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  1. I've finished picking out what I want my 5th grader to use next year, and it's a lot of subjects. I hate making kids check the boxes on 9 or 10 subjects in a day. How would you organize all of this, whether in loops, or blocks, or alternating days or weeks? I appreciate any and all ideas! Oh and we only school 4 days per week. 1. Math: math mammoth 5 2. Latin: Latin for Children B 3. Writing: Writing & Rhetoric 2-3 4. Grammar: Rod and Staff 5 (I choose 36 lessons only) 5. Typing: online practice 6. Handwriting: NAC 1 7. Music: piano lessons/practice, Music Masters cds 8. Memory/recitation: history timeline, Bible, Harp and Laurel wreath 9. Literature: mostly free reads. Choosing ONE classic book with lit guide from MP (perhaps Lassie or Narnia); ONE Shakespeare play; and ONE set of parallel lives from Plutarch, for the whole year. 10. Religion: Bible, Catechism, saints stories. 11. History: Middle Ages, using mostly D'Aulaires and library books. 12. Science: Tiner history of medicine, Blood and Guts, dissections 13. Geography: Atlas and map skills books from modg (36 lessons). And Hungry Planet. 14. Spelling: CHC speller (36 lessons total), and have him rewrite misspelled words 3 times. 15. Critical thinking/logic: Mindbenders level 4 16. Art appreciation: fraud detective
  2. Y'all. I'm feeling utterly lost. ODS is 10.5, YDS is 7 and we've always homeschooled. The boys refuse to public school because they want to be together and with me, even cranky me. I have ADHD and fairly certain ODS does too but we've never had him tested. I also suspect he's somewhere on the gifted scale (not profound). We're debating having him tested just to see where he's strengths lie and where we can better meet his needs. I struggle with pulling together all the subjects and curriculum choices. I'm not trying to be a Pinterest mom but I want to engage my kids, let them do interesting stuff and get them prepared for 2ndary education and life while not going insane. We're a military family and we move in a year to ??? so this limits us on outside lessons, groups, etc. They both do sports and love it. Given our struggles with sticking to a schedule and having a good rhythm we're going to implement a Block Schedule with some looping. As in, doing an hour of math and for 30 minutes he's going to work through his spine (Singapore). For 10 minutes work on multiplication & division memorization. Then 20 minutes of fun or practical math like board games, budgeting, read some of our fun math books. Repeat for other subjects. We've really been lacking the structure and expanded learning that drew us to homeschooling. While he's doing his independent work I'll be working with YDS on his stuff. We'll do some of the fun stuff together. ODS - 10.5 years old. 5th grade Math Singapore 4/5. We've gotten a little behind in the curriculum but have done a LOT of practical stuff and math is one of his favorites. He'll be breezing through or skipping several sections in 4 because he's already done it elsewhere. He's going to start working through LOF Fractions in a couple weeks. I'm thinking that we'll be heading to AOPS for PreA for 6th grade. Should I transition or supplement with Beast Academy? Is Singapore, with IP enough? Language Arts Grammar - Finishing Grammar and Writing 4, just the grammar portion. Will move to Fix It Grammar when done. Writing - Starting IEW. Spelling - Running through AAS to make sure we haven't missed anything. Reading/Literature - Total Language Plus for guided novel study. Plus choosing books from various lists (Mensa, Newberry, NEH). ODS is an avid reader so we'll just be guiding him to good books for free reading. YDS - 7 years old, 2nd grade Math Singapore Life of Fred (reading together, more for fun than main curriculum) Language Arts All About Reading IEW Reading/Literature with Total Language Plus & his own reading lists for free reading. He LOVES listening to Audible books & being read to. He'll spend HOURS listening to books so this is very appropriate to him. ***They'll be doing science, social studies, most extracurriculars together just on age appropriate levels. Science We've got a couple of Apologia texts & journals but we haven't been super formal with curriculum to this point. We want to work in a lot more experiments and hands on stuff. I really need to do some backwards planning to figure out what we need to do to get ready for middle and high school. Social Studies Notgrass Uncle Sam & I for an extended study on government as a lead up to the 2020 election. Jr. Ranger Programs. We like to camp & road trip so we'll be hitting a few of these. Geography - ??? We'll talk about specific locations as they come up in our studies but we do want a more structured something to really reinforce geo. Extras Some art with youtube, typing, coding & cryptography for ODS. Dinosaur stuff for YDS. This is open to whatever the kids are interested in. Plus practical life skills like cooking, budgeting, calculating prices while shopping, domestic chores, etc. I don't know if its FOMO or my guy saying something's off or self-doubt or what but I feel like I'm not doing right by my kids. The journey to today has not been very easy. We've had 2 international and 1 cross town moves in the past 5 years. There's another move in a year; possibly international. Given my ADHD and other (minor) health issues we've REALLY lacked structure that ODS needs. I know I've said structure multiple times but it has become clear that its VERY important for our family. Please give me ALL your thoughts and recommendations. I'm 100% open to whatever you have to say!
  3. I realize there is an 8th grade planning thread on the K-8 board. Thought we needed one here, too, for those that pop in more on the Logic Board. We are jumping into a new co-op for 8th grade to spice things up a bit for ds. It's a STEM co-op, so I think he'll enjoy it. I'm also streamlining our choices this year as I hope to have a part-time job. STEM Co-op Fall & Spring classes: SCIENCE: Physical Science with Lab and Aviation class Handcrafting with metal & leather (fun) Beginning Programming/Coding (fun) MUSIC: Guitar I & II At Home: MATH: Mr. D Pre-Algebra ENGLISH: Essentials in Writing 8 with grading/ EIL 8? (there is only one novel scheduled, Night, so we will add more just for free reading, maybe adding in Boomerang guides for discussion: (still continuing with some Bravewriter Lifestyle activities) The Giver, Echo, Night, The Westing Game, Brightly of the Grand Canyon, Lord of the Flies(maybe), White Fang, Basher Five-Two, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Book Club), Navigating Early Easy Grammar 8, Marie's Words, Word Root study HISTORY: Notgrass Civics Uncle Sam & You... D.C. trip and local field trips LOGIC: The Thinking Toolbox or Critical thinking resources BUSH CRAFT Club (organized by husband, 2x a month) PE: YMCA class ART: Masterpiece Art Society Ongoing Projects: '72 Ford Truck remodel & School bus remodel for teen hangout.
  4. Sometimes it's nice to see past planning lists to get some ideas. I was only able to find threads going back to 2014 and I'm sure I didn't find them all, so if you have a link from anything before that please feel free to add it. ETA: Planning Wisdom links in another post below. Preschool/ Kindergarten Kindergarten 2021-2022 Choices? 2021-2022 Kindergarten Planning Thread 2020-2021 PreK 2020-2021 Kinder Planning PreK Planning Thread for 2018-2019 Pre-K 3 planning 2016-2017 K4 planning thread – 2016 K5 Planning Thread – 2015 PreK and K Plans? – 2017 Kindergarten planning 2018-2019 Kindergarten planning thread for 2017-2018 Kindergarten Planning – 2017 Kindy thread - 2017 1st Grade 1st Grade Planning Thread 2020-2021 2019-2020 1st grade planning 1st grade planning thread 2018-19 First Grade Planning Thread – 2018 1st Grade Planning Thread 2016/2017 First Grade Planning Thread? – 2015 First Grade Planning – 2015 1st Grade curriculum planning - 2012 What are you using for first grade this year?? - 2012 2nd Grade 2nd Grade Planning Thread for 2020-2021 2nd Grade Planning Thread For 2018/2019 2018-19 2nd Grade Planning (part two?) 2017-2018 planning thread for 2nd grade 2nd Grade Planning Thread – 2016 2nd grade planning thread – 2015 3rd Grade 3rd Grade Planning List 2021-2022 3rd Grade Planning Thread 2020-2021 2019-2020 3rd Grade 3rd grade planning thread 2018-2019 3rd grade planning – 2016 3rd Grade Planning Thread 2016-2017 3rd grade planning thread – 2015 4th Grade Fourth grade planning 2021-2022 4th grade planning thread 2019-2020 4th Grade Planning 4th Grade Planning Thread - 2018 4th Grade Planning Thread – 2016 4th Grade Planning Thread 2016-2017 4th Grade Planning Thread – 2015 5th Grade 5th Grade Planning Thread 2021-22 5th Grade Planning Thread 2020-2021 2019-2020 5th Grade Planning 5th Grade Planning Thread 2018-19 2017--2018 --5th Grade Planning 2016-2017 5th Grade Planning Board Is there a 5th grade planning thread? – 2016 5th Grade Planning – 2015 5th grade planning thread? – 2015 6th Grade 6th Grade Planning Thread 2021-2 6th grade 2020-2021 Planning 6th Grade 2019-2020 6th grade planning thread - 2018 6th grade planning thread or what worked or didn't work - 2018 2017-2018 6th Grade Planning Thread S/O Who's Planning for Next Year Middle School? - 2015 Is there a 6th grade planning thread – 2014 7th Grade Seventh Grade Planning Thread 2021-2022 7th Grade Planning 2020-2021 7th Grade Planning 2019-2020 7th grade planning thread 2018-19 7th Grade Planning 2018/2019 7th Grade Planning Thread - 2015 7th Grade Planning – 2014 Anyone willing to share 7th grade curriculum plan for next year? - 2012 8th Grade 8th grade planning thread 2021-2022 8th Grade Planning Thread 2020-2021 2019-2020 8th grade planning 8th Grade Planning Thread 2018-19 2017--2018 --8th Grade Planning 2017-2018 8th Grade Planning Thread :) 2016-2017 8th grade planning 8th Grade Planning – 2015 8th Grade Planning for the Motivated Kid ;) – 2015 9th Grade 9th Grade Planning 2021-2022 Anyone Planning for 9th Grade 2020-2021? 9th Grade for 2019-2020 Who's in planning mode yet for 2018-19? Want to share? s/o planning for 2018-2019 – Homegrown courses 9-12 2017-2018 9th grade planning - if you've started, please post! 9th Grade Planning Thread – 2017 Advice for 9th grade planning – 2016 9th grade planning - 2016 What are you doing for 9th grade? – 2016 Who's planning for next year? – 2015 9-12 10th Grade 2021-2022 10th grade planning thread 10th grade for 2020-2021! 10th grade planning 2019-2020 10th grade planning thread 2017-2018 Pls Share your 10th grade courses! 2017 (Halcyon) 10th grade planning thread - 2013 11th Grade 2021-2022 11th Grade Planning Thread 11th grade for 2020-21 2019-2020 11th grade planning 11th grade planning thread – 2017 11th grade planning thread - 2017 11th grade planning thread - 2015 12th Grade 2021-2022 Planning thread for 12th grade Senior Year Planning - 2020-21 12th grade planning 2019-2020 12 th grade! Planning thread - 2017 12th grade planning ?? – 2015 Advanced Learner 2021-2022 Planning for your AL 2020-2021 Planning for your AL 2019-2020 AL Planning Thread 2018-2019 planning for your AL Multigrade Planning planning thread for 2021 2020-2021 My Child Doesn't Fit a Grade Planning Year Round Homeschoolers Planning - 2020 2019-2020 My Child Doesn't Fit Into a Grade Planning Thread Planning Thread for the Kids Who Don't Fit Into a Specific Grade – 2018
  5. Just starting to lay out our high school plan and wondering if there are current thoughts or ideas on the online or software packages available. Is Edu-Track still a useful program? What about Donna Young and her planners/programs? are they still relevant and applicable? any new programs or products that folks have tried and liked? Thanks in Advance!! Pam
  6. I posted earlier about homeschool planners (we need one!), but didn't really get a lot of feedback on individual ones. If anyone uses a homeschool planner (Homeschool Planet or ANYTHING else) -- would you mind giving me pros/cons or comments about specific features you liked or disliked?
  7. I posted earlier about homeschool planners (we need one!), but didn't really get a lot of feedback on individual ones. If anyone uses a homeschool planner (Homeschool Planet or ANYTHING else) -- would you mind giving me pros/cons or comments about specific features you liked or disliked?
  8. Our 14 year old DS really needs help with time management. He's actually asked for planning systems to help him structure his time (think very bright absent minded professor). I'm thinking of something like Homeschool Planet this year. But what I really want are features thatwould send him text reminders and/or alarms. To help him know when to stop/start/get ready, etc. (I have no idea if Homeschool Planet or other planners have any feature like this.) Any good recommendations?
  9. Our 14 year old DS is very bright, but really needs help with time management. He's actually asked for planning systems to help him structure his time (he has inattentive ADHD). I'm thinking of something like Homeschool Planet this year. But what I really want are features thatwould send him text reminders and/or alarms. To help him know when to stop/start/get ready, etc. (I have no idea if Homeschool Planet or other planners have any feature like this.) Any good recommendations?
  10. I've typically done to-do lists on Cozi for our kids. Our teen (just starting 9th) is super bright but has difficulty with planning and organization (to the point we do lists on post-its for even getting ready). He actually requested more of a schedule this year because we have a lot going on, rather than an ongoing to-do list. I looked into Homeschool Planet b/c of recommendations, and this looks good. But I'm wondering -- any others good to look into? I'm especially interested in ability for our children to look at their schedules, and also to set reminders (if possible). We all tend to get into doing one thing, and lose track of time. :) As an added bonus...do any moms use a planner like this to schedule their own time? I'm thinking this could be a good thing as well.
  11. I need some planning help! I'm trying to figure out how to organize our work in a way that allows me to see what we've got going on, what's on tap for the week, etc. I'm trying to wrap my brain around how to format/print out/create a weekly sheet with my kids' shared work and their individual work. I'm super visual, so I'm hoping to see some ideas of what it could look like. I guess the follow up question is: do you even have a weekly lesson plan sheet? Or do you plan on paper? Or make a spreadsheet? Or in a planner? Last year, I made up a word doc with all our work on it and each week filled in what we needed to do and printed it out. I'm not sure that's the most efficient way to handle it, and this year, we have more going on. The sheet would be 2 pages long each week:/ Anyway, I'd love some planning ideas!
  12. Tell me about how you schedule it. Do you pick certain days of the week and make whatever you feel the need for on those days? Or always make certain items on the same day (e.g. tortilla Tuesdays)? Or pick a frequency for regularly used items and squeeze it around the rest of your schedule? ETA: I am looking to stop buying anything sold in plastic packaging, so references to other foods you make are fine as well. I do make yogurt when our jar is getting low and I have enough milk.
  13. I've just received the SOTW Vol.4, which we'll be using next year (I have to plan in advance because I live out of the country) and I've noticed that there are 42 chapters. I realize that prior volumes also have 42 chapters, but in the past volumes there were always a couple of chapters that were smaller in content, that I could combine into one week's worth of school time. But, I'm not seeing how to do that with Vol. 4? Each and every week looks comprehensive and I'm wondering how those currently studying in Vol. 4 are breaking up the curriculum to fit in their school year? Thanks in advance for your insight.
  14. Hello! I was wondering if anyone had a website that the teacher inserted homework assignments for students in co-op to view and complete? Thanks, Whitney in KY
  15. I just discoverd Homeschool Skedtrack, and I need more info about it. I would appreciate your opinion (pros and cons) if you are user. Thanks in advance!
  16. Okay. Our charter school gives me money to spend on curricula each year (hurrah!) and is becoming Common Core aligned (ick -- this is apparently much more annoying on my end than whatever the previous standards were). I am not complaining; our contact teacher is really lovely and would let me wing it at our monthly meetings, but I really really prefer to be prepared and not winging it. Does anyone have ideas about what would be a good planner -- paper, online, computer, whatever -- to let me enter the assignments and their Putative Common Core Alignments ahead of time? In some way that's easy to produce a report that is easy to read? I did this by hand in the past, so a paper planner that's easy to data-enter from would suit fine. thanks in advance! and our computer constraint is the Mac OS/iPad: I have a Mac laptop, and can use an iPad. Windows is too annoying to run on my virtual machine.
  17. Our 2nd grade year will be the first year we're really going to dig into history. I want to make it as fun as possible. I have a dd who loves to color, cut and paste and a ds who doesn't really like to do those things, but I'm hoping it will keep him entertained enough where he'll enjoy school a bit more. I have been gathering resources from all over. I have the books, audiobooks, activity books and tests. I found several lesson plans, lists of books to read, video lists, lapbooks, joined the FB SotW groups, etc. So how do I put it all together? I've completely overwhelmed myself. :svengo: I would prefer 4 shorter days of history, but I can do 2 longer. I would like to make a lapbook. I was thinking of using this book for their narrations. Should I use the audiobooks with the books the first day and then listen while they do activities? A generic schedule, links to other threads, lesson plans....I'm open to anything. I haven't gotten past planning Chapter 1 because I keep adding and changing. I'm not sure how far ahead I should plan since we may find we like certain tasks more than others.
  18. We are moving to PA September 1. I've already discovered the wonderful askPauline.com, and that has been hugely helpful in my planning. Is there a particular planner or organization system that you found particularly helpful with respect to putting together your end of year portfolio? For the past couple of years I've used the file crate system (combined with a Homeschooler's Journal for each child), which I think would work pretty well--just go through and cherry pick a few things from each week's folder at the end of the year--but I'm certainly open to any ideas you may have with respect to easing the administrative burden. (Oh, and my graphic design geek husband wants to know if any of you have submitted your portfolio electronically. I think he's itching to get creative with it.) Looking forward to your input. Thanks!
  19. My house is a mess. I don't want to clean my house. I want to make plans for the upcoming school year. I have to procrastinate one or the other--really, the messy house is more urgent. BUT is it more important? There are messes to clean every day, and there is never extra time for planning. And the planning needs to be done sometime or things don't run smoothly... Really, I just need a clone of myself. That or a full-time housekeeper/cook/nanny.
  20. I was recently blessed with an iPad and I'm considering doing my planning on it. Right now I'm all paper because our computer is not convenient to the kitchen table where we homeschool. But all the erasing (or the paper and ink if I print it, which I often do) makes me crazy. Favorite apps. Mine are all littles btw, 4 and 5.
  21. Maybe by finishing on Saturday or something? I want to do a planner for each child for next year, but when I tried that one year, the dates always got messed up and it ended up being difficult to follow what they had done and for them to tell what was next. Do you guys have any ideas for planners that actually work??? I need a way of keeping my dc accountable. I just did a check off the list thing this year from Donna Young's site that was nice in a way, but it didn't show the details that I would like. Any thoughts? I was wondering if I had them make up the work on Saturdays, maybe we could actually stay on track. Thanks!
  22. How do you keep track of books, movies, games, etc. you plan to use to supplement your curriculum? I recently realized I am forgetting to use some of our books when studying a related topic. In order to organize our resources better I want to create a list of what we have and for what topics it is relevant. I have created a spreadsheet with tabs for subject and columns for topic, title, author, page numbers, media type, own/borrow, and date finished. This looks like it could work, but I'm wondering if there is something better. It is a pain entering books manually. I have an app where I can scan the barcode and it enters the book, but it doesn't allow me to export or print the list, so it doesn't work for what I need. So far I don't feel the need to have a calendar-type planner as I schedule by topic, not by date. Ideally I would like: - accessible on ipad - able to scan books - able to customize fields/tags - good sorting options - must be able to export all fields - printable, preferably with customized reports I am assuming this doesn't exist, but would love to know if something comes close. What do you use to plan your resources? If you use a spreadsheet, what columns do you have?
  23. I need help and need to think out loud a bit here. We are moving into a different routine and rhythm here at our house, and I like it a lot. But I need to get on top of a system for planning out the days and the week better. I have two kids who are almost five years apart, so in most things, they are at different places. I want to be able to sit down at the beginning of the week and make a plan, but then also be able to alter or add to the plan as the week progresses. If we discover something we want to explore more for example, I want to make a note to remind myself. For example, go to XY website for more info on the cool history video we watched on Monday. And I want to be able to do the same for both kids, so I need to be able to make a plan that shows me both, but also is separate. Does that make sense? For example, if part of the plan is going to the zoo one day, that is the same for both of them. But then in other areas, they will be working on different things. Also, I want to be able to maybe use this as a record for what we've done each week, and maybe have a place where I can write something additional, that will be a good memory of something fun we did that week, or something one of the kids liked or said. I've never been good about keeping journals like that and I really want to just do it. Better late than never. I have tried various online and computer versions of planning and scheduling, but somehow, I always revert back to needing to make a list on real paper with a pen. I like the IDEA of something virtual, mainly because that way I can always find it and it's easily portable. But somehow I find myself always writing lists on paper, post-it notes, whatever. Maybe I need to just force myself to stick with the virtual options until they become habit, and then it will be a lot easier. OR maybe I need to go with my natural patterns and just use paper since that is what I fall back to. I'm thinking of just getting a plain old 2-page per week or even one page per day planner, and just using that. Draw a line down the middle of each day to make a section for each kid. Any thoughts, or anyone want to share how you plan and schedule what your kids will do for homeschooling from day to day or week by week? Thanks!
  24. The toughest thing for me the last couple months, with homeschooling four kids, has been getting everyone's work scheduled. I think what I'm going to try to do over the next couple of days is assign all the kids' work through January. Is anyone else working on lesson planning?
  25. Has anyone stuck with and continued using the WPD online planner, while it's in beta/alpha/whatever stage? I have a subscription, and am thinking about starting to use it during our holiday break, but not if it's still really glitchy. Experiences?
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