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Well, here goes! I've answered the original questions, and will PM the list of everyone who wants to be part of this thread. It's a pretty long list, and likely to get longer<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> , so we probably don't need to give everyone an entire week.<br><br>
One recommendation: when it's your turn to answer, answer the questions in Microsoft Word and copy them to your post. It takes a LONG time to type them out, and you'll have to log in again and lose your post. (The voice of experience!)<br><br>
Here are my answers:<br>
What are your kids’ ages and pseudonyms?<br>
I have two daughters: M, age 8 and L, age 4.<br><br><b>How long have you been home schooling? Is there a story behind it?</b><br>
This is our third year home schooling. M went to half-day kindergarten and we realized that once she started first grade, she would never see her dad. My husband is a pastor, and his schedule is busiest during times when public school is out – evenings, weekends, Christmas, and Easter. So we decided to give home schooling a try for a year. At the end of a year we were all enjoying it enough to keep going… and going… and going!<br><br><b>Does your home school have a name or a mission statement?</b><br>
We just chose our name last month, so we could have an “official” school for educator discounts, etc. We chose Peace Lutheran School. Peace, because I really try to keep a peaceful home; Lutheran, because we are; and School, because we’re learning.<br><br><b>What is your general home schooling philosophy?</b><br>
I’m fairly eclectic, but lean toward a classical curriculum. When I’m here at Mothering, I feel like the strictest teacher ever… when I read The Well Trained Mind, I feel like an unschooler! I think I’ve learned from the folks here to take a pretty relaxed approach.<br><br><b>Do you use a curriculum?</b><br>
We’ve tried lots of things and are still finding our way with science. (At this point, our science needs are being filled by reading, visiting our local Audubon Center, and frequent nature walks.)<br>
We’ve avoided spelling until this year (3rd grade). We’re now using Spelling Power, which I LOVE! One book, non-consumable, and it will be used by both girls until they’re done with school!<br>
We use Story of the World for history and have really enjoyed that. My daughter is a huge history buff because of those books… wonderful supplemental reading lists, map work, and activities. The whole family has learned a TON of history since we started.<br>
M is using Singapore math after trying Saxon and really disliking it. We gave up on Saxon about halfway through first grade, and actually quit doing math except for math games and everyday math. Started Singapore this year and she’s doing very well. I think I will get Math-U-See for L when she starts math.<br>
Other than that, we do a lot of reading, a little creative writing every day, piano lessons, handwriting, and playing outside.<br><br><b>Do you or your children have any special interests or hobbies that influence your home schooling?</b><br>
I was a music major in college, so music isn’t optional at our house… it’s unavoidable! I’m in a worship band at our church and the whole family goes to practices: the girls sing along or dance to the songs.<br>
I’ve started teaching M to knit just this week. It’s a fairly new hobby for me, but why shouldn’t we learn together? <br>
We all love to read, so we make frequent trips to the library.<br>
And my husband has a few pastors’ conferences each year, so we pack up our books and travel along. (One reason we love to home school!)<br><br><b>What is your typical daily routine? weekly routine?</b><br>
L is in preschool Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. (Our church runs a preschool, or I wouldn’t even have considered it.)<br>
M has school “work” on Monday-Thursday, which we try to finish in the morning.<br>
Afternoons are for playing, reading, and getting housework done. (Did I just say “done”? HA!)<br>
Friday is my husband’s day off, so we have Family Fun Day. We often visit a museum or the beach, or just play board games and sometimes go out to eat.<br><br><b>Do you have any special methods/tips for planning? household organization? storage? record keeping?</b><br>
Oh, boy. I can’t wait to hear what other people have to say about this one!!
 

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When it's our turn do we just title the thread "Getting to know you" or will you post a new thread for each lady then when she has a chance she can post her answers?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">When I’m here at Mothering, I feel like the strictest teacher ever… when I read The Well Trained Mind, I feel like an unschooler!</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm kinda that way too!<br><br>
How is your dd's doing with knitting??? I asked my dd's if they wanted to learn to knit b/c I'm wanting to learn too. My oldest told me, "How can you teach us...you don't even know how to do it." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So she chose crochet for now b/c she knows I CAN do that. My almost 6yo tho wants to learn to knit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Thanks for thinking about that detail... I guess I hadn't even considered it! I think having each lady's name in the thread title would be good. I'll PM everyone who's signed up, so I can let everyone know how/when to start their thread.<br><br>
Just my 8yo is learning to knit so far. She's still clumsy with the needles, but understands the idea. I don't think it will take long, if she really wants to stick with it. Pretty soon she'll be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/knit.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="knit">! If you already know how to crochet, you'll pick up knitting quickly, I think. I've learned a lot from knittinghelp.com... lots of good teaching videos.
 

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Gotcha!<br><br>
Actually, I've tried already and I suck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think I've checked out almost all the children's "learn to knit" books at the library. I finally came to the conclusion that it's having to hold two needles instead of one, trying to coordinate them and the yarn tension.
 

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I'm so sorry to butt in, but I would like to be a part of this thread... I don't know where the original post is though, or I would have replied to that. I'm sorry if I'm coming across as confused, it's just that I am a bit! I'm new to posting here, but so glad to be here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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VERY relaxed laws here... in Connecticut. You can choose to inform the school district that you are hs-ing, in which case you are required to do an annual achievement test. Or... you can choose not to inform the district, in which case no testing is required.<br><br>
We went with not registering with the district because I don't want the headache of testing. (Though I may order the CAT just to see how we're "keeping up".)
 

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Part of the original weekly spotlight was to have people detail their days. It was a nice compliment to the Q&A, and a week seemed just the right amount of time for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Not that everyone has to do that, just that it was the justification for giving each person a whole week.<br><br>
Gracefulmom, there may be something you can change in your browser so that you won't "time out" -- I've never had that happen! (And sometimes my posts are in the making for hours, while I tend to this and that important need every few minutes... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Well, that makes so much sense!
 

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I've loved reading about your family and what you get up to - thank you for sharing... any chance of reading about a 'typical' day in your household? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Part of the original weekly spotlight was to have people detail their days. It was a nice compliment to the Q&A, and a week seemed just the right amount of time for it.</td>
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Yeah...that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OKAY! Today was not a typical day at all. L was at nursery school in the morning, and M had her first appointment with an allergist. She has asthma, and we've noticed that she starts wheezing when she eats apples. Found out it's because she's allergic to birch tree pollen... so no apples for her anymore. That's her favorite fruit, so she's pretty bummed, but we'll just celebrate (really, really celebrate) diversity in our fruit choices! We also now have a prescription for an epi-pen in case she has a worse reaction someday.<br><br>
Came home and picked L up from school, ate quesadillas, and took L to the allergist, too! She has some mild allergies, but more importantly, we learned how to treat her VERY sensitive skin when she has an allergic reaction to some kind of soap.<br><br>
Came home, cleaned our bedrooms, ate supper, and now we're off to worship band practice at church.<br><br>
Now I'm off to PM our next few getting to know you ladies!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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That is too bad about the apple allergy!<br><br>
I taught my 8yo ds and 6yo dd to knit and they really enjoy it!
 
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