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  1. I agree with the others that you can start with 3. However, I find the series advances quickly (it's pretty hard by 6th grade) so I prefer to start in level 2 for 3rd grade, just so it's a little gentler on my grammar-phobes. 🙂
  2. Each of mine has a spiral notebook where I write all assignments for the week. Then they can check them off as they do them. I have a master sheet in a clipboard with everyone's work on it, so I just copy each kid's stuff from there. Not very exciting, but it's cheap and it works.
  3. I have used every level (except 7 because it wasn't out yet) with my kids. My list of pros and cons is similar to the above posts. I especially love levels 1-2. The pages are a bit cluttered and you may have to cross out some problems, but the instruction is fantastic. It teaches kids how to think about math, and different strategies for figuring things out, so that the kid can choose which strategy works for them. There is so much practice in the first two levels, that all my kids knew their addition and subtraction facts solidly without ever having to drill or supplement. However, I feel that the higher levels get more and more advanced as you go along. My kids also needed much more review. After doing level 4, which spends weeks and weeks on long division, my son did not remember how to divide at all at the end of the year, because after the division chapter, he really didn't practice long division much. The courses are also quite long and I found it a challenge to get through a level in one school year. I also feel that there isn't enough practice with long multiplication and maybe a few other things. My kids found it quite a challenge, especially when they got to level 5, and my youngest began struggling in level 2. I decided I wanted a math for them that would build confidence, and not be so time consuming and challenging ALL the time. However, I still love levels 1-2 because they create such a solid foundation for elementary math. I'm using them currently for my 5th student.
  4. I had a 7th grader last year and will again next year. They generally do: Math - Teaching Textbooks 7 (just book, no computer) English/Spelling - LLATL The Green Book Writing - narrations, 3-level outlines, rewrites and lit. essays as per SWB's audio lecture Science - usually something of their choice (I have all the God's Design books and Wonders of Creation series, etc.) or perhaps Apologia General science. My last one did The World of Plants, Our Universe and Apologia's Flying Creatures. History - we do history as a group so it's me reading aloud, plus making a timeline, reading some historical fiction on their own, occasional mini-research projects, sometimes making maps (next year we're back to ancients so we might do Mystery of History 1 but I haven't decided yet). Last year we did SOTW 4 for modern history. Extras - I have my 7th graders do Canadian geography with Geography, Province to Province (since we're Canadian) and some type of logic puzzles like Perplexors As for schedule, we do math, English and writing every day, science and history 3x a week, and the extra things 1-2x a week.
  5. Henry's Red Sea or Days of Terror (both by Barbara Smucker) are about Mennonites escaping communist Russia. I would recommend Henry's Red Sea for her age. I think Days of Terror might be too mature and a little scarier. I can't remember if they go to the US or Canada, but one of the two. I use these books when we study our family history.
  6. I switched to it when three of my boys were in 3rd, 5th and 7th grade. We've used every level except Geometry and Pre-Calc. However, I don't use the online/computer portion. I just use the books (until high school). They read the lesson (or I go over it with them) and they do all the work on paper. I can be as involved as they need me to be. I love TT and it is my favourite of all the math programs I've tried. My kids really need to constantly review things, otherwise they forget them all, so it's been perfect. I don't mind that it is a little behind. IMO, it catches up at the pre-algebra level. I use it all the way through Algebra 1 and 2 (we use something else for geometry) and if anyone ever needs pre-calc, we'll do that with TT as well. I understand being torn about it, because there are very mixed reviews, especially on this board, but for my family it has been a great fit.
  7. Syllieann is right - Math Mammoth and Writing With Ease. Yes, my kids also love Pathway Readers.
  8. Yes, Ellie, I know you disagree with me. 😄 However, many people have used R&S successfully by doing it orally, and many children that young are not capable of writing that much at a time (mine included).
  9. Also, FLL is totally scripted so it tells you exactly what to say. There's a lot of repetition and memorization. R&S English has less of that. There's a lesson to read, a section of oral questions to answer, and a section of written exercises. If you do the oral stuff, you can skip the written stuff, or you can also purchase a little workbook of worksheets to do instead. R&S also includes writing lessons and I'm not sure FLL does (there might be some copywork, can't remember).
  10. I would keep it simple. Combine them for science and history - do something like SOTW or a beginning American history book, for science maybe an Apologia book like astronomy that you can read to them both. R&S English and TT are great for the third grader, you'll want some type of math and phonics for the first grader. I use MM 1 and Spectrum phonics with mine and she reads to me for practice from Pathway readers. If the first grader is still learning to read, you'll want a reading program. I would do WWE with both since it's nice and simple. Do you need spelling for the third grader? R&S is easy to use.
  11. I doubt mine takes more than 3 hours, but he never does it all at once so that I can tell how long he takes. He likes to do his math in the evenings, and often he gets up really early and does a bunch of his work before I'm up. So sometimes he's done by 10 a.m. He does what's listed in my signature, if that helps. ETA: He does all his reading on his own time, and I wouldn't count instrument practice in that 3 hours, if he played one.
  12. My son did very well with Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2 last year and it was totally independent. A subscription is $67 and then she could start halfway through or wherever you think is appropriate. Khan would be nicer since it's free, but I don't know anything about it. Hopefully someone will answer those questions for you. I just wanted to suggest TT as an independent option.
  13. I have two lefties. I never did anything differently with them than with my right-handed kids. They used the same handwriting workbooks and I didn't tweak things at all. So maybe you are overthinking it. Maybe you could just let her try, and keep in mind the things to look for that are no-no's. I think the only thing I looked for was to make sure they didn't hook their hand while writing.
  14. I've only ever used FD so I can't compare the two. I pair it with The Thinking Toolbox in 8th grade. I've tried it younger, but it doesn't work. I follow it up with The Rulebook for Arguments in 9th or so, but for learning logical fallacies, it's the only thing I use. Not sure how helpful that is.
  15. Am I misunderstanding your definition of middle school? If you are talking 7th and up, then I completely agree, but if we're talking about 5th graders, I think it's normal for them to still be working on single paragraphs.
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