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About Gabrielsyme

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    DD 5 - Singapore, Macmillan science, Library readers, Suzuki violin and Japanese with Daddy.
    DS 3 - Singapore, Macmillan science, 100 EZ Lessons.
    DS 1 - Playing along.

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  1. I’m in PA and I’ve included my objectives page for my rising first grader below. Mine is a little intense because that’s how we roll 😂 Everyone in my house functions better when they have a lot to do. Formatting came out super weird and I’m not sure how to fix it because I’m willfully tech challenged. English -Reinforce and enrich existing knowledge of grammar, spelling and vocabulary. -Continue to develop reading skills including an emphasis on phonics and sight words. -Will include several read-a-loud novels and non-fiction titles Texts: Logic of E
  2. Oh yes. Except that it’s snowing here today so we’re not exactly basking in the sunshine. I’ve been surreptitiously buying more seeds than I have room to plant and taking long walks with podcasts.
  3. I don't have time to think clearly in the morning with school and managing behavior BUT I adore Sayers as a writer and really can't imagine she meant her (rather clever) lecture to be the foundation for an educational movement. It also seems natural I suppose, that there is a need to distance oneself from agers and stagers who do advocate a strict interpretation of that sort of "poll parrot" stage. My oldest DD attends a Sayers-style tutorial service and her science teacher seems to think this way. Likely ex-CC.
  4. Anyone want to help me think this through? I often hear people argue that grammar, logic and rhetoric are not truly ages and stages and that a genuinely "Classical" approach is that the Trivium are the key subjects to be studied. I can't quite find my way to settling in either camp. Isn't it both/and? I am sort of in the early middle years of homeschooling and when I was parenting only very young children I had no problem scoffing that ages/stages was bunk because it seemed obvious to me that teaching children how to think began immediately and never really came to an end. Now I'm not so
  5. I go to the library by myself every Monday night and check out 40+books. I take requests before I leave from all four kids and though I occasionally edit out twaddle I am not draconian in my definition and there are plenty of graphic novels, tween series, etc... in the mix. I just limit genuine junk. We have an old house with a tiny bedroom at the top of the stairs that we turned into a library with comfy chairs, a lamp and Billy shelves. We have a noisy, emotionally chaotic household (mild SPD for more than one kid) so it has turned into a great place for my kids who need to be quiet to
  6. Yes, she was just at Wild and Free San Francisco. She posted a video of her talk on Facebook so you can probably find it there. I may have listened twice 🙂
  7. Just wanted to update that we've switched to Beast Academy for a while and seen a big improvement. I think the way BA is laid out has helped her switch gears emotionally because she has complete access to all the information she needs to learn the concepts. I suppose I could hand her the Singapore teacher's manual but it's not as conducive to self-study as BA. She's always been a kid who craves constant attention so self-teaching can be tricky but I'm always pleased when it works out because it's just one more little step toward maturity. For her this tendency is due to SPD because she does
  8. 😂I see now that “negating my truth” is pretty opaque and steriotypically millennial phrase. I was born right on the edge in 1982 so it just slips out occasionally. I just meant that I have often been told by people who don’t know the situation very well that my publicly high functioning child is either completely normal or (usually online when they have only my limited words to go by) a total mess. Neither is true. Anyway, I like the idea of sliding back and forth with another curriculum. I wonder if BA could work. The online version (which we have) is very approachable and she might res
  9. We have done lots of patient relaxed talking about it and she says she finds the instruction part of the lesson embarrassing, that is it’s somehow embarrassing that someone is telling her how to do something or asking her to narrate back what she did. I believe that she does feel this way but I’m not sure know to proceed. I should add that she is a little bit 2E and has a sensory processing disorder so meltdowns have always been a part of our academic journey. She has done OT and it was incredibly helpful but she is still a sensory seeking kid and when things are hard she tends to have an
  10. I’ll try to keep this brief. I have a child who has always worked two or three grades ahead across the board in all subjects. Like all people she has strengths and weaknesses but in general she is bright and capable no matter what she tries. She showed early comfort with math concepts and was carrying numbers and multiplying at age four. Fast forward to now and she is nearly hysterical over the simple single digit addition required to find perimeter in Singapore 4A. We have always used Singapore though her younger brother uses Beast Academy and she has occasionally dipped into that as we
  11. I have homeschooled from the beginning but even homeschoolers run into this kind of thing. I agree with the posters who pointed out that it can be expected that five year olds may be mean and also those who suggested some ongoing attention to character development for those of us who are people-pleasers. My daughter is not a bit shy and typically very assertive but we ran into a similar situation with a neighborhood friend group when she was 3 (!) Same exact thing: Best friends forever/ I don't like you anymore... on again off again. It was exacerbated because my husband and I saw the other pa
  12. I read this blog a few years ago. http://beautythatmoves.typepad.com/ She is hindu and homeschooled an only child who I believe is in high school now. It may take some digging in her archives or creative search terms but I know she used Oak Meadow after her daughter's Montessori school wrapped up around middle school and did a lot of writing about it. I wonder if there are so few Oak Meadow blogs because it tends to go along with a fairly "unplugged" lifestyle. Most of the bloggers I know who have used Oak Meadow at all (see Ginny Sheller's Small Things and SouleMama) don't talk abo
  13. Curious. I don't often use the home instructor's guide anyway so I'd be happy to go on without it. Wonder if vendors like Rainbow Resources will have it available at the April GHC conference. Maybe too soon.
  14. I use a bullet journal for my entire life plan. Index in the front and then just make sure I add to it as I add pages. It's perfect. My husband is a programmer and I asked him to write something that could do a sort of brain map for me because everything I'd seen left out some important component. He got frustrated somewhere around the time I said I needed it to automatically order groceries, keep track of the weather and graph the amount of sleep each of our children got each night compared with their mood throughout the day. Ha.The bullet journal doesn't leave anything out because the possib
  15. Wow guys, Thanks for your gentle, thoughtful replies! I didn't post this on the learning challenges board because I have found it to be a (tiny) bit more reactionary than I'm comfortable with. Raising a kid who is different than his or her peers can be isolating and hard and it's so easy to hear our own experience in the voices of others. It's so very common for GT kids to be sensory, emotionally intense, resistant to change, etc... and when I've described (an admittedly low point from a few months ago) my kids over there I've gotten an immediate hand slap in the "your child is on the spe
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