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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.
  16. I use my bullet journal especially as a habit tracker. I make a 7 week habit checklist on a 2 page spread for personal, together homeschool subjects, and for each child's individual subjects and chores. I can see at a glance if I am consistent or not in any area. Why 7 weeks? Well, I am using a Leuchtterm squared notebook which has 28 squares across. A page divided in 4 columns with 7 squares across each allows me to use the first column for the subject or task and have 7 more columns. Each column has 37 rows of 7 squares. I use the first two rows to write the weekdays, S.M.T.W.T.F.S...one letter for each box, and the date numbers underneath the weekday row. This then gives me 35 items to track per 2 page spread. Seven weeks is also nice for my interval planning because I can divide the year into 7 intervals with 3 weeks left over for Thanksgiving week and a 2 week Chistmas break. Before each 7 week tracker checklists, I like to write down basic goals for that interval...very basic...like one goal each for personal, family, homeschool, marriage, and etc...only up to 5 simple things. And, I try to aim for 80% of the boxes checked off for each task/subject by the end of an interval (39 out 49 daily boxes or 28 out of 35 weekday boxes were checked off). Because this is my bullet journal (and not Lady Catherine De Bourgh's so she'll never know---from Pride and Prejudice), I am honest with myself and actually like seeing the reality of huge sections of blank boxes and very low % of them done. It helps me gage how my life is going...busy...distracted...good times. I also love to use my bullet journal to make collections for homeschool ideas and booklists. I like to break down lessons for a subject and check things off as we do them. These lists help me with my younger children's spiral notebooks where I write down daily assignments in a checklist, one day per page. For My older children, each uses a Blue Sky Spiral Weekly planner. I mostly use my bullet journal, come to think of it, for homeschooling. The beginning of my bullet journal has 2 page calendars for appointments. I do use a 2 page spread for each week for my to do list, meal plan, Project Life journal notes (my weekly photo scrapbook), and misc. stuff.
  17. Not mentioned : Bryant Joseph Byron is my favorite so far mentioned.
  18. We have nearly 100 Random House Landmark History books. I don't see these going out of style; my boys have already read them all. I guess we may still be doing this homeschooling thing when we start having grandchildren, especially since my first born is turning 18 this April when my youngest will be just ten months old. So, I'll be saving my anthology collections: My Book House, Journey Through Bookland, Tappan's The Children's Hour, Through Golden Windows, Picturesque Tales of Progress... I love my Edwin Way Teale nature/seasons books as well as my two Edith Holden Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady books. My favorite books that I cannot part with are a hundred year old copy of Stepping Heavenward, The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy (1948 edition), and The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. And I will always own James Herriot's Treasury for Children, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. Robert McCloskey picture books too, of course. ETA: How could I forget Ralphy Moody's Little Britches series! I'd better stop there before I start mentioning Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels, various poetry anthologies, Shakespeare, David McCullough's biographies, Churchill's History of the English Speaking People...the end.
  19. I have a bowl lift that I know how to buy parts for and fix (on my 3rd repair for this one mixer). I want a Bosch soon because it has twice the bowl capacity.
  20. Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetics books 1 & 2 (and 1/2 of Foerster's Algebra) were my teens' math books before getting into Art of Problem Solving online classes. Those little books are classics to us because they did every.single.problem in those two 495 page books.
  21. My husband's commute is 1 1/2 hours minimum one way. He also drives 5 hours one way to a jobsite once a week. Sometimes he travels to several jobsites in one day. His commute is so bad that he is usually gone all week. He has listened to every audiobook in our audible account (to date we have 112 books) plus a lot library audiobooks. He changes his job in Feb. and will have a 45 minute (one way) commute (commute was a major factor in his decision to move on to a new employer).
  22. My boys are taking Advanced Chemistry right now through Landry with Mrs. Owensby. They have learned a lot especially how to write proper lab reports with MLA formatting. Each week they have chemistry problems to solve that take quite a bit of math. They both had done a Landry Chemistry Intensive and worked through both of Apologia's chemistry texts. I feel that they will be ready for their AP exams in May. ETA: I saw your reponse on your other thread just now that said you weren't interested in Advanced Chemistry.
  23. Things go smoothly for us when I don't do chores during school. I don't do school during chores. ...I don't multitask well... I don't follow a detailed time schedule but instead follow a routine. I use my routine trackers in my bullet journal to stay on track. I don't allow bickering. I don't forget to send nice random texts and photos throughout my day to my dh. This helps me to stay happy because I only send positive things.
  24. We mostly use composition books and one subject spiral notebooks, the ones that go on sale in August for ten cents. A lost notebook or two in the morning was our number one obstacle to starting school on time, so I needed a quick fix. (School books tend to be put back in the bookshelf...I just needed to corral the notebooks). This year I bought each child a plastic expanding file with 7 pockets to hold notebooks. Each pocket stores one notebook per subject (or loose papers such as cardstock for nature journals, math worksheets stapled for the week, copywork and map print outs). At the end of the week, each child picks out favorite pages from their schoolwork expanding file and slides them into page protectors in a binder. This has also helped with my prep for the next week too because I can just print and stash any necessary print outs and papers together with their spiral notebooks.
  25. I just finished my 2015 Project Life binder which weighs 10.5lbs. with 132 digital pages (made from the Project Life app and Project Life Photoshop Templates). So I know I will be 365ing with weekly Project Life spreads for 2016. ETA: I printed 12x12 pages using Persnickety Prints. Just Gorgeous and Glossy. And thanks for the suggestion about doing a weekly video.
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