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  1. FireweedPrep

    Charlotte Mason style curriculum

    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 curricula, my husband and I are in agreement that, frankly, there are just some things we want them to know, plain and simple, before they graduate. CM was a little too "take what they will from this" for us. Everyone has many, many, many different opinions; I just wanted to share our experience. :-)
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    Do I NEED AAR 3 & 4?

    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.
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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!
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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!
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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!
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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.
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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.
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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.
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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).
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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 use it, at that point.
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    If you had to use a box curriculum

    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.
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    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 love MEP but I continued to feeel flustered teaching it and DD felt very rushed and uncertain, likely because of me but she likes all the activities with Saxon and I'm just going to have her do one side of the worksheet. Basically I need to find a math curriculum that I feel confident teaching, as a previous poster on this thread pointed out. I did the math curriculum questionnaire that was suggested and the secular one came out as Saxon being the best choice for us by a long shot. The Christian one said Horizons or Rod and Staff thought not as strongly as Saxon. My husband has said no more math curriculum purchases this year! Haha smart man. We are going to finish the year with Saxon. However the local homeschool resale shop has bunches of Rod and Staff stuff so I will definitely look into that for third grade.
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    Suggestions for enrichment

    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 exploration (Capri) or Vikings and European festivals (Waffles).
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    I really appreciate everyone's input and thoughtful responses! I talked with my mom and she asked, "So what, exactly, is wrong with the program you have now?" And I stumbled around with well it's cobbled together, not colorful, teacher intensive, etc., but really came to see that MEP is fine for at least the rest of the year. I just need to reformat our day a bit to accommodate it, and make sure that we keep up with the flashcards and drill sheets from our Saxon 2 program and maybe buy some more, or use XtraMath, or something like that! And I ordered a box of the Prismacolor Col Erase erasable colored pencils for DD so that she can make things colorful. Definitely going to keep Horizons in mind, too! Now, I will see if I can actually start and complete an entire grade of a math curriculum :-)
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