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    Team sports. to continue or quit.

    My son just turned 7 and is in his 2nd year playing hockey. Growing up, we were a very involved hockey family for my 2 brothers. It is not a sport I thought I would be involved because I know how crazy it gets, even though it's the only game I would watch. Super competitive kids and parents and the game gets rough as they get older. Also gets very expensive. We'll play again next year in 8u, but I'm a little reluctant for 10U. Right now, we have 3 days of hockey a weeks, and 10U jumps to 5 days a week. We're traveling 350 mi for a tournament next month (for a 7 yr old!), and that only gets more intense as they get older. I signed up my son because he was getting picked on in Sunday school. Hockey seems to give a strong sense of confidence. It has definitely helped his confidence but now he also loves the game. He is super competitive, especially at game time. I remember last year (in 6U), the kids were all hesitant to get the puck because I think they know that in real life you don't take from others and you share, etc. So once they get over that, they get competitive. If your son is not competitive, don't push the sport. Especially a sport like hockey. Why over commit time and money when he doesn't love it? I definitely wouldn't do year round hockey. I would try more sports and find where he may do better. If he has space/contact issues, that will only get worse as he gets older and there is checking. What are you hoping to achieve with hockey? Do you have a family history? A lot of friends that play? Neighborhood rink/ pond? NHL hopes (so many parents have)? If you do take him out of hockey, just continue rec skating as he may enjoy that more than the game.
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    Spanish or French curriculum for K-2

    My kids like Little Pim DVDs in Spanish. We just checked out the Italian Little Pim from library, and one day I'll check out the French set just to listen once to hear the difference between languages. We are starting Latin this year, so was interesting for them to hear the similarities and differences between Spanish and Italian. I won't do this much as to not confuse them, but they know all the Spanish well in Little Pim. They take weekly Spanish lessons, I read to them a little in Spanish and I was making them watch any cartoons in Spanish but we slipped out of that habit, and they don't want to go back. As for choosing a language, Spanish is much more practical in the US.
  3. I struggle because we are registered with a public homeschool and are required to submit progress reports with work samples. We keep a library basket too, and my kids love to read science books, but it can't suffice for our science curriculum. I am trying NOEO chemistry this year, which I was so excited to use. I had been very happy with Bookshark K, 1, & 2 science but level 3 was too advanced for my younger child. NOEO appeared to be similar to Bookshark (Sonlight) but less reading so shorter and easier. It is less overall reading, but is mostly less interesting reading. I find it really boring, and feel it includes some pretty advanced texts for early elementary curriculum (I have a 1st and 4th grader). It also has no worksheets. It's all DIY notebooking, and I don't like that. I much prefer having the worksheets available with some varied projects, instead of just having to copy definitions or draw a picture and label it. I already purchased NOEO physics too. I was thinking we would get them both done in 1-1.5 years, but we are only at about week 15 right now. Got behind because I'm never excited to read this boring science book so it is consistently the last subject of the day. I have to stop reading and provide a lot of additional explanations and end up hoarse. Next year, I think I will try Mystery Science (had strongly considered it this year), and if I don't like it, I will go back to Bookshark because I love their reading selections with the awesome Usborne books and many others they include. They have great questions about the reading, and worksheets with a couple little projects/ questions for each day, and a weekly experiment. Oh, NOEO is supposed to have a weekly experiment, but several weeks in a row they had none. The experiments are not too exciting. Yesterday, we were adding sugar to water until solution became saturated and sugar would not dissolve. Took an hour, and my kids got pretty tired of it. Somehow, they still always want to do science... probably because they are still expecting something like Bookshark.
  4. parent

    Diagramming help?

    I think frustrated is a PA describing Kyle. "In his heart" is answering adverb question "where" and I think should modify the PA, also "by his mother's mood is answering adverb question "why" and should modify the PA too. I think "by the mess" is answering adverb question why and is modifying the PA, upset. "Upset by the mess" works, but "feels by the mess" doesn't make sense.
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    ELTL vs cottage press

    I am using Cottage Press Fable and Song for the first time. I haven't used ELTL, but did look at it before deciding on CP. The ELTL literature selections kept me away a bit because those I would be interested in, my daughter had already read. I also like the idea of CP's shorter literature selections, but still wanted complete works (not excerpts like WWE). We are through about 27 daily lessons of CP (but halfway through lesson 6; each lesson has 5 parts). It's different, but I mostly like it. The biggest con to me is the book format, but I'm really easily annoyed by these types of things. I think they were trying too hard to conserve paper. I wish every new literature selection was on the left page, so then the study questions about the selection were opposite it, instead of having to constantly turn the page back and forth. Sometimes the spelling word table is split between pages and the instructions always come after the table. I don't like to cross pages with instructions on one page and work section on another. Maybe this shows I'm easily irritated. I DO like that there are instructions in the book. I did not like that FLL didn't include any instructions in the student book. It doesn't seem to make a whole lot of difference because my daughter still doesn't read the instructions. Grammar content seems easy. So far, it is mostly flashcards, and identifying sentence types. I love that they ask her things like "go find an interrogative sentence in a book you are reading" for copywork. Very fun, and good brainwork. I see that soon we will be on parts of speech. It also has diagramming later, which was important for me. I feel like it's enough grammar, but my daughter doesn't struggle with grammar either. Spelling is light, but it's just a bit of reinforcement of phonics. There is a good deal of copywork, but they have you set a timer for 5 minutes in a day. There is some outlining, and then some retelling of the fables. They also ask for typing the lit selection, but my daughter doesn't type, so I've skipped that. I really want her handwriting to improve before she starts typing. It might help if you identified your children's special needs? Attention problems, dyslexia, etc? Someone may be able to recommend something based on their needs.
  6. It sounds like you are figuring out the TM. If you were still struggling, I would not hesitate to just drop the TM and use the workbooks, especially at this early grade level. We have used Abeka, but they changed the grade 1 math since my daughter used it 3 years ago, and I had to buy the new TM for my son this year. It is just horribly formatted. The lessons run together and the text is small and mostly italics. I just can't stand to look at it, but don't feel I need it anyway to teach the worksheets. I just consult occasionally to see where the tests are. I also use RS to teach concepts. Anyway, I think you shouldn't feel it's necessary to use the TM. Most of them were written for classrooms and are cumbersome for homeschool.
  7. I'm using Abeka, which is spiral (and faith based, which means that worksheets include an occasional scripture verse, usually related to work ethic). Also Horizon is spiral. If I was doing over, I may have started with Horizon just because it is secular and would be easier to use with my public homeschool. I remember there was something I didn't like when I reviewed a friend's Horizon books, overly busy/ crowded worksheets I think was part of it. Also I think grade levels were limited, like it was only through grade 3? but I see now it goes to at least grade 6. Abeka has a good balance of some cute illustrations without being distracting. I have always intended to switch to Saxon sometime around Jr High, but sometimes consider switching earlier because it would be easier for me to use secular math with our public homeschool. I don't like the starkness of Saxon worksheets for young children, and my 9 yr old still likes to see some illustrations and fun stuff on her math worksheets. I do really like the Abeka worksheets, daily speed drills, and memorization flashcards. I think it's a pretty solid program.
  8. Wonderful! Thank you! I should have further specified that I'm interested more in documentary style rather than acting. The Viking movie had re enactment with narration, but was not standard movie acting. I guess I'm looking for more archeological / docu type for history.
  9. I strongly limit screen time. We don't watch standard TV (don't have antenna connection) and just watch occasional dvds, which I try to keep educational. We really like nature movies. We have the Imax Under the Sea and Deep Sea movies (watching one right now to relax). My children enjoy these and we've also liked the Disney Nature movies we've borrowed from the library. While searching for more Imax movies from the library a couple years ago, I came across the Imax Viking movie (Journey to the New World, I think). That was excellent and was great to supplement our study of the Vikings at that time. We are on SoTW 2, and I plan to get the Imax Viking movie again, but would love to have more movies like this to occasionally supplement. Can you recommend anything, especially to supplement history? This is for young children (9, 6, & 3). I'm also interested if you can recommend other nature movies with beautiful videography?
  10. Can you check ebay for uniform pieces? Maybe search your local craigslist for "school uniform" too. Have to say, I love uniforms and would be more open minded toward our local schools if they used uniforms. I can't believe what the kids wear to school, from very racy little girl's clothes to pajamas... so distracting. I actually had my homeschooled kids wear uniforms for a couple years. My daughter was going through a stage of trying on like 5 outfits in the morning and taking forever, so I just bought polos, pants and jumpers from Old Navy, so they knew what to put on every day. Also, I felt it put them in school mode and got them into a routine.
  11. parent

    Chemistry for multiple grade levels?

    I'm using level 1 for 4th & 1st grade, but my 4th grader is young so I thought it would work out fine. It looks significantly lighter than the Bookshark we've done previously (less reading), so if we finish faster, I'll go right into the Physics 1 set. I like it so far, but I've only done the 1st two lessons. I bought the set used, and found that the very first book required (Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew) was missing, so I did a hold request from the library and it never arrived, so finally ordered it, and it finally arrived a week ago. So not much experience with it yet, but it looks fun.
  12. My kids really enjoy history too. I have never heard of Rush Revere and will look into it. I have not thought about working backwards from high school. I will look into the requirements. I had talked with an advisor a bit about my daughter being young to graduate (17). He said I could keep her in school an extra year just by not having one of our requirements (like a semester of state history) completed. He said it would not reflect poorly on her record, and she could take college courses as a highschool student and get double credits. I am considering this. I like the idea of her being older in her first year of college.
  13. The question came from my often discontent middle child. We have always homeschooled. My daughter seems content with being homeschooled, but I do recall her being interested in going to school too a couple years ago. They really want to ride the school bus, but that wouldn't happen even if they were in school. Very good point. Generally, I think it's a failing for all schools to some extent, not just public. But, I remember I told my daughter when she was younger that kids in school work all day and then have homework to do at home at night. Then she spoke with a kid on the playground who said he never had any homework... so, yes, good thing to keep in mind! I just discussed the above with the kids a bit also saying that Dad and I think this is best for our family. I know someone who got frustrated with homeschooling her daughter, probably 2 years ago, when she was about 10. So she enrolled her daughter in public school, and said her daughter was begging to come home within 2 weeks. She made her finish the semester before coming back home, but said it was torturous for both of them. She said they spent nearly as much time on homework as they did on homeschooling. My daughter was with me and heard the story firsthand, with my friend's daughter nodding agreement too, so maybe that has stuck with her. I may bring it up to my son if he asks again.
  14. parent

    Chemistry for multiple grade levels?

    I'm trying Noeo Chem I this year. They also have two more levels. It is from a Christian publisher, but their science doesn't contain Christian content. I also bought their Physics I, but haven't looked at it yet.
  15. My son (6) asked yesterday. We had group music classes the night before at a local elementary school, which is what I think prompted the question. The walls are filled with colorful pictures and it looks like a fun place to be. I homeschool for so many reason that I can't really explain to him. The biggest one is that I feel I'm giving them a better education, with a greater depth of learning that results in remarkable retention. I like that I can control their learning environment and influences and avoid bullying and peer pressure. I can emphasize what I think is important--music, math, history, geography, foreign language, and literature. Our public schools don't teach history, much geography or foreign languages (only one elementary school, a charter school teaches a foreign language). We read so many great books. We get to do science projects. We have more freedom to do other things. We get more family time. We eat at home. Schools waste a lot of time. So my answer maybe was not the best because I was unprepared for the question and didn't want to give an overly critical answer that he might repeat. So I told him, "Classes in schools have 20 kids. You can only go as fast as the slowest kid. If someone doesn't understand something like 1+1=2, then the teacher has to teach that one child while everyone waits." Now, maybe other kids get busy work to do while teachers do one on one work, but I just remember being bored and waiting a lot at school. He said, "Really?" I said, "Yes." End of conversation. He doesn't like waiting, so hopefully that answer satisfies him for awhile. Have you had to answer this question from your child? What did you say?
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