I'm trying to go back to using Rod & Staff. After taking the Grammar Program World Tour I'm back to my roots and what has been the most effective with my kids. I left Rod & Staff because I wasn't getting to it daily with all of the kids. Doing the Oral Review was critical to their retention and they often needed me to work through the trickier concepts with them. Learning from the textbook independently wasn't a good fit. We would do all diagramming on the whiteboard, some oral work and a bit of written work in a composition book.
How do YOU manage Rod & Staff lessons in your homeschool? How do you run 2 or more levels?
Would you consider combining the 11yo (6th) and 13yo (7th) in English 5? Grammar is a weakness for him and while English 5 may be a bit light he would still be solidifying grammar, learning to outline, refining foundational composition skills, etc. He could put more of his English course efforts toward writing and grammar mastery this year while the 11yo digs deep in the grammar. She loves to write so I anticipate that her writing course will be a treat for her.