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post #141 of 313
Hope your day goes great, MyLittle!
post #142 of 313
Hi, everyone, I need to read and catch up with the thread, I was really busy there for a bit.

We are starting school on the Virgo new moon, which is on Friday the 18th, I believe, but we might start that next Monday the 21st. At any rate, I'll start preparing stuff on the first day of the new moon. Exciting! : I wish I could start now-- I've been waiting for this since before I HAD kids-- lol! But I don't have anything ready yet so I'll wait. I'm still waiting to buy some of the stuff I wanted.

I am worried about actually being productive every day, though. It takes me a while to recover after having a baby, and I still feel so lazy and tired many days. On days we have soccer practice I feel like I get little else done during the day. (Usually just chores!)

Anyway, I ordered some classic children's collections of poetry (used on Amazon) and am waiting to order Singapore math next. I also bought a used set of the Sonrisas Spanish curriculum and should get that in soon, too. Then I want to make an order with Dover, for some for the Burgess animal stories, and some of their activity books, and then I will just need some basic craft supplies and a globe.

Our one little bookcase is double stacked already, so I don't know where we'll put the new things! Probably in boxes or baskets for now . . .

Okay, I'm going to go back and catch up more now.
post #143 of 313
Having an off day. If anyone would be willing to say a prayer for me and my attitude. Thank you
post #144 of 313
You got it!
post #145 of 313
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You got it!
Thanks :
post #146 of 313
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Having an off day. If anyone would be willing to say a prayer for me and my attitude. Thank you
You got it. for a much better ending than beginning of your day. May the on you tomorrow.
post #147 of 313
We have had a nice day - if all could be like this, I think I'd be in heaven. The boys and I started with gardening and then actually got through our morning lessons with very little fuss (ds#1 didn't fuss at all ... ds#2 did a bit, but was still able to finish; it probably helped that I told him that if he didn't finish, he would have to finish when their friend came over ). Our neighbor came down and hung out with us, and then went with us to Lowe's for some soil/manure for the garden (which was totally cool because not only does he help with the boys - he's 16 - but he helped load the van and then unload the van ). Now they are all playing Lego's with ds#1's friend from around the block. I still have to go work more in the garden, but I'm waiting for the sun to go down a bit.

I'm also determined to do some science today - I have a little experiment on decomposition (basically burying a small piece of food and a small piece of plastic in dirt, keeping it damp like compost, and then seeing after a week which looks like it is decomposing) and a book I want to read. Then, we are going to practice "reusing" by making paper.
post #148 of 313
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We have had a nice day - if all could be like this, I think I'd be in heaven. The boys and I started with gardening and then actually got through our morning lessons with very little fuss (ds#1 didn't fuss at all ... ds#2 did a bit, but was still able to finish; it probably helped that I told him that if he didn't finish, he would have to finish when their friend came over ). Our neighbor came down and hung out with us, and then went with us to Lowe's for some soil/manure for the garden (which was totally cool because not only does he help with the boys - he's 16 - but he helped load the van and then unload the van ). Now they are all playing Lego's with ds#1's friend from around the block. I still have to go work more in the garden, but I'm waiting for the sun to go down a bit.

I'm also determined to do some science today - I have a little experiment on decomposition (basically burying a small piece of food and a small piece of plastic in dirt, keeping it damp like compost, and then seeing after a week which looks like it is decomposing) and a book I want to read. Then, we are going to practice "reusing" by making paper.
Gosh, that's a great day!! We were going to start our full days today (as opposed to the half days we've been doing) but I got up and looked at the house and we cleaned instead!

It will make for an easier week anyway!
post #149 of 313
MyLittle, I must have channeled you a bit yesterday. I went out and stirred up the vermicomposter which ended up turning into a discussion about decomposition and plastic and dirt.
We didn't even finish our curriculum yesterday because we were having so much fun. I LOVE homeschooling!
post #150 of 313
We are here

This year we are going to read the story of the world series and work on a different unit study every month. I have not decided anything else yet We'll figure it out as we go along!

Yesterday I showed DS how to make grilled cheese He asks me a lot to teach him how to cook things, and I just love when he asks to learn!

DD started back to public school today, I only homeschool DS. (DD's choice)
post #151 of 313
Bookshelves semi-organized........check!

That's about all I've done.
post #152 of 313
This is definitely where I belong. I've got 3 girls and another LO on the way, ages 6, 4 (will be 5 in 2 months), and 21 months. We're mostly using Sonlight, LA K, Core P4/5 and Science 1. We're almost 1/4 of the way through. DD6 is using the MUS primer, and I'm doing Artistic Pursuits with the older two. I want to start supplementing some of our LA, science, and social studies with Oak Meadow activities. They're so much more fun. So, I'll be sitting down this weekend to combine the two and make lesson plans.

I am doing school with my 4 yr old because she wants it. She's nearly 5 and she's really ready for more than just play. But, I don't push her at all. It's completely up to her if she does school and how long she works at it. Most days, she will join us for 30 min. or so in the morning and another 30 min. or so in the afternoon (when we do science/art/social studies, etc.) My 6 yr old has closer to 1.5 hours of work in the morning, sometimes less, and another 30-60 min. in the afternoon. Rarely, do we spend more than 2 hours total on schoolwork though unless it's her choosing to do so.

ETA: I've made up a few Montessori type baskets for my toddler to do during school time so she has a way to keep busy without being a pest. I've only made 2 so far, but she loves them! She also loves to do art with us, draw with crayons, and play with playdough during school time. I think she thinks she's doing school just like her big sisters. She always comes running for "school" time and sits right down. She is only really occupied with her "schoolwork" though for about 10-15 min. then she starts pestering everyone. We work through it though.
post #153 of 313
I have really enjoyed reading through this thread! It has given me lots of great ideas and a bit of a fire under my rear to get me going!

We are definitly eclectic homeschoolers...we have largely unschooled with some workbooks and stuff thrown in. We started a bit of SOTW last year and everyone just LOVES it so we will be usuing it more this year (the book and the corresponding activities.)

I think we are going to do a type of workbox system and utilize a lot of learning center and file folder independent activity type of things within the workbox system. I am super excited about it and, being very overly tired and nauseous due to the pregnancy, decided to just buy a bunch of file folder and learning center books from amazon so I don't have to come up with them or do much other than assemble them. I will also throw in math worksheets from their math workbooks.

We are pretty good about covering most subjects just in our daily life and learning and having fun (and due to my kid's interests and what they do in their free time) except for handwriting and math...both of those we have slacked on greatly and need to play a bit of catch-up, especially for my older boys.

My kids are a boy who is about to turn 11, boy who is 9, girl who is 7, girl who is 5, girl who is 3 1/2, boy who is almost 11 months, and one due in April. The 3 1/2 year old will mostly just hang out with us and do whatever she wants. The 5 year old is very driven and excited to do "school" so I suspect she will do more than any of my other kids did at 5.

I decided to turn a few of the spare rooms in the basement into "school" rooms...I am excited about that since they are just waste lands for junk right now and I never get much "school" done upstairs because I feel like everything has to be clean and perfect first....which it rarely is!! So I am hoping that having dedicated school rooms will help us be more consistent in our learning and routine...something I have not been very good at at all!
post #154 of 313
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Our one little bookcase is double stacked already, so I don't know where we'll put the new things! Probably in boxes or baskets for now . . .

Okay, I'm going to go back and catch up more now.
Lol, ALL my bookshelves are double-stacked!
post #155 of 313
I'll have to go back and read all these olds posts, but I think I've FINALLY found the right spot for me here too! I have a 5 1/2 DS and 2 1/2 DD. This year DS is doing mostly 1st grade level work, but I suspect we won't be using much of the LifePac curriculum I bought because he apparently hates workbooks LOL I'll save 'em for DD who already loves doing "schoolwork" which to her IS workbooks!

We're using a heavily modified workbox system ourselves on a four day schedule with the fifth day (usually will be Fridays I suspect) for doing lapbook projects and taking it easy. We do school in the morning for a couple hours and the rest of the day is unschool Here's a link to my blog for what we've been doing so far this week- the first week of school.
post #156 of 313
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I hate it when that happens.
post #158 of 313
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I hate it when that happens.
Me too I wrote out all we were working on. Then POOF! it was gone. :
post #159 of 313
Good morning, everyone!

We are getting a very slow start to the day over here.

I need another bookcase!! Yikes.

Welcome youngnhappy!

I hate when that happens, Angel.

I'm thinking about purchasing the preschool curriculum for DS from Calvert because he's a bit jealous of DD's boxes.
And I'm still waiting on my HO order which is getting ridiculous. Even RR has beaten them and I always thought they were incredibly slow - or I'm incredibly impatient.
post #160 of 313
You are still waiting for HO? That does sound slow. for it getting to you today!

I'm on day two of getting up ridiculously early (well, by my standards - I was getting up about 8:30'ish or a bit later through most of summer and now am getting up between 6 and 6:30!) so that I can be showered and "internet'ed" before my boys get up. Unfortunately it seems my youngest is a 10-hour sleeper and since he was asleep before 9:30 last night, he was up by 7:30 this morning. By the sounds of it, my oldest is the same. : (I guess if they woke bright and cheery, it wouldn't be so much of an issue. )

Today we are braving the heat briefly to go to the library (it was over 100 yesterday and forecasted for the same today - our extremely unusual mild summer is over, I suppose). It's also our first "art day" - today is just free-form art. Starting in Sept., we'll be doing a once a month art coop with our friends using Meet the Masters. Then, once a month I plan on doing art history with the boys using Art in Story. And then I thought the other two Fridays a month would be just fun art time. I'm not a huge art person, so scheduling it is a good thing.

Off to help cheer-up two still-tired kids.
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