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  1. I wouldn't hold too tightly to the label "auditory learner," especially for a child so young. While certainly many people have a style of learning they prefer, most learn well with several styles, and certain tasks are best suited to certain methods of teaching. For example, teaching shapes is going to be probably visual, though tactile elements fit well and stories could be incorporated. Shoe tying is best taught by physically practicing, though some kids benefit more from first watching parents demonstrate several times and others appreciate stories about squirrels running around trees to help them remember the steps of shoe tying. The idea of teaching money using real coins is good. The more ways you present things, the better your child will learn, and you also will learn even more about how your child learns. Your particular cold would likely love you telling her stories about characters earning money and spending it, but if you also draw little diagrams of those characters and their actions, it will help her grow as a learner. Practicing using diagrams, even if it's not the easiest way for her to learn, will help her later when there is a topic best communicated through diagrams. Regarding homework, just go into things ready to be flexible. It sounds like you are planning on having a strong home/school split, which works well for some people. Others, including myself, find it more natural to not split things up that way, so we may do half a reading lesson in the morning and half right before bed, or do a math lesson after lunch and play a board game involving counting after dinner, but we don't call one of those ”school" and the other "homework." It's all just ” teaching our kids.”
  2. My current three year old will be four mid September. He just recently began demanding school, so we do Progressive Phonics for reading and handwriting, plus MEP Reception for math. We'll continue that next year, though we'll have to mine on to MEP year one, done largely on whiteboard. He spends a lot of time listening to big siblings' read alouds as well as being read to. I'm also working with my sister-in-law who has similar age boys to do biweekly preschool activity days together.
  3. My third grader will be doing SOTW3 with all of us, along with BFSU and Mystery Science and read alouds. She'll continue on with Beast Academy. We're on level 3 now, so she'll finish that if we're haven't yet, then go to 4. As helpful, we'll take breaks using Math Mammoth as well as extensions with other materials. She'll do The Good and the Beautiful handwriting, some dictation, 4 level analysis of sentences, and some writing across the curriculum. She reads like crazy, so she'll keep doing a mix of what she chooses and what I choose.
  4. I have little brags. My three year old has been demanding school, so we started doing Progressive Phonics and MEP Reception, both of which he is rocking. My favorite, though, was when he was just playing around on Starfall and found a song that said "a noun is the name of a person, place, or thing." And he added in with an annoyed voice "or idea." That's what being the younger sibling in a home school house is like. My six year old is finally reading well. Not that six is late, but it's much later than his other aptitudes would make you think he would have learned. He's enjoying realizing that he can figure out a lot more about the world now. My seven year old is really wanting to have more independence in her work, so we're pausing Beast Academy and letting her focus on getting her multiplication tables down. She requested this, and it's a reasonable request, so we're doing it. That's me bragging that I'm doing well listening, as well as her doing well knowing her needs. The little one is a world champion crawler getting himself into all sorts of danger. If he can survive the next four months, things will get a little easier. Mine have all had a bit more rationality kick in around eighteen months.
  5. Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel would be a lot of fun except for some really bad language. If you can overlook some gratuitous f-bomb type things, they might really enjoy it, especially those who've seen enough other time travel movies to get references. I'd be much happier recommending it to a 13 plus crowd due to language and a brief bit of gore.
  6. My kids aren't old enough yet to speak from the perspective of btdt with them, so this is from remembering back to when I took AP European History. I say, if she's interested, go for it. Find out from the teacher how much writing is included, but we didn't have any research papers when I was taking it. We had lots of essay based tests, the kind where you have an hour to write three short essays.
  7. Our church encourages name tags, but we don't participate because it would be just one more thing more than we can reasonably do. We either have to schlep our kids and ourselves into the crush of the name tag area before and after the service or keep up with these at home and wear them into church. Neither of those seems really feasible at the moment, so we'll keep being unknown for a few more years until we don't have to rush to get kids from the nursery and such.
  8. I like to think about things and how my children learn and make up plans for them, even if those plans have to be scrapped frequently because my children are little humans who grow in unexpected ways. I have to make my peace with the fact that not everyone likes doing that. Many, many people like to find one set of instructions that makes overall sense and then follow that. It frees up their mental space to focus on other things they find more valuable. It may mean that some things they do don't actually benefit themselves out their children, but the benefit they get from having a plan and sticking to it outweighs that downside. I just don't chat about educational their with those people because it stresses them out to be disagreed with and isn't an interesting conversation for me. Thankfully, there are usually plenty of other topics to choose from. We are odd ducks sometimes, too. We are serious about our religious beliefs, but we accept evolution. I let my kids have tons of time for free play, but when we work I push them to work well. I had 4 kids in 7 years, but I'm not against birth control. We expect good behavior but also allow our children to question the way we do things. And so on. Usually I can find some common ground with just about anyone and stick to discussing that, though. In only have problems when I meet up with someone who had strong opinions that aren't based in facts of any kind. One specific homeschool park meet up springs to mind, but we just never went back there.
  9. Since the term is pretty nebulous, I think that you, CuriousMom, should feel comfortable using the term when it makes sense to. In the example you gave, giving your child's whole back story would have distracted from the suggestion you were providing, so I think calling your son 2E was useful shorthand. I think asynchronous is another very useful word that helps me describe my kids. I scribe for them, for example, not because of a disability but because their little hands just aren't old enough to do what their brains can think of, but in a few years, that will be much less of an issue. It has been really interesting to see how different each of mine have been in terms of development. So far, I have one early reader and one fairly typical reader, but they're timing seems to have more to do with personality and preferences than inherent ability.
  10. Thanks for starting this thread. It's given me a chance to start thinking, self doubt, check out the local school again, and re embrace homeschooling for the coming year. My kids will be 8, 6.5, almost 4, and 1.5 in the fall. Together we'll do SOTW 3, some BFSU, maybe some Mystery Science, and a lot of reading aloud and talking. We'll be working on Scout requirements for the older two, which we largely end up doing together. All the rest of this is heavily dependent on how they grow and mature over the next months. Dd8 will likely be finishing the tail end of BA 3 and then doing 4. I suspect she'll get through it all easily. I have some other things, like logic and graphing, to avoid going further than that. For ELA she'll be doing a lot of reading, dictation, and The Good and the Beautiful handwriting. Everything else about that curriculum makes me want to run screaming, but the handwriting is what we're looking for. I want to include more consistent writing practice for her. Currently she mostly writes her own projects, which results in some high-quality work done in long bursts, but very sporadically. DS 6 will likely be ready for BA2a. We're currently doing Math Mammoth, mostly to teach him a little independence and a lot of confidence, but it's super easy. I don't know how far I should go before swapping over. I think he'll be reading well but still be needing buddy reading to build endurance. He'll likely be ready to start simple dictation, and he'll also be doing TGATB handwriting. DS 4 has been demanding school and learning to read recently, stop who knows where he'll be. We may be slowly going through Progressive Phonics, or he may be reading nearly independently. We'll likely do MEP1 orally. DS 1 will continue his lessons in advanced climbing and trouble making, as well as beginning speech.
  11. I can't answer much of this, but Math Kangaroo is open to individuals. My daughter is looking forward to participating again this year.
  12. Yep. I'm reading a novel about "Quintland” right now for that reason.
  13. I think Yellow Ribbon is a National Guard thing, and I guess a Reserves thing. There's always an issue with some soldiers having troubles settling back to life stateside, but since Guard families are so spread out, there were higher instances of suicide, domestic altercations, etc, and this program is to help counteract that. Really, I think the biggest reason it helps is that it let's leadership put their eyes on everyone in a more relaxed environment and see who may be struggling. The majority of the sessions were useless.
  14. You didn't miss anything by skipping Yellow Ribbon. My older two love them, though, so we went. My baby stayed with me and entertained everyone during the "briefs." It is upsetting to think someone is patting themselves on the back for instituting mandatory suicide prevention briefs and "saving lives.” There is supposed to be a way to go through Mil Connect online and get free counseling for you, your spouse, the kids, or a combination there of. I haven't used it, but it's supposed to connect you too people who love in your area, or you can do online counseling.
  15. I hate them so much, but I try to keep it quiet so I don't seem like a kill joy. My husband deployed last year, after having come and gone for training for over six months before, and I made sure he knew I would be very angry if he put mine or or kids'emotions on display. Thankfully, he was 100% on the same page with me. There reason it goes past "you do you, I will do me" is that it gives the population in general the wrong idea about returns and makes it harder for people actually dealing with it. When I've got 4 little kids whose emotional health I'm dealing with, on top of my own, I don't need to hear your opinion of how I should make sure to do a cute reunion video. They make people think that all kids jump up and down and weep for joy when their parent returns. My kids might cry when they see their dad or run away or just ignore him, and that's ok. Reunification is not one little cute moment that has to be perfect. It's a process that won't be. If you watch one of those videos and have the thought flicker through your mind that the joy of reunion makes it all worth it, that video is harmful. My husband is National Guard, so while we get to be near our civilian support system during deployments, no one near us knows anything about the military. They get their information from things like these heartwarming videos, and it doesn't help. Nor does making a big deal around the 4th of July about how the fireworks are going to traumatize dogs and all those poor soldiers with PTSD, but that's a really for a different occasion.
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