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  1. We usually take breaks throughout the year that coincide with my husband's work schedule. We are taking a 2 week vacation in June, which will pretty much be our only summer vacation. We might have a few light weeks in July, but my current plan is to just keep on keeping on! We do Ambleside Online, so we just let the days run into each other with no real end or beginning. We love it!
  2. If I could pick just one book collection to take with me somewhere because I was limited on space, I would pick The World Treasury of Children's Literature. There are two volumes and they are OVERFLOWING with beautiful, amazing children's literature, from The Little House and Aesops Fables to A Kiss for Little Bear and Make Way for Ducklings. WONDERFUL!! If I could pick a SECOND book collection, I would get my hands on Collier's Junior Classics. There are ten volumes, all hardback, loaded with stories, rhymes, folktales, fair tales, myths...it is an amazing collection. They are curren
  3. Thanks for the suggestions! I will look into all these and see what fits best for us. Thank you!
  4. I also vote Horizons, which as a previous poster mentioned is a spiral based program, but otherwise seems to fit what you are looking for. We have used it for 3 years and really enjoy it. Some days there is A LOT of work to do, so we just chug through it. I know others have cut back on some of those days and only assigned half the problems so it wasn't so much workbook work.
  5. We use homeschool skedtrack and while I haven't actually tried to do what you are doing, I think it is possible in a round about way (or maybe even a direct way, but I haven't tried.) There is a bit of a learning curve when using the program, but once you get the hang of it, it is really great. We have used it for several years and haven't had the desire to look anywhere else for a new program. Hope this helps!
  6. We have finished up our math book for the school year and instead of pressing on to the next level, I thought we might introduce some logic and logic puzzles. Any recommendations for 2nd-3rd grade logic books? Thanks!
  7. Monsanto is a HUGE corporation that started way back making fertilizer and weed control (think Round Up) and then started making genetically modified seeds that would accept round up without being killed by the pesticide. Slowly but surly, they monopolized the market on most corn and soy being grown in the US, and they haven't been nice about it. There are farmers who have tried to avoid using Monsanto seeds, but due to nature, seeds from neighboring fields have drifted into their field, then Monsanto sought them out and tried to sue them, successfully I believe. It is just a crummy situati
  8. We just took a lot of our random leftover meat and made a bunch of omelets for dinner tonight. We have also made calzones, pizza, or sandwiches (I know..so original!) with our leftovers.
  9. Yay! Oh oh, I am so excited now. They kids are going to really love it! I just looked at Mr. Schmidt's website and it really looks like it is going to be great. :) Thank you for all the great feedback!
  10. Your schedule looks great!! For history, we decided to go with Ambleside Online, which follows a 6 year cycle and uses older, living books as the spines. As soon as I can wrap my head around it, I want to also incorporate Story of the World as extra reading in addition to what we are currently doing, but I haven't yet taken the time to synch the two programs. For Science, we do both Ambleside Online, which includes a variety of nature study/bird study with The Burgess Bird Book/and some other living books AND we also do good ole public school McGraw/MacMillian Science Grade 1.
  11. Hurray for your DD!! What an accomplishment!! That is one to save in the scrapbooks. Can't wait to read it!
  12. Oh my gosh, YES!! Way more then I thought I ever would. Like Celticmom, I had all sorts of accolades in high school and college and here I am learning new things everyday in our homeschool. I absolutely LOVE it!
  13. We have been using Horizons math for about 2 years now and absolutely love it. We supplement with Challenging Word Problems every now and again to change it up and really enjoy the change that brings. Everything was wonderful and happy as we trotted down our home school path until one day in a home school music class, one of the other students came in with a Life of Fred book that he couldn't put down! I took a little glance, came home and looked it up on the computer..and I am very intrigued!! Have any of you used it as a supplement to a more traditional math program and how did that work
  14. It was a bit redundant reading the book so many times all in one week, at least for our family. We definitely love reading books and have lots we read multiple times, but not back to back days. We also, of our own accord, ask random questions like "Count the ducks on this page" and we talk about migration as a by product of reading Make Way for Ducklings, but the kids weren't big into splitting that discussion up over the course of several days. They wanted to do it all in one fell swoop!! Instead, we do Ambleside Online and love it.
  15. The first question seems like a 1st grade math question, while the last one definitely seemed more along the lines of a 3rd grade question. I second what In2why says--I think they give a good range to help determine the level at which the student (or classroom or school) is performing on average.
  16. Thank you, Laura! My gut reaction to your post is, "Oh shoot!" Because..well..I am not sure if we are CM or Classical!! We just started CM methods this year, but are using WWE in addition to Ambleside Online, and it seems the two narration styles conflict! Oh my...time to research more and figure our what we think is best for our family. Thanks a ton!
  17. Does anyone have any feedback? I am not sure if we are using too much detail or not enough detail. Do we need to work on using less "story telling" type of language (ate and ate and ate and ate) or does that not really matter?
  18. I totally agree with Mrs Mungo and Taming of the Shrew (10 Things I Hate About You). For Romeo and Juliet, I adore the Leonardo DiCaprio version that was released in the 90s. I just watched it the other night while breaking out the sewing machine after the kids went to bed. :) Ohhh, it also appears that there is another Romeo and Juliet coming out in 2012 with Holly Hunter and Ed Westwick. Nice!!
  19. We actually just had our first experience with this as my oldest got her first fundraiser option through gymnastics. We were selling Tervis Tumblers and the price was actually better than what you could get at any store or online. We had my daughter knock door to door (we live in a neighborhood where this is welcome and is very low pressure to buy) and my husband took it into work. I also posted about it on my facebook account for the locals that might be interested. It worked out really well and I think that a lot of people were happy to get the cups at a discounted price. It was a win-w
  20. Hi everyone! I have a very good friend who is also a home schooler, but not a member of the boards. She is looking for assistance from a home schooled teenager with a project she is doing. Details are in her blog! If you have any questions, you can direct them towards her from her blog email. Thanks! http://redgatefarm.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/homeschooler-assistance/
  21. Home school skedtrak works great for us. It is a bit time consuming to set up, and there is a bit of a learning curve too, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty great. Oh, and it is free! (BONUS!) http://www.homeschoolskedtrack.com
  22. We started school today (yay!) and had our first real attempt at narration. We had dabbled in it a bit last year with FLL, but this was our first real go and I was hoping to get some feedback! Parables from Nature, A Lesson in Faith A butterfly said to the caterpillar that she is going to die and asked her to take care of her butterfly eggs and said that they can’t eat cabbage leaves. They eat water and honey from flowers. The butterfly died. Then the caterpillar asked the bird to help her take care of the eggs. The caterpillar said she believed everything she was told.
  23. We use McGraw Hill science and just buy a used textbook. You can find workbooks on the McGraw Hill purchasing website or you can just make your own pretty easily. My kids love it and really learn a lot from the books. And unlike any of my public school years, we actually finish the science book each year! :) I also get books from the library that go along with whatever the chapter in the science book is, so the McGraw Hill book is almost like a spine. There are science experiments, but it isn't the main focus of the curriculum.
  24. When I was a kid, I really liked Jesus's words in red. I think it helped me figure out what the heck was going on when I was 8 and really not sure how to keep track of everything. I don't think I have a preference now.
  25. Haha! Okay, we all just jinxed each other. :) That made me laugh!
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