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Susie in MS

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  1. I am just about ready to order dd's next level in English , but I don't see where Barefoot Ragamuffin offers a workbook for this level. If you have this book, am I just missing the link for the wkbk? Or is it easy enough to use the text w/o the wkbk? ETA: I noticed this curriculum is rarely mentioned anymore. Why is that? Anyone have a guess?
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  3. Bible: Bible Road Trip Y1 Math: Math Lessons for a Living Education 6 then moving to Principles in Mathematics. Language Arts: Good and Beautiful level 4 then moving to 5. This includes Art as well. Adding AO Y4 selections . History: Good and Beautiful level 1 and probably alternate each unit with a term of AO Y4 history. Science is really up in the air. My plans to continue with another of McHenry's awesome Basement Workshop books flopped when I saw how deep Cells go. I don't think we are ready for that one yet. I am comtemplating AO Y6 The Sea Around Us and ??? I dunno. I am hunting ideas myself.
  4. We have just started the history and the language arts. I have to say it is just wonderful. We are on lesson 8 of history. My dd is 12 yo so she does the Explorer Sheets for grades 7-9, and they are a huge jump from the ones below. We take 2 days to do each history lesson. There are 60 lesson in all so that will be 120 days. I was on the fence about covering such a large span of time each year, but GB will come back around each year, covering something else in the same eras . And it makes for less monotony when you shift gears every few weeks. We are on lesson 8 of the language arts and dd loves it as well. I started my dd on level 4 because I wanted her to get the spelling, writing instruction, and the pastel art instruction in this level. She is past the grammar in this level, but I'm not a believer is the need for heavy grammar every year anyway. She is also above the reading, but does much harder books for the reading challenge. If anyone is on the fence about whether to buy or do the free down loads, let me just say if you can afford to purchase you won't be disappointed. The GB vids on YT by Salty Tribe are wonderful. She has one on the history and levels 1-4 (maybe 5) of the language arts.
  5. Level 5 is due in June and Level 6 in August. Maybe wait a bit longer? I'm chomping at the bit, myself!
  6. http://www.jennyphillips.com/sales-promotions/ The Early Bird Sale at the end of June will be all the sales you will see due to prices already being rock bottom. If I understand it correctly it is for 10% off all subjects, and includes free shipping for orders over $200. My dilemma will be that Level 6 of the LA program isn't due out till Aug, so after the EBS.
  7. I am learning all I can about TG&TB too, so I can't answer your question, but there are some people on the FB group have used this level. If you don't get an answer here, you may want to try there.
  8. If you hurry the Arthropods unit is free for the rest of today! http://www.jennyphillips.com/science/ I downloaded it and while it looks good, I think it is a stretch to make it work with olders even with the extension activities. But you decided. Now the English and the history...those could be done with olders for sure. ETA: some of the other sciences would probably be plenty enough given the topics. And I'm not above having a unit of fun, light science now and then too. I may get the Arthropods unit just to have a light few weeks.
  9. I have not used ELTL levels 2 or 3 , but I can say that based on Level 4 (where my 11 dd is at) the grammar is not heavy in quantity (3-4 sentences). Combining the two may not contain too many sentences. However the the level of learning grammar in ELTL 4 is a bit much for her, so we work on it together. The lower levels are simpler though. I have no experience with FLL to guess if there would be too much when combining the two. The dictation and copywork in Level 4 is a pretty good amount. I don't know how it compares with FLL. I would look over the samples well to get a feel of it. Hoping someone else who has done the lower levels will chime in. I feel ELTL is excellent. I mainly wanted to comment on your 8yo not remembering the parts of speech perfectly. I would venture to guess that this is probably pretty common among many children that age. I know some just seem to get it all right off at young ages, but I don't think that is as common as it seems on this forum. Some people don't even start grammar till a child is in 4th grade, because they can then "get" in a few weeks/months what took years at an earlier age. All that to say, other than her motor skills, I don't think you have much to worry about.
  10. Can you tell me if you need Happy Prince with 5 tales or 7 tales? There is more than one option of the Kindle editions. Thanks!
  11. Do you have an expected release date on the new books? What changes will be made to level 5/E? I am super glad to see that you are still in business! I'm sorry about the curve balls you have been handed.
  12. For me, I don't think there is anything I don't like about it. It gave my dd what she needed to lose her fear of math. And it is fun. Doesn't take all day. Teaches math in a way that it is useful in everyday life. I can't say if you would lose ground as I don't have any experience with SM beyond the few weeks we tried it. I agree with the above poster about taking the placement test. I would not say that this curriculum is slightly vigorous, but for us it is a TON less confusing than SM. I wouldn't compare it to Saxon for rigor either. Let me just say that we most of the series thru the 5th level and hated that we missed part of the series (but it couldn't be helped at that time). Dd did soooooo well with it that we were burdened that there were only 5 levels. Then Angela decided to write level 6 at the prompting of MB. Boy on boy were we excited! But as writing curriculum goes, it takes time. I was not able to just wing math for a year while waiting, so I put dd in ACE. She is 3 paces shy of finishing level 6. I looked over the samples and the TOC of MLFLE to compare where dd is now and it appears that most of the book will be review for her. After going back and forth and praying, and chatting with Angela I have decided to let her do level 6 to get a solid hold on math before moving on the Principles in Math (recommended next math that MB puts out). It is all in the WAY Angela teaches the math that dd relates with so well. She did fair with ACE, which is your typical math, but with MLFLE she soars. Just the fact that I am willing to let her do a year of review now that level 6 is out, is testimony to how well this program has worked for my dd.
  13. I agree with the above poster. I love every bit of ENWC! It was worth every penny and the time and effort I put into downloading, copying and binding. Excellent study for a wide age range. Lots of direction yet flexible.
  14. I ordered, and received, one of her Quark books from her website a couple months back. I sure hope she is okay.
  15. The Amanda Bennett Christmas Unit looks super cool!
  16. Oh I am sooo glad that I logged in here! I have been looking high and low for something to do for a Christmas Unit. I don't know why I didn't think to check Pinterest. But I'm loving having my 6th grade dd write a paper on Max's perspective! We will do Advent reading I found. Gosh, I only have a few minutes before I have to leave for work. I wonder how quickly I can search for more ideas! Thanks for this post!
  17. Nevermind. Found my own answer. Yes, it is sold by the term.
  18. I have been looking over Wayfarers again and I have noticed some people (and Amazon) have guides labeled "Term 1". Knowing that with CM curricula each term = 12 weeks it makes me wonder if these are only 1/3 of a year's program I see being sold. Can someone enlighten me? Thanks!
  19. The Country of Ours. Goes up to War Between the States. TOC and Sample.
  20. If you are interested in purchasing the are available at CBD and MasterBooks.
  21. Have you looked at Learning Adventures? It has all of what you are looking for and more. It is open and go and very easy to use. We have used/will use BYFIAR and we have used/will use Learning Adventures. They are different, but in many ways the same. LA being more complete.
  22. What you are doing sounds wonderful! I was going to link you to a free printable board game that is based off of the book, but all of the links go to weird places now. But these lovely free worksheets, also based off of the book and my dd enjoyed, are still available. Your children may like as well. There is one sheet per chapter in the book.
  23. When my older 3 were hsing (I have graduated them all and they have their lives now) and we used the lit approach or unit studies we always did the reading as a group, passing the book around for each to share in the reading. I guess it all depends on your children. We enjoyed the time together and they could listen well. The 5th grader....Pharaoh's of Ancient Egypt is slightly on the tough side because each chapter is a different Pharaoh. It is a lot of info to take in so quickly. A. C. World jumps around in events/people but the writing style is engaging. All in all, I do think your 5th grader would do well, especially if the reading is shared between you 3. Have them each do their own written work of course.
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