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  1. PlumCrazy, I would use Homer for Older Beginners with workbooks.
  2. Since your focus this year is improving your son's composition skills, you might want to consider a curriculum that uses movies to teach literature like Kathryn Stout's "Movies as Literature." It might be a good fit for you and your son because it doesn't involve reading. Trying to improve reading and attention skills combined with reading for the purpose of lit analysis is too much for some students. ML includes lesson plans with discussion questions and suggested answers, extended study ideas, and composition topics that can used either for writing or discussion. Add thirty minutes of silent
  3. As regards flashcards with 6 year olds, I did give them to our 6 year old and showed her how to study using Dr. R's instructions. She often used beans to prove the truth of the fact, and then set to work memorizing the fact. Eventually, she learned all of the facts and has never forgotten them. I must confess that I tried to "teach" her the facts, but it did not work. She needed to do the work by herself. I have made mistakes during our homeschooling years, but showing dd how to study flashcards wasn't one of those mistakes. She uses the same method for flashcards of all types. As regards
  4. When RC was put together, there was no Nook or Kindle. Many of the books could only be purchased at great cost, and others required formatting from online sources. The point about a Nook or Kindle is valid, and if you want your child to use an electronic reader, then RC might not be for you. I have considered a Nook, but haven't gotten to the point where I want to get rid of paper and print. In any event, our RC books are going through the hands of our third student, and I print what we do not have.
  5. Actually, Dr. Robinson provided input where needed. He didn't need to provide input on grammar because the textbooks (two levels) are written for self-instruction and there is an answer key. He didn't need to provide input on vocabulary because there are flashcards to memorize, exercises with answer keys, and the software has a computer quiz function. He didn't need to provide input on math because Saxon can be self-taught. We have graduated two students who did this and have a third student working successfully through Saxon. So, he provided input on the one subject that is difficult to self-
  6. Dr. R spent huge amounts of time with his children. His children were (and still are) an integral part of his life. They were first his students, and they are now his colleagues. They are a close and loving family. Dr. R's oldest son is running his political campaign, but the entire family is working together on it and causing quite a stir for the incumbent. As regards the actual curriculum, Dr. R and his children put together an educational plan that worked for their family. Selling the plan was as much the children's idea as his. I have been reading WTM and listening to SWB's lectures, a
  7. I haven't been on the yahoo group for several years, so I don't what they are discussing there, but an RC day consists of one Saxon lesson, reading from an RC book (time depends on the child's stamina/focus), grammar (if the child is ready for the grammar book), vocabulary (3 to 4 words per day), and writing (copywork to original writing). At your children's age, that might only be 2 to 3 hours. When the children were young, Dr. R sat at his desk in the schoolroom and provided the children with a role model for good work habits. Since most mothers don't have Dr. R's research work, they use tha
  8. Dr. R writes about the curriculum in his science newsletter. He often mentions students, other than his own, who had amazing results with RC. If you want more information, you can join the yahoo group. I was part of that group for several years and read hundreds of posts from families who used RC with success. In many ways, the success of the Robinson children is hard to understand and accept because Dr. R's plan is simple. It's easier to attribute their success to the farm and the lab. I am not criticizing because I have doubted RC even though our family had excellent results with it. I
  9. You might want to check out the high school board to see what families with older students are doing for science if you are developing a long-range plan. There are many mothers on that board who have already prepared students for rigorous science fields. Also, you might want to look at the RC thread. The six Robinson children have all earned (or are earning) doctorates in science, and science for their early years was much like 8FillTheHeart. Read, read, read, and follow their interests. They lived on a farm, so they raised animals, and they were outdoors. When they completed calculus, th
  10. I bought a Brother HL-5370DW, black and white laser duplex, from Office Depot for around $200 (I think.). It's a terrific printer - print and walk away. Come back later, and you have clean pages printed front and back. Three-hole punch the pages, and put them in a black binder. I store the books in Office Depot file boxes. Curriculum has come and gone in our house, but we have been using our RC discs for over ten years. It was our sons' 'great books' list.
  11. Dr. Robinson says that his children are not gifted. They are hard workers. When you really understand what they did, the hard working part is truth. By age 13 or 14, the children had self-taught Saxon through calculus, they read a challenging list of books plus many, many other books from their home library, and they learned to write by writing a page every day and correcting per their father's input. At that point, they independently worked through a college-level chemistry textbook, two physics textbooks, and completed a challenging group of Cal Tech physics problems. After that or concurren
  12. Answered you on the high school board.
  13. There are no plans to update LTW Level 1 since its gone through several editions. LTW Level 2 was just published, so if anything is revised, it will be LTW 2. Andrew Kern has many plans and ideas. It's a small company, expanding slowly because he has a distinct vision. As he trains apprentices, there is more staff to help. We used LTW Level 1 last year. It is excellent.
  14. Mapping the World by Heart or Ellen McHenry's drawing/geography curriculum
  15. Like 8FillTheHeart, I would suggest a purpose for the copywork and narration. Especially with your 5th grader, use the copywork as a teaching tool. Pick passages that highlight a grammar or spelling rule, etc., and point it out to her. SWB does this in WWE. Also, help your reluctant writer shape her narration; i.e. topic sentence and support, with the non-fiction work. SWB's directions for outlining help with this. She won't write a sentence outline, but since that is the next step after oral and written narratives, you will be preparing the way.
  16. After Hazlitt. Not Yours to Give - David Crockett What has Government Done to Our Money? - Murray Rothbard Fiat Money Inflation in France - Andrew Dickson White The Enterprising Americans - John Chamberlain Economic Sophisms - Frederic Bastiat
  17. I originally wrote a list of the curriculum we are using for the various skills but decided to delete it all. Our situation is unique because we will be starting high school next year, and we're trying to cover many skills in one year. I wish I had a do over.
  18. Yes, regarding The Story of Canada, and I think that any narrative book about a topic would work well. Dd is using Paradigm U.S History this year. The entire course is a series of narrative topics divided into chapters. We're using it for written narratives, and it works beautifully. After she gets comfortable with that work, we will move into library books and there are a gazillion.
  19. Writing is complex, and there are many good programs that bring different ideas to the table. We used Bravewriter for several years with our oldest son, and Julie helped me finally understand how to mentor writing. Before Julie, I could only see the lack of commas, weak verbs, lack of noun/verb agreement, etc. I did not know how to be a partner in the writing process. Julie jumpstarted writing in our house -- for me and our children. After that, we used IEW for several years because it fit the needs of one of our children, and we learned from IEW as well. Last year we used Lost Tools of
  20. Lisa, After looking through the book and my lecture notes, I am not sure what SWB means by outlining text. In her explanation of outlining in WTM, she uses an excerpt from The Story of Canada, so I am assuming that she expects the student to do more than outline the spine. Perhaps I will use a spine to teach outlining, which will make teaching the skill easier since dd will pick up on the style of the book, but knowing my creative girl, she would not enjoy outlining the same book for years and years. After processing the ideas and words in WTM and the lectures (an inspirational gift for
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