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  1. I don't have this curriculum, so I don't know if this is practical, but can it fit 12 ones on one side? Then, when 12 ones barely fit (I hope) you could suggest she replace some of them with a bigger number that fits better. Maybe make it a challenge to see how many different ways she can make it balance and discuss which is the easiest for quickly identifying the amount.
  2. It is a cute game, but I try to make the older kids play it with the younger so I don't have to. I have awful, awful luck with it. I don't understand how, but I can never get even half the acorns. Thankfully the kids have better luck so it doesn't last actually forever, but whenever I'm playing I start imagining the years passing while I sit there
  3. In my state there's no need, and I don't need an additional later of oversight, so I have no interest. Not even enough to watch your video, sorry. Are you trying to get views, or do you have more specific questions you'd like to hear our thoughts on?
  4. I was on birth control (demulen) as a teen, perhaps for the anovulation mentioned above, though I remember the Dr saying she thought I was probably ovulating, but my testosterone levels were too high for some reason. My mom called them "hormone pills" and it was only by reading the package insert that I realized what their typical purpose was, haha. I wish the Drs had figured out what the actual problem was, but it didn't cause me any real problems. I think it made it easier for me to gain the"freshmen 15” in college, but I lost it easily while still on the pill, so no big deal. It was worth i
  5. I've used ProgressivePhonics.com as my main thing. I bought 100 EZ lessons at a used book sale and gave it away because I knew it would be far, far too painful for me to teach from. As for readiness, once he seems interested in learning, I'd play games with letters and simple words. Like, when playing I Spy, include things like "something that starts with /p/" or "the letter that makes the /m/ sound." When he shows that he knows the letters and sounds and has strong understanding, if he has interest, I'd point out words in life and play things like "the secret word game," which is where I wri
  6. I think discovery method is one of those trendy terms that gets slapped on things and so abused. To my mind, using a discovery method means allowing students to try different things to see what works best and what doesn't work at all, as well as things in between. It starts with itty bitty babies as they learn to grab a toy then later learn to feed themselves. It is inefficient and often messy, especially then, but it's necessary. As kids' worlds get bigger, a combination becomes important. I tell them directly that wild animals can be dangerous; I don't let them discover it. We discover that
  7. My understanding based on observation and the stuff I've read is that some people definitely get better returns on their investments in studying different areas, but pretty much anyone can learn more than they know now. Some people have an aptitude for math or music or whatever, and they can advance more easily than many others. That doesn't mean that others can't learn or shouldn't be encouraged to keep trying, but I think it's something that each person considers as they make choices. I am terrible at drawing. I have improved some with a bit of work, and I know I could improve more with more
  8. Haha, this is true. We never got any if the "stuff" from last year and I didn't really try.
  9. Do y'all think it will be worth doing Math Kangaroo this year? This past spring my daughter rushed through in 25 minutes and her score reflected that. I wasn't even in the room to keep from possibly leading her answers, bit of we do it again, I may need to be there to be a reminder that she should focus. My son will also be ready for the first time, and he's been looking forward to it.
  10. I've changed in many ways but the only time it felt to me like a big change was from creationism to accepting evolution. Arguments from the other side did little to persuade me. What caused me to change was seeing the flaws in my own side/position. Other people would make arguments that couldn't possibly be true, even though I agreed with the conclusion they were trying to reach.
  11. Right now, my list includes: The Birchbark House My Side of the Mountain The Adventures of a South Pole Pig In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Where the Mountain Meets the Moon That would get us through May. If we do something in the summer (schools get out on mid May here, usually) it will likely be a different format. After a few months I'll start thinking about next year. For now, I just need to preread/reread these, figure out which month to pair then with, and think of projects that are both worth doing and fun to share in a Zoom meeting.
  12. I find the whole "grammar stage, logic stage" thing the least useful part of "classical" homeschooling. I'm sure it can be done well and that many here so it well, but I've seen kids become obnoxious little whippersnappers because they've been given a bunch of facts that they like to spout off to wow the adults around them, but they haven't been given the larger picture of what those facts mean, how to use them, or how hard the rest of the puzzle is. It's easy, to take a real example I've seen, to say E=Mc squared, and even to know what those letters stand for, but if learning that equation is
  13. Thank you all for your suggestions. I love those lists, and even though I have to whittle it to 5 books for the club, my kids will benefit from many more.
  14. Please help me think of books for the spring semester of our book club. The kids involved are mostly ages 6-8, with a few a little older and some younger siblings taking part. We read one book a month, and they do a project that ties in that they share. Here's what I'm looking for: 1. Good as family read alouds but can be read in about 10-12 sessions. The longest book we're reading is Unusual Chickens, which is pushing it a bit 2. Diverse. Our area is diverse and so is our membership. I want books that reflect this. 3. Variety. older and newer books, different genres and s
  15. I'm imagining a large bathroom that has an area with three sinks that you enter from the hall, then four doors off it, two leading to toilets and two to tubs or showers. If configured carefully, maybe walls could later be rearranged to separate the whole thing into 2 bathrooms, one entered from the hall and one from a bedroom. That would feel less weird than stalls, and boy/girl shouldn't matter much, plus easier for resale later.
  16. In my house that would have meant curling up into a ball with her arms over her head, then crying for ages in truly deep anguish if we had forced the comb through her hair anyway. It would have honestly hurt the relationship for at least a week. Ask me how I know and why we cut her hair!
  17. For us, yes. Silliness is key! My older two are both intense, fairly serious children, but silliness helps make things less personal. Another key is practicing it when stakes are low. Like, when I was trying to get my somewhat dishonest child to 'fess up, I actually encouraged telling untruths (jokes, we called them) quickly followed up with a purple elephant warning. Since they got used to doing it and not being punished or viewed badly or whatever it was they were scared would happen, they were comfortable doing it when it mattered. So if your code phrase was "Was that the doorbell?" to mean
  18. I would seriously give the kids a code sentence that means "back off, mom, and take time for yourself to calm down." I would take it very seriously, at least for a certain period of time, to show them that they can trust me to follow through. Like, we'd make a game of saying it to each other, then the person who gets it said to them needs to go into another room at least before coming back. All done with friendly smiles and giggles as much as possible. Later, if they used it when I didn't really need to calm down, I'd just close my eyes and take a deep breath, then continue. This would not onl
  19. Depending on the younger and the room set up, it might be possible with a clip-on light and/or some sort of partition. We've done that sort of thing with a room sharing situation, but I totally get that kids are different and sleep is precious! Could she read for a few minutes in your bed, then switch to hers for sleep? Just trying to think of something small but valuable to a kid. I really understand trying hard not to repeat the problems of our parents. I had pretty good parents in many ways, but they were lousy at some things. There were no arguments in our house, just lots of anger, s
  20. Can you use later bedtime as an incentive that could be taken away? Like, she's old enough to be allowed to have 25-45 minutes of quiet reading time after being put to bed, but if she has a bad attitude, she must need more rest and so lights out will be immediate.
  21. Yeah, like, I'd probably talk with the kid in question during a relaxed time about the "look, a squirrel" stereotype and how true it can be. Then, we'd talk about how other things can act like squirrels, like a rumbly tummy or some music from outside. Sometimes we need to ignore distractions, sometimes we need to get rid of them. We'd talk about how we sometimes need a snack break, sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that lunch is in five minutes and we can wait. Sometimes we can shut out the party happening next door, sometimes we need head phones, and sometimes we just need to try aga
  22. I've had many similar struggles with my eight year old daughter and almost seven year old son. In fact, she got a hair cut at the beginning of summer that wasn't her choice, but she did admit afterwards that it helped. For that, my husband was trying to convince her into a pixie cut, which he finds both adorable and sensible, but she found horrifying. I stood up for her/with her and kept it shoulder length. We don't do "play parents off each other" stuff, but letting her watch that play out and be part of it helped her relate better to us both. She saw her dad listen to reason and saw me take
  23. I got a fairly low score but I was surprised by how high the percentage was. Then I looked here and realized how many folks were getting 0. I said I'd go on an nearly-empty plane or eat in an empty restaurant, but I probably wouldn't really do either of those things because, as someone above pointed out, I wouldn't know how full the plane or restaurant was going to get.
  24. Xahm

    2020-2021 PreK

    My 4 year old loves doing school with me and trying to keep up with bigger siblings (6&8). He's been working through Progressive Phonics and the I See Sam stories. Math is MEP level 1, and handwriting is The Good and the Beautiful preK. He also tags along with the bigger kids' science, history, literature, etc. The only requirement he has is not to interrupt read alouds. Otherwise, he can choose whether to do any lessons on a given day. Generally, he's very keen, and I just have to try to find time. We've also got an almost 2 year old in the mix. Right now our evening read aloud includes n
  25. I saw this and was happy, though a large part of me wondered whether she'd been convinced by the science or by school districts cutting off the money flow.
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