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  1. Did you buy a supplies kit for SIB? Or did you compile supplies at the beginning of the year? Do you typically like living books in your family, and if so did you incorporate any in addition to the SIB book? SIB is not getting done in my house, mostly because I never have supplies immediately available. But I think I'm also not as excited about the textbook-similar format of the book versus books we just pick up from the library. Just curious how it works in your home ;)
  2. I didn't mean to say being emotional is a character flaw. I meant being lazy or being unwilling to do a reasonable amount of work without drama is a character flaw. Just to clarify. I worded it that way on my original post to make it clear that I'm not just looking to lighten his load and make all things enjoyable for him, because I just won't be able to do that for any of my kids - that's not how life works. And I want him to grow up to be a responsible adult. Thanks for the advice about giving him a break from WWE, that might be a good plan. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  3. This is a different issue, but I've also been noticing differences between Charlotte Mason and Julie Bogart's style of narration and SWB's, and I'm wondering what you all think. Should narration be regurgitated memorized facts and end up looking the same for every student, or should they reflect the personality of the narrator and be unique for each student? Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  4. At least we're not the only ones 😉 Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  5. I'm contemplating what writing curriculum is best for my 2nd grader, and I'd love your advice. We are about halfway through WWE2, and my son is handling the copywork, dictation, and narration fine, but he complains about writing every day. His writing is quite neat, his hand doesn't hurt, but if anything his writing seems to be getting a little messier as he takes less satisfaction in it. He whines whenever I say it's time for writing. He is my more emotional child, and I understand this is a character flaw in him, so I don't necessarily blame the curriculum. I know there are things we just have to press through with our kids, because they need to be done and our children need to learn to be responsible and work diligently. But I'm wondering if another curriculum might be better suited to him. He whined through a lot of OPGTTR, but he got through it and is now a very good reader. But for that curriculum, it was helpful for us both for me to bring something "fun" to phonics, like writing the words out on a whiteboard or using Bananagram tiles. I'm not sure what I can do with WWE to make it more interesting for him, or if I even should do so. Or if something else would be a better fit for him. A little more about my son: he is good at math, loves to read and learn about things, and always loves stories. He also enjoys history, drawing, and science. He can narrate back to me very well - he likes to go fast and animatedly, and tell the story with pretty good vocabulary. (I'm not sure the structure of WWE in leading them to summarize the main point of the passage is serving him well - it's just more questions. This is my own uncertainty with him - I feel like he might be better off if I just said, "What do you think was the main point?" and kind of lead him there.) I'm going to change his routine and put writing in the morning when his mind is fresh and it will be out of our way. He complains about the actual writing, which I know is not heavy, but I thought that if he were more engaged with the curriculum maybe it wouldn't seem like such a burden. He doesn't complain about writing for FLL or when we write a letter to someone. What do you think? Is this something where I just trust the curriculum and stick with it? Or is there something that might be better suited to him? If I should switch, when should I do so? Thank you for your thoughts!
  6. We decided on London and Paris. What do we not want to miss? Where should we stay? Hotel or VRBO? I think we'll go in early June. 😊 Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  7. No, he's in the textbook publishing industry - which isn't doing well, so we're not sure if we'll make it to 10 years. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  8. Another trip!! 😊 Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you, I agree about CA. We're leaning toward Europe. I appreciate your advice about staying in England also. That is a great option. It seems less stressful, too, which we value at this stage of our lives. 😉 Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  10. Hubby gets a company anniversary trip to briefly visit the office in London. The company gives us 2 plane tickets and $1500 to spend, plus extra time off work. Hubby went on a short trip to London for work, but we've never been to Europe apart from that. We'll be traveling with our 1 year old and leaving our older 3 boys with my parents. Where would you visit, besides London? Any advice for traveling with a 1 yo? Where do I even start with my research?!?!? And what would we not want to miss in London, or other parts of England? We probably want to be gone about a week-ish.
  11. True, I think it would be great to have a nice get-away with my husband. It's been a long time since we've gone somewhere kid-free. What other place would you see besides London - maybe Paris? Any other ideas? Hubby is not too enthused about Paris. Can anyone change his mind? 😉 Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  12. As a company 5 year anniversary gift, my husband gets 2 plane tickets and $1500 to spend on a trip to visit (quick stop-by) one of his company's offices, either in LA (Ventura County) or London. We have 4 kids - 7, 6, 3, and a 1 year old. The older 3 can come with us to CA or stay with my parents. The 1 year old will need to come with us. We moved to NC 4 years ago from CA. My husband works from home but frequently travels to the CA office, so it wouldn't really feel like a vacation to him if we spent too long in that area. So we would probably see a few family members, visit the office, and then head to Orange County or San Diego with the kids and enjoy the beach, zoo, maybe Disneyland, etc. Hubby has taken a quick work trip to London, but other than that we've never been to Europe. So... Do we go for a European vacation with a 1 year-old? Is that doable and worth it? Any tips for how to do that? What parts of Europe would you travel to? I've even considered a cruise, but I can't decide if that would make it easier with our baby girl or not. Or, do we go for a family California trip? Where would you go, what would you do? Feel free to link to other relevant threads. I couldn't pull up much in my search. Thanks for your input!
  13. We are a non-denominational Christian family. What could I do for daily devotions/Bible study for a 2nd grader and 1st grader (with a Pre K'er who tags along a bit)? Any resources to use with them, or books I could read that discuss the subject? We've done a children's doctrine book published by Moody called Devotions for the Children's Hour, and The Children's Book of Virtues, and we've read through Luke and Matthew and most of Proverbs. We sing a couple hymns and pray together but haven't found a good rhythm since we finished our doctrine book. Christian families, what do you do? Read straight from the Bible, or a children's Bible, or use another book or curriculum? Also, when do you start having your kids read a Bible on their own? Do you require it? TIA. â˜ºï¸ Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  14. I got food poisoning while dh and I were shopping after lunch yesterday! Dh had to call an ambulance, they picked me up outside Barnes and Noble, and I spent the afternoon in the ER. At least I'm mostly recovered and no one else was sick. But I feel so badly for not finishing my shopping. Dh said he can wait til his birthday in February, and my mom gave me the toys and candy she was going to put in my boys' stockings. So thankful that we just finished wrapping the presents. I feel guilty for not doing the extras this year - no Christmas cards sent out, no real tree (a kind of pathetic fake one instead), no fancy stockings, only one large gift per child plus one book. Dh's company is having a tough year so he didn't get a commission in December like he usually does, and we try to be wise with our income. We have 4 kids, ages 7,5,3, and 6 months. I'm so thankful for my family and God's provision, and I tried to make fun Christmas memories like family movie nights and baking lots of treats. But it feels like I'm not doing enough this year, and I don't know why. Anyone have any ideas of something special I can do for or give to my dh in the next month or so? I feel like I dropped the ball with him. Although we did come to an agreement to have a shopping date after Christmas and buy some new clothes (it's too hard to clothes shop for each other!), but still... Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  15. Thank you, this is very helpful. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
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