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  1. Have you seen this thread from a few years ago?
  2. This DD is 7, and DS is 5. DD: (to her brother) "Quid nomen tibi est?" DS: "Je m'appelle [Name]." DD: (rolls eyes) "No, when I ask you your name in Latin you have to answer in *Latin*, not in French." DS: "NYET!"
  3. My girls have enjoyed the courses on, followed by just playing around on Scratch.
  4. If I don't have the extras mapped out, here's what happens FOR ME: I don't think of extras in the moment because I'm in "get it done" mode instead of "figure out what we can do" mode. Then we miss out on stuff that would have been really good to incorporate because I didn't think of it. OR... I do think of something extra, so I say to myself, "The next thing we do should be X." And then I waste 3 weeks not getting a chance to gather materials for X, and then we haven't done anything at all for 3 weeks. So FOR ME, it works a lot better to spend time in planning mode, figuring out what all the extras will be, what I'll need when, etc. In theory, I could do this for a few weeks at a time rather than for the whole year, but I like having an overall picture of how much I want to accomplish over the course of the year so I can make sure we're basically on track. But like you said - it depends on what each of us needs in order to homeschool! I am better at getting things done if I have the whole thing mapped out up front. It's not a qualified/unqualified thing - just what works for each person to teach their kids. 🙂
  5. I figure out what I want to use for each subject. (I can go through my process for that if you'd like, but I don't think that's what you're looking for.) If it's open-and-go, great! If it's not open-and-go, I do whatever I need to make it open-and-go. Sometimes that's fairly quick and easy - for example, with math, I just need to figure out which pages the child will do each day. And sometimes it's a lot of work - for example, right now I'm going through our history spine for next year and making my own "student pages" for it - daily assignments, with comprehension questions, longer response questions, map work, primary source evaluations, etc. Whenever I finish making those (IF I EVER DO!), I'll have the whole year ready to go and just have to figure out how many days per week we're doing history. Then I figure out basically how many days per week for each subject, and everything goes into Homeschool Skedtrack, which I've used for a year now and really love. The only thing that I don't do quite that way is reading (literature). Right now all my kids do for that is just plain read, so there are no written assignments to work in with that. And they read at varying speeds - sometimes they read the minimum number of chapters I assign on a day, and sometimes they read the whole book in a day, or anything in between. So for that, I just have a list of books I think would be good for them to read, and I just play it by ear throughout the year.
  6. We do writing 4 days per week, and we generally cover about a lesson a week. I do usually skip the "Speak It" sections. That has us completing a book a semester, roughly. We started on book 1 and are currently on book 5. Most of the time I look at a lesson and say, "Okay, first day of this lesson we should be able to get through about here, then second day through about here," etc. If I end up with 5 or 6 days for the lesson, I go back and reexamine to see if maybe I should make adjustments, or if it really will take us longer for that lesson. What Targhee says about one lesson a week every other week - they are thinking you will alternate between the writing and a separate grammar curriculum. That's not how I choose to do it.
  7. "Murdered by pirates is good!" From The Princess Bride. That's the closest I've got. 😄
  8. I've read about synesthesia before, so my assumption would be that you have it and perceive dates (or perhaps it's the days of the week, I don't know) as certain colors. However, it's not something I've ever experienced, so before I learned about it, I would have been very confused by your statement.
  9. I missed checking in for a week or two. May is crazy busy. Anyway, my girls have been loving the Secret Series (Pseudonymous Bosch), so I decided to read them myself. So I've read all five of those books in the last week-ish. Kid lit bumps my book count up quickly. 😉 I also just finished Story of the World 4 with the girls, and by golly, I'm counting it, as I read that entire thing out loud. 😄 (I read the other three aloud as well but never thought to count them. I'll make sure I do that next time through - starting volume 1 with DS in a few weeks!) Meanwhile, I'm still in the middle of the books I mentioned last time I posted - Archibald Alexander's Thoughts on Religious Experience and H. D. F. Kitto's The Greeks.
  10. I don't have an answer, but I wanted to suggest that you post this question on the high school board as well. I think you'd be more likely to get useful answers there. 🙂
  11. Lively Latin would work for those ages.
  12. Yes, because we've lived in this city since we got married. But I know plenty of people whose numbers don't match the local area code. Many people come here from elsewhere for school or work.
  13. As @Arcadia posted, Euclid's definition actually begins "Of quadrilateral figures," so it is more specific than all regular polygons. And any quadrilateral with equal side lengths will necessarily have opposite sides parallel and opposite angles congruent. This excerpt from the Wikipedia article on kites may be helpful, OP: So Euclid is using a partitioning classification, while modern math texts tend to go with hierarchical (in my experience).
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