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Good morning, Accountables! I don't know about y'all, but this is about the time that I start pulling out the curriculum and figuring out if I'm still on target to get everything done that I meant to have done by the start of winter term. Officially, I plan to start winter term Nov 15; unofficially, the first week in December feels better. Still, I believe I am on track for most things and ahead in some. I think this accountability thing is working. :tongue_smilie:

Today's line up:

French-Working hard to finish up Ma Famille this week before our October break.

Math-Lesson 9 in CLE 504 and we are closing in on finishing Key to Fractions Book 2. That is one place where it seems I've gotten ahead of schedule-it was supposed to be one book per term! Oh, well. Book 3 is a tougher one, so we can slow it down. We've slowed down in CLE, though, so we will be finishing 504 during the break-just a math lesson a day in the morning.

Latin-Work on lesson 9. We are crawling through Second Form Latin. I have no intention of speeding up the pace. :D Far better to work slowly and spend the time needed on learning than to try to blow through by spring and flounder in Third Form.

Writing-we are ahead. Frankly, I need to ramp up the work for my more natural writer..he blew me away with his retelling last week. Because we are ahead, I will use this week to plan for him, and both boys are going to take a story they like and retell it. 

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All right Critter, you got me thinking about the curriculum that we are using. I think we are in a happy place. The pacing and level of challenge is just right. I asked my Monkey what she thought and she said she would not change anything.

 

I'm always looking at different curriculum. Just the other day I was looking at Beautiful Feet's Early American and World History. I want it but I have a ton of History curriculum and what the Monkey is using she loves. Why do I want to change so much? It is an awful disease. I love so many different curriculum and only have so little time to do them all.

 

Conclusion: the Monkey is in a wonderful, comfortable place and her mother has some deep problems.

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Conclusion: the Monkey is in a wonderful, comfortable place and her mother has some deep problems. 

 
 

Oh, I think it's pretty normal to look at curriculum and wonder if it would improve things. I figure that's our job as teachers-trying to make things better. Even when I'm more or less content with things, I evaluate and see where things could be made better in some way. Sometimes that is actually subtracting curriculum instead of changing it, sometimes it is messing around with what I have, sometimes it is finding a way to add something interesting into the day. Of course, most of the time, it's not doing a thing. :laugh:

 

One child is done for the day. The other is flailing around in math instead of focusing and getting finished. Sigh.  :glare:  

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Well, we missed checking in last week.  We had a half week and just did what we missed from the week before.  This week we will be back to the regular schedule.  We started the week by going on a field trip to a cave.  We looked at a lot of cave formations, talked about sedimentary rocks, sat in total darkness and walked up a lot of stairs.  Then we bought some rough mineral specimens to put some "real" rocks into the collection instead of more of the dyed junk rocks DD likes to "collect".  We also bought a bag of dirt and let her "sluce" to find the crystal specimens.  One of the things we'll do this week is to try to identify them.  I've also got quite a few "rock" activities lined up to look at some of the things we've been talking about.  We'll pick back up in history and move into a new topic.  DD promised me she'll try to work on being more engaged.  I think her problem with comprehension is pure boredom.....she just tunes out history (and science when she has to read the books).  I can understand....I'm not a huge history fan myself....but it's just one of those things you've got to learn to do.

 

Stefanie

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I'm not dead, yeah! I seemed to have passed the worst. The children have gotten enough tv for a couple weeks today but I needed them quiet and contained.

 

I'm contemplating now if and what I want to use for some extra practice for some math concepts we need to hit some more(considering MM topic books, Alcumus, Khan and Key-To), although I should just wait until he finishes the assessment to get the best idea I'm pretty certain of a few things we need to work on. I am excited however about moving on, as I've said I think he is ready but we're not in a rush. 

 

Critter mentioned for documentaries for history, I've not done that with our new focus area yet, I did check the library for books but they hardly had anything. 

 

I want to look more at math today for ds. 

 

plans for monday assuming we are all feeling ok; 

 

hit group work first- we didn't do any Friday with dd1 sick so I want to make sure it is not missed:

-physics lesson+experiment(magnets)

-90 second newberry

-china studies

 

finish unbroken(i don't forsee that happening today!)

copywork for all 

math- spelling all

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Hello accountables!!  Last week ended well after my little crazy spell, we got most of the things on our list done and had a good time doing it.  Critter, thank you for the reminder to look over things and evaluate, I think forgetting that little step is what does me in.  I looked over everything last week and I definitely see where I can bump some things up a bit at the challenge level for my 7th grader.  I think a little nudge will be good for him, I'd really like to see some growth in the motivation area.  We have music class tomorrow and of course co op on Thurs., i'm thinking of taking the boys to the local pumpking patch on Tues., i'd love to go with our homeschool group, but I can't work that one into my schedule. 

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Good morning!

 

i am staying committed to our goal to complete our checklists.  This is week 6 of the same checklist - a first for me. Normally, my lists change frequently.  The consistency is showing benefits, yeah!

 

All for now, as I am off to work on my own accountability list.

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we are all feeling better here, not moving super fast but moving. We'll just see what we make it through. I just had ds go through ADAM assessment some more, I think he'll be done in about 1 more session.

 

getting ready to cook breakfast, take a short walk(we'll see what I can do) and get started. this evening we have dance and scouts. I need to take a load to Goodwill, the food pantry and by Menards. Since I kon-mari'd the upstairs I have a to-do list of things I want to take care- I'm finally putting my one cabinet door back on- so I need some new screws. I want to be paint for the kitchen too- I've painted half of it- I'm doing a apple/retro green. I'd like some more material to make a valance as well. I had hoped I would have been able to paint some pictures yesterday but of course that didn't happen. 

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I was up earlier than usual this morning. I got the chores done and cleaned out a shelf in the laundry room. With that room done, I will have one closet left to clean out and then I can start the outdoor cleaning. 

On the list today for school:

French-Unit 3, workbook page (Done)

Latin-Lesson 9, recitation, vocabulary review and translation exercise (Done)

Math-Quiz 2, knock out another page of Key to Fractions--can't say enough good things about those books! (Done-81 and 91)

Writing-Free Writing, no spelling this week. We will have grammar on Tuesday and Thursday

History/Science-Roman myth and magic for one boy, Storm Fronts for the other(Done)

Geography/Literature-the Niger River for one boy, reading The Glorious Impossible for the other (I want to save Names Upon the Harp for after break) (Done)

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I'm not as productive as critter this morning. I'm sitting on the couch listening to the coffee brew.

 

Today's to do list:

 

Fall is Here! The Plants' Way. Write a summary 🌻🌻🌻 completed

 

Math 🌻🌻🌻 completed

 

Writing and Rhetoric 🌻🌻🌻 completed

 

Visual Latin lesson 15 a/worksheet 15a 🌻🌻🌻 completed

 

Bible/ Old Testament 🌻🌻🌻 completed

 

Exploring Planet Earth Ch. 6 🌻🌻🌻 completed

 

Spanish/ test on numbers. Last week I told her to review the previous chapters, she spent 15 minutes. I told her that I expected her to count in fives, tens, and hundreds. This was supposed to be review. She had no clue. I told her if she doesn't learn the lesson in the time that is allotted, she needs to do it as "homework ." She is responsible for her own learning. If she needs more time for a lesson she needs to communicate that. I read how homeschooled students have some difficulty with deadlines in college. I can see how this could be a problem with my Monkey. It is too easy to say, "You didn't learn this well, we will just take another week." I need to make goals and deadlines more clear to her and stick with those due dates. 👻👻👻 Not going to happen today because she needs more time to learn the lesson.

 

Read a couple chapters in Frankenstein 🌻🌻🌻 completed

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lunch time check in:

math- all done- ds and I did the first lesson in Jousting Armadillos!

LA for dd2 and spelling for dd1

physics+ experiments

walk

cleaned out my junk drawer and worked a bit on organizing school/office supplies

 

still to do:

china studies

90 second newberry

spelling for ds

copywork all

 

i don't think we'll get to read-alouds today, not until tonight anyway

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Not great again.   Allergies.  DD refused to get up for swimming this morning and wound up sleeping until noon.  She must have needed it because she didn't get to bed super late and she usually naturally wakes up between 9 - 9:30.  I've been sneezing my head off so much that I've triggered a "fever".   Just not together today.  Didn't get to town until almost 1 pm to get the library books we need and the stuff for our science experiments.  Now it is almost time to leave again for gymnastics.  I honestly just don't want to go because GS will probably fall asleep (and wake up when we get home and stay up all night) and I will have to sit in the car and that is unbearable with allergies in full swing.  Tonight I'll get to peruse the books and figure out the plan for the week. 

 

Stefanie

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We got all of our school done today. I was a little snippier than I should have been by the end with oldest dd about math, so I need to work on that. How do you keep your calm in the face of excessive whininess?

 

Other than that, though, school went fairly well. Our Anki experiment is working well, so we're going to keep that up for as long as I can. DD7 will finish WWE1 this week or first thing next week, so that's exciting. I love seeing progress!

Today we also had the girls' co-op which I am loving. They go to fun classes for 2 hours and I get alone time for pretty much the only time during the week. It is beautiful. And it is in the afternoon after school would be done anyways, so it doesn't interrupt my plans. I went grocery shopping by myself and got myself an ice cream shake that I didn't have to share. I'm totally going to sign them up for next semester, even though I'll have the newborn. I'm thinking it will be worth it.

 

DH is working overnight tonight, so chicken nuggets are on the menu for dinner. I find it really hard to bother when he's not home. If they have baby carrots too, that makes it healthy, right? He has the day off on Wednesday, so I guess that will be our day off school for the week. We should have a pretty relaxed week for the most part I think.

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We got everything done except for free writing (well, I wrote--the boys got some reading in!). I got the laundry room finished as far as cleaning out the mess goes. Now we are having leftovers for dinner and waiting on my father to come out so that we can unload that table I got last week. It has a pretty bad crack, and we took it to a furniture guy to see if he could fix it. He didn't have time, so he told us what to do, and I'm pretty sure I'll ruin it, but hey. It's broke already! How bad can I mess it up?

I've got tomorrow's schedule up on the board already. Tomorrow afternoon I plan to cook a meal to take over to MIL's and I'll get some housekeeping done over there when I go.

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Sorry to rain on the parade, but I need to vent, forgive me!  I am SO TIRED of being the only responsible and accountable person in my family.

 

I am so over the bad attitudes, the half-a.....ed efforts, the complaining, the blaming and just general sour attitudes.

 

I believe results don't lie, and their results are sub-par (in sports and school), and I have tried everything under the sun (including therapy) to help facilitate changes.  I can only do so much though, and I feel DONE!  

 

I try to set such a different example - where do they get that this is an OK way to behave.  I am not looking for answers, just a hug.

 

Thanks.

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hugs Kathy, I hope tomorrow is a new and better day for you.

 

Well, we didn't quite get all my list done, however ds started throwing up, poor kid is still not doing well, several hrs later now :(

 

We did get 2 scenes shot for our movie (we have about 6 total to do). The girls and I read some about China as well and did some read-alouds. 

 

Poor ds was just stuck riding along with us while I took dd to dance but I just let him stay in the van. I skipped AHG and Scouts tonight. The girls and I painted in the kitchen while ds laid around in the living room, poor kid wanted to eat but couldn't, hopefully he is better in the am.

 

very tentative plans (planning light because even if ds is better I'm certain he won't be up for a full day):

poetry tea all

math all

spelling dd1

grammar ds

phonics/LA dd2

painting with the girls

geography, something, lets see what strikes my fancy

maybe, hopefully read-aloud to ds- Unbroken

 

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Soror-I hope your ds is feeling much better this am. I hate stomach bugs. There isn't anything like a vomiting virus to have me hauling around the hand steamer and doing everything from toilets to light switches. I can tolerate the flu better than I tolerate vomiting. 

 

Kathy-I hope today is a restful, peaceful day for you. You are right--there are limits to what everyone can do, and there are times when being done is just done. And that's okay. Being done doesn't mean that you can't get right back up and start again, but for the moment, it's a good thing to just be at a stop and evaluate things later. I don't know your exact situation, but it's perfectly fine to vent all you like!  :grouphug:

 

Let's see--mostly a repeat of yesterday for school today since the boys change for history/science/literature/geography today. That's fine by me. We are just winding down to break, and I've no real interest in doing anything special right now. Got some cooking to do this afternoon, and a little cleaning in the kitchen. 

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ds seems to have recovered from the stomach bug but the tooth that was bothering him is worse. I called the dentist, I fear an abscess but of course they don't want to see him today. We are to try mouth wash for now and call back in a couple of days. We are going to attempt some things and see how it goes with him. I gave him some ibuprofen.  I finished painting the kitchen this am. If he's not up for much today I'll spend my extra time cleaning the kitchen. Dd1 has already been painting this am, breakfast is done, getting ready to start in with the rest.

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ds seems to have recovered from the stomach bug but the tooth that was bothering him is worse. I called the dentist, I fear an abscess but of course they don't want to see him today. We are to try mouth wash for now and call back in a couple of days. We are going to attempt some things and see how it goes with him. I gave him some ibuprofen.  I finished painting the kitchen this am. If he's not up for much today I'll spend my extra time cleaning the kitchen. Dd1 has already been painting this am, breakfast is done, getting ready to start in with the rest.

 

Ouch! Poor guy!

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Today was much better than yesterday. DD7 didn't complain about math and did a fairly decent job of staying on task. She was praised with words and M&Ms. She also rocked her WWE narration. I think she only needed help on 2 of the questions. So yeah, she rocked school today. The rest of school went well, so I'm happy about that. We are officially done for the day. Here's what we did:

 

Math- DD7, DD5

History- DD7, DD5, DD3 (tagged along and scribbled on her coloring sheet)

Reading- DD7, DD5

Spelling- DD7, DD5

Memorization- DD7, DD5

Piano- DD7, DD5

Writing- DD7

Grammar- DD7

Geography- DD7

Handwriting- DD5

 

Yesterday I think I injured my back a bit loading a pumpkin onto my shopping cart at the store. With my pregnant body it was awkward and I've sort of hurt since then. Today, even leaning over a little and picking up books off the table hurt. I think I'll be taking it easy for the rest of the day and hopefully it will get better.

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Checking in! Since yesterday was Columbus Day and we have family visiting from out of state, I cancelled school and we spent the day with them. The kids had a blast at the lake and the grownups had fun sneaking in some shopping. Got some great deals.

 

Today we hit the books. Reading, Language Arts, Math are done. Still need to do history and science when we get back from lunch with the visiting family and a few errands.

 

I broke down and ordered a spelling curriculum. I am doing a Charlotte Mason language arts with copy work, dictation, and narration but dd seems soooooo behind with spelling. Simple, simple words she will call out to me to spell them for her so she can write them correctly. I really want to trust the process but this is one area that is really making me nervous!!!

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I'm having such a time focusing today. I only slept about 4 hrs last night, I couldn't go to sleep with the girls, I came and stayed with ds and he did throw up again(I was afraid he would gag but then he finally stopped moaning so much and I went to bed but it was past midnight at that point.

 

Anyway, we are soldiering on, ds is doing better, his tooth is actually loose, maybe it will come out.

 

We've done:

ds: Jousting Armadillos(it is too early to say but I think we are going to love it), history (easy day with some videos), some work on next physics lesson

dd1: math and spelling

dd2: phonics/writing

 

Currently they are using our new iMovie app editing the clips we shot yesterday. Taking a break because everyone needs it. We have cancelled Robotics today due to ds being sick so we have no plans and can take the day nice and slow.

 

Rest of our school plans:

poetry tea- wk 2 poetry study

math dd2

geography

unbroken

more painting- I haven't painting my picture yet but dd1 finished her and I think I'll have dd2 wait because I need another frame

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Lunch update....GRR!!!

 

Fights on everything.  She had to come to tears fighting me on history before she'd stop with the games.  Looks like it's going to be the same for spelling.  I have to redo spelling lesson and still need to do grammar, math, and science.  If it takes her all day to get her act together so be it.  I know it's a lot my fault, but time to crack the whip.

 

Stefanie

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Soror- I would not be happy with that Dentist. A couple days would be a couple days too long. I hope it comes out soon and gives him some relief from the pain.

 

Sdel- so sorry about how your day is going.

 

Mrs. Robinson- yeah for the wonderful day.

 

MeaganS- wish we were done.

 

First of all the Monkey woke up late. That's a recipe for disaster. She has been working on math for an hour and has only completed 12 problems. A slight focus problem. She walks outside, she pets the cat, she goes to the frig and wonders what's for lunch when she has just had breakfast. I confront her with the issue and she replied, "I have plenty of time." I even tried to boost her math speed by giving her a generous serving of Trader Joe's Jo Jo's. Nothing is working.

 

It's going to be a long day.

 

Good news, I finished the cabbage rolls for dinner and I'm about ready to do some barn cleaning.

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We are finished with school for the day. We are having a little tea after poetry recitation. The boys have the poem from last week down, so I'm happy about that. Gives me the rest of this week to plan out the next four weeks of poetry work. I think we are going to relax with part of a movie, then do the cleaning and finish making dinner for MIL. I've got the custard pie and the cornbread done, the roast is in the oven, and we will finish by roasting some fingerling potatoes. There's also the chicken house to clean and of course, the kitchen, but I've kept up with dishes, so that shouldn't be too bad.

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Our day is done and it was pretty good. I want to say glorious, but I'm afraid that tomorrow will be horrible, lol! We got math, Latin, phonics, spelling, lit reading, grammar and writing done. My 7th grader also did day 1 in Introduction to Classical studies, it's easy for him, but I really want him to have that foundation, I may add my 2nd grader in with us. I'm also going to put together a state and capital study, nothing extravagant, mostly just learning the shapes of the states, labeling them on maps, and learning to spell the states and the capitals. He'll also start the History of Medicine next week for science.

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Its after 5 pm.   It took her ALL. DAY. LONG. to get school done.  It was all "inattention" and "I don't know" (because she wasn't paying attention).....

 

We didn't even get to the actual spelling lesson, we spent the whole thing on "review" of the phonics of the vowel sounds.  She can write them down from dictation, but she can't seem to recall the correct letter sounds even after 5 repetitions straight through and no lag time.  I just find that too hard to believe; that after just uttering the sound she can't remember it to repeat it, especially since she FREQUENTLY repeats information very well this way.   

 

Same fight to a lesser extent with grammar and math.  I had to go through the grammar review several times before she started giving me the answers in a way I know she can do; and does well.  Math took several repetitions of the concept because she was too busy trying to play with the manipulative instead of focusing on the lesson. I didn't even let her do science since I was just done.  Standing up seemed to make things better.  When we were on the couch she kept trying to turn into the corner of the couch, put her butt up in the air, sprawl, and otherwise fiddle with everything.  I made her put her hands on her legs, stand still and just breathe, and she immediately started howling and whining about the invisible itch she just had to scratch that didn't start until she just had to be still.  If I thought a fidget would help, I'd give them to her....but they don't.  I just get blank stares and I don't knows until I remove them and repeat the lesson.

 

She isn't stupid.....she does in fact actually have an incredible memory....when she wants to use it.  All I heard ALL. DAY. LONG was "....TV show".....'.....TV...." TV, TV, TV.  I'm telling her she's banned from TV and she's trying to bring up how watching some damn TV show will help her change her behavior......no, honey, the damn TV shows are not positively informing you how to behave.  They are teaching you how to not think, not use your brain, and how to act stupid and helpless.

 

I'm throwing her damn TV remote away until she learns that there are more important things than the damn TV.

 

She didn't sit and do nothing all day.  I just didn't let her engage in anything fun.  When she wasn't doing school she was forced to be doing chores and errands with me, so she didn't get to waste my time.  

 

Stefanie

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Monday 10/12

Regular chores, meals, laundry

School -- Instrument lessons, Choir homework, French, Science (birds), Math, Spelling, Copywork or Typing, Poetry Memory Work, Independent Reading

Awana

 

Tuesday 10/13

Regular chores, meals, laundry

School -- Math, Composition, Spelling, Latin, Copywork, French, Geography, Bible Memory Work, Independent Reading

Nature Class at a local park

 

Wednesday 10/14

Regular chores, meals, laundry

School -- Grammar, Math, Memory Work (Bible, History, Poetry, Geography), Instrument Practice

Grandparents' Visit

Church Midweek

 

Thursday 10/15

Regular chores, meals, laundry

Unexpected and last minute trip to visit relatives

Children's Choirs

 

Friday 10/16

Regular chores, meals, laundry

School -- History, Math, Composition, Spelling, Latin, Instrument Lesson, French, Independent Reading with Notebook Summaries (due tomorrow)

Family Game Night

 

Saturday 10/17

Yard work, cleaning

School -- Morning Chapel (Bible, Hymns, JBQ, Memory Work), Math, Science, Independent Reading with Notebook Summaries due today before 4:00 pm

Family Time

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:grouphug: Stephanie. What with allergies and issues with attention, sometimes a review day is the way to go. Hopefully tomorrow will be better for you both.

I think we are going to take school over to MIL's tomorrow and entertain her. She seemed down tonight, and brightened up when I mentioned doing school at her house. So we are going to town tomorrow to pick up some soup in a box, get a little good cheese and we'll do school and then make grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch for all of us. It will be interesting to see how well this goes.

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Math-Lesson 9 in CLE 504 and we are closing in on finishing Key to Fractions Book 2. That is one place where it seems I've gotten ahead of schedule-it was supposed to be one book per term! Oh, well. Book 3 is a tougher one, so we can slow it down. We've slowed down in CLE, though, so we will be finishing 504 during the break-just a math lesson a day in the morning.

 

 

Critter, do you like Key to? We're in CLE 500 series, too, and I've been thinking about doing the Key to books. I go back and forth, though, knowing that she'd rather do two CLE lessons in a day than one CLE plus something else. She likes CLE. ;) But I wonder about Key to.... What do you think are the pros and cons? What does the series add to your core of CLE?

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I love my Key to books. My boys need as much practice with Fractions as they can get right now. They tolerate CLE, but would certainly not wish to do two lessons a day. They are quite happy with one, and would prefer a half if they could talk me into it. I figured that they could complete one page of Key to Fractions per day and that would be one book per quarter. This, so far, has been just about the right amount of fraction practice. 

The cons would be that they are very much topic books. It isn't like you get mixed practice, but for what I wanted, they work just fine. I'll be doing the same thing next year with Key to Percents. Decimals don't seem to present quite as much of a difficulty for them as fractions did, but percent can be tricky.

 

I am working my way through Key to Algebra. I'll finish book 9 sometime this month, and I have really enjoyed them. That's saying something, because algebra was never "fun" in my book. I actually like doing my little page to two pages of equations.

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I love my Key to books. My boys need as much practice with Fractions as they can get right now. They tolerate CLE, but would certainly not wish to do two lessons a day. They are quite happy with one, and would prefer a half if they could talk me into it. I figured that they could complete one page of Key to Fractions per day and that would be one book per quarter. This, so far, has been just about the right amount of fraction practice. 

The cons would be that they are very much topic books. It isn't like you get mixed practice, but for what I wanted, they work just fine. I'll be doing the same thing next year with Key to Percents. Decimals don't seem to present quite as much of a difficulty for them as fractions did, but percent can be tricky.

 

I am working my way through Key to Algebra. I'll finish book 9 sometime this month, and I have really enjoyed them. That's saying something, because algebra was never "fun" in my book. I actually like doing my little page to two pages of equations.

 

I wonder if I keep feeling drawn to them because I should get a set and work through it?

 

And the "two CLE lessons a day" thing is sporadic, at best. We did two today at her request, we might do two tomorrow (she wanted to as of today). Sometimes, it's one-and-a-half lessons (all of one, part of another), which gets us to three lessons in two days. We skip the quizzes, but do the rest of Lessons 5 and 10. We may or may not do the tests (depends on my mood that day, LOL). We do the Fantastic Discoveries because she likes those.

 

Hmm... I think we'll just stick with CLE and our Kumon workbooks, and perhaps I'll pick up some Key to... for myself. Thanks, Critter, good thoughts.

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Critter- I bet your mil will love you guys coming over, sounds like a lovely plan.

 

Stefanie - (hugs)

 

Listening along to the Key's Books, as I said before it is on my maybe list, we're just trying some online options now.

 

We finished the day, I think we hit most everything on my list but poetry time was interrupted by dh's call. We walked a bit in the woods, looking for some bearded tooth mushrooms(hericeum erinaceus) in a spot we found them last year, no luck, but dd did find a bush that we were taught about in our wild edibles class- this one actually isn't edible but a insect repellent, I had been looking around here myself but without luck, she found it easily :)

 

I'm calling the dentist back, he needs to get ds in TODAY. So, everything else will be secondary to that. 

 

tentative plans(really tired of tentative plans- can we please be done with this crap!):

ds- L3 Jousting Armadillos, grammar, spelling, finish physics lesson; RA Illiad, start PW writing project

dd1-math, spelling

dd2- math and phonics

 

all:

finish our poetry time(we got a bit done but dh called for the evening and then we were all off track)

We are doing Wk 2 of poetry study, I talked to the kids again about memorizing poetry, we did at one time, not sure why we stopped, life I guess but now that we've been faithfully doing poetry every week they are really enjoying it again and excited about memorizing it(ds has some difficulties with memory so he often gets down on himself about his memory so I'm thrilled to hear him wanting to do this because he often just tells me he is bad it- same with art- he is building confidence in lots of areas this year.

 

geography time- we played some 10 Days in Asia last night, want to watch a Travel with Kids today(hopefully can find one on China since we are studying that now)

Our day is done and it was pretty good. I want to say glorious, but I'm afraid that tomorrow will be horrible, lol! We got math, Latin, phonics, spelling, lit reading, grammar and writing done. My 7th grader also did day 1 in Introduction to Classical studies, it's easy for him, but I really want him to have that foundation, I may add my 2nd grader in with us. I'm also going to put together a state and capital study, nothing extravagant, mostly just learning the shapes of the states, labeling them on maps, and learning to spell the states and the capitals. He'll also start the History of Medicine next week for science.

No, bask in the day, it was glorious :)

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I believe we will be going over right at noon. I called this morning, and there should be some of the OT and PT folks out this morning, so we'll stay out of the way for now, and do our afternoon subjects over there today. I scrounged around last night and found a board table that I used to use as a lap table whenever I was sick. It fits across the arms of chairs and is a big surface, but lightweight--I think MIL could use it to work on her birdhouse which she expressed an interest in doing. Anyway, I'll run it over there at lunch and see what she thinks. 

 

Line up today:

French-Unit 3, workbook

Latin-Review, pre-test

Math-Lesson 12, Key to Fractions-end of chapter test, page 1

Grammar-Harvey's-I think possessive pronouns (forgot to do grammar yesterday, silly me)

Writing-free writing-I've promised my son that I will finish typing The Stolen Treasure today. I want that off my desk; he's got a ton of editing to do.

History-Taxes and Tacitus

Science-Storms

Geography-The Niger River and The Senegal River

Literature-The Glorious Impossible-The Massacre of the Innocents through the Baptism of Christ (I love this book-Madeleine L'Engle wrote it and the illustrations are pictures of frescoes by Giotto-6$ at the used bookstore, and it's in my pry-from-dead-cold-fingers category of books!)

 

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I don't know what to do about school today.  I mean, Ds18 (aspie) will do his school because the more I can keep routine going the better.  But I'm not sure about dd.

 

Here is what is happening here today:  (cut and pasted from the ITT thread):

 

Minor disastor at this house.  Dh was rushing around getting ready to head out the door on a missions trip.  He did not just tip over his coffee as it was perking, somehow it went flying so there is coffee dripping off the cabinets and the counters and all in the one drawer of linen that was open and all over the floor.  Fortunately we just went to Costco so I have a huge thing of paper towels and I used a lot of them.  I need to mop the floor yet again though because it is sticky.  All the linen in the drawer are now in the hamper - the already overflowing hamper because I am so backed up on laundry.  I've washed off most of the counters but I am taking a quick breather before tackling more of the lower cabinets which are hard for me to get to.  Dh is gone - he had to rush to the airport.  

 

Neko (cat) is up and around but does not look all that perky.  So I"m worried about him.  (He was rushed to the vet yesterday in pain and is being treated for cystitis and watched to make sure it doesn't progress into a blockage).  

 

And I promised to get over to the IL's rental to do yardwork.  (SIL has been overloaded with elder care and even though this will be very hard for me and will probably tip me over into a flare, I really need to help out.  SIL has lupus so she's being stretched physically too.)  

 

BUT - despite dd being very helpful and a hard worker with everyone else, she moans and groans about helping me out.  So I think once she gets up, we'll have a little meeting to see what to do about this.  

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Slow start to school.  I had my horseback riding lesson at 9.  DD stayed home.  I'm so proud of her....she stayed off the TV on her own while I was gone and DH was napping.  I caved....I opened up the TV ban just a little.  I told her while I was at riding and daddy was asleep, she could watch TV.  We'll see if it comes back to haunt me....but I know she won't get into anything destructive or wander outside while I'm gone if she's watching TV and it'll give me peace of mind.  I was actually kind of worried about it today.  Dad will be there if she needs him for an emergency but otherwise he's kind of off limits.  Waiting to see what is going on with visitation before I decide what I'm doing.  If the bio-parents don't agree to Friday (they were fishing to switch it anyways), I'll need to do an emergency clean now and school later.  Really hoping they'll pass on today.  

 

Stefanie

 

ETA:  Woohoo....off the hook and they agreed to a "short" visit on the other end.  DIL was the one fishing and she is always trying to postpone or get out of visits.  It's becoming a trend.  This is the third Wednesday in a row they've skipped because of their "car issues". 

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