Topic | Planning for next year with a new baby due in August!

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  • Aimee
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    I know I’m not the only one that starts mulling over my options for the next school year as soon as the holidays are over. Right? I hope I’m not the only one! Anyway, I’m due to have my tenth baby in mid August (but my last two where two weeks late) and I’m trying to come up with a doable plan for next year. I crave simplicity but it’s so hard to plan when we don’t know what this baby will be like. I think I’ll start homeschooling  before Baby arrives so that everyone knows the routine and the kids able to jump back into, at least, the basics after a short break.

    I need too plan for an 11th grade boy who can work independently. Anyone know of an already made plan for Uncle Eric books? He will already have the history credits he has needs but had lots of interest in government, politics, WWI and anything German. I think he’ll be doing TT Geometry and Chemistry next year.

    A 9th grade boy (this is the scary one!) Who hasn’t proven to be self motivated yet. It has always worked best for my high schoolers to work independently because of busier schedules, working with Dad once in a while etc…but  this boy’s a dreamer! He’s very creative, artistic and hands on but struggles with time management and procrastination. Any ideas would be appreciated! It’s also hard to get him to write and he needs to write in high school.

    The rest, all boys, will be in 7th, 5th and 2nd grade with a 4 year old tagging along – plus the newborn. The younger ones all  struggle with either reading or writing but continue to make progress.

    I don’t want to plan on too much reading time together and then not get  it done. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your time!

     

    Wings2fly
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    I have a more detailed reply, with links, but it hasn’t shown up yet.  Check out Queen Language Lessons, 180 short, daily lessons with Charlotte Mason methods.  Grades prek – 12.

    Wings2fly
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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Check out Queen Language Lessons.  They are short, daily language lessons with Charlotte Mason methods of copywork, dictation, poetry, grammar, picture study, and writing.  You can see samples on their website or Rainbow Resource.  Although I prefer a more full language program, this has worked well for us for a year when I needed something lighter and more independent.  But I didn’t want traditional textbooks and workbooks.  These are simple, yet give students ideas to mull over.  They are available for prek to 12th grade.</p>
    https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/ungraded-multi-level-resources-grammar/language-lessons

    https://www.queenshomeschooling.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=60_61

    As far as reading aloud, you could just have a book list to go from and read when you can.

    alphabetika
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    Would audio books be a help?  That way you’re freed up from reading aloud (even if you’re still sitting with the kids, you can be resting or feeding the baby) but they can still be immersed in good literature.

    Aimee
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    Thanks! Those are both great ideas and I will check them out. I’m looking at anything remotely CM for language arts and looking for what will be easiest for me but still be a valuable education for my children. I know it will be fine, August just seems like a hard month for a homeschooling mom to have a baby.😊

    alphabetika
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    I agree re: August. My current little gal was born August 1, (sisters were 10 and 15 at the time) and I feel like not much got done for quite awhile. And I only had two others, and they were big!  So my life was very different from yours, but that “gigantically pregnant in the boiling heat when you’re supposed to be working on the new school year” feeling is probably universal. 🙂

    Miss August 1 is now nine and recently she and I spent a lot of time listening to the audio of The Hobbit because we both had the flu.Literature is just as wonderful when the listeners are lying down. Hee hee!

    Most of all, congratulations!

     

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