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  1. Yes, the Spalding method is how I taught my son to read. I agree it works marvelously, and it's quite easy to teach once you learn how to mark everything! :) I am trying to move towards dictation for him now. You can bet any questions he has while we do dictation he'll be pointed back towards applying all that. Thanks for your great advice.
  2. This was very helpful. I sent you a message.
  3. Thanks! Just signed up for a couple of them. :)
  4. Charlotte Mason divided children into classes or forms. Class/Form I is 1st-3rd, II is 4th-6th, III starts in 7th. The forms you often see divided into classes a and b. https://www.amblesideonline.org/FormI.shtml http://sabbathmoodhomeschool.com/2014/07/a-charlotte-mason-morning-schedule/
  5. I'd love to hear more about your experiences. What seemed to be missing in Simply Spelling? What is it about Spelling You See that you prefer? Thanks!
  6. I am interested in a few options for spelling. I like the idea of dictation. This is Simply Spelling. The children read excellent writing, copy it, and then learn the associated rule. A dictation is given at the end of the lesson to see if they know it. I like how the rule is highlighted, whereas in Spelling Wisdom it seems to be all intuition. http://shoelacebooks.weebly.com/store/p5/SIMPLY_SPELLING_3-12.html it goes up for many levels. I'm considering Spelling Wisdom, which Cathy Duffy speaks highly of on her website. I like how the child is memorizing famous poems etc and writing is minimal (you study it, not copy it, before the written dictation). I like the look of Spelling You See in that it goes over the rules, has dictation, connects to other things the child may be learning and is colorful. But is the writing as quality as the quotes in Simply Spelling or Spelling Wisdom? And the examples look like the student does almost exactly the same thing each day. Is this true? Wheeler's is considered a classic timeless work. You copy some sentences which are famous quotations that illustrate a spelling rule, and at the end of the week are supposed to be able to spell the words.It's free. https://archive.org/details/wheelersgradeds00wheegoog Any thoughts or suggestions on these?
  7. Thanks for both of your prompt, thoughtful replies. :) I'm not thinking on her own type work because she has enough of that between clay, beads, blocks, paint, etc. I'm thinking of something she can sit at the table next to big brother and I can take turns helping them. Something where she's not tempted to practice letters in his handwriting book, etc.
  8. Anyone familiar with both the Developing The Early Learner set and Memoria Press's Jr K workbooks? I'm looking for something my 4 year old can do while big brother studies. I'm curious how they compare.
  9. Out of curiosity Chrysalis, did you get first or second edition Zoology?
  10. I only used it with one child, so I can't speak to combining. The planning was super simple, and I felt like with the CDRom I had enough support. I found it easy to implement, and the day flowed pretty simply. There's a sample week in the back of the book, and after printing my planning sheet I'd open it to the week I wanted planned and pretty much followed the sample. From there on it was rather open and go. My only regret is that I bought the wrong level this year, and so ended up supplementing so much I haven't opened this year's guide in weeks. My son already reads chapter books, so there went the language arts, and he got bored with the year 1 choice for World history. He also fell in love with Sassafras for science, so the science in the curriculum became free reads (Usborne). I suspect if I'd either held off teaching reading or bought year 2 we'd have a better report. I can say we absolutely loved Foundation Year.
  11. This is helpful. I have a newly 7 year old with terrible handwriting. He's going to a classical school in the fall and they said we must work on it before he starts. One suggestion was we stop D'Nealian and switch to ball and stick. He's great with Lego and loves mazes. Can't do monkey bars. We're going to work on strengthening those muscles over the next few months. See if it helps.
  12. I do it in part because I enjoyed what Charlotte Mason said on the subject (she actually taught more than just her nation and world as her students also studied French history separately as part of French class!). The first study is a slow study of your own land. We are taking it very slowly, so we can really get to know either specific people in US history or a specific peoples group. With world history it's more of an overview. There's more to cover. While I want him to know and love famous people from the history of his nation I also don't want him to think that once his country began all world history starts revolving around it. I'm hoping in doing this we'll be able to focus more on what was going on in other parts of the world during the time his country existed, plus he'll be aware of the relatively short (in comparison) period of time his country's been around. So for this year we were able to spend half the year slowly reading the adventures of explorers like Leif Erickson and DeSoto, while since then we're focusing on interesting groups of people like the various nations of peoples the European settlers found already established on the east coast as they arrived in North America, the pilgrims (just a month) and we'll end it with a fun time visiting the pirates. Next year we'll be able to set the scene with life in the 18th century, spend a while getting to know several of the founding fathers, then move on to the new nation started pushing west (ending soon after 1800 I suspect). Slowly we can continue, savouring whatever catches our attention. That way a relationship is formed with the history of my child's country. My plan is to finish this study in six years. I'm using the Truthquest History guides (3 volumes) divided into half each year. How we do it is simple enough. We spend a couple days reading a short bit from SOTW, then we spend a day reading a living book about US history. He's keeping everything perfectly straight in his mind. We actually spend very little time on history compared to reading, writing, copywork, and arithmetic, yet history and science are currently his favorite subjects. *typos fixed
  13. When he took the placement test it put him right at the end of 2 beginning of 3. We went with 2 because it introduces multiplication and division, which CLE 100 doesn't cover.
  14. We finished CLE 100 and started Saxon 2. So far whizzing through at an average of two lessons a day (reached lesson 26 today).
  15. We have been using SCM's art cards. We read a bit of the biography, follow the steps to look at the painting (I love how SCM explains how to make it more challenging for late elementary and then again increase the challenge for teens) After that part is done the back of the book has information on the specific work, like the background of how it was made, the size, location, etc. It's simple and well done.
  16. We played many games when using Foundations. Some favorites included phonics hopscotch and basketball. The company Logic of English also sells a separate book for phonics card games like RightStart has for math. If you can spare a few dollars for it it's a good resource to have on your shelves.
  17. I looked into both Quark and Sassafras for my first grader and chose Sassafras over Quark with the plan of starting Quark in 4th or so. It's been a good choice. We are preparing to begin our second volume of Sassafras. One problem with the writing is the bulk of the scientific information is in one spot, spoken most often by an expert/tour guide, and surrounded by the adventure. It's fairly predictable like any old 1960s Batman TV show that the kids are going to run into trouble and end up OK (rise and repeat). That said, it's just enough information to get my 1st grader interested in discovering more on his own. The story is lively enough a 6/7 year old wants more, to keep reading. Because the narrations/information must be recorded before moving on it inspires my very reluctant writer to actually do his work. The experiments spark his curiosity enough he goes out and tries to discover "what else" which didn't happen when using BFSU, Usborne, or SCM science. He loves all the extra living books we can get from the library on each sub. Finally, it's great how it ties in geography. I wouldn't use it on a middle/late elementary child. But for a young one it has worked well enough to keep using it this spring.
  18. Handwriting and phonics: Logic of English Foundations (teaches how and why sounds work they way they do, plus incorporates gross and fine motor in all lessons, both for reading instruction and handwriting. Handwriting also uses cue words) Right Start A or Making Math Meaningful K (the less writing and more hands on discovery required by math in kindergarten the better) For the rest I'd follow the recommendations in Living Books Curriculum Foundations as it lays the groundwork for habits and attitudes for subsequent school years.
  19. I enjoyed History of Me as did my son. History of Us wasn't nearly as interesting. We gave up and moved on to something else. I think the writing itself could be a bit more lively.
  20. I've seen a few people commenting that Quark Chronicles is better written than Sassafras. I'm wondering a couple things that aren't completely apparent from online samples. 1- Is Quark geared slightly older/more advanced than Sassafras or about the same level? For example, would a dialectic child prefer Quark while a 1st grade Grammar stage child enjoy Sassafras more, or would Quark's content/workload also grab the younger child's attention? 2- When I glanced at the samples for Botany it looked like Quark covered topics such as photosynthesis etc while Sassafras focused on learning the kinds of plants as well as where they're found. Is this impression of the depth of study accurate?
  21. I am a CM mom. Very CM as I'm on the advisory of our local CM support group. That said I chose Living Books Curriculum over AO because it had more modern choices. The science is also more varied and uses more modern books. LBC begins formal grammar in the 4th quarter of 2nd grade. I do also know some begin in 3rd. For handicrafts we get together with other local CMers every few weeks to work on one skill a year. This year it's weaving. So far they wove ribbons on their handcraft boxes and fingerwove jump ropes. In Nov they'll learn cardboard Loom and paper plate weaving to create things like coasters. Later we'll learn fabric weaving, and even weaving from recyclables. At home we deliberately work on handcrafts three days a week while I read aloud.
  22. We are focusing on Spanish here. That said, on Saturdays my husband and 6 year old son have a special "school time" in which they study Latin and the Greek alphabet together.
  23. Considering using the How Great Thou Art series in our little homeschool co-op for art class. Debating between Lamb's Book of Art and Feed My Sheep. What is different content wise? Is there a natural progression or is there overlap in what's taught? Edit to add: I am assuming there IS a natural progression from I Can Do All Things to these books.
  24. I am using Salsa Spanish and Speak Spanish With Miss Mason
  25. Carmel is considered Indianapolis. I'm in the area and commute to church up there. Basement is really most important. Layers. Snow pants for the kids. Lots of lotion and a humidifier for the house in winter are a must for my kids. Salt for the driveway and an ice scraper for your windshield. I don't get the front or all wheel drive thing. I have a regular car and it does fine. So do most I know. The cities here treat the roads quickly, especially compared to Evansville, a city in the southwest corner of the state. It's mostly the neighborhoods that have any trouble. Now, I did grow up down South (Gulf Coast) and moved here for the desert southwest so I found winter driving intimidating at first. If you must the first winter wait to go out until later in the morning, but everything should be fine. The dark is a bother, but as long as you're on Eastern time it will stay light until 5 instead of setting a bit after 4 in the central time zone areas of the state. The cold is worst if there's wind. There are indoor playgrounds and they really help.
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