his writing. My 16ds still can't properly use capital letters or punctuation. I've never had any testing done but I strongly suspect that I could be diagnosed as autistic, with moderate EF disability. It really hadn't crossed my mind that ds8 might have similar difficulties to myself or ds16. When I mentioned WWS I wasn't really thinking of trying to start that anytime soon with ds8. I was just mentioning it because that's about the scope of my experience teaching writing and I'm not sure that it will fit ds8 very well when we get there because of how constrained the assignments are. We're actually still picking our way through WWS2 with my 16yos. Dd could probably get into something more mature but ds is definitely NOT ready to move on from there. I think for the time being I'm going to stick with the SWR and delve heavily into WWE. I'll probably modify it a bit. I'm not sure he needs much copy work. Just this morning he copied on his own initiative an entire hymn with only a few spelling errors. The spelling is only an issue when he's trying to do it from memory. Narration and dictation work would probably help him though. I'll also start looking at him a little more closely to consider SLD's.
  5. I appreciate this. I'm quite short on time and so this is rather appealing to me. I can talk while I cook but I can't mark writing then. I just didn't want to short change him. I think that he feels a pressure to out perform his 16yo brother but obviously in most areas he just can't compete. This is one area that I think that he might stand a chance to form his own identity apart from his brother. I guess my follow up question would be what materials do you think would be helpful to him?
  6. For my older two dc I've used WWE and WWS but with my 8yo ds I'm not sure this is the best match. He really enjoys creative writing and will write long twisted stories on his own initiative. He also tries to write songs. I feel really unprepared for teaching creative writing. I'm mathy and one of the reasons that I have appreciated WWS is that it's so linear and logical. This boy loves writing BUT his mechanics are poor. He basically doesn't use punctuation. His spelling is terrible. He mixes capitals and lowercase letters all the time. I'm working on the spelling with Spell to Read and Write and I've been doing some dictation sentences with his spelling words and insist on proper form. I feel prepared for tackling the mechanics so I guess what I'm wondering is how to encourage the self-expression and creativity with such a young one. It seems to me that years of narration/dictation will suck the life out of him. I do own The Creative Writer but it seems like it would be a little old for him unless I did every lesson completely with him. Thoughts?
  7. Well, with my dd I've tried to be reasonably open with her about what normal sexuality is like. Of course the conversations are a bit awkward but my hope is that some day she'll feel comfortable enough to ask me questions when she has them. Just little comments here and there have opened her up to asking me some question already. Sharing news stories is also really educational.
  8. I seriously thought your thread was going to be about condoms. 😆
  9. Occassionally. I find it really hard to figure out where the boundaries are in these types of conversations. It's one thing to admit that hubby wants more or less tea then I want to prepare it's another thing altogether to discuss ways to brew the most satisfying cup or alternative but satisfying beverages. I just don't know where the lines are with any given friend so they make me uncomfortable to get into.
  10. I've got one lefty. If your dc is a left definitely gently try to coach using right-handed scissors. It's just so much easier in life to not have to hunt for specialty scissors. It really is a right handers world out there.
  11. Have you considered printing the geometry units from MEP's middle school books? At least they would be free to look at. Here's a link to their y8 course: You just need the practice books. All the rest is optional.
  12. I was reading a Bible story the other day and I asked my little ones if anyone could tell me something about Noah. One of my boys said, "He's the man that built a boat and then said that even God could never sink it!" I guess we got our big boat stories a tad mixed up. 😁
  13. It's life. My 16yo dd and my 15yo ds were very close friends as little children but they definitely parted ways in their preteen years. They've been coming together recently. Those preteen years are rough. I remember them bickering almost constantly at that stage. They would bicker over the stupiedest stuff and neither of them would even think about doing something for the other just to be kind or to keep peace. It hard as a mother because they're starting to seem like they should be mature but they're just not. They do grow up though. Just hold in there.
  14. Thank you both for these suggestions. I'm really at the beginning of forming a plan. I guess you could say that I'm at the gathering information stage. I'm not good at the lots of modalities thing. My time is so short these days. A plan would help though. A few years ago I invented one mini-intervention that I wonder if I could rework a little. When he was nearly non-verbal at 2.5 I to took pictures of everything that I could think of in his daily life on my phone. I then would sit down with him daily and used the pictures as flash cards. I'd ask "what's that" and he'd attempt an answer. He loved that game. I wonder if I could do something similar but instead of asking what the item is I could ask him all sort of questions about the picture. For example, if I took a picture of the stairs I could ask him, "what's at the top of the stairs", "what are the stairs made of", "who made the stairs", "what is under the stairs", "do remember when you fell down the stairs", "are our stairs different than Gramma's stairs", etc. A few silly questions would probably keep him nicely engaged. I'm thinking out load here. I'm planning on call about an SLP tomorrow.
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