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  1. I would agree with this. I would add that I think MM gets more advanced the further you go. We found some of level 5 and definitely 6 to be pretty difficult and advanced. MM is definitely a year ahead of TT (or TT is a year behind; whichever you like). I was comparing fraction topics between the two this week. I think I would look at BA if I were you, if you think MM would not be enough of a challenge.
  2. I was going to suggest having her write a narration from history once a week or something, but I see that she will already be doing ancient history based writing lessons. In that case, I think I would just let her read it. It's ok to not be heavy with every subject. 🙂
  3. A couple of ideas - I do all the grammar lessons and skip the writing lessons (especially if you are doing writing with something else). The writing lessons are marked in the book. If you want her to do it independently, she could read the lesson and then complete the written portion of the exercises. I have also bought the booklet of worksheets and had my kid read the lesson and then complete a worksheet, but there aren't worksheets for every lesson (most but not all). Lately, I've been doing it with my kid orally, so I read the lesson to him and we go over the oral exercises together. Any diagramming we do on scrap paper. Lots of people use a whiteboard.
  4. Some of our favourites were: The Cat of Bubastes Cyrus the Persian (Christian) Twice Freed (Christian) Eagle of the Ninth Men of Iron The Scarlet Pimpernel The Hiding Place Animal Farm That's more than five, but they are all generally easier books. I would definitely not miss The Hiding Place or Animal Farm.
  5. I was going to suggest the MM review books. I haven't used them myself, but they seem like the perfect thing. I'm not sure how often they are meant to be used (the 3rd grade book has 90 pages) but they're certainly the right price.
  6. IMO, TT starts to scale up about halfway through 7. Pre-algebra isn't that easy, except for the first few chapters where it's mostly review.
  7. Good for him! My proud mama moment is that my oldest is averaging 97% in Algebra 2 right now and he's almost done the course. We tried a different algebra 2 last year and dropped it after about 12 weeks because it was such a struggle, and I wondered at the time if maybe we just weren't smart enough for higher math (I was trying to learn it with him). Not so! (At least for him.)
  8. I do whatever my kids want. I have one who has studied all things biology - and birds especially - for the past 3 years at least. The next one prefers all sorts of topics - this year he's done astronomy, geology and chemistry. I let them pick how they want to do it. As far as not wanting to study a particular branch of science, I totally understand not wanting to study insects or whatever. My solution to that problem is to have the kids do science independently. If they're too young for independent science, I would just save that topic for when they're older. I personally think the best retention happens when kids are really interested in the topic they are studying.
  9. My 5th grade son has just mastered cursive and I'm going to have him practice via dictation. If he can copy something in cursive, he won't actually learn it or practice the way I want him to because then he doesn't have to remember how to form the letters. With dictation, or if he had to translate print to cursive, he has to remember how to do it all himself. That's the only way he's finally learned to do it.
  10. The topics from the end of TT algebra 1 are also at the end of their algebra 2, but I'm not sure it reviews them as much as it covers the topic again with more depth. It's not like those ending topics are reviewed at the beginning of algebra 2. I'm not sure what to tell you on whether that would work or not.
  11. Bumping to see if anyone has a review of this course. I found a pretty good Cathy Duffy review, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with it.
  12. I would get one of the Easy Grammar Ultimate books and go through that. I tried that this year with my 9th grader, actually, and it ended up being that he really didn't need it, but I did like the book.
  13. A few suggestions which may or may not be helpful. First of all, it is ok to just get the basics done with the kids, especially with the ages you have. If you get math and LA done, that's pretty good. You can slowly add on, like you are doing with spelling soon, as you feel able to. If you want to add in history or science, I would definitely pick something you can read aloud to them as a group. When mine were smaller, we did those group subjects first. Then we would all go to the dining room table and I would sit among them as they did their math or whatever. Then whoever finishes first can run away and play and doesn't have to wait for everyone else to be done. Can you take advantage of your baby's nap times to get some things done during those times? Don't worry about doing all the subjects. That will all come as they get older. If you do math and LA plus reading aloud, I think you are good for now.
  14. Teaching Textbooks is spiral and you can use it with just the book, but if you are coming from BA, that's probably not what you are looking for.
  15. Start with the basics: math, English, history, science. Those are my four basics. Then think about adding one other thing (or one for each child). So if you want to try Latin, try that. Maybe next year, you'll want to do something else, like geography, or maybe you will be able to add it on alongside. Aside from the basics, not every subject needs to be done every year. Also, not every subject needs to be done every day. For extra things like art and music, which I feel are important but not priorities, we do them once per week. So my advice is to start with the fundamentals and work your way up. As your children grow and are interested in things, you can slowly add on according to what you feel is important for them.
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