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  1. I am super curious about this as well after reading about it in the other thread. SOTW isn't working for us. I really like the Core Knowledge "What Your _____ Grader Needs to Know" and the way history is covered in them (both world and American). I felt like I needed more to go with it though, maybe this is the answer!
  2. The lessons in AAS are going fine. He does seem to remember the rules and the key cards. I haven't seen it translate to things he writes and it definitely didn't seem to help on the standardized test. But maybe it would be that way with any program at his age?
  3. My son is 7 (almost 8) and just bombed the spelling portion of his CAT test. No biggie, but I'm wondering how to proceed. He is not a natural speller. We are on level 2 of AAS. We love AAR but for some reason we don't like AAS as much. I haven't seen much progress with AAS. I'm contemplating Spelling You See. I know it's a different method for teaching spelling, but maybe that's what he needs - seeing and copying words spelled correctly, instead of memorizing rules? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Hi everyone. What is your best advice for juggling the teaching of multiple kids of elementary age? This fall I'll be "officially" teaching two kids for the first time - 3rd grader and kindergartener. Plus a toddler. I've been teaching my oldest for the last few years and it's gone great, but I'm nervous about adding a new student. What curriculum do you like to use for teaching multiple grades at the same time? What curriculum has your 3rd grader (age 8) been able to do somewhat independently, if any? When you work with one kid on math, for example, what does your other kid do? How does your schedule work? Thanks in advance for any tips! Uncharted waters for me.
  5. We've done level 1 and are working on level 2. We like the program, but we find the tiles to be ridiculous. Now I just write on my white board and he has a Boogie Board. We don't use the tiles at all.
  6. He sounds exactly like my son when he was in 1st grade last year. We just kept at it. I definitely broke things into smaller chunks. Over the summer we started All About Reading Level 2. We just finished it this week and he's now almost 7.5 years old and in the 2nd grade. He has made amazing progress and things are clicking. He just read his first chapter in a chapter book today (Magic Treehouse)! We were both so excited! He was not at this point even 2 weeks ago! He had friends that were reading chapter books in kindy. It was a bit disheartening, but I went with my gut, I didn't feel anything was wrong at the time, I just felt he needed more time. I wish you the best of luck!
  7. I know there have been threads about this in the past, but I need an update! Do you think AAR and AAS are effective without the tiles? If so, how do you use them without the tiles? I am just starting AAR 2 and AAS 1 with my son. We are really liking it, but we don't like the tiles. :( Either they fall off our white board, or my tornado toddler gets to them. Will writing on a white board be just as effective? Paper? Helpful apps? Advice? Thank you! I am now doubting my decision to purchase this curriculum, even though I do like it!
  8. I know there have been threads about this in the past, but I need an update! Do you think AAR and AAS are effective without the tiles? If so, how do you use them without the tiles? I am just starting AAR 2 and AAS 1 with my son. We are really liking it, but we don't like the tiles.Either they fall off our white board, or my tornado toddler gets to them. Will writing on a white board be just as effective? Paper? Helpful apps? Advice? Thank you! I am now doubting my decision to purchase this curriculum, even though I do like it!
  9. I am going to try out "Little Passports" for geography for my 7-year-old and preschoolers. Will be supplementing with books and would love to supplement with some short videos or video clips about each country. Does anyone have any specific resources or good places to look for videos besides YouTube search or library/Netflix search? Especially geared towards kids...surely something comprehensive exists...thank you!
  10. We are in the middle of 1st grade science right now. Started the year with Nancy Larsen Science, which sadly I spent a lot of money on and it just did not work for us. We switched to Evan Moore Daily Science and it has been great. Fun little workbook and it's based on standards. Very simple but gets the job done, great jumping off point for discussions and could be easily supplemented with library books. I have also been buying Magic School kits on Amazon and we do one experiment a week (not related to the EM topics). I think it's been a good introduction to science. Supplemented with lots of trips to the nature and science museum and zoo!
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