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  1. I read the book this last weekend and enjoyed it very much. I especially loved Cindy's advice to just start this moment with anything on my wish we were doing this list...and don't try to plan too much...just do it. If a mother wants to start taking nature hikes, reading aloud more, or maybe have her children give oral or written narrations from living books, she just needs to put down whatever she's doing and go for it now in some small way. Cindy's words about morning time worship and read alouds encourages me to continue to be consistent with it regardless of our busy days and growing children. Also, forgiveness is huge and real things like growing a garden and talking to grandparents are what strengthens children's bonds to their heritage and faith. Like Cindy, I first learned about Charlotte Mason from Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's book For the Children's Sake before buying a set of Mason's original writings.
  2. Score for Art of Problem Solving: 15 Score for Math Mammoth: 15 Score for Math U See: 2 Score for Saxon: 5 Score for Singapore: 15 Score for Teaching Textbooks: 5 Score for Videotext Interactive: 10 Two of my children have each completed five online classes with AoPS so far these last two years.
  3. Carson Dellosa makes a planner with 18 subject boxes across a two page spread: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1604182385/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1464385208&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=carson+dellosa+the+green+plan+book
  4. The last poem, The Summer Day, mentioned above, kind of reminded me of "A Blessing" by James Wright. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175780
  5. Already mentioned above, but the first things that came to my mind are Pharmicist or Lab Technician. ETA: I love the Bibiche's suggestion of conservator.
  6. Would something like Spelling Wisdom from Simply Charlotte Mason work? Volume 4 & 5 have some passages from Dickens, Austen, etc. Maxwell's School Composition and Writing in English use excerpts from classics as models for teaching imitation, narration, description and exposition skills. Spelling Wisdom https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/spelling-wisdom/ School Composition https://books.google.com/books?id=E_8AAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=maxwell+school+composition&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiV4-jE1efLAhUT7mMKHQn8BtoQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=maxwell%20school%20composition&f=false http://www.amazon.com/School-Composition-Grammar-Classes-Classic/dp/1331838908?ie=UTF8&keywords=school%20composition&qid=1459315561&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1 Writing in English https://books.google.com/books?id=s1sQAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=maxwell+school+composition&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiV4-jE1efLAhUT7mMKHQn8BtoQ6AEIJDAB#v=onepage&q=maxwell%20school%20composition&f=false http://www.amazon.com/Writing-English-Composition-Classic-Reprint/dp/1330479475/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=11T9N2K9SV2XBGJMBNYT
  7. audiobooks (especially through audible...Using the monthly membership, the deal of the day email, and audio discounts when purchasing the kindle book too, I have over 150 audiobooks through audible...and my dh has listened to most of them during his long commutes.) ETA: We knocked out James and the Giant Peach today...3 hours while we packed the house for our move next week. Black Stallion, The Incredible Journey, Sign of the Beaver were some of the audiobooks listened to last week. Clementine was a recent deal of the day for 99 cents that has been relistened to three times too. During busy times like packing to move, we finish more audio books in place of family read alouds. I save my favorites for me to read aloud. For example, we have the audiobook Understood Betsy, but I didn't let them listen to it until I read aloud that one.
  8. This is my favorite premade planner. It is big with up to 18 boxes per week. http://www.amazon.com/Carson-Dellosa-Green-Record-104300/dp/1604182385/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459017772&sr=8-1&keywords=the+green+plan+book http://www.mpmschoolsupplies.com/p-32513-bird-themed-plan-book.aspx The Green Book with the tree has nice ivory paper. The Bird Book that I linked, while it has the same layout as the Green Book, it has thinner, white pages according to Amazon reviews.
  9. We use index cards or cardstock and watercolor paper cut down to size and take half-sized clipboards on our outings. When we get home, we mount to cardstock and slide into page protectors in binders. I like Simply Charlotte Mason's Nature Journal pdf for seasonal notebook pages. https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/journaling-a-year-in-nature/
  10. I solved this problem this year by using plastic accordian files with seven pockets for each child. Each pocket stores one subject's spiral notebook. I also store pieces of cardstock and ruled paper for our nature journal and other notebooking pages in the accordian files. At the end of the week, I file those loose papers into white binders with page protectors. When a spiral notebook is completed, we click it into the white binder too. Also, assignment notebook or spreadsheet checklists are stored in the first pockets. This works for us because each notebook has a place, all notebooks and papers are stored together as one unit, and it has become a visual checklist.
  11. Since ELTL includes dictation and narration with grammar, it is complimentary to the Brave Writer lifestyle. ELTL has only three lessons per week, allowing plenty of time for spontaneous free-writing, additional writing projects, nature and art studies, and poetry tea times.
  12. Our next house closes the end of March. We'll move in April, and then we'll list the house in May. ...Because...um, I just painted a room, and it already has the toddler's crayon marks...and it takes us more than 15 minutes lately to be company ready.
  13. My dh's grandmother was Icelandic whose ancestry goes back to a Scandinavian King. I just tell my children that they're Vikings (usually when they're pillaging the refrigerator between meals) and probably related to Leif Erikson.
  14. I contacted the AP coordinator for my local high school (the science teacher) through email. Today I received the email to come by the school and pay for the exams...just got back and the boys are signed up for their AP Chem exam.
  15. Penguin, I use OneNote for all of my planning. I have a OneNote notebook for lesson plans, one for books, and one for each child. love it...OneNote rules! I use the bullet journal as a physical accountabilty tracker, calendar, and for jotting down random weekly notes.
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