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Danielle Healey

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  1. Thank you! Oh, I will have a look at the free resources. Thank you. I'm Canadian and I miss having access to a great network of resources! HA HA! Australia is just too far away. I have just realized that the question I really have is how many of you transitioned to classical education. It is a very different way to teach the children and I wonder if we are new at it whether to start at the beginning or to jump in at the required level. For instance, We have gone with ALL about spelling ( for spelling), after extensive reading, I realized there may have been things that were missed for my children in the state school system. ( still undoing that). It was recommended by the creator to start at level 1. My children are excellent readers but not the best at spelling. We skipped a lot of level 1 but I found there were some things my children didn't know at all and learning this improved the spelling greatly. So I am wondering if this is what I need to consider doing in all areas as we adjust to classical education. Switching to this style of teaching has been a major life change for us and I don't want to discourage the children but rather expose them to a world of knowledge. ( we made a family decision to remove all technology as Susan recommended and it has been great) It took me a little while to understand my own question! Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I feel honored to be a part of this community! Danielle
  2. Hello! thank you for replying! We were using a mix of curriculm. Mainly what has been set out by the Australian government standards. My children have always done very well academically and exceeded expectations. Yes. I am using Writing with Ease. Yes. Rod and Staff or First language lessons may be the way to go, I can use the IEW writing curriculum but I have been told it's intense. I am wondering which one would be a good fit for my son. He loves to read but is ADHD and has a hard time with concentration. it's great when he reads.. not so great when it is something he doesn't like. He does seem to like The Complete Writer. I will go and have a look once again at the different options. It all seems overwhelming learning to school this way. That being said I have loved the challenge! I just want to get it right. Thanks again Danielle
  3. Hello. We are in our first term ( semester) of the Well trained curriculum. We are based in Australia. My son is in year 4 and my daughter is in year two. It has been a huge enterprise changing all of our curricula. We were unable to buy it all outright so we have been bits and pieces each fortnight. It's dreadfully expensive here! Here are my questions. Is Fix it grammar ( IEW) enough for my son to cover this year? it only takes us fifteen minutes a day and I am concerned it is leaving out other important components in English. I am unsure what level to use for writing. I am using "The Complete Writer" level 1 and have looked at the samples of the other levels. Level four seemed to advance so not sure if I should go to level three or not or consider another curriculum? Both children are avid readers and read on average about 1-2 hours a day. He struggles with too much writing as it tires him quite quickly. Id love any other advice regarding moving to classical education. I loved reading every page of the book " TWTM" It gave me all I needed and hoped for but I am struggling with putting it all together. It isn't as easy as 123 as I have come to realize. Any advice about transitioning to this way of teaching would be greatly appreciated. thank you kindly, Danielle
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