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post #141 of 211
109?!?!?!?! Yikes! We were blessed with cool weather yesterday, but today is rainy unfortunately. I was hoping for lots of outside time today. I'm caring for my cousin's two year old for an undetermined amount of days. Having my two year old and hers can get kinda crazy! It goes best with lots of outside time, focused attention, and directed play. Otherwise they just tear the house apart and fight, fight, fight, lol. So I'm savoring my cup of coffee and grabbing a few alone adult moments to mentally prepare myself for the day before everyone gets up.

I'm pretty sure there won't be much in the way of academics the next couple of days. I will have the big kids do Math and Reading. That may be it. We read ahead in History a little and we're on schedule with everything else so I'm telling myself a couple light days is no big deal. I told dd, 10, and ds, 8, that the next few days will be home economics heavy, lol.

I've been helping care for my cousin's toddler as much as I can. I had her a lot of weekends over the summer. It is hard though, honestly, having two two-year olds is draining! She lives with her grandma and great grandma, mom and dad are not in the picture, well her dad isn't currently at all, but her mom will visit sometimes. Neither help care for her or offer any support. Her grandma's health isn't good and her great grandma (my grandma) is 80. Her grandma got sick with a virus and currently has Bell's Palsy, so she is staying with us for awhile.

I'm thinking lots of directed play, gluing shapes, sticker books, painting, play doh, building a big block house. The big kids can play Simon Says, freeze dance, follow the leader, and those types of games with them while I do dishes and try to keep the house together, lol. Last night dh went to pick her up while I was cooking dinner. They got home while I was still cooking. By the time I was done I literally couldn't see the floor in the family room. She's a lot more active and in to everything than my own toddler. She'll touch every toy for three seconds, then toss it on the floor, lol.

ETA- If anyone has any other ideas on how to entertain these toddlers please share!
post #142 of 211
109! I'm sick just thinking about it.
post #143 of 211
No one should be out in 109 degree weather. That's just awful.

I started my day with the truancy officer!
I've been expecting it so it was no big deal. I asked for a warrant. He didn't have one. I asked him if he'd like to talk to my attorney. He declined. Then he wandered off.
I've been expecting him for over a year now...

Crunchy, what we have found works for us is to do one or two things DEEPLY everyday. I've tried to do 15 minutes of math or whatever and the whining... Oy. So we will sit down and do a week's worth of math at a time. We consider reading to be our history many days.

I don't know why the kids like doing it this way but as long as we're cruising through stuff and they are retaining it, I'm not going to fuss too much.

We have rough winters up here. I have a parenting theory that the kids need to be outside in the fresh air ASAP when the weather is good, like NOW. I know that we're going to have more school stuff to do in the winter. That's when I think we'll tackle Artistic Pursuits. And we're keeping on track with history, which was the first subject we started. So I think we'll be winding up in history by March - April. Then we'll just start finishing up science, math. etc. and see where we're at in reading. Hopefully, by then the kids will be actively reading.

There are schedule families and then there are non-schedule families. I've also really fallen in love with year round schooling. Figure out what kind of people you are, darling. And then roll with it.
post #144 of 211
Did I kill the thread again?!?!
post #145 of 211
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Did I kill the thread again?!?!
I thought that was what I generally did.

The truancy officer must have been interesting. Why were you expecting him? Do homeschoolers get hassled in your area?
post #146 of 211
Hooray! The thread's alive!

As for the truancy officer, we're involved in litigation with some not so ethical people as part of DH's former work. They've anonymously called on us before but we moved recently, so I was sure they'd give the new school system a shot at us too. Didn't work. Never does. Just makes me more and more happy DH escaped them.
post #147 of 211
still here
post #148 of 211
Still here!

Jennifer that stinks about the truancy officer, thankfully you were prepared for it though.
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There are schedule families and then there are non-schedule families. I've also really fallen in love with year round schooling. Figure out what kind of people you are, darling. And then roll with it.
I agree that is the complicated part though, figuring out what kind of person you are- sometimes it take a bit of practice and switching things around and then seeing what kind of learners you have as well.

School went well today, although we still have reading left. We went to go see the horse but it wasn't there. Very dissapointing. Not sure at this point what to do, might try again this evening or find some videos to watch. We did review today in math and religion. He watched some Bill Nye energy video as well. Practiced more on numbers as well. He told me he loves school So, I guess it is working well.

Today we started Mr. Popper's Penguins and he wanted me to keep going, I should likely finish it tomorrow on our drive to the field trip. We are all terribly excited to be going, we love outdoor adventures. Friday we won't have co-op since we have the field trip tomorrow, so I plan some more practice on writing, maybe some math review and lots of science experiments. I have nothing officially scheduled so we will just do some fun stuff.
post #149 of 211
We finally started our foreign language instruction: Rosetta Stone Spanish

I know, that's not a classic language, but it was more important to me that it be relevant both to him and to his future. He's excited cuz he thinks he'll be able to use it as a code [he's BIG into spies].
We're having a few issues getting started. It took him a few "lessons" to figure out what they wanted him to do, and he's having a hard time with the speech part, but he REALLY wants to do that part. Oy. I turned it off today when the tears started, but we'll try again another time.

We don't have a strict schedule, but we do some history, some language arts, and some math every day. History is sometimes just a read-aloud. Today it was a writing lesson: writing a code like Hammurabi's Code. He enjoyed that until later I turned it back at him and said, remember what your laws were? You can't treat your brother like that per your own code!


I think I'm finally getting the hang of Singapore Math. I wasn't so sure about it to start, but it's getting better. I need to whip out some Mammoth Math for some review of math facts.



My big challenge[s] right now are swim lessons/PE and playdates. He's not liking or doing well in swim lessons because he doesn't like to put his head in the water. It's probably gotten worse since his near-drowning experience this summer. And I'm still waiting on our co-op to organize playgroups. We have a few friends to play with here and there, but I really want a regular group of kids he can build relationships with. In that end, I'm really committed to getting him to church every week.
post #150 of 211
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Hooray! The thread's alive!

As for the truancy officer, we're involved in litigation with some not so ethical people as part of DH's former work. They've anonymously called on us before but we moved recently, so I was sure they'd give the new school system a shot at us too. Didn't work. Never does. Just makes me more and more happy DH escaped them.
Oh that sounds annoying. Glad that aside from that you're family doesn't have to deal with the other people.

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We finally started our foreign language instruction: Rosetta Stone Spanish

I know, that's not a classic language, but it was more important to me that it be relevant both to him and to his future. He's excited cuz he thinks he'll be able to use it as a code [he's BIG into spies].
We're having a few issues getting started. It took him a few "lessons" to figure out what they wanted him to do, and he's having a hard time with the speech part, but he REALLY wants to do that part. Oy. I turned it off today when the tears started, but we'll try again another time.

We don't have a strict schedule, but we do some history, some language arts, and some math every day. History is sometimes just a read-aloud. Today it was a writing lesson: writing a code like Hammurabi's Code. He enjoyed that until later I turned it back at him and said, remember what your laws were? You can't treat your brother like that per your own code!


I think I'm finally getting the hang of Singapore Math. I wasn't so sure about it to start, but it's getting better. I need to whip out some Mammoth Math for some review of math facts.



My big challenge[s] right now are swim lessons/PE and playdates. He's not liking or doing well in swim lessons because he doesn't like to put his head in the water. It's probably gotten worse since his near-drowning experience this summer. And I'm still waiting on our co-op to organize playgroups. We have a few friends to play with here and there, but I really want a regular group of kids he can build relationships with. In that end, I'm really committed to getting him to church every week.
LOL on the code - that's what my kids like about Latin. They don't know much yet but are hoping it'll serve as a secret code for them too. Heck, dh and I are realizing how rusty our Spanish is as we are finding we can no longer spell in front of the kids. And I keep teaching the kids Spanish (either as it comes up in Latin or as it comes up at baseball practice - a couple of the players speak Spanish and English fluently, so they pick things up), so dh and I will need a new language for our secret code.

And I love the practical application of Hammurabi's code!
post #151 of 211
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As for us, I keep telling the boys that I'm cranky and have no patience. Today we accomplished almost nothing ... we had a dr.'s appointment this morning and took my mom to help, and then took my mom to lunch. So, when we got home, I was already tapped. But, we watched Latin on the DVD (this week is just a review chapter, so we watched the previous chapters' chants), read some Minimus (I wish it was a longer book) and read some science. We went to the table to do Latin and finish our science labs on minerals, but only made it through Latin (which was writing two English derivatives and their Latin origin, and then a sentence using one - nothing major) before I dismissed them all (this was after ds#3 threw about 3 tantrums ... oy, he must be going through a growth spurt). So now they are all watching The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That off the DVR and I'm deciding if I want to go watch TV in the other room or get some more stuff done. I need to print off our spring nature study and file it so that is done and work on dh's website for work.
post #152 of 211
What Latin DVD did you watch, MLW?
post #153 of 211
I am subbing! We are doing Charlotte Mason/Classical with my 5yo.
post #154 of 211
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What Latin DVD did you watch, MLW?
Just the one that came with Latin for Children A - each lesson has some children chanting the conjugation or declension for that chapter as well as the vocabulary, and then there's a lesson from the Magister. Every 3 lessons or so is a quick little "movie" called "How the West Was Unus" - it's quite silly and my boys love it (so much that they beg me to skip ahead just to watch the little episodes!).
post #155 of 211
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Even though I have not had much motivation for teaching, I found motivation somewhere to get the rest of our planning done. So far, all our nature study is filed (I went ahead and bought the Spring eBook from Barbara McCoy - I do love her materials), IEW All Things ... is copied and filed for the year, I pulled all the already-copied & filed Latin and put it in the now appropriate weeks (it had been filed as only 1 chapter every other week), and last night sat and wrote the weekly lesson plans and pulled the pages needing copying for the remaining weeks of Latin.

We will finish technically in mid-June (when our school year ends), but the last week is a big review chapter, so we'll probably do a lot of Latin that week (especially considering weeks 37 and 38 will really only be math, Latin, IEW and nature study as our history, science and other subjects will be "done" by then).

Today we finish working with minerals - we have to test for luster and crystal shape. Unfortunately I don't think we have any magnifying glasses or hand lens, at least not any handy. So, we'll do the best we can and go from there. We have not done WWE this week yet (Monday and Tuesday we did an IEW-inspired writing activity based on our history), and yesterday was a pretty much non-day. I don't have the ambition to do it today, so I think we'll just skip it all week. We'll pick it back up next week. And I finally need to go through the GWG materials so we can start that next week.
post #156 of 211
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By the way, I wanted to pass on the Headventure Land website especially for those using Song School Latin or LfC. This morning we watched all 5 episodes of the Princess story written for LfC A students. There are also vocabulary "flash dash" games starting with SSL, and other fun things.
post #157 of 211
hey all!

MLW how did the crystal and luster tests go? That sounds very interesting!

Welcome, Mama Rana! Sounds like your family is doing some wonderfully exciting things as well! I love the idea of a secret code, what a neat assignment.

yesterday was our field trip. It was a big fun time of course. The kids played and climbed and had a grand time. I did a bit of climbing as well, but of course not a ton w/ a baby on my back- some of it gets kind of dangerous!

Today we did a school hodgepodge as I had nothing planned. We did dominos, war and store for lots of fun math. Did lots of science on vibration and sound- did our reading as well. Very good day!
post #158 of 211
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hey all!

MLW how did the crystal and luster tests go? That sounds very interesting!

Welcome, Mama Rana! Sounds like your family is doing some wonderfully exciting things as well! I love the idea of a secret code, what a neat assignment.

yesterday was our field trip. It was a big fun time of course. The kids played and climbed and had a grand time. I did a bit of climbing as well, but of course not a ton w/ a baby on my back- some of it gets kind of dangerous!

Today we did a school hodgepodge as I had nothing planned. We did dominos, war and store for lots of fun math. Did lots of science on vibration and sound- did our reading as well. Very good day!
The boys enjoyed it - we had 6 mineral samples (I also had the master list of what they were ). The boys thought it was very interesting that just because a mineral looks a certain color or colors doesn't mean that is what it really is - the streak test shows it's color when crushed. They also thought it was very cool that one of the minerals (magnetite) was magnetic. They did better with the concept of luster than I thought - we basically determined whether the mineral was metallic in look, glassy, waxy, or more pearl like (they didn't quite get that). Unfortunately I had forgotten to buy a hand lens so we couldn't quite determine crystal shape, but overall, they did well. Next week we will take 9 rock samples and determine sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous (and what kind of each using a sorting activity). I do really appreciate the hands-on labs with REAL Science Odyssey. I just don't like always having to find the reading materials myself (luckily Magic School Bus books cover a lot of what we are learning).
post #159 of 211
MLW, the kids dug out a rock/fossil/mineral kit I had in the basement this afternoon. For some reason, the idea of salt being a mineral just cracked them both up. It makes me laugh what piques their interest.

I want to climb with Crunchy! Toss me the baby!

Welcome sweet!
post #160 of 211
haha, Jennifer- I would've loved to toss the baby to someone

Been working today on next terms schedule. I have Lit now scheduled- we are doing- Hans Christian Anderson Tales, Just So Stories, Children's Garden of Verses and 50 Famous Stories. I have that planned out for 5 wks(then will be Christmas break). I planned out our entire Winter Nature Study w/ supplemental notebook pages and activities as well.

Dh is working on burning videos I want to use so I have easy and quick access to them. Someone on WTM had posted a link w/ Shakespeare show for kids that I want to use w/ our current Shakespeare reading this term. Will be calling tomorrow about an apple orchard to visit this week.
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