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  1. 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!
  2. Each drawing is separate. though one week might build on another as you are learning to draw a larger area. but each drawing you start with a clean sheet of paper, that is effectively practice for the big project. At the end of the year, we spent about 2-3 weeks where we took all we learned and starting on a blank large poster we drew one new map of the world. and as I look back at the lessons, there is correlation that as you read about the discovery of japan you may draw japan, but that is not every week.
  3. We did this a couple of years ago, and so I might not be remembering everything totally accurate but what I remember is .... we did the cartography history part in a short 15-20 mins and occasionally we did the activity on Tuesday and did the drawing part for maybe 30 mins on Thursday. I dont remember there being any correlation in the two. Only that the history started at the beginning and the drawing started with the Tigris and Euphrates and moved historically from there. We did it kind of minimalisticly, you could do more if you wanted Each drawing lesson we did in a slightly oversized sketchbook. (11x14) she teaches you how to draw the geography of different parts Mesopotamia, then Nile, then Greece, Italy , etc... we do each on its own page then at the end of the year we had a poster board they put the lessons together and drew the whole world . I didn’t make them memorize it . If I did I would have had them practice each drawing more. She tells you where on the page to start each map
  4. The intensive practice just may be too much practice. I agree , take a break do some fun math games, and something to practice facts maybe then come back to the next book 2b in the fall. We are just finishing up 2a and I would practice double digit addition and subtraction with carrying and borrowing, we took just a couple weeks off and my son was forgetting
  5. No way I could keep up with that!! for years I covered all our novels too, but then just ran out of steam. But I still cover the big textbooks for sure, cuz they are likely to fall apart,
  6. I have always preferred contact to duck, maybe it was because of the bubbles, but I also like the matte finish of the contact paper better than duck brand.
  7. I cover them in contact paper, I have had very little problem with books I’ve covered falling apart
  8. Awesome! I was giddy for weeks after I finally figured out how to do this and no one could appreciate my accomplishment. I will do the happy dance with you!!
  9. I agree that it doesn’t take a whole year. I look at this year as a chance to solidify all elementary math topics. (And 6B feels heavily review) So partly depends on what the kid needs to work on. Mostly I add ALL the reviews in the textbook, which I don’t do in other years. If the student is strong I would add in the challenging word problem book for challenging review. If the students is having trouble remembering how to do things between using it, I put them in bju foundations along side of Singapore because it offers a lot more practice. I might also pick up a key to... book if there was a particular topic that they struggles with. I think it is the Key to algebra book 1 that covers negative numbers, which isn’t covered in Singapore, I don’t think, at least not with much repetition. So I might be tempted to do that book too, I forgot what exactly it covers but it was pretty basic. Probablity and exponents are other topics you could touch on that Singapore doesn’t very much. (I don’t use the standards edition so my answer might not be totally accurate, I use the US edition)
  10. Excel. I'm like the other posters who create a sheet for each subject and each day’s assignment goes down the rows (108 or 144 or 180 depending on how many days a week I do that subject) One thing I do beyond that is to create a weekly schedule page. This page is set up so that it goes and retrieves the correct assignment for each subject that week using the indirect(address...) function based on the subject and the row and column(I use the week number at top of page to calculate those) the beauty of this is it is adjustable when you get off track. Just go to the assignment(s) that was missed and shift all the cells down then change the week number at the top of the weekly page and It will automatically will pick out the new assignment for the coming week for my independent workers it is great for them to have a checklist of what is expected for the day. Also after several kids I already have subjects planned and I can edit and import easily to my next kids schedule. And it’s pretty, I like looking at a weeks worth of assignments for all subjects rather than a long list for each subject Drawbacks are it takes time to input every page number or assignment and if I want to print out multiple weeks at a time I have to change the week number at the top of the page before hitting print for each week. (Though you could create a macro to do that for you). For my younger kids I have a lot of just do the next thing that I am directing, so I don’t plan those out as much or take the time to type them all in. But I will for science and history.
  11. Like you said everyone is different. In my house your novel list would be no problem to accomplish. We have a habit of read alouds and readers, so no problem. I’m not familiar with your spines, but I am with most of the novels. Great expectations is the only one I would struggle to give to a 6th and 8th grader, due to its complexity, but maybe that is just because I never made it through it when I tried to read it to my kids due to life invading school that year. ? looks like you have a fun year set up!!
  12. My kids play a finger game called chopsticks which has some math in it They also like ninja, we like the alphabet game too. People,places, animals Or we do one where someone says a name or famous person and the next person has to come up with another that starts with last letter of name just used
  13. One of my kids played football so he already knew people before the first day since they start practice over the summer. My other starts this coming year so we have really had to work to find where she could get to know people ahead of time, for her it looks like it is going to be the band. Dont know if you tech school has summer activities,but might help. Acedemically our school is so bad, they have no trouble adjusting to the school work, which is good they have enough social things to learn. Like how to not try so hard?
  14. Logic of English has a quick reference card. But I use the Spell to Write and Read Spelling rule flash cards more often because that is where I started. They are bigger than AAS and alittle more visual for the kid. Front has a visual, back has rule to memorize and maybe some examples and exceptions. I've used the programs so the rules are familiar to me, if you are not familiar with the rules, I don't know how helpful they will be... they probably will, but maybe not as much or will take more effort for you to learn them to pass them on.
  15. I guess I am one of those that likes the whole year planned out ahead. It gives me great joy, guess we are all different . Excel and I are best buddies. The younger the kid is more more I expect I will need I to adjust as the year goes on, but I function much better having a plan and dropping things than trying to come up with it on the fly. So I can hold it loosely. And I tended to look at some things I planned in week chunks instead of daily chunks. But I TOTALLY agree with taking the time to make the curriculum as open and go as possible, if it’s not already . It may come with experience to know what that means for you and for each curriculum , but for us if I had to find scissors to cut the timeline figure out, didn’t happen. Having to take the 2 minutes to copy a map , usually lost a lot of time to regather everyone. 1000 hrs for a first grader just feels like a lot to me. That’s 5 1/2 hours a day! I expect my 2nd grader to be done in 4 (I hope that’s realistic next year) I would have to include piano lesson and practice and read alouds at night and outside sports for gym to get enough hours, wow. For sotw I would make a 36 week grid and make each week look pretty similar, even though some weeks you will have to double up on some chapters cuz there are 42 or something like that. So just decide how you want to us it and what pieces. So Monday you read the chapter and narrate. Tuesday read an extra lit books. Wednesday do map and time line . Friday pick an activity from activity book you want to tackle or something like that doesnt MP enrichment already have a schedule planned out? History and science are usually the ones that take the most time to plan because I add in so many extras and adjust already made schedules. the skill subjects are easy, I just divide the lessons evenly over the weeks
  16. I really enjoyed Dr Jenner and the speckled monster by Marrin about smallpox vaccine and The Great Trouble: a mystery of London, the Blue Death and a Boy called Eel by Hopkinson. This was a awesome story about a boy helping a doctor solve the mystery of what was causing all the death in his neighborhood. Moving from old ways of looking at disease to using good investigative practices to get to the science behind it. Loved it!
  17. I was actually thinking fix it. But was struggling alittle bit with placement, where did you start?
  18. I’m no professional here, but I can speak from our experience. Vocab that you pull from a read aloud never worked for me, I get too caught up in story and don’t want to stop, I think the context is good, but still easy to forget. Just doesn’t get done. We did wordly wise for like 5 years. My daughter never really engaged. last two years we have done word roots from critical thinking company. In this program you have to work to decifer which collection of roots,prefixes and suffixes (words) go together to match a definition. So you really come to absorb what the differences are, having to think beyond memorizing. And my daughter has to engage to think at this level, not just fill in blanks. I personally use vocab as a mostly independent subject, but if you wanted to play some of the word roots games or make flash card (I think ctc has an app for root flash cards ) it could add even more. Last year we did both wordly wise and word roots and my daughter said she learned so much more from word roots we dropped wordly wise this year.
  19. I have used fundamentals , pre algebra and algebra 1, then my kids go to public school. i would agree that you should have at least an average math student and be willing to work with them. I have really appreciated the thoroughness as well. I feel the explanations in the text are very adequate to understand the concept, and the example problems are very helpful. I feel it is important to walk the student through the explanation because sometimes important information is in a tiny one sentence paragraph between examples that the average student will skip over. the review sections at the end of each lesson are well planned for remembering what you have learned and preparing for the next section . In the levels I used I wouldn’t have said the word problems were especially challenging, they seem to practice certain types of problems, but I’m also coming from Singapore with very challenging word problems l. I guess I have to admit that there are challenging word problems. They were in the dominion in science section that we never had the time/energy to tackle. Which is a shame because I feel that is where the writer really shares his love for math and how it impacts all areas of our life. we generally did the odds and it would take between 30min and an hour. For one child who struggles more in math, on some sections we went back the next day and did evens if The TG told me it was an important concept. One kid was stronger in math and he did more C problems. In the algebra text the teaching on sequences was broken up to like 1 concept per chapter, I wish they would just cover the topic all at once. I also didn’t particularly like they way they taught one kind of factoring, I just taught the box method instead in that section that I learned from Jacobs algebra. Other than those two tiny annoyances I LOVE bju math for these levels. Foundations was a difficult shift from Singapore as far as workload, not writing in the book and lessons were much longer, but after those adjustments math became my daughters favorite subject. I buy used on amazon ,ebay or homeschool classifieds. TG are necessary for answers key and it tells me which sections are more optional or to spend extra time on. Ive once bought the student activities book for my daughter who really struggles to retain, it has a more extensive culmitive review for each chapter so I could see better what wasn’t sticking.
  20. i have one kid like that who math just doesn’t stick with lots of practice needed I agree with stick with the program and just throw in lots of extra practice either the SM extra practice books or key to... even just a little behind to keep reminding them what they learned last month. Singapore is fairy quick to get through so supplementing is totally doable and that way you don’t loose continuity cuz you are doing the same program throughout. I feel when you get to book 5 and 6 is when Singapore really gets good, so I wouldn’t want you to give up before that. when I get to book 6 we do every possible review problem in the textbook, feels like year 6 is mostly review anyway and kind of short
  21. So most of you seem to suggest RS 8 is enough grammar, If there was not more to teach what could i use for efficient review then for 8th grade before she heads to public school??
  22. Having done rod and staff English from 3 to 8 would you continue with 9/10 for 8th grader? Why? what other paths have you chosen and why? (we don’t use the writing in R&S , just grammar)
  23. I have placed several orders with them. And yes they generally come in several shipments from their different locations. I have had wrong book delivered twice. One was cleared up fairly quickly, they sent me the right book. the other time they sent me the SAME wrong book again! And when they had to send it the third time they no longer had it. Which was pretty annoying, They refunded my money with an apology. I had to wait till it showed up in inventory at better world books to order again. Thrifttbooks was not quite as quick to respond as I would have liked, but I don’t feel like they are going to stiff me. I don’t really expect much in quality so I don’t pay much attention I guess. But tagging the title seems like there should be less room for error, but they do struggle with that part. I guess I’m willing to deal with some hassle when their books are so cheap.
  24. So I would love to hear WHAT it is about k12 human odyssey and OUP World in ancient times that everyone loves and how are the two different. And how would you compare them to Stow
  25. I agree that the only essentials here are the reading , math , handwriting and having a habit of doing those most every day. But I would disagree that the FIAR, history and science is “too much”. The curriculum you picked are mostly read and play anyway, they just give you structure to your reading and playing, But those are the things I would hold loosely if you or your kid are just done for the day And don’t feel bad dropping it if he takes the whole morning melting down about something else. Honestly for me it is the non essential (at this age , anyway) that brings the spark for me and what the kids really enjoy , but they are still not necessary.
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