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  1. Maybe this? Valentine's Day Is#
  2. We're not Catholic but I've seen the Tan books on the Hoopla app. If your library connects to Hoopla you can listen to them for free.
  3. I used MFW ECC a few years ago. I have no experience with WP. I agree that it may be difficult to meet the needs of different ages with it exactly as written. You may have to tweak it a bit. I decided to just get the basic package used off of Ebay and have the kids make lapbooks instead of using the student sheets since I wasn't really impressed with them the year before for second grade (Adventures in U.S. History). My kids were only in 1st and 3rd grade so this worked out really well. The book basket is a big part of ECC so you may want to see if your library has books about the countries that will be studied. We added in some countries that we didn't do lapbooks for and just spent a week on them. Other countries we spent two weeks on. We mostly used for the lapbooks and I also based some of our studies on the books my library happened to have since there were almost no books about some countries. I made sure to add in the countries of our family's ancestry and they participated in a geography fair that year. I remember a lot of folks complaining on the MFW ECC FB page about the science book being boring (Properties of Ecosystems) but we actually liked it. There's hardly any experiments so that's something to consider. There's some hands on acitivities in the teacher's guide that seemed a bit babyish even for my 1st grader (pretend to ride a plane to the country, etc.). If you live near an IKEA they sometimes have Kids Kamp events where there is a free craft and play passport so that's something that your 1st grader may enjoy. We also used Home Art Studio First Grade art DVD which happens to be about art from different cultures. If your library has the Christian Heroes series of books, you can pick some countries based on those missionaries and have your older kids read those (some are available on audio on the Hoopla app).
  4. We use some from this site:
  5. We do one list per week on average. So if my son gets no words wrong that day, he doesn’t have to practice anything. We just move on to the next subject. That’s the reward for being a good speller. ?
  6. We've been using SP for a few years. I used to copy the worksheet in the back of the book in order to have my son practice the 10 steps. Recently, we stopped doing that and I just have him copy the words 5 times on the whiteboard and that usually is all he needs. He does most of the spelling orally. If he still doesn't get the word right, I have him pick one of the activities to do. He rarely misses words and I see that as a good thing (he reads for several hours/day). We're able to get through one level per year (schooling year-round) but only doing spelling twice per week. I'd say it's good for natural spellers or kids (like mine) who hate a long list of words with similar spellings that they need to work with for a week. The main advantage of Spelling Power is that the child only works on learning words he/she can't already spell. So, no wasting time.
  7. I think Spelling Power works best for natural spellers or kids who don’t struggle much with spelling. I use it for my 11ds and he likes that he doesn’t have to practice a list of similarly spelled words (he hates that). I use HTTS with my 9dd that needs more phonics help. She fills out the How to Spell workbooks and practices the harder words from the list on Spelling City.
  8. My 3.5 y/o is typically in the room while I school 9dd. For about half the time I have something messy for her to play with (water beads on a beach towel on the kitchen floor, play dough on a mat, sand or salt in a tray with toys, putty, etc.). I have a large container I fill with water sometimes and she plays in her "pool" on the kitchen tile (with water toys). Sometimes she does "school" with us (a clipboard with one of my older daughter's math pages on it and a pencil). Then, I send her to 11ds for him to play with her. Sometimes he lets her do a Super Mario app on his phone. I'm OK with that. My 9dd plays with her while I school 11ds. I have accepted the fact that she will interrupt us so I build a little extra time into the day. I don't work outside the home so I have no advice about how to find more time, sorry.
  9. We use RSO as our main science but I also read from one or two corresponding books from Answers in Genesis. I feel like this way we can learn more details about each topic without me having to read a very wordy text (i.e. Apologia). Typically, I don't do all the demos in the AIG books but do most of the labs in the RSO books. It's the best of both worlds for us.
  10. When we did a world geography/missionary year a couple of years ago and we watched some of the videos on Amazon Prime including "Torchlighters" cartoons (mostly about missionaries), "Little Travelers" and some New Dimension videos about different countries (just search New Dimension video ___(name of country)). We also watched a show on Amazon Prime called "Travel With Kids" and some documentaries about wildlife on Netflix such as "Wild China".
  11. We use it as a supplement to Math Mammoth a couple of times per week. My 11ds reads the chapters on his own but I need to be in the room while he does the work. The temptation to cheat is too great for him since the answers are right there in the book. I read the stories to my 9dd and she really enjoys LOF because she loves math.
  12. The TM has activities such as, "Say flop without the f" and things like that. I believe it's meant for teachers of small groups (not homeschoolers). I used one or two off and on but we just use the workbooks now.
  13. We're doing Summer School right now but will start the new year mid-September. Language Arts: LLATL Orange, notebooking pages for history, Pentime 3 Math: Math Mammoth 4, and some LOF Latin: Prima Latina Reading: mostly easy chapter books related to early American History (reading is hard for her) Spelling: How to Spell 2 Geography: geography workbook P.E.: dance, karate Art: Home Art Studio Subjects with ds (gr.6)- History: MP 13 Colonies Science: RSO Physics combined w/ AIG Physics topics books Bible: MP Christian Studies III, Training Hearts & Teaching Minds
  14. I'm not sure since I have the older version but I can tell you what the tabs in the box say: Drill Activiites Skill Writing Dictionary Homonyms There's 4 levels of activities behind each tab. Example for Drill Activities- #12 (easy) Sand Words: Write your words in sand. After you have written each word, check to see that you have spelled it correctly. Erase each word and write another one.
  15. All my son's current books are on top of his dresser with a bookend keeping them up. Any curriculum not being used goes in my IKEA billy bookshelves (with doors) in my office. We don't use binders.
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