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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.
  15. My oldest and I used Fallacy Detective this year in 7th. He could have easily done it earlier, but I didn't own it earlier. He read a chapter each week on his own, we discussed it together. At the end of each chapter, scenarios are given and you decide which fallacy, if any. Rather than attempting to map out a logic path for the next several years, I suggest purchasing Fallacy Detective to see if your son is ready.
  16. Yes, I should state my resources are not my own ideas. I like AO, Charlotte Mason Help, A Mind in the Light, etc. and pick and choose from each. A Primary History of British Isles can be found here. I have printed this out, but have not pre-read it yet. It's in my stack.
  17. Math - Life of Fred (Goldfish plus ?) Strayer-Upton (Book 1) Number Stories of Long Ago (Smith) Paper Sloyd (Rich) First Lessons in Geometry (Hill) Bible/Theology - Westminster Catechism How the Bible Came to Us (Doney) Christiana's Journey (Taylor) Mighty Acts of God (Meade) English - McGuffey's 2nd Reader Sentence Family (Hughes) spelling, begin dictation, oral narrations, copy book entries Canadian History - Famous Canadian Stories (Tait) a list of Canadian picture books European History - Our Island Story - 1st half (Marshall) OR The Story of the English - 1st half (Guerber) Geography - Elementary Geography (Book One - Mason) Marco Polo (Komroff) Cartier Sails the Saint Lawrence (Everill) world geography copy book Natural History/Science/Nature Study - Geographical Nature Studies (Payne) Pagoo (Holling) Constellations (Rey) Among the _____ People (Pierson) Why Don't Haircuts Hurt (Berger) One Day in the .... series (George) Whitetail (McClung) list of independent picture books Literature - Book House - Volumes 3/4 Helen Keller (Davidson) Around the World in 80 Tales (Pirotta) Biographies - Joan of Arc (Stanley) From the Good Mountain (Rumford) Bard of Avon (Stanley) Good Queen Bess (Stanley) Starry Messenger (Sis) Plymouth Rock (Fritz) Peter the Great (Stanley) Ben Franklin (Fritz or d'Aulaire) Florence Nightingale (Leighton) Foreign Language - Hey Andrew Greek Other - Mastering Computer Typing (Roberts) TaeKwon Do soccer
  18. Math - Life of Fred Algebra (finish, begin next book) Real World Algebra (Zaccaro) String, Straightedge, Shadow - Story of Geometry (Diggins) Elements of Euclid (Byrne) Physics - Clover Creek online course Flying Circus of Physics (Walker) E=mc2 (Bodanis) Logic - Art of Argument How To Read Slowly (Sire) Foreign Language - Hey Andrew Greek Theology/Apologetics - Westminster Catechism Thoughts for Young Men (Ryle) How to Be Own Selfish Pig (Schaeffer-Macaulay) Ministry of Christ (Breisch) Mere Christianity (Lewis) Persuasions (Wilson) English - How To Write Clearly (Beechick) Writing in English (Maxwell) Excavating English (Johnston) Grammar of Poetry (Whitling) Warriner's English Grammar Daily Grams McGuffey's 4th Reader written narrations, dictations, commonplace entries Literature - History of English Literature (Marshall) Ivanhoe (Scott) David Copperfield (Dickens) Words Aptly Spoken - Short Stories (Greenholt) Government/Citizenship/Current Events - Whatever Happened to Justice? (Maybury) Francis Bacon essays Ourselves (Mason) The Law (Bastiet) Utopia (More) Article of the Week European History - A Primary History of British Isles (McCarter & Dickens) Great Tales from English History (Lacey) Canadian History - Bold Ventures (Rogers) When the Sun Rises (Wellwood) We Keep a Light (Richardson) I Came as a Stranger (Prince) Blizzard of Glass (Walker) History Biographies - Hiding Place (ten Boom) Voyage of Armada (Howarth) Coffin for King Charles (Wedgwood) Nature Study - Lay of Land (Sharp) Wild Season (Eckert) Geography - Kon Tiki (Heyerdahl) Brendan Voyage (Severin) World Religions/Cultures - Mimosa (Carmichael) Queen of Dark Chamber (Tsai) Poetry - Fierce Wars, Faithful Loves (Maynard) Paradise Lost (Milton) Other Science - Signs and Seasons (Ryan) Adventures with Microscope (Headstrom) My Name is Gene (Eskeland) Stronger Than Steel (Heos) Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Brand) Defeating Darwinism (Johnson) In Six Days (Ashton) Discovery of Design (DeYoung) The Weather Book (Sloane) Other - Mastering Computer Typing - Roberts TaeKwon Do soccer
  19. Math - Strayer-Upton (Book 2) Life of Fred (Fractions, Decimals/Percents) Practical Exercises in Geometry (Eggar) Ten Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know ... (Zaccaro) Bible/Theology - Westminster Catechism Victor Journey Through Bible Torches of Joy (Dekker) personal Scripture reading Ancient History - Pharaoh's of Ancient Egypt (Payne) Story of Greeks (Guerber) Canadian History - Bold Ventures (Rogers) 19th Century History - Abe Lincoln's World (Foster), plus a supplemental book list British History - Our Island Story - 1st half (Marshall) Science - Blaise Pascal and Isaac Newton (McPherson) Always Inventing - Graham Bell (Matthews) Wild Animals I Have Known (Seton) Hidden Worlds (Kramer) Ultimate Guide to Microscope (Levine) Madam How Lady Why (Kingsley) Geography - Marco Polo (Komroff) Cartier Sails Saint Lawrence (Everill) Nature Lore - Two Little Savages (Seton) Poetry - You Come Too - Favorite Poems (Frost) English - McGuffey's 3rd Reader & McGuffey's Speller ABC's and All Their Tricks (Bishop) School Composition (Maxwell) Sentence Composing Elementary School (Killgallon) Sentence Family (Hughes) copy book dictation Literature - Book House - Volume 6/7 Robinson Crusoe Oliver Twist Foreign Language - Hey Andrew Greek Other - Mastering Computer Typing (Roberts) Complete Wilderness Training Manual (McManners) TaeKwon Do soccer Morning Time subjects not included.
  20. Have you seen Sabbath Mood Homeschool's Middle School Biology?
  21. The live class is optional. I will be encouraging my son to attend, but I'm assuming one can opt out. It seems as though there will be a lot of 13/14 year old boys. :)
  22. You could take a peek at Maxwell's School Composition or Writing in English. They are free online and might suit your purposes if you pick and choose.
  23. Have you seen Signs and Seasons (astronomy)? I make use of Sabbath Mood Homeschool's ideas.
  24. KFamily, your new site is beautiful. Beautiful. Thank you. OP, a few helpful sites. Afterthoughts (blog using AO) A Delectable Education (CM podcast)
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