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  1. I used AAR pre reading program with my younger dd, and I loved how the concept was presented there. The teacher/mom says three sounds (for example: c-a-t) and then the child has to guess what the word is. It was a fun game that we could play together and I honestly attribute this and so many of the other language exploration exercises in that program with her ability to blend at a young age. You could easily take a break, play some low-key 'games' like this and come back to it later. I wouldn't stress over it too much at this young age.
  2. I waited to start WWE 1 with my oldest dd until 2nd grade. No regrets! And, I plan on the same for my younger dd. In first grade we were so focused on learning to read and even working on the mechanics of writing and proper letter formation, that I really didn't even feel the need to start WWE until later.
  3. LOL I actually heard my own voice while reading these rules. Seconding the adding minutes rule. If you actually follow through on it, it works. Also adding: 6. Don't ask me when quiet time in going to be over/how many minutes are left. I will let you know! *threaten to add minutes if they ask* :lol: My kids are 4 and 9. They have to stay in their room. It's the only time any of us gets a break from each other, so even if they say they want to play together, just say NO. They aren't allowed to watch TV or use any device unless it's strictly for listening to audiobooks. They usually read, listen to audiobooks, dress up, craft, and who knows what else. I don't care as long as they clean up the mess. We try to be done with formal school work before lunch, sometimes finishing up during lunch or for a brief time after (rarely). After quiet time is outdoor free time, so my oldest is especially motivated to finish school work and get an early quiet time, which means more outdoor play time. That being said, I feel like quiet time will be my legacy someday. It's a VERY rare day (even Saturday and Sunday) when we don't have quiet time. My kids actually look forward to it and/or plan what they want to do during that time each day.
  4. I generally agree with this and find it interesting that you listed specifically music, language, and sports. Most of the items on the list above can be explored through play in a very relaxed manner at that age. The only formal lessons my pre-ker is doing right now (as it relates to this list) is World Language (Spanish immersion) and Sports (swimming lessons). Music (Suzuki violin) will follow shortly when she turns 5. Kindergarten will be more of the same.
  5. There's a free template in microsoft word which might be useful to you: https://templates.office.com/en-us/Weekly-assignment-calendar-TM02919302
  6. I live very near DC. I don't think the program really matters at all. The biggest thing, at least for me, is to keep your schedule open enough that you have time to drop everything and take regular field trips. There is so much to see! Choose a program that is not going to bog you down with a lot of seat work and over scheduling. And feel free to let a lot of that stuff go in order to go see a battlefield or historic place.
  7. I don't feel that there's much I can add or help with, except ask your library if they can set you up with an educator/teacher library account. My library offers this to homeschoolers and there are ZERO late fines!
  8. I plan on using WWE methods, basically continuing narration and dictation, daily across the curriculum until my dd is ready to start WWS. If you like the workbook and having it laid out for you, you could slowly work through WWE4 at your child's pace knowing that you might need to adjust expectations when it comes to the length and difficulty of dictations.
  9. I lived in S. Korea for a few years. Their view of education I find at the least, insane and at the most, inhumane. They send children to preschool at age 2. Small, elementary age kids go to school in the early morning, then directly to hours of after school privately owned tutoring schools, then home in the evening to complete hours of homework, many times very late and into the wee hours of the morning. Kids are sleep deprived and HATING their life! And there's a TON of pressure from parents and family to do well and get into a good university and become a doctor or some other revered occupation. The 'education' is extremely geared towards 'teaching to the test'. If it's not on the test, it's not worth knowing. It's all about how to regurgitate information. I would NEVER want my children to experience that! That type of education is the exact opposite of what I'm trying to do in my homeschool.
  10. They always have a cyber monday sale. They've already notified customers through their Facebook page and email about the upcoming sale. If I remember correctly it's not a huge discount - something like 10%. HTH
  11. My dd8 is currently in RS D (2nd ed) and doing well. RightStart has and continues to be a perfect fit for her. She's done levels B and C previous to this year. She's not naturally math-y (whatever that really means). She needs a lot of review, problems/concepts presented in different ways, and the variety, manipulatives, and games that RightStart offers. IMO, people most often leave RS because it's too difficult to accelerate for an intuitive/math-y kid. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of RS's placement test; it seems way too simplified. Personally, I would call them and talk to them about it before deciding and spending that kind of money on a math curriculum. They have great customer service! HTH
  12. Every military base has an education office. They should be able to, at the very least, point you in the right direction. At the most, they will provide prep classes and administer the test as well. Also, Military OneSource is a good place to go for information. Anything you need to know should be located there. Good luck!
  13. I highly recommend this article for music parents: http://www.maestroclassics.com/blog/music-practice-with-children-a-parents-guide I would also talk to your dc about his goals, write them down, and work together to achieve them. Maybe start a 100 day challenge? Above all stay positive, have fun, and encouragement enjoyment of music.
  14. I only review 10 word cards per day. Monday is the only day that cards will possibly go into the mastered file. I figure is she remembers and spells the word quickly and correctly on a Monday morning, then it's mastered. Occasionally I go back and pick a few out of the mastered file to double check. After awhile you'll find your groove and it goes pretty quickly. In Level 4 now and we spend about 15 minutes a day on spelling, completing a step in roughly 4 days.
  15. I'm wondering if anybody here ended up using these task cards this year.
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