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    DS 10 (turning 11 early Fall)
    BYL grade 8
    BW Faltering Ownership and maybe a BW online class in the Spring
    Jacobs Algebra
    MCT Language of Literature
    Great Courses Plus
    Film making
    Piano
    Hip-hop and DJ classes
    swimming


    We do lots of games and supplements, too plentiful to list!

    DD 7 & DS 7
    Singapore Math for DD; MM and BA for DS
    Bravewriter Arrows
    A Little History of the World, or SOTW haven't decided
    Song School Spanish
    Around the World Stories
    Spangler Science boxes (Hoping these are not too high level, if it doesn't work, we'll do kiwi crate and maybe BFSU stuff)
    Nature Journaling
    All About Spelling is a maybe. We hardly got to it last year, but they hate writing if they can't spell a word so I'm hesitant to drop it
    DS does Piano & Soccer
    DD does gymnastics and Girl Scouts
    Amber

    DS age 10
    DD age 7
    DS age 7

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    I always loved these. And like Alexsmom, my baby's in K!

    We're starting in late September, as we are still in our 2016-17 year (we go year-round).

    Plan: I'd like to begin focusing more on M1's executive skills. I think a huge part of what's going on is performance anxiety, and I think bolstering those will help. For M2, I just want him to enjoy learning! THere's plenty under that hood that's raring to go.

    For M1:
    Age - Almost 10 at start of year
    Grade - 5th-ish

    Math - MEP Year 4
    Language Arts - Brave Writer, AAS 2and 3, American Lit
    Science - RSO Chem 1
    Social Studies - American History mashup (Zinn, Takaki, Crash Course, etc.)
    Art - Art Lab and Map Art Lab
    Logic - Orbiting with Logic, and one of the Dover books on cryptography
    Trumpet - Self led via YouTube, after a looooong hiatus
    I also have daily time blocked out for self-led projects, reading, playing, etc.

    Extras - Ballet 3x/week, Archery apprenticeship 1x/month, but we'll have to go up to the range at least 1x/week

    For M2:
    Age - 5 at start of school year
    Grade - Kindergarten (egad!)

    Math - Miquon Orange to start
    Reading - The Ordinary Parent's Gide to Teaching Reading, Starfall
    Lettering - HWOT
    Science - BFSU K-2
    Social Studies - Following along with M1
    Art - Art Lab and Map Art Lab
    Logic - Lollipop Logic
    Piano - Hoffman Academy
    M2 has the same open time as M1

    Extras - Outdoor school 1x/week, ballet 1x/week, swimming 1x/week

    M1 has academics four days a week, M2 has them three days a week. We go year round with eleven weeks on, two weeks off each quarter.
    FKA Hordemama
    Stay-at-home-librarian parenting a horde of two sons: Marauder 1 (M1) born in 2007, and Marauder 2 (M2) born in 2012.

  4. #33

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    Homeschooling Librarian, we were curriculum twins - or very close. One of my boys also does ballet... we're up to five times a week now. Sigh.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

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    Farrar, I saw that! Is Ballet Boy thinking about making dance a career? M1 so far is not, but it is AMAZING what dance does for him. Greater maturity, better awareness of others, better spatial awareness, etc. I think M2 will enjoy it, but I suspect that when he finally finds his "thing" it'll be visual art or music.

    I forgot to add the differences between this year and next: Aside from going from one kid officially schooling to two, I'm dropping Mosdos in favor of combining history and lit reading, and I'm returning to MEP after trying Math Mammoth. I'm also officially letting go of trying to use BFSU 3-5; my tentative plan with M2 is to complete BFSU K-2, then move to the RSO Level 1 series.
    FKA Hordemama
    Stay-at-home-librarian parenting a horde of two sons: Marauder 1 (M1) born in 2007, and Marauder 2 (M2) born in 2012.

  6. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling Librarian View Post
    Farrar, I saw that! Is Ballet Boy thinking about making dance a career? M1 so far is not, but it is AMAZING what dance does for him. Greater maturity, better awareness of others, better spatial awareness, etc. I think M2 will enjoy it, but I suspect that when he finally finds his "thing" it'll be visual art or music.

    I forgot to add the differences between this year and next: Aside from going from one kid officially schooling to two, I'm dropping Mosdos in favor of combining history and lit reading, and I'm returning to MEP after trying Math Mammoth. I'm also officially letting go of trying to use BFSU 3-5; my tentative plan with M2 is to complete BFSU K-2, then move to the RSO Level 1 series.
    Ha! BalletBoy also started with MEP, did Math Mammoth, and then finished elementary math with MEP.

    He is wishing for a career in ballet. I don't know if it will happen for him - I sometimes joke that there's a decent chance that he already hit the pinnacle of his career last year when he got to dance on stage with ABT (with Misty Copeland!) at the Kennedy Center. But he works his rear end off. And he is so dedicated. It is so good for his maturity. And one of the crazy things is that I have the experiment and the control - the twin who danced and the identical one who didn't. Their bodies are now different, of course. Which is amazing.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

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    I was vague last year and I'm even worse this year.

    I had a language arts evaluation done so I could prioritize and see where he was compared to other kids his age and maybe consider the possibility of more evaluations to make sure there are no SN issues involved before middle school or at least high school. He loved math for awhile and now he says hates it and he will be officially doing 3rd grade math in 4th grade.

    I asked if he was normal, not if he is talented, but the evaluator apparently misunderstood and advised me to do essentially what I would do if school didn't exist and I just wanted to hang out with my kid and have fun: read lots and lots of fiction and let him choose what he wants to write about and how to perfect his craft as an artist.

    Well, I'm just the parent so what do I know. I don't want to be responsible for a brokeded writer.

    School started yesterday, I just didn't tell ds and don't intend to.

    I did look at BYL though, and it looks like a great program. I already built my library, so the free samples work great as examples and guidelines for us.

    We aren't using Bravewriter but we will use many of the books that inspired Julie to write Bravewriter in the first place in light of the LA evaluation.

    ds is also showing a lot of interest in science and little to none in history, one of my pet subjects, so I should probably switch them out as far as time and effort. We have a ton of Janice Van Cleave, Usborne, etc. that he might not be finding on his own because my bicycle is in front of the science section.

    Farrar, BalletBoy sounds awesome. ds25 dabbled but was so overshadowed by dd28 that he never took ballet but so seriously. dd28 was better at jazz and modern anyway, so I'm not kicking myself too much over the way her dance career played itself out. The feet won't be an issue for BalletBoy, of course, because IIRC dudes don't go en pointe?
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    homeschooling ds9
    homeschooled dd28 (Grad student, UC Berkeley, Philosophy) and ds25 (Spc. in US Army, deployed, Operation Spartan Shield)

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    Here's our plan so far, subject to change on a moment's notice, lol---

    11 yo son:
    Saxon Intermediate 4
    Growing with Grammar 3
    Soaring with Spelling 3
    Winning with Writing 3
    RSO Earth and Space
    HO Ancients Level 2
    Dianne Craft Brain Integration exercises/reading program for dyslexia

    10 yo daughter:
    Saxon Intermediate 3
    Growing with Grammar 2
    Soaring with Spelling 2
    Winning with Writing 2
    RSO Earth and Space
    HO Ancients Level 1
    Dianne Craft Brain Integration exercise/reading program for dyslexia

    almost 5 yo daughter:
    Saxon 1 Math
    Just ordered MBTP 4-5!!!
    I got Happy Phonics at a used curriculum sale for $1 so we will see how it goes

    Plus lots of art and nature journals. And almost forgot Song School Spanish!
    Last edited by jerrysgal4ever; 07-20-2017 at 11:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrysgal4ever View Post
    almost 5 yo daughter:
    Saxon 1 Math
    Just ordered MBTP 4-5!!!
    I got Happy Phonics at a used curriculum sale for $1 so we will see how it goes
    We love Happy Phonics! My daughter loved the games and learned a lot.
    Survived our second year of homeschooling. It's been a crazy year, but somehow DD has shown much improvement in the 3 R's. Behavior...not so much.

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    DD (Archeress) age 11 (6th grade) & DS (Fly Fisher) age 9 (4th grade)

    This year Ive streamlined things a bit so that Im using more of the same materials and time with both kids but with different expectations according to their levels.

    Math- Khan Academy (6th grade for Archeress, 5th grade for Fly Fisher), Singapore word problems and mental math, & Critical Thinking Co. The Basics of Critical Thinking and Red Herring Mysteries Level 1. Cryptography games and puzzles.

    Language Arts and Literature- Brave Writer Partnership Writing and Arrows. May need to move Archeress to Faltering Ownership mid-year. Well also work on word roots. All three of us will be keeping journals.

    History- A History of US supplemented with multimedia and field trips.

    Geography- Still trying to figure this out. Definitely doing some physical geography, map making, & orienteering but also want to include some human geography and include things like art and foods to our studies.

    Science & Technology- Were doing astronomy, physics, chemistry, and environmental sciences with the heaviest emphasis on physics and chemistry. Archeress will be participating in extracurricular STEM programs throughout the year. Combining various resources with Raders (cosmos, physics, & chemistry) 4kids as a basic outline. Various engineering projects.

    Art- Well all be keeping nature and/or art journals, DD and I are taking drawing and watercolor together. Art History and Art appreciation in conjunction with our history and geography studies. Theyll each create and keep up a weekly cartoon through the year. Archeress wants to explore manga.

    Physical Activity- weekly homeschool PE class through nearby college, daily walks, wii dance, ?

    Extracurriculars- Archeress-piano, Fly Fisher-guitar. Archeress-archery. Were hoping that a Girls on the Run homeschool group starts in a nearby town for Archeress to participate in. The other closest is an hour away and is through the schools there and therefore unavailable to us. Fly Fisher is very much an introvert but Id like for him to be doing a little bit more through the year. He has one friend and while hes happy with that when they get to see each other regularly he does miss the company of other kids when they cant. If we could find one group thing that appealed to him that was only once a week or so and not for more than an hour or two I think it would really benefit him and might give him the opportunity to make another friend or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Only View Post
    We love Happy Phonics! My daughter loved the games and learned a lot.
    It looks like fun! I couldn't believe I found the whole package for only $1! I need to get it all organized and figure out how to use it.

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