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#51 Zoo Keeper

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:32 AM

I think CQLA is probably referring to Character Quality Language Arts...I googled it...https://www.google.c...ainedmind.com&*



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:55 AM

I think CQLA is probably referring to Character Quality Language Arts...I googled it...https://www.google.c...ainedmind.com&*


Thanks!

I'd love to see more about this.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:33 AM

DS asked me if people talk about his favorite, The Story of Civilization from TAN, and i said that indeed people do not :-)

 

I got the audiobook from audible. It is NOT dramatized, as advertised. There are sound effects and they do play relevant mus selection in the background, though.

 

Amazon has all the products.

 

It is definitely religious, more so than SOTW, but it would be yeah since TAN is a Catholic (I think) company.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:05 AM

TAN is super Catholic. :). They publish the book I'm using for 6th and 7th grade hstory, "The Old World and America" by Fr. Furlong. It isn't getting as much love in the Catholic homeschooling world now that the Catholic Textbook Project is the shiny new thing, but imo CTP isn't nearly as well written, esp for wnd of the chapter Qs and actvities, despite CTP being so much prettier.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

TAN is super Catholic. :). They publish the book I'm using for 6th and 7th grade hstory, "The Old World and America" by Fr. Furlong. It isn't getting as much love in the Catholic homeschooling world now that the Catholic Textbook Project is the shiny new thing, but imo CTP isn't nearly as well written, esp for wnd of the chapter Qs and actvities, despite CTP being so much prettier.


Tsoc is just sort of baseline religious. Jews=gods chosen etc.

They get slightly more into the nitty gritty of ancient history, which my boys like. We heard of two Commander suicides this morning, for example. The word "slaughter" comes into play. They talk about a woman being married off against her will and many mass enslavements. Things like that.

It's also, by don't of being more focussed, more in depth. It's straight Egypt/Mesopotamia/Greece/Macedonia/Rome.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:44 AM

DS asked me if people talk about his favorite, The Story of Civilization from TAN, and i said that indeed people do not :-)

I got the audiobook from audible. It is NOT dramatized, as advertised. There are sound effects and they do play relevant mus selection in the background, though.

Amazon has all the products.

It is definitely religious, more so than SOTW, but it would be yeah since TAN is a Catholic (I think) company.


Nope. Never heard of it!

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

Monarch (online version of Switched on Schoolhouse and Lifepac workbooks.) 

 

Shiny, have you and your daughter checked out any of the electives? I'm curious about Monarch French I, Monarch Physical Education, and Monarch Physical Fitness. Not sure how those would work out as online courses, but it would be nice to check the box (especially on the PE/PF).

 

I exercise daily. I have to motivate myself, hello, and then to have to try to pry a hormonal 12 year old out of the book and off the sofa.... God forbid that a young lady should have to sweat around here. My twins move incessantly, but the 12 year old.... :001_rolleyes:

 

It would be nice to have someone (or something) else encourage and/or require my daughter to do daily exercise. Can you see PE and PF online? I can't tell what the difference is between them, exactly. I see they are HS-level courses (9th-12th). I wonder if they would work for a 7th grader? We're not required by the state to do PE, but I'd like some outside force to act upon the inertia. :D



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:06 AM

I'm sure there are many, but I'm some years out now so would have to think too hard to remember them.   :)

 

I just had to say, thanks for the laugh this morning! :) This will be me in a few more years. Ha ha.

 

If I'm lucky, it will all be a blur. A sweet, nostalgic blur.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:11 AM

My Book House is an old series that has read aloud and independent reading passage over 10 volumes. It's basically an introduction to Western Civilization in and of itself, with stories from varies mythologies, intros to artists, composers, and authors, stories of great heroes, etc.  For instance, it has the only kids' version of Dante's Inferno that I have ever found.  

 

We have the whole set, except for Volume 8! I have no idea where Volume 8 is.  


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:14 AM

English for the Thoughtful Child used to be pretty popular. I seldom hear it mentioned these days.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:55 AM

I can't say enough good things about Homeschool Journey portfolios. The history portfolios come in two levels for grammar and logic. The grammar stage book is further leveled for young or older children so you can fins an appropriate level for each topic. There are maps to color, printable activities, spaces for reports etc. you can use SOTW as a spine for Grammar stage. We're using the World in Ancient Times series for logic. Requires very little prep. I strongly prefer these to the SOTW activity books both for user friendliness and for the completed product. My kids love to look through their old portfolios to see their progress.


The Nature Portfolio is also wonderful. The index is full of suggestions for books on each topic. I'm doing 2nd and 5th grade together and it's working very well. There is a teacher manual in the back as well as pages for observations and writing pages for different levels.

http://www.homeschooljourney.com/

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

English for the Thoughtful Child used to be pretty popular. I seldom hear it mentioned these days.

 

I still use this, I think it's a really good one, simple and straightforward and inexpensive.  And most of it can be done orally if you like.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:06 PM

I loved Considering God's Creation. It was basic and very easy to implement. I made each unit last 2-3 weeks. I added in extra activities such as extra reading and videos. Just LOVED it. Will likely use it again. 

 

The other is these CDs. I think they might be sold by Cornerstone. Each CD features a musical composer in history. It plays the composers music throughout while telling the life story of the composer. Just love this.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:09 PM

Tsoc is just sort of baseline religious. Jews=gods chosen etc.

They get slightly more into the nitty gritty of ancient history, which my boys like. We heard of two Commander suicides this morning, for example. The word "slaughter" comes into play. They talk about a woman being married off against her will and many mass enslavements. Things like that.

It's also, by don't of being more focussed, more in depth. It's straight Egypt/Mesopotamia/Greece/Macedonia/Rome.


Yeah, maybe I'm speaking out of turn a bit, I haven't looked at all their homeschooling stuff to see what kind of variety there is. I just know almost every time I buy spiritual reading for myself they turn out to be the publisher.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:37 PM

I can't say enough good things about Homeschool Journey portfolios. The history portfolios come in two levels for grammar and logic. The grammar stage book is further leveled for young or older children so you can fins an appropriate level for each topic. There are maps to color, printable activities, spaces for reports etc. you can use SOTW as a spine for Grammar stage. We're using the World in Ancient Times series for logic. Requires very little prep. I strongly prefer these to the SOTW activity books both for user friendliness and for the completed product. My kids love to look through their old portfolios to see their progress.


The Nature Portfolio is also wonderful. The index is full of suggestions for books on each topic. I'm doing 2nd and 5th grade together and it's working very well. There is a teacher manual in the back as well as pages for observations and writing pages for different levels.

http://www.homeschooljourney.com/


I'm so glad you mentioned these be because I just put the nature portfolios on my list for next year

I use ELFTTC orally, too :)

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:18 PM

I went to a Phonics Road workshop a few years ago and was smitten. It seems like a gorgeous program. I was nervous about how teacher intensive it might be though. What's the learning curve on the teachers end and how much time a day do you spend on it?

We used Phonics Road 1-4, but with older children. You have to start at the beginning with level 1, but you can move at a faster pace for older students. They even sell a package that includes the basics to speed through multiple levels at a lesser price back when I used it. I loved all the hand holding. I would watch the teacher training video once a week. It took me about 15 minutes, and I took any notes that I needed to help me remember new stuff. There is a daily plan to follow and little symbols on the spelling lists to remind you of any spelling rules to recite or when to add words to your blueprint lists. It was very easy to use, and It worked! My kids were embarrassed to sing the songs sometimes, but the tunes are catchy and songs stick with you.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:43 PM

I never hear anyone mention Visualize World Geography anymore. We used this with another family and our kids really enjoyed it. They remembered the silly stories to help remember where the countries are and even shared the stories with friends. Other homeschool families in my area have asked me about it saying they heard from other families children how much they enjoyed geography with us and wanted to know what we used.  

 

A new curriculum "to me" is The Good and the Beautiful" by Jenny Philips. My dd is using it a grade below and loves it! It incorporates lit, writing, grammar and usage, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, geography, poetry memorization, and art in one swoop. It is set up so you cover all these things so efficiently and in less time than I could ever do all these things on my own. And, it's either free as a downloadable PDF or very inexpensive. She's still working on getting the high school courses done.

 

 


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:56 PM

I never hear anyone mention Visualize World Geography anymore. We used this with another family and our kids really enjoyed it. They remembered the silly stories to help remember where the countries are and even shared the stories with friends. Other homeschool families in my area have asked me about it saying they heard from other families children how much they enjoyed geography with us and wanted to know what we used.

A new curriculum "to me" is The Good and the Beautiful" by Jenny Philips. My dd is using it a grade below and loves it! It incorporates lit, writing, grammar and usage, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, geography, poetry memorization, and art in one swoop. It is set up so you cover all these things so efficiently and in less time than I could ever do all these things on my own. And, it's either free as a downloadable PDF or very inexpensive. She's still working on getting the high school courses done.

Yes we just started the Good and Beautiful language Arts a couple of weeks ago and so far we are liking it. She has changed it from grade numbers to level numbers, with level 10 being the planned to level (and a couple of keep things fresh levels for those that need it)

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