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  1. Yes, I know that we have to actually teach writing. I have been doing so the entirety of their educations. This has just been a tough transition with me going to work. Dd being behind grade level probably sounds worse than than it is. I think that I still think of it from a place of rock bottom, which is where we were a year ago but she's made so much progress since then and I think it's hard for me to shake that terrifying feeling of "being behind and learning challenges will make it impossible to improve." Needless to say, I've learned and grown a lot, too! 😊
  2. Yes, dh and I looked at it and did the placement tests with them, well we tried with dd, she cried. She doesn't like change. She cried when we showed her Math U See, too. Guess what? She's still doing Math Mammoth, lol. After talking with the kids and looking at all the suggestions here, we decided to order a few Critical Thinking workbooks. Dd has done one of the word root books in the past and enjoyed it. I completely forgot about it but she recognized it right away. I'm also looking at Evan Moore workbooks but I haven't decided if they are busy work or not. Hopefully these will help e
  3. Ok, I looked at CLE and it does look very doable and like less book juggling than what we have going now, maybe. And the price is amazing! I'll show it to dh when he's home later and see what he thinks. Is there a lot of Christian content in the text? It's not a deal breaker, we are Christian but not a constant shove it down your throat family, if that makes sense. I'll see if I can find some YouTube reviews or something for a better look inside.
  4. Thanks for your thoughts everyone! I think Lori D's schedule is what dh is wanting to try and some of ClemsonDana's suggestions for material might fit the bill there. I'm just worried about giving dh too much to deal with. He's a typical guy, not very detail oriented, and not very nurturing. He's a mathy guy though so he's giving his all with math and dd has made huge strides in the last 8 months since he took over. I'm so proud of both of them and so impressed. I'd hate to rock that boat by putting another thing on his plate. As far as Wenyroo's concerns with dd's challenges,
  5. I haven't been on the forums in probably 8 or 9 months with life being extremely busy and chaotic. But I'm back to get some feedback on the one homeschool thing we havent managed to iron out yet. Here's what things look like right now and keep in mind this is our first year with me working: I go to work full time, days. Kids are home with dh who works from home and can care for the kids while working. His work is really low key. They do breakfast, morning chores, math (1 hr give or take), Bible (20ish mins), then science/geography/history student interest led rotating one subject pe
  6. Critter, we got caught in flash flooding on Thursday and had to find alternate routes twice! It was scary how fast the water came up! Are the bees okay? Friday was a play outside all day kind of day for the kids. I really think the school year is winding down for us. They will continue math, dd will continue writing, and reading is huge here, but other than that, I think everyone is ready for summer fun and relaxing. Have a great 3 day weekend everyone!
  7. Well, I'm wide awake and can't get back to sleep so I guess now's a good time to update! 😂 We had some crazy unexpected events yesterday that threw our whole day out of whack but we managed to get reading, handwriting, and science in before everything fell apart. So I guess something is better than nothing. Today's plan is for the kids to have a playdate with friends. We will do reading at home but other than that, they'll be playing hard all day. They are super excited!
  8. Thanks for all the responses and links. This definitely helps me come up with a plan. ❤️
  9. I'd like to have a checklist or loop or something for the kids to work through some independent work and activities. I have a few ideas like vocab, brain games, math games, word search, and mad libs but I'm looking for more ideas. What do your kids like to do independently?
  10. Good morning. My internal clock is trying to make the switch to my new work schedule but I've been waking up 10-20 minutes before my alarm rings. 🙄 Today's plan is orthodontist appointment for one of the kids, full school day, and after school playdate with our ps friends. Oh and our evening activity. I probably crammed too much into today but I have to take advantage of a full day off work.
  11. I don't know what to say about today. It was a little chaotic. But school things got done. Reading, writing, handwriting, art, outside time, chores, and science. The older kids were asked what they wanted to learn about as a science topic. They both said physics. 🙃 It was managed and later we got some books from the library to help us. 🤣 I messed up printing both of their math curriculum so badly that there is a huge stack of several printed math semesters for 2 kids that I need to organize. Uggh, its such a mess! Its waiting for me in the other room... taunting me... teasing me! 😭
  12. Whew! So glad its nothing urgent and scary! 👍 I got home about 12:15am so I was pretty close to my goal of midnight. 😊 I worked today at the last minute so I didn't have schoolwork put together and ready for dh. He took the kids to the library and a few other errands. They went for a nature walk this afternoon. I'll be better prepared for next week. We are doing family movie night right now and I'm folding laundry while we sit here and watch. I am officially a student myself now, as of today. After the kids are in bed, I'm hitting the books! 😱 Lots of changes aroun
  13. HSL- lol about your kids states game! They sound like my kids! 😁👍 Critter- anything medical appointment is exhausting. You are preaching to the choir. I hope you got some rest! Journey-I hope your son's issues continue to improve! Well, we found ourselves in crisis mode on Tuesday so not much school work got done. Dd and ds did math and handwriting. They got a lot of free reading time in while dh and I dealt with things. And a lot of video games, too, unfortunately. We made it to our evening activity which proved to be a nice escape. Yesterday, we did some volunteer work
  14. I like the Wal-Mart off brand in the green can better than Batiste! 😁 I also like Not Your Mother's and the best one I've used is the salon quality Morrocan Oil for Dark Tones. I only get that one when I've filled my punch card at the salon and can get it for 25% off. I don't like Batiste or Ogx or Renpure. I haven't tried any others. For me it works best to be sprayed on as a very light application in many places. So I hold the can pretty far away to get that fine mist and I flip all my hair to one side and spray. Then I part a section just above that and spray, and repeat, working my
  15. You guys, I can't even remember the last time I posted here and what was going on. Its been nuts. We started back to school work today after a THREE week break for moving. That was waaaay longer than I wanted. Oh, well. What's done is done. We started a new read aloud: Gifts of an Eagle. Has anyone here read it? A (An?) homeschool mom I stalk on Instagram has been singing its praises so I thought we'd give it a whirl. Dd and ds did a spelling lesson, handwriting lesson, and a math lesson each. Then an impromptu lesson on colors surfaced for the preschooler and all the kids were
  16. Ours match but only because I moved here back when you couldn't move numbers between carriers and my original carrier didn't have good signal in the new area. Also a problem that's pretty much a non issue these days. But I thought everyone kept their number. I wouldn't bat an eye if someone gave me a number with a different area code.
  17. Finally Friday! Allergy injections for ds, probably a couple more errands while we are out, more unpacking to be done, and various other tasks that piled on late last night and are hard and make me want to cry. Life as care giver is really difficult sometimes. 😖
  18. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! 👏
  19. Oooh, I'm going to look for these today! I make last day of school gifts for my kids and the ps neighbor girls. These would go perfectly in their gift baskets! Thanks for sharing!
  20. Yesterday was exhausting with all the shopping and activities. We are getting a slow start this morning. Today, I am focusing on the boys' room and the homeschool materials so we can get back to school next week.
  21. Is this the book you are referring to? If so, this is the one I have and its really good. It changed my mind about the Instant Pot.
  22. Well, I was right! Yesterday got derailed. I had to mow the grass rarher than unpack the kids rooms because it had been almost 2 weeks since the last mow and we were expected to have a rainy rest of the week. I got the kitchen and living room unpacked so that's a win! So unpacking the kids rooms got moved to today. Except that unpacking dd's room took all day! That girl and all her super special and important things! 😬 So we'll see what tomorrow brings. I am doubtful much unpacking will get done. I have to shop for upcoming graduations and weddings. I have to grocery shop. I said I
  23. HSL: I missed something somewhere... Did you go on vacation? I hope you had a good time, if so. 😊 We are back from our 3 day weekend road trip so that means we need to get groceries. Since last week was so busy, I have every room of the house only partially unpacked. This is driving me crazy. Every other time I've moved, I've had the entire house unpacked the next day. So today's goal is to unpack as much as I possibly can. I'd really like to have the kitchen, living room, and the kids rooms 100% done by the end of the day. That would allow us to get back to school work tomorrow.
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