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You know, saying "ignore this thread" to this group is like saying "don't push the big red button!" 

Homeschoolers.     They always think the rules don't apply to them.

Coming out of my long time lurking because I couldn't ignore this thread..  :leaving:

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8 minutes ago, Servant4Christ said:

DH came home earlier than expected and took Oldest and Younger to a friend's to go swimming and have dinner. I don't have to worry about dinner for anyone but myself! As soon as they pulled out of the driveway, though, Newbie woke up bright+eyed and alert. Isn't that how it always goes? I don't know WHY I bother getting my hopes up about taking a nap. It rarely works out. :Sigh:

Maybe you will be able to in a while, since they will be gone for a bit.

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Mandolin lesson is over and now brain is tired.  Mean teacher made me improvise all over the place.  And now I have homework.

I think I slept on my shoulder weird because it hurts today.  Maybe from sleeping in a tent for 3 nights.

Only 1 round of tears on our first day of school.  I forgot to do a couple lessons and told the family to eat tortilla chips For lunch that, unbeknownst to me, expired in 2017. 🤢 (I was at the vet at the time getting replacement medicine for puppy, so I thankfully missed the whole fiasco.)  We are having tomato bisque for dinner which is already in the IP.  It is a relief that I can finally get the freezer meals on the dinner schedule.

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Hello, I missed my usual Good Morning post.  Met dd for working out this morning and didn't have my usual breakfast so didn't spend my time here.   Tomorrow I have the first of my open houses.  I'm getting quite a few registrations already, which is very unusual.  If things stay under control around here, it could be a really good year.

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8 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

Good morning!  It's The Queen's favorite day!

Happy Anniversary, Great Cupcake Kerfluffle!  May we forever find peace and happiness in cupcake goodness.

(The original poster was venting a bit about a person who would continually flaunt the rules of her child's classroom - in this case, bringing cupcakes to class for the kid's birthday when birthday celebratory things were not allowed to be brought in, and so making other parents feel like major losers when their own child's birthdays came around.  And just the annoyance of people who feel they are special snowflakes and above paying attention to rules and requests.  Something to that effect.  Most people kind of missed the point and insisted on focusing on the delightfulness of cupcakes.)

Today is our first day of school.  I have never been so totally unprepared.  We also have a lot of camping equipment to clean and get put away.  Mandolin lesson this afternoon.  
  
Coffee!

 

I knew you would remember better than me.🤣

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John is planning his wedding. Mary will be a bridesmaid and Alex his best man. Matt will officiate as long his future wife is ok with it. Isaac will be an usher and his youngest sister (?!) will be the flower girl. The bride is still to be determined.

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15 minutes ago, Slache said:

John is planning his wedding. Mary will be a bridesmaid and Alex his best man. Matt will officiate as long his future wife is ok with it. Isaac will be an usher and his youngest sister (?!) will be the flower girl. The bride is still to be determined.

So you're adopting?

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Yay for lovely school days and weeks! I hope and pray for blessed and fruitful years for each of you.

I replanned our year due to move. Kids will be on the semi-school schedule until we're fully moved in (sometime in mid-September). Then we'll spend whatever's left of September getting back into our school schedule and skills subjects. Our new year of MFW material will (hopefully!) begin October 5. I skipped 1 planned break week and our relaxed summer schedule will be 2 weeks shorter, but if all goes well we'll still finish mid-July and have 5 to 7 weeks of relaxed summer school before the next year's material begins. So all good things. 

Probably should've EdPo'd that one.

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6 hours ago, Slache said:

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After seeing how semi see-through your muslin blankets are, I decided they might not be what I'm looking for in a nursing cover. So I just ordered 2 Cloth-eez muslin swaddle blankets from GMD. They are double weave instead of single so still one layer but thicker and less transparent while still breathable. They are smaller than A&A, but larger than the blankets I currently use which are big enough.

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49 minutes ago, Servant4Christ said:

Please pray Newbie lets me sleep tonight. In a bed would be a bonus since the sofa isn't near as fluffy and comfy.

(((Servant))) Hope you get some sleep tonight!

I find with each subsequent child taking time off after birth is essential for sanity and physical well being. Unfortunately it also gets to be near impossible to do so. That said, I really regret not taking off the full six weeks after birth and resting as much as I could after Fuzzlehead was born. I should have jumped through hoops to make sure that I got the needed rest even if it meant the rest of our lives fell apart since there was nobody nearby to help.

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This is going to be an EdPo eventually. I'm breaking the ITT rules. In all fairness, I think the "No EdPo" rule needs to be suspended during this time of year.

I missed the Cupcake Kurfluffle and the Men in Kilts thang, too. I have my own pictures of my man in a kilt. 🥰 Scotsman looks good, y'all, as do all men in a kilt. Maybe someday he will let me post a picture. Cupcakes are too much trouble to make. 

So EdPo: I'm running into a problem with MBtP 4-5. It is asking for way more expressive speech output than Captain can do with his delay. I'm talking about Venn diagrams, journal entries, full sentence answers, and stuff. I thought it was going to be more like abc and 123 intro with lots of fun crafts. I thought I could modify it/drop stuff but it is too much. We used week one's materials (diecut A and stickers), and I laminated some apple diecuts and the number cards. WAH! I hate this! It was a heavy box that I am now going to have to pay to ship back! I can't even use Media Mail cause the materials box isn't books. 

And Mosdos Press still owes over $150 for the Grade 5 set I returned. Apparently, I sent it to the main building since they didn't have a return address on the website and were not answering phones at all or email in a timely manner. 

The Girl has a huge misquitoe bite on her leg that she informs me she needs to take liquid Benedryl for.

Chiropractor today stretched Quiet Boy and The Girl out and adjusted me. My hip is hurting again. This is real annoying! He said I need to stretch more. 

I made chicken fajatias and guac for dinner tonight. Yum!

Bookie- I would love you to plan my year. I'll trade helping move/cleaning.

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17 minutes ago, Paradox5 said:

This is going to be an EdPo eventually. I'm breaking the ITT rules. In all fairness, I think the "No EdPo" rule needs to be suspended during this time of year.

I missed the Cupcake Kurfluffle and the Men in Kilts thang, too. I have my own pictures of my man in a kilt. 🥰 Scotsman looks good, y'all, as do all men in a kilt. Maybe someday he will let me post a picture. Cupcakes are too much trouble to make. 

So EdPo: I'm running into a problem with MBtP 4-5. It is asking for way more expressive speech output than Captain can do with his delay. I'm talking about Venn diagrams, journal entries, full sentence answers, and stuff. I thought it was going to be more like abc and 123 intro with lots of fun crafts. I thought I could modify it/drop stuff but it is too much. We used week one's materials (diecut A and stickers), and I laminated some apple diecuts and the number cards. WAH! I hate this! It was a heavy box that I am now going to have to pay to ship back! I can't even use Media Mail cause the materials box isn't books. 

And Mosdos Press still owes over $150 for the Grade 5 set I returned. Apparently, I sent it to the main building since they didn't have a return address on the website and were not answering phones at all or email in a timely manner. 

The Girl has a huge misquitoe bite on her leg that she informs me she needs to take liquid Benedryl for.

Chiropractor today stretched Quiet Boy and The Girl out and adjusted me. My hip is hurting again. This is real annoying! He said I need to stretch more. 

I made chicken fajatias and guac for dinner tonight. Yum!

Bookie- I would love you to plan my year. I'll trade helping move/cleaning.

I will rub benedryl--usually a crushed tablet, not the cream--on bad bites, it helps a lot.

Heat applied directly also helps, if it's a part of the body that will fit under a faucet hot water works--itches like crazy while it is being applied but them stops itching for a good while.

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27 minutes ago, Paradox5 said:

This is going to be an EdPo eventually. I'm breaking the ITT rules. In all fairness, I think the "No EdPo" rule needs to be suspended during this time of year.

I missed the Cupcake Kurfluffle and the Men in Kilts thang, too. I have my own pictures of my man in a kilt. 🥰 Scotsman looks good, y'all, as do all men in a kilt. Maybe someday he will let me post a picture. Cupcakes are too much trouble to make. 

So EdPo: I'm running into a problem with MBtP 4-5. It is asking for way more expressive speech output than Captain can do with his delay. I'm talking about Venn diagrams, journal entries, full sentence answers, and stuff. I thought it was going to be more like abc and 123 intro with lots of fun crafts. I thought I could modify it/drop stuff but it is too much. We used week one's materials (diecut A and stickers), and I laminated some apple diecuts and the number cards. WAH! I hate this! It was a heavy box that I am now going to have to pay to ship back! I can't even use Media Mail cause the materials box isn't books. 

And Mosdos Press still owes over $150 for the Grade 5 set I returned. Apparently, I sent it to the main building since they didn't have a return address on the website and were not answering phones at all or email in a timely manner. 

The Girl has a huge misquitoe bite on her leg that she informs me she needs to take liquid Benedryl for.

Chiropractor today stretched Quiet Boy and The Girl out and adjusted me. My hip is hurting again. This is real annoying! He said I need to stretch more. 

I made chicken fajatias and guac for dinner tonight. Yum!

Bookie- I would love you to plan my year. I'll trade helping move/cleaning.

I didn't know we had a "no ed-po rule."

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35 minutes ago, myblessings4 said:

I didn't know we had a "no ed-po rule."

Me neither. I've been EdPo'ing occasionally and I'm not gonna say I'm sorry either. Helps me get my thoughts organized.

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1 hour ago, Slache said:

I always want to do My Father's World or Sonlight but I know they wouldn't get done.

I know what you mean. All those books. In all honesty, the only curriculum I ever used as written in full was MP for K-2nd. After that, well y'all know what a mess I've made.

I guess they and Sonlight/Bookshark/Wayfarers/TOG/BYL all use loads of books scheduled in small bites at a time which would drive us bonkers.

as an aside, I may say y'all but in reality I have no accent of any kind, unless I'm putting one on for fun. Anyone else do that? Use phrases that normally would have a heavy accent if spoken but you don't actually have an accent?

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1 hour ago, Servant4Christ said:

Me neither. I've been EdPo'ing occasionally and I'm not gonna say I'm sorry either. Helps me get my thoughts organized.

Exactly! 

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7 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

Bookie- I would love you to plan my year. I'll trade helping move/cleaning.

Done. But I may try to plan too many hours of stuff into a day. I think my appropriate level of work meter is broken.

I love planning. It's relaxing and makes me feel like I have a handle on things, which is a much-needed fantasy, lol. I really have control over so little. But really, planning out all the things lets me move them out of my brain and onto the paper, freeing up space and energy for whatever happens to be going on in the moment. It's a good thing, even if it is just a wish and a guess. Plus I use fun colored pens and stickers and washi tape, so my planner is like an art project. It's funny how it makes me happy.

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EdPo! Warning! Warning! Lol.

I love MFW, and I plan to use it through high school, but I will admit to putting in a massive amount of time upfront each year, reading every lesson and restructuring the provided weekly lesson plan grids to combine everything into one plan in Excel (if I'm using 2 different years, like this year will be Creation to the Greeks and first grade), and I skip what I feel is too much or not necessary. Then each subject gets a color and we work through my tweaked plans. My plans are still weekly grid format instead of divided by subject, but I don't worry about marking each box every day, or if (when?) we end up asynchronous. We work through it all until it's done, then we stop for awhile before the next one. And I scheduled a lot of catch up weeks and breaks into this year, too, in an effort to avoid burnout. I'm going into my sixth year (😯) and I'm learning a lot about how I teach and what I need to do to provide myself structure to he successful. I don't do well planning on the fly or making it up as I go along. I feel too out of control and overwhelmed that way, though we have survived seasons of that and the kids don't seem to have suffered for it. But oh, it stresses me out! So I'm prioritizing planning time as mental health upkeep, and every bit as important as making the meal plan and grocery list or paying bills and balancing the checking account. The up-front planning also gives me more time to figure out how to differentiate my teaching for each kid, so I can successfully use the same curriculum with all of them. I enjoyed gathering my own resources and planning them out the years that I did that, but it took even more time and effort, which I don't have anymore. MFW was a good compromise between preplanned box and the ability to be flexible.

EdPo ramblings for a Tuesday morning. 😂

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1 hour ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

I would love to earn a living planning things for people. I wonder if folks would pay for that?

Good morning! Coffee!

I get paid to create personalized planning sheets. Elder care, homeschool, chore charts, meal plans. I began doing it to help church members manage bills, medication, specialized diet plans because they were all old and needed help, but when one of their kids saw that I was so good at it he started asking me to for work. Law stuff, no idea what I was doing but he just told me exactly what he wanted and I did it. Then I did it for some coworkers. I made whole books in Google docs for $20/hr. I've also done elder care for charge and I sometimes do some for a legally blind hive member for free (she never knew I charge, I just offered because she was struggling).

I've considered opening a business but I have absolutely no idea how to advertise for that.

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7 minutes ago, Slache said:

I've considered opening a business but I have absolutely no idea how to advertise for that.

This is the sticking point for me, too. How on earth to spread the word that I can help with this kind of thing?

Thanks for sharing your experience, though. Food for thought.

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14 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

This is the sticking point for me, too. How on earth to spread the word that I can help with this kind of thing?

Thanks for sharing your experience, though. Food for thought.

I know bloggers make money that way but those are like full time bloggers. If I'm going to work full time I'm going to need at least minimum wage.

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9 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

And what is the difference between Winter Promise, MFW, and Biblioplan? They all seem really similar to me.

Agreeing with others - there's no law against Edpos, but it is nice to keep a balance, lol.  

I've never used any of those three, though I have looked at them longingly through the years.  Winter Promise -  I think there were some "sonlight" folks who started it?  The Sky and Sea one seems to get used some by people here, but other than that I think I've read more complaints than praises.  MFW - The nice thing about this is instead of scheduling tons of books, they're in the book basket.  Now, doesn't that feel better?  Less pressure for sure!  On the other hand, could you do just as well with a volume of SOTW, one of the apologia books and Children's Bible?  (Not criticizing MFW at all!).  Bibloplan - schedules tons of different spines and resources so you can choose which one you want to use with their plan.  They wrote their own spine to go with it later - it's a lot of pages and color pictures, so if you want it printed it's not cheap.  I guess you're encouraged to use it on a screen.  But really any spine- MOH, VP cards, SOTW, etc - all scheduled.  But I don't like skipping around in a spine - so why not just find the spine you like and go straight through it and add some biographies and literature books along the way.  Also, I always thought the writing topics in the samples looked "meh."  Personally I would do writing separately or use an IEW history theme based writing book (but skip the creative writing units and do extra on the others).  

Also, as an afterthought, have you seen the thread about 8filtheheart's blog posts?  She has several blog posts about planning for the year.  I haven't read them, but they might be helpful.  I don't think you'll be happy with any resource as an open and go, imho.  

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9 hours ago, myblessings4 said:

I didn't know we had a "no ed-po rule."

I don't think it's a "No Ed-Po Rule", more of a "Heads-Up on Ed-Po" rule. 

7 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

I know what you mean. All those books. In all honesty, the only curriculum I ever used as written in full was MP for K-2nd. After that, well y'all know what a mess I've made.

I guess they and Sonlight/Bookshark/Wayfarers/TOG/BYL all use loads of books scheduled in small bites at a time which would drive us bonkers.

as an aside, I may say y'all but in reality I have no accent of any kind, unless I'm putting one on for fun. Anyone else do that? Use phrases that normally would have a heavy accent if spoken but you don't actually have an accent?

Yes, I do that.   I'll type things like y'all and darlin' but I live in NJ.  I don't have that kind of accent. 

2 hours ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

I would love to earn a living planning things for people. I wonder if folks would pay for that?

Good morning! Coffee!

Homeschool planning?  Yes, they definitely would from what I've seen around here.  Especially right now.  It's something I've thought about doing but I don't have the time with the science center.

35 minutes ago, ThatBookwormMom said:

This is the sticking point for me, too. How on earth to spread the word that I can help with this kind of thing?

Thanks for sharing your experience, though. Food for thought.

Around here, homeschool and mom's groups on Facebook would be the way to advertise if you are doing it for homeschooling.  Mom groups for general household stuff.  

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Good morning.

I'm suffering from brain-full-dump-something syndrome. I forgot to double check the water last night and left it running. Gah. Here's hoping I didn't mess up the pump. It was the well, which we use to water the garden. I was working out a plot/character dilemma whilst watering the tomatoes, thinking about processing a squash, ordering something online, and needing to send queries out at the end of the week (I took a vacation because I needed some rejections to come in to clear out the books). Which doesn't excuse me, but I forgot! 

Can't do that again. 

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10 hours ago, myblessings4 said:

I didn't know we had a "no ed-po rule."

 

9 hours ago, Servant4Christ said:

Me neither. I've been EdPo'ing occasionally and I'm not gonna say I'm sorry either. Helps me get my thoughts organized.

Whitehawk will need to weigh in on this, but I think EdPos are allowed, and some include warnings as a courtesy to those who become traumatized over educational thoughts, this being an educational forum and all. 😉

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8 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

I know what you mean. All those books. In all honesty, the only curriculum I ever used as written in full was MP for K-2nd. After that, well y'all know what a mess I've made.

I guess they and Sonlight/Bookshark/Wayfarers/TOG/BYL all use loads of books scheduled in small bites at a time which would drive us bonkers.

as an aside, I may say y'all but in reality I have no accent of any kind, unless I'm putting one on for fun. Anyone else do that? Use phrases that normally would have a heavy accent if spoken but you don't actually have an accent?

Eh, we all have an accent, you probably just have a northwest monotone. 😉. But yes, I love using accents all the time. Sometimes my kids have me do as many as possible one after the other. And I do a mean Irish brogue for the Jamie O’Rourke books, though I say it as shouldn’t. 🤣

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Good morning!

Dh saw a schoolbus go by this morning, so schools must have started in our county.  We'll see how long that lasts, lol.

I am too old to be getting up 2 or 3 times a night with fussy puppies.  Last night I read The Hobbit to dd11 - its her first first literature book for the semester and it was stressing her out, so I got out the giant illustrated one snd went through the chapter study questions with her and I think she is feeling much better about it.

I need to run some errands this morning before dd22 has to go to work because the van isn't starting again and I'll need to drive dh's-now-dd22's car.
   
Coffee!

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Morning! Coffee is wonderful. I did get some sleep, last night. Nothing world changing and it was on the sofa, but beggars can't be choosers. I'll take what I can get.

Anyone try a Boba 4g carrier? Looks similar in style to my old Ergo, but the newborn insert is way smaller so maybe more comfortable and not as hot? Looks simple enough and there are some cheap on eBay since they've come out with the newer X version.

Time to short school.

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I should get off and go start the day but I just couldn’t face thwacking my adrenal glands into a quick start this morning. I was so exhausted and my muscles were all cramped up last night. My doctor’s appt went ok, although they poked me three times and sent me off to the pglebotomist again. I think next time I’mgoing to ask to just go straight to the phlebotomist. I was trying to do the Latin homework ahead of time last night...not doing it along with my kids last year has really cost me. Literally painful. 😬  Still worrying about how next week is going to go and how on earth I’m going to get it all done. 

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18 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

 

Whitehawk will need to weigh in on this, but I think EdPos are allowed, and some include warnings as a courtesy to those who become traumatized over educational thoughts, this being an educational forum and all. 😉

I think most are ok as long as a warning is given AND it doesn't overtake the thread.

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Good Morning!!!!

COFFEE!!!!~D

Tuesday!!!!

Overslept this morning!!! DH has a dentist appointment, so he slept later and I slept late. 
My allergies have been awful. I fell asleep reading last night. Churchill was mourning having to bomb the French navy to keep it out of the hands of the Nazis and I conked out. I’d been feeling likeDorothy in the poppy field all day long.

Busy day again today. Afsa pick up, Gotta take DD to her school for Reacclimation Day. Lots of stuff to do for work.

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47 minutes ago, Susan in TN said:

 

Whitehawk will need to weigh in on this, but I think EdPos are allowed, and some include warnings as a courtesy to those who become traumatized over educational thoughts, this being an educational forum and all. 😉

This. I think it’s just one of those services we provide that sets us above the rest.

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