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  1. VP history users, can anyone help me figure out how to compile a list of all the suggested supplemental reading for their history courses? And maybe a hierarchy for what’s most important. I’m having a hard time piecing it all together between the cards and the reading schedule on the self paced class. I was hoping to have one of my kids do the SP class and one do the worksheets from the teachers manual. 

    The reading schedule in the SP class has no authors listed. The history cards list resources that aren’t included in the reading package on the website. My brain is fried from homeschool already and I just cannot figure this out 😂😱😱 

  2. This topic is probably thoroughly covered in another thread, but I haven't been able to find it

    Can some experienced users tell me how all of the components of the WTM language arts are supposed to be sequenced and used if you did it ideally? And which instructor manuals are truly necessary for each part? 

    I can't wrap my mind around what's "necessary" and whats supplemental if you used this as your primary language arts program. I've got a 7 and 9 year old with scattered language arts experience and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them next year. Just not sure how all of the parts work together. 

  3. I'm wondering if the notebooking style of curriculum would work better for my family than just reading aloud/doing the occasional project. Does anyone have a favorite curriculum I could look into? So far this year we've dabbled in medieval and early American history through read alouds, but it's a struggle to motivate the kids to gather and listen anymore. My oldest two are 8 (9 in feb) and 7, and there are two little brothers who have derailed almost everything this year at this point. 


    I'm at that part of  the year where I panic and feel like nothing is working for us/I need to just sell it all.  :nopity:


  4. I don't understand the point of it either. Especially in your kids who are better off learning the feel of the English language by being exposed to good literature. I'm doing rod and staff 3 with my 2nd grader (1st grader is tagging along) and I'm just skipping the diagramming. It seemed like busywork for them. We might learn the basics of diagramming when they're older, but for now I'm skipping it. I never learned it myself, so I'll be learning with them. To be honest, I don't have much interest in it though.....haha.


    We're enjoying learning about subjects and predicates right now though. I made up a mad libs type game where everyone contributes random subjects and predicates and then we link them together to make silly sentences. Things like "batman poops in the meadow." English lessons with little kids. What can I say! Lol!

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  5. Winnie The Pooh (the dramatized version with Stephen Fry) so rich and so great!


    A series of unfortunate events

    Bud, Not Buddy (my 5 and 7 year old are totally different in their preferences and they both loved this one. And I did too!)

    Penderwicks (seriously, do it)


    I don't have audible, but I would if my library system didn't have so many audiobooks to choose from. Audiobooks are a wonderful resource


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  6. I know there are probably some great resources for history/science/art/math/Shakespeare etc on YouTube or other video sites, but it's overwhelming to try to dig them out.


    Got any favorite channels or videos for your elementary kids?


    This isn't super "educational" but my k5 and 7 year old love doing the art hub for kids drawing videos


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  7. My daughters' diplomas read SD Academy which stands for South Darcastle Academy for Young Gentry. (It used to have a facebook page, it may still. Both my daughters have left Facebook entirely and I never had an account)


    My son is 16 and hates that name. So last weekend he and I chose a name for his high school. I think we settled on NOVA STEM Academy. He preferred NOVA STEM School for the "Gifted". (make sure gifted is in quotes)

    We must live nesrish to one another. I'm in NOVA too!
  8. "Hopeless Academy" has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?


    Our school is Thundercliff Elementary. My kids came up with the name (with a little guidance - one of the suggestions I gave was they could potentially use geographical terms, which they obviously did with the cliff part - not sure where the thunder came from).

    My kids might like hopeless academy. It sounds like something from a series of unfortunate events. Lol!

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  9. Our homeschool doesn't have a fancy name: just Zey Homeschool Academy. But.. we do have a motto, school colors (their favorites), and a mascot! A word about the mascot - it's a dragon, specifically the dragon found on the Welsh flag, though I didn't realize it at the time is was the national flag, so I hope they don't mind we continue using it :) I, too, had shirts printed up via Vista Print - very cheap with a coupon. The t-shirts are long gone, but the embroidered polos (Vista Print dragon and Zey Academy) are still used occasionally as the smallest size at the time was adult small.

    Link to school identity post:https://kidblog.org/class/ZeyAcademy/posts/p224139:776

    Here is a shot of them in their polos (not the best pic, but you get the idea):


    That's so neat! I'm into sewing and stenciling graphics onto tees, so I'll be making their school clothes. My emblem will need to be simple enough to get carved into freezer paper and ironed on so I can paint it.


    I'm just so stuck on the name! It needs to be able to grow with the kids.

    I was considering Greenhouse Academy or Wildwood Academy because all 4 kids are named after plants. But I was also thinking of a name based on truth or bravery. We're moving in the next two years, so street name is out.

  10. We're not naming ours until I write up a high school transcript. And then it will be something like Street Name School or Street Name Academy.


    I don't want a cutesy name on their high school transcript.


    We have a motto. It's a quote: It is impossible for a man to begin to learn that which he thinks that he knows - Epictetus.


    We learned about Epictetus in our science history class and that quote was inspiring to us all.


    I like the idea of getting it on tshirts.

    I love that quote. I've been reading lately about how it takes humility to become truly educated.

  11. This year I'd like to choose a name for our homeschool that reflects something about us or our goals in education. We're having a lot of drama trying to agree on something though. My 7 year old daughter wound up writhing on the floor and moaning "it's hopeless!" Yesterday.


    I want to figure it t soon because I'd like to make shirts for the kids to wear. It would be fun to have first day of school outfits, and to do pictures and make a big deal out of it this year.


    Have any of you named your school?

  12. Yes! That's where I got my laminator, construction paper, ticonderoga pencils, and many books (recently a leather bound illustrated Tolkien guide). We got our Beverly Cleary set there, as well as the complete Oz books by Baum, the Roald Dahl collection, and many more.


    Sometimes they carry singapore workbooks, and the brainquest star wars work books. And their wall maps are great.


    Their alcohol section is pretty classy and extremely well priced too. You know, because to some alcohol might actually count as a supply for the homeschool mom. :laugh: I love that I can get Oregon wine and local beer there though. That's pretty awesome.



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  13. Math mammoth


    I started with Singapore for k and 1st, and was really impressed with it. However......I found we were falling behind because I struggled to keep track of all the moving parts. The teachers manual with all of its extra activities and instruction. The textbook. The workbook. I switched to math mammoth after finishing Singapore 1a, and we get a lot more done. I'm better able to manage my 5 and7 year old together in it. The k'er spent the past year very slowly going through MM 1st grade along with manipulatives. My older daughter is almost ready to move on to MM 2

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  14. I'd like to start Latin with my nerdy 2nd grader (along with a tag along wild adhd type 1st grader) but my brain has been reduced to a puddle while trying to consider my options.


    I thought I was settled on prima Latina, but I don't know. And classical academic press looks so nice and shiny. But I can't decide which of their options would work best, or what out of all their product add ons and options I'd really need. And then when I research them on Amazon, bunch of other stuff from other publishers pops up, and soon I'm like "GAH, beer me!"


    Please, please. Crowd source me your favorite Latin resources for lower elementary. I tried and failed to find a definitive thread on here about it, though I'm positive it exists.

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