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  1. My 9th grader is reading The Aeneid and watching the lectures from Romans Road Media. He's also currently reading A Tale of Two Cities. We just finished Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and will begin A Merchant of Venice in 2018. Last year, Julius Caesar was a big hit.
  2. Girl of the Limberlost or Keeper of the Bees A Lantern in Her Hand Princess and the Goblin
  3. Math - 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. This includes drills. Writing - One written narration per week. Cursive copywork daily. Writing for grammar, dictation and a science notebook as well. Science - 4 days per week, 20 - 30 minutes.
  4. I remember this thread. At the time it was posted I didn't have enough reading experience to respond. If I could have a do-over with my older children, here's what I would use through Year 9. Though perhaps this list will change as I keep reading new books. K/Primary: 1. Fairy tale collection 2. Herriot's Treasury for Children 3. Winnie the Pooh collection 1st: 1. Aesop's Fables 2. Beatrix Potter collection 3. Little House in the Big Woods 2nd: 1. Little Pilgrim's Progress 2. Princess and the Goblin 3. Farmer Boy 3rd: 1. Narnia 2. Wind in the Willows 3. Little House on the Prairie or The Long Winter 4th: 1. Little Britches #1 - Father and I Were Ranchers 2. Wind in the Willows 3. Understood Betsy or One Hundred Dresses 5th: 1. Little Britches #2 - Man of the Family 2. Robin Hood or King Arthur 3. Anne of Green Gables 6th: 1. Little Britches #3 - The Home Ranch 2. Robinson Crusoe 3. The Hobbit 7th: 1. Bulfinch's Mythology 2. Beowulf 3. Pilgrim's Progress 8th: 1. David Copperfield 2. Animal Farm 3. Fierce Wars, Faithful Loves 9th: 1. A Tale of Two Cities 2. Sir Gibbie or Ivanhoe 3. Aeneid
  5. I combined my 3rd and 6th graders last year in grammar. We used The Sentence Family. My 6th grader had no prior grammar instruction -- we attempted a few lessons, but he was not ready. The Sentence Family worked very well. This year we've moved on to Maxwell's series, but still use what we learned from The Sentence Family.
  6. I had a consultation for this school year. I've been CM educating for the past 5 years, piecing it all together myself, but I decided to splurge and see what book recommendations I would get from the ADE ladies. The ladies asked about my children and catered their recommendations according to their academic ability -- I have an advanced Year 9 student and average Year 7 and Year 4 students as well as a bright Year 1 student. We were able to combine my Year 7 and Year 4 students in several subjects (British and Canadian history, Practical Geometry, Grammar) and my Year 4 and Year 1 students are combined in a couple of Science readings. The scheduling cards are included in your consultation and are especially helpful when writing out a schedule for your child to follow. I appreciated the different symbols in differentiating between a reading subject or a skills subject; it helps my kids vary their lessons so Math isn't followed by Grammar, then Dictation and then a Composition lesson as those all require similar brain power. I'm not sure if I will commit to a consultation for next year. It will depend on funds. I may invest in a few of the training videos offered by ADE or I may sign up for The Alveary to access all their training materials and helpful information.
  7. CM's lesson times were not 15 minutes across the board. In early elementary, the lessons were at most 20 minutes, but students worked up to 45 minute lessons in many subjects as they progressed through the forms (grades).
  8. We have one bookcase in the living room and each child has their own shelf with a large basket/bin on their shelf to hold many of the books. If they want to do their lessons in another room, it's easy to grab the bin and run. One of the shelves is for shared books, read-alouds, Bibles, etc. There's a basket in the living room for our nature notebooks and drawing instruction books, as well as a basket for atlases. There's a dresser in the living room for our MT selections, each drawer of the dresser is for a different day of the week. I took two upper kitchen cupboards and stored all our art supplies. Everything is separated and stored in baskets, mugs or small planters. It works better than anything I've tried. I'm often in the kitchen so I can easily tidy it while cooking and the younger children can't get into it and make a mess (without climbing).
  9. KeriJ, on 30 Apr 2017 - 3:02 PM, said: Keri, what do you think of The Reader's Odyssey so far?
  10. This blog post is an interesting comparison of four CM curricula's, including the Alveary.
  11. Thank you for your generosity! This is a wonderful resource.
  12. Misty of Chincoteague (followed by the movie) Farmer Boy or another in the series
  13. Pagoo by Holling C. Holling The Scientists in the Field series (it seems like there is one on manatees)
  14. Here are KFamily's recommendations for 20th Century History. A Mind in the Light Year 6.
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