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  1. HI, Has anyone successfully combined any of the Apologia Zoology series...Flying, Swimming, and Land in 1 school year? Or is there another curriculum choice?
  2. If you belong to Scribd, they have all the fairy books under documents that you can download.
  3. DS10 will move up to 5th Math: GoMath 5, Singapore based Teaching Textbooks Grade 5 Science: Apologia Physics and Chemistry History: US History using Time Travelers from Homeschool in the Woods, including geography, state study and president study; Living Book based history with projects and some lapbooking Spelling: Spelling Workout E Literature: The Sign of the Beaver, The Last of the Mohicans, The Matchlock Gun, Thumbelina (fairy book), 20,000 Leagues, Let It Begin Here, Johnny Tremain, Treasure Island, Little House in the Big Woods, By the Dawn's Early Light, The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, Desperate Journey, Poems Battle Hymn of the Republic, Hatchet, Call of the Wild and Tuck Everlasting. More Poems and stories from the blue, yellow and green fairy books. Grammar: The Nose Tree Writing: IEW A with CDs Vocabulary: Greek & Latin Stem, Affixes--from TPT Foreign Language: Duolingo German, self paced DS changed mind to Spanish, using YouTube and an Elementary Spanish Workbook--not investing a lot of money bc DS has already started German and French and well is dry. Art: Class with Art Teacher from local co-op
  4. I used Homeart Studio for 3rd grade. The cd was very reasonable. However, the supplies ran about 150 bucks. My son is very picky and enjoyed some of the assignments and others he hated. I also would have like to see more of an art lesson vs a craft how to. I tried a co-op class for art but its mainly a social time. I am trying Meet the Masters and the Kitchen Table Classroom. The Meet the Masters is 34.95 and the other Kitchen Table Classroom is 24.95 with 40% off. Meet the Masters is for 5 lessons and the Kitchen Table Classroom is for the year. Both curricula cover art instruction and the artists. I purchased Meet the Masters before I found Kitchen Table Classroom. I will use both bc i bought both, but I am leaning toward Kitchen Table Mama. 1. Written by a former art teacher now homeschool mama 2. Supplies needed are basic and reasonable in cost. 3. Lots of freebies that she describes how to use to extend lessons. 4. Lessons are laid out logically and appear easy to follow. 5. Lessons appear to teach art techniques vs only fun art projects. I can see learning perspective, lines, color theory, etc Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  5. I think at this age you need to explain to your children how and why this is inappropriate and learn that this is not a behavior we want to imitate. The teachers behavior speaks volumes of hos insecurity and inability to articulate his expectations. As far as you saying something, it will only come back on your child. been there done that. AND hell hath no fury than a challenged teacher. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  6. Yes, I have had that problem with Math Mammoth. Honestly, it gave my DS9 fits. However, I used modules last year to shore up math learning. DS scored 5th level in 3rd grade and his level of understanding math is excellent. To help with the mental math issue, I teach it as another method of solving problems. We are in 4th grade and pretty hands on. I continue to model how I would solve it mentally out loud. Slowly, DS has come around. It will take time but I find that if you look ahead to the test (even if you dont give) you can see how much emphasis the author is requiring and adjust accordingly. I have used 2 other math programs and had issues with the 1st chapter or so, then clear sailing. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks for the reassurance. I do not want to turn this into a hate but i want him prepared enough for life. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  8. Yes, his eyes have been checked. His older brother had tracking issues so I was all about making sure this one was checked too![emoji1] Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  9. Do check out Pandia Press, they came out with Astronomy 2. We are doing their Chemistry this year and love it. DS9 is thrilled.
  10. DS9 is between 3rd and 4th. His spelling is superb. He is able to read very well. His comprehension of reading material is good but I think he could do better. Our state requires a test and he scored 5th-grade level in math and 3rd-grade level in language arts. On the language arts portion, he played a guessing game and finished the entire test very quickly because he did not think it was worth his time. His words. HE ABSOLUTELY HATES READING. Yes, I have done ALL the hacks, tricks, and traps to raise his interest/love of reading. But this boy will not be a bibliophile. I am at the point of making reading required for a length of time each day. What is a minimum he should be reading to build his stamina and skills for a 3rd or 4th grader? Hopefully, I stated that correctly. Right now he reads 30 minutes per day 5 days a week and that is pushing the envelope. He refuses chapter books (I read those to him), I have him reading leveled readers that I got from a school or other such books from the library. He is reading end-of-year 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade leveled nonfiction type readers. (Also, he hates fiction). Where possible, I have him read for one of his subjects, when not possible the leveled reader or something, anything off the book shelf. It has been so bad getting him to read that I have sat through a video game or two having him read everything out loud to get his reading accomplished. This reading issue has also made selecting language arts curriculum very difficult. I switched to using Reed Novel Studies and stand alone grammar, poetry, reading lesson books so I could use books that he is somewhat interested in. We do have some learning issues, DS9 has Dysgraphia, needs to move and is a typical boy. I have addressed this with recess and a mini trampoline. The dysgraphia is slowly being addressed. I also think he is borderline ADD with anxiety issues. I have worked on this for 2 years and this year the anxiety has not appeared. Fingers are crossed! To wrap up, how much reading time would you suggest?
  11. Pandia Press offers level 2 history that corresponds with SOTW, you could purchase the same time frame for your 7th grader, say Ancients that you are doing for your youngers. This will give your 7th grader the workload he needs but he will be on the same topics as the youngers. Go to the Pandia Press website they have a lovely try before you buy sample that goes through the first 18 lessons I think.
  12. We are using Bitsbox, DS8 almost 9. He likes it. It is structured and builds upon itself, he can go at his own pace. I believe it is Javascript. I would like to check out Udemy for Python, since for his birthday he is getting a Cozmo and it can be programmed with Python.
  13. My DS8 almost 9 is a natural speller. I do not spend a lot of time on spelling. I chose to let this be a more self-guided class for DS. We use The tricky 450 words by grade. Each list is broken in weeks. There are word introduction flashcards, games, puzzles, quizzes, and of course the test. This is his one and only online class. My rules go at your pace, min of 3 modules before a test, the test must be passed with 90% and above before going to next week's list. As a teacher, I can monitor his progress on the games and tests. The cost is $24.95 for monitoring. Free if you don't want to monitor. They offer spelling, vocabulary, sight words, holiday, US presidents, summer school. A couple of things happened, I got a little 15-30 minute break, DS had fun working on his own, he took ownership/pride in accomplishing his goals and he saw a reward for his hard work in terms of a very quick, minute-long video game.
  14. Treasures. You can buy the grade level anthologies very inexpensively on Amazon. Then, google treasures and you should see all the workbooks for free or try here . They include On level workbook, grammar, spelling. There will also be spelling lists that differentiate between below, on level and above level. These programs do a really good job teaching skills such as main idea, supporting details, inference, cause and effect, problem solution. However, the reading material is substantially lower than most homeschool selected material for the same grade level. I found that though my DS8 did very well with the basal method and scored near perfect on his annual test (required by state) he fell very short when I switched him the following year to WWE 2. I did some reading about why America's test scores fall low to the rest of the world. K-4 we do a bang up job, all our ELA is geared toward skill development using the basal method. However, by 5th grade we start to lose points because our students know skills but not history, science, difficult words, etc, so their lack of depth of knowledge and quality literature hinders them and test scores fall. The writing element of this basal program leaves a lot to be desired, so I would go with something different. So, If you feel a basal will help in the short term I would go for it, but plan to add in quality reading, history and science so that your student is prepared for the now and future years. The Treasures program has 6 units that are covered over 5 weeks each, the 6th week for each unit is a benchmark unit that the public schools use for testing, projects. Overall the program is 36 weeks long.
  15. I have been very dissatisfied with homeschool science curriculum and based on the boards so have many. I have also seen where it is the one area homeschool falls short. So, I have taken to making my own science programs. For Earth Science I picked a main book for each topic as a spine, supplemented with projects and worksheets from enchanted learning or made my own. Sometimes I used freebies from TeachersPayTeachers. The subjects I covered for Earth Science where Astronomy, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and some Biosphere. Yes, it was a bit of work putting it all together but the result was engaging, quality learning that met my child's needs (DS8). The books we liked best were the National Geographic books. The pictures are fabulous, the content is current and not dry. The not so fun parts were when I based our learning on an encyclopedia, wow even I fell asleep. I also added books about people or places that DS could read. If he was really interested in something we would investigate and if it didn't hold his interest we covered the basics and moved forward. One of the fun things we did after studying a set of rocks (found on Amazon) was to go gem mining. A visit to the Planetarium was also a big hit. When I covered the Hydrosphere I found a lot of free lap books, others I made from a book at the library. I could have easily made worksheets or had DS write but it was more fun this way. We covered Swamps, Rivers, Lakes, and the Ocean. Projects included a model solar system, playdough model of earth's layers (big hit) all labeled, editable soil layers, scale representation in the yard of the solar system, showed how currents work with colored water (diff. temps), wind experiments, weather charting, using hot air to fill a balloon. There is an older set of middle school science books that are easily purchased on Amazon or Abebooks for cheap. They are by Glencoe Science and there are 12+ books in the whole set. Red = Earth Sciences, Blue = Physical Sciences, Green = Life Sciences. I purchased many of them for $3.5 a piece. Each book has lab exercises, written exercises, test prep (or could be used as test), projects, etc.
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