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BatmansWife

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  1. I use mine all the time for the answer key. I'm not about to spend the time trying to figure out myself if all the words are highlighted correctly.
  2. Hmmm....not sure what happened to the op's comments. My youngest just turned 14 and she tells me she still has to often stop and think which way to make a b and d. When she was younger, I showed her the bed idea. In watching that video alibild posted, I never realized people actually made the b and d with their hands in order to form the bed (and I never heard of turning that upside down to make a pig). We just wrote the word "bed"...you can see the b is the headboard and the d is the footboard (you can even throw on a little pillow on the bed) and when you look at it and say the word bed, the b comes before the d in the word. I hope that makes sense. I always thought it worked well...but who knows...now that I find out my 14 year old still has trouble with it. :lol: I'm going to show her the video with the c d and the honey bee. I thought that was a clever idea.
  3. Thanks everyone! Hey...don't push me over to the high school board just yet! I've got the rest of this school year before I gotta go over there. It's going to be a rough transition when the time comes. :crying: :lol:
  4. Notice how I said *I* really like it. He tolerated it. But that was with most anything related to school. I know my daughter will enjoy it more than my son did. It was a difficult challenge to teach anything to my son (unless it was art).
  5. Maybe we are late to the ball game, because my daughter is 14, but she just coded a google and loved it. :001_smile: Now she wants to do more coding. I just signed her up at the free site coding.org, but I'm wondering about Tynker. Is it worth it, being that it's not free? It is on sale right now and I may be willing to get the year subscription, if it's really worth it. Or maybe it's for younger kids, I'm not sure. I guess I don't know too much about what's out there and maybe there's enough available for free. Any help would be great. Thanks!
  6. I wouldn't call it weird :lol: . I have the dvd's and my son used the program quite a few years back. I really like it. I'll be starting it soon with my daughter. We called it Granny Grammar. :001_smile:
  7. I'm so glad this was reposted. My daughter is obsessed with painting. She learns from The Art Sherpa videos on youtube. My questions: I see videos for this artist on youtube...am I right in assuming that the many videos he has for free on youtube are just little snippets of what he offers at his site with the membership?? I definitely want to get the $97 subscription. Does it expire after a year?? Here are just two of the many acrylic paintings my daughter has painted recently. At my office, I have the tree in a frame. It's our November "Painting of the Month". I switch them out monthly. My coworkers love her paintings. BTW, she will be posting them on her blog soon.
  8. I really like Delightful Dictation with Spelling. I got it on Amazon.
  9. Sometimes if feels that homeschool life was simpler back 20+ years ago. Fewer options back then seemed to make for easier choices. Now there's so many options you can't possibly use all the stuff that you'd like to try. A lot of this old school stuff is still great even today. I think they just get pushed into the shadows of the new. What I remember being popular 20+ years ago: Spelling Power (although I could never implement it) Learning Language Arts Through Literature (I'm thinking the old ones with the different colored covers for each one) Simply Grammar Primary & Intermediate Language Lessons Winston Grammar Easy Grammar Shurley English Igniting Your Writing Story Starters by Karen Andreola Moving with Math Professor B Math Excel Math Math It Key To... La Clase Divertida Choreganizer Art Adventures at Home Home Science Adventures Singapore Science (I remember when this was new and nearly impossible to get...it was like buying on the black market to get the teacher's manual) Trail Guide to World and US Geography Around the World in 180 Days Bob Books Reading Reflex Astronauts to Zippers Phonetic Zoo Alpha Phonics Hooked on Phonics Lapbooks were poplular... Then there's "Newer old school" like Math Mammoth, RightStart Math, Great Science Adventures (these were new and all the rage back in the day). My all time favorites, that I would still use today if I had the opportunity, would be: Mastering Mathematics Mountainwood Talking Letters Alphabet Island These still give me warm fuzzies... :001_wub:
  10. I'm just seeing this now. I came up with a list off of an eBay auction. They called these "all of the additional literature titles recommended by Winter Promise and scheduled as extras/optional enrichment in the daily schedule": Justin Morgan Had a Horse Misty of Chincoteague Brighty of the Grand Canyon The Black Stallion Great Horse Stories Black Beauty My Friend Flicka The Red Pony Black Horses for the King Leonardo's Horse I'm not sure all of these really are used in the program or not. If you could check, that would be great. Thank you!
  11. Sooo.....what I ended up deciding on is...well, I guess I didn't really completely decide. I ordered an Exercises in English, another level of Fix It Grammar, and Journey Through Grammar Land. So....I guess I'll decide after I get these what we'll use...or maybe all 3. Call me crazy (it won't be the first time)...
  12. Could you explain why your returned it...what didn't you like? I'm very uncertain about it since I can't find any samples. I did see some samples of the sentence combining on their website....and I just don't know....
  13. I haven't heard of Thinking Through Grammar. I really like that there are 4 levels for high school too. It looks like the other book (not the high school ones) is for grades 5th and 6th. Is there anything for 7th and/or 8th?? I wish there were samples of this online somewhere.
  14. Please. I know the main books that go with it, because they are listed at their website. But, are there chapter books (or other books they don't list) that are to be read along with this?? If so, can you please tell me what they are? How much Bible is discussed in this program? Thank you!
  15. Thank you all for these suggestions. I'll definitely look into them.
  16. I need something fairly independent for my daughter this next school year (8th grade...turning 14 in October). I won't totally let her fly solo with grammar....but there will be days, because of my work, that she'll need to do it on her own and I'll check it & discuss it with her when I get home. I've literally only had like 5 minutes to think about this, so I'm appealing to you for ideas. One option is Fix It Grammar (we've used it here and there for the past two years. I *think* she could do this independently (??). Another option, that I just remembered 3 minutes ago, is Growing with Grammar. I think that's fairly easy, so it should be good to use independently (in fact, I think it's meant to be at this age??). It needs to be secular for our school to buy it. We tried Easy Grammar this year and it was a flop. And, BTW, I just realized that this coming school year will be the last year I'll be on this K-8 board. :crying:
  17. :iagree: with all of that. They didn't work for us either. In addition to those programs, we also tried The Logic of English (it's actually illogical to me...too complicated). We've tried, more than once, How to Teach Spelling with the How to Spell workbooks (I feel they need another book called How to Understand How to Teach Spelling), Sequential Spelling (worked ok for awhile...but just didn't carry over), as well as the Sequential Spelling for Adults (for an older teen a the time), If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me (yeah, right. I guess it wasn't meant to be....or it wasn't up to me, or both). We've also unsuccessfully tried A Reason For Spelling, Spell Well, Phonetic Zoo....I'm sure there are more. For a workbook-type spelling I'd say that SpellWell is my favorite (not to be confused with Spell Well). I also like Delightful Dictation with Spelling. Right now my youngest is having the most success with Spelling You See. She was a classic case of someone who spelled phonetically....how it sounded to her. She's progressed leaps and bounds with Spelling You See. I have no idea why.
  18. That's a great idea! I think my daughter would really like that for a change.
  19. I was hoping to get some good ideas with this thread. But the one suggested the most...Grammar Island...is the one series my daughter literally shed tears over. Go figure! For younger kids, The Sentence Family is well worth it. It really helped my daughter understand the parts of speech. The Humpties is also light and fun (little egg shaped parts of speech "people" you place above the words)...but it's difficult to find. Winston Grammar has cards you set out, so it's a bit interactive. The grammar my oldest daughter had enjoyed the most when she was in school was Shurley English (she loved the Q & A flow).
  20. I guess I'll be the odd one out here....I didn't like the book we got. I see that there are a lot more choices now, so maybe they've added new things to the books. When I ordered a book it was the Do-It-Yourself Homeschool Journal...and, I'm pretty sure, that's the only one they had (different coves but same pages inside). I like the cover. A few of the pages inside are cute. I'm not sure where the book is right now, so I don't exactly remember, but there are....let's say 10 pages with maybe 8 of those pages to fill in. Those same 8 pages are repeated again, and again, and again throughout the entire book. So, you might think you're getting a book with a lot of pages of activities, but it's the same ones over and over. I know you are supposed to use different books for each set of repeated pages....but I couldn't understand why the pages couldn't have at least been made to look different....especially with the outrageous price I paid for it. I was totally disappointed and my daughter didn't even like it. I still have it....somewhere. If I find it I'll probably sell it, but I may actually feel bad to have someone buy it from me. Maybe the other books have been improved upon, I don't know. Of course, this is just my opinion...but there you have it.
  21. I've never heard of this. It does look fabulous. I think it might be a little too pricey even for the school though....
  22. I'll be the first to answer myself. :001_smile: I saw this Intro to Chemistry Kit that pairs with this Chemistry Equipment Kit. These look nice....
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