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  1. I don't have specific resources, as my oldest is only entering 6th grade. The first two thoughts I had though were suggesting James Herriot books, if you think they can or would get them from the library, and including nature study. Just last year we had parents bring in chicks, hamsters, and what I think were cow bones for different classes. I'd probably have them keep a nature journal, with a focus on animals of course.
  2. Yes, it's a bummer when things don't work out as planned, but like Sabrina said - God always has a plan! Hopefully you can fall into a new routine that works just as well for your family.
  3. I can't let my youngest outside without an adult either, so I understand the frustration, but I also hate going outside right now, because I can't just sit down and read a book or tend to outdoor chores. I'm constantly watching her like a hawk, or walking her back to a safe place. It is exhausting, and I've said the same thing--hopefully by next summer! There was an article going around FB recently by a mom who didn't like to go to outings/parties/events, because of young children, and I can so relate. My younger two are now 5 and 3, and I feel like we're getting close to seeing the light at the end of that tunnel, but as of right now, I feel like I have to be a homebody, because it's impossible to go places with toddlers and actually enjoy myself.
  4. I'm no help. My 3 year old is also that child. When we lived in town, our front steps went straight to the sidewalk, so we installed chain locks at the top. Perhaps you could combine that with some kind of door alarm like mentioned above, to at least give you time to get there before he gets out. If he can climb the fence, you're only option is to train him not to climb it, and to respond immediately to your commands to STOP or return to you. We live rural, but also on a road where they drive too fast. We don't have a fence, and have a shared driveway, so I understand your concern. If we are playing in certain areas you can't see us when you're driving up, so if she darts out from behind the storage building or parked car, which was a scary habit of hers for a long time, they wouldn't know to watch out. The only thing I CAN do is to make sure she doesn't go in the driveway (or "the rocks" as she calls it), and make sure she responds immediately to stop or come back to me. It is exhausting and time consuming, but I have worked at removing her immediately and making her sit with me if she doesn't obey, which is not nearly as fun as playing with siblings. She's gotten a lot better over the last few months. I wish I could say she was consistently obedient, but we're still working on that.
  5. We've never had a serious injury or an ER trip, thankfully! I have boys and girls, and by far the one that worries me is the youngest, a 3 year old girl. She's *that kid* when it comes to climbing up and jumping off things she shouldn't be on.
  6. Good question. I just checked last night and realized St. Bartholomew's Eve is now available for download.
  7. Yes, definitely enjoying this weather more! No better way to tire a 3 year old for bedtime than running outdoors! Co-op is now over, and AWANA is winding down. There's a lot of group activities starting up that we may consider with co-op friends . . . flag football, chess club . . . VBS is right around the corner. So there's always something to keep us busy!
  8. I'm not sure my kids would be open to those sandwich options, but this was a great article!
  9. I think today was worse, because it's supposed to be turning spring and we keep having these dreary cold snaps . . . bleh! We switched to a new curriculum in October, so with regular Thanksgiving and Christmas break, we'll have to go about 6-8 weeks longer than I would normally go. I think, however, we'll plan to keep pressing on, taking off for VBS. We'll take a "light" summer, and just start back up a little later than usual so we still get a break.
  10. We have 3 dogs and a cat. Two small, indoor dogs. The lab is mostly outdoor. The cat is outdoors. The boys have had hermit crabs and hamsters in the past, and now they want lizards and/or turtles. My daughter wants a parrot. We live adjacent to the family farm where my husband was raised. His parents have 3 donkeys, half a dozen or so goats (I haven't counted lately but I know they sold some), 2 outdoor cats, 2 rabbits, 2 ducks and a lot of chickens. They have a dog and bird inside. The other field has a handful of cows, split between them and my brother-in-law. My kids basically consider all those animals as their own. Not sure what happened to his beehives, I never did ask. My brother-in-law has a dog that never stays home and sits outside my house yapping all the time. We don't claim him, LOL!
  11. Math gets done online math, and it grades automatically. If they don't get a passing grade, I go through it with them and they redo it with new questions the next day. We are Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, so there isn't much to "correct" otherwise at this point, except maybe in copywork and dictation. I make them immediately correct spelling, punctuation, etc. I don't give grades yet. I'll figure that out when they need it, but they're all elementary ages right now.
  12. I've never been to one. I would like to go, but arranging childcare for those few days is a major factor. I don't really feel like I'm missing out, though.
  13. Fascinating! I'm sure my kids will want to try these too.
  14. Right now, we only do co-op. My boys (8 and 11) are going to have an instructional Basketball class before co-op starting in March. In the past they have both done homeschool gymnastics, and my oldest has also done soccer, basketball, boys gymnastics and golf. He likes to try things, but rarely wants to continue. My younger son wants to learn piano, so I need to find an instructor for him. My 5 year old daughter wants to take dance but we missed sign-ups this past fall, so she has to wait until later this year. Now that she's 5 though, I might put her in the homeschool gymnastics class, and I think the Olympics have inspired ice skating, LOL!
  15. Formally, we follow a traditional school calendar, but we don't stop for summer either. We start our "new year" around the same time as public schools, but we're way more flexible with our schedule. Usually by summer we slow things down and it is pretty light and casual. We can't take off completely though, or it's too hard to get back into a routine.
  16. We just got ours today in West Virginia!
  17. I think they had most of the week off here, but a two hour delay today, based on Facebook posts and when my nephew left this morning. I only pay attention to school cancellations on days we have extracurriculars, since most cancel when the schools close for weather. We don't do "snow days" here either, because we can do all of our school, tidy the house and still play outside. We typically only do 4-day weeks anyway, so it's not like we have an overloaded schedule.
  18. Oh, and I can't forget, my kids have LOVED our trips to LEGOLAND! We've been to the indoor one in Atlanta, and the theme park in Florida.
  19. Cave tours at Carter Caves (KY) Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Children's Museum of Atlanta Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) The Wilds - animal conservation center, driving tours (OH) Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (Atlanta - more appreciated by older kids/teens and adults) The kids love any aquarium or zoo, though some are definitely better than others from an adult perspective, LOL!
  20. Thank you for the update! We're studying this time period and this is very relevant to our recent readings! Looking forward to updates for future titles!
  21. Sometimes it's hard to step back, but if it's for the best, it will all work out. We currently belong to a co-op, but it's more relaxed and for enrichment, rather than academically focused. I imagine we'll reassess our priorities as my kids get older, but for now, they all love it. We'll, it took several weeks in and bumping the 2 year old up to the 3 yr class...but after that, it was a more pleasant experience for everyone!
  22. I want to tweak our daily schedule to flow a little smoother, but no major changes to our homeschool. I also need to be more diligent and consistent with homemaking.
  23. We like to drive to one of the large parks that does "Winter Wonderland" Christmas lights and walk around. One Saturday is baking cookies, and we always make Chex Mix. There are of course, many annual activities with the church, as well as activities with the co-op. On Christmas Eve we have a huge gathering with my husband's side of the family. Christmas morning is whatever goodies are in their stockings, then we go to my sister-in-law's house for breakfast, then a late lunch at my mother-in-law's house.
  24. We got our first snow last night (WV) but it wasn't really much to look at, and was gone by the time we got home from church. We'll have more though, so the kids will eventually be happy.
  25. I think that's a great idea!