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#1 homemommy83

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:12 AM

The other thread is so true, the best curriculum is the one that gets done consistently.

Below are the things that I have consistently done with most of children.

Pentime handwriting

FLL1/2-
Phonics Pathways after either TYCTRin100EL or The Reading Lesson.
Primary LL/ ILL
Rod and Staff Spelling and Math
Math Mammoth whether doing a quick unit or this year with my 1st grader is getting done as well.

Recently The Good and the Beautiful LA has been very doable daily for our children. While it is all inclusive I have found that I actually still want to do PLL and ILL with it as I love them both for different reasons.

We have also loved CLEs Reading program, but it only takes a few months each year to do.

What are your programs that get done?
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:33 AM

As much as I have issues with them, BJU DL and VP SP courses. 

 

The summer we did RS4K Elem Chem. That got done and the kids still remember it in detail!


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:37 AM

CLE Math
CLE Language Arts
CLE Reading
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:54 AM

Abeka phonics
BJU math
MUS
Singapore math
RS4K
Spelling You See
SCM cursive writing
FLL
WWE
SOTW

In our house these always get done with zero effort or issue.
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:08 AM

Explode the code
LLATL
TT
SOTW
R&S history books
God's design science books
Apologia science books
Logic countdown and liftoff
R&S spelling
WWE and WTM writing in general
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:42 AM

Mystery Science

Explode the Code

 

These aren't the only ones that get done, but I consider them my "get-r-done" curriculums because they aren't my ideal, but the ones that actually get done instead of the ideal. :)


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:47 AM

Piano lessons: That is where my boys are right now

Sequential Spelling: Eldest is kind of sad that he is almost done. He is on disc 4, and sadly the CDs are really hard to find, so he isn't going to continue on after he is done

Math: Singapore, and AOPS

Writing: IEW and we just started Elegant Essays

Duolingo


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:50 AM

AAR and MM are our gotta do's each day. Luckily, they're also the ones that are the easiest to get done thanks to their open and go nature. We've also started implementing BW's A Quiver of Arrows and it's also been getting done every day lately. It's only been a week, though, so we'll see if  that stays consistent. It should since it fits in nicely with our morning time.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 12:12 PM

EIW. We struggled to have consistency with writing until this program. DD struggles so every other program resulted in meltdowns which certainly didn't inspire pulling it out the next day. She doesn't love EIW (I don't think she'll ever love a writing program, at least not until she is proficient at typing), but she doesn't dislike it and it gets done regularly. 

 

RSO We have only dipped into other science programs, but we have stuck with this one through 1st, 2nd, and now 4th with plans to use it again next year for 5th and 1st. 

 

Singapore math. We have tried others here and there but come back to Singapore. We also love BA, but it's too intense for DD to do every day as a main program. SM gets done without meltdowns.

 

I'm happy with RSO and SM. I admit that I'm always looking at other writing programs with grass-is-greener syndrome. But I'm going to stick with it because the others probably won't get done like EIW does. And there's nothing I dislike about EIW, it's good, I just see so many others mentioned more frequently that it's hard not to think we're missing out on something not doing them!

 

 


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 12:15 PM

We have a pretty good routine going. I recently started using Homeschool Planet, and that has helped our completion rate a LOT. School also seems to take less time - I guess having the checklist motivates my kids to stay on track. I have already written out schedules for artist & composer studies so that we get those done too!

 

4th grader: 

Math in Focus

Math Minutes

180 Days of Writing

Mr. Q Science

Bookshark history

Literature studies

 

10th grader:

MUS

World History using a textbook & Great Course lectures

Biology w/ textbook

Art History with book & Great Courses lectures

Bible and Its Influence & Great Courses lectures

Literature studies

 

 

My attempts at French with my 4th grader are NOT getting done, so I ordered something new to try (CAP's French for Children). I am hoping it gets done. I am also totally slacking in art.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 12:38 PM

I should have added Explode the Code is a favorite here and always gets done.
Apologia
Notgrass History

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 01:53 PM

I have finally figured out that we do best here with curriculum that has a schedule already done. Or Do-the-Next-Thing. Some current things that are working well (knock on wood!!!!):

 

6th grader

Apologia General Science w/ the Notebooking Journal

Uncle Sam and You

Figuratively Speaking

Easy Grammar

WWS 1

 

4th grader

Writers in Residence

Pentime Handwriting

Math Mammoth

RSO Chemistry

 

2nd grader

Growing w/ Grammar

RSO Chemistry


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 03:58 PM

Despite all my jumping around with things, we actually have a great track record of doing...

Once my kids were in the habit of doing twenty minutes l.a., twenty five minutes math, and an hour of reading every day they just did that. A couple years ago I was very sick and laid up in bed and they just kept the routine going on their own. It was amazing.

I can not recommend working by time instead of lesson more highly!
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 06:13 PM

Morning time
Pentime
MM
Journals
Copywork/dictation
Xtra Math
SOTW
OPGTR
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 06:30 PM

For 1st and 2nd, daily copywork always got done. DS had a favourite song which I would play for him while he was writing.

Now at the beginning of 3rd, our daily subjects are:
- Reading (two chapters which I assign)
- Writing (we make Jot It Down style mini-books on a different topic each week)
- Spelling (AAS)
- Math (Miquon)

Also getting done:
- History (SOTW plus comprehension questions and mapwork)
- Science (Mystery Science or Brainpop)
- Grammar (Practice Island)
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:11 PM

Despite all my jumping around with things, we actually have a great track record of doing...

Once my kids were in the habit of doing twenty minutes l.a., twenty five minutes math, and an hour of reading every day they just did that. A couple years ago I was very sick and laid up in bed and they just kept the routine going on their own. It was amazing.

I can not recommend working by time instead of lesson more highly!

I love this point!  I schedule tutor time with each child daily instead of following a certain lesson daily and I feel this is so much more productive.


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 10:36 PM

For us, it’s CLE for math and The Good and The Beautiful for language arts. I don’t love every single thing about TG&TB, but the fact that it gets done is huge.

Also, this year we’re doing a weekly science coop with friends which is ensuring that science gets done.

And, as mentioned by pp, the habit of reading for an hour every afternoon and after I put them to bed if they’re not tired enough to sleep has given them the time to log many many hours of reading.

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 01:37 AM

Abeka math k-4
Beast Academy
Abeka grammar
Caesar's English and MCT programs
Sing spell read write
CAP writing and rhetoric
CAP reasoning reading
SOTW history when I stick with it and don't try to overdo integrating my own units
RS4K science
WWE

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 06:43 AM

Can anyone please give more information re: RS3/4K science? As an after-schooler, I'm looking to supplement this part of my child's (3rd grade) education & am torn on which curriculum to follow (BFSU is currently in the running but I'm still shopping around). Thanks!

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 08:54 AM

Saxon math and Saxon grammar.
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Posted 03 February 2018 - 08:25 PM

This year:
LLATL
Story of the World
Apologia Astronomy
Pentime

Always:
Rod and Staff math
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Posted 03 February 2018 - 11:08 PM

OPGTR

Pentime

WWE

FixIt! Grammar

SOTW

Getting Started with Latin

Old Story New (for daily Bible read-aloud and discussion)

Simply Charlotte Mason scripture card box (for scripture memory and review)

 

 

 


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 11:59 PM

SOTW gets done consistently (even if we just read the chapter and do the outline and map work).

I'm not a YE person but Apologia Science, finally, gets it done for DS.

Singapore Math Standards edition gets/got it done for both.

 


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Posted 04 February 2018 - 09:14 AM

Math Mammoth
MCT Language Arts
Killgallon Sentences for Middle School
Jump In by Sharon Watson
SOTW
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 10:53 AM

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Spelling Workout
Sequential Spelling
Language Lessons for Today
Essentials in Writing (grades 1, 2, and 3 tried so far)
Easy Grammar Grade 2
Handwriting Without Tears (K, 1, 2)
Dance Mat Typing
Math Mammoth
Mr. Q Science
Science in the Beginning with the Rainbow Resource lab kit (this is our first year, haven't tried the others in this series yet)

I still haven't found a history that consistently gets done for us. We've jumped around a lot. SOTW is still on the shelf but I'm considering VP Self Paced History for this coming year.

I have learned I need things that are open and go. I have a long list of things that were too much prep and just not going to get done but I think that's for another thread. ;)

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 01:46 PM

Our always-get-done:

CLE Math

Spellwell

Universal Handwriting or Zaner-Bloser Handwriting books

Bible at breakfast

Phonics Pathways

Language Lessons for Today

 

The lesson for me here is that the do-the-next-thing type curriculums are the ones that are easiest for me.


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Posted 04 February 2018 - 03:50 PM

OPGTR
FLL (at least the first two levels)
Spelling Workout
Cheap Amazon cursive writing books
Xtramath
Reading Eggs and Mathseeds
SOTW is also good because even if we don’t add in activities, we can at least read the section out loud.
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 04:46 PM

Despite all my jumping around with things, we actually have a great track record of doing...

Once my kids were in the habit of doing twenty minutes l.a., twenty five minutes math, and an hour of reading every day they just did that. A couple years ago I was very sick and laid up in bed and they just kept the routine going on their own. It was amazing.

I can not recommend working by time instead of lesson more highly!


I agree with this so much. That tracking consistency really works. I was sick a couple of months ago and the exact same thing happened here. My kids just grabbed their work and went to business as usual. My DD even gave the twins lessons from wherever my sticky tab was in my teaching manuals. It was truly lovely :)
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#29 Paradox5

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 06:22 PM

Can anyone please give more information re: RS3/4K science? As an after-schooler, I'm looking to supplement this part of my child's (3rd grade) education & am torn on which curriculum to follow (BFSU is currently in the running but I'm still shopping around). Thanks!

You might start a new thread about this to get repsonses. Things tend to get lost otherwise.



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Posted 04 February 2018 - 07:41 PM

Math Mammoth
CLE Math
Rod and Staff Spelling
AAR
IEW Printing w/ Letter Stories
MP Science

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 08:06 PM

SOTW because the hawk demands history.

 

Anything that has five or six pieces in a lesson means I know I can't get away with letting it slide for a day--currently that's Spelling You See, Vocabulary Virtuoso, and DGP (which is also very quick).

 

Any math gets done every day because it's a priority.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 10:38 PM

Literature 

A.C.E. Word Building

Teaching Textbooks 

Poetry Teatime

Math Relief Algebra 

Typing Instructor

Visual Link Spanish

A History of US Audiobook

Our Island Story Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 12:25 AM

These are the things still getting done despite a family emergency last month...

CLE math
R&S spelling
Climbing to Good English
Beast Academy
Spelling You See
Write On!
Evan Moore Daily Science
Pathway readers
Murche science readers
Librivox audio books

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:50 AM

For elementary school:
A Beka Phonics
A Beka Math
A Beka Grammar
Christian Liberty Press Spelling
Tiner Science Books (Exploring the World of...)

For middle school:
WWS
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:11 AM

Anything with 140 lessons or less.  Those will get done every time.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:00 AM

First Language Lessons, the old combined levels 1 and 2 book. I bought it back in 2003 or so and I'm currently using it for the 6th time. It's simple, effective, and just the right speed for little ones. It's easy to speed up or slow down as needed. No prep needed; just open it to where you left off and move forward. My college girl informed me today that I was NOT ALLOWED to get rid of it when her baby brother finishes it; I must keep it for her future children.

 

Rod and Staff English after that. (We did loads of it orally.) We've dabbled with others over the years but these are the two we always come back to.

 

Copywork based writing for grades 1-2. After that I've never found "the one" that worked for every kid.

 

Piles of high quality children's literature to read and discuss. Sans curricula or study guides. ♥♥♥♥♥

 

Rod and Staff spelling. Painless and effective. Other than some Writing Road to Reading dabbling, R&S is all I've used on mine since my oldest was in 5th/6th grade.

 

Horizons math for elementary! My personal favorite. But I do so love that R&S grade 1 for a first math course. (duckie math!)

 

Story of the World. Just let go of what is "enough." Just read the book and discuss it. Do some maps and coloring. Find it on a globe or atlas. It's a lovely way to study history with small people.

 

Piles and piles of living books for science. And history.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:08 PM

Everything I use is get er done, since my kids have EF issues and don't want to spend anymore time on work than they need to.

 

R&S Math and Grammar

EIW 

Mark Kistler Learn to Draw in 30 Days

Core Knowledge Lit.

Core Knowledge History

RS4K Science


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 04:30 PM

For all grades: Easy peasy (all in one homeschool) for  reading, science, grammar/english/writing, history

 

I'm still figuring out the math but for grade 3 I'm liking math lessons for a living education, it gets done and is light enough to really nail down multiplication tables while using it.

 


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 06:27 PM

Apples & Pears - it's gotten done the most consistently and the longest around here

 

Math.  Just in general, math.  We're good about getting it done...but not so good about sticking to a specific program.  CLE, MM, and BJU have all had decently long stints here.  Oldest DD is over-the-moon about Mastering Essential Math Skills, however (IMO) it was an emergency measure, not a full curriculum.

 

Mosdos has been used several years by oldest DD. No teacher's guide, no workbook.  Just read and chat.

 


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:13 PM

i am new here, but been a long time lurker and learned so much from these boards!  My youngest is finishing up grade 2 and we ended up minimizing a lot from Aug until now:

 What gets done is 

 

Singapore Math 

 

Parts of The Good and The Beautiful LA & Lit

Sentence Family 

 

Rod and Staff God's People Bible reader

 

Awana verse memorization

 

The Good & The Beautiful History Units 1 & 2 then we took a break because we have already done some of the early US history in the next unit.

We have replaced it with BF Around the World With Picture Books Part 1 and it is fabulous! It encompasses history, geography, nature study, science, art, notebooking and literature

 

Lots of read a loud books always gets done

 

Art.....once a wk class and my little artist is always adding her creative touch to everything we do 

 

We try to get to Pentime but working on penmanship is not her favorite so it is a battle.  Pretty much anything "writing" is difficult because she just wants to draw everything instead of write words  :cursing:

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:44 PM

Anything CLE sunrise
Pentime

Abeka elementary science 
Abeka handbook for reading and 1st grade readers (a page from the handbook and one story or section from a reader. Boom. Done.)
Stacks of books to free read, read slowly and copy or write narrations from, or have them as read alouds




 


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:31 PM

Story of the World (but that's a lot me and my love of history, and now cause he asks for it)

Addition Facts that Stick

All About Spelling


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:27 PM

Anything with 140 lessons or less. Those will get done every time.


Haha! I was just thinking this yesterday. Any curriculum bumping over this is hard to finish.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:50 PM

Teaching Textbooks 

Saxon Math 

Mystery of History (first year using it but it's very open-and-go and we're making actual sustained progress in a non-3Rs area.  I know... the mind boggles)

 


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:16 PM

Basically anything in a good colorful workbook with enough space to write in....Thinking of Abeka, Horizons, certain BJU subjects...anything that doesn't need a cumbersome TM, or at least you can just highlight a few key sentences in the TM and go over it before they start (aka Abeka)...

 

For Science anything that is multi-child usable and not cumbersome..(thinking of Apologia elementary as being the one exception to the workbook thing) (although we pretty much unschooled Science till 6th grade)

 

High School- textbooks with outsourcing either online or co-op:

Good quality co-ops that cost money are worth it especially if they are well established

Apologia Academy

PA Homeschoolers

CurrClick has some good ones too and very affordable

Wilson Hill

 

Essentially in elementary, it was read-alouds, Story of the World, workbooks (Horizons, Saxon, Abeka, ACE, BJU) and unschooled Science (library, Bill Nye, Creation videos BBC nature stuff, Magic School Bus and fun Science kits from Science Wizard) and anything super messy and creative had to be a class (thinking of art, sculpture etc) or just done for fun on their own. 

 

Then in middle school it was read-alouds and workbooks that actually got done. Middle schoolers were a tough lot for me, trying to teach independence, stick-to-it-iveness and perseverance with studies was hard, so having VERY CLEAR laid out expectations was absolutely crucial.

 

In high school my kids love me as a person and as a mom but they are SO DONE with me being the teacher, and that is why we outsourced.  My calm, not dramatic respectful boy just got so beyond me that I function much better as a sounding board for amazing ideas than a teacher.  My dd just doesn't want me teaching her and is struggling, as the baby of the family to have her independence as much as possible as I coddled her a little too much in certain respects, and therefore nwo that she has found she loves to be an independent hard working person, she no longer wants me as teacher.  So, for high school basically everything is outsourced.  

 

 



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:06 PM

Acellus - it gives DD the independence she's been craving, and I have the ability to check on her progress every day without making her feel like I'm grilling her on what she got done. Everyone knows the expectations and she can track her own weekly progress and plan her week, so if she wants to have Friday off, she knows what she needs to do Monday-Thursday to make it happen. 

 

Spelling You See - Not always fun, but the pattern is easy to keep up, and it's working. 

 


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#47 kokotg

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:25 PM

Singapore, Writing with Ease and Writing with Skill. Michael Clay Thompson for my first two....kind of fell off with my third. Sorry, third kid!



#48 Sarah0000

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 10:11 AM

Beast Academy
Aesop Books of Reading Writing and Thinking