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#51 ScoutTN

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:17 PM

Phonics Pathways
FLL
SOTW

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:49 PM

SOTW

First Language Lessons (WTM)

Copywork / Dictation

Ambleside book lists (parts and pieces)

BFSU

 

 



#53 KeriJ

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:16 PM

Abeka Phonics
R&S English
SCM curriculum guide
Read alouds
Pentime
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:36 PM

Sonlight read-alouds (history and lit). Didn't use the readers for all.

Apples and Pears spelling

Singapore math

 

Just started MCT last year, but seems a keeper for both.

 



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 03:17 PM

Webster's Speller
PP
RS4K
Singapore math
FLL
MCT
SOTW

My syllables spell success program:

http://www.thephonic...lesspellsu.html

(I use this with my remedial students, but also use it as a quick yearly phonics review for my own children one they finish the basics.)

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:34 PM

So far, R+S English

 

Dancing Bears, 2 kids have completed the program and 1 is halfway through. Works great for us!



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:53 PM

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Reading

  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (worked for all three kids)
  • Memoria Press Story Time Treasures and More Story Time Treasures (all three kids in 1st grade, LOVED IT; but it has changed a bit since we did it; we didn't care for their other literature guides, though)

Spelling & Vocabulary

  • All About Spelling (Levels 1 through 3 or 4, then it was time to switch to something more independent)
  • Phonetic Zoo (Levels A [4th grade], B [5th grade], C [6th grade])
  • Advanced Spelling & Vocabulary (7th grade, only three sections)
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary (we did Book 1 when the girls were little and just LOVED it; we never did Book 2, but have done Books 3, 4, 5, 6, and now 7).

Grammar

  • First Language Lessons (we lasted about halfway through Level 4, then it was time to switch to something more student-directed)
  • CLE Language Arts (grammar & spelling sections only, not penmanship or composition; 400s through 600s, then we're done)

Composition

  • Writing with Ease (Levels 1 through 3; we stretched these out over 1st through 4th grades, because we added in other writing assignments; we never did any of Level 4, though I have it in a box!)
  • Writing with Skill (Levels 1 & 2; part of WWS 1 for 5th, finish WWS 1 for 6th; part of WWS 2 for 7th, and so on)

Math

  • Horizons Math (from Kindergarten through part of 3rd Grade, then it started to drive us crazy; we switched to...)
  • CLE Math (from 300s through 700s or 800s [not sure], and are happy with it so far)

French

  • Ecoutez, Parlez! (Books 1 through 4, first all of them only orally, then again with all the workbooks)

Bible & Christian Discipleship

  • Egermeier's Story Bible (we read this over and over, it was a hit)
  • Family Bible Reading
  • Hymns & Worship songs
  • What the Bible Is All About for Kids (all three girls read through this over two years)
  • David C. Cook Journey through the Bible (same as above, read over two years)
  • Adventuring through the Bible (the plan is for the girls to read this book over 2-3 years)
  • Junior Bible Quiz (we did this [non-competing] for a few years in place of a "catechism")
  • CLE Bible (400s [Life of Jesus] and 500s [Old Testament: Creation to Moses]; I'm not sure what we'll do next year)

History

  • Story of the World (all of them)
  • Mystery of History (so far, Volumes 1 & 2)

Miscellaneous

  • This is not a program, per se, but we have stuck with reading aloud over the years, with all the children. 
  • We have also added hundreds of well-organized books to our home library, and I think this has had more impact than any program.
  • For Science, I have not found anything that I like consistently enough to have used it for years and year. This is my most stressful subject to teach, I think, for two reasons -- (1) I'm weak in it, and (2) it's more "hands-on" than some other things I'm weak in, so it requires more in the moment explanations and interpretations. Not my strong suit, so I'm always looking for hand-holding in Science. Haven't really found it yet, unfortunately!

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:50 PM

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


Did you start OPGTR at different ages for all of your kiddos? I'm hoping to use it for both of my kiddos. My daughter started it at 3.5 and finished at 5. My son is 3.75 and we haven't started. We usually start after letter sounds are known.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:06 AM

I have a 7th, 5th, and 2nd grader.

Story of the World
All About Spelling
Writing With Ease
First Language Lessons
Singapore Math
Evan Moor Geography
All About Reading (I used it for the last 2)

When the time comes, I will most likely use the following again.

MCT Grammar Island and the following level (Kid #2 just finished and will begin the next level.)

Beast Academy (The 5th grader is not great at math. I'm trying this on her 2 grade levels down. I don't know how much she will do. She does it as a supplement.)

Runkles Geography

Ellen McHenry Science

Oxford University Press history books

Writing With Skill

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:16 AM

CLE Math- This is has been the most constant thing in our homeschool

 

Pentime- Once I found this for handwriting, I didn't look for anything else. Cheap, well done, and my kids enjoy it

 

Abeka Phonics- just the Handbook for reading and 1st grade readers

 

CLE LA- not every year, but I do tend to come back to it

 

SCM's list of subjects and book choices- No matter what we've done, I've always used this guide for planning as well as help for choosing resources

 

Stacks of Books- When all else has fallen apart, we've read. Read aloud. Read to themselves. Consistently. It definitely fits my teaching style. :) 


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:38 AM

Math Mammoth, AAS1-4, FLL 1-2, HWOT pre-k-1, MP copybooks, NAC, SL books (readers and read alouds), BW

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:52 AM

After 24 years of homeschooling 12 children, with the youngest in 4th grade and an older dc through his doctorate in a scientific field, I'd say the two most valuable curricula for us through the long haul have been:

 

Apologia Science (middle school through advanced high school)

 

R&S English (grades 3 and up)

 

The two above have gotten more positive reviews from my eight graduated dc than anything else.

 

A few other favorites we've stuck with through the years are:

 

Phonics Pathways

 

Singapore Math

 

Elementary Greek 


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:57 AM

Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

First Language Lessons

Writing with Ease

All About Spelling

Story of the World

Saxon Math 5/4 and up.

Wordly Wise 3000

Vocabulary From Classical Roots

Elemental Science

 



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:39 PM

R&S English

MEP math. Oldest two started in MEP 2 and are now on MEP 6 & 7. DS 6 is half way through MEP 1. I really appreciate MEP.

 

 



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 08:58 PM

Singapore Primary Mathematics

WWE 1 and WWS 1

MCT elementary levels

Killgallon

Paragraph Writing Made Easy

Figuratively Speaking

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop

SOTW

K12 Human Odyssey

Catholic Schools Textbook Project From Sea to Shining Sea

Ellen McHenry science

 

Beast Academy would've made the list if it had come out in time for my older child. She actually did some of the "challenge" problems from the 3rd grade books even though she was beyond most of BA3.

 


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:13 PM

We've used MFW for seven years from Adventures to AHL and CLE Math from 1st through 5th. 

We have always skipped around with English though.



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:29 AM

After 24 years of homeschooling 12 children, with the youngest in 4th grade and an older dc through his doctorate in a scientific field, I'd say the two most valuable curricula for us through the long haul have been:

 

 

You win! :D We should all be listening to you!


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:54 PM

You win! :D We should all be listening to you!

 

Haha, no, don't put that on me! This is just what correlated with my own objectives and worked with my style of teaching. There are a lot of experienced homeschool parents here.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 01:46 PM

SOTW

Singapore Math

My own curriculum (Guest Hollow stuff)


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 02:15 PM

Abeka Phonics
R&S English
SCM curriculum guide
Read alouds
Pentime

 I'm going back through to read all the responses. It never ceases to be funny to me that when I find a post that looks almost like mine...its yours. 



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 03:27 PM

I'm going back through to read all the responses. It never ceases to be funny to me that when I find a post that looks almost like mine...its yours.


I was thinking the same thing.😃
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 03:32 PM


 

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.

 

Yep, CW's still around! We're using it this year, Aesop and Homer, and...I'm finding it a bit challenging to wrap my head around as well. It's not as teacher-friendly, but I have to admit that I feel I am seeing maturity in my children's writing.

 

Okay, but I would say that though I can only speak for elementary up to this point, I have stuck with ABeka for phonics K-2nd, AAS, MUS, and I love SOTW. We are in our fourth year using MFW for the family cycle, and plan to use them through the cycle at least once, but after that, may do something else. But honestly my favorite parts of MFW are SOTW, and if I leave MFW, I will continue using SOTW. :)
 


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:26 PM

Spelling workout (my oldest is 22 and my youngest is 7...we have stuck with this for 17 years of homeschooling.)
Singapore math (this has proven itself in a huge way)
Tapestry of Grace (I am on my 8th year. My only regret is that I feel I don't utilize it like I should...do much awesome in one curriculum)
Apologia science
Memorial press Latin
Explode the code
100 ez lessons
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 06:28 AM

Abeka Phonics
R&S English
SCM curriculum guide
Read alouds
Pentime

 

 

CLE Math- This is has been the most constant thing in our homeschool

 

Pentime- Once I found this for handwriting, I didn't look for anything else. Cheap, well done, and my kids enjoy it

 

Abeka Phonics- just the Handbook for reading and 1st grade readers

 

CLE LA- not every year, but I do tend to come back to it

 

SCM's list of subjects and book choices- No matter what we've done, I've always used this guide for planning as well as help for choosing resources

 

Stacks of Books- When all else has fallen apart, we've read. Read aloud. Read to themselves. Consistently. It definitely fits my teaching style. :)

 

Hey Twins,  :lol:

 

What exactly do you use from SCM? The individual history guides? There are 6, right? Or do you use the guides for each grade? 

 

A friend is interested in CM. TIA!


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 06:35 AM

Hey Twins,  :lol:

 

What exactly do you use from SCM? The individual history guides? There are 6, right? Or do you use the guides for each grade? 

 

A friend is interested in CM. TIA!

I've only used one history guide. I more often will used the book ideas for a history time period and just read through them at our own pace. Also when Im planning our Family Time choices for the year, I like to use the entire curriculum guide as a reference for what subjects to cover. (Personal development, Hymn, Composer etc). Sometimes I use the recommendations for those subjects, and sometimes I have my own ideas...and maybe in a given year a little of both.  Anyway, once I have all my subjects sort of planned, we just relaxedly loop through them in the afternoons. Easy Peasy.


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 07:21 AM

I've only used one history guide. I more often will used the book ideas for a history time period and just read through them at our own pace. Also when Im planning our Family Time choices for the year, I like to use the entire curriculum guide as a reference for what subjects to cover. (Personal development, Hymn, Composer etc). Sometimes I use the recommendations for those subjects, and sometimes I have my own ideas...and maybe in a given year a little of both.  Anyway, once I have all my subjects sort of planned, we just relaxedly loop through them in the afternoons. Easy Peasy.

Do you have any samples of your plan that you could share?

Do you 'chart' it, just make a 'list', or ??

 

Pam



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:03 AM

I've only used one history guide. I more often will used the book ideas for a history time period and just read through them at our own pace. Also when Im planning our Family Time choices for the year, I like to use the entire curriculum guide as a reference for what subjects to cover. (Personal development, Hymn, Composer etc). Sometimes I use the recommendations for those subjects, and sometimes I have my own ideas...and maybe in a given year a little of both. Anyway, once I have all my subjects sort of planned, we just relaxedly loop through them in the afternoons. Easy Peasy.


What she said.😃

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:12 AM

I've only used one history guide. I more often will used the book ideas for a history time period and just read through them at our own pace. Also when Im planning our Family Time choices for the year, I like to use the entire curriculum guide as a reference for what subjects to cover. (Personal development, Hymn, Composer etc). Sometimes I use the recommendations for those subjects, and sometimes I have my own ideas...and maybe in a given year a little of both.  Anyway, once I have all my subjects sort of planned, we just relaxedly loop through them in the afternoons. Easy Peasy.

 

 

What she said.😃

 

Thank you, Twins. 

 

I guess I don't see ONE guide at that site. Is there one curriculum guide? I see history, enrichment, and some guides by grade level. 

 

Sorry to be so obtuse.



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:44 AM

Thank you, Twins. 

 

I guess I don't see ONE guide at that site. Is there one curriculum guide? I see history, enrichment, and some guides by grade level. 

 

Sorry to be so obtuse.

 

Here's the guide: https://simplycharlo...overview-chart/

 

I'll start a new SCM thread to explain better how I use it.


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:06 AM

Here's the guide: https://simplycharlo...overview-chart/

 

I'll start a new SCM thread to explain better how I use it.

 

Thank you!



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 07:54 PM

R&S Math and R&S Grammar are the gifts that keep on giving around here. I've used Grades 2-6 in Math and 3-6 in Grammar so far. 


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:28 PM

Do you have any samples of your plan that you could share?

Do you 'chart' it, just make a 'list', or ??

 

Pam

At the beginning of the year (or the spring before more realistically)  I write all the categories from the SCM chart that I want to cover down the left side of a piece of paper. I then start putting things down that I already have in my head that I want to cover. For example, I knew I wanted to study Beethoven this year...so I put that down for composer study. I put Book of Virtues under personal development etc.... I go through each category with SCM's recommendations open and just write down everything I think we'd like to try for the year in its category along with anything else that pops into my head. The past couple years I've referenced the Wayfarers lists for this as well.  And just because I write it down doesn't mean we'll do everything. I just like having that direction in moving forward. Scratch that. I NEED that direction. My brain doesn't do open ended. And I don't do meticulously detailed plans, because they stress me out. But with this kind of loose system in place, I get the joy of feeling like I'm flying by the seat of my pants each day without feeling stressed out.  It's glorious.

 

Anyway, once I have some ideas for each category, I decide what I need to buy and what I can just hold at the library. Then it's easy to just loop through the books. 

 

For history I generally have a spine plus one historical fiction read aloud going at a time. Then I assign one book per child on their level for history from which they do their written narrations.  All the other categories tend to just be me reading aloud and then discussing them. It's just as simple as finishing one book and picking up another.

 

Funny thing is that this very flexible system works very for us and yet I tried to rock the boat and go with new shiny curriculum. We dropped it in about 3 weeks, and I'm back to what I had plotted out on paper in the spring


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Posted Yesterday, 01:35 PM

At the beginning of the year (or the spring before more realistically)  I write all the categories from the SCM chart that I want to cover down the left side of a piece of paper. I then start putting things down that I already have in my head that I want to cover. For example, I knew I wanted to study Beethoven this year...so I put that down for composer study. I put Book of Virtues under personal development etc.... I go through each category with SCM's recommendations open and just write down everything I think we'd like to try for the year in its category along with anything else that pops into my head. The past couple years I've referenced the Wayfarers lists for this as well.  And just because I write it down doesn't mean we'll do everything. I just like having that direction in moving forward. Scratch that. I NEED that direction. My brain doesn't do open ended. And I don't do meticulously detailed plans, because they stress me out. But with this kind of loose system in place, I get the joy of feeling like I'm flying by the seat of my pants each day without feeling stressed out.  It's glorious.

 

Anyway, once I have some ideas for each category, I decide what I need to buy and what I can just hold at the library. Then it's easy to just loop through the books. 

 

For history I generally have a spine plus one historical fiction read aloud going at a time. Then I assign one book per child on their level for history from which they do their written narrations.  All the other categories tend to just be me reading aloud and then discussing them. It's just as simple as finishing one book and picking up another.

 

Funny thing is that this very flexible system works very for us and yet I tried to rock the boat and go with new shiny curriculum. We dropped it in about 3 weeks, and I'm back to what I had plotted out on paper in the spring

I'm saving this. Thanks!

 

 

Pam


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