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    A mom of two epic little girls currently 9 and 4 years old. (:

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  1. Check out Hana's videos on those subjects @ Pepper and Pine on YouTube. She finds some amazing books and resources for her lesson blocks and most come from
  2. Yes the Light Blue Series is for the full curriculum while all the rest of the colored series are supplements. You can make Math Mammoth Spiral though by doing a lesson from each of the chapters. So for say week 1 for your 4th grader Math Mammoth has 8 chapters. So do a lesson from Chapters 1-5 doing one lesson a day. Week 2 do a lesson from chapters 6-8 and the next lessons for chapters 1-2. You can order the lessons anyway way you like and don't have to march through chapter by chapter. It works out well that way. For my 3rd grader we are doing something similar but a few lessons from two different chapters a week then the next week two other different chapters etc. Some chapters have more lessons than others so you'll end up finishing some before other chapters but then you can implement the given tests or reviews to see how well they remember that finished chapter. I also highly recommend using Mathematical Reasoning. We also use those and are they do the spiral method very well and in a fun colorful way.
  3. Maria Miller, creator of Math mammoth, focuses on word problems well. If you haven't seen it yet here's the FAQ comparing MM to Singapore and Math U See. Along with other informational stuff.
  4. Well that right there definitely stops me for getting any of the Time Traveler Units .That's not cool. My family has quite a bit of native blood/ancestry so something like that is a pretty big turn off in our case. Thanks for pointing that out. I don't mind prep work/we like craft and such so that would of been no issue for me. Perhaps I'll just buy the timeline packs that are only $6-$8 and use the rest of the $160 I would of spent on the bundle for more kits and resources or something. Or just get the Egypt Unit only and see how we like it. At least for just the World History Units.
  5. We're only just now being able to purchase the curriculum we wanted for 3rd grade so we're basically starting everything halfway through the year for 3rd. But we've also decided to school year round so it's not too big of a deal and just continue with what we're doing until we finish it, even if that means using it going into 4th grade for our new year starting in August. Language Arts: Grammar & Writing - Start working on Essentials in Writing Level 3 soon and hopefully finish it then begin Level 4 in August. Spectrum Language Arts grade 4 workbook. Practicing cursive and better penmanship as well. Reading - Reading various books for History and Science and whatever we choose for fun read alouds. Currently working through the Guardians of Ga-Hoole series ( currently on book 6) on audiobook and reading through The Series of Unfortunate Events (currently on book 6 as well). We watch the two corresponding episodes from the TV series after we finish a book and that's been fun. Spelling & Vocabulary - Using Kids Discover Online vocabulary words from what we use in history and science. Math - Finish Math Mammoth LBS Grade 3, Begin Grade 4. Finish Mathematical Reasoning Level D, begin Level E. History & Geography - Doing our own thing. Starting Ancient Egypt unit study/lesson block soon then then moving on to Ancient Greece and possibly Ancient Rome. Adding in lots of books, Timeline videos, and using Kids Discover Online. Also lots of projects/hands on stuff, games, kits etc. Science - Doing our own thing. Doing a unit study/lesson block on Geology and Astronomy starting this Spring. Using various books, hands on resources, outside exploring and observing, maybe some videos, kids discover online, kits, games etc.
  6. Hi guys! If you have used any of the Project passport units from Homeschool in the Woods could you please tell me your thoughts/pros/cons on what you used? Also is anyone secular that has used these units before and found it to be too much to edit the religious aspects out? We're a secular family but don't mind using christian based curriculum if we can edit around it enough. Thanks for any input!
  7. Lol thank you all for your input and advice. I'm really at a loss honestly... so I may even just put together our own thing with books/activities and hands on stuff etc. We can use Kids Discover Online/Usborne's Science Encyclopedia as a spine and just chose topics we're interested in and go from there. I think I really liked the idea of RSO because of the hands on materials/experiments to do and like their rock kit for earth & Environment level 1. I believe in the idea of getting your hands dirty and doing things/observing to learn about science. Not just reading about it.
  8. I meant more on the line where my 4 year old can listen in and watch, she wouldn't have to fully understand what was happening in the experiments or anything 🙂 but I think we've decided on Earth & Environment 1 paired with Astronomy 1 from RSO. It's targeted for 2nd grade but for grades 1st-4th. She loves collecting rocks though and was excited about the rock kits we saw. Next year we'll try Chemistry or Physics with her and do the Life Science for my youngest. Thanks for your input everyone 🙂
  9. Woo I love this site. Much better and lots more information than the facebook groups I've joined. 🙂

  10. Hello 🙂 new here so I've been looking through old posts. I also figured I'd add in what we've picked for our 3rd grade 2018-2019 year 🙂 This is our first year homeschooling and we started in July 2018 but had been playing fill in the gaps until October. We had mainly been using free or cheap curriculum until the last couple of months and we'll be getting the rest of what we wanted to use once taxes get here. So what we picked: Language Arts - Essentials in Writing level 3 (this will be new) along with Spectrum Language Arts 3 and probably some of 4 since we've already started Spectrum LA 3. My 3rd grader is also practicing cursive letters on dry erase sheets I printed out but will soon be doing words and sentences I think. I'm hoping this will help her with her print writing but I'm unsure. Any tips for that would be very welcome. I found a neat free resource that has a print paragraph to copy on the first half of the worksheet and then the same one in cursive to copy on the second half. Maybe that practice will help. For typing she's practicing typing by typing the short main paragraphs from our Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia then reading the page 🙂 For reading we're making our way through the Guardians of Ga-Hoole series on audiobook and are currently on book 6. For read alouds we're doing the Series of Unfortunate Events taking turns reading pages and are on book 5. We also watch the corresponding two episodes from the TV series after we finish each book and that's been fun. We take turns reading because she was pretty much forced to meet a book quota in second grade to pass the grade and it killed her previous love of reading and so we're working on trying to bring her back from that. Vocabulary & Spelling will be practiced through the given vocabulary from all our other curriculum. Math - Mathematical Reasoning Level D which we've already started as well and Math Mammoth Grade 3 from the Light Blue Series. We got MR the beginning of January and recently won a giveaway for MM LBS grades 1-7 CD and we've started on that this week too. 🙂 History/Geography - I couldn't find a curriculum I liked so we've combined a bit to make our own. Previously we've just been doing a history study on our home state but with taxes we can start on what we've been wanting to do. So we're going to be using the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History as a spine to follow for a timeline and are focusing on the Ancients this year. Homeschool in the Woods Project Passport Bundle for hands on activities. Kids Discover Online Subscription. I LOVE this site so much. We'll be getting the yearly homeschool subscription to be able to make our own worksheets and such for comprehension questions and they include vocabulary worksheets ^.^ We wont be focused on geography as a separate subject but we'll be talking about the landscapes and areas we study in our history. I may get the Letters From Afar and Charm Post letters later on though. We'll also be including lots of topics related books and other activities/fun stuff we've seen on Rainbow Resource. Science - Previously we've been working through the Spectrum Science 3 workbook but we're fairly certain we'll be sticking with trying out Real Science Odyssey Level 1 Life. She has had pretty much no exposure to science from public school so I don't want to over do it and she's really excited to try out the butterfly and ladybug habitat from Home Science Tools. If we progress through it fast that's fine. I've read a lot of mixed reviews so we're just going to go for it and see how it goes. We'll also be using the Kids Discover Online subscription for science. If RSO fails we'll probably go to the basics and simply find books and experiments etc to do along with Kids Discover. We'll be reading books from the RSO suggested reading list as well. Science Update - Due to suggestions and opinions we decided to ignore the fact she hasn't had much exposure to science and go more toward on grade level to start but interest led and so we're going to piece our own things together using Kids Discover Online and an Usborne Science Encyclopedia as a spine. We'll gather kits, books and such for the topics we chose to work on. Currently it seems we're headed in a Geology and Space study 🙂 Health - American Girl the Care and Keeping of you 2, discussing dangerous situations and what she should do if in those situations.
  11. My daughter turned 4 in November and is when we began homeschooling her. We started our first year homeschooling in July with her big sister. For my Pre-K kiddo I've been doing the basics of colors, shapes, numbers, letters and letter sounds etc. Letters - I went through Pintrest and free online sources to put together my own letter of the week binder for her. Monday she has two coloring introduction pages, one with the capital letter and one with the lowercase. Tuesday is a fun look and find for just the lowercase and capital letters inside a shape starting with the letter and tracing of the capital and lowercase at the bottom. Wednesday she has a fun Q-tip paint of a picture of something starting with the letter and the letters at the bottom along with a short paragraph page focused on the letter that I read to her then she finds all the capital and lowercase of the letter in the paragraph. Thursday she has another look and find page but now with mixed letters so it's a little more challenging. Friday she has a sort of review page with tracing and pictures for the letter sound. Numbers - I did the same as the letters and have done a sort of number of the week binder as well. She had different types of pages for numbers 1-10 but in the pictures are the types we're using now for 11-20. She also traces the number of the day on a calendar sheet I printed out for her and I talk to her about the days of the week, what was yesterday, today and tomorrow etc. I don't have her write much other than her name without tracing it. But she's also working on tracing lines to help with writing skills. Other than that - We play a lot of neat games I found at The Measured Mom and other sites and she loves Khan Academy Kids so much and Teach Your Monster to Read. I bought her a VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe, pink for Christmas and hope to get the pre-k and kindergarten expansion packs for it soon. She likes playing on it for her letters and numbers for calling a friend lol. She plays a few games on her LeapPad 3 for various skills and she listens in on the audiobook and read aloud we do with her sister.
  12. Thanks for your input 🙂 And like I said she hasn't had much if any at all exposure to science other than our Spectrum 3 Science workbook which is why I wanted to start at lower levels. They didn't do anything other than watch a seed grow from what my daughter tells me regarding science when she was in public school 😕 I don't want to jump into something over her head but not super kiddish/easy either, which sounds like what Nancy Larson Science 1 would be based on your response. We live in a small town so our Library isn't the greatest but we can borrow from other library's through our local one. We're planning on using Kids Discover Online as well. I haven't read it yet but it's been on my todo list.
  13. Also maybe if you also have kiddos spanned in ages like mine, how would you do science for the younger kiddo as they got older? Redo the levels you've already done with your older kids that they've listened in on or find something new?
  14. Hello, new here 🙂 So a little bit about us. We pulled our oldest daughter out of PS at the end of 2nd grade June 2018 and began homeschooling July 2018. So this is our first year homeschooling and we've basically been filling in gaps and such for a while but as of October we've been doing more 3rd grade level curriculum. Without funds we had only been doing a Spectrum Science 3 workbook for science. With taxes well have the funds now to get what we've been wanting curriculum wise. So after a lot of research I'm looking into Science for my 3rd grader/recently turned 9 year old that my 4 year old can join in on a little bit. I'm stuck on deciding between Nancy Larson Science 1 and Real Science Odyssey Life level 1. With only having gone through 2nd grade in PS she hasn't had much, if any, exposure to decent science so beginning levels aren't a bother to me for the two curriculum options I'm looking at. I've already gone through RSO's materials list and found what I would be able to get at the Home Science Tools site, though not the already premade kit. Still with everything on the list I'd need to get it's still cheaper than Nancy Larson. Despite that it is a pain to have to find all of that stuff I don't have while Nancy Larson has everything for you already. My main concern is which curriculum is just a great all around science foundation that's fun. Anyway, I'd like to try and find opinions from those that have used both curriculum and which you like better and/or what you didn't like about them? Thank you!
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