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  1. No, we decided to use Christian Kids Explore Chemistry and expand it with other books, videos, etc.
  2. My son is zooming through grammar, so we may be in FLL 4 by the time fall rolls around and I've decided to do Jump In writing (1st edition) and just use WWE 3 for the stories and narration since my DS loves those.
  3. I finalized our plans, just a few changes. Bible - Bible Study Guide for All Ages Reading - Assigned Book List; Fun Book List & Family Read-alouds Math - Saxon Math 6/5 Grammar - First Language Lessons 3 Writing - Writing With Ease 3 Spelling - Spelling Workout E & F Vocabulary - Worldly Wise B & C; Book 1 Latin & Cursive - MP Prima Latina & MP New American Cursive w/ Prima Latina copybook Science - Christian Kids Explore Chemistry History - A Child's History of the World Art - Home Art Studio Music - Piano lessons Extras - Archery; Architecture; Woodworking; Chess
  4. It's been a few weeks and he is doing really good with the evening reading! He picked a lot of his books and he wants to read more of the My America series (boy books), but I read from others that these books are considered "twaddle" - is that true and does that matter? Opinions please! He's also enjoying d'Aulaire's books and he read all the Billy and Blaze series and wanted more like that, any recommendations?
  5. I decided to try something else for writing besides WWE 3, going with Writing and Rhetoric Fables and we'll if it is a good fit because he has no issues at all with writing and needs to move faster than WWE has him doing. I may actually start it as soon as we get it here soon and pause WWE 2. He also wants vocabulary, so I'm going to try out Worldly Wise A and see how that goes, so we won't be moving as fast through Spelling Workout as he has been. I think we will only finish up the rest of SWO E and then SWO F, as we add in vocabulary alongside. As with writing, I may add in WW A now alongside SWO because he is so eager for it. I was going to use Focus on Chemistry (RS4K) but after looking at the samples, I really think it is about the same as the CKE Chemistry I already own, except CKE has less pictures and B&W. I will be fleshing out CKE Chemistry more with DVDs, YouTube videos, books and a chemistry kit, kind of like we've already been doing in 1st and 2nd grades. For history, we have tried SOTW 1 the past 2 years and he hates it, so before I try it again in 3rd (I know I just can't give up on it because I love it)... we are going to try what a lot recommended on the forums to me; A Child's History of the World. I got a used copy for $10. If all else fails, I know he likes Abeka.
  6. Yes, that was the plan, to have him read books below his reading level in the evening as "fun" books as outlined in the WTM. I decided to try letting him choose what he reads for the evening assigned time and so far (2 days now), that is going well - he chose Billy and Blaze series. In his own time, I do find him reading our encyclopedias, science books, minecraft guides and brain books about logic. However, he also reads baby and toddler board books on his own lol. Today, he read a stack of books in his own time instead of playing in his room, so maybe the books I had him read the past 9 months weren't all that interesting to him?
  7. Has anyone used the elementary Focus on Chemistry from RS4K and what did you think?
  8. Bible - Bible Study Guide for All Ages Reading - Assigned Book List; Fun Book List & Family Read-alouds Math - Finish up Saxon Math 5/4 and start 6/5 Grammar - First Language Lessons 3 Writing - Writing With Ease 3 - I may switch writing curriculum altogether Spelling - Spelling Workout E, F and G Latin - MP Prima Latina & MP New American Cursive w/ Prima Latina copybook Science - Chemistry - thinking of using Focus On Chemistry (previously known as RS4K) History - ?? Don't know Art - Home Art Studio Music - Piano lessons
  9. We really love OPGTR and I used it with both of my kids with great success. I added in the recommended index card games that are throughout the book and I also had them do readers based on where we were in the OPGTR. I have a list of when to read what readers based on what lesson you are in in the OPGTR that helped a lot.
  10. Update - I had him pick some books and we own Billy and Blaze and he had read it in the past and wanted to read it again. Then, I saw the author had several books in the series, so I showed him and he started jumping up and down and said he wants to read them all! So, we are going to get them from the library and he's really excited. I'm reviewing all the great advice you all have given and checking out some of the authors mentioned too to see if he wants to read them, thanks! 🙂
  11. That actually did happen last year. He had been reading independently in the evenings after finishing OPGTR, and I finally asked him why does he read out loud? He didn't know he could read silently and I had no idea he didn't know that. So, he started reading silently from then on. He explained to me Saturday, that he reads a few words on the page and then just runs his finger under each line of words from then on and turns the page - he said he doesn't read those words after the first few words. He admitted he was being lazy and told us it was because his brain just wants to do electronics lol. 😄
  12. He said he would only read a few words on each page, so yes. I don't understand though how he can grasp what the book was about - maybe because of the pictures and the few words he read? I had him start D'Aulaire's Abraham Lincoln and he is enjoying it and he told me he's now reading every word, so he only read a few pages of it in 15 minutes.
  13. He read Rome Antics from him but nothing else yet.
  14. In the morning he's reading the WTM rec's for the challenging reading - Saint George and the Dragon, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, etc. and he LOVES those. I've considered trying books like James and the Giant Peach, The Apple and the Arrow, etc. but was thinking maybe those are too hard?? I'm not sure. The next book I have in line for him to read is Abraham Lincoln by D'Aulaire. It is supposed to be an "advanced reader" for grades 1-3.
  15. This is interesting, I wonder if that could be what my DS is doing? He showed me today how he reads a book, he goes line by line and turns the page - not really reading but somehow gathers the meaning somewhat.
  16. Here are the books he's read in the evening since October, so you will see they are easy readers mostly. There are 191 books, and I noticed he started going through them faster for the last 90 or so books. He told me he did read all of the Madeline and Babar books and as we went through this list today, there was some he just skipped over as he "read" them. So, I wonder if it is an interest thing? I'm just frustrated about this and not sure how to proceed ahead. Olivia Sharp (Nate the Great's Cousin) - The Pizza Monster Oliva Sharp 4-book audiobook set Amelia Bedelia Thank you, Amelia Bedelia Come Back, Amelia Bedelia Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia Good Work, Amelia Bedelia Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia Helps Out Amelia Bedelia and the Baby Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia's Family Album Balto George the Drummer Boy George and Martha The Long Way to a New Land The Horse in Harry's Room Daniel's Duck A Bargain for Frances Bread and Jam for Frances A Baby Sister for Frances The Carrot Seed Bedtime for Frances A Birthday for Frances Sammy the Seal Chester The Littlest Leaguer Sam the Minuteman The Josefina Story Quilt Julius Mrs. Brice's Mice A New Coat for Anna Granny and the Desperadoes George Washington's Mother Clara and the Bookwagon The Long Way Westward Prairie School Keep the Lights Burning Abbie Finding Providence First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers Abigail Takes the Wheel The Battle for St. Michaels Night Noises and the Other Mole and Troll Stories Albert the Albatross The Lighthouse Children Barney's Horse Danny and the Dinosaur Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp Oliver Stanley Grizzwold Wagon Wheels Dinosaur Hunter Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express The 18 Penny Goose The First Thanksgiving Christopher Columbus George Washington: The First President George Washington and the General's Dog Chang's Paper Pony Kick, Pass, Run Hockey at Home Arthur's Funny Money Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way Ben Franklin Thinks Big Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Always Room for One More Amos and Boris Brave Irene C D C? And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street Andy and the Lion Angus and the Ducks The Animals of Farmer Jones Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Amish Christmas Christmas in the Barn Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey The Crippled Lamb My First Christmas The Birds of Bethlehem The Grumpy Shepherd Mary, Did You Know? Peter Spier's Christmas Silent Night Who is Coming to Our House? The Story of Christmas The Big Snow The 12 Days of Christmas A Apple Pie Apricot ABC The Biggest Bear Biggest House in the World A Color of His Own Swimmy It's Mine Inch by Inch Geraldine the Music Mouse An Extraordinary Egg Fish is Fish The Church Mouse Caps for Sale The Cock, the Mouse and the Little Red Hen Corduroy Cross-Country Cat Deer at the Brook Doctor Dan and the Bandage Man Dogger An Edward Lear Alphabet Emily The Emperor's New Clothes The Empty Pot The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins Flat Stanley Goodnight Moon The Color Kittens Harry the Dirty Dog The Sailor Dog Big Red Barn Hilda the Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up A Hole is to Dig Horton Hears a Who The House That Jack Built I Saw the Sea Come In If You Give a Moose a Muffin If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Just Me James and the Rain Johnny Crow's Garden King at the Door The Little Engine That Could The Little House Katy and the Big Snow Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Little Red Hen Little Toot The Luckiest One of All Madeline Madeline in London Madeline and the Bad Hat Madeline's Rescue Madeline's Christmas Madeline Says Merci Madeline in America Made About Madeline Make Way for Ducklings Blueberries for Sal Marshmallow May I Bring a Friend Millions of Cats Miss Rumpius Eleanor Chanticleer and the Fox Ox Cart Man My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World On Mother's Lap Owl Moon Paper Crane Penny Wise - Fun Foolish Peter Spier's Rain The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night Petunia Petunia Takes a Trip White Snow, Bright Snow Randolph Caldecott Picture Book The Poky Little Puppy Rain, Rain Rivers Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book Rome Antics The Shy Little Kitten Sir Frances Drake: His Daring Deeds The Smartest Bear and His Brother Oliver The Snowy Day Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts Stone Soup: An Old Tale The Story About Ping The Story of Babar Babar Goes to School Babar the King The Story of Ferdinand The Tale of Peter Rabbit Three Little Kittens Thunder Cake A Toad for Tuesday Two Roman Mice Veronica The Very Hungry Caterpillar Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains? Where the Wild Things Are My Father's Dragon
  17. The evening reading books aren't challenging, just longer than the easy readers he was reading. I used the 1000 good books list and he read all of the Grades 1-3 books (below his reading level, so easy for him) in the past 9 months. However, it seems like he was just breezing through them and not actually reading. He was the one that asked to increase his reading time from 20 minutes to 30, then he wanted to do 40 and one day, he even asked me if he could read for 2 hours and he did read a stack of books. I'm so confused. I've tried repeatedly with audiobooks and he just won't listen to them, he gets very frustrated and just wants classical music when playing or doing math and Ginalina folk music while he plays. I actually thought of trying audiobooks again since it has been a few months since I last tried. Outside of his "required" 20 minute morning challenging reading and 40 minute evening "fun" book reading - he reads on his own too, a lot of books he chose - books about math, science and minecraft.
  18. My DS8 is advanced in math and other areas and he reads out loud to me challenging books very well in the morning at a good speed and with good verbal skills. He has been doing evening reading time for 40 minutes for the past 9 months by himself. I noticed he reads through books at an amazing rate and I just attributed that to his giftedness. I would occasionally ask him what a book was about and he would tell me something or the general theme and I thought all was well. I've been recently getting longer books for the evening reading that should have taken longer for him to read. I noticed that he went through about 10 of them in a few days and this just didn't seem possible, so I asked him today... was he reading all of the words in the books? Well, no, he isn't and he hasn't been for a long time. He said he just reads a few words on a page and goes on. He said its because electronics make his brain not want to read. He only does gaming on the weekends, not during the school week but still he's using this as his excuse as why his brain just can't read a book anymore. He said all he wants to do is be gaming or on the computer. I don't know how long this has been going on and I don't know what to do now. Should I have him go back and re-read the hundred or so books? Should I have him read out loud? Please, any help or advice, thank you.
  19. We are also going through the WWS books for high school. Writing was dd most hated subject but she has really grown through WWS! I'm amazed at how far she's come after finishing the first book. We aren't doing other writing in other subjects outside of WWS, I feel it does cover a lot.
  20. I used OPGTR with both of my kids and it was exceptional. Both were reading on a 4th grade level by the end of the book at the end of 1st grade and neither has issues with reading. It was easy, thorough, worked in review and got the job done. We did use the cards for the games along with the book. They also read books at the times recommended in the OPGTR printout I saved from a few years ago that progressed along with the lessons. I have those lists of books on my blog if you are interested.
  21. My son was like this at the start of 2nd grade this fall and ended up doing 5-10 lessons a day of Saxon 2 and 3 and about to start Saxon 5/4 on his own. It gave him the challenge he was needing, he kept wanting more and was "bored" with just one lesson a day. Some kids just get elementary math quickly and don't need to linger IMO. My daughter used Life of Fred books alongside Saxon in elementary and middle. She loved Life of Fred math books! We were able to get them at the local library.
  22. *Update to this in case someone needs this in the future. I tried several different things for history but nothing really worked and we even went back to SOTW and tried to do it in a more exciting way and go slowly but still my son couldn't pay attention or remember what we read. So I started doing videos on YouTube about social studies/citizenship related topics and he really loved it. However, we finished up everything I could think of that for that and I still was left with how to approach history with him. I finally ordered Abeka 2nd grade American history and he loves it! Not only does he answer every question but he can narrate a summary and he's finally excited about history. So, his problem wasn't comprehension, it was interest evidently and he needs visual things for history it seems, as the Abeka book has pictures. I also ordered their 3rd grade reading comprehension worksheets to test him and make sure and he does great on those, along with doing great in WWE narrations.
  23. English III Saxon Advanced Math Science - Still deciding Notgrass' Exploring Government & Exploring Economics Church History Psychology
  24. Yes, we did and I plan to do so with my ds7 as well when he gets to 3rd grade. Here is what we used: Math - Saxon Math 3 Grammar - First Language Lessons 3 Writing - Writing With Ease 3 Latin - Prima Latina Spelling - Spelling Workout C and D (we also added in All About Spelling because my dd had issues with spelling) Science - Chemistry with Usborne Encyclopedia and Adventures with Atoms and Molecules (lots of extra kits) History - Story of the World 3
  25. What is VP and CHOW? *Nevermind* I figured out what the abbreviations were for.
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