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We are on Spring Break this week. I've been cleaning much of the morning and I'm taking a break while waiting on the steamer to heat up. I have no educational activities planned for this week but I am in planning mode.

So far I have math and Latin figured out, I plan to keep doing the same thing for Language Arts and I think I have most of my resources for history and science picked out. I am almost set on French. I got put on the hot-seat yesterday for not giving more attention to geography, a valid point I conceded. Therefore, I have to find some easy geography resources to implement or start using the multiple resources I have on my shelf but can't figure out how to use. 

Anyway, I have my work cut out for me.

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We are all sick!! My youngest has started to feel better and it has been tough for me to entertain him in my present state, but I don't feel as bad as the others. Praying that we all begin to feel better soon!

 

Critter--I love that you have your plans figured out! But you know you can't just tell us that without posting a few titles ! Lol, enjoy your spring break.

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We are all sick!! My youngest has started to feel better and it has been tough for me to entertain him in my present state, but I don't feel as bad as the others. Praying that we all begin to feel better soon!

Drat! I hope everyone gets to feeling better in short order!

 

Titles, titles...

Math and Latin were easy because they were both "the next thing": CLE 5 and MP 2nd Form Latin.

For Language Arts I plan to cover a few more plots that are not character driven and then (gasp!) move on to poetry with CW Poetry for Beginners. I have sprouted new white hairs just thinking about that. I'm no good at poetry. I like to read it but I've never been able to even begin to grapple with taking it apart. I have no sense of rhythm or rhyme. Seriously, I am the one person who cannot clap in time to music with a clear beat. So I'm worried. But I plan to do it anyway.

I looked at some literature stuff: readers, short story collections, etc. After two hours of looking I felt I would be just fine with whatever I can bring home from the library. 

For history I am looking at adding some OUP books to the shelf. I read Age of Voyages, I've read The European World 400-1450, and I still have to check out Age of Empires to see if I like it. I recently read part of Dorothy Mills Book of Ancient Greece and was impressed enough that I do believe I will be very happy with The Book of the Middle Ages for our spine for sixth grade history. I'll likely pick up Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation to have on hand. I may pick up a study guide or two but I know I'll pick and chose. 

For science I have Tarbucks to act as a spine for our Earth Science geology resource, I have MP Astronomy and a library stocked with a lot of Astronomy resources, and for the Weather component my library has a full set of weather encyclopedias that I have previewed and liked. 

 

 

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mama25- sorry to hear you are still sick :(

 

I'm working on finishing up my plans now, should have done more this week but we enjoyed the weather. 

 

I'm feeling a bit more energized to finish the year out, let's hope I can keep it and we can finish strong.

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Interesting critter. In some ways I think it would be nice to have only one grade/level/age to worry about at a time and other ways I think I would be sad cause there are so many great things out there - I'm always glad I'll get a second, third and fourth run through of each stage :P

 

Soror, I'm so glad you're feeling good right now. Hopefully it will last! Nurture yourself!

 

Mama25, sorry to hear you're all sick. I can sympathize, I feel like someone - if not all of us - has been sick for weeks and we're finally on the mend :)

 

Looks like we're 'sorta' off this week. It's scheduled as a break but both olders are behind in math and all of them could use the reading practice so we'll do that for sure. Beyond that, I have a set of grandparents here for the week, and another coming on wednesday and then lure of two new (to us) dirt bike in the front yard so . . . Plus baby sister's two on Wednesday and I'll join in with my birthday in Thursday :). Cake!! Who needs grammar and History and science?!

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We are on Spring Break this week. I've been cleaning much of the morning and I'm taking a break while waiting on the steamer to heat up. I have no educational activities planned for this week but I am in planning mode.

So far I have math and Latin figured out, I plan to keep doing the same thing for Language Arts and I think I have most of my resources for history and science picked out. I am almost set on French. I got put on the hot-seat yesterday for not giving more attention to geography, a valid point I conceded. Therefore, I have to find some easy geography resources to implement or start using the multiple resources I have on my shelf but can't figure out how to use. 

Anyway, I have my work cut out for me.

Happy Spring Break :)

Re Geography, Global Mania is very simple and easy to implement - although maybe you are looking for something deeper?

 

 

We are all sick!! My youngest has started to feel better and it has been tough for me to entertain him in my present state, but I don't feel as bad as the others. Praying that we all begin to feel better soon!

 

Critter--I love that you have your plans figured out! But you know you can't just tell us that without posting a few titles ! Lol, enjoy your spring break.

I hope you are all feeling better ASAP!

 

 

Drat! I hope everyone gets to feeling better in short order!

 

Titles, titles...

Math and Latin were easy because they were both "the next thing": CLE 5 and MP 2nd Form Latin.

For Language Arts I plan to cover a few more plots that are not character driven and then (gasp!) move on to poetry with CW Poetry for Beginners. I have sprouted new white hairs just thinking about that. I'm no good at poetry. I like to read it but I've never been able to even begin to grapple with taking it apart. I have no sense of rhythm or rhyme. Seriously, I am the one person who cannot clap in time to music with a clear beat. So I'm worried. But I plan to do it anyway.

I looked at some literature stuff: readers, short story collections, etc. After two hours of looking I felt I would be just fine with whatever I can bring home from the library. 

For history I am looking at adding some OUP books to the shelf. I read Age of Voyages, I've read The European World 400-1450, and I still have to check out Age of Empires to see if I like it. I recently read part of Dorothy Mills Book of Ancient Greece and was impressed enough that I do believe I will be very happy with The Book of the Middle Ages for our spine for sixth grade history. I'll likely pick up Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation to have on hand. I may pick up a study guide or two but I know I'll pick and chose. 

For science I have Tarbucks to act as a spine for our Earth Science geology resource, I have MP Astronomy and a library stocked with a lot of Astronomy resources, and for the Weather component my library has a full set of weather encyclopedias that I have previewed and liked. 

Sounds great to me. But don't stress about poetry. You don't need to be musically inclined to understand poetic meter. If you can talk normally, you will know which are strong syllables that make the 'feet' of the poem.

 

 

Interesting critter. In some ways I think it would be nice to have only one grade/level/age to worry about at a time and other ways I think I would be sad cause there are so many great things out there - I'm always glad I'll get a second, third and fourth run through of each stage :p

 

Soror, I'm so glad you're feeling good right now. Hopefully it will last! Nurture yourself!

 

Mama25, sorry to hear you're all sick. I can sympathize, I feel like someone - if not all of us - has been sick for weeks and we're finally on the mend :)

 

Looks like we're 'sorta' off this week. It's scheduled as a break but both olders are behind in math and all of them could use the reading practice so we'll do that for sure. Beyond that, I have a set of grandparents here for the week, and another coming on wednesday and then lure of two new (to us) dirt bike in the front yard so . . . Plus baby sister's two on Wednesday and I'll join in with my birthday in Thursday :). Cake!! Who needs grammar and History and science?!

Absolutely - no need for any academics as long as you have CAKE ;)

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I am happy because I have managed to sort out the whole LA shelf.

 

And I have put up my weekly blog update.

 

  :party:

 

Major improvement goal for this week is to make a little note every night about what the kids have been up to. They learn so much stuff outside of their formal school work that I'm constantly amazed, yet when it comes time to sit down and put notes/photos on the blog I can never remember much of it, hence I really need to work on the record-keeping.

 

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We will likely just do math and reading during the summer, lightly at that. Enough to keep a routine of sorts but not too much to plan or keep track of, we will also have plenty of summer activities and camps which we will completely break for, breaking all the way doesnt work well but I'm also not a fan of schooling all the time, trying to hit the just right continuum. 

 

In annoying news I'm not sleeping tonight, which totally screws with my day and plans, here's hoping I fall asleep soon and we can get on a reasonably normal schedule. So ...annoyed.

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No studying or planning happened today. Probably won't happen tomorrow. Work is keeping me busy.

But I am taking my CW Poetry with me and reading when I get the chance.

 

Geography: Now I could use what I have and be pretty happy. I just need to do it. I really don't need to buy anything, just figure out how to schedule it into a day that already feels complete to me.

 

French is one of those things I dread to teach and dread to schedule. I do feel that now would be a good time to add in a modern foreign language but I don't want it to take up much of the day or the week at this point. I am leaning toward exposure only and vocabulary building. Between the grammar for Latin and the grammar for composition I don't think I can take another grammar heavy language program. I'm leaning toward Ecoutez, Parlez.

 

As for summer, we go year round. I plan to do four weeks on, one off during the summer. Chances are also quite good that if it is a lovely day we might just go swimming if we feel like it. :laugh:

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You could consider doing conversational French as an oral only study, using conversation with native speakers interspersed with games, French television programs, etc.

 

Random swimming days sound like a nice idea.

 

We do swimming every Tuesday at the moment, and today we decided to go to a different swimming center 45 minutes away, which is somewhat of a treat as this one is much bigger than where we usually go and has the added attraction of a water slide. I thought 11am on a school day would be a good, quiet time to go, but boy was I wrong! There were school Learn to Swim classes, private lessons, disabled adults group, parents and babies group, lots of moms and toddlers, you name it. There was virtually nowhere we could play in the water without frightening the little tots or interfering with the swimmers doing serious training. Next week we're heading back to our usual smaller pool where my children and I constitute about half of the people in the water.

 

Violin lesson was a complete mess. Ms. 6 has been practicing violin really well for about an hour each day for the last week, and I was looking forward to her surprising the teacher with her progress. But after about half a dozen attempts, she couldn't play even the opening of her performance piece. On subjecting her to the Spanish Inquisition afterwards, it turned out that I always - allegedly - count her in with "one-to-three-AND" and her aspie brain has decided that she can't play her entry without me counting. So I came home channeling Amy Chua and telling dd she needs to practice this piece for another couple of hours this afternoon. Then I calmed down and realized that (1) she has already practiced this morning, and had her lesson, and she doesn't feel like a third session of violin, and (2) she is an autistic 6yo, not a professional musician. So I am letting her bake cookies instead.

 

Tomorrow is a quiet day: we will be staying home all day except for taking dd to Guides at 3.30. So I am going to be in a state of zen-like calm, gently and lovingly guiding the children through their learning. Well, I am allowed to be optimistic, aren't I?

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Critter, my kids are using Ecoutez Parlez, oral only (no work books) since 1) they're young 2) they don't read or write independently and 3) there's only so much time in my day lol. It's working very well for DSD8 but I realized I'm going to have to be more involved especially with DS7 so we've also been going over the pages together and discussing. He could repeat everything but he wasn't trying to remember what the heck he was saying lol. We'll finish book 2, I hope, before the year is up. We'll do book 3 & 4 next year, I think, then the following year I'm planning on repeating, but with the written component. Although I'd also like to do latin around then . . . We'll see. I'm fluent in French, it shouldn't be so hard for me to pass some of that on!

 

Isabel, sounds like something I'd do :P Good for you for going back and readjusting expections. Enjoy the cookies and your zen-like trance lol.

 

Soror, hope you got some sleep and can continue your good run of days?

 

As for me, still sorta doing school. It'll be great to be caught up in math with DSD8. I file my kids' work by the week so it's been tricky retrieving what I need from the previous week, adding what I could from the current week. Continuing math over a scheduled week off is going to relieve me of me in-the-moment decisions, which is what I was trying to avoid with filing. She is memorizing multiplication right now and flying through it. Tables 1-5 and 10 are done. Move on to 6s next. her memory astounds me - but maybe it's just hte method laid out in MM3? In any case, it's working.

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Well, we are all feeling much better and are able to eat and keep it down. We will resume school tomorrow, today I'm going out and buy the Hobbit and we're going to watch and enjoy that. Critter, I'm going to post my "hope to do" plans for next year later today. I'd love your thoughts, we'll all thoughts are welcome, lol.

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Glad to hear you're all feeling better mama25!

 

Well, despite the fact that I was unexpectedly called out of the house on 45 minutes into our school day, everything I wanted accomplished, got done. It can be nice to have a ps teacher for a MIL - substitute teacher when she visits. We're on a reading and math only break around here anyhow, but it was nice it got done! I think once our break is over I'll pick up the pace of CLE for ds7 for a few weeks. He's been much happier in math and we're acclimatized, time to make some progress and encounter a bit of new material.

 

I just saw that Writer's Jungle is 50% off at the Homeschool Buyer's Coop but my kids' credit cards are empty until March 30th. I hope it stays that long!

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No planning today either. I did read a little more of CW Poetry for Beginners.

It was a very long and somewhat trying day for me. However, I did have time to walk the dog when I got home under the most glorious spring evening conditions. The sky was pink and blue, the gentle wind blew through the white pear blossoms, frogs sang in the puddles and a distant train echoed in the little valley where I live. The bugs were out, including some mosquitoes, but I had my own personal bat escort home! Surely one of life's better champagne moments.

 

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My baby is TWO today?! How did that happen. . . starting to become very nostalgic now that my baby years are over . . . it's our tradition to have a little gift waiting on the bed for our children when they wake up on their birthdays, so dh and I had a sweet moment with her before she hauled her little toy (a book and a rubix cube lol) over the the ILs motor home :)

 

Math has been postponed with ds7 today so I'm a free woman for the time being. Enjoying a second cup of coffee instead. My mom arrives today so I must tidy lol. Another day of reading and math, it's quite enjoyable really :)

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Tawlas--aww! Two year olds are so wonderful, they are energetic and inquisitive, and oh so adorable!!

 

Critter here's my plan for my 7th grader for next year:

 

Morning/Recitation time: Bible, etc...

History: famous Men of Modern Times

Lit: short booklist by me

Math: Singapore 5A/5B or the key to books...

Logic: The Fallacy Detective (thinking of teaching it in co op)

Science: Lyrical Life Science vol.3, It Couldn't Just Happen, and Tiner's chemistry book

Grammar: MCT Magic Lens 1, HTTS

Writing: IEW US History vol. 1 (may get to two)

Latin: Latina Christiana 1

Greek: Elementary Greek 1 (this is a maybe)

 

I'm kicking around adding in MP's States and Capitols book, but thinking of just using the maps I have and labeling them.

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Tawlas - hope your tiny woman had a fun birthday. It's amazing how quickly they seem to grow up. My baby girl is SIX and looks quite grown up now. Here is a totally gratuitous picture of her:

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(ETA: that's not graffiti in the background, it's continent blobbing over a laminated map)

 

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Critter here's my plan for my 7th grader for next year:

 

Morning/Recitation time: Bible, etc...

History: famous Men of Modern Times

Lit: short booklist by me

Math: Singapore 5A/5B or the key to books...

Logic: The Fallacy Detective (thinking of teaching it in co op)

Science: Lyrical Life Science vol.3, It Couldn't Just Happen, and Tiner's chemistry book

Grammar: MCT Magic Lens 1, HTTS

Writing: IEW US History vol. 1 (may get to two)

Latin: Latina Christiana 1

Greek: Elementary Greek 1 (this is a maybe)

Looks interesting! I have debated Greek at times. Latin is about as much as I can handle right now.

The Key to Algebra has been really, really nice for me this year. It is about as much Algebra practice as I can do in an hour while helping two boys with their math lessons. It is not too wordy, is pretty incremental in nature and not very difficult. I had a very difficult time in Algebra in ninth grade and then in college, after I had battled and cried my way through Saxon Algebra 1/2 the year before. It has been a novel experience to actually enjoy the subject this year. 

I don't know how their Geometry is set up, but it is on my to-do list. The boys will be getting Fractions, Decimals and Percents to work through over the next year or so in our nightly study sessions. 

 

I have not decided what to do about Logic this year. I know I will be working through MP Formal Logic myself. I don't know if I want to tackle Fallacies first. Art of Argument is on my short list for the boys. If we do Logic we will no doubt take it at a slow pace. 

 

 

Tawlas - hope your tiny woman had a fun birthday. It's amazing how quickly they seem to grow up. My baby girl is SIX and looks quite grown up now. Here is a totally gratuitous picture of her:

 

Around here we'd say, "You can't deny that one!" She looks so much like your picture. You have the same smile. Beautiful little girl! 

 

 

 

My baby is TWO today?! How did that happen. . . starting to become very nostalgic now that my baby years are over . . . it's our tradition to have a little gift waiting on the bed for our children when they wake up on their birthdays, so dh and I had a sweet moment with her before she hauled her little toy (a book and a rubix cube lol) over the the ILs motor home  :)

 

They told me that the years would fly by. I didn't believe them when the boys were burping up on both shoulders, but in November my guys will be twelve! Where did the time go?

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Critter--the only reason we are doing the Fallacy Detective is because I own it already. The Art of Argument is also on my list and don't let EG fool you, we will probably only learn the vocabulary this year and tackle the workbook next year, lol!

 

Isabel--your dis gorgeous, just like you!

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Critter--the only reason we are doing the Fallacy Detective is because I own it already. The Art of Argument is also on my list and don't let EG fool you, we will probably only learn the vocabulary this year and tackle the workbook next year, lol!

I looked at Fallacy Detective. It did look like fun. 

I look forward to hearing how you like Elementary Greek. 

 

Nothing new to report. I had a day at home today which was nice. I'm exhausted, though. We had some bad storms roll through here last night so we didn't get power back until this afternoon. I then spent what was left of the day catching up on what needed to be cleaned or picked up.

We just went to the library and the boys are watching a movie while I am yearning for a hot bath and an early bedtime. The week isn't done yet...

 

I should have my final book list compiled by the middle of next week. Testing materials arrived so I need to open that package and make sure everything is there. The boys have let me know that they would like to cover reptiles next, so it looks like it will be Reptiles and Rome for the next few weeks.

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Critter-- so sorry about the storms! We had a little rain last night, but not much. Can't wait to see your booklist!

 

We spent most of yesterday cleaning and disinfecting the house from being sick. Today was co op and it was fantastic, even if we were late, lol! The boys are playing with one of my older boys and I'm watching tv (should be reading) and rethinking next years plans for my soon to be second grader.

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I've missed a few days - it's been busy with very little academic work to be accountable for lol! My ILs left this morning, my mother leaves tomorrow morning. Today my two eldest and I did all of 20 minutes of math each before I got bored and sent them off to play ;) I DID get every window outside my house washed though! It looks great!

 

If I knew how I would attach a picture of my birthday girl - we got some great ones :)

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Hi Amy, I would have thought that with your excellent self motivation as a writer, you probably wouldn't need accountability threads :)

The premise is simply that if I can remember to post something about what I'm hoping to achieve, I might feel sufficiently shame-averse to actually get it done so that I can tell the other posters I did it. 

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IsabelC, I'd say that is pretty much it for me too. I love being able to come on here with *something* done - although it's not always what I'd planned to do originally. Such is life.

 

Some of us list goals conversational style, sometimes lists for the whole week are posted then crossed off as each day goes by. I find this thread is almost like a mini-board on the board. Lots of support and advice when needed!

 

Today, I'm hoping to get a bit of math and reading done with each child. However, my mom is still here - thought leaving - and our very rural ranching community is putting on its Easter Eggstravanganaz at our community hall. So many people I haven't seen since the the tailgate trick-or-treating party lol! So we'll see what we actually get done ;) Trying to keep it real here!

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And sometimes I just yap on about what I'm doing with this and that.  :laugh: I freely admit to coming back to the thread to remember what it was I was supposed to be doing because I was way too lazy to write it down anywhere else.

I remembered to get books on snakes and a documentary on reptiles at the library today. That's about the extent of my school planning today. I ought to be looking over Latin and math for tomorrow. I'd better get that done before I fall asleep here in the bed. I am ready for a break from Spring Break!

 

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Hi Amy, I would have thought that with your excellent self motivation as a writer, you probably wouldn't need accountability threads :)

The premise is simply that if I can remember to post something about what I'm hoping to achieve, I might feel sufficiently shame-averse to actually get it done so that I can tell the other posters I did it. 

Thanks Isabel. I kind of thought that's what this was, but then everyone seemed to be talking about school planning and I wasn't sure if it was just for school things, or if it was for whatever craziness a person happens to be trying to get done. Maybe I'll dive in on one of these threads some time. Honestly, I could use  a little outside ...er...motivation (shame avoidance? support? lol...whatever).  I'm totally giggling at your assumption that I have anything resembling self-motivation. I am definitely enjoying the writing, but that doesn't mean everything else isn't caving in around my ears. 

 

(And sorry everyone for dredging up last week's thread, I had a few days when I couldn't get back here, and then I decided it wouldn't make sense to reply to this post on the new week's thread. So...this is me doing the best I can. Thanks for understanding. :) )

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