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  1. These vocab cards interest me and look like they might do what you want , but they are rediculously expensive and they don’t show you the back.
  2. You could do more than one a year ... we are doing astronomy in 20wks this year 3- 4 days a week. We don’t do any writing, but lots of activities. I spent the rest of the year on earth science 5wks on weather and 7wks on rocks/plate tectonics. , I just pulled together resources -picture books with some Gods design lessons and Janice van cleave activities I haven’t used much of the other books they may require more time
  3. My daughter went from Singapore 6 to bju foundations. (Then bju pre-a and Alg) Well actually I can’t remember if she finished 6 then started or did it concurrently... My daughter also had trouble remembering things. I felt bju was good for her that it provided more practice and review than Singapore and a larger scope (we used US edition). I taught straight from the text explanation and it was all I needed. But I’m also trained as engineer, so I don’t need much. But the teachers guide was great for the answer key and help deciding which problems to assign. It is a large step up in workload and ,at least foundations, was working from a text book not a workbook (I am not familiar with bju 6 and I understood Foundations to be 7 but I could be wrong ). So definitely be prepared for more time spent. With this child I put in all the review it provided , even bought the extra student activities for the cumulative review. There was also enough challenge for more other kid who was more mathy. I just cut those out for her. Just have to say that using BJU brought out my love for math, and math became my daughters favorite subject despite the workload. So I know my review isn’t exactly the grades you are asking but maybe it is close enough to be helpful
  4. I second the sonlight suggestion for history and literature. It is *great* for an avid reader. It’s not a textbook, but almost always uses a spine that connects thing and the books are an incredible way to learn history and makes it so memorable. Love it!
  5. I think I must not have gotten the memo on this or am still just too uncool, cuz I could talk about curriculum all day
  6. We went to Glacier last summer and i thought this one was cute, alittle too much info for my 7yo but it had a page for each animal , plant or site to see ,with picture , then a description , where to find it in the park, and a place to record when and where you saw it, kind of set up like a nature journal sort of , wish we would have had it at the beginning of the trip instead of the end. What I saw in Glacier:A Kids guide to the National Park
  7. I haven’t used any master books but this week I spent A LOT of time looking through the new language arts samples.i was SO drawn to it. I was looking for something to condense our language arts a bit. And it seemed to have all the pieces. But the more I looked at the content I’m like it doesn’t compare at all to WWE strong literature selections. And we can’t do spelling 1-2 days a week ,( actually I don’t think doing it 5 days is covering it well enough at our house. 😄). But even after deciding it wouldn’t fit what I wanted I still wanted it! So I had to figure it what it was that was drawing me so strongly. I decided that it was most significantly that it was so visually appealing. That’s what it came down to. I liked looking at it. And I also liked that each day was set up in manageable chunks, each day starting a new page. Now I’m ruined. I can’t find anything else that competes on the visual scale. at all. I can hardly even look at others, which is so rediculous . Why does it matter! (I keep asking myself) Anyway so that’s my guess, they got a great graphic design and marketing department
  8. I used Singapore through 6 then went to BJU pre-algebra. I also use Singpore as my basic scope and sequence and add in more practice to address trouble spots with parts of other programs I think it might actually be helpful to do some of BJU before pre-algebra. Like you said it has a wider scope so you could cover some topics Singapore doesn't and the Jump in workload from Singapore to BJU is significant, I thought. So it might be a gentler introduction if you were already doing a page a week or something like that from BJU. I also agree that if you have a strong math student the CWP are a great supplement to take their thinking deeper.
  9. I have been using LOC D this year with my 2nd grader . D does not teach many more phonograms, but I do find the rules reinforcement helpful. Silent E rules, making words plural, adding suffixes. There was a lot of practice in these and I thought it was very helpful and definitely reinforced the idea. I liked how the dictations and some activities were intergrated with the books they were reading. The problem came because he needed more reading practice, and the spelling words became a little too difficult so I went to using it for exposure so I could teach the rules, but then realized he was still having trouble with some of the really easy words so I needed to step back and focus on learning words in his grasp. I don’t think I will go back, maybe just pulling a couple of worksheets out. So for you situation, since she catches on so quick when you get it to end of C she should be reading fairly well. So you want to keep going with phonics/spelling but won’t necessarily need a reading program. Just keep her supplied with lots of books and have her read everyday. So for phonics I have been using MCP Plaid phonics and I think that would be great for you. It is a worksheet a day that teaches/practices a phonics rule. Little instruction and off she goes. There is lots in there , in my younger days I would have seen it as busy work but I’m coming to learn the value of writing to learn writing😜. But even so there maybe too much practice in there for you , you could skip pages along the way. The method is a hair different than loe in the way it deals with long vowels, so On those pages I would just reinforce the phonograms not reading their little blurb that the “first vowel says it’s long sound” Over all I found it useful for spelling/phonics practice. We started MCP B while he was in LOE C and he is in C now and 1/2 way through LoE D The online samples don’t give very good overview of exercises , but they are VERY varied. SWR is a really good follow up to LOE for spelling because it uses the same phonograms and rules, (if you like the rules ) I always found it difficult to go to a traditional program after learning the rules. I actually like swr’s rule phrasing better. SWR can require a bit from the teacher but seems like less than AAS and it seems more efficient when she won’t need a lot of work there. I agree that you can wait on spelling , but it’s good to have something to keep the skill fresh in the mean time Anyway After loe C if she was pretty fluent I would have her read every day, and phonics page out of MCP and later when you feel the need and have the space start spelling with swr. (Though it you wait too long she may forget the phonograms) At 6 with a child who writes a lot in her own you really don’t need to start a program yet. Keep encouraging the writing and maybe doing copywork/dictation to teach the mechanics. If you need a guide for that maybe WWE, or there are others I haven’t used....
  10. I have used it twice with my eighth graders. I didn’t use all of it in the sense that I didn’t require them to do the extra writing projects and research projects and we discussed everything instead of filling in blanks. I did push for them to do the one paragraph per chapter that basically was “this is what I believe” on this subject and encouraged them to do some of the scripture study on their own, hoping to grow their ownership a bit. We used it with the expectation of exposure and discussion starters. I think it did that really well. I particularly liked the videos in the first sections done by cedarville (I think) The content was good and clear. Some of the later videos were alittle dated. (I do have the first edition. ) The second half deals with different issues marriage, law, government, politics, history. As it walked through those I struggled just because while I desire for my kids to be critical thinkers, if they are going to be it is going to come from their dad not me!! But it was good that we could draw him into the conversation some. I think it was a great opportunity for my daughter particularly to articulate herself alittle more and ask some questions. For my son, I didn’t have too much bandwidth for much discussion that year, but I still think it was helpful. There wasn’t too much I disagreed with, there was some, but that gave us the opportunity to discuss the different sides. I will use it again.
  11. I love the Berenstain Bears Big book of Science and Nature for a 5 yo. Great rhyme and rhythm and great science topics too
  12. I would completely agree there is no need for alarm,but I might also try some things to encourage them to engage their mind alittle more and practice listening well. If they aren’t interested I don’t want them developing a habit of checking out. Maybe I would not read the whole chapter before stopping to ask questions or what they remember. Or maybe I just wouldn’t read the whole chapter at all, sometimes there is more than one topic in a chapter and maybe just one is enough, skip the other. And definitely picture books are always good way to engage more and help them remember.
  13. We are soon to be adopting an elementary boy who is a spanish speaker. Can anyone give me some thoughts about activities, resources , or things to consider about how to begin communicating quickly and an ongoing plan to develop english skills. Our spanish is about equivalent to about 2 years of high school spanish, and I have been doing doulingo. thanks dudley
  14. I sought out a pre algebra program that had sections on negitive number and probability and exponents ,(sm briefly covers exponents I think) I settled on BJU , it also added scientific notion as a bonus. im not familiar with what you chose, I have used the first book in the key to algebra series to cover negative numbers, it does pretty well and it is kind of nicely self contained. It’s subtitle is operations with integers, but it covers what is a negative number how to add and subtract and multiply and divide them as well as prime factorization and order of operations. It would be a excellent bridge option to another program that requires negative number knowledge
  15. I would agree with most of this, mystery science was fun, but for some reason was harder for me to sit and actually do with him. i love noeo , mostly because it was open and go and get it done. The biggest thing was it was doable and it got done. At times it felt light, but when my kids got through level 2 I was very pleased with their science knowledge. For the notebooking we focused on writing down definitions and drawing some pictures (when subject called for a picture). Towards 6th grade I was trying to get more of an outline or narrations. After a couple times through the program the experiments were less exciting, but again, they got done. Best thing about it. The books are much more visual friendly and interesting than a text book, we particularly liked the chem 2 and one year I had energy and paired it with middle school chemistry by ACS awesome!
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