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  1. Thank you so much Zoo Keeper! These are just what I was looking for!
  2. Hello! My dd13 is supposed to write a research paper for RSO Bio but I need a step by step program or instructions on how to teach her to write a research paper including taking notes and citing sources. Is there a curriculum or workbook that is stand alone and just teaches how to write a research paper for middle schoolers? Thanks!
  3. I just made this off of a pattern on Etsy for my 9 year old Harry Potter fan! I am so excited about how it turned out!
  4. Thank you again Lori! What a wonderful description! Thank you 8FillTheHeart! You have both inspired me! I just ordered LLfLOTR so I can look at it and LL8 in person. I really want to do both of them so I may just do LL8 for the rest of 7th and 8th grade, then do LLfLOTR with all of the additional units for 9th. Another possibility is to do LL8 for individual work for dc, then slowly work through LLfLOTR over 2 years as a family literature project. We have been working our way through the Little House books, so maybe this could be a similar project? Thank you for your help in thinking this through!
  5. Wow Lori!! Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such a thorough reply! Your insight is so incredibly helpful! Can you expand a little on what is involved in the 12 in-depth additional studies in the LOTR program? Thank you so much!!!
  6. I am conflicted and hoping some of the high school parents can help me! We are finishing up LL7 this week and I am trying to figure out our next step. Some people love LLTLOTR but others say it can be a little light. If you have experience with LL8 and LLTLOTR which do you think is more challenging? My debate is do I have my dc do LL8 over the next year and a half (second half of 7th grade and all of 8th) and then do LLTLOTR for 9th, or only do half of LL8 this year to finish up 7th (cut short stories and poetry to focus on the novels) and then do LLTLOTR for 8th. I feel like there isnt enough time to do all I want to do! 🙂 Thank you for any insight you have!
  7. I am not familiar with the ones you mentioned, but my dh is a research microbiologist who specializes in the gut. He recommends align when people ask. They have done their research to make sure the probiotics are stable, last, and really work.
  8. So things got crazy here after I posted, so I apolgize for taking so long to respond. THANK YOU!! You guys nailed it on the head!! Like Peterpan said, it is no longer novel. I need a new challenge. Some Charlotte Mason Mother Culture? Taking a college class?! I have some contemplating to do! I honestly think part of the reason I love homeschooling is because it has been so intellectually stimulating. Now may be the time for me to find additional growth opportunities.
  9. I've been homeschooling for 7 years now. It is challenging, but meaningful and rewarding. I get better at it every year and have things down to a pretty good routine. I've found the curriculum that work best for my kids in each subject and each year just buy the next level up. Things are good, but I sort of miss the excitement of reading reviews and downloading samples of dozens of different curriculum and debating which would be THE ONE. Anyone else feel this way?
  10. Philadelphia is so much fun!!!! We go a couple of times a year and it is always interesting. You will need a full day to do the historical stuff and it will be worth it. Start out at the visitor center and get your timed tickets for Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The Constitution Center next door is also a MUST see in my opinion. They have a multimedia show that is extremely powerful and lots of hands on and thought provoking exhibits. Pack a lunch and picnic on the huge lawn! For your second day I would either go the Magic Gardens (reserve tickets in advance because they sell out-$10 adults and $5 kids) or the Ben Franklin Museum ($5 adults and $2 kids). I'd also have lunch or ice cream in the Reading Terminal Market if that was possible!
  11. As for the curriculum issue, yes it is hard to find non Christian homeschooling materials, but they are out there. If you search for secular curriculum for different subjects in this forum you will find lots of options!
  12. Congratulations on your new adventure! Our children go to Hebrew school. It was too much for me to teach both secular and religious subjects. Going to Hebrew school also helps our kids feel more connected to our Jewish community and build up their friendships. I actually do my school planning for the next week while they are at Religious school!
  13. My dd12 (6th grade) really struggles with spelling (some dyslexia) and today she finished the fourth book in the Apples and Pears series. It has taken her almost three years of hard work but she did it! I am so proud of how far she has come. In fourth grade she could not have passed a first grade spelling test and now she is on a solid 5th grade level. I really wasn't sure that was possible. The kids are having a celebratory tea party and I told her she can have a week off of spelling before we start Megawords! No rest for the weary! LOL
  14. I am trying to run a social/enrichment homeschool group in my community and it is almost impossible. Most homeschoolers seem to believe they must have a co-op (CC or others). The co-ops are very religious and insular. I plan and plan and organize and it is almost impossible to find people to participate in park days and field trips. Frankly, it is very demoralizing.
  15. Thank you!!! These ideas are super helpful!!
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