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post #241 of 313
You all are making me hungry to start Latin.

DD doesn't "appear" to have any interest in reading yet either, Rivers.
I say appear that way because she has just started bringing me books to read to her in the past couple of months. I just think some kids learn to read at a different pace and it's hard (and we're doing curriculum!) to trust that process sometimes. Is he actively resisting you? Are you fighting about it? 5 would be early to be really reading anyway, right?
post #242 of 313
Wow, lots of exciting topics to think about! I'll probably forget half the things I wanted to say, but here goes...

  • momofmine: We're using RightStart too. We started with MUS and Singapore, but I totally love RightStart now, and I'm pretty positive we'll just stick to that, maybe some Singapore worksheets if needed.
  • Jennifer3141: I'm hungry for Latin too, there's nothing stopping me, I have Song School Latin now, but I figured I'd wait until she turns 5 at least. In the meantime, I will learn it. My husband is teasing me, spouting off his Latin that he learned a long time ago. I don't think 5 is too early to learn a more complex phonetic language like English, but that is just me. Countries with a simple phonetic language start at age 6-7.
  • riversmommy: Continuing my thought above, I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter is progressing very fast on how to read, we are on lesson 63 of OPG, but I do NOT see her picking up the easy-reader books I lay around the house. However, she is noticing words and reading them off grocery items in stores, off signs, etc... I'm not worried she isn't reading actual books yet, I won't be pushing that until at least halfway through OPG. Or does your child just hate doing the actual OPG lessons? If that were the case, I might try HOP myself, it looks fun.
  • mangopassion: Where did you live in CO? Wish you still did, that would rock to have a hs'er nearby that I knew from MDC.
  • MyLittleWonders: We are sooo getting the Burgess Bird Book, ordering it tomorrow, will have it in my hands on Thursday. I loved reading your blog.
Our first full week has finished, we had a GREAT time! We added science, lots of art, music, and started getting into nature walks. I love homeschooling!
post #243 of 313
Thanks Angela! I'm glad to have inspired you with the Bird Book.

We are taking a trip to the local nature center (it's close enough to bike ride, but there's no safe way to get there with my pulling the trailer for ds#3, so we'll drive and buy an annual parking pass). I'm packing the bird guides and picking up one of the sheets they have of local birds to the area.

This week is a short one for us as dh is home today. The boys are playing "indoor volleyball meets beachball with a balloon" right now and I'm realizing as long as dh or I sit there and referee, they get a good workout! We have the nature center tomorrow, PE on Wednesday and our first art coop with our friends on Friday.

I am so anxious to get our Song School Latin. I think this week I'll sit down with our schedule and Minimus and start planning out what I want to do when. I figured 2 days of SSL and 2 days of Min. would give us some good exposure to Latin for the year. I also think we are going to start a "small" craft of making feudal system dioramas. I found the idea in the book Knights and Castles that I borrowed from my friend. I'm not sure if we'll get all 4 levels plus the bishops done, but hopefully we can make one or two (I thought we'd list all 5 (kings, nobles, knights, peasants and bishops) and pick our top favorite to work on, and then go from there. We'll have to see (I'm not the greatest on finishing projects that take more than one day ).
post #244 of 313
For those using Minimus for Latin, or thinking about it, here is a blog by Minimus the mouse. I haven't gone through it too much, but it looks cute. Here is the Minimus official website.
post #245 of 313
It's the first day of school around here. Am I the only one who giggled this morning watching the buses go by?

I bought Lively Latin last year and DD was in no way ready for it. Think Song School would be better for that age? (And the 4 year old DS?)
post #246 of 313
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Hey LTB!! Thanks so much for the recommendation! I had forgotten about that one too.

Which math curriculum are you doing? We have Right Start math, and I like the foundation that gives.
We are doing Singapore math for Kindy this year. I like that it transitions smoothly from kindergarten to high school, and that it has such a strong record of success. We will see how DS likes it, though, since it's new to us.
post #247 of 313
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It's the first day of school around here. Am I the only one who giggled this morning watching the buses go by?

I bought Lively Latin last year and DD was in no way ready for it. Think Song School would be better for that age? (And the 4 year old DS?)
I'm hoping my SSL comes today; when it does, I'll post to the thread about how it is going with both my 8 year old and 5 1/2 year old. (I'm guessing my 3 year old will love memorizing the songs.) How old was your dd when you tried Lively Latin?
post #248 of 313
Well, once again I had a couple of good days and then pooped out. I'm posting in an attempt to get us going again. We really like the stuff we've been doing, it's just a matter of doing it. It's so easy to let the day pass and never start any school stuff.
post #249 of 313
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I'm hoping my SSL comes today; when it does, I'll post to the thread about how it is going with both my 8 year old and 5 1/2 year old. (I'm guessing my 3 year old will love memorizing the songs.) How old was your dd when you tried Lively Latin?
Uh, 4.

We had park day today for our homeschool co-op. so we spent almost 3 hours there, recycled, did laundry at the laundromat, grocery shopped, hit the library, and donated some old clothes. I may need 3 days off to recover.

We did zip for "school" today which tickled the heck out of me since it's the first day of school around here.
post #250 of 313
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We are doing Singapore math for Kindy this year. I like that it transitions smoothly from kindergarten to high school, and that it has such a strong record of success. We will see how DS likes it, though, since it's new to us.
You'll have to let us know how you guys like it. I do like Right Start a lot. I feel like it really gave my older ds a really good foundation, with the concept of grouping numbers by 5s and 10s. But I have wondered about transitions later.

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I bought Lively Latin last year and DD was in no way ready for it. Think Song School would be better for that age? (And the 4 year old DS?)
I was looking at some sample chapters online, and Latin for Children and Lively Latin I thought seemed pretty complicated for anyone's first intro. My older ds just turned 10, but I think I'm going to go with something super simple to start.

I was just reading in WTM though about how it's a good idea to have 1-2 yrs of English grammar under the belt though. We haven't done any formal grammar. DS1 has been reading for almost 5 years though, and I feel like he has a lot of knowledge just from that. Plus, we talk about it, have read stories that introduce grammar concepts, etc. Do you think we need to do a formal grammar thing?

Math is really the only sit-down curriculum type program we've even done. Everything else so far has been so effortlessly acquired through real-life experiences, reading books, field trips, talking about things, etc. :

But I do feel now he is ready for more academic-type sit-down stuff.
post #251 of 313
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It's the first day of school around here. Am I the only one who giggled this morning watching the buses go by?
I'll tell you what makes me giggle (and cringe for the poor little kids) is the bus rumbling to a stop to pick up kids at our crossroads - at 6:50 in the morning!! It doesn't drop them back off until 3:30 - even the little six year old first graders. We live five minutes from the school, and they are picked up an hour 20 min before it starts and it takes them an hour to get home... amazing isn't it? So I while my kids are cozy in bed (and sometimes I am too), I listen to the bus go by and am glad in my heart that my kids aren't on it!
post #252 of 313
Those poor little kids! What is become of our society? Seriously. Sigh.

So we were going to wait a week and half before our first day of school and we didn't make it that long. We were all too impatient. We started on math yesterday and the boys LOVE it. We have now finished 1/20th of the entire kindergarten curriculum and they would do even more if I let them, too-- that's after just two days-- I have a feeling we will be moving onto to the first grade curriculum before the year is done.

And am I the worst mom ever if I admit that I HATE ART? It is SOOOO messy. Always such a mess, such a production, and they literally spend like 5 minutes doing their art pieces, so little thought goes into it, before they are ready to move on. I really fail to see much benefit in it at this age. Isn't everything they do "art", really? Must art for little ones really involve finger painting and glue? Blah. I know I know, it's good, we're probably going to do LESS art, though, and focus more on math-- they love that anyway!

BTW, the Singapore math books aren't just workbooks, they involve cutting and gluing and folding origami and stuff-- so that's really cool.
post #253 of 313
I don't like art either; I hate all the prep and clean up for like you said, about 5 minutes of actually "doing" art. That is why this year I scheduled art for Fridays - that way we do it somewhat consistently so the boys feel like they are getting art time, but I don't have to stress too much about it. One Friday a month we'll be at my friend's house for art, one Friday a month we'll be doing some from Art in Story, and only 2 Fridays a month do I plan on letting the boys choose what they want (painting, etc.). I'm hoping that it'll be a good compromise instead of me always saying, "We'll paint *later* ... ."
post #254 of 313
Lion, I laughed while reading your post. We are at the point in our Calvert curriculum where we are cutting up magazines while looking for shapes and gluing them into little books. Great. So now even the MATH is messy. :
I'm irked. They love it - but they don't really focus on the shapes for long. Soon someone's glued to the table or a chicken looks really cool and who cares what shape she is? And so it goes...
Somedays, you just have to surrender to it and get through it.

And my house looks like a tornado hit it tonight too.
post #255 of 313
Hmmm, funny guys. Our homeschool could be art all day, and we'd all be happy. But our home has pretty much been an art studio for the last couple of years as DP and I both are enrolled in arts-based programs.

Maybe we do art differently, tho, because we don't do fingerpaints (except in the bath tub, honestly!), and gluing (stick, the bottle is annoying) and cutting is not something that I "do" for school---it's more of her independent thing, and the little tiny pieces of paper drive me CRAZY!! She has to clean them up herself or loses collage privileges for a while!

For paints, I set her up on a little table over the linoleum and she really doesn't make a mess. If its just the cheap water-color cakes in a pan, then I let her do that in the living room, yes over the carpet.

I let my kid use sharpies! and my tables are ruined....but they needed refinished anyways Right now, she's into cutting shapes out of textured paper towel, coloring them intricately with sharpie, and then gluing those to a background, heh heh.

We do art every day, though, and I don't find it any more of a PITA than anything else. But maybe it's because she's not doing the typical kiddie craft?

Also, I'm grateful that her obsession is in the 2D art as it's easier to contain. I don't know what I'd do if she had the same passion for carving or water-based clay or something equally bulky and messy. And I don't do glitter. No. Not glitter. No. Anything but that.
post #256 of 313

first week

We had a nice, slow first week


Went out to breakfast and spent the day at the zoo followed by attending a "not back to school" potluck at a park in the evening with other eclectic or unschooling families, on Tuesday.

Got back into History with our History Odyssey Level 1 ancients (started this last year)...

Started Artistic Pursuits...DS is not sold on sketching with a plain black sketch pencil The boy wants color...and also is super frustrated with not being able to draw like a "real artist"...he is mad that he is 5 and draws stick figures...I find it so strange because we are so relaxed...we do lots of art around here and it's perfectly fine with me if he doesn't want to do the lesson...or wants to change it up...but he was pretty mad. DD enjoyed it alot.

We are messing about with Moving Beyond the Page...trying it out and seeing if we like it at all (it was given to us by a friend who no longer homeschools) DD loves to read, so this may fit her well. There is a lot of writing with this curriculum...so we may need to tailor that as dd gets tired of writing after a while.

DS and I read a lot of stories. Built lego cars. Made playdough and he did his "Reading eggs" online.

Chandra F.
mom to DD (8) and DS (5)
post #257 of 313
I mailed our first 20 lessons into Calvert this week. I'm so excited!!
post #258 of 313
: Honestly, this last week was kind of a wash. We started out with a bang on Monday and just kind of petered out by the end of the week.

At the beginning of our year (July 1) I was very fastidious about planning and having materials ready to go, and last week I thought I could just wing it and insert stuff throughout the day. Nope.

So tomorrow I'm going back to picking everything out ahead of time and writing it down in the order we need to go for each day. I may re-institute the work box system but call it discovery box, haha.

We're trying FIAR again next week. The first two stories were great, but it felt a bit like picking the Oreo cookie apart with DD; she was kinda resistant to the discussions/activities. I guess after a couple more stories, we'll know if it's a good fit for us or not. I have this weird feeling that Maybe I'm Not Doing It Right : although I really do like the literature analysis aspect of it. Anybody else doing FIAR this year?

I'm all about giving it the old college try til mid-year; then we may just throw everything out and start over!
post #259 of 313
Hi!

I've been lurking a bit and wanted to say "Howdy!"

I consider myself and eclectic/relaxed homeschooler. Yes, I know my kids are 9mos & 3.5, but we're definitely homeschooling! As in, they're at home and not in daycare/preschool. Does that count?

Our curriculum: (if you can call it that!)
We read books and DS has a few computer games he plays on occasion. We don't have network TV or cable, but we rent nature movies and Dora/Diego kind of stuff. I'm learning Spanish from them! We sign some. I have a sign dictionary, so we don't know the proper ASL grammer yet. DS is all about animals, so we get National Geographic Little Kids and Your Big Backyard for him. I end up reading those things a million times!! At the library he loves the nature books, Eyewitness books, Magic Schoolbus books and the story books, too. At night he and Papa watch "How It's Made" on YouTube before bed! Also, my MIL gave us the Abeka K5 and 1st grade curricula.

DS would love to "art" every day, but I'm not up for the mess. I like the idea of art on Fridays. I may pick a day of the week, and rotate supplies with the weeks. Hm, I could print a calender and work on days of the weeks and schedules.... *where's that bright idea smilie!?!*

I would also like to work on getting him more physical outlets, maybe I could schedule that, too....

I feel a little guilty. When DS was 9 months he had my complete and undivided attention! I did nothing but work with him, teach him, etc. With DD, not so much. I'm working part-time now, and when I am home, I have a three year old to deal with! He's definitely the squeaky wheel of the two. I have to remind myself even to read to her every day. She hears me read to DS, but his books are clearly not as engiaging to her!

Any thoughts on how to educate the baby while educating a 3yo? Maybe I should just relax? LOL! I'm partly upset that I just found out my friend's baby (who is younger!) is signing please. I haven't even shown DD please yet!! I've only done food and milk! While I know it's not a compitition and I shouldn't compare, I still feel guilty!!!

Sorry so long, and thanks for letting me jump in!!
-rockport
post #260 of 313
Just checking in.

We are still doing Charlotte's Web (kinda...they seem to drift interest wise but are making connections from reading so ) Also Ancient History. We are mostly focusing on the Bible's version of creation right now. Made some fun play dough.

I use Ray's for math. Boring compared to most programs but my kids LOVE it

Isn't is weird how we can have "plans" of what our children will like only to be surprised? : And so goes the life of a homeschooler!
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