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  1. Mine write an essay per week, but those are short essays (1-2 pages), kind of like what SWB outlines in her high school writing lecture. Those essays span all subjects. We take breaks for other things, like poetry weeks and research papers. Last year, in 11th grade, he wrote 25 essays, but again, those are short ones. Other writing he does: 2-3 paragraph summaries of various subjects 3x per week (one history, one science, one literature). Research papers twice a year. I think that's it.
  2. This happened to me and, interestingly, it was also my 6th or 7th year homeschooling. But I had also had my 5th baby that year. Since then, we've taken every summer completely off. I'm now at a point where *I* would gladly do some summer school again, but my kids are older (mostly) and I would feel bad taking away their break. They all love it. It works well for us.
  3. I don't do anything formal at that age. I just provide the books and let them go. Sometimes I keep a list of what they've read, just for reference. I don't actually assign reading until much older.
  4. Sounds like a good candidate for Writing With Ease. It's narration and copywork/dictation, so only writing about a sentence or two at a time, and not every day. If he's never done it before, you might want to drop back to level 2 to begin, but you can speed it up later and catch up if he's able. I think at this age that a little bit of writing at a time but done consistently is the way to go.
  5. Yes, definitely enough. And depending on the ages of your kids, you could cut down the number of written narrations to two a week. They don't *need* to be every day. You can do oral ones on the other days.
  6. You could try this free one from Progressive Phonics: Advanced Book 3
  7. I think I would recommend that you buy SWB's writing audio lecture for writing in the middle grades. It's fantastic and details exactly how to go about writing without a program and also what to expect for output. It will also be very helpful in learning how to incorporate the skills from WWS without actually using WWS (this is what I do in my homeschool). In my opinion, essays, research papers and literary analysis are high school level skills (I know many will disagree with me) so you don't necessarily have to worry about those right now. The only difference in what I do compared to the audio lecture is that I continue having my kids write narrations/summaries through middle school. By the time they are in 8th grade (and sometimes earlier), they are writing about 3 paragraphs and then it's easy to transition to essays just by learning how to add an intro and conclusion.
  8. I thought there were changes between version 1.0 and 2.0. Here's an old thread about some of them:
  9. I don't use writing curriculum, but I do use SWB's method (for the most part). I think what you are proposing could totally work, and might be a lot of fun for her if she is a natural writer. I know I would have loved it at that age.
  10. I think very few on this board use it, but they did just come out with all new editions, so somebody must be!
  11. Over summer I'm reading Notgrass's Exploring World History. I've had one kid go through it already, and the next is halfway through, but better late than never, right? I want to make notes on things I want to discuss or ideas for essay topics, etc.
  12. Easy Grammar might fit the bill, but it doesn't have diagramming. The lessons are short and it's very independent.
  13. I have always used other writing alongside LLATL, so I would say go ahead and try Wordsmith alongside. As far as I remember, LLATL doesn't have terrible many writing assignments, so there would be lots of opportunity to add something else in. I personally wouldn't drop LLATL because Green is where you get really nice grammar coverage and I wouldn't want my student to miss that. I think it used to be fairly common to use these two programs together.
  14. I think I agree that I would use neither, unless your child is really into history. I have used Guerber's Story of the Ancient World for that young, but not the Greek or Roman books. I have no experience with Famous Men, but I believe they are also geared for an older audience. ETA: I think I would try SOTW 1 if I were you.
  15. I think my method goes something like: I divide up each course into 36 weeks to figure out how many times a week to schedule things (thankfully I've been using many of our current curricula for a long time so I only have to do this with new ones) If I'm using a new curriculum I haven't before, I spend time writing out a schedule or syllabus for the book that I can follow when I do my weekly planning I then make up a schedule for each kid and fit everything into a week, trying to make each day as even as possible (again, after 12 years, I'm reusing old schedules so this isn't much work at all) during the school year, I plan one week at a time so that if we miss a day or something changes, I don't have to erase too much. I have a master planner for myself where I write everyone's plans for the week (I made it myself in Word and print it and stick it on a clipboard; for the life of me I can't find an adequate pre-made planner). I have one page for each day of the week. then I write everyone's individual work into their own planners, basically copying them from my master plan I revisit and adjust anytime an issue comes up, such as someone feels like Wednesday has too much work on it, or a certain curriculum doesn't work out for someone and they change to a new one, etc. I'm pretty specific in that I write down which pages or lessons each kid will do on what day, except for my 1st grade daughter. Her section is more of a log - I write down what she did after the fact because she is still very much in the interest-led stage where she may want to do way more or less than I planned. I'm usually fine with being so specific because if the week gets messed up, I start over the next week since I only plan a week at a time, and also, if I don't write down every little thing, I'll forget it needs doing.
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