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  1. Hello, everyone! I am new to Classical, though I've done Charlotte Mason when my oldest few were younger. Then we switched to more unschooling/relaxed, and the past few months we've been doing a little more trending toward traditional. I just got The Well-Trained Mind from the library and loved the first half so much, I bought it. LOL I'm just not sure how on earth to do this. I have 10 children, 17 down to 5. 5 of them are internationally adopted, so they are pretty far behind their typical grade levels plus some special needs going on (trying to figure all of those out). My 5 bio kids also have some special needs (ADHD/giftedness, ASD/ADHD/anxiety, anxiety/dyslexia, and jury's still out on the other 2 but obvious there is something). Am I crazy for even wanting to attempt something like Classical? How can I make this work? I am feeling like I need to do some remedial reading work with all 10 (my oldest is the dyslexic), and even though she has her own track trying to graduate on time next year and then go on to become an astrophysicist, she is, for the first time in her life, asking for direction, schedules, and a bit more "thinking matter." Tips, suggestions, advice all welcome! Thank you!
  2. If you are an adoptive parent of a child with defiance issues or you have personally heard an adoptive parent in that situation talk about it, how has it come up in your homeschooling and what, if anything have you done to deal with it? If you have both homeschooled and sent your child to an institutional setting, what caused you to make the change? How did the transition go? What issues came up in the institutional school and how did you deal with them? If your child started out in an institutional school and you decided to homeschool, what issues prompted it? How did the transition go? What issues came up at home and how have you dealt with them?
  3. I was wondering if some members of the Hive would be able to help me out. I am currently looking into adoption. I have read a fair amount of information so I'm not completely ignorant, but I want to take the next step of actually speaking to agencies. However, before I do so, I feel like I need much more information and the sheer amount of books and websites offering information is varied and not always verifiable. Does anyone have books/sites they could recommend? I'm not looking for books on the emotional aspects of adopting, but the functionality, the how-to of it all. To clarify, I am looking at domestic adoption that is open to single/lesbian women. I live in Washington state and have reached out to WACAP but am open to other adoption agencies but that leads to other questions about which ones are reputable, rates of adoption, time, etc. After contacting them, WACAP instantly sent me an email about calling but I feel like I need a better list of questions before I return the call. Some other pertinent information maybe: I'm not currently looking at fost-adopting, but I do want to adopt an infant. Open adoption seems to be a part of many adoptions; I am open to that as well. Again, I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the process and would appreciate any information. Thanks!
  4. My friend wrote a children's book, As Real As It Gets for any child---adopted, step, or foster----who might be thinking, "you're not my mother" but is afraid of how she will react if they let the words escape. Children will be reassured that what they are feeling is normal, and parents will be too. This is a fun playful yet touching picture book that features a transracial family dealing with this very topic. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1367769515/as-real-as-it-gets-a-picture-book-for-older-adopte/description This has a video of the author and a bit about the book as well as the complete text of the book. www.westolivepress.com is where you can order the book and see some more illustrations. I have NO financial interest in this project. I just know that as an adoptive mom, I have heard those painful words "you're not my REAL mom" more than once. I sure wish we had a book like this when my kids were younger.
  5. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1367769515/as-real-as-it-gets-a-picture-book-for-older-adopte/description This book is written by one of my close friends Amanda Barton. She and her husband adopted 3 African American children through foster care, ages 1 1/2, 3 1/2, and 5 1/2 at the time. 8 months later they had a bio daughter born, and 2 years later bio son. They had over 30 foster children and currently have guardianship of a 15 year old boy that was one of their foster children as a baby. The book hits those feelings of YOU'RE NOT MY REAL MOM that so many of these kids deal with, esp. those adopted transracially or as older kids that have memories of their birth families. I am just trying to get the word out about the book (first in a series) that hits the hard issues of adopting kids that have memories of their previous families in a loving way. Support would be great (you get a copy of the book for your support) but just getting the word out would be great. Feel free to share the link to any foster/adoptive families you know.
  6. This book is written by one of my close friends Amanda Barton. She and her husband adopted 3 African American children through foster care, ages 1 1/2, 3 1/2, and 5 1/2 at the time. 8 months later they had a bio daughter born, and 2 years later bio son. They had over 40 foster children and currently have guardianship of a 15 year old boy that was one of their foster children as a baby. The book hits those feelings of YOU'RE NOT MY REAL MOM that so many of these kids deal with, esp. those adopted transracially or as older kids that have memories of their birth families. I am just trying to get the word out about the book (first in a series of 3 or 4) that hits the hard issues in a loving way. Support would be great (you get a copy of the book for your support) but just getting the word out would be great. Feel free to share the link to any foster/adoptive families you know. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1367769515/as-real-as-it-gets-a-picture-book-for-older-adopte?ref=hero_thanks
  7. There's a documentary out next week in select theaters across the US about Korean babies placed for adoption anonymously. http://www.thedropboxfilm.com/
  8. I'm looking for recommendations for history for twins adopted from a foreign country. They will be 7 in a couple of months, but doing first grade history. They are average learners, speaking English well now, but are still decoding and not fluent readers yet. We have a large family and my time for doing a lot of read alouds is very limited right now. I'm open to online/DVD learning too if it doesn't involve a lot of writing and textbook reading for them. Despite having experience with history curriculums for our other children, I'm kind of going blank here. Any suggestions are appreciated!!!
  9. I really enjoyed reading Chantelle's adoption blog and watching some of the Gotcha Day videos linked from posts in that thread. We're in process for China after waiting almost 2 years for a domestic program that did not pan out. I am a little addicted to adoption blogs because it's encouraging to see people bringing kids home. So... I'd love to hear about more good adoption blogs or Gotcha videos or what have you. Thanks, all!
  10. Many of you have been kind enough to offer up suggestions as we added 2 children to our family by adoption from Ethiopia a few years ago, and then another we are currently in process for this Spring. We have added another child to bring home with that one - both with dwarfism - so 2 more from China for a total of 6 under 7 years old. That story is here: http://roepnack.blogspot.com/2013/09/adopting-two-our-son-with-dwarfism.html The ages of our children will be 6, 5, 4, 3, 3, and 2. I am going to need open and go with the ages and medical needs, and I am now officially tossing all "preferences" I had about currics out the window and am open to ANY Christian core that is good for combining. I hate switching around (don't we all!) but I cannot use the system we are using now (Sonlight, Abeka, & BJU combo) and would like to hear feedback on streamlined cycled combo cores like MFW or HOD or WHATEVER! I used to be a special needs and public/private school teacher, so I tend to overkill and recreate the wheel. I have to let that go now and take a boxed or ready-made set - and SONLIGHT is NOT it! I just do not like it - it's great but it is not for us. :) Large families with close age kids - tell me your favorites!!! THANK YOU!!!! Missy www.roepnack.blogspot.com
  11. Hi All. You guys were a big help during our last adoptions as I panicked over curriculum and shared cores/grade levels, etc. We are at it again. This time she is 6 and has dwarfism and other special needs, and she will obviously come home speaking Mandarin. Because of her dwarfism she has been denied going to school. (Her story is on my blog, below.) My questions are basically from an age/esl/grade level perspective as we play catch up here. Our other kids are 5, 3, 2, and 1. We use Sonlight and Abeka. 5 year old will go with me to China and is learning functional Mandrin (at a much better rate than I am!) Any of you out there have any suggestions on the following topics? -ESL -two in kindergarten, different paces -we are worksheet/book people - this will not work for new DD. audio or visual currics you love? -combining an OLDER child (new DD) with a younger in preschool to catch up without causing weird dynamics? -focus on language first, other areas second? and any other advice. Much appreciated! Missy www.roepnack.blogspot.com
  12. In the past, I have seen threads here on WTM, about foreign adoptions. This is a subject I am interested in, and we have a page on our family web site (URL below) about an adoption agency in the city of Cali. This article was translated, from Spanish into English, and there are a few translation problems, but if anyone is interested in this subject, here is the link: http://colombiarepor...-to-foreigners/ The page on our family web site is: http://computer2.com...tion Agency.htm That web site has been neglected, for a long time, because I’m working on our other web sites…
  13. Tomorrow at 10am a mom will be looking at adoption profiles (ours is in the pile) for families who might adopt her child due in March. Please pray she has lots of support, that she makes the best decision for this child, and that she and the child continue to be healthy. I didn't think I'd get all excited again... but I can't help it.
  14. Any advice on how to save money while adopting? My sil and bil are looking into adopting. They are looking for ways to save (special needs, local adoptions, biracial, tax credits etc.) Just thought some of the parents on Hive Mind might have some experience. Any other advice on what to avoid? Lessons learners etc?
  15. We are still looking and searching for our doggie. :001_smile: There are so many available and I am no expert by any means. You've given me great breeds to look for & some mixes even. I am worried about house breaking, a dog that barks incessantly, or one that nips. I am aware that good dogs can be found at the pound. I am hesitant because I don't really know what to look for........ Any thoughts or tips?
  16. If you are an adoptee, if you are an adoptive parent, or if you are married to an adoptee, what is your take on Kung Fu Panda 2 and its adoption related themes? How did your adopted child or spouse react to it? My adopted child is 6 years old, so I am very cautious about letting her to see it based on the mixed reviews given by adoptive parents. I'll wait until it comes out on video and preview it before I decide when she's old enough to watch it, but I still would like some feedback now.
  17. How have people honored, supported, and encouraged your patchwork families? How do you celebrate your patchwork families? (A Patchwork Family is one with non-traditional structures or with members of different ethnic backgrounds.) I said this about my Grandmother at her funeral on Wednesday. I was raised with my step-brothers who joined the family when they were 11 and 12 and my biological brother and I were 3 and 4. My youngest child was adopted from S. Korea. "My brother has asked me to speak for both of us. Travis and I will always remember our Grandmother for her loving devotion to her family. When Tim and I were going through the adoption process for Hope, the agency asked all the prospective adoptive parents to seriously consider the reaction of family members, particularly older ones, to having a relative that was not genetically related to them and of a different race. Some of the other couples cringed at the thought. I smiled. If there is anything our Grandmother loved unconditionally it was family and she didn't care how her family came together, what we looked like, or even if we had any redeeming qualities or not. She was ahead of her time. She understood that family was more than genetics-something we all need for these days with complicated family structures. And besides, isn't that what The Church is? A family without genetic relationship made up of every tribe and nation? She lived out her faith practically. Some of us were born into her family, some of us came in by marriage or by the marriage of a parent. Some were here on day one and some came in after a decade or more on this earth. For some there was legal documentation and for others there wasn't. However we managed to join her biologically eclectic motley crew, our Grandmother delighted in being family to us. All she wanted was to love us. For better or worse, once you join this herd, you're one of us. She also understood that people take very personally how you treat their loved ones. Any family to her family was family to her even if that branch of the family was on a different tree. When my husband Tim's Grandmother died, my Grandmother said, “You mean OUR Emma is gone?†And she meant it that way. Our cousin, Stephanie, on our dad's side, responded to news of her death with, “Your grandparents always treated Albert and I like we were theirs.†That's how they were. It didn't make any difference if we were a half, step, twice removed, extended relative by marriage or a direct biological descendant- she loved us all the same way because she thought of us all the same way. She didn't hold back either. If we drew her a picture, it was the most beautiful picture ever drawn-even of she had no idea what it was. If we played her a song it was the greatest performance ever-even though she was completely tone deaf. If we visited her, she praised God out loud for granting her the privilege of living to see not just her grandchildren, but her great-grandchildren. She and Granddad always told each other they were the most fortunate people who ever lived. The accepted term for families with non-traditional structures or families with members of different ethnicities is 'patchwork family.' Our Grandmother thought hers was the most beautiful one God ever pieced together."
  18. Hello. I am adopting 3 children from the foster care system and am looking into homeschooling to aid in adjustment and attachment. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the process or how it works so I am hoping that someone may be able to offer advice/guidance??? Thank you!
  19. I have four kids but my husband and I have often talked about adding to our family thru adoption. However, when it comes to this site it seems like all too often we only hear the negatives, which truthfully is starting to scare me away from the thought of ever adopting. Please share some positive stories--both from the adoptive parent and adoptive child standpoint. I understand that many people come here to "vent" but that means we often only hear the downside. I don't always want to hear that as an adoptive parent my love will never be enough or hear that my bio children will think our adoptive child ruined our life! Share the good stuff please!
  20. Any advice? This is not an impulse situation, but it is a sudden opportunity with a tight time frame. Anything from the legal/bureaucratic standpoint they should know about? Thanks!
  21. soooo the next step, and final, is to go to court to finalize our foster daughter's adoption. :) 6:45 a.m. the Sheriff arrives. My basenji has a thing for people in uniform and she's pissed that he's standing in the front hall. I run upstairs to tell dh, who's showering. I wake the baby and grab the camera, snapped a picture --all in my threadbare jammies..... I must have made the Sheriff's day. :)
  22. Five years ago today a young woman on the other side of the world....poor, unmarried, scared...give birth to a beautiful baby boy. Thousands of miles away another mom waited...and checked the mailbox...and waited...and checked her messages...and waited...and prayed for God to answer her prayer for a child. And He did. Five years ago today my abba father heard my cry and granted my heart's desire and two women's lives were forever changed. I sometimes wonder if she got to hold him. Did she cry? Does she still? Is she celebrating his birthday today too... if only in her heart? What an amazing selfless thing to do...to give your child to someone else because you could not care for him. What an amazing gift I have received. My little Korean bundle of joy turns five today. Our Father DOES answer prayer. Once there were two women who never knew each other. One you do not remember, the other you call Mother. Two different lives shaped to make you one. One became your guiding star, the other became your sun. The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love. The second was there to give it. One gave you a nationality. The other gave you a name. One gave you a talent. The other gave you aim. One gave you emotions. The other calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile. The other dried your tears. One sought for you a home that she could not provide. The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied. And now you ask me, through your tears, the age-old question unanswered through the years. Heredity or environment, which are you a product of? Neither, my darling. Neither. Just two different kinds of Love.
  23. I'd love to hear what you'd like to see or read on this blog. Do you have questions about adoption you'd like for me to address? Why a family of 6 would do this? How can a family in ministry afford adoption? Other questioins that you have? What would you like to see in the sidebar? Of course, b/c I'm techno-challenged, I may not be able to deliver, but it doesn't hurt to ask! THANKS!
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