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    In addition to being a mom, wife, and brand new homeschooler, I'm a freelance writer and editor.
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    Chicagoland
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    Ah, hobbies...it's been a while!
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  1. Our family is about to go through an unexpected transition after homeschooling for five years; I will be going back to work full-time starting next month. I have an incoming 7th grader, 4th grader, and 2nd grader. My husband is going to be around several days/week due to being on sabbatical so can help with homeschooling at least this coming year, although I think it might be rough for him to manage all three so I am toying with sending perhaps the younger two to school. If you homeschool and you are also employed full-time, I'd love to hear from you. How do you make it work? Do you have a
  2. Wow! The last time I checked, there were no replies and I thought, "Hmm. Guess everyone's busy for the holidays!" Then I had to go clean and organize my disheveled house and get ready for family arriving today. Then I checked back and boy, have things picked up! Thanks, everyone, for all the input. I have appreciated everyone's input. Several things have stood out to me to consider: 1) I should feel more freedom to redesign the way we're currently doing MFW to better fit the boys' ages and stages. I have naturally grouped the older two so far, but perhaps it actually makes more sense to le
  3. Absolutely, would welcome ideas on how to make it work if possible, but also open to checking out other programs, too...feel free to offer your wisdom and experience!
  4. Hi everyone, I am a four-year MFW user, starting with Adventures and now we are in Exp-1850. I have a 6th grader, a 3rd grader, and a 1st grader doing MFW-1st right now. And I'm feeling for the first time like MFW isn't working for us. The issues: --I want to do with all three boys together somehow, but the age range makes this difficult. I thought I could include my youngest into some of the science reading/activities and perhaps some of the history, but it hasn't worked out. His attention span isn't there. --History read-aloud time has become challenging because 1) my eldest
  5. (cross-posted on the General Discussion board as well) Hi, I have three boys, 10, 8 and 5. I use a combo of My Father's World, WTM-inspired language arts curricula and subjects (i.e., First Language Lessons, Writing With Ease, Latin, etc.), and Singapore Math. As I come to the end of this year, our fourth year of homeschooling, I am feeling TIRED. Nearly although not quite to the point of thinking, "The boys might be better off in public school!" So, to help bring me back from the edge of the cliff, I would love to hear what has worked for those of you with elementary/early middle
  6. Hi, I have three boys, 10, 8 and 5. I use a combo of My Father's World, WTM-inspired language arts curricula and subjects (i.e., First Language Lessons, Writing With Ease, Latin, etc.), and Singapore Math. As I come to the end of this year, our fourth year of homeschooling, I am feeling TIRED. Nearly although not quite to the point of thinking, "The boys might be better off in public school!" So, to help bring me back from the edge of the cliff, I would love to hear what has worked for those of you with elementary/early middle school kids, boys in particular. If you're willing to share
  7. Yes, Penguin! Please do come back and report back on this thread. Would love to know how it went. "Tedious" is exactly my son's experience with it all. Some of the assignments have really just dragged him down (i.e., underlining all the chronological words, etc.) So I will be interested to see how your approach goes. Thanks much!
  8. Hello everyone---I have a DS10 who is an avid reader and a natural writer. I have been struggling with finding the right curriculum for him, however; we used WWE back when he was in 2nd-3rd grade, then used Writing Strands which I didn't like so much last year. This year, I switched to Writing With Skill as it seemed to offer teaching in areas that he hadn't learned much about yet (outlining, etc.) He has NOT enjoyed it, to the point where he says, "I hate writing!" which is a dagger to this writer-mom's heart! What do your kids who are similar to him enjoy using? We are finishing up FFL4
  9. Hello everyone---I have a DS10 who is an avid reader and a natural writer. I have been struggling with finding the right curriculum for him, however; we used WWE back when he was in 2nd-3rd grade, then used Writing Strands which I didn't like so much last year. This year, I switched to Writing With Skill as it seemed to offer teaching in areas that he hadn't learned much about yet (outlining, etc.) He has NOT enjoyed it, to the point where he says, "I hate writing!" which is a dagger to this writer-mom's heart! What do your kids who are similar to him enjoy using? We are finishing up FFL4
  10. Hi everyone, Have you ever been in a situation in which someone you know who seems determined to homeschool really shouldn't be? Either because she is going through some significant personal stresses or turmoil, or her marital situation is in shambles, or she is just not in a stable state of mind or emotion? What would you say to such a person? And what if you feel there is evidence that her children are suffering and showing increasing signs of dysfunction? This is not for myself personally, but I have been asked to write an article on how to determine whether someone is fit to homesc
  11. Thank you all for the supportive words! It's always a big nervewracking to put one's thoughts out there for the world to see. =) Appreciate your taking the time to check out the post!
  12. Thanks to everyone who gave great input into the problems with Jones's perspective about homeschooling and how it runs counter to the missional life (see his post here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tonyjones/2012/09/07/death-to-homeschooling/) I was asked to write a brief response for the Jesus Creed blog, which I did. It doesn't nearly capture the richness of all the input you all gave, but hopefully it will help further the conversation and point out some problems in Jones's original post. Here is mine if you're interested: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2012/09/17/homes
  13. Hi everyone, I'm a homeschooling mom and also an occasional freelance journalist/blogger. I've been asked to write a response to a blog post by Tony Jones entitled "Death to Homeschooling." Here is his post: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tonyjones/2012/09/07/death-to-homeschooling/ I am guessing many of you are like me, and we have not chosen homeschooling in order to remove ourselves from or abdicate from being a positive influence in our communities and neighborhoods. If you feel so led, please share how homeschooling has NOT hindered you from being a missional presence in your co
  14. We are using the Standards version of Singapore and all the extras: the Extra Practice books, the Tests book, etc. I haven't done much with the Challenging Word Problems although I do have the U.S. versions of those books. Fearing that if he cannot always manage the regular word problems, he might REALLY struggle with the challenging ones!
  15. Thanks for the quick response! Part of the reason we are only in Singapore 3A is because every time we hit word problems, I have to slow everything down and spend so much time trying to help him understand them. Do I just keep progressing if he seems to understand the general math algorithm? And maybe do a book like this on the side? Feeling totally inept right now as a teacher. =(
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