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    SAHM, HS, DD, DS, DH, 3 FLCs
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    VA
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  1. I would say we are relaxed only in the sense that I have learned not to stress terribly when my plans get derailed. We have a definite routine, employ a certain amount of rigor, learn things like great books and Latin, and sentence diagramming, but I also have learned to let go of what I think must be part of a classical education according to what "they" say should be done. Everyone in the world has a plan for how things should be done and the best way, but you have your kids and your life. It will not work their way for everyone, which is one of the major reasons we homeschool anyway, right?
  2. I'm nervous (not worried) about leading a co-op of rhetoric-level students. I am the primary teacher for writing, government, history and literature. It's a lot of prep.
  3. we got Ranger Rick for years and now the kids are really enjoying National Geo kids.
  4. Hi Bloggers, I didn't post much last year--we had a weird school year, and I lost track of the "weekly updates" blog posts. We are back at life, and was wondering if y'all still do that and on what board? TIA!
  5. To the best of my knowledge it is not taught in the schools, but then again, I never really checked or cared. I teach it because it is the best way to define and understand grammar. If you can diagram a sentence, the meaning is bound to be clear. My son has gone all the way through Analytical grammar, except for the few usage units he is finishing this term, and he is a master! He absolutely gets grammar. I am so glad we stuck with it.
  6. My son did it. If it is from a creationist point of view it won't convert your child. It will, however, teach them a ton about how to write a good lab report and how to properly follow lab procedures. He enjoyed it, said it was interesting and would have done it again if we didn't have a lab situation already set up for this year. I didn't even think about the creationist / evolutionist point of view, but if that is the hill you want to die on...then I guess it's worth looking into.
  7. My son (who is not artsy) has been doing a timeline. He color codes it and enters dates and important events. I think it's important to help give context to the information they are learning. He will be completing his four-year project this year, I think.
  8. My son is in the process of getting his Jr. SCUBA certification. It has been fun and challenging, and I really think he should get credit for it. How should I go about doing that? .5 credit for classroom time, more depending on how many dives he logs, etc? Any insight appreciated.
  9. well, this thread is interesting because I am just about to start TOG / R with my first, a 14 yo boy who has been very motivated in the past with TOG. I have written a syllabus for the co-op that I do with three other families. I have predicted about 12 hours of work on TOG subject matter in an average week, but we will see how that works out in practice. We only plan to cover 3 units this year so as not to make the work too overwhelming. I want them to get the depth of the material, but I am scaling back the amount in favor of a more enjoyable work pace. I'll be interested in others' responses. :lurk5:
  10. My 14 yo has a natural wake up time of about 9:30-10:00, but we have agreed that starting next week he will be setting his alarm and getting school work started by 8:30. He has made this decision because he doesn't want to be working on school past 3:30 or so in the afternoon. He feels very demoralized when he feels that he has no escape from school in the afternoon.
  11. I'm suuuuuper fortunate to have one other family with whom we have done a co-op for the past five years and another has done all years but one with us (due to a new baby in the family an other stuff.) Other families have been involved at different levels of for the same amount of time, but it has been us three pretty consistently. That said... I love it because it provides a level of accountability for the parents and fun for the kids. It's been completely positive, and the kids look forward to that day all week. I would be very sad if this little co-op came to an end.
  12. I have found that All About Spelling was the fix for struggling spellers. I would have used it from the beginning if I had known about it (it didn't exist when we started). It was ideal in its entirety for a boy who needed the hands-on, and was easily adapted for my dd who didn't enjoy fussing with letter tiles, but both are solid spellers now, after trying nearly every program recommended, including SWO.
  13. Thanks for the links and pointers to the other threads. I have read through them. I think I will continue as we are and supplement the MUS with other programs. I have Jacob's on my shelf and there is Kahn academy, which we do well with when we need support in math, as well.
  14. I just read the Witch of Blackbird Pond for our book club that I host with my kids, but I loved it for me! I had never read that one!
  15. Has anyone here used Math U See's higher level math curriculum through high school? How did your kids do on SATs? We are not a "math" family, but I want my kids to have a solid foundation. I plan to send him to community college for dual-enrollment classes starting in his Junior Year. He is completing Algebra 1 and going into Geometry. I always have this nagging feeling about it, but he always does well and it has seemed to get the job done. We tried Saxon, and, while he was able to do it, we both wanted to stab our eyes out with the tedium.
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