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#1 mathmarm

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:18 AM

Title pretty much says it all.

If you have a program that just works for your teaching style that you have used with multiple kids over the years--what is it?

#2 Syllieann

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:24 AM

Aar, mbtp la, bfsu
Iew bible heroes was a hit with both my kids, but I only used that one level.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:37 AM

Same

Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons

Story Of The World

 

Different

Math - different for each kid.

Science - we never really stuck with one science program all the way through, and better things are always coming on the market than what we started with

Language Arts - again, didn't stick with one program through, though we will be doing WWS again probably and MBTP units

Foreign language - different for each kid

Art - we may do this all the way through (artistic pursuits).  It just depends.

 



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:41 AM

AAS, SoTW, Singapore Math, Progressive Phonics, EIW (so far...may be changing)



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:51 AM

Singapore math, Reading Reflex, MCT LA

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:58 AM

OPGTR for all three kids 

Singapore Math 

WWE (but not all levels for all kids)

SOTW

FIAR adapted for all kids in preschool and Kindergarten

parts of MCT LA 

Lively Latin 



#7 JudoMom

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:20 AM

Saxon math
Phonics Pathways
CAP's Latin
Sonlight G & H
Old Western Culture

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:34 AM

Singapore Math, BJU English, Spelling Workout, and Story of the World. 



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:40 AM

Sing, Spell, Read, Write (7 kids plus 1 grandchild)
Horizons Math (all 8)
Hands On Equations Verbal Book (2 so far, #3 next yr)
MUS alg&geo as pre-alg& pre-geo (completed in a single yr) (6 so far, #7 next yr)
Foerster's alg 1&2 (6 so far)
Apples and Pears (for my dyslexics only) (only 2 of them. Missed out on this with my oldest)
Latin Prep (4 so far)
Kinetic Physics (4 so far)

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#10 Jess4879

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:44 AM

I think the only ones that every single child has used without fail is All About Spelling & All About Reading (though my oldest used others as well, because AAR wasn't out yet).

 



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

Heart of Dakota
CLE Math, then TT
CLE LA

....now adding MUS and AAS as favorites! 😊

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#12 MeaganS

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:53 AM

OPGTR: About 2/3 of the way through with my 3rd kid
WWE & AAS: Recently started both with my 3rd kid

Handwriting Without Tears: 3 kids finished. Although I might be shaking things up for my toddler when she gets there.

Its hard to say others because my younger kids are still fairly young, but it looks like Miquon, Mystery Science, Beast Academy, and Hoffman Academy might be joining that list too.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:54 AM

First Language Lessons 1/2 is on its sixth kid in my house. (3 didn't stick though, and we never made it to 4...)

Rod and Staff English after that. It's all the bigger kids used, but the younger ones veered off to Junior Analytical Grammar and Analytical Grammar.

Rod and Staff spelling. I've taken kids through the complete set and it's all the younger kids have ever known.

Writing...meh. Every kid has such different needs here.

My pre-high school literature method has been used on all of them. I put together a particular collection of high quality children's lit for each kid each year. They can read what they want from that collection daily. We discuss it as we go. No study guides or programs.

Horizons math for most; Rod and Staff math to start them out or for the more slow and steady math learners after that.

Veritas Press history (diy, not online) with Story of the World mingled in has been used with all of them at some point.

Science... meh. Never found an elementary series I could be loyal to. Living books works though.

Latin, Classical Academic Press all the way

The Fun Spanish from Brookdale was a great first step, and bridges Song School Spanish to SFC. Spanish for Children is next with Duolingo. After they conquer the Duolingo app they add Memrise.

Phonics Pathways went through four kids. Writing Road to Reading for the last two.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:16 AM

K12 Phonicsworks (all four)

Story of the World (older three.. as much as I loved it with the older kids, I just didn't want to do it a fourth time.)

Singapore Math (older three)

K12 Science K-5 (older three)

K12 History K (younger three)

K12 Literary Analysis and Composition (older three... this is on my must-do list for high school prep)



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:34 AM

Both kids for many years?

 

Brave Writer

Story of the World

 

That's pretty much it. Oh, well, they both did nearly all of Explode the Code, but I feel it was a minor mistake in retrospect. And they both did many All About Spelling levels, which was not a mistake, but if I had not already had them, it would not have been worth the price tag for the other kid.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 09:38 AM

OPGTR
FLL (all levels)
WWE 1-3
Singapore Math
HO/SOTW
RSO
Artistic Pursuits
Zaner-Bloser
Spelling Workout/Spelling City
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

Rod and Staff- English all the way for both of mine. Math all of the way for both of mine. spelling, all the way for one of mine, good for the rules and beginning for another, but then needed to switch because of dyslexia and needs a different type of teaching for the other.   I did the early preschool books with multiple kids and the 1st grade reading and phonics. My plan is to do that with the next as well. We will use all of the above with her. 

 

Story of the World and Logic Stage WTM history/great book methods. Classical House of Learning lit book lists logic stage. 

 

Science: WtM elementary methods 

 

Latin: Memoria Press Latina Christiana and Form Series

 

 

 

 



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:07 PM

All of mine have done Horizons from 3-6 (ok, one of mine is only IN 3, but she will)

Apples and Pears Spelling for all

IEW in the elementary years (and some middle school for some--not all are in high school yet)

We used Sonlight through 5th for the oldest and still use the lit for lower grades and are using Psychology for oldest

Tapestry of Grace going on 7 years

We used HWT for the first 3 and switched to Pentime

Rod and Staff English for the first 2 and the last.

I'm on my third doing Science Explorer for Middle School Science

Everyone did Rod and Staff pre-school.

 

I have other things I've used for 2 here and there.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

Galore park
Singapore math

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:49 PM

Math mammoth

Sonlight P4/5



#21 hollyhock

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:56 PM

Explode the Code (ended up not working for one of mine)

R&S Spelling

God's Design science

R&S 7 history book

Writing With Ease

writing as per SWB's audio lectures <--- working for every single kid so far

Pathway Readers - we don't use the workbooks but we love these for reading practice in early grades, and then I use them for narration and literature later on.

 

As for English and math, we used to be a MM/R&S English family, but now we're a TT/LLATL family. I like the change very much but I haven't used it for enough years to add it to the list.



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:59 PM

Singapore Math

AoPS

MCT

Story of the World

History of US

History of Science

ChemAdvantage

DO Physics (with 2 kids once I learned about it here)

CTY

 



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:32 PM

Singapore Math

MCT grammar with Daily Grams as supplement

SOTW (as read-aloud)

Sequential Spelling (especially once typing is established)

 

I hope to add more, but my kids are 4 years apart in school grades, so we'll see. :-) 



#24 Jess4879

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:04 PM

I think the only ones that every single child has used without fail is All About Spelling & All About Reading (though my oldest used others as well, because AAR wasn't out yet).

 

Forgot about ETC. 
 



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:28 PM

Two DSs here, with very opposite needs/learning styles. Things we stuck with for BOTH DSs over MULTIPLE years:

 

- read alouds together (infancy through gr. 12)

- various critical thinking and logic puzzles, books, games done together (gr. 1-10)

- made our own History and Science, done together (gr. 1-8 -- for high school switched to formal programs)

 

The only program I can think of used by both DSs for several years was Winston Grammar (both DSs used all 3 levels of Basic, Word Works, Advanced), and it was just one of multiple grammar resources we used during the gr. 1-8 years.

 

Not used by both, but for math, DS#1 stuck with Singapore Primary up through levels 6A/B plus Singapore's NEM 1, and DS#2 stuck with Math-U-See (from grade 5 through grade 11).


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:22 PM

All About Spelling, Horizons math for 1-6, MUS for upper grades, Sonlight for literature/readers (not always for history), Mystery of History, Handwriting Without Tears, Essentials in Writing...


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:23 AM

SOTW, FLL, WWE, Saxon, 100EZ Lessons, Getting Started With Latin

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:55 AM

Saxon Math (for most of my kids - I have one exception this year).

Heart of Dakota:  the Preparing Guides and older through high school.  I don't use all components but at least use the history in each guide.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:03 AM

Two DSs here, with very opposite needs/learning styles. Things we stuck with for BOTH DSs over MULTIPLE years:

 

- read alouds together (infancy through gr. 12)

- various critical thinking and logic puzzles, books, games done together (gr. 1-10)

- made our own History and Science, done together (gr. 1-8 -- for high school switched to formal programs)

 

I was thinking the answer for me was, "Er, none, completely," (although I reassure myself that I learn from each new thing I try and bring those lessons into the Next Thing), but yes, this is true, so far! The program of reading aloud and playing games/doing puzzles is one I feel like I can stick with infinitely and works for all of us. I appreciate having this not-so-obvious consistency pointed out!


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:27 AM

I like to change things up year to year and kid to kid, because I get bored easily, plus my kids are all so different, but...

 

SOTW for history is the one thing I've used with all 3 of my currently school aged kids and have used it for several years. We've sometimes done other things (like a year of Sonlight) or used programs that use SOTW (TOG, Wayfarers), but SOTW just works for us.

 

But everything else... I'm glad I changed things a lot with my oldest, because I decided to homeschool the younger two instead of virtual school this year and started homeschooling the next day after the decision... I was able to pull everything I needed out of the curriculum closet. They're both doing different things for skills subjects, but I still had everything I needed. :)


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#31 mirabillis

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:19 AM

Math

Rightstart (A-E)

then Singapore 4B-6A for a year

then Dolciani Pre-Algebra

 

Language Arts

phonics: Hooked on Phonics

grammar: First Language Lessons 1-4 - them move to Analytical Grammer for 6-8th grade

writing: Writing with Ease 1-3

writing: then we move to IEW SWI-A in 5th grade for Writing

spelling: All About Spelling 1-8

literature: Lightning Literature (great new success) - 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th (trying 4th this yr)

handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears then Zaner-Bloser for cursive

 

I've been fortunate, much of what has worked for us continues to work for us. We've been in & out of other subjects/curriculum, but these are my steadies - and for many, I'm up to kid #6 with them, still going strong - and 'graduated' one to high school where he's getting straight As in outsourced classes so good solid foundation.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:24 AM

I suppose Apples & Pears is our longest running program, used with both children...



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:42 AM

All 3 have used 

  • Before Five in a Row
  • Kumon Let's Cut, Paste, Fold & some other one
  • Five in a Row
  • Story of the World (2 kids went through with Build Your Library)
  • Song School Latin (although not a one remembers anything from it!)
  • the same logic books: Balance Benders, Detective Club, One Hour Mysteries
  • All 3 started in All About Spelling - 2 switched to Apples and Pears due to dysgraphia/suspected dysgraphia

 

I expect all 3 to use (younger ones have not gotten there):

  • Build Your Library 7 (the geography year)
  • Oak Meadow Integrated Health and PE (if they are home for high school)
  • Rainbow Science Year 1

 

I keep each kid in their own math; high school math may end up the same for a kid or two. I've never really found a elementary science program I liked, so I ended up with bits and bobs of living books, some experiment books, some co-op classes, some outside classes.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:08 PM

All About Reading and Spelling

Rightstart Math

Brave Writer 

Five in a Row and Before Five in a Row

First Language Lessons

Real Science 4 Kids

Handwriting Without Tears

Atelier Art



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:16 PM

Horizons math so far.  My little guy is only in K.  The other 2 went through Horizons through 6th.

I plan to use Story of the World again as well.

 

 



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:18 PM

Singapore Maths (1-6, and Discovering Maths 1-3)

Saxon Maths (Algebra II and Advanced Maths)

Story of the World

FLL 1-4

Hake Grammar 6-8

 



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:30 PM

Singapore Math
SOTW
RSO
Phonics Pathways
AAS

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:54 PM

Math-U-See

Story of the World

All About Spelling

Latina Christiana I and II (even though the latter has been replaced with First Form)

progymnasmata - my olders used Classical Writing, my middles use Classical Composition, my youngest student uses Writing & Rhetoric



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:06 PM

Singapore Math (4 kids)

Education Unboxed with C rods for early math (4 kids)

Mcguffey Readers with magnetic letters for early reading (5 kids)

MENSA lists for K-8 literature (4 kids)

R&S Grammar and Spelling (2 kids)

WWE/WWS (3 kids)

Roman Roads (Old Western Culture) - Just DS1 has used this, but it's great.  I bought the DVDs and plan to use for the little boys when they get there.

GSWL (2 kids)

Story of the World (5 kids)



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:22 PM

Mine are 4th and K, so much too soon to have done anything for many years or multiple kids. 

 

However, we keep returning to Singapore. We did it in K and 1st, then tried something else for 2nd and went back to singapore mid-year. PS for 3rd. Tried MM this year, didn't make it long before we ordered Singapore again. I'm using it for my K, too. I actually really like it and I don't know why we keep second guessing and trying other things! We're done now and will stick with Singapore with BA on the side. 

 

We also keep going back to RSO so far. 



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:40 PM

progymnasmata - my olders used Classical Writing, my middles use Classical Composition, my youngest student uses Writing & Rhetoric


Is this progymnasmata thing from CAP or Memoria Press or someplace else?

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:51 PM

Singapore math.

I have a regular meltdown and think I'll quit but I always come back to it.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 11:50 PM

A Beka phonics (K4 and K5) to learn to read

 

BJU reading, math, and English for early elementary

 

CLE math, LA, and reading for upper elementary and middle school

 

FIguratively Speaking in middle school

 

BJU life science in middle school

 

Ds just entered high school, and so far I'm not using anything I did with dd, but there may be things later. 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:03 AM

For 3+ kids, we've used: 

 

Singapore Math (each of my kids used it for at least two grade levels) 

Handwriting Without Tears

Story of the World 

A History of US 

Breaking the Barrier French/Spanish 

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:32 AM

Mine are so different in many ways but there have been some favorites.

 

Logic of English Foundations- used with 2 so far (wasn't around when ds was little and probably would not have fit him) I'll start dd3 with it next year

 

I See Sam Readers- Ds learned to read with them, the girls have used them for reinforcement

 

MEPR &MiFK- Used with both girls so far and plan to use again for dd3

 

Apples & Pears for both of my struggling spellers- #3 won't need it and #4 is too young to tell

 

WWE- ds used all the levels, dd1 used some and dd2 is using some as well and I'll likely do levels 1 & 2 with #3 as well

 

Bravewriter- bits and pieces of different programs

 

SoTW- first 2 levels- used with ds- just started using with the girls

 

Writing and Rhetoric- I've used with 2 so far and plan to use again, ds just used books 1-3 and so far that's all I have planned for dd2

 

Treasured Conversations- 2 down and 2 more to go

 

Poetry Tea- is a household favorite, there might be a mutiny if canceled it

 

Nature Study- We've done it with various consistency and formality over the years but it remains

 

Read-Alouds- I don't read aloud near as much as when ds was little as I had more time and he just loved it more but it still continues on

 

 

Some programs I think we will likely use again but it is too early to tell--

 

Writing with Skill- I'm using now with ds and I think it will be a good fit for dd1 as well (I'm already thinking we will likely start it next year at half speed) too early to tell with the other 2

 

MegaWords- Using with Ds this year and will very likely use with dd1, dd2 won't need it and dd3 is too early to tell

 

Artistic Pursuits- just started this year with the girls, wish I would have tried sooner, dd1 is using it independently and I do dd2's orally and she works on projects w/ dd3

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:57 AM

Golden Children's Bible

Draw Write Now

ETC

CLE Math

Ambleside Online - pieces/parts

Diana Waring

FLL 3 - as intro to grammar with almost all of them (the other FLLs not so much)

GSWL

IEW (love/hate with this one, but it's useful)

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:12 AM

Memoria Press

 

Singapore Math

 

Killgallon's composition books

 

Art of Problem Solving/Beast Academy

 

 

 

Sunlight reading lists

 

MENSA reading lists

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:33 PM

Singapore Math

Reading Reflex

Handwriting without Tears

MCT Language Arts

Galore Park French

Getting Started with Latin

Latin Alive

Artistic Pursuits



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:10 PM

Is this progymnasmata thing from CAP or Memoria Press or someplace else?

 

So it's actually like an approach ... it's a system of writing. And it's great, you should definitely look into it!

 

Different companies have written curricula that follow the progymnasmata system of writing.  CAP has one (Writing & Rhetoric). Not long ago, Memoria Press added one also (Classical Composition).

 

Classical Writing was my first exposure to the system, but proved too challenging for me to use at the time I needed to use it. I'm not sure if they're still around because I don't hear much about them anymore? I still have a few old books. As CAP and MP added the progym to their curricular lineups, I was able to better incorporate their products into our school. I have one more student to go, and will definitely teach him the progymnasmata. It remains to be seen if I'll continue to use W&R and CC, or if something better will come along (though both are tough acts to follow!)



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:10 PM

Is this progymnasmata thing from CAP or Memoria Press or someplace else?

 

So it's actually like an approach ... it's a system of writing. And it's great, you should definitely look into it!

 

Different companies have written curricula that follow the progymnasmata system of writing.  CAP has one (Writing & Rhetoric). Not long ago, Memoria Press added one also (Classical Composition).

 

Classical Writing was my first exposure to the system, but proved too challenging for me to use at the time I needed to use it. I'm not sure if they're still around because I don't hear much about them anymore? I still have a few old books. As CAP and MP added the progym to their curricular lineups, I was able to better incorporate their products into our school. I have one more student to go, and will definitely teach him the progymnasmata. It remains to be seen if I'll continue to use W&R and CC, or if something better will come along (though both are tough acts to follow!)