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  1. For a one-stop curriculum, I would head straight to Memoria Press. I would do the 2nd grade curriculum with the Read-Aloud and Science Supplements. (You can also use the library to reduce the cost of the read-aloud and science supplement books and then purchase only your favorites if you wanted.)
  2. I like Singapore Kindergarten Essentials. It's rather easy, but DD enjoys it and everything I've seen at the "kindergarten" level has looked VERY easy. I would also add the Kumon addition and subtraction workbooks as well as do a gentle start with math facts if your child enjoys them.
  3. Another recommendation for Leapfrog Letter Factory!
  4. Thank you for all the suggestions! This really helps!
  5. I feel I am in a similar boat with DD#2 (age 4 3/4) so I'll share my experience in case it helps. For DD#1 we started with BOB books and then started AAR1 when we were somewhere through Series 2 of the BOB books. Because she had already mastered blending (somewhere early on in her BOB book experience), the AAR1 lessons were quite easy for her. I am currently teaching DD#2 to read. I tried to start her straight away at AAR1, but with no prior blending practice the lessons just seemed a bit too much of a struggle. She was enjoying them, but I was worried she would ultimately get discouraged. She could sound out each phonogram just fine, but really struggled with hooking them together into a word. Yesterday (after a long time off from reading lessons) I started a different approach--just focusing on VC-ending word families. For example, I sounded out "at" with her. Once she knew what a-t said, she very easily mastered blending all the CVC -at words. (I called it "hooking the consonant to "at" and that seemed to resonate.) Today, I reviewed the -at words and introduced -am words. I followed up with her reading a BOB book that contained -at and -am words. I plan to continue this for -ad, -ap, etc. After that, I will retry AAR1 and see if her blending skills are established enough to continue with it..
  6. I don't have any suggestions, but am encouraged to hear that you have been successfully combing Saxon and Singapore (and others). My children will be attending a university model schedule school that uses Abeka Math through 3rd grade and Saxon Math for 4th grade +. I am not a big Saxon fan, so we are planning to also continue using Singapore Math to provide a well-rounded math foundation. (DD1 was already using Singapore at her prior full-time classical kindergarten.) A friend of mine expressed concern that using both Saxon and Singapore will confuse my children. (She didn't seem concerned with combining Abeka and Singapore in the early grades.) To me, a strong math student should be able to solve problems from multiple sources, not just one familiar curriculum. Has your DD experienced confusion from using multiple curriculums?
  7. I'm looking for a simple workbook that contains activities for identifying beginning and ending sounds of words. I can find workbooks that have exercises about beginning sounds, but I think DD2 would benefit from extra practice identifying ending sounds. Any suggestions? Thank you!
  8. Has anyone used the Grammar Minutes workbooks before? Opinions? I've never heard of them, but saw them on Amazon and was thinking of using the Grade 1 workbook for my rising 1st grader. I was looking for something that would be simple to implement and easily portable so DD could do it while waiting at sibling activities.
  9. Thank you everyone for your replies! I will just let her do a few pages each lesson and save extra teacher instruction for times she truly needs it. She will technically be in her prek year, so Essentials will probably be a good fit for where she is and have a solid foundation for 1A.. She will also be getting a bit of math at a twice a week university model style school, but she is ahead of their curriculum and will want/need something more for homeschool days while her sister is doing 1st grade math.
  10. For those who have used the Kindergarten Essentials workbooks, how many pages per day did you cover? Also, did you always present the present the lesson as described in "Introduction" or did you just let your child do the worksheet for topics that your child already knew? A lot of these lessons appear to be review for DD#2 (who has followed along with a lot of her older sister's math) and could easily be done without additional instructions, but I don't want to skip teaching the "Introductions" if it means she will miss out on the "Singapore Method." Thank you!
  11. We haven't used it yet...but we plan to use the Memoria Press logic curriculum when the time comes. Actually, I somewhat lean towards enrolling the kids in the Memoria Press online class since logic just seems like something that would be ideal to discuss/practice in a group setting.
  12. My rising 1st grader reads on a 3rd grade+ level. I provide a variety of (non-babyish) picture books and chapter books. She reads aloud to me (as well as her younger sisters) each day, although it's not truly a requirement. She probably averages about 30 minutes a day. She loves it and would probably read more if our schedule wasn't so busy.
  13. Off the top of my head...Just So Stories, The Wind in the Willows, E.B. White's children's books
  14. Interesting...We still love of our Jim Weiss cd's, but after listening to Story of Civilization, the Jim Weiss cd's sometimes seem just a little bit "flat" by comparison. Don't get me wrong, we still love Jim Weiss and will continue to buy him too. I think a lot of it is the background music in Story of Civilization. For us, it lends a bit of dramatic tension and excitement I suppose. They're both great products though! I like to supplement the more comprehensive Story of Civilization with Jim Weiss cds since the scope of the individual Jim Weiss cds is much more limited and they sometimes contain more detailed stories.
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