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  1. I want to plan out our next 18 wks to make sure we hit goals by the end of the year. But I usually just write in what we've done after we've done it because a lot of our stuff (math, etc.) is just do-the-next-thing. And we do history by topic of the week on the VP card, etc. Plus, and this is the biggest problem, when I try to do a schedule like this: http://triviumacademy.blogspot.com/2007/07/year-at-glance.html which is what I want to do for the next 18 weeks, it never works out because if I schedule 5 Singapore lessons for a week, it never fails that he will do seven lessons or need to do just three because they're hard. Or he will do six lessons in ETC because he's having fun with it that day. Or we'll have our day scheduled, and be reading Paddle to the Sea and it talks about Niagara Falls, so we take a huge rabbit trail to learning all about Niagara Falls on the internet for an hour and a half! I want our days to be fluid like this to take advantage of this type of thing. So it has made me NOT want to do planning in advance, but then I feel like we don't finish up things, or are very uneven in what we are covering. How do you schedule in advance, but still keep it fluid, and keep the learning across subjects more even? I am good about not being a slave to curriculum, but at the same time I don't want to not finish curriculum on a regular basis, esp. math, etc.
  2. I'm revising our school day for this second term and I find that sometimes I don't get to Latin or logic, or something else because we've over-scheduled our day. We do everything every day except history and science which we do twice a week each. (I keep a four-day week and use Friday for field trips, co-op, etc. This is what I'm juggling this year. How would you parse this out? Grammar Writing Reading Literature (reading and audio) Mathematics World History Art History Music History Science Piano Spanish Latin Logic
  3. :001_unsure: Hi There, I am seeking the advice for a problem that I seem to get myself into at various times in my HS Journey. I have 13 yo dd adn an 8 yo dd. I have run into a problem with my third grader. Here's the deal.... I switched back to Sonlight this year after using an elclectic approach with the WTM format last year . I was hoping to save time with the pre planned curriculum and we have always loved the lit selections however, I am running into a few problems and I am now regretting my choice (why do I always do this?). My older daughter is not getting enough lit. anaylsis and writing experience and my younger daughter seems overwhelmed withthe quantiity of work. Help!!!! Should I go back to the drawing board and take a more gentle Classical approach with my younger daughter and consider this as a learning experience? How can I challenge my older dd with my sophisticated LA? At this point I am having to litterally spend all of my time with my younger dd to keep her on task and motivated (short 15 min. lessons worked well at this age with my older dd) so I am limited on the time I can spend with my older dd. I have used both WTM adn CM methods in the past and both worked well. My older daught did Ambelside Online for a year and then WTM. My younger did WTM for her first adn second years. Any suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thanks!!!:001_smile:
  4. Hi! One of my homeschool groups is doing a Meet and Greet event at a local bookstore in a couple of weeks. We will be talking to shoppers about homeschooling and featuring literature from our group, HSLDA, etc. on our table as well as "homeschooling books." Well, aside from The Well-Trained Mind (which will be featured on the table) what other books do you recommend for an outright newbie to homeschooling? I'm especially interested in books that have been helpful to others who brought children home from brick-and-mortar schools and especially targeted for those homeschooling high schoolers for the first time.
  5. I found the link for this on another thread, and it looks very thorough and easy to use for record keeping. Does anyone use this or has anyone tried this? What are your likes and dislikes about it? I think I might try it out for next year. Homeschool Skedtrack
  6. I know it's my hormones...and I'm having a super duper tough aunt flow this month so I'm feeling exhausted and overwhelmed....BUT....how do you do it? keep the house clean? get dinner on the table? homeschool the kids? take care of the animals? have time with dh? take a shower? keep up with the laundry? keep food in the house? pay the bills? AND have time for YOU?????? I feel like I'm drowning lately!!!!!:confused: I know I need a schedule for myself, my kids and our school....I always start off well, but I never STICK TO IT! I get so frustrated with myself and with my kids! what is your schedule like? do you have one? do you stick to it? do you feel life is better when you have one? what's your typical day? Thanks for any words of advice, encouragement or just a hug - I need all of the above!
  7. I've been looking forward to next year (1st grade) and it seems like so much to be done in a day: spelling, grammer, writing, history, science, art, and something I am probably forgetting. I was thinking about gradually adding in some of these subjects toward the latter part of this year to sort of ease her into next year's workload. I plan on schooling year-round (3 months on-1 month off). Has anyone else tried this and did it help? I'm just afraid she will balk at so much work when right now we finish any formal work in 30 minutes or so. Gwenny
  8. I have a couple of subjects I'd like to cover, but am not sure about scheduling. I have a set of workbooks on basic computer literacy, and I have a workbook on local civics (history, cultural heritage, important industries, basic geography, etc.). Neither of these is very long, but I think both are important. I'm not sure how to go about scheduling. I thought about doing one once a week, but then was concerned about the continuity -- especially with the computer set. Have you found covering a subject once a week to be ineffective? But if I do it more than once a week #1 I have to schedule out more time, and #2 we'll finish the material quickly, like in a month. Would it be something that I should stretch out longer? I mean, I could of course supplement the computer course and use it as a segue into internet use, word processing, etc. (we haven't done that at all); and I could use the other as a start for our geography studies (which we haven't started yet), do a "local study" for a month then move on to a more general geography curriculum? Or should I keep it less intense and do them once a week for a few months... I guess I feel like our schedule is already pretty full, I'm not entirely sure how I want to move forward.. Any thoughts? How do you handle subjects/materials that are limited in scope but still important?
  9. I was thinking about this (no one start clapping just yet, LOL)....but it seems to me you would want to put those things on the loop...that maybe you don't necessarily need to do each day? Is that right? For example....I would probably put science, history, art, music, geography....on the loop. And....leave math, grammar/writing, Spanish....for daily use. So I would assume I would get those most important subjects (those I want to do daily) finished first in the day? Then...move on to the loop? Is this how it works, LOL! Tammy
  10. Do you think SOTW could be used if you are only doing 2-3 history lessons per week (and still complete each book in a year)? How would you schedule it - read a chapter & narrate one day, with maps / colouring pages on the 2nd, or, any other suggestions? We've been using the 'Famous Men' series this year - I love them, because we can do history in 2-3 lessons per week, and easily finish one or two books a year. But, I miss SOTW! I'd like to go back to it, but don't want to be overwhelmed by the workload. Last time, we tried to do 'everything', and it proved to be a bit much, having such a large family with lots of work to get through. I'm thinking of using it with students in 1st - 4th grade. Any suggestions welcomed - thankyou!
  11. Dd14 is in her third season on a local crew team. It is a club, not a school affiliated team. Dd is on the competitive track which includes maybe half the participants. The others are recreational rowers. Competitors are required to be at practice four times per week, and they must select which four days at the beginning of the season. My dd has always chosen Mon-Thu so that she can have Friday afternoons off. This season, for the first time, the kids participating in regattas are also being asked to come to practice on the Fridays before the regattas to de-rigg and load the boats onto the trailers. This adds an additional day of practice and/or transportation to a week during which these kids have already given over 8 hours of practice and their parents have provided transportation for them to and from the site. It also means that on regatta weekends, the competitors are required to commit some portion of 6-7 days of the week to the sport (some regattas are overnighters). One option is for dd to give up a different practice day on regatta weekends in exchange for Friday. I'm not sure how successful this will be given that it messes with the boat lineups. While there are only four regattas scheduled for the fall season, I am feeling resistant (my dd is expressing even more!) to the level of commitment that is being required. But, we're pretty new to team sports. What I'd like to know, from those of you who have been involved in other team sports with your teenage kids, is if this is unusual or not? When your child is competitive in a sport, how many hours per week or days per week is typical for practices and games? Thanks.
  12. My ds and I started K4 at the beginning of September and I have his lessons planned out for the next 40 weeks (including 3-4 weeks of vacation time). However, I've noticed that some do their homeschool year quite differently. I've read that some start their year earlier than September (planning w/40 weeks as well) and others school all year around. So I'm curious... when do you start/end your homeschool year and why/how do you choose to do it that way? Please share your experience as I would like to explore our options or, rather, possibilities for the future. Melissa
  13. Get your beverage of choice- this is a long post :) I have totally re-vamped our schedule this year, and it is working so well that I thought I would share it. I'll give the schedule first, and then add a few thoughts and explanatory notes. 9:00 Latin (Lively Latin) 10:00 Math (MUS) 11:00 Language Arts (olders do copywork and handwriting while I do phonics with younger. Then we do a 15 minute R&S lesson, then CW Aesop for 40 min. 12:00 Lunch, followed by quiet reading 1:00 However long we like of the following subjects: Mon: History (using reduced TOG) Tues: Science (using a mega-edited BJU) Thurs: Religion and/ or Music (per LCC- love it!) Fri: Geography and/ or Art (per LCC- love it!) Thanks so much to A. Campbell for writing LCC!! I am following the guidelines fairly closely, and am so impressed with the result. I was previously trying to do too much; my aspie was completely lost and angry, the others were confused, and I was worried and exhausted. We love this LCC-based schedule! First, we feel so at ease by only doing 4 subjects a day. I have let go of "finishing the lesson" and instead we work until time to change subjects. This takes so much pressure off of my aspie (and therefore everybody else). I just cannot believe how much better he is doing! It allows me to focus on mastery. It gives us freedom to play around too; some days we read math stories or do drills instead of the textbook. I am surprised to see that we are actually going *faster* through our lessons then when I was being a drill sergeant about it. It also increases their ability to digest what we are doing- new info is not so readily pushed out by more new info 15 minutes later, KWIM? Now history... well, I had already purchased TOG and the books when I read LCC. Since my kids liked TOG, I decided to make workbooks ahead of time (thanks, karen!). This means when it is history hour we just open our books, and they color pages or take notes while I read the week's readings. I has become so cool... I don't lecture the teacher's notes like I used to, and the kids just start asking questions and piecing it together. I do feel a tiny bit guilty for not utilizing TOG to the max, but the kids are retaining the info, so that's that for now. I am stretching Yr. 2 into 2 years to match with the LCC lit. readings. Since LCC matches my sequence in TOG, I can add the literature readings (per LCC) in the evening or during the History hour. The kids love science, so we are picking and choosing lessons from BJU. We have done most of the other science options for their age, and I don;t have the time to put together my own thing. I do not agree with some of their religious viewpoints, so we just leave those out or discuss them. The TM comes with a schedule to do the course in 1/2 year, so by following that we'll should be able to complete it. On Wednesdays we go to town for piano- this means at *least* 3 hours in the car. Thanks to you who have talked about carschooling! We do our TOG, listen to books on CD, Geography Songs, Lyrical Science, etc. The kids actually look forward to the trip. What has also really helped has been the fact that I took a summer week to do all my copies, make reading schedules, gather materials, etc. so that now I can "open and go". All in all, I am so humbled and grateful to see this change in my school. We are all working together and learning more, without me feeling like i am constantly pushing. Thanks for listening, ya'll !! You have inspired me!!
  14. Please be honest, but gentle! My 3rd grader and I are really struggling this year. I'm thinking about scaling some things back, but I don't want to just b/c he is complaining - only if it is too much. He is very capable (reads at an 8th grade plus level, math is easy, spells at a 7th grade level) nothing he is doing is too hard, I'm just wondering if it is too many things. Or, am I dealing with a heart issue, KWIM? With me: RightStart Math Level D Rod and Staff grammar 3rd grade SWR (40 words a week, he is a whiz at spelling) WWE level 2 Biblioplan history year 3 (I write the narrations, he dictates) Real Science for Kids pre-level 1 Chemistry Art & Music Alone (of course I am available for questions): Rod & Staff Bible readers (this is for Bible, I don't have him do the entire lessons) Trail Guide to World Geography SWR quiz (of 20 words with a CD reading the words) LCI - he watches the DVD with me and does the book on his own Math - 3 Singapore Challenging Word Problems & 2 drill sheets from RS Memory - listens to 1 poem & verse on a memory tape. My goal is 1 poem a month, and 1 verse a week Piano practice (I do help with this frequently)
  15. I want them to have time for free reading, art, and handicrafts. Also, I want them to have time w/ their special needs brother when he comes home from school. I'm just not sure it's enough. My 2nd grader didn't get to his CLP spelling workbook, and my 4th grader didn't get to her Veritas novel lit guide. My language arts plans are pretty full. School Schedule 7:15-8:00 Eat Breakfast, exercise, practice piano, get dressed 8:00-8:50 CLE Math 8:50-9:10 CLP Bible 9:10- 11:00 Language Arts: CLE Language Arts 4 Writing with Ease CLE Reading Veritas novel comprehension guides Christian Liberty Press Spelling Worldly Wise 1 CLE Language Arts 2 Writing with Ease Adventures in Phonics book C CLE, Pathway readers Veritas First Favorites Christian Liberty Press Spelling 11:00-12:00 History & Science/Geography (alternating every other day) 12:00-12:30 Lunch w/ Liberty’s kids 12:30-2:40 free time: art projects, crafts, exercise, board games, puzzles, reading etc. 2:40 brother comes home!!!
  16. with your 5th graders? I would especially love to hear about those schooling multiple children with 5th grade being your oldest. I am trying to come up with a plan for my girls, they are 10, 8 and 6. My 6 and 8 year olds are just starting to read and my 5th grader is advanced and catches on very easily. So I am torn between having my 10yo doing independent work and just working with the 2 younger ones or grouping them together for Science, History and Bible. My 10yo does want to just do her own thing, and I can kind of see her point, she gets bored, doesn't want to wait to do things, etc... And when it is at her pace, the other 2 are lost. I guess I just don't know how to teach multiple levels at once. Would it be possible to do A World of Adventure Unit Study with just my 10yo and still do another unit study with the 6 and 8yo? And be Mommy to 3yo and 1yo. And deal with 14yo and 16yo(who are also doing different programs:confused:) and Wife to dh and cook and clean???? I really think I am going to lose it!! Sorry for my insanity here! LOL(but I'm not sure it is really funny KWIM?) I also thought of doing 10yo in Rod and Staff and just working with the other 2, and for this year I think it would be OK, but if look at next year, I don't like the History/Geography for 6th grade and would need to look for another program and I don't want to keep changing gears on 10yo she has been through that up till now, and since she is getting older, I would love to find something we could stick with consistently. :confused:OH, if you ladies could help me I would be ever so grateful!:001_smile:
  17. I've been reviewing schedules that some of you post links to here. Here are some of my questions. 1) How much time do you allow for your morning routine before you officially begin school? Why have you established that much/little time? Do your children shower in the mornings? Have bible study? What kind of morning chores? Etc. 2) How much time do you allow for lunch break? 3) At what time does your school day officially begin and officially end; this should include ages of children because it differs from grade to grade. 4) How many activities per week are in your schedule during school hours (ie: co-op, special foreign language class, etc.). 5) Do you schedule 4 or 5 day weeks? For those w/4 day schedules how do you complete all the math and grammar lessons in a year? (I realize programs differ, so maybe a mention of that is helpful. For example, Horizons Math has a full 180 lessons.) I'm looking to see if I can tighten my schedule or if it's as tight as I can make it. Thank you for your help. :)
  18. I have always used a check list with my kids that just had the days of the week and it would say the subjects on the top and they checked off that they did that subject that day. We have always just done the next page/lesson type of thing. However this year I am finding we all need more accountability so I am thinking of an actual detailed lesson plan telling them what pages to read or complete each and every day. Where do I begin? Any helpful tips would be appreciated! Anyone else do this with lots of kids? I am wondering how long this is going to take LOL
  19. We will be starting PM Singapore 5A. I'll be adding in Intensive practice 5A and CWP 3 (he's not so good at word problems and I think we need to step back and learn how to do these, so I'm starting easy). Do you do IP in conjunction with PM or do you do a section of PM first, and then follow up with IP for a few days for extra practice? We just finished RS E where everything has been scripted for us for the past few years (we also did PM Singapore 4 A and B last year to get a feel for it) so I'm trying to figure this all out. Any scheduling ideas would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!!
  20. I have been visiting Jessica's blog lately for inspiration and there have also been others I just can't recall right now. Do you have more than 24 hours in your days? How to you schedule your day to fit all this in? You hs, plan hs, do a blog, apparently even read books! How do you find time to fit it all in? I come here and lurk mostly, but even the links and ideas I come across here that I download never get put to use, because I never get past the "surfing the net part"! I guess I need some direction to my days! Just curious how all you organized, plan for the whole year, blogging moms do it! Blessings, Kim
  21. I've got my schedule down to a fairly simple formula, but when it comes to English/Literature, it can easily become 2-3 hours a day. I just don't see how you can do everything that needs to be done in less than two. I do assign some reading for the evenings, and that helps. But how to condense the rest, without cutting corners? * Literature * Writing about/Discussing Literature * Writing skills - instruction in different kinds of writing * Vocabulary * Poetry study * Grammar (I've got this down to about 10-20/min. a day, but it's still there for one more year) * Writing for other subjects It probably doesn't help that we keep two books going at the same time, or at least two different kinds of studies. We might do a poetry study and a book simultaneously, or a book and a collection of short stories. That's the only way I can keep her interest, though, and not have to make her charge through each book too quickly. It seems easier for her to read two books at the same time (one in the am, one at night), rather than go through one very quickly. Ideas? Comments? Knock in the head? TIA!
  22. Grammar? Writing? History? Science? Geography? Bible/Religion? Trying to work out a new schedule for our studies, and I'm going back and forth over scheduling those topics. Thanks! MichelleT
  23. I am wondering if anyone here is very organized with your lessons, that you have everything written on a schedule and follow it to a T? Do you do flashcards at a certain time? Math, History, Science, etc. at a certain time? If you are not finished with them do you finish or come back to them after things are done? I want to get on a schedule. I want to do flashcards and such. I want dc to have a routine and know what needs to be done and when. I have tried this but seem to drop it after while. I want to be finished with lessons by 2pm. If anything is left, then they need to do it as homework..but they normally are still needing me to help them, so we don't get up from the table until 4pm or even later!! I am wanting to try this now, so I can get an idea for next year.
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