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  1. Me, too. We're doing Psych in the fall.
  2. That's why I switched back to unit studies this past winter. Our high school had been fear-driven for 2 and a half years and I was fed up. I no longer care about creating a transcript that looks like something colleges are looking for/what the public schoolers do. I wanted to do fun stuff with my kids again. So far, so good. My teens (especially my oldest son) are enjoying what we're doing this spring. One of the things I'm doing with them is Home Economics and even dd17's public schooled friends are saying stuff like "why aren't they teaching us stuff like that in school??"
  3. Yay! Still waiting for that day. I've also been up since 5 am, because 3 year-old had a nightmare. He won't leave his room when he wakes up. He just lays there and calls for me (ugh!). My teenagers have a huge track meet this morning, so I had to be up soon anyway.
  4. I've been having the same problem with my oldest (she's 17) for several years now. Mine has the messy, absent-minded professor personality. We're actually graduating her in December, because we are d o n e. I am so tired of constantly reminding her to get her schoolwork finished. I need to be able to pour my energy into the younger ones. Mine had tested as gifted during the brief time she went to public school, but she is very lazy. She will sit and do almost an entire week's worth of a subject in one sitting the night before it's due after I spend all week reminding her to get her stuff done. She does better when she takes an outsourced class. She's taking an AP Biology class at an enrichment center and she has a 101% average. She actually had a 103, but the teacher stopped giving extra credit. She is also scoring very high on the SAT practice tests. So, I KNOW she can apply herself when she wants to... But, yes, I feel your pain. I cringe watching her relocate from the couch to the dinner table, moving like a sloth when it's time to get our schoolwork done. Oh, and the glow of the cell phone....makes me want to rip my hair out sometimes. Like I said, we are just graduating her in December. You're on your own! lol
  5. Same here. Our household deteriorates after about a week without "school". We are mostly calendar-year homeschoolers. We start our new school year in January, but we do end/start new stuff throughout the year. Only bad thing about schooling year-round...dd17 is graduating a semester early, because she has so many credits. I guess that could be a good thing or a bad thing.
  6. Another way I got a really reluctant writer to write is those journaling books where they ask you questions and you fill in the blanks, etc. There was one called Time Capsule - and my daughter loved that book.
  7. We've had a few threads on the General Ed board about this topic. These are the new homeschoolers. They're changing what people expect from homeschooling. Someone mentioned on the General Ed board that on the Wild and Free website, they had a list of the "types of homeschoolers" and instead of classical education, the website listed Classical Conversations. They are changing the homeschooling culture. The first thing a lot of new homeschoolers ask about is something online....that's free...that the kids can just do independently. The next thing they ask about is what co-op should they join. And I've been warning new homeschoolers that CC is like the Amway of homeschooling. Don't feel like you have to join CC or any co-op. We've been homeschooling for 10-11 years without a co-op. And online learning is junk to me compared to reading a real book...or doing a project. But, these two things are being pushed so much - I have no idea why or where it's coming from. Even SWB has a chapter in the WTM warning about too much electronic-based learning. Facebook is where I'm seeing a lot of this - not on this forum...
  8. That's a great idea! My kids have always loved Story Cubes. Even my 3 year-old has been trying to use them to tell stories.
  9. I missed your posts, too! I haven't been on here much lately, either, but I noticed you hadn't posted in awhile. Nice to see you again!
  10. DD11 just started The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. Mystery about a stolen jewel, set in 1700s Japan... So far, so good.
  11. Are you looking for living books or just a textbook? (Asking because we have an entire shelf of excellent botany books, but no textbooks.). My oldest is *really* into botany.
  12. My oldest two are kinesthetic learners and they were never able to follow traditional educational methods. Except for a couple of years where we used curriculum, I have always designed their courses and put them together using mostly the library. I always had to do strange things to get them engaged in school. We had an entire semester where we did Harry Potter school. We read Harry Potter, did creative writing based on the book, did chemistry experiments (potions), did art projects based on HP, etc. I am putting a huge unit study together this fall for my high schoolers - Native American studies - we are covering Native American history and contemporary Native American literature. I have to buy 2 spines and everything else I'm getting from the library. Even the documentary I want to watch for school is on online streaming and I'm sure it's at the library, too. Try to keep science on the priority list! Your priority list could be math, English, history and science (that's generally my priority list + foreign language). I don't know where your 4th grader is at academically, but I always have to remind myself when I'm planning for the fall (during the spring) that my kid will be 5-6 months OLDER than when I'm planning.
  13. Mine are mostly high school-age, but I will have a 7th grader this fall. Are you wanting to follow The Well-trained Mind? Have you seen this article about "starting in the middle": There is a section on this website with some articles, etc. They also have mp3s in their bookstore on different topics - teaching writing, etc. I'm pretty sure SWB still has a Youtube channel, too. She doesn't have a ton of videos on there, but you might find something helpful. When I am planning, I usually get a piece of paper and make a grid of which subjects I want to teach that particular kid that year. I then start filling it in. Sometimes my kids are combined, sometimes they aren't. Over the summer, ALL of my kids are combined (if you can imagine - lol). This fall, all of my high schoolers are combined and the youngest two have their own schedules. I can show you my future 7th grader's planning if that would help. I decided that from August to November, I want to teach the 7th grader these subjects: math, English, violin, astronomy and history (medieval times). On my grid, I just started filling in what I want to do. So, I know I don't want to teach grammar this year, because we *really* covered grammar last year, so we'll be taking a break. I also know I need to be pretty streamlined, because this particular kid will probably be taking theater classes, Russian ballet and she's in a small dance company. Math: Life of Fred Decimals and Percents - and I'm keeping in mind that she might be ready for Prealgebra at some point during the fall, so I will be flexible. Hands-on Equations English: Bravewriter's The Arrow/Boomerang Wordsmith Apprentice (she needs extra writing practice) History: Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (she will do some outlining) Time Traveler's Middle Ages unit study Knights and Armor Coloring Book A study of chess A list of readers about medieval times: Beowulf...The Dangerous Journey...etc. (she will write short narrations from the reading) Astronomy: Real Science 4 Kids Middle School Astronomy + Lab Workbook Along Came Galileo Violin + extracurriculars... From your post: 4th grader able to read, but having trouble coming up with what to write....I think that is just fine. My kids learned to write with the narration/dictation/copywork method, so they were not coming up with their own writing at that age, either. If you're following TWTM, you'll see by 5th grade, you introduce outlining and writing their own narrations. This will really boost their writing. Also, notebooking helps - you know, like science or history notebooking. My kids learned to write using the method in TWTM and my teenagers are really good writers. 7th grader and reading... Yeah, that's sad. I don't have any suggestions other than I would try to let him choose what to read for literature. I would also still read-aloud if you have time. You only have 3-4 hours a day...I think this is just fine. Every Sunday, I type out a weekly checklist of what we need to complete for each kid and put it on their schoolbooks. On Monday, they just grab the checklist and start working on what they can do independently. I then start with the youngest kid and work with them on everything they will need me for that day. When that kid is finished, I move to the next oldest one. I have 5 kids, so I can usually go up the ladder by 1-2 pm. With 2 kids, I think you can do this in your 3-4 hours that you have available. Also, schooling year-round is your friend. We've always schooled year-round, so if we need to take time off during the school year, it's no big deal. It also makes it possible to only work on school 4 days a week. I need a 5th day to get groceries, take the preschooler to library story time, pay bills, run errands, etc. Sorry I wrote so much. I hope something out of there helped you!
  14. We've always had the opposite problem. None of us can fit in the box! (We've tried)
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