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  1. Would you mind sharing the name of this show? It sounds like something my kids would love!
  2. We ran into something similar when my oldest was in second grade. We weren't ready to delve into the heavier parts of history, but I didn't want to just wait until he was older to start enjoying history together. I ended up putting together a year of "Important Inventions and Discoveries", and it was super fun! We started in ancient times, and worked our way through a chronological list I put together of important inventors, scientists, and the discoveries they made. It turned out to serve as both our history and science that year. Lots of biographies, and so many opportunities to bunn
  3. My ds has listened to various titles in the Horrible Science series via our library’s digital lending library.
  4. Have you taken a look at Memoria Press’ Kindergarten enrichment? Each week is centered around a different read aloud picture book, with a coordinating craft and often a light science or history tie-in all planned out for you. Each week also introduces the child to a poem, a musical piece, and a piece of art work, often (but not always) loosely tied to the topic of the week. It really is a sweet program. Here’s a peek at the read aloud books and science books they use so you can get an idea of what kind of books are scheduled. Obviously a lot of these can be found at the library so making
  5. How does he do with the physical act of writing? I haven’t used OPGTR, but I have used FSR. It combines the teaching of letter sounds with learning letter formation, etc. It worked splendidly for my daughter who was ready (and eager) to start writing in workbooks, but it may not work as well for a writing-phobic kid, or one whose writing ability lags their reading readiness. If he’s ready for both, FSR might work to kill two birds with one stone. My daughter really enjoyed it, and I found it to be a pretty efficient use of time🙂
  6. A whiteboard or a notebook would work equally well. In fact now that I think of it, I have one kid who uses a whiteboard, one who uses a notebook, and one who uses whatever scrap of paper is nearest him😂 If a notebook would afford her a feeling of ownership, I say go for it. An added perk of using a notebook would be the ability to mark a section in which to keep a list of words she’s misspelled (either within a spelling lesson or in other work) and needs extra practice with- something I’ve always intended to do, but have yet to make happen😜
  7. I’m a huge fan of AAS, so personally, if money wasn’t an issue, I’d just go with that instead of trying to reinvent the wheel with something else. It’s a great program. There’s actually a whole thread about AAS over on the General Education board right now that you might want to check out! That being said, I totally understand being in a situation where the budget is tight and you have to make do with what you have. Either way, hopefully someone with personal experience with Phonics Pathways can chime in with some thoughts! If you do go the AAS route, there’s an app you can down
  8. Absolutely. My youngest took off in reading well before we had finished a full phonics program. I was able to let her loose to “just read books”, knowing we’d cover any phonics rules she may have missed via AAS. Worked like a charm🙂 This is exactly how we have done it too. Right down to the (almost) 12 yo in level 6!😂
  9. I’ve used AAS with 3 kids now, and agree with all of the points in its favor posted above🙂 I think the primary drawback for me would be the cumbersome nature of keeping track of all of the tiles, but downloading the AAS app completely eradicated this issue. I initially balked at the price, but honestly it was so worth the one-time $20 investment! I don’t think I would have stuck with AAS otherwise, but I’m very glad I did.
  10. I’ve used both programs. Here are a couple of thoughts, based on what you wrote. if you plan on using Fix It next year, I don’t think you need to squeeze in another grammar program this year solely for the sake of preparation. Fix-It starts from the beginning, and seemed to progress quite gently. I did take my ds through MP’s English Grammar Recitation the same year he was working through MP Latina Christiana. It meshed nicely with what he was working on in Latin and didn’t take too much time, but he would (and did) say that his conceptual understanding wasn’t great. I think th
  11. If she wasn’t required to give a narration at the end, would your 7yo enjoy what you’re doing now? If so, I’d be tempted to stick with what’s working and drop the narrations. If you’re wanting to work on her narration skills, you could always run her through something like WWE, which might give her that practice without killing the joy of history for her🙂 Alternatively, maybe she’d like to narrate another way? By drawing a picture of something from the lesson and explaining it to you, perhaps? Just a couple of thoughts!
  12. I also wanted to add that in FLL 3, a student workbook is introduced to go along with the regular text. This helps give a visual component as the kid follows along and then applies what they’re learning in the written exercises (no colorful pictures though).
  13. I’ve used the first three levels of both programs, and I definitely don’t think you need to start from the very beginning. You can find the mastery evaluations for each level of WWE here: http://downloads.peacehillpress.com/pdfs/samples/wwe/wweevaluations.pdf Each evaluation gives you an idea for what type of work is expected of the student at the end of that level; if the kid does well, move on to the next one, etc. This should give you a good feel for where to put them. In terms of FLL, I’ll just say I put my ds9 (with no formal grammar experience) right into FLL 3 last
  14. Thanks everyone. I was gifted a copy earlier this year, so we’re starting this week. So far so good!
  15. Can anyone share their experience with Analytical Grammar? My ds11 went through Hake 5 last year and it was fine, but level 6 has become a bit of a drudgery. I’m intrigued by Analytical Grammar’s premise that formal grammar study can be completed in three 10-week “seasons”, opening up more time for us to spend on writing, etc. Do you find Analytical Grammar to be “enough”? I don’t want to forgo rigor in the name of convenience, but I do love the idea of knocking out our formal grammar study at the beginning of the year and then spending the rest of the year applying it In the context
  16. Awesome find, and perfect for my kid who asked to study chemistry this year! Thank you for sharing!
  17. For a first grader, especially with older children in the mix who also require teaching time, I would go with Mystery Science, hands down. In fact, that's exactly what I'm doing this year😂 In terms of beefing it up with a reading list, my plan is to just pull out the applicable book from the Let's Read and Find Out series for each mystery as we go. I feel like LRAFO books are perfect for that age, and I like the continuity of having a series like that as a "spine" to guide me. This makes it less likely for me to fall down the rabbit hole of researching the PERFECT book for each and ev
  18. This speaks to me 🙂 Thanks for your helpful feedback, everyone. I can't say that I have a firm resolve one way or the other yet, but you all have provided lots of good food for thought. I do have a question for those of you in the use-it-or-lose-it camp who feel that cursive needs to be used across the board in order to be maintained: has this proven true with your kids in regard to printing? Put another way, have your children lost the ability to print because their school assignments are completed in cursive? I mean this with no snark. To be honest I'm still a bit dubious, but
  19. While block letters (all capitals?) is not the alternative I'd be proposing, your point about the speed of writing is one I am currently weighing. I wonder if this is a YMMV situation in which each individual has the style they find the fastest, or if cursive is objectively (measurably) faster. The latter is certainly possible. I just wish I knew by how much. This raises a point I hadn't considered. While the ability to read and write in cursive are non-negotiable to me, if clear communication is the goal, could legible print actually be the ideal default In light of
  20. I feel like these points illustrate my dilemma. It's important to me for my child to be able to read and write in cursive for all of the above reasons, but it seems to me that all of those bases could be covered with a dedicated "cursive page a day", without insisting on it being used for all written work. I do, however, know he would never gain lighting-speed this way. I guess I'm trying to figure out if there is something inherently important about using cursive instead of print as his primary means of writing in his regular life, beyond the baseline ability to read it and form a nice s
  21. I know that there are various schools of thought when it comes to cursive instruction. I decided years ago that my children should be taught to write in it, if for no other reason than I want them to have the ability to easily read it. I've done that, and my current 5th grader has acquired a beautiful cursive hand through various copybooks, etc, but is loath to transition to completing his regular school assignments in cursive. I think the primary reason for this is that at this point, cursive takes him longer than printing (which will likely continue to be the case until I enforce cursiv
  22. So if I'm understanding you correctly, it sounds like you are using WWS1 for your own reference as a scope and sequence of sorts? That's a great idea, and one that could spare me from the temptation to run two programs at once (which over here, would likely result in two programs done poorly). Keep us posted on how this goes! I'm particularly curious how well the two approaches mesh with one another.
  23. I own it, and have taught 3 kids to read with it. It worked really well for us. My first kid balked at the length of the fluency sheets, but that may have had more to do with him than the program 🙂 I felt like it prepared all of them incredibly well. We've continued on with AAS (including my current 5th grader), and the continuity has been lovely. If you are clutter-averse and/or plan to continue on with later levels, I really recommend purchasing the letter tile app. I didn't want to spend the money at first, but I was going crazy trying to keep track of all of those littl
  24. Thank you for sharing this. I have kids of similar ages/levels and it’s really helpful to hear how others are planning to implement this in real time. Do you plan to continue the WWS series with your oldest along with TWR? So far my plan is to start incorporating the because/but/so exercise within content subjects for my 5th and 3rd grader, as well as a daily run-on sentence remediation exercise for the kid whose writing needs to take a breath🙂 We started the year with IEW (5th grader) and WWE (3rd), but I plan to slowly add to/modify/replace those with TWR activities as I get
  25. It’s not a curriculum per se, but my favorite science “spine” for that age is the Let’s Read and Find Out series. My K-2 kids have generally found them engaging, and they’ve served as a great springboard for further questions/discussions/investigation. You can simply pick a book that interests your kid (there are a ton to choose from on a variety of scientific topics), and have that be the topic for the week. There are usually instructions for a simple activity at the end of the book if you want an easy hands-on component. Throw in a couple of related library books that look interest
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