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  1. You mentioned teen CBS, so I thought I would share that our CBS group has elementary bible study classes for homeschoolers. If there isn't anything like this now at the group near you, I wonder if there are enough homeschoolers in your area that they would consider adding something like this.

     

    My children attend their class when I attend mine and they do the same lesson that I do, but it's at their level. It has been good for us all.

     

    Lisa

  2. I used the addition facts in a flash for my son the summer before he started first grade, I think. He has some mild learning disabilities and I wanted to get started early on the facts. I thought it was a good program and it really did help him to learn his addition facts in a short amount of time each day.

     

    Once we completed the program, I put one of the final sheets (with all of the facts) in a page protector and had him complete it each day with a dry erase marker so that he would not forget what he had learned and he could continue to practice.

     

    Lisa

  3. My son recently read all of the MTH books as well. I'm having him read the Sonlight Grade 3 readers and one of the books from that list is The Littles. He loves The Littles and is now reading that entire series.

     

    Mary Pope Osbourne also wrote a series of books called Tales from the Odyssey. I suspect he's really going to like those as well.

     

    Lisa

  4. and I'm not sure how much has changed. The edition I have has an outline map of each country as well as a flag. To be honest, I wouldn't get any of the companion books they recommended in the older version except for Children Just Like Me. From what I understand, they did remove the recipes that were in the original book and put them all into a cookbook, so I would definitely get that.

     

    The companion books just weren't that great or necessary in my opinion. I bought them all and never used any of them except for Children Just Like Me. Most of them were very dry. I do really like Considering God's Creation, but it was just too much for my kindergartener. I'm saving my copy for when my kids are older.

     

    The books I did use were from lists they gave for each country. While I couldn't find all the book recommendations they made, I could always find a fair amount of them and then I would do a search and add more of my own.

     

    You've definitely got to use the library to do this program.

     

    HTH,

    Lisa

  5. I've never seen A Trip Around the World, so I can't comment on that. Galloping the Globe is pretty much exactly what you described -- reading a few books, doing a project, coloring a map and doing some cooking. I did it when my son was in K and we really enjoyed it. I'd like to "Gallop" to a few countries again this summer with my 2nd and Ker. My daughter was too young to get into it much the first time, but my son and I really enjoyed it when we did it before.

     

    Lisa

  6. There are a few workbooks, but if you wanted to just use books and the library you could easily do that yourself. I love Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook. The year before we did SL Pre-K, I checked out many of the recommendations he made and really enjoyed that year with the kids.

     

    If you do have a good library, and you want to do SL, there is a yahoo group called "SL Preschool" and they have a couple of schedules just like SL's that you can print from their files for free. This is actually what I did rather than buying the SL schedule. One of them orders the books like SL, but adds additional books to the schedule. The other organizes the books by theme.

     

    I also really like the Kumon workbooks, which you can get at Barnes and Noble for pre-k.

     

    HTH,

    Lisa

  7. From a nutritional point, a low carb diet, daily exercise, and B-12 vitamins all help me tremendously. Cutting out all refined sugar and eating protein at each meal makes a world of difference for me. Also, being aware of when I am having or likely to be having hormonal shifts is important so that I can make sure to try to reduce my stress level as much as possible during those times.

     

    HTH,

    Lisa

  8. Both children are on ritalin for ADD and ADHD. My niece, who has the ADD was not able to sleep until 11:00 at night or later because of the ritalin. My sister started her on the lowest dose of melatonin she could find and within 1/2 hour, she is asleep. It has been a lifesaver for her.

     

    For my nephew, it doesn't do anything for him.

     

    From other posts I have read, I think it may be important to start with a very low dose and use the least amount possible. I got the impression that using too much may be what causes the nightmares.

     

    Lisa

  9. For my 2nd grade son, I have been using SWR for spelling and dictation. I use the SL readers and I am using a program from SRA called Language for Writing. I also use Six Minute Solutions for reading fluency and McCall Crabbs for reading comprehension.

     

    For my K daughter, I am using Funnix, Pathway readers, SL readers, and A Reason for Handwriting.

     

    Lisa

  10. and we really enjoyed it. All we did was read all the books, but I love SL's book suggestions. My son was 5 and my daughter was 3 when we did this. Now that I think about it, I guess there were a few workbooks, which I did with my 5 year old, but I didn't do any of that with the 3 year old. Some of the books were over my daughter's head but there were many she enjoyed.

     

    I also highly recommend Jim Trelease's read-aloud handbook. I used this the year before we did SL pre-k and there were tons of great picture book recommendations.

     

    Lisa

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