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  1. Actually, I just saw that she has a link to get the worksheets in the descriptions of her videos.
  2. My friend (and fellow homeschool mom) is a physical therapist and she loves talking about posture! She has a YouTube channel and a bunch of the videos are teaching about posture. She started working on a whole class for kids with worksheets and everything, but I don't think it's finished yet. Here's one of her videos to check out:
  3. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me! It really helps!
  4. My 5th grader is behind in math partly due to her dislike/struggle with math, partly due to too much jumping around to different curricula trying to find the right thing, and the resulting overall lack of consistency. Her skills are a little all over the place. She has gaps we need to fill. I do believe she will be able to catch up. I think I have finally figured out that she does better with paper/workbook style math, and with no computer/screen component at all. I am now mainly looking at CLE math or Learn Math Fast. Or maybe both? For the diagnostic tests for CLE, she did not "officially" pass the level 200 test, but that was mainly because of failing an entire section on measures (1 yard=____inches....). I think CLE level 300 would be best and i think she won't mind one bit if some of it is too easy, but I am struggling with the idea that she is 2 years behind. I think I need to swallow my pride on that one. How easy is it to "catch up" using CLE? Can we easily work at a faster pace or skip if she already has certain skills? Should I consider Learn Math Fast to catch up, and then move to CLE? Or use both at the same time? Is there anything else I should look at? It can't be anything crazy expensive or teacher intensive because I have 4 kids and 3 part-time jobs at the moment. Things we've done in the past: Started in private school for k/1, then a little Singapore, Teaching Textbooks, Easy Peasy/Khan Academy, and most recently just an Easy Peasy printables book we had that is meant to go with the online program, but she has been doing better just doing it on her own/with me. I would love to hear any advice! Thanks!
  5. We really like the online live Latin classes through Veritas Press. They go through Wheelock's Latin (a college level textbook) in 2 years. I tried to do it on my own and it just wasn't working. The teachers are engaging and it provides the expertise and accountability that we needed. The only downside is the $$. If you want it to be 3 years, I think they also have a Latin Transition class that would be taken before Latin I and II.
  6. Hello! I would love some curriculum help/ideas/resources for 10th grade history. School is starting and I need to decide! My daughter went through classical-style history cycles starting in elementary, and then in 8th we jumped to high school US History. In 9th she did World History. I'm planning American Government for 11th grade. Not sure about 12th grade yet, but here's what I'm debating about for 10th: -Geography -British History -Medieval History (This is what she would have done in 8th grade if we hadn't jumped to US History) What do you think? Or is there something else I should consider? I prefer a curriculum from a Christian worldview, but that's not a deal-breaker. Any high school curriculum for these topics that you have loved? Also, I need something laid out in a way that she can do it mostly independently. I don't have time this year to pull a curriculum together on my own! Thanks for any and all help!
  7. As far as I know, the textbook content has not changed. I would say the first edition would work well for your situation. One of my kids started in Alg I v. 1.0 and moved to v. 3.0 and I am pretty confident it was all the same content. You could confirm with a phone call or email. I have found them to be great with answering questions.
  8. E-courses through the public high scbool could work. It just depends how they are done and if you think that would match well with your kids. I would definitely look into it! I was going to say that Teaching Textbooks has worked out well for us for Pre-alg (and 6/7). Just make sure you get the 2.0 or the new online streaming version (prob. officially coming out next month). The big positives for me and our situation: - They rarely need my help - Immediate feedback for each problem (This is huge for my not so mathy girl) - The computer grades it and keeps a gradebook. -price is not crazy I think the new online version will be $60 for the year per kid. If you don't mind working with CDs, you can get them used and use them for all 3 kids. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  9. I would agree with this. I only have experience with books 4 and 7, but we like them both. In book 7 they are writing 6 paragraph essays and learning to write a research paper. You could even try books 6, 7, 8 & 9, but I think either way he will be fine in public school.
  10. I want to spend 1-3 weeks on electricity to finish off science for my 5th grader. Any favorite resources? Something easy to plan/implement would be awesome.
  11. I started using W&R mid-year this year. I started my 5th grader on book 4 and my 7th grader on book 7. That has worked well for us. I think you could start at a lower level and go through 3 books in a year if you wanted. And you can definitely skip things if you don't think your student needs that particular activity. Or some things can be done orally instead of written. I wrote a little more in a response to this post: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/640647-writing-rhetoric/ Let me know if I can answer any questions.
  12. We just started homeschooling in Jan. coming out of a classical private school. I started my 5th grader in book 4: Chreia & Proverb and my 7th grader in book 7: Encomium & Vituperation. This has worked out well for us. I think you could do one book all together if you wanted, but I agree it isn't really necessary. I would say I spend 5-15 min per kid and they each spend about 30-45 min working on the writing.
  13. I asked the same question (on this forum) and based on the answer I did buy them. I do think they are helpful and I think I would buy them again, but I don't think they are absolutely necessary. I find having the answers (or sample answers) very helpful. They also include sample paragraphs which help give my son a better idea of what they are looking for in the assignment. And I almost forgot about the dictation, but that is not a large part of the program as far as I can tell so far (and you could just use something else).
  14. I might be able to help a little because I have a 5th grader and a 7th grader and we just started using Writing and Rhetoric. You might get better info from someone who also has experience with IEW, though. I get the impression IEW is much more structured and does a more traditional type of writing instruction. (Not sure if I am correct on that?) I'm pretty sure I heard that they have a list of "banned words" and I have never been a big fan of that method, personally. I just started homeschooling in January and have only been using Writing and Rhetoric for maybe a month. Before that, my kids were in a classical christian school. So far we like Writing and Rhetoric. The author is very engaging and not dry, which is always helpful. I started my 5th grader in Book 4: Chreia & Proverb and my 7th grader in Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation. I chose these levels mostly based on what I knew they had already learned in school and what I knew the rest of their class would be doing for the rest of this year (although their school does not use Writing and Rhetoric). We all enjoy reading the books. Book 7 has a decent amount of reading involved, mainly in the form of passages from historical writings that the students then use to do their own writing. This is not a terrible thing except that my 7th grader has a pretty heavy reading load already right now, so we are going a little slower in the composition book than I might like. But I think we will be able to pick up the pace soon (some of this is me just figuring out the homeschooling thing). Book 4 might be a little too easy for your 7th grader, but it is great for my 5th grader. It definitely has a creative flair, at least so far. If your 7th grader doesn't have experience with writing chreias and proverbs, it might be a good place to start and you might be able to fly through it and do 3 books in a year (at least that 1st year). Each book is meant to be 1 semester. They do often say in the teacher's manual that you don't need to do every single exercise if you don't think your student needs it. Or you can easily change some things to do orally instead. I hope that helps! I'm looking forward to what others have to say.
  15. This is pretty much what we do, too. I do have end-of-year goals and if we have not reached those goals we will likely finish up in the summer (that might be a couple of subjects for us). I'm new to homeschooling, though, but this seems to work so far.
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