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  1. My oldest will be in fourth grade when we pick school back up this summer; we've homeschooled since K. Last year, for third grade, we did part of FLL 3, and she seemed to really enjoy it--I didn't make her memorize every list of conjunctions or whatever, but it got so repetitive..and then we moved stuff around and started working on Latina Christiana from Memoria Press. Latin was my favorite subject to teach, and my daughter really enjoyed it and worked hard on it and did quite well. I've been looking a lot at MCT and reading tons of reviews on it, too. I like the whole program and the in
  2. I think that a "true" CM approach would not transition well back to public school. I learned a lot from A Delectable Education, and Karen Glass's Know and Tell is helpful, too, and we did a semester of Ambleside Online, and realized that CM isn't for us, though I do love many of the principles. Mostly, while my seven year old could do great narrations, she really wasn't able to recall the specifics (she could tell about Washington crossing the Delaware, for example, but couldn't remember any names, dates, or locations whatsoever) and after much searching and trying out of many different curr
  3. I wouldn't. We stopped at the end of AAR 2, at which point DD was reading at a solid fourth grade reading level with fantastic comprehension. I had read that once they are reading fluently, start a phonic based spelling and it will set them up for success, and have them keep reading out loud to you.
  4. Oh that's brilliant! Tucking that in my brain for next year! I like doing the math lesson with her, so I'm happy to keep doing that! At first we skipped part of the "drill" with flashcards and such, but I now see that for her, at least, she does need all that direct instruction, immediate feedback, and drill/review!
  5. Reading that R&S matches up with other curriculum in fourth grade greatly relieves my anxiety! I know that when we have our annual (required) homeschool evaluation in August, my daughter will be considered "behind" but I also trust with R&S that she will be solidly grounded in arithmetic, which absolutely makes everything else easier later on!
  6. As an update we have embarked on Rod and Staff 2, with good colored pencils! She continues to insist that math is her least favorite subject, but I counter that she has to have a least favorite! We are going to stick with it. The interactive part of the lesson is blessedly shorter than Saxon but still worthwhile and we like that. Sometimes I sit with her for the worksheet part, sometimes not. She gripes but eventually gets it done. Thanks for all the support and recommendations!
  7. These are the ones we got. We found the Crayola ones to be a bit "waxy" but these Col Erase ones get a good sharp point and act like pencils. https://www.amazon.com/Prismacolor-Col-Erase-Erasable-24-Count-20517/dp/B000089DCH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543458705&sr=8-1&keywords=col+erase
  8. Thanks! Yes, I have definitely come to see that in many of our school subjects, I'm switching because of ME, not necessarily because of my girls, and that is a disconcerting but ultimately helpful (I hope!) realization. If I "believe in it" (and they don't absolutely hate it!) I will be able to teach it and I think that I am finally honing in on what that will be for us. And for sure on the tutoring aspect of math at this stage--both of us like both of us doing it together. I bought my daughter high quality erasable colored pencils and they have helped her enjoyment of math, too.
  9. That was illuminating, thank you. Yes, I keep thinking...ok, those kids raised on the math of the 1940s are the ones who put a man on the moon using slide rules and paper trig tables...right? :-) I do think that manipulatives have a place...and I really do like base ten blocks and learning addition with the little unit blocks. But I do see how they are overused.
  10. Oh me too! I was in an M.Ed. program and quit after we took the Classroom Discipline class. I knew even then that I could never discipline my children this way, and so I could never discipline someone else's kids that way, either.
  11. I think BA would be fun for us to try as "puzzle" math once a week, or over breaks. Thanks for reminding me about it! I know some folks use it for their main curriculum but for us it would work best as a fun addition (haha).
  12. I have a friend who refuses to use manipulatives for math, and I always thought that was strange, but then I now have a kid who feels like the manipulatives slow her down, and another who uses them for art arrangement (seriously...she matches all the teddy bear counter colors, turns them to face the same way, arranges even the little unit cubes into shapes, etc) so this no manipulative strategy has some appeal! I actually ordered Rod and Staff through Memoria Press yesterday. At the very least, I want to look through it all really carefully and take my time. I figure I can return it, or
  13. This has been fascinating to read! Sonlight didn't work well for us; I'm intrigued by Memoria Press but leery of how they do phonics with so much writing in the younger years! And unsure of other things, too, with it, but I will definitely look into it more. While I like crafting the "perfect" curriculum...it's exhausting and I spend SO MUCH TIME researching curriculum options.
  14. Neat I've never looked into Rod and Staff or CLE even though I've seen them mentioned. Price is certainly right for both! I looked briefly through the teachers manuals online for both but couldn't quite tell how much hands on stuff with manipulative there is scripted in? Though I've got bunches of manipulative and it's easy to add in when needed. I love the streamlined aspect of Rod and Staff and she would love all the little animal pictures. We actually gave MEP just a few more days before I had to call it good effort and go back to the drawing board/decision matrix. I wanted to lov
  15. Have you considered Artistic Pursuits? We do it all together, and it involves art and history and art study. If they like to read, maybe grab the Sonlight Catalog and pick books from there? A lot of their stuff is history, but some of the read alouds for the younger grades would be good independent reading for your older ones. Kildee House, for example, has some fascinating stuff about forests and animals; Understood Betsy is great; Red Sails to Capri and Adventures with Waffles made me laugh so hard I had to stop reading, and all these books are good jumping off points for sea explor
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