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The transition from 4 to 5 kids has really knocked me back! It seems like I can only do one thing fairly well without it all going to pot. And now this Fall, I will be taking a class at lunch time M-F. Calculus, of all things (what is wrong with me???). Having all little kids was so much easier than a spread of ages with "real" schoolwork! So I'm looking for a little motivation, commiseration, or ideas! What does everyone have planned for Fall?
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I am not a home school mom and I only have 1 child (expecting #2 in February), but I just have to say that you are my hero. 5 kids and home schooling. You rock. I hope someone can actually help you, I just had to comment.

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Things are going pretty well.  There are times when I feel like we're not getting enough done, but then I remind myself that that's why I homeschool year round.

 

I started my midwifery practice back in February and am hoping to get my NARM application in with enough time to take the exam in October. If not, I'll be taking it in Feb 2014. (Fingers crossed for October).

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Hmmm.  I intended to go year round.  Then summer hit and we kind of fell off the wagon- things have been crazy with the garden, morning sickness, and now a foot injury.  So- we will start again in September I think.  I haven't really decided what my plan of attack is.  DD1 is about 1/3 of the way through Adventures in MFW.  I know we want to finish that up.  When we are "on" we really move along pretty fast- so we might finish that by the new year because it really is very fun.  So once we finish that I really don't know what to do.  I feel like she is too young to continue with MFW 3rd grade (she will just be turning 8) so we might do a year of Sonlight?  I don't know.  I do know I need the direction of a curriculum.  Our state requirements also changed a little so I would like to do a year of beginning anatomy with her...  We could probably stretch that over the rest of the year if we wanted and just do it unit study-ish....  

 

My DS1 is now six and compulsory age...  We have done a lot of oral math and he knows his letters and whatnot but I haven't pushed on the reading...  But I think we are going to be there this fall where it will just kind of come... He is learning a little on his own...  He has done all the Bible/History/Geography of MFW Adventures with his sister...  That kid knows the life stories of Squanto and George Washington better than anyone I think-lol... obsessed!  Anyway..  I think I will do MFW 1st grade for phonics/reading/writing/la since I like it and I have it and it is fun and it worked well for DD1.  I guess we will do Singapore 1 too (he has done a lot of Miquon already).  He is obsessed with Legos right now- so I am thinking about starting the lego curriculum  in the new year (wouldn't that be an awesome Christmas gift-lol?)  and do a lot of fun engineering/math/science stuff with him.  We will start with simple machines I think.

 

Oh.  I do pathway readers for DD and will continue those with DS.  They enjoy them a lot.  DD enjoys reading them and the other kids enjoy listening to her read them.

 

Now.  I have not figured out what we are going to do about all my other little kids :)  I have a 4, 2, 1 and will we are having another in January.  What works kind of well is that my little boys wake up early and I spend an hour or so undivided from them before anyone else wakes up.  That seems to satisfy their attention grabbing pretty well actually.  Then we usually "do school" during the afternoon nap time.  If my 4 yo kicks his nap though it will put a snag in that plan though.  

 

Random- but I did get the complete series of Magic Schoolbus.  Best $38 ever.  Keeps everyone occupied and learning and makes me not feel guilty.  My 4 yo knew all about cell walls at his dr appointment when the dr was trying to explain it to me-lol.  Thanks to magic school bus we both knew what was going on :)  So that is my suggestion for keeping little ones entertained in a pinch.

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Things are going pretty well.  There are times when I feel like we're not getting enough done, but then I remind myself that that's why I homeschool year round.

I started my midwifery practice back in February and am hoping to get my NARM application in with enough time to take the exam in October. If not, I'll be taking it in Feb 2014. (Fingers crossed for October).

Congrats! That is awesome. I am really jealous, I've always wanted to be a midwife. smile.gif

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Hmmm.  I intended to go year round.  Then summer hit and we kind of fell off the wagon- things have been crazy with the garden, morning sickness, and now a foot injury.  So- we will start again in September I think.  I haven't really decided what my plan of attack is.  DD1 is about 1/3 of the way through Adventures in MFW.  I know we want to finish that up.  When we are "on" we really move along pretty fast- so we might finish that by the new year because it really is very fun.  So once we finish that I really don't know what to do.  I feel like she is too young to continue with MFW 3rd grade (she will just be turning 8) so we might do a year of Sonlight?  I don't know.  I do know I need the direction of a curriculum.  Our state requirements also changed a little so I would like to do a year of beginning anatomy with her...  We could probably stretch that over the rest of the year if we wanted and just do it unit study-ish....  

My DS1 is now six and compulsory age...  We have done a lot of oral math and he knows his letters and whatnot but I haven't pushed on the reading...  But I think we are going to be there this fall where it will just kind of come... He is learning a little on his own...  He has done all the Bible/History/Geography of MFW Adventures with his sister...  That kid knows the life stories of Squanto and George Washington better than anyone I think-lol... obsessed!  Anyway..  I think I will do MFW 1st grade for phonics/reading/writing/la since I like it and I have it and it is fun and it worked well for DD1.  I guess we will do Singapore 1 too (he has done a lot of Miquon already).  He is obsessed with Legos right now- so I am thinking about starting the lego curriculum  in the new year (wouldn't that be an awesome Christmas gift-lol?)  and do a lot of fun engineering/math/science stuff with him.  We will start with simple machines I think.

Oh.  I do pathway readers for DD and will continue those with DS.  They enjoy them a lot.  DD enjoys reading them and the other kids enjoy listening to her read them.

Now.  I have not figured out what we are going to do about all my other little kids smile.gif  I have a 4, 2, 1 and will we are having another in January.  What works kind of well is that my little boys wake up early and I spend an hour or so undivided from them before anyone else wakes up.  That seems to satisfy their attention grabbing pretty well actually.  Then we usually "do school" during the afternoon nap time.  If my 4 yo kicks his nap though it will put a snag in that plan though.  

Random- but I did get the complete series of Magic Schoolbus.  Best $38 ever.  Keeps everyone occupied and learning and makes me not feel guilty.  My 4 yo knew all about cell walls at his dr appointment when the dr was trying to explain it to me-lol.  Thanks to magic school bus we both knew what was going on smile.gif  So that is my suggestion for keeping little ones entertained in a pinch.

Lego curriculum? Which one? My son loves Legos and I've heard reference to some, but other than the Technic, I'm not sure where to start! My younger kids are also morning people. It does help to let them get in some Mama time before everyone else is awake. smile.gif

I'm still working on my planning and my three classes this summer have me swamped, so we haven't done any lessons for awhile!
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Congrats! That is awesome. I am really jealous, I've always wanted to be a midwife. smile.gif
Lego curriculum? Which one? My son loves Legos and I've heard reference to some, but other than the Technic, I'm not sure where to start! My younger kids are also morning people. It does help to let them get in some Mama time before everyone else is awake. smile.gif

I'm still working on my planning and my three classes this summer have me swamped, so we haven't done any lessons for awhile!

https://www.legoeducation.us/eng/product/homeschool_simple_machines_pack_with_cd_teacher_s_guide_only/2425  This is where we are going to start and see how it goes....  They do have the technic components in the kit.  You can email Lego and ask questions about where to start- that is what I did.  I was originally going to go with an engineering kit from Timberdoodle- but it didn't seem too sturdy to me....

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