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  1. Thankyou! That's the series I mentioned that I'm looking at for my 3 boys! I haven't purchased them yet because I can't seem to find any sample pages to view at all.
  2. It might help if you specify age and what you want covered. Some books discuss physical and emotional changes only, while other books also discuss sexual stuff and girls. I am currently researching the same. I had my DS read a book called Guy Stuff last year with DH which is not from a Christian viewpoint but it was mostly about physical changes, hygiene, and nutrition although disclaimer: there was one small blurb about taking care of ear piercings. I'm currently looking at a 3 book series by Luke and Trisha Gilkerson that is for both boys and girls. Also, The Ultimate Guys Body Book by Larimore https://www.amazon.com/dp/031072323X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_i_6NCWCAMXAW5MDZXS1J3T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Rod and Staff, hands down. CLE does not give enough practice on the new part of their lessons, IMO because the concept gets brought back around in the spiral later on. This led to frustration and tears here because it didn't click with my DS the first time around. I know CLE teaches more stuff earlier than Rod and Staff, but this is so that the basics (arithmetic and math facts) are learned WELL before the other stuff comes into play. Once the basics are mastered, everything else is easier to learn.
  4. I need a dictionary for this. I'm much stronger in phonics than in vocabulary and I'm trying to quit coffee which makes me a little slower in comprehension, too! 😂
  5. Love coconut aminos! I'm allergic to soy so I use it as a sub in recipes that call for soy sauce. I haven't tried oyster sauce before but I've seen it at our local grocery store. Now I'm curious.
  6. I told my mom I'm giving away some of the baby stuff Newbie no longer needs. Things like the infant carseat cover and newborn insert thing, wipes warmer, teething toys, bibs, ect. My mom said, "Oh no. Please don't. Last time you did, you got pregnant again!" 😂
  7. Lots to read today and I made it back! @Slache Oldest read Where the Red Fern Grows this past schoolyear and cried. Then he got mad and said we should just "extinct all the mountain lions!" Later, he decided Summer of the Monkeys by the same author is a much better book. Especially the part where the monkey steals the boy's pants. 🤣
  8. He doesn't really NEED anything and we have more toys than a toy store, so we're just putting money in his savings account and the older kids are going to help me make and decorate a birthday cake.
  9. @Slache Our babies are gonna be a year old soon! Time sure is flying!
  10. My phone let me back in and I come back to snake eggs?! No. If I found snake eggs, I would not be watching them. They'd be sling-shotted as far away as humanly possible. I scared of snakes, Critter. Has nothing at all to do with having a boa constrictor wrap around my neck and squeeze Jungle Book style once upon a time. Wait, yes it does. And where's Mama Snake, btw? THAT is the million dollar question. I'm not against snakes, I respect them. I just prefer to keep them at a safe and greeeeaaaaat distance.
  11. Like @HomeAgain I also taught D'Nealian manuscript first, then transitioned to cursive. I keep a chart of both alphabets with arrows taped to DS' desk for reference.
  12. R&S, hands down, of the 2. i deleted my original account back when the tech problems were going on or I'd link you to past threads when I was pulling my hair out over CLE. Unlike CLE, R&S doesn't just spoon feed things like the diagram skeleton to fill in; it teaches the student to think through which diagram to use and draw the skeleton needed, thus retention is so much better. It also really improved DS10's penmanship and stamina in written output because he was using real paper instead of workbooks. I like that we can do a fair amount together on a whiteboard and skip anything I know he has mastered or slow down and do extra work in weak areas because there are more than enough examples and even a booklet of additional worksheets to use or not at your discretion.
  13. We're using From Adam to Us next year. I know it starts with Creation but not sure how in depth. I've heard some just skip the first lesson. It was my first thought when reading your post because of the audio supplement.
  14. Ah, Oldest wants a good overview without much violence or gore; not an easy feat in ancients.
  15. Thank you. I just looked up the Medieval Thrifty Guide and these don't appear to be quite what I was hoping for. Very funny but not enough info to satisfy my bookworm. I wasn't aware of the Jr Genius Guides by Ken Jennings but I'll look them up. I saw that, but I think we've beat the American Revolution to death around here. 😂
  16. I see Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and Medieval.... too bad there isn't an Ancient Egypt!
  17. Oooo, Oldest would probably enjoy this and I've been racking my brain and scouting the internet for some fun reading books to go between our more serious lit books next year that will be read alongside the first half of world history. Thanks for posting.
  18. The only critique my DS has with AtB is that some lessons are long and some are short and he'd like them to be a more consistent length so he has a better idea day to day how long history will take to complete. The new 2020 version is supposed to address this. We originally planned to spread it out over fourth and fifth doing one textbook per year but DS kept reading ahead. Lol. He loves the info on wildlife, landmarks, ect that break up the straight up history. I hope we enjoy FA2Us as much as AtB. I am definitely spreading it over 2 years though to allow time to look further into areas that interest him as we read.
  19. I haven't used MM, but have 3.5 years of experience using CLE with my oldest DS. My responses in the thread I'll link below may help you. Sorry, I don't have time to post all the issues I had with CLE but yours sound similar to the ones we had. If I could, I'd find you the threads from a couple years ago when I was pulling my hair out in frustration over CLE math. It works well for so many, just not us.
  20. We're using America the Beautiful this year for 4th and are planning on using From Adam to Us over grades 5 & 6. I'm still researching whether or not we'll read all the literature selections or just some of them with more books added. Oldest is a reader, though. He reads the daily lesson and completes the map assignments. We discuss afterward. Many times he's so excited about what he's reading midlesson that he reads sections aloud to me while I tend to the two littles. I don't make him do the timeline or workbook (he hates to write so I limit most writing to math, english, and spelling) but I do have him do the weekly tests from the workbook. Next year, I'll probably do the same but also buy either the workbook or lesson review to use orally with each lesson. Edited to add: we also read the primary source selections as they are assigned and will continue to do so.
  21. I haven't used it because I used CLE reading for my oldest, but I may use R&S reading for my two youngest when they are school age. I have R&S first grade phonics and reading TMs on the way to look at now. R&S and CLE are Anabaptist and thus introduce nonresistance in both their history and reading stories. It starts much earlier in CLE which is why we stopped using their reading and history after third grade. My understanding is that it doesn't show up in R&S until after BNRS, so we'll drop it after 4th.
  22. Not the curriculum you're looking for, but in answer to your question of curriculum that consistently goes on sale at a specific time of year: R&S has a Spring textbook sale every March/April
  23. Only if it isn't your style. The content is solid, but it really boils down to what the student learns best from. I love Apologia, but sadly DS does not and when I showed him Berean Builders, he literally begged not to do it because of the graphic pictures of internal human anatomy (he's squeemish). He prefers R&S science and learns well from it so we will continue with it until highschool.
  24. I learned D'Nealian cursive in elementary school and this looks the same which is what drew my interest. Yes, all letters start on the baseline, but not all end on the baseline, thus connections aren't always easy peasy. For instance, connecting a lowercase "o" to a lowercase "t". Thankyou! This is what I was looking for! Do I need just the basic set or the additional 70 phonogram card set?
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