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    #16
    Re: End of year thoughts?

    Originally posted by RunnerJoy View Post
    I have only a minute, but I need to address this before it gets out of hand.

    Jodi, You are coming here to Kentucky. We discussed this last summer. Tanya will find your husband a job teaching at HLS. The real estate is very reasonable. We have four seasons and blue grass!

    Anita and Sarah, Please stop ‘wooing’ Jodi with your promises of lovely weather.

    We have lovely weather here. <3 Why do you think it's been like slogging through concrete these past 3 weeks to finish school? It has been sunny and gorgeous.

    Plus, we have HLS and DERBY. You won't find that in CA, VA, or CO.

    Bonus: I know a super amazing realtor as well. He's a homeschooling dad, too. In the classical vein.
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    Plans for 2019-20

    DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
    DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
    DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
    DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
    DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
    DS6 - 5 - MP K

    [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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      #17
      Re: End of year thoughts?

      Originally posted by Anita View Post

      There is also a hiring cap on white male data engineers for the foreseeable future. I don’t remember who this directive came from, but it’s not a rumor — totally standard operating procedure in HR at large corporate firms. Hubs applied for two jobs at Amazon last Fall and was passed over, even though he was far more qualified than even the people who were interviewing him. Hiring quotas in engineering are The Thing now as more women and minorities are welcomed in to STEM. While diversity in the STEM workplace is certainly a positive, forcing firms to hire 80% of their workforce from 20% of their applicants is probably not going to end well.
      Ugh. Hiring quotas? Marvelous. Not that I expect my boys to go into engineering, but is it just too darn much to ask companies to hire the right person for the job?
      Plans for 2019-20

      DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
      DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
      DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
      DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
      DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
      DS6 - 5 - MP K

      [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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        #18
        Re: End of year thoughts?

        Kind of back on track, but kind of not...

        I totally think year-round schooling is the best option for our family. It gives us lots of flexibility around holidays and whenever the mood strikes to run to the mountains. But, then reality strikes.

        We have easy 5 more weeks of school. Seriously. And that totally sucks because, well it's summer and I want a break and so do the kids. But, the slog of school must continue.

        So, year round school is a great idea until you really have to, you know, do school year round.

        P.S. The mountains make that same ocean sound...it just sounds like a gentle breeze in tall mountain pines. And as you lay in your tent and hear the distinctive sound of some creature opening your cooler, you actually hope it's a raccoon because that's a better option than a bear. Bwahaha (ps, my cooler is always in a bear box or a car trunk to avoid this late night drama).

        PPS. The local school kids had to be escorted to class last week under armed gaurd because there was a moose munching on the front lawn of the school. That's a sure sign of spring in the high country.
        Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

        DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
        DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
        DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

        We've completed:
        Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
        Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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          #19
          Re: End of year thoughts?

          Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
          Hey gang!

          Well, it is nearly upon us in our house - the end of the year. I seriously cannot believe it. Where did this year go? Mentally, I am still on about week 15, it seems like. But my kids are wrapping up subjects every day and telling me they are done so early in the day now. Geesh. I have had years where I have felt on top ‘o the mountain at this point for the really positive year we had, and yet this year I feel like the person who finishes a race and immediately collapses on the ground on the other side of the finish line! And that’s not even counting the years we ended up schooling into the summer - which is it’s own challenge!

          It has gotten me wondering how y’all are faring? Did anyone else survive the year on nearly zero sleep, lots of coffee, daily prayer, and lots of evening wine? Is anyone still “there” and needing a shoulder to lean on? It can be tempting to see those around you finishing (especially away-school folks) and feel a bit restless if you are not quite there yet, or even more so if you feel like you have a long way to go yet.

          But it can also be so helpful to those of us gasping for breath at the end to hear those really positive stories of children (and therefore Moms) who have had really great steps forward over the year - whether academically, or in the management of home life during the school year. How did all you first-timers do? How are you veterans faring?

          Share, share, share!

          AMDG,
          Sarah
          This is us, just crossing the finish line today! New baby arrived over spring break, so my kids learned this year to work even more independently than they already were. But they did it, we all did it, and we are so glad to be finished.

          An MP bonus: after two years of weekly animal sketches for MP Science, (Mammals in 3rd and Insects this year), my daughter has discovered she loves art and has “draw every day” on her plan for the summer. Ditto her little brother, who has peeked over her shoulder and imitated her sketches week after week!
          Catherine

          2019-20
          DS16, 10th
          DS13, 7th
          DS11, 6th
          DD11, 6th
          DS7, 1st
          DD4, JrK
          DS 17 mos

          Homeschooling 4 with MP
          2 in classical school

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            #20
            Re: End of year thoughts?

            Catherine,
            Congrats on the new baby, and the budding young artists!

            AMDG,
            Sarah
            2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
            DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
            DS, 16
            DD, 14
            DD, 12
            DD, 10
            DD, 7.5
            DD, 5.5
            +DS+
            DS, 18 months

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              #21
              Re: End of year thoughts?

              Originally posted by Colomama View Post
              Kind of back on track, but kind of not...

              I totally think year-round schooling is the best option for our family. It gives us lots of flexibility around holidays and whenever the mood strikes to run to the mountains. But, then reality strikes.

              We have easy 5 more weeks of school. Seriously. And that totally sucks because, well it's summer and I want a break and so do the kids. But, the slog of school must continue.

              So, year round school is a great idea until you really have to, you know, do school year round.

              P.S. The mountains make that same ocean sound...it just sounds like a gentle breeze in tall mountain pines. And as you lay in your tent and hear the distinctive sound of some creature opening your cooler, you actually hope it's a raccoon because that's a better option than a bear. Bwahaha (ps, my cooler is always in a bear box or a car trunk to avoid this late night drama).

              PPS. The local school kids had to be escorted to class last week under armed gaurd because there was a moose munching on the front lawn of the school. That's a sure sign of spring in the high country.
              Our monthly town newsletter reminded us that “bears are coming out of hibernation” and we need to “be bear aware” and keep our garbage bins away from our house. That’s a first! (Though coyotes are more of a concern here than bears.)

              We school year round, too. It just falls apart otherwise.
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                #22
                Re: End of year thoughts?

                Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
                Catherine,
                Congrats on the new baby, and the budding young artists!

                AMDG,
                Sarah
                Thank you, Sarah! :-)
                Catherine

                2019-20
                DS16, 10th
                DS13, 7th
                DS11, 6th
                DD11, 6th
                DS7, 1st
                DD4, JrK
                DS 17 mos

                Homeschooling 4 with MP
                2 in classical school

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                  #23
                  Re: End of year thoughts?

                  Re: moving. I really am ready to move, but it looks like the Enginerd's job is just too good to leave. It's just in the wrong place. We were so excited to move to Tennessee. But, uck, west TN is not the same animal as middle or east TN of which we (Georgia born) were familiar with... I'll come to Kentucky, let me know where there is trout fishing and camp spots and I'll get him to visit. Then, let's find him a job...

                  Re: school year. Ugh. Things are going so slow and there is no mastery for anyone this year. The year started with a newborn. We're still trying to get on track from an, "I don't want to do school, I just want to read." child as well as teach the "uninterested and impossible to read" child. Preschool has been a bust outside of tag along learning with plenty of Daniel Tiger and additional snuggles and dud I mention the newborn is one now?!? How did that happen?

                  We called last year 1st and 3rd. I THINK next year will 1st and 4th. I don't know. I haven't a clue how to progress, but fear if I stick with the 3M manual, she'll never finish. Working on the, "this is your job," conversation, but it hasn't taken yet and then we get distracted with another angle. As of August, they will be 9 (wants to only read and become a nature conservationist), 7 (learning to read with ambitions to be a princess), 4 (lost in his own imaginations, now to replace bows and arrows into his affection for engine sounds and superhero gunfire...), 1 ("no, don't eat that we need to read it!") I'm still tempted to call next year third. If we were in-school with a cohort, what would they be? I was thinking for my son about JrK next year, but while he is story ready, phonics ready, he is not motor-skills/hold a crayon ready.

                  Literal update.
                  AppleBlossom (8): This is the child that started strong and now refuses to do anything if I take my eyes off her, or sometimes even with and will cry instead because she just wants to read. New American Cursive 2, lesson 103/125 (this means we haven't even started NAC). Exploring Arithmetic worksheets #4. (We only started these recently), student book lesson 63/170 (we stopped before division, because she is struggling with multiplication and we are trying MUS Gamma, lesson 10G/30 and Math Lessons for a Living Education 2, lesson 28/36 for reinforcement. Latina Christiana, lesson 8/14 (bring tears and attitude every time), Ludere Latine, lesson 7. States & Capitals, we're through the northeastern states with her failing the quiz no matter how much we study it. Mammals, lesson 12/30 with an 85% quiz rate. Greek Myths, lesson 7/13. Christian Studies, lesson 7/14. Timeline, I haven't even tried because everything else is in such disarray. She's free-reading the American Studies readers. We're trekking along with the Read Aloud selections. Adventures in Phonics C, p. 8/180 (she just finally finished Book B). We don't have English Grammar Recitation or SWO, she is on #38/130 in Language Arts & Literature from The Good & Beautiful (includes lit, grammar, punctuation, art, geography, spelling, vocabulary, and writing) which I added in February to try ANYTHING to work with her sister. All Things Fun & Fascinating, lesson 5/7. I gave up on Farmer Boy at ch 15 when after months she wouldn't progress. She just finished the work with Charlotte's Web, ch XIX (started book in January 2018). Oh, and we started this guide (3M) in August 2016 with weeks 1-4. At this point we started back to VPSA which was misery with changes they made the day before school officially started and needed de-schooling. We came back to mostly MP after joining an umbrella instead of being enrolled in a distance school in February 2017 and worked on weeks 5-8 until July. We are now, as of May 2018 on week 18 in most regards.

                  Princess (6): Completed Simply Classical Copywork 2. SC Writing 1 Read-Aloud edition, week 17. SC Spelling 1, Week 23 with a hiatus into the incredible Traditional Spelling 1, lesson 3. FSR Book C, lesson 10. We haven't even looked at Storytime Treasures (I got SC Storytime Treasures for her.) Adventures in Phonics Book A pg. 192/212. She doesn't seem any closer to reading than she did two years ago. I'm trying to be patient and not hopeless. She is on #30/47 on TGTB Level K, I guess in prospective of be assessments with, she has progresses, but it is soooooooo slow. I do not have NAC for her because of budget, but she us on letter "f" in Cursive Practice Sheets and also using a PDF printed copy if Handwriting Lessons Through Literature. We have not touched Enrichment, which is sad because it us my favorite MP product ever, but once we are through the basics I don't have the patience or gentle mama spirit anymore and need a time-out. She does get to hear the third grade read alouds, library book read alouds, and random bedtime ones (so she does get read to...). Beginning Arithmetic, lesson 147/170 and Math Lessons for a Living Education alternating, lesson 24/36. She's all over the place in the curriculum guides.

                  Rascal (3): We read books. He plays with imaginative and educational toys. He has NO interest in writing or coloring.
                  Margaret of Georgia, in west TN – Enginerd’s wife and Mama

                  2019-2020 · 8th MP Year, 9th Homeschooling
                  Trekking along at a student self-pace...
                  DD Summer 2009 · 5th
                  DD Summer 2011 · SC4
                  DS Summer 2014 · JrK/K
                  DD Summer 2017 · Pre
                  DS …EDD 11/2019

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                    #24
                    Re: End of year thoughts?

                    Honestly...I am exhausted by life at the moment, and we barely did much school.

                    My oldest (6th grade) just wrapped up her 5 MPOA classes which saved her school year and after a week off, she will start a summer session to cover the subjects that I dropped from the year of making do. So she will be doing Spelling, Christian Studies III, Read Alouds and reviewing Third Form for the rest of the summer.

                    The move pretty much put the others already through a "vacation" for the last few months while I solo parented and packed up the house and basically existed in survival mode...so now that things are almost all unpacked, I plan to start the 2018-2019 school year on Monday picking up where we left off with where they are in the cores. I keep getting grief now and feeling guilty by how "behind" my 10 and 8 year old are...but I figure if we just keep trucking along one day at a time that it will work out in the end. Also starting the school year for them now will allow for the time we need when baby #6 arrives in October...

                    I am thinking of trying a four day a week schedule particularly this summer and possibly into the "actual" school year with the younger set so that we have a day available for field trips, nature exploration, doctor appts, visiting relatives (the reason we moved 'back home' in the first place). I'll see how it goes for the summer and reassess in the fall...

                    Here's to hoping for a fresh start and a renewed spirit on Monday.

                    Heidi Adams
                    Heidi in WV

                    Blaise- 7M and MPOA
                    Roman - 3M (technically 5th)
                    Fiona - 2 (technically 3rd)
                    Aurelia - 1
                    Penelope - Preschool
                    Little One due October 2018

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                      #25
                      Re: End of year thoughts?

                      HEIDI!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

                      New baby on the way....that is so awesome! Wow...you have had a difficult spring - I hope you are feeling better by now. Sounds like you have a good plan, and I hope you guys settle in and get a good routine going. Give B a hug from me, and tell her “way to go” on finishing her MPOA work!

                      Hugs to you,
                      Sarah
                      2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
                      DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
                      DS, 16
                      DD, 14
                      DD, 12
                      DD, 10
                      DD, 7.5
                      DD, 5.5
                      +DS+
                      DS, 18 months

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                        #26
                        Re: End of year thoughts?

                        I actually keep a monthly school journal where I evaluate how the month went (or didn't) and note changes needed. Reading over those pages going back many years is a real walk through time for me. I can see the progression of my ideas of education. Depsite all my failures and start stops, the kids are doing well as people. Yeah, I wish they would read more, but they are GOOD people and that is more important to me than anything. (yes, that is a huge run-on, badly punctuated sentence. I'm among friends, though, right?)

                        We really finished at the end of March with what I had planned for 2017-2018. School got done and survived rather well despite selling our house and most of its contents, then moving to an apartment (a really NICE apartment). I am not pleased with my kids lack of progress in most areas. Let's just say coasting for 2 or so years in math has resulted in having to go back 2 or so years in math with a different curriculum that, ya' know, actually moves on! I will leave that as an example. Skills (the meal) need work. Content (the gravy) was ok.

                        I much appreciated Sarah's words about her son at age 11. G is my likely ASD child who seems to be acting 11 at 14 right now. I am going to try your advice to just have him choose one guide to write out this next year. Actually, I think I might do that with all my kids. They have a sour taste in their mouths for anything with MP on the cover. I need to get them over that.

                        Overall, I am so glad it is summer. With S's community college class schedule, I am planning on trying to get a few writing lessons in, maybe some math, and some reading. Anything and everything else can wait until September.
                        The Homeschool Grads:
                        J- 6/96
                        S- 11/98

                        Still Homeschooling:
                        G- 4/04
                        D- 5/05
                        F- 7/08 (my only girl)

                        Future Homeschooler:
                        M- 9/16

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                          #27
                          Re: End of year thoughts?

                          Enigma,

                          Glad I could help a bit! In my mind, it is the "eleven-year-old-boy" effect, but it probably has more to do with the changes going on in a young man as he starts to mature...so it very well may happen a bit later for some boys, too. For us, it coincided with major growth spurts, voice changes, and all that. Now at 14 and 6'+, everyone who sees him thinks he is our oldest! (Our actual oldest is only 5'2"!) So the actual age it happens is not so important as simply recognizing the stage.

                          AMDG,
                          Sarah
                          2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
                          DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
                          DS, 16
                          DD, 14
                          DD, 12
                          DD, 10
                          DD, 7.5
                          DD, 5.5
                          +DS+
                          DS, 18 months

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                            #28
                            Re: End of year thoughts?

                            We have (mostly) finished the year well. I moved some things around to get done by Memorial Day. We attended a family reunion that week and then coming home it's time to get ready for baby. I needed to be able to have school finished by then, so I could focus and get things ready for the new arrival and we could enjoy some outings before the schools are out for summer and camps take over our favorite museums and zoos.

                            The one subject we really struggled with was CC. Honestly, my daughter did very well with it. She loved the fables, and when I provided her with the format for the outlines as I saw suggested elsewhere she really enjoyed doing them. For me though it was always the one subject that I shifted off to the next day and consequently we almost never got to it. I think we finished about half of the fables. I am stalking the MPOA website in hopes they will add another section of Narrative for next year, if not I may consider enrolling her in the MPOA fable section, so she has that solid review, but I wonder if that will be overkill since she did well and completed most of the course last year. I may also have to figure out a way to make the open section for Narrative work. I'm hoping maybe someone will have a schedule change over the summer and we can get their spot in the early section. I am so happy to read about all the positive MPOA experiences!

                            Math is the other ongoing subject, but I knew that would be the case when we took a break in the fall / winter to focus on facts. We're just going to plug ahead with a lesson a day and see how far we get this summer. I think we will finish up, or come close, by the time she starts back. Thankfully everything seems to be coming pretty easily and she does well when she is focused and doesn't dwaddle.

                            I've been looking ahead at what next year has to offer and I am excited. Each grade seems like such a large jump in maturity and thinking, but I'm always amazed at how well the previous year has equipped them to handle it. I've also decided to send the toddler to the church preschool 2 days a week next year, so I hope that will give me some focused time to work with the older ones on their harder subjects that need more mom time. He's still in therapy for 3 hours a week which has been great, and we're making great strides, but it takes away a lot of time from me helping the older kids. My goal next year is to get that more focused and streamlined so that our expectations are on the same page and the older ones aren't just losing those hours of morning school / focus time.

                            I am so sad to miss Sodalitas this year, hopefully some of the sessions will be recorded. It's not the same as being there, but I do love going back and listening / watching what went on there!
                            ~Michelle

                            DD 10 (MP 5)
                            DS 8 (MP 4)
                            DS 2 - board books and causing chaos
                            DD Born 6/27/18

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                              #29
                              Re: End of year thoughts?

                              Originally posted by 3Blessings View Post
                              We have (mostly) finished the year well. I moved some things around to get done by Memorial Day. We attended a family reunion that week and then coming home it's time to get ready for baby.


                              Exciting!! Congrats!



                              The one subject we really struggled with was CC. Honestly, my daughter did very well with it. She loved the fables, and when I provided her with the format for the outlines as I saw suggested elsewhere she really enjoyed doing them. For me though it was always the one subject that I shifted off to the next day and consequently we almost never got to it. I think we finished about half of the fables.


                              Hi Michelle,

                              I wanted to provide a little encouragement for you on Narrative if you cannot get your child a spot with MPOA. Even though I knew better, I too did not push my child at that level to complete as many fables as were scheduled. I was nervous to start Narrative the next SY because of that (in fact, this current SY year). It has worked out perfectly. I had him complete several fables (5-6?), then move to Narrative using the same 2 week pattern. As it turns out, Narrative is like "Fable Plus". It adds a bit of complexity to Fable, but it is more like a continuation course to Fable. The C/M level is completely new for us (next year), but using your upcoming year to really cement Fable, then add the "plus" of Narrative worked beautifully.


                              BTW, sending the toddler to preK was a strategy I used, too. LOVE.





                              Jen
                              DS, 26 yrs, graduated from MIT (Aerospace), recently completed the design and execution of unhackable military software... in his spare time.

                              DS, 24 yrs, graduated from SIU's School of Business, ENGAGED!

                              DD, 21 yrs, Senior in Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

                              DS, 11 yrs, 6M: complete!

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