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About AngelaR

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  1. I got KB teachers edition and student book on eBay, brand new. KA, 1A &1B I got from the Singapore website.
  2. Ha! I had A variety of teachers, and had to do Saxon Math at my high school boarding school and I hated it with a PASSION! I don’t get why anyone does it with their kids, but to each their own!
  3. Yes, I actually haven’t taken the plunge on the Storytime Treasures That accompany the 1st grade literature, because frankly I hated the questions. I’m tending towards just having my daughter do narration a la Charlotte Mason after she reads it to see if she comprehends...not really sure. She just learning to read, after all!
  4. I LOVE this! I’m definitely checking this book out. The approach you outlined seems to make so much more sense for my kids that memorizing lists of things!!!
  5. What did you use instead? I’m beginning to think it may definitely be a joy suck, if done as they say, but I’m definitely tweaking it. Hoping the kids like the art, music and read alouds.
  6. I am a first time homeschooler, who decided back in February to HS my kids for the 20-21 school year, and was so excited about the prospect, I had all my curriculum set by the time we had to pull the kids out because of COVID-19 in March. I attempted to start them on their curriculum for next year, but we encountered some issues, particularly with my little man, who just turned 5 in April. He had a REALLY rough time having Mommy suddenly as his teacher instead of Miss Amy, and there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth for the first 8 weeks, until I figured out I was pushing him too much and expecting too much from him. I pretty much tossed everything I had started with him, and began getting lesson ideas from Preschool bloggers that had lots of fun hands on activities. It was a night and day difference. We took a break from school about 3 weeks ago, and he seems to have a completely different attitude now towards school (and me as his teacher!). I had originally chosen Memoria Press because I loved their read alouds and their enrichment activities; also I really loved the literature they do for grades 1 and 2. I decided to do AAR for our phonics, however, because I'd heard rave reviews about it. Also, I decided on Singapore Math Dimensions because a) a math teacher friend recommended it b) I figured it would keep the kids up to speed if they ever have to attend public school down the road and c) I picked Dimensions over Standard and Primary because the pictures were prettier (I know, I know...!). I have posted about the struggles with math elsewhere. So far, we're doing well with AAR. We haven't started handwriting yet, and while I was originally planning on doing MP's copybooks, the more I see how my son needs hands-on learning, the less I'm liking the copybook idea for now (although I totally love the idea for myself!), and I've purchased HWOT as an introduction to writing for him, and maybe we'll introduce the copybooks later. So...actually, I guess I'm really not following MP at all really, except for the read aloud schedule and the enrichment activities, as well as art, music and poetry. I WANT to do the recitation with the kids, because I see how easily my daughter memorizes things and I'm totally on board with giving the kids a bunch of handy facts to memorize so that later, they won't struggle so much trying to memorize that sort of thing. But, frankly, I don't see my kids either standing there stiffly and doing a formal recitation like MP recommends. Also, my son seems to have trouble memorizing things like his address, birthday, and until just recently, the alphabet, so much so that I'm investigating whether he has dyslexia (although he memorizes lines from his favorite TV shows with no problem and rattles them off during meals!). Anyway, all that background to say, how would you ladies recommend approaching the recitation bit? I've also seen how much more pleasurable songs make memorization for both me and the kids. But MP doesn't have their recitation put to songs, and I'm not sure if there is a curriculum/company that does have all that sort of thing already put to song. I guess I'm just looking for ideas about how to implement recitation with a wiggly boy who might have trouble memorizing things?
  7. I don’t know so much about Stealth Dyslexia, but a book I’ve been reading about dyslexia briefly addressed teaching reading to all age groups. It’s at least worth a look: Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz. It gives a good detailed overview for *parents* in the public school for the sort of reading program to look for. It doesn’t give enough specifics in my opinion about how to teach your own kid, but it’s still a helpful, enlightening book. One caveat: she really discourages us homeschoolers trying to teach our own kids by straight up saying that ONLY trained and experienced reading teachers should teach dyslexics to read. I am disregarding that advice. We’ll see how it goes. My little guy is only 5, so a bit early to tell for sure, but I feel a lot more prepared about the challenge of teaching him armed with the info in that book. I am not limiting my research to just that source, of course, but it’s a place to start. Hope this helps!
  8. As a certified upper school history teacher of 8 years, I have to give these recommendations a HUGE thumbs up! And I hope I can find this post when my littles are old enough to do history. Also, as a homeschooled child myself, I studied Builders of the Old World back in 4-5th grade, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED!!!! That and A Child’s History of the World!
  9. Not the OP, but this really helped shed some light on some of the issues my DS5 was having. Thank you for the insight!
  10. Yes...I don't plan to get a tutor for my 5 year old. When he wants to do calculus, sure, bring on the tutor!!!! In the meantime, I'm going to give Kate Snow's new curriculum a try. I can totally get down with hopping on one leg to learn the letter one. It sounds more fun, and doesn't fill me with as much dread as opening the TM for Dimensions K.
  11. Thanks, I really appreciate that. I was homeschooled myself by a mother who was not a teacher, but a nurse, and she relied entirely on the curriculum guide. Given this experience, I have rather taken for granted the idea that as long as one has quality curriculum, homeschooling isn't rocket science and anyone can do it. I have hardly ever felt like my education was lacking, and when I did feel that way, it was generally more along the lines of "Why didn't they teach me how to think better for myself at my missionary secondary boarding school?" not necessarily something I felt lacking from elementary school. I was taught Calvert math (old school from the 80s) and then Saxon math in high school (a boarding school, not homeschool). I have always felt like I did just fine in life, not particularly liking math. I just assumed that some people like math/science, others like history/the Arts. And I can tell you, the moment I didn't have to take any more math (college Algebra), I quit, much to my delight. I do have two Master's degrees, so I had to reteach myself a lot of stuff I had forgotten in order to pass the GRE, but I did it. I'm a teacher so I'm all about school. In fact, a course I took for continuing education for my teaching certificate back in January was all about how research shows that people with and without college degrees who choose to homeschool have children who do equally well in school. Sort of along the lines of what you said. The main issue, according to that research, was essentially parental involvement, and that parents who homeschool are of course more involved in their child's education, no matter the level of education achieved by the parent. So thank you for your affirming words!
  12. Are you looking strictly for world history? Or American history? Have you considered a Child's History of the World? I was homeschooled with Calvert back in the 1980s, and that was my first introduction to history, and I loved it. It's not overtly Christian, but it's written from a cultural Christian perspective. It was written in the 1950s so it's not politically correct at all and probably would definitely step on some toes in the current social justice climate with the use of some terms. Or what about Veritas Press? I personally am not thrilled with the idea of the centrality of a timeline, but maybe it works better than I think it does for elementary age. It's definitely a Christian perspective. Or if you wanted to do American history, I believe Memoria Press has a beginning American history book for 3rd grade. My kiddos are just K and 1st, so I haven't actually had to make that decision yet, although I've done some thinking about it already, being a former history teacher. Hope that at least gives you some direction????
  13. I thought that’s why there was curriculum available to buy, so anyone could teach their children. Isn’t that the premise behind homeschooling?
  14. Absolutely NO IDEA. I'm not a math person. I used to get my High School students to check my math whenever I was forced to use it when I taught History, and they all thought it was a great joke. I made no secret of the fact I was awful at math. So, I really have absolutely no idea what's important at this stage.
  15. I felt like it was a lot too, but honestly I thought it was because I've always HATED math. Glad to hear from someone else it is a lot. It seemed like it took us at LEAST and hour to do math with both kids (trying to get one to work while I "taught" the other), and I really really dreaded it. So did the kids.
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