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  1. The Catholic PACE program is an excellent supplement for character development. Each month you focus on a different virtue, and there are several book recommendations, Bible stories, enrichment activities, saints who were known for or struggled with that particular virtue, etc. We use Story of the Bible and I’m thinking I’ll also pick up Catechism of the Seven Sacraments. I’m also interested in TAN’s Our Holy Faith series which hasn’t been released yet.
  2. I think this is a matter of differing opinions on what the classical method is. There are several “Classical” memorization programs such as Classical Conversations, Catholic Schoolhouse, Classically Catholic Memory that have what I consider to be intense memory work for young kids. I couldn’t imagine adding that on top of everything else we are doing, and I don’t know that it would be that beneficial anyway. I believe the Well Trained Mind approach is to expose them to lots of beautiful language, stories, poems and facts and have them memorize some poetry and history and science facts. My son
  3. We started with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and from there jumped to lesson 60ish of OPGTR. I really liked both programs. As others have stated, OPGTR is dry and not very exciting, though there are some games included at the end of several lessons. My impression is that OPGTR would work best for kids who don’t struggle with learning to read, and for parents looking for a scripted open and go program.
  4. Sounds like a good plan! Hope all goes well 😃
  5. I love these posts and hearing about everyone else’s plans! My son will be a first grader. Math - MM2, Xtra Math English - FLL, WWE, Spelling Workout C Religion - Story of the Bible, PACE Character Curriculum History - Story of Civilization Vol. 1 Geography - Evan Moor Daily Geography Grade 1, Seterra online maps, map puzzles Science - We’ll do WTM style science and get a few spines and other good books to study animals, plants and the human body. I’m a little nervous about this as I’m very much a plan and checklist kind of person, but I’m hoping a more laid
  6. Masers and simplyalethia- I hope you’ll keep us updated and let us know how math ends up working out for you! I was in your shoes about a year and a half ago and it really is so stressful not knowing what to do for math. It’s such a relief when you finally find a great program that clicks with your kids!
  7. Math Mammoth! I initially was hesitant to try it because of Kate Snow’s review. I believe she said it’s not for math-intuitive parents and that when a child has difficulty understanding a concept the program doesn’t offer a lot of help. Don’t let this scare you! I am so glad I went ahead and gave it a shot anyway because it has worked fabulously for my son. Yes, the books are not visually appealing and it’s not “fun”. However it is a solid conceptual program with straightforward instruction that I can spend 5 minutes going over with him and then have him do the remainder of the page indep
  8. Coming out of lurkdom to comment because I absolutely can relate to OP’s situation. My son is an only child and struggles socially. We have him signed up for some activities, but have decided not to do a traditional homeschool co-op because we are really pleased with his academic progress and our daily routine at this point. We are looking into various field trip/play date groups as what he really needs is just unstructured play time with other kids. What I continually remind myself of on hard days is this - there is no difficult situation we will encounter that will be solved by put
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