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  1. Evanthe

    I'm just saying...

    My plans after homeschooling 5 kids...BBQs...lots and lots of BBQs. lol.
  2. Mine is almost 4, but we are still having a really hard time with him. He actually has his own "school" now, because he is constantly pestering me to do school like his siblings. We also have to switch off with dd13 and dd11 playing with him. When I'm teaching one girl, the other girl takes him somewhere and plays with him. DD13 is actually really good with him. She takes him on walks outside and plays MarioCart with him. Oh, and he just started Letter of the Week. It's free online. That's his "school".
  3. Yep. where's the "I agree" emoji? And I have 3 high schoolers (oldest is 17). Homeschooling high school is a lot of fun! My kids are a little...ummm...unusual and they weren't thriving in a public school environment (oldest two went to ps briefly). Mine definitely wouldn't be ok in an IB environment. Mine need a LOT of free time. My oldest is heavily involved in a local charity (and I mean heavily involved - as in, she'll be running it one day). Four of mine work with special needs adults at an equestrian therapy center. Two of my kids play several musical instruments. One does Musical Theater. Two of the girls are in a small ballet company. My son plays competitive high school football where they travel all over the place to compete (sigh). Two in Track & Field, three in ballet. If I told them they wouldn't have time for all that, because they'll be doing homework every night after school, there would be an absolute mutiny.
  4. We used 3 levels of AO one year. I'm actually a big fan of the CM method (I even read some of her series) and that year turned out great. We basically left AO (and the CM method) out of fear. My oldest was starting high school. After that, some of my kids used MFW and some used SL. I can't keep affording MFW and SL, so this year, we are back to putting it all together ourselves. *sigh* So, keeping in mind that my kids are older than yours...I was having the High School Freakout. I was very worried that all these little components were going to be impossible to translate onto a transcript. Also, there seemed to be NO ONE out there in the universe who used the CM method with high schoolers. Somewhere on here, there is an old thread of mine about using the CM method in high school and there was basically one person who posted that they followed CM in hs. No BTDT... The AO forum actually had the most support for high school, but even there - most of the posters had younger kids. Also, another thing that was worrying/frustrating was science. I actually like Integrated Science, but that also worried me at the high school level. No one does that. And it kept me scrambling for labs. Another fear at the higher levels - writing. Yep, I worried it wasn't enough writing. On the blog someone above linked (Charlotte Mason Help), she actually has a great post about CM writing at the high school level (and is it enough, etc). If that lady would've continued blogging and working on her curriculum, I probably would've stuck with the CM method. She has a lot of great info on her website and her blog posts were pretty encouraging. And her book selection is different from AO's. If I remember correctly, she spends an entire year studying the Eastern Hemisphere. AO - some of the books are very, very good. A handful of the books are strange. The picture/composer studies are awesome. The "Lite" option in the higher grades is awesome. The books were easy to find. There is a huge focus on England in the upper levels (the entire program is very England/US - focused, IMO). There is very little writing guidance in the upper levels. Like I said, I was scrambling for labs. I probably wasn't very encouraging, but I hope something out of there helps.
  5. Do you have extra curriculum you're not using that you can sell to pay for MFW? Then, you're clearing off shelves and getting something new. Last year and the year before, they had GREAT sales. I bought MFW two years in a row. But, this year, I keep checking and they aren't having much of a sale. Bummer. So, we won't be able to use it this year. It's out of our price range.
  6. Yes, my oldest two are planning to go to nursing school together (I have a girl and a boy 13 months apart). She wants to do something like Doctors without Borders (eventually) and he wants to be an emergency flight nurse. lol I really like MUS at this point. I regret not trying it earlier. It's been easy to teach, the kids seem to have a good understanding of it, it's easy to accelerate, etc. I was afraid to try it, because reviews said it wasn't rigorous, but my kids are not going to be engineers. The highest math they take for nursing school is college algebra. I would rather spend the time working with them on stuff like science and English.
  7. Evanthe

    This is what happens

    Honestly, it looks like Louisiana might be the winner. 😀
  8. Evanthe

    Gap year or Unschooling year

    My oldest is unschooling her last year and a half of high school... I'm just having her keep a notebook and record everything that she reads, projects she does, etc. I don't have any earth-shattering advice - we're new to unschooling, too. My oldest (who was identified as gifted- scored like in the 99th percentile- in the brief time she went to ps) is basically unteachable at home now. Not sure of any other way to put it. I should've prepped her to start college early like I did (I started at 16). Instead, I'm trapped in this house with a 17 year-old who knows more than I do, is staying up until 3am sculpting and designing saltwater aquariums and does not want to start college early. It's ridiculous. *rolling my eyes* Why me???! *shaking my fist at the sky* Anyway, have you seen the unschooling blog ? You may never go back to traditional homeschooling after reading her blog. Lol. She's got a ton of great advice on there. She has Podcasts, too. And she has an incredible system for recording their learning. Good luck with your planning!
  9. Yes, seriously. There are so many other math programs out there. I have two kids who use/like Saxon and I found the high school Saxon very hard to teach to the point where I really don't feel like using it with any of my younger kids. Even directly working with my daughter, it took F O R E V E R to get through Saxon Algebra 1 and 2. She should've made it to calculus by graduation, but she won't now, thanks to how long it took us. I'm using Mathusee's high school courses with the younger group. It's a gazillion times easier to teach. It doesn't jump randomly from one topic to another and each lesson doesn't contain 500 practice problems. You can also quickly accelerate through a topic if they have a good understanding of it. You can also double up on MUS algebra + geometry if you get behind. My son is doing that right now. He's working on two years of MUS at once. Sorry, Saxon! (and my youngest dd loves and still uses Saxon, so arrrgh! I'm still trapped teaching it.)
  10. Can you find a copy at the library? DD13 just finished SL 100, so she read through the Hakim series. We borrowed the entire series at the library (I can't afford to buy it). She learned a LOT. We were just chatting at dinner the other day and she answered someone's off-the-wall question about Lincoln. I was surprised. She knows her stuff. Yeah, it does look like a magazine - Lol. My daughter liked it, though.
  11. Evanthe

    school plans for 2019

    We are in TX, but we are calendar-year homeschoolers. So, we are getting ready to start a new school year in a couple of weeks. Preschooler (turning 4): Letter of the Week (the program that's free online), The Preschooler's Bible 11 year-old: Finish Saxon 6, start Saxon 7 Bravewriter Literature guides with writing projects Journaling with Time Capsule Homeschooling with Horses unit study continue Story of the World series continue Violin 13 year-old (who is a little ahead, but officially starting high school): finish Mathusee Algebra 1, start Mathusee Geometry continue Violin continue German I, move to German II slowly doing some Bravewriter literature guides throughout the year Rotating 8-week courses throughout the year. The first course is Short Stories & Creative Writing. (We haven't planned the 2nd course yet) 15 year-old (turning 16): German III Guitar and Piano Mathusee Algebra 2 Finish Driver's Ed Taking the PSAT in the fall (studying for it over the summer) Rotating 8-week courses throughout the year. The first course is Contemporary Native American Literature and Native American History (don't have next course planned yet) 17 year-old: German III Drums Mathusee Precalculus Finish Driver's Ed Take the SAT in May Unschooling everything else (plans to study psychology, botany, studio art - sculpting and fluid art, probably going to read our NA Lit selection with us)
  12. I don't plan anyone's high school anymore beyond the current year they're working on. If he's really interested in astronomy, I would just do it now, because he might not be interested in it later. And it sounds like he's excited. When dd17 was in middle school, I had her high school entirely worked out and the final results are so different from my plans, I stopped planning. I also originally planned Astronomy/Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. It turns out she will not take physics at all. Anyway, here's a list of her real high school sciences (what she actually did - each is 1 credit): Astronomy/Earth Science (she loved this year) Biology with Lab Forensic Science Chemistry Genetics and Development Botany (her senior year) She may actually take one more science class, so she would have 7 credits in science. She takes a class every year at an enrichment center and if her current teacher offers another science course she's interested in next year, I'll put her in it. Here's ds16's science sequence: Paleobiology with Lab Biology with Lab Intro to Robotics Chemistry He will probably add another science course at the end. He was talking about Anatomy & Physiology. I might try to encourage him to do physics also. He tends to be more of a literature/music kinda guy, whereas she was born a scientist. FWIW, they both plan to go to nursing school at this point.
  13. Yeah, we just spontaneously start everything one day, too. Dive back in. My kids all know the when the first day of school is.
  14. Evanthe

    I got my Ancestry DNA results back

    I did it and was imagining some big melting pot of ethnicities and percentages in my results. I was so excited. When I got the results, I couldn't stop staring at the screen. 90% German. Huh??? What, were my ancestors living in an underground cave for the last 300 years? And a little French and Swedish. How did that get in there? Did my ancestors encounter a couple of French and Swedish fur trappers outside the cave when they were hunting? And it theorized almost all of my DNA came from the Alsace region. *sigh* The good thing about all this genealogy research I've been doing the last year, I now understand why we have a laundry list of health problems. I found out that my family was very isolated geographically and they were marrying 1st cousins (eww! That explains it! lol). This stopped at my great-great grandparents, but it seemed like it was enough to cause problems. I have mild color-blindness and my grandfather had severe color-blindness. We also have a fatal heart defect in our family plus RA (I have at least 3 close family members with RA - that has to be something genetic). Genealogy is so interesting...and sometimes strange... 🙄
  15. I initially didn't want to post my entire plan on here, but honestly, it's probably not a big deal. It's such a big undertaking that it will take me a year to get this going. And there are an infinite number of books out there. It would take an army of people to write literature guides for all of them. lol So, I want to write a series of literature guides for homeschoolers that include writing exercises, literary analysis, comprehension questions, grammar, vocabulary, Latin/Greek roots and some games/hands-on projects for the younger guides. Each guide would revolve around a book that the parent would need to either buy or borrow from the library. There are already several homeschool companies that do this, but my plans for the guides are different than what's already out there. I plan to format the guides much differently and I want to work with modern, less well-known books. When I look through homeschool curriculum, it seems like everyone uses the same books over and over again. I scroll through curriculum booklists and I'm like, "Oh, look, there's Detectives in Togas again...or oh, hey, it's Mara, Daughter of the Nile..." It's like the same booklist is getting recycled all over the place. YKWIM? I would like to use some lesser-known books and also books that have unusual protagonists/settings. This is why I didn't want to use open source classics. I know it would be easier...but my whole point was to use modern, lesser-known books. And thank-you for your replies, Everyone!
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