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  1. So I have two more foster kids coming in two weeks, the sisters of my girls that are already with us. The foster girls and my oldest two were going to be in public school this year, and I was going to homeschool my two boys and have the littlest in her special therapy preschool two mornings a week and at home the rest of the time. Our governor just made an announcement that schools cannot open for in-person instruction until counties reach certain benchmarks that we are not going to be seeing anytime soon. So I will have all eight at home with me. We did one month of the public school’s distance learning with my foster dd8 at the end of the year, and it was terrible, so I am seeking permission to homeschool them through my other kids’ charter. I am also looking for a mother’s helper a couple of times a week, and hopefully I will find someone who can come in the morning and help during school time. But basically, I have a month to prepare for homeschooling seven kids (plus a preschooler underfoot). I will have one each in 6th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st, and two in 3rd. My bio kids are experienced homeschoolers, and are advanced in some subjects. My foster dd8 is a smart kid who was completely missing certain fundamentals that I have been working on remedying since she came to us in April. I don’t know where the other two are at. Logistics-wise I will need to combine kids for subjects wherever possible. I love MCT language arts, and really want to work it out to keep using them. My 4th and 3rd graders are already mostly combined, and are ready to start Town level. I was planning on starting my 1st grader with Island level this year. I am tentatively thinking of having the 5th grader do Town level and the 3rd and 2nd graders do Island, but I’m worried about the foster girls being upset at being combined with younger kids. I have really leaned towards teacher-intensive materials in the past, but I need to consider some changes. I especially need some kind of science that will be laid out for us. (BFSU was great, but a major struggle even with four kids. Last year I finally gave up and we just did science kit “experiments” for the rest of the year.) I think SOTW will still work for us for all but the sixth grader, but I’m not sure how narrations can work with six kids doing them? BA Online has been working great for us, and dd8 started it when she came to our home and enjoys it, though she finds it very challenging. I just started her at the beginning, since what she really needed was practice with place value. I wonder if BA has assessments to know where to start with the 5th grader and whether the 2nd grader is ready for it or not? Anyways, just trying to figure this out. Suggestions are welcome.
  2. 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!
  3. I'm looking for suggestions. I've figured out that a loose routine is what works best for us. This system was MEANT to be a flexible schedule. But, we've found what works best is to take off the magnets, give them to the kiddos and then as they finish things, they put the item on the chart. It's nice because at the end of the day I can VISUALLY see what we've accomplished and it gives them ownership as far as actually seeing what they still have to do. It gives them a little freedom as well as what comes next. We still have our routine - everyone has outside time at once, nap isn't optional ;) but this is working good for us. This is the chart (minus several magnets, lol) The problem is I want some kind of hanging "cup" or "thingie" to keep the magnets separate. Grab your cup and go, kwim? I figure someone here has seen a good hanging "thingie" to keep small objects in for separate children whether on a blog or in a cup. :) Thanks! ~Kelly
  4. Hi everyone, apologies for the off topic post but you are the people we are trying to get some ideas from since there's not that many families out there in the general public anymore with families of our size. We have our #4 due in July and we also have my mom who lives with us and often rides with us. So we need a vehicle that seats at least 7: 3 adults, 2 elementary aged, 1 toddler and 1 infant. We currently have a 2007 Chyrsler Town and Country that has been diagnosed with a burn out engine and expected to die any day. Currently, we can see that when the baby comes with the infant seat, my mom or another adult will not fit between the 5 and 7 year olds who are in the very back and both still in boosters of some sort. We're looking at Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Highlander and/or hybrid, Nissan Quest and Nissan NV (full size passenger van). Here are some questions. 1. Any experiences with the NV? Is this an overkill for 7 passengers? 2. What do you drive now and what do you like/dislike about it? Any major repairs/issues with the car? 3. How has your vehicle been for the ages of your family? Good with littles (lots of carseats/boosters)? Good with older kids/adults who can use factory seatbelts? Thanks so much in advance! We are very nervous about the pressure we're under right now to replace our van 2 years earlier than we'd planned with a 20% furlough expected within the month. Your thoughts really help to steer us in a postive direction.
  5. Anyone want to chat about random issues? I will start:D What are your favorite board/card games? My kids like to play crazy 8's. We even have a Habba cat version for the little kids. They like Risk a lot, as well. I just picked up rummikub for .50 at the thrift store. So we will give that a try soon.
  6. ..with lots of projects everywhere? I'll admit i get sidetracked with things with the kids. We r doing a more eclectic, free style of schooling & i am SO burnt out after 3 days.. too tired 2 go anywhere but really tired 2 stay home & school. It might just be this way because i have a 4mo baby... I just feel like i can never just gather my thoughts. I fee; so fried. this method seems to work 4 my kids but i am so burnt out. When we did it the scheduled/structured way without a lot of activities the kids were bored & oldest was wanting to go to school. :001_huh: when i ask them to do something while i chill they just goof around the entire time. i should b playing with the baby & enjoying him but i am sooo worn out, :( I don't know what to do to keep a balance...
  7. I have a Moth schedule. Stuff isn't getting done. Some of this is character issues. I am working on that. My dh and I are having marriage issues do to long term unemployment. Our kids are 14, 11, 8, 2, and 8 months. My oldest is a high functioning Aspie. He is smart and cocky. I need more time to teach him how to work like a HS. My 11 yo is getting lost because he isn't asking for help. My 8 yo has speech/learning difficulties. He isn't in therapy currently, although he should be doing online ST soon. He has ETC online and TT that he does alone. I help him for another hour a day on his other work. My 2yo is the only girl and she draws on everything. The baby has had some feeding problems. he is doing better. Any suggestions? I cannot let school go. We are finally caught up from when we let go in the past when I thought US was a good fit. I am tired. I do have a lot to deal with. HOW do I do it? We school 6 days a week. I have to keep on the kids all day long. Help me get my big girl panties on and get my home in order. I need to be a better leader. I need to be stronger.
  8. My husband likes the crockpot meals. He doesn't like a lot of casserole style things either. I hardly ever eat meat. but, I love the look of her recipes. Any favorites, Must try recipes from the site? If you saw my other post, I am having a difficult time. Just trying to make some easier things.
  9. My days are going late. I am so exhausted from this last child. I still haven't recovered. My third son has some special needs. I cannot just hand over his work. He needs me to read and write with him. He is hyperactive and has a hard time sitting still. So, he gets breaks or I get annoyed;). Then our little decorater who is either ripping stuff apart or coloring on it with some slyly stolen utensil. I watch little TV. Maybe once a week. I get online only a few minutes and usually while I am nursing. We are not doing any activities this year. We might go out a few times a month. But, nothing scheduled. I need to get up earlier, but I am too tired. If I get up before 7 I will pass out around 3 or 4. I will literally fall asleep on the couch nursing the baby or reading to the kids. I need to work on my Moth Schedule again. I just have to find the time. I know if there isn't something posted I get lost through the day. I find it really hard to keep track of all the things. I wish I could have a drink and watch a movie alone. Instead I had some water and we are watching Kipper. And, I have no idea of the purpose of this post. My husband isn't home because he can't afford the ferry ride home everyday. At least, he has a job this month. We have nothing lined up for next month. So, I can't even talk to him or find some comfort.
  10. I am trying to find a spelling program that works for my kids--and me as a mom. We tried Spelling Workout--to no avail. We have tried Phonetic Zoo and the kids like it okay--and I like it b/c it is mostly on them to do it--however, they are not getting it. They still do not spell well and I am ready to resort to lists and memorization b/c it seems that that was the norm 100 years ago and maybe there is a reason! I do not want to commit another 140 dollars to AAS if it is not going to work either--any suggestions??? The kids who would be using the spelling are 15, 13, 10, 8 and 6 in grades 10,8,5,3,and 1 respectively. Any ideas would be appreciated. They are not "natural spellers" like some of the kids I have seen. Thanks. Angie Mom to 7
  11. I am struggling, I mean really struggling to get everything in. Between schooling, cooking, cleaning, looking after the little ones I feel like I barely get anything done. I just don't know how I can fit everything in. I get so overwhelmed that a lot of the time nothing gets done. Help!!! I feel like I'm drowning.
  12. I have three beautiful kids. I had to beg DH for the third child. I just felt like I definitely hadn't completed my family. Since I knew he didn't want a third child (although he is completely in love with DS and always has been), I just assumed I couldn't have any more kids. I am starting to have those feelings again about wanting to have another child. DH's family is totally against me having any more kids. They were openly hostile when they found out I was pregnant for the third time (although they love DS). I think his mom is a little jealous since she could only have two kids due to health reasons (also the reason why she was so hostile towards me breastfeeding). Anyway, as a practical note. How much more work is it to add a 4th child, especially when it comes to homeschooling. I have a pretty organized system in place now (it became necessary to me to get a good schedule once we had the third baby). I haven't started HSing yet (we are starting in July for real although we are definitely doing some HSing right now during afternoons and snow days). It seems to me that my level of chaos is maxed out and adding another baby won't really mess things up too badly (aside from the morning sickness and the first couple of months after we have the baby). Our lives really didn't change much after we had the third. I want to have the facts so I can talk about this with DH. The other day, he was holding DS9months and said, "I could totally do this again." It gave me a glimmer of hope.... BTW, what is the correlation between people with large families and those that HS? It seems like there are a lot of large families HSing. Maybe we are just the type of people who like to live outside the box a little. Sorry this was long and rambling! I appreciate any insight you can offer.
  13. When overwhelmed, what changes have you made that lightened your work load or shortened your day? Was it online classes, combining students, cutting back to the basics only, or what? We're starting back tomorrow after a rather long break due to remodeling and moving. Yes, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I teach 6 dc. Tomorrow we start the schedule. I'll ease us into it, but my day will be rather long when we start everything. I'm just wondering what has helped in your various situations. Thanks for listening. :)
  14. We have seven children. Some of what we did with our 2 oldest children, when they were younger, was a classical approach, but we've sort of fallen away from it (life got busier!) and I want to get back on track. Our children are 17yog (doing online highschool now), 13yog (quite clever), 10yob (a little behind), 6yob (just starting to read some simple phonetic words), 4yob, 2yob, 9mog. I have an idea of what curriculum I want to use for everyone, but I am overwhelmed with how to schedule it all in now that I have 7 children. Can any of you parents with several children please share with me how (on earth!) you fit it all in? Aside from the three R's, History, Geography, and Science, I also dream of teaching them piano (I have my Gr.8), Latin, French, and maybe one other language. We are doing some school everyday, but I don't feel that we get nearly as much accomplished as I could if we had a more organized schedule. So if any of you amazing parents who manage more than the average family have any suggestions or can share your schedule, it would be very much appreciated.
  15. Wow. It has finally happened. All 6 of my dc are school age. Now to figure out how to juggle it all without burnout and total exhaustion. :D I love what I do with a passion, but I do have my limits. :tongue_smilie: I was wondering if you moms schooling a lot of dc would mind looking at my schedule to see if you see anything that could be done differently to ease my teaching load. Now, *obviously* my day will always be full, schooling that many. But, if I could ease it a little, it would be nice. I am possibly considering an online class or two for my (then) 8th grader. But, I have read some posts that make me a little concerned about whether that would really be a blessing or not. ;) As far as actual curriculum used, I am very happy with everything we are using. This school year, I made a lot of changes...all for the better, so I don't want to change much, if anything. The only possible change that I could see would be spelling. AAS is a great program, but it is teacher intensive...we all know that. That is the only area I would consider changing. (but, please feel free to suggest something if it really stands out in your mind!) Here is my teaching schedule for this year: 8:30-9:00 Phonics w/ ds 5 and ds 6 9:00-10:30 MUS for 5 different levels 10:30-11:15 FLL & WWE for dd 8 and dd 10 11:15-12:00 R&S and WWE w/ ds 11 12:00-12:30 Lunch Break 12:30-1:05 AAS w/ 3 dc 1:05-1:30 Shurley English w/ 13 yo 1:30-1:45 AAS w/ 13 yo (remedial work) 1:45-2:00 LL w/ 3 dc 2:00-2:30 IEW SWI-B w/ 13 yo 2:30-3:15 MFW History and Science (w/ 4 oldest) 3:15-3:30 Snack 3:30-4:00 Oral Reading to me (dd 8 yo and dd 10 yo) 4:00-4:45 Check independent work 4:45-5:15 Go over independent work with each child All of thee above happens exactly as scheduled on a perfect day. But, we know how many of those we have in life. ;) Many times, I am running behind due to interruptions, etc, so *my* school day goes until 6:00 or 6:15 sometimes. Next Year: *I'll need to add time for oral reading for boys. *I would like to have the time to do SWI-A with 3 of my dc. *I need time to watch my dd's FF Latin DVD with her (unless we go online) *I need time to watch TWSS also. So, any ideas? Do you see anything I could do a little differently? Thank you so much if you have taken the time to read this whole *long* post!!!! :001_smile:
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