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Lenora in MD

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  1. I think Analytical Grammar is excellent. It is very straightforward and builds from lesson to lesson. I have not used the Junior, only the regular level. In each lesson, you learn one concept and then practice it on 5 worksheets. Each lesson builds on the previous. there only 10 or so lessons per year. Once you complete all the lessons for the year, you just do review. It is an easy, painless and very effective program. You can complete in 1, 2 or 3 years. I took 3 years for each of my children to complete it, which was perfect. Each year they are learning new things, no boring re-teaching of the same things each year, but each lesson of course requires them to use what they have already learned in previous lessons.


    I have also used GWG. It is thorough, but I thought it was pretty easy and repetitive. I don't mind easy, but I do think doing it every year would get a bit old. The lessons are for the entire year, and review it included in each lesson.


    I have to say, I liked AG better. It just seemed simpler, less painful for the child and very logical.


    I have used FFL for 1st and 2nd grades, and then sentence analysis using KISS. Then in 6th or 7th I start GWG. By then they can actually write pretty well and have something concrete that they are working on that they can analyze the grammar in.

  2. that will mostly be self directed by my daughter. She requires one year of American History and one year of World History. She is not that interested in history, so I mostly just want her to enjoy it and meet the requirement. Please help me with suggestions. I am considering Notgrass, but would not use the bible or literature component. What would be easiest for me? My daughter is currently in 9th grade. We have used Amblesideonline for our history in the past. She is doing the ao year 9 reading this year, but there is no writing component, other than narrations, or tests, etc. that are required by my reviewer. I need something with tests, quizes and some writing.:confused:

  3. My 14 yo dd is beginning 9th grade this Fall. Last year she completed Primary Mathematics 6B and she got about 1/3 of the way through Discovering Mathematics 1A. I am planning on her completing one level of DM each year of high school. I am worried, however, that that will not be enough. Will that be enough to prepare her for the SAT? If not, what should i do? Also, for high school, she is required to have Algebra I and II, Geometry and one other math course of her choosing. Will DM provide this? Should I use something different or supplement? How can I label and award credit for each year of DM?


    Thank you in advance,



  4. My 13yo dd is currently using LOF and does not like it. She is in 8th grade right now. She did Singapore up through 6B and liked it very much and did well. She is not going into math or science, she would like to pursue art. So, a really intensive math program is not what I need. She needs to be able to work as independently as possible. What can you recommend? Right now, I am looking at MUS, but would like opinions on that and any other advice.



  5. He is now almost eleven and reading at a very high level. There were so many times when he was younger when we were both in tears. This is what I learned from my experience:


    keep phonics lessons short, 10 minutes a day is fine. But be consistent and do a bit each day. Keep reviewing until he knows what you are teaching before moving ahead. don't worry if it seems to take forever. I do have to admit that I personally just gave up on this and there were some things my son just never got, but eventually he ended up reading anyway.


    keep reading to him all the time. I read to my son alone (I have three other children) and had him narrate back to be each time. This really seemed to help for some reason. This was probably the most important thing I did for him.


    look for books as you go along that really interest him, and encourage him to read a little bit to you each day. Maybe just a word or two at first, or you read to him and he just reads a couple easy words like "at" or "the" as you go along. Once I found a book on Thomas Edison that I worked through very slowly with my son, it really sparked his interest. He loved the subject matter. This also helped tremendously. he also really identified with Edison, who was kicked out of school for being unable to learn! His mother patiently taught him to read at home. That story actually really helped both of us.


    we loved explode the code, great reinforcement.


    you could have him do some short (only a few words) of copywork each day or twice a week if that is too much. That helps too.


    Just relax and give him time. He will eventually get it. You need to let him know that you understand him and will always encourage him. Appreciate him for his differences. You have probably already noticed that he has other remarkable traits. The love you give him is the most important thing you can do for him.


    If you wish, when he is a bit older, you could get him tested for dyslexia if you think it might help you deal with his issues better. I also have a 12 yo cousin who struggled for years with reading and after a one week intensive course with the Davis Program, went from a 1st grade to an 8th grade reading level.


    Best of luck, and just remember this is not abnormal, love that little guy and make sure he always knows you are on his team!

  6. I don't think it's possible for them to never be distracted! First, it is a good opportunity to teach them self discipline in keeping themselves focussed and also not to distract others. That is a valuable skill to learn. To deal with this issue in my house, I no longer have them work at the same time at the table. While one is doing seatwork, the other is somewhere else in the house, either doing chores, practicing an instrument, working on the computer (in another room), or playing. We only do grammar, handwriting, copywork and etc at the table. Math is done on the family room floor. I also teach my children that if mom is working with one child, she is not to be interrupted (especially during reading and narrations.) They need to wait if they need help with something they are working on independently. Also, your kids are still quite young, so this is an expected problem that they will gradually grow out of, especially when well trained.

  7. I have used this math for a couple years now. I really like it and so do my kids. It is very well laid out for the teacher. Just open and go. It is very hands on and includes a lot of great manipulatives. There is not much writing at all. Most of our work is done on a white board, with manipulatives and/or orally. It is great for my son, who is 10 and struggled with a workbook approach. I set the time for 20 minutes and it takes a lot of the stress off of him. My 7 yo dd also really likes it. It seems to teach them to think mathematically pretty well. I suppliment with challenging word problems from Singapore and flashcards.

  8. I used it this year for my co-op. OUr class was one hour, once a week. It worked out fine. The kids enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. I used it for for our 4-6 grade class. I did not read the chapter to them. I read it first and then introduced the concept to them in class. We did the picture study together, a la charlotte mason. Then I had them draw something using the concept we just learned. I think the oportunity to just practice their drawing once a week was a real benefit. I used the 4-6 book, which meant it did not require extensive supplies, just a pencil, paper and eraser. That was easy for the moms.

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