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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 kid
  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?
  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 look
  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
  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 wi
  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
  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
  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 "pre
  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 (
  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
  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 thin
  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? Wh
  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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