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  1. Why does she not have someone scheduled to cover for her while on vacation? I mean, it's not unreasonable that realtors would want to go on vacation sometimes and not think about work; they are people too. But if a person's work responsibilities will still exist while she's gone, then she needs to have someone lined up to cover them. I really hope you're planning to talk to her superior. I also hope the buyers are willing to take what you offer and that in a few days you will have this mess entirely behind you!
  2. Have you seen this thread from a few years ago?
  3. 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!"
  4. My girls have enjoyed the courses on, followed by just playing around on Scratch.
  5. 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. 🙂
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. "Murdered by pirates is good!" From The Princess Bride. That's the closest I've got. 😄
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. 🙂
  12. Lively Latin would work for those ages.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. We go year-round, but most of this school year's subjects will be wrapped up in about 4 weeks. I'll probably give the kids a week or two off at that point - there are some summer activities that would probably interfere with schooling around then anyway. DS's pre-k program ends on May 24, so he'll finish the year before the girls do. We'll have some adjustments as I figure out how to fold him into our homeschooling time, since this school year we've been doing most of the girls' school stuff while he was at school in the mornings. But he's very excited about having a daily checklist like his sisters, lol.
  16. Will do! I'm enjoying it so far. (I probably should have enjoyed it back when it was assigned reading for a class on Ancient Greece back in college. 😉 )
  17. We were on vacation last week and I didn't get as much reading time as a vacation ought to have, lol! So I didn't finish anything. I did start two books though: H. D. F. Kitto's The Greeks and Archibald Alexander's Thoughts on Religious Experience.
  18. I had four finishes this week! J. Gresham Machen, The Virgin Birth of Christ - academic work, very thorough, very good. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine - it was okay. I mean, I read all of it, fairly quickly--it kept me engaged. But I think I was hoping for...maybe for more to happen? I don't know. Steven J. Lawson, The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther - a quick read, with a bit of general biographical info on Luther followed by an analysis of his preaching. It was a nice complement to the volume of Luther's writings (most of which were not sermons) that I read a few weeks ago. Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Kings: The Wisdom and the Folly - commentary I'd been reading for personal devotions. I love Davis's exposition and will start his book on 2 Kings tomorrow. I haven't decided what I'll be reading next. I have a couple of options in mind. I am up to 26 books read for this year, with my Goodreads goal set at 40. I think participating in this thread is very motivating - I want to be able to post here and say that I've finished something each week! 😄
  19. It made sense to me at that stage to add writing in with other subject areas. Enjoyed a book you just read? Write a few sentences about what happened. Learned something cool about science or history? Write a sentence or two, or draw a comic and make sure the speech bubbles include complete sentences. Realized you're pretty good at making sandwiches? Write down the steps you take so someone else could make one just like you do. Had a blast at an activity last Saturday? Write a letter to a cousin telling her about it. And don't call it a journal - just loose-leaf paper is fine. Along the lines of your cat book--we made a tri-fold board (like for a science fair) about the planets when DD#1 was that age, where she drew a picture and wrote 1-2 sentences for each planet. We did display boards about Tchaikovsky and about Tanzania as well. We (both girls and I) also did research on a local-interest topic and were going to self-publish a book when we finished and donate copies to the library, but then something happened to delay our plans and then interest fizzled. Still, it was a cool learning experience in many ways, even though we didn't see it through to the end. If she's interested in writing stories, let her. It doesn't have to be sophisticated. Depending on her writing stamina (my girls have been opposites on that), it might be good to go back and forth between her writing a sentence and her dictating a sentence for you to write. Is any of that helpful?
  20. I ended up borrowing a book from a friend this week and finishing it quickly - The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield's autobiography. It was good. And I'm still working on J. Gresham Machen's The Virgin Birth of Christ (which, oddly enough, is referenced in Butterfield's book). I'm about 80% through. Will I finish this week? Here's hoping, lol!
  21. I have found that I really enjoy going through a book of the Bible slowly and reading a commentary alongside it. had a blog series a while back where they listed their top 5 commentaries for each book of the Bible, so I go on their site and search for "bookname commentary" when I need to choose one. 🙂
  22. Two pre-reads for the kids completed this past week - Aeneas (younger readers' version of Aeneid, mentioned in last week's thread) and The Golden Goblet. Both will probably go on the girls' reading list for next year. Still working on Machen's The Virgin Birth.
  23. I picked the first option. My kids are 10, 7, and 5. The older two are occasional sleepwalkers, so I would want to be on the same level as them.
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