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  1. Elizabeth86

    What's for dinner?

    Doing ok thanks. Just trying to be as thrifty as possible. We are still currently using the paycheck from the end of december, haven't had t dip into savings yet and we have a lot of family that would never let us be hungry
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    What's for dinner?

    Lets see. This is day 30 of the government shutdown, so beans and rice Eggs Canned tomato soup and grilled cheese Chicken thighs I bought for under $3 preseasoned Did I mention beans?
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    ELTL, what else?

    1 more thing. The book list, does he read that independently, do I read the book to him or what? Does the lesson tell you what chapters to read when?
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    ELTL, what else?

    Gotcha. So on top of this, I might consider doing my own reading? Like....phonics? He is good on phonics or reading as in reading comprehension or what? lol
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    ELTL, what else?

    Some of you have turned me on to the idea of using a curriculum such as ELTL for my 3rd grader. I haven't settled on that yet. If I choose ELTL what else do I need to add or is it really all in one? I looked ELTL on christianbook and it seems there are 2 version maybe?? Some are labeled Level numbers and others Level letters. What's the difference? Which do I want? Also, can you give me some reassurance that if this plan doesn't work out for third, we can pick up on grade 4 of bju English the year after and be just fine?? Besides ELTL, what other curriculum would you all suggest I look at? I have looked at Language Lessons for a Living Education, Language Lesson for Today, Cottage Press Language Lessons, Learning Language Arts Through Literature. All of these are brand new to me, I have never even considered them. Could you tell me what makes you like or dislike any of these or any major thing that I might want to know about any of these. I haven't had time to research them, only a glance at them.
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    VP self paced history

    It tells you right after the lesson. My 2nd grader is doing the OT and AE this year and we aren't doing the books at all. We have just read some library books here and there. I LOVE vp self paced history. He. Has learned so much and it is his favorite subject this year.
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    Help me with 3rd grade curriculum choices

    I am taking a look at this. Thank you.
  8. Elizabeth86

    Help me with 3rd grade curriculum choices

    I would freak out without formal curriculum. lol
  9. Elizabeth86

    Help me with 3rd grade curriculum choices

    I Will take a look at it!
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    3rd grade language arts

    Mosdos. Hadn't seen this before. Thanks. Ugh. I like the looks of it. What does TGTB stand for?
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    3rd grade language arts

    I made a new post about this.
  12. I posted a while back about 3rd grade language arts suggestions. I appreciate that by the way. I know just what I like for all subjects, but I cannot decide on language arts. Let me warn you, I am ALL OVER THE PLACE with language arts. I warned you. lol For second grade we did Abeka for phonics. Loved it. I heard it was great for learning to read and I agree, but I also am quite sure I don't want to use Abeka for anything except phonics. For 2nd, we have been using Abeka for spelling. DS is a great speller and I am looking at Spelling Power for next year because he just doesn't need lots of practice with spelling it doesn't seem. I see this cuts out what he already knows, so he doesn't waste time there. So, for third, this is what I'm thinking... I don't see he will need anymore phonics. For third I think we will work through the literature guides of either Memoria Press, Progeny Press or Veritas Press. We may work through them together verbally to cut out the written busy work of them. Spelling - I'm thinking Spelling Power Handwriting - I think we will try out Zaner-Bloser Cursive Now, I'm down to grammar and writing. I tried out BJU 2 this year and dropped it. I didn't enjoy teaching it. I like the student side of it, but the teacher's guide wasn't my favorite. I'm not a strong writer and even on a second grade level, it made me nervous teaching him to write. Dh is a great writer, so I told him if we do BJU English 3, he must teach the writing chapters or we might do DL, but I hate spending so much money on DL. I have finally looked at the not so "school-y" curriculum (I love the curriculum that looks like school, but am finally seeing how this kind of sucks the life out of our homeschool). I finally have looked at FLL and WWE and am considering this. He will be a third grader, would he start on level 3 or would he need to start from the beginning of level 1? I have always craved an all in one and have had homeschool friends lately suggest CLE and Lifepacs. I was always told these were really light and not thorough. Thoughts on this? What do I want? I do not know? I want to make his 3rd grade year to be gentle and enjoyable. School has not been super fun for us this year. He is super smart and capable of anything I have him do, but if it is not needed, I don't want a lot of busy work for him. I want to make 3rd grade enjoyable for both of us. I want to keep him up to grade level. I want it to be that if he enrolls in public or private school at any time he wouldn't be severely behind. I don't have plans for this anytime soon, but I just want him to keep up. He is also a very young kid for his grade level. His birthday is our state's cut-off date, September 30th. So, he will be 7 for the first 2 months of our school year and then 8 for the rest of third grade, if this affects your suggestions any. If he had been born 22 hours later he would be a second grader for next school year. I really wish I hadn't jumped into school right away with him at 4. Sigh. Now, that was me rambling and I'm quite distracted at the moment, so if you need clarification on anything or have any questions for me, let me know. ALso, I will have a 1at grader, 3 year old and 1 year old so the less I have to do to teach, the better it is for me.
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    3rd grade language arts

    What does language arts look like for your 3rd grader. I'm planning for next year, but am not 100% on all the language arts plans. I would like to see what your 3rd grader is doing or did.
  14. I am trying to be thinking ahead for next year. What do you all suggest for reading/literature for 3rd grade. I looked at BJU reading 3. It looks fine, but I really like the thought of him reading real books. I took a peek at progeny press literature guides and moving beyond the page for literature. What do you all love?
  15. That's what I chose to do for grade 2 this year. It's composition and grammar. Ds is doing well with it when we do, but it is the subject that is NOT getting done. He likes it and is doing well, but for whatever the reason the teacher's guide leave's me scratching my head. On the grammar sections I teach off the worksheets and we both like that, but the composition part is just hard for me, I don't like it. I was considering the distance class for next year to lighten my load a bit. Thoughts on any of this? Any advice? I feel like I like BJU, but I don't like teaching it. Also, if we just did the grammar parts for grade 2, do you feel it would be easy for him to pick up with the composition for grade 3. I had heard somewhere that grade 3 begins as if they had had no prior instruction in grammar and composition. Does this sound right? Thanks.
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