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  1. Unfortunately my kids are the opposite. My oldest is the good listener . My youngest on the other hand is not. It is hard to get her to sit and listen. That is one of my concerns if I try to combine the history - volume 3 might be harder for her to follow than volume 1.
  2. Thank you so much everyone for the helpful advice! The text seems a bit more difficult for SOTW3 and my 6 year old is way less apt to sit and listen than my older child ever was, but I think we may combine and see how it goes for the first few weeks. It seems that it would be way too challenging for me to do both. I haven't really considered SOTW4 yet and have not previewed its contents. I suppose we will cross that bridge when we come to it One year at a time is about all I can handle!! :) Appreciate all your input!
  3. Hello! Trying to determine what we can combine this coming school year. I have a 8 year old 3rd grader who has done SOTW1 and SOTW2. Little sister has "listened" and been involved in some of our projects, but I doubt she has absorbed much of the information. It is hard for her to sit and listen! Little sister is now a 6 year old, 1st grader. Any recommendations of how to handle history with SOTW? Should I combine both with SOTW3? Do SOTW3 with the oldest and start SOTW1 with the youngest? I am afraid that SOTW3 will be too difficult for the 6 year old, but I don't know how I can do both either. Thanks in advance for any advice!
  4. I thought I would do that, but I had a friend say that SOTW 3 is much more difficult than SOTW 1. Do you think the SOTW 3 can easily be done for a 1st grader? We are combining science!
  5. Hello! Looking for advice or suggestions on how to manage our time and get everything done using Peace Hill Press and WTM as a guide. This year I will have a 3rd grader and a 1st grader. In the past 2 years for the youngest we covered the basics- reading/math/writing and for the oldest we did SOTW, WWE, FLL amongst all the other basics math, science, Bible, spelling, penmenship, etc. Most of the time I felt my youngest getting sidelined so I could accomplish our goals with the oldest. Now with my youngest being in 1st grade our work load will increase quite a bit. I am worried it is going to be really hard to get all the work done with both kids. I think it is important for my eldest to learn some independence, which would help, but all the WTM and Peace Hill Press curriculum seem so teacher dependent. Also she struggles in math so I really have to help her a lot with that too. Any advice or recommendations on how to get it all done?! Really feeling overwhelmed when I think about all that needs accomplished. Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!
  6. I am sure this is posted somewhere, but do not want to search for days. What is needed for Sequential Spelling Level 1? I have heard some have bought the student workbook and not the teachers guide and some have done the opposite and bought the teachers guide and not the student workbook. There is also a CD that supposedy just reads the word, allows the student to write the word and then types it on the screen so that the student can check their work. I just want to try this program and have already invested in one program and do not want to invest more money than I need. Any advice of what would be best to buy for this curriculum? I am leaning towards just the teacher guide. Samples of the workbook are only showing blank lines for answers. Thanks!
  7. Do you know if the Teachers Guide is needed for 2nd Grade Voyages? I looked at the samples given and it all seems self explanatory. Thanks!
  8. I will see if I can find the thread. That would be helpful. I looked at the site last night and read some of the massive amounts of text. It is confusing. I think I see what level we would use and see the links to the workbook pages and answers. But where is the teaching element? The more I look into serious grammar the more terrified I become of teaching it. I am not a grammar person. Some people are terrified of math. That doesn't concern me. Grammar does! The KISS looks way too overwhelming for me. Voyages in English and Rod and Staff look simple enough maybe MCT for third grade. Voyages also appears to be something my DD could do on her own which would be really helpful. Thanks!
  9. I have not heard of KISS or GrammarLand. I will check them out. Thanks!
  10. Looking for some advice on grammar for 2nd grader DD. She has declared FLL as awful. I have looked at the WTM book and it suggests doing Rod and Staff or Voyages in English, but it seems to recomend them starting in 3rd grade. What are some alternatives to doing FLL? We have completed level 1 and are on to level 2. I briefly looked at Rod and Staff. Any suggestions on other curriculums for this subject and age? We are doing WWE2 Thanks!
  11. Thank you so much everyone! It sounds like spending the extra money might be worth it! I saw a couple of additional links to more discussions on this issue that were also very helpful. Thank you!!!
  12. Hello! So thankful for this board with the great information and advice! I am trying to make a decision on art for next year. DH wants to make sure it is included. I seriously think we are going to have some time constraints with the all of the other things that we have planned. I am looking at both Atelier Art and Artistic Pursuits. Since I am wondering how much time we will actually have to pursue art I am leaning towards Artistic Pursuits because of cost; however, if Atelier Art is better I would be willing to buy it. Would anyone be able to tell me more about what I am paying for with these 2 programs? How do they compare? Are they similar or not at all alike? ( I do know that Atelier comes with DVDs and the other doesn't) I have done some searches and have read that a lot of people like this or that program, but not really details on what these programs provide in comparision to each other. Thank you so much in advance!!
  13. My experience probably isn't worth much. I am a new HSer with a 5yo dd. we have been using McRuffy K and have liked it. I was also debating and researching what to do for next year and ended up sticking with McRuffy. It is colorful and fun and my daughter seems to be doing well. My daughter seems to enjoy it and doesn't drag her feet while doing math. I am hoping I made a good decision. I have heard so much good things about Teaching Textbooks. We are planning on using it starting in 3rd grade. I looked at Saxon, Math Mammoth, BJU, Horizons and Singapore.
  14. Thanks everyone! This has all been very helpful to me. I appreciate you taking the time to respond and for the great advice!
  15. I have heard a lot of good things about the program 'All About Spelling.' While I was going to purchase this book for my first-grader I saw their reading program 'All About Reading.' I am having trouble finding reviews on this curriculum. Does anyone have any experience with this curriculum? If so, what are your thoughts? I have been thinking about getting SSRW, but this is a little less expensive and I really like the look of the 'All about Reading' Prereader curriculum. Thanks in advance!
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