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  1. This is tenitive....always for this early RightStart D Rod and Staff English 3 finish and start 4 Apples and pears b+c with brother or just b(spring and summer) and move to dictation Parts of Heart of Dakota preparing....she likes the looks of the science and I want a history overview... we may do Apologia plants too or instead... Spanish song school 2 maybe?? And books, random worksheets...
  2. I use RightStart with 2 children. 1 is in level E and 1 in C (I think this is my least favorite level;). I would say both are average. Mostly they have no trouble, but sometimes we get stuck (hello check numbers in the beginning of E;) I have found that e-mailing RightStart is very helpful when I have had trouble. They get right back to you and have good ideas. I agree with the above post about not worring too much aboit the balance now. I also agree that you want her to see that the 2 fives make 10. It comes into play over and over, but it will be reintroduced in B, so a somewhat shaky u
  3. Also there aren't many pictures even with the stuff they left behind packs..... idk....just thinking i guess
  4. I don't know. Somehow the spine seems over her head too.....and it jumps around between world and American. So were doing the napolian world at the same time as american revolution.... I'm not sure she's really connecting with it.....
  5. I am still not satisfied with history. We have mostly done Simply Charlotte Mason history (spine book + novels read and narrate with 3 optional term projects). My one (9) likes it. My other (7) not as much. She likes the stories, but she doesn't like to narrate. I finally split them up for science this year and both are thriving. Older is doing God's design for heaven and Earth, while younger is doing Lets talk science 2 from Master Books. Older loves to the point text, expiraments and then orally answer questions. Younger loves the notebook pages and little experiments. And they both lo
  6. I'd look at Kate Snow`s website. She has a lot of good information. https://kateshomeschoolmath.com/ She even has an article about when to switch math programs. I have learned a lot there. I'm not sure if it's on her site, but from an e-mail course she did a few years ago, she said that Rod and Staff was her favorite traditional program. Memoria Press has information about that one. It is more slow and steady than Abeka. I have heard Abeka is jumpy. My sis in law used to teach Abeka in Christian school and didn't recommend it. She really likes Bob Jones much better, you could look a
  7. I'm going to try apples and pears that 8filltheheart recommended for a possible dyslexic, definatly spelling struggler boy. However, he has a younger sis (7) who is more of a natural speller than he is, but is not great. She reads beautifully(has for well over a year) and can memorize for a test well, but her spelling is probably not great, but I'm not really concerned at 7. For her would you suggest; Ignoring spelling till next year Doing apples and pears with brother (not worried about compitation here they know each others stregnths and get along well and combining is good a
  8. Yes to mms. I have Strayer Upton....i have used it in the past for this and perhaps its the best thing.....I was trying to get away from me copying the problems and my 4th grader isn't ready to copy yet. I do love Strayer Upton though. I have another vintage series too....thats the kind of drill I'm looking for. I am looking at a Study time arithmetic 4 workbook only though. Im wondering if i could cross off instead of copy? Its only $14. Any thoughts?
  9. We use RightStart as our math curriculum. Next year we will have kids in C and E. I really like it and its going well. However, my kids don't really like the games and we have 4 kids (1 baby) so its hard to make time for them. We play enough for levels a and b, but I'm looking for some drill type supplement for c (2nd) and e (4th) for next year. I have been using old texts and copying extra problems but that takes time and mental energy too;) I do have Kate Snows books that we use too, so I'mnot looking for a way to teach math facts. I'm wanting old fashioned calculation speed practice. T
  10. My children have enjoyed the Alice and Jerry books. Imho they are more interesting than pathways readers. Rainbow resource sells them https://www.rainbowresource.com/hSearch.jhtm?keyword=alice and jerry books Neighbors on the Hill may be a bit easy but its a fun story. I'd start with it and then go on. My kids liked some better than others, so if one is too boring you can skip it. All 3 at each grade level are a simular hardness Here is a series list in order. https://www.librarything.com/series/The+Alice+and+Jerry+Basic+Readers We also use christian liberty nature readers. You c
  11. I am still curious about AAS. How long did you stick with it before seeing "progress". AAS, Traditional Spelling (MP), Apples and Pears, my own OG approach blended with studied(?) dictation..... How to decide?? I think we need dictation, some phonogram review, and lots and lots and lots (ectra) of practice reading and spelling and writing and oral spelling words. Any other thoughts? Would yoy do studied or cold dictation?
  12. So do you use the workbook once, then review on board or never use it at all?
  13. Sorry, I meant to ask when did you START with Apples and Pears? Was it right after the child could read well or when? Thanks. I'm wondering if he's ready. Some people were saying they had hit walls with it. I'm good with modifying and slowing down.... He likes the Memoria Press book I have. It may help, I own it.....I am going to spend some time reading the Apples and Pears book tonight. I am not too worried about his spelling. My own spelling was terrible through high school....and I graduated with honors and liked school. I think an Orton Gillingham class during college and spell check
  14. 8FillTheHeart when did you use Apples and Pears? Thanks to everyone for ideas. I am listening and still thinking. The Memoria Press spelling book has phonics review (phonogram drill and writing phonograms), some dictation, weekly tests and coloring of vowels and vowel teams and consonants and consonant teams (somewhat like spelling you see). I have it already so I can look at it best. Of the other options, I am so far most interested in Apples and Pears.
  15. I am stuck with spelling with ds 8 almost 9. We did AAS 1-3. It did not seem to help his spelling at all. Then we did most of Rod and Staff spelling 2 (misses 2-10 out of 12 each week-normally 3-5.) this year. His reading took off and so did his writing at the end of last year, so I have increased his reading and writing also this year. Currently, he is reading Farmer Boy and Silver for George Washington and doing lots of copywork and writing with me spelling it for him. His spelling has perhaps improved a tiny bit this year. He can spell cvc words and a very few sight words. I think this is
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