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  1. Have you looked at the "What's Included" tab for the package you're interested in? Instead of adding the whole package, you can add individual items to your cart one by one from there. You will lose the package discount, but if you want less than half of the books you should save money overall. As to what to choose, it sounds like you know what your daughter likes, so that will be one guide. If you like their spine text, I'd also look through the table of contents for that and try to choose a good spread of books that align with it (don't get ten books related to chapter one and then nothi
  2. This sounds far more appealing to me! This kid has had a hard year, even by 2020 standards. Especially since he's headed back to school in the next year or two, I'd give serious consideration to letting him coast for a bit - maybe look at some competition math or something that's outside the normal school scope and sequence if you want to keep his brain ticking over, but otherwise use the time for something fun and refreshing and not-school. If you gave him the choice - "You could complete this and that over the summer, or else if you'd rather, we could..." what would he choose? Bonus
  3. I hear you say that Singapore wasn't great for you, but I wanted to make sure you have seen the Home Instructor's Guide. It gives excellent instruction on how to teach concepts: what to say, what manipulatives to use and how to use them, games to play for reinforcement (that only need two people). Rarely we have still been stuck on a concept - place value was a hang-up for one kid so we used Beast's place value unit for a couple of weeks. It's normal to need to occasionally stick in one place longer (or indeed shorter!) than the book suggests, perhaps finding or creating more worksheets or
  4. Agreeing with other posters that BJU sounds like it's working, so keep it... but... @Not_a_Number's suggestion of Beast Academy, or else Singapore's Challenging Word Problems books, could be a great way to add in some challenge while keeping your regular program. So you might do BJU four days a week, and then pick up Beast or CWP on the fifth day. Don't worry about synching these to the topics you're doing in BJU - grab a level a semester or so behind where your DD is working and let them provide extra review as well as deeper thinking about math concepts. Beast is the more "fun" of the two
  5. I'm wondering if next year is the year to add a language into the mix for my then-fifth and third graders. Does anyone do Greek? What programs do you like, and how far do they go? I did three years of Greek 20+ years ago when I was in college, so even though I've forgotten a lot it seems like it would be a better choice for me than Latin. But Latin, because it's far more popular, has so many different programs to choose from, and lots of fun extras - modern picture books in Latin editions, that kind of thing. I'm happy to hear from anyone in the "don't do an ancient language till
  6. We got this done 2 years ago for my two of kids. I had known they had ties, but had no trouble breastfeeding and they spoke clearly. I was surprised to hear their ties described as "severe" and "one of the most severe I have ever seen". The reason I got it done is because I learned that the restricted movement could impact jaw development as they grew. The part I want you to read is this: the clinic I used had recently begun to stitch the incision. This meant NO EXERCISES. No pulling the poor wounded flesh apart. No waking anyone up. The kids had to be able to stay in the chair for
  7. Where I live it's a pretty normal policy that if they deliver the wrong thing, you keep it for free and they also deliver the things you actually paid for. I think that's because, as someone pointed out, if they accept food back from a customer they can't certify that it's been kept cold or even that it hasn't been tampered with. The price of a free grocery order is much less than the price of the publicity if someone gets food poisoning or worse. Also, I would think if your shopper is in the habit of going into people's unattended garages with small packages and coming out with big one
  8. Thanks everyone, there are some great ideas here. Mad Libs are new to us since Christmas and we are loving them! If anyone is just reading along, I hope this thread doesn't put you off Killgallon: the times when he gets it, the sentences he writes are beautiful and he is as impressed with them as I am. I am definitely shelving it for a year or so, not throwing it out. I think that, as @Matryoshka says, once he has some language for phrases, clauses, subjects, objects, it will be a powerhouse. And now I can go explore my first @Lori D. treasure trove of links! 😍
  9. I don't do it perfectly, but on the days when I compel everyone to go to their own rooms for an hour immediately after lunch, even me, I do much better. I find it really restful to get a break from the noise, and it refreshes me to spend awhile reading something that's just for me and not for school (or occasionally just lying there with my eyes closed...). It seems to help the kids to have a break from one another and from school, too. I set the oven timer for 50 minutes, and when we hear it we all pack up whatever we were doing and come out. I might have a snack or short fun activity pla
  10. If you happen to be using SOTW for history, it might help you to know that the SOTW 4 modern times activity book has lots of outlines. Over the course of the year the kids practice creating and writing from outlines. Like all SWB's stuff, it's very carefully graded so that what starts as a simple fill-in-the-blanks in week one becomes a quality independent outline before the end of the year, and should prepare your DC for harder work like WWS (also contains lots of sample outlines, roughly one per week, as well as coaching in how to create them and write from them). @Zoo Keeper t
  11. Last year, my then-third grader completed WWE3 with plenty of complaining but no real difficulty, and with excellent results. He is easily writing paragraphs of 3-5 sentences of related information. This year we're working on Killgallon's Sentence Composing for Elementary and... it is just way too hard for him. I think two things are combining to frustrate him. I haven't done formal grammar with him, so we are lacking a vocab to talk about what kinds of sentence parts we're looking at. If I say, "Okay, this sentence begins with an adverb..." he looks at me blankly. This kid is also not b
  12. Someone else asked about this recently. You might find some other useful answers in this post: https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/704483-safety-devices-for-elderly-living-alone/?tab=comments#comment-8832604
  13. We use Singapore in elementary and also have the Beast level 2 books. I currently have kids in Singapore 3A and 5A, and they dip in and out of Beast for extra practice or sometimes to catch a concept they missed the first time around. Obviously the challenge level is greater for the kid in 3A, but there's enough meat there to make them both think hard, and me too sometimes! The problems in Beast emphasize thinking skills and de-emphasize manipulatives. The practice books clearly explain how to solve the problems, and I think they'd work without the guides for a kid who's familiar with the
  14. Your schedule is similar to mine for my fourth grade boy. I also have those "are we doing the right amount" moments; I think we all do 🙂 As I read your schedule and the order you've described things in, I interpret that math and language arts are the basic foundation subjects getting the most time and energy, history and science are a level out from that, and Spanish, art, music, typing are the gravy but you're getting to them regularly. It sounds like you're clear on your goals and priorities and you're meeting them - well done! Beast and MCT are both challenging programs, well suited to
  15. I hope this doesn't sound like I'm blowing you off, but I think you can decide that when you get there. Work through SOTW for now. See what your family loves and possibly hates about it. As you're reading to them, read widely. Throw in some Aesop/D'Aulaires/Bible stories/Jataka tales (ancient Indian myths) and the odd book about beliefs or festivals or daily life in other cultures. When you find a thread that appeals to you all, dive in and follow it! - You might read an entire children's Bible one semester, or you might find after two stories that everyone wants to move on. That's fine.
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