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Lenora in MD

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  1. I am on my second round of sotw with a 6th grader, 4th grader and 1st grader. We read sotw together out loud and do maps from the ag. We practice outlining together. They take turns narrating out loud. I assign several books, on a higher level, for my 6th grader to read on her own and to write narrations about. I also have the 6th grader and 4th grader take a look at the kingfisher pages that are referenced in the ag. I find that outlining sotw is easier than outlining kingfisher. To keep the expenses down, I would just use sotw again, with added in library books. You really don't even need the kingfisher. Oh, and my 6th grader is also reading Story of the Greeks and Story of the Romans on her own.

  2. Sounds like he is already in 6th grade! If you have a copy of twtm you could take a look at that to see what should be done in 6th grade. I wouldn't worry about catching up, he already seems to be on grade level for most things except math. I would keep plugging away at math and don't push him more than he can handle. It is better for him to learn well, at his own pace than to rush ahead, for such a superficial thing as "grade level." Call him 6th grade and just work on getting him prepared for high school.

  3. I think for the 9 yo, you could use Writing Tales 1, without fll3. Writing Tales has grammar in it. It seems to require less time than cw, so it might be better for you. For you to do both wt1 and fll3 with the 9 yo would probably take up too much of your time. fll3 has a different kind of writing in it. It mostly has narration and dictation for writing. You could also do r&s3 which would include writing and grammar. For the olders, if you go with r&s you should probably start with 5. I certainly would be sufficient for writing. Considering the number of children you have, r&s, might be a better choice, if you and the children like it, because it is non-consumable, inexpensive, comprehensive and highly recommended. cw takes a lot more time, so you need to think of your time and scheduling considerations. If you decided to use cw, you would probably use cw for older beginners. This is recommended for 7th grade. You would need a separate grammar program. You could use r&6, analytical grammar or harvey's to go with it.

  4. I really like handwriting without tears. My 7 yo started cursive with it this year and it seems to be working very well. It is just enough writing. I used Getty Dubay with my now 11 yo and it worked fine as well. I like the hwt better because it requires less for each lesson, allowing for concentration on perfect letter formation. Also, the script used in hwt seems easier than gd. The loops make it easier to connect letters. My older daughter is now asking if she can follow the hwt model and learn "real" cursive, rather than the italic.

  5. My dd will be in 7th grade next year, and I am thinking of using cw for older beginners for her. In the past, she has used fll 1&2, r&s 3&4, and Queen's language lessons this year (to give her and me a break, because we hate grammar!). She has done some writing strands, but it is not really working for her. So, I am trying to find something new for next year. If I use cw for older beginners, do I also need to use a separate grammar program? Or is grammar covered?



  6. Just another thought. It might be a good time to listen to swb's writing without fear cd. It really helped me understand the writing process. Also, I think Writing Tales 1 might include enough grammar for you, without having to add in fll3. But, that is in another year for you. For second grade, I would work on reading fluency, oral narration and copywork. Take a break and leave fll2, or whatever you chose, for next year.

  7. We tried it last year. I did not use the soil mix recommended and only added peat moss and compost to my hard clay soil. The soil was still hard, so I think I will not use any of my own soil this year, but start fresh. The only recommendation I would make is to make sure that you have very strong supports if you grow tomatoes. Our plants grew so big, and heavy that they just toppled the metal supports I had bought! We could only put one plant in a box. The tomatoes were awesome though and my husband can't wait to grow some more this year.

  8. Someone suggested putting it on a disc and taking it to a copy place. I don't know how much that costs. Also, I think you could just print out the pages you need, in black and white if necessary, and not print out the answer keys and instructor notes. That cuts the printing in half.


    They only have workbooks for the 2nd and 3rd grade right now. I think more are in the works. The rest of the stuff is impossible to navigate.

  9. Our plans for second grade:


    Ambleside Online Year 2, I read to her and she narrates back

    FLL 2

    finish SOTW 1 and begin SOTW 2

    hwt cursive

    etc 3 &4

    We will only read one of these at a time, but should be able to get through all 3 by the end of the year:

    Elson Reader 1

    Pathway Reader 2

    Christian Libery Press Nature Reader 1?

    Shiller Math, kit 1, book 3, begin kit 2 when ready

    Nature Study through co-op and at home

    Homeschool chorus

    Piano lessons

    Art through co-op (using Artistic Pursuits)

    may tag along with siblings for Apologia Botany

  10. Short lessons work great for us. I always use a timer for math and we just finish up the problem we are working on and then move on to something else. If you just plan short lessons to begin with, it usually is not a problem. If they really desire to continue with something, like tangrams which we did recently, I will let them work a little longer, maybe 5-10 minutes, and then we stop. Sometimes they think they would like to go longer, but often they are really ready to stop and stopping when they still want more keeps them excited for the next day.

  11. My daughter is currently in 6th grade and in book 5A of Singapore. She should be able to finish 5A and part of 5B by the end of the school year. So, she will be in level 6 next year for 7th grade. Is this ok? Do I need to worry about her now being on grade level? School I make her do more math over the summer so she can get further ahead?

  12. I am in the same spot. I started sotw 1 with my youngest when she was in 1st grade. She just finished sotw 4 now that she is in 6th. I also had her do ao year 6 this year. I would not like to move on with ao for her, so I will start sotw 1 again, ancients and supplement with more advanced readings. We use sotw 1 all together, I also have a 4th grader and a 1st grader. We practice outlining all together. Then my oldest has been reading story of the greeks on her own. I will have her read story of the romans and augustus caesar's world next year. She prepared written narrations on those. All that to say, I think you can use it with a 7th grader, as long as you add in more advanced supplements.

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