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  1. I used it for 1st, 4th, and 6th. It was probably best for the 4th grader, but the 1st grader did learn from it. I'd say it's okay for a 2nd grader to tag along with older siblings, but it'd be better to wait if the oldest is 2nd grade.
  2. I used what was RLTL (the reading/spelling program) with my oldest a while back. He was already a fluent reader at that point, so it was mostly for spelling and practice reading aloud. I used ELTL with what was levels 1-4. I liked the grammar teaching and exercises. My kids did not like the writing instruction and narration choices in level 4, and so we didn't continue after that. This was a while ago, as they were still 1-4 and not A-D then. I've used their handwriting through literature to teach my older two cursive. I liked the vertical cursive style offered, as it was good for my lefty.
  3. I have a spine chosen, but it isn't good for outlining because it is so top level. We're going to get depth with biographies and other books, but I haven't chosen all of them yet, so I don't know if they'll be easy for beginner to outline. Some sources are easier to outline than others. The more narrative/storylike books are harder to outline because the student has to figure out when a paragraph is a new roman numeral and when it's just more detail within an existing outline point. That's fine for someone who has experience with outlining, but it's harder for a student that has never outlined before.
  4. Not key word outlining, the outlining that is mentioned in WTM for logic stage history.
  5. What's a good book, collection of books, or text that is good for practicing outlining on?
  6. They have an online version and if you are OK with ads, it's free: You could try out the online version to see if you like it before buying the book version.
  7. The strong and tough machines look good. Are they noisy? One of the things my daughter doesn't like about my current machine is how noisy it is.
  8. Is there a model of Brother you would recommend?
  9. I'd like to get a new sewing machine. I do mostly garment sewing, but I do plan on teaching my daughter on whatever I get, and who knows what she'll want to make (right now it's doll clothes). For my daughter's sake, I'd like it to be relatively quiet and have speed control. I want a machine that has steel parts inside. Price I'm looking for is probably in the $200-$500 range. I've gone to a couple of sewing machine shops and haven't been happy with the sales people. One would only show me Viking machines, and while I liked the machine she showed me (Viking Jade 20), I don't know enough about the brands out there to know if another one might suit me better. Another only showed me a single machine (Brother/Simplicity SB3150) that cost more than I wanted, and when I commented on that, she still didn't show me any others, even though I know they carry cheaper machines. Neither sales person could answer if the parts were steel inside. ( "This lower end one sewed through 7 layers of denim, so I think all of this brand are." and "It should be... But I can't see inside to know.")
  10. Yeah, I know that. The trouble is balancing the need to be taught in a time intensive way subjects with the subjects the students enjoy and want to spend time on with everything else one wants to do. My oldest sometimes wants to do all the things, and we just don't have time.
  11. Thanks for the reply. One student would be a 3rd grader, so not a great speller, but mostly needs practice with the rules. The other doesn't have any problems with reading, but does have severe spelling issues, testing over 2 years behind in spelling ability. I thought that maybe we could do the lessons together, but have them working in their separate spelling lists one-on-one with me.
  12. bump Anyone using LOE Essentials? How long does a section take you?
  13. I'm looking for spelling for my upcoming 3rd grader. I'd like something that explicitly teaches spelling rules, but she really doesn't like AAS. Looking at the samples of LOE Essentials, it looks like I could combine my 3rd grader with one of my older kids, each doing spelling lists at their own level. I like that it teaches morphology heavily in the level C lists. But then I see that even if you spread one lesson out over two weeks, they say it takes 30-40 minutes a day. That's a lot of time to spend on spelling for a student that can read fluently and doesn't have any learning disabilities. How long does Essentials take you each day (especially if you're using the updated multi-volume version)? Are the extras of morphemes/grammar as related to spelling worth the price tag? Is it really feasible to teach multiple students at different levels at the same time?
  14. So do historical groups and history teachers not review books?
  15. Is there a group that reviews children's history books or has a searchable database the way that NSTA does/did for science trade books (
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