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    Hi, I am slow to thanking you for responding. I did get MCT lit program. I think we will like it. I had already purchased Saxon Grammar and Writing (oldest love the math and wants the expected routine of the lessons for grammar) So, youngest wanted to try it too. It looks boring but rigorous to me, hope they like it. MCT looks so lovely and looking at our lit program, he is so detail oriented. It is not so cheap, but if Saxon doesn't work, I hope to find funds for it. I was thinking of the MCT poetry. You said you didn't do much of it last year, is that because it is time consuming to implement? I want my guy to understand and appreciate poetry. Thanks for advice.
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    Hi Christina! I don't know if this will work out for you but AdlepatedMonkeymama and I are planning on organizing a meet up somewhere near/in Boston in Sept. Would love to meet you and the crew. Find out more about it and help us plan in the brand new New England group.
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    Hi. I found the following post from you from 2010. How did MCT's LA work out? I am thinking of using it for my rising 4th & 6th graders. Any specific suggestions would be much appreciated...esp. on levels. I see that he has now produced aLiterature Program. Any thoughts on that? I was thinking of trying that. I am not an old pro at this. We just finished our first year at home and it was ok, but took most of the year to figure wthings out.
    U wrote: For language arts, I plan for DS (12) to use the Town level of Michael Clay Thompson's LA. I think the grammar will be easy for him, but he should benefit from the review. We may go back and use Music of the Hemispheres for poetry (for both kids) before moving on the the Town level poetry book. After I get the books in hand, I may decide to use them with DD (9)
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    Thank you for being such an amazing person!!!
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    thanks for adding me
    I see it's a talkative board! It's nice to see a busy secular one!
    I will try to keep up.
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    I just haven't gotten around to it, I have a few folks I need to add. Mostly those that I have a connection with.
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    Aww my first friend !! Thanks.
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Eclectic hsers are we, utilizing WTM for inspiration, Charlotte Mason for implementation, and Montessori for when the going gets rough (i.e., MATH). And we are quite tidal, too, though in the past that seemed to be due to my obligations as a co-op teacher (finished 5/2009) and chorus director (finished 5/2010). Whatever will I do with my time now? : )

New job, starting January 2011: children's chorus director. Happy, happy, happy!

My kids:
DS (16) - Jazzman: at a fabulous charter school
DD (13) - JaneG.: Teaching Textbooks Math, Spelling Workout, Vocabulary from Classical Roots, Rules of the Game
DS (9) - J.J.: at a small Waldorf-inspired school where I teach chorus, music, and violin
reading, singing, fiddling, walking, yoga
Head Teacher, Frog Pond Academy


Currently homeschooling parent to one adolescent:
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and J.J. (9 - at a small Waldorf-inspired school)
Learning and living in Massachusetts

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Celebrating John J. Audubon

by Fiddler on 04-26-2011 at 05:42 PM

Wildlife artist John James Audubon was born on this day in 1785. His paintings and descriptions of the birds of America are familiar to and appreciated by birders everywhere. While he is one of the most famous avian illustrators, he is not one of the founders of the Audubon Society. His name was chosen because his work inspired the organization's efforts to protect birds and their

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Poetry Books for Patriots' Day

by Fiddler on 04-17-2011 at 09:42 PM
I had never heard of Patriots' Day until we moved to Massachusetts over a decade ago. Commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord, the holiday is a huge deal in this area: parades and celebrations abound. Evidently the day is also celebrated in Maine, but it was completely off my radar during the four years I lived there.

While my crowd-shunning family rarely goes to parades, we do enjoy a patriotic read from time to time. Here, then, are a few books of American poetry

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Middle School Home Learning--What's Working

by Fiddler on 02-19-2011 at 07:07 PM
Inspired by an email list I'm on and jumpstarted by Cindy's forum thread (Middle School Homeschool Bloggers. . .Where Are They?), I've written up what's working well for my eldest (nicknamed Jazz, age 13, 7th grade), and plan to continue with posts about my other two kids ASAP.

You can find the post here.

Burns Night - Ca' the Yowes

by Fiddler on 01-25-2011 at 02:13 PM
It's Robert Burns's birthday today! Over at Rockhound Place I have a poem celebrating the day along with a video of Scottish folk singers The Corries singing the poem set to music.

Read the post here.

NYT Music alert!

by Fiddler on 01-18-2011 at 11:10 PM
The New York Times is currently running a "Top Ten Classical Composers" video series hosted by NYT chief music critic Anthony Tommasini. The videos are easily digestible, truly informative, and enjoyable--win, win, win--so I greatly encourage you to check them out. You may need to sign up for the NYT online to access the series, but signing up is free.

Links and more here.
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