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  1. It's nice that I have a long Japanese last name - it's not difficult, just long. As soon as someone calls and starts tripping over my last name, I hang up because they obviously just saw my name for the first time.
  2. We purchased our Barton on Ebay. There is one seller who works with Susan Barton - Tim & Evelyn - and if you purchase from them, you can purchase extra tile sets from Susan Barton (if you buy from any other private person, you cannot buy extra tile sets from Barton). You need to keep the tile sets from all the previous levels, so extra tiles are a big plus if you want to resell the level. We have been able to resell our levels after using them (actually posted here on Well Trained Mind on the Buy & Sell forum). It makes it pretty economical. Higher levels get a little tricky because not many people sell them, but we were able to buy up to level 9 from Tim & Evelyn.
  3. I just finished Winston Grammar with my 5th grader and loved it. In fact, I'm going to switch to Advanced Winston Grammar for my 8th grader next year (I used Easy Grammar Plus with him last year) and do Winston Word Works for the 5th grader (6th grade in the fall).
  4. I used it for both my children last year. My daughter did Math 5. At first, she only used the lessons on the computer. About halfway through the year, she decided she liked the textbook better. The textbook gives the same lesson as the computer. She would do her lesson in the textbook and then enter the answers in the computer. My son (7th grade) did Algebra 1. He only used the textbook, never touched the computer portion at all. In Algebra 1 last year, there was no online grading (but starting this year there is). I liked how the lessons were pretty clear and easy to follow. Because he didn't use the computer, I had to grade his assignments and go over problems with him that he missed, but if you aren't comfortable with math you could have your child look at the answers worked out on the CD. I think they are pretty thorough, however I noticed that in Algebra 1, they didn't cover the quadratic formula or how to graph quadratic equations. I went over those with him at the end of the year. I notice that in the new Algebra 1 book this year, they have added those topics (there must have been complaints because those topics are on the state testing for Algebra). I do notice that on Algebra 2 they are covered. I am happy with the program and will be using it again next year - Math 6 for my daughter and Geometry for my son. The children will probably do most of the work from the textbooks.
  5. I'm going to continue my daughter's Barton and have her review the Times Alive videos so she doesn't forget her math facts, but that's about it.
  6. I just finished using Basic Winston Grammar for my 5th grade daughter and loved it. I used Easy Grammar Plus for my 7th grade son - it was fine, but not particularly challenging. I was thinking about switching my son to Advanced Winston Grammar for 8th grade. Is anyone familiar with it? Can I just start him on that without doing the Basic program? He learns concepts pretty easily.
  7. I used Winston Grammar this last year for my 5th grade dyslexic daughter and it worked wonderfully. It is very thorough about explaining the different parts of speech.
  8. Thank you for the info. I have the multiplication program "Times Tables the Fun Way". My daughter enjoys the stories and songs. However, when I ask her "What's 8x8" she forgets which story it is. When I prompt her about the story ("Two snowmen walking..."), then she immediately says "8x8 is 64"
  9. It sounds like you should do levels 1 & 2. My daughter is also in the 5th grade. I started her on level 1 in April. It was easy for her, but it was good to get the foundation in. Level 1 is phonemic awareness, so that would be good for teaching your child the letter sounds (they only do short vowel sounds at this level). Level 2 works on letter reversals. It is important to have these 2 levels mastered in order to work through level 3, where it starts getting harder with all the spelling rules.
  10. I have a question about working memory. My dyslexic daughter can memorize music (she sings) and bible verses for AWANA, yet no matter how much we work with her, she can't memorize multiplication tables. Is that a working memory issue?
  11. One other thing about level 2 - if your child has a problem with letter reversals (my daughter often reversed "b" and "d"), level 2 addresses that problem (along with the letter "p"). It is not addressed in the later levels.
  12. My 10 year old daughter is using TT 5 and so far she has only used the CDs. The problems have been easy enough for her to do in her head. When it gets more difficult, I will have her do the problems in the workbook. My 12 year old son is doing Algebra 1 and he is only using the textbook right now. The textbook for Algebra 1 is thorough enough that the CDs are not necessary (and they don't have the automatic grading at that level, so they don't need to enter their answers in the computer).
  13. Even though they were easy for her, I had my daughter do both levels 1 and 2. I know Barton says you can skip the level if it is too easy, but it is easier to teach level 3 if you do level 2. You almost have to learn how to teach the lessons in level 2 in order to properly teach the lessons in level 3. Level 3 is much more intense (it looks like a phone book!). I would be curious to hear from someone who did skip the first 2 levels - how easy was it to then teach level 3?
  14. I live near the Prentice School in Santa Ana. They use the Slingerland method to teach. From what I've read about Slingerland, it is basically a classroom based curriculum. I would have loved to have sent my daughter there but the tuition was $17K a year (I decided to homeschool and save the money for college!)
  15. A friend of mine took her son to one of his learning centers. There a tutor teaches them how to use the program for a few weeks and then the parent takes over. She said it worked for about a year and then her son became bored with it (he was in junior high). I don't know if his technique would be more successful with younger children.
  16. My children like National Geographic Kids (their favorite) and Highlights.
  17. I am starting my 10 year old daughter on level 4 today. She has not done any letter reversals since starting the program (only reversed a number once). It has been wonderful for her spelling, although she still has difficulty with fluency on longer passages in chapter books. We have bought a few levels through the authorized resellers on ebay (Tim & Evelyn Smith) and we purchased extra tile sets so that we could resell our used levels. For people who buy used levels and need extra tiles, Tim Smith sells all the tiles in a set called "Stack and Go", but it is expensive ($250). I bought the Barton system because the private dyslexia tutors that I looked into all used the system and they charged around $60 an hour per session (1 or 2 sessions per week). At that price, buying the system myself seemed much more economical.
  18. Thank you for all your suggestions. I did ask Susan Barton about what other curriculum I should be doing and her recommendation was to only use the Barton system as her full language arts curriculum. I'm hesitant to do that since Barton (up until now) has really only covered spelling issues. My daughter will be starting the Barton level 4 on Tuesday.
  19. :iagree: I always tell my kids that when they start using Facebook, they have to realize that what they are saying is there for everyone to see. What if their boss was reading their posts? What they say now could affect them in the future.
  20. That happens with my daughter who is dyslexic. When I give her a worksheet, she'll miss many of the problems, but when I go over them with her she'll do fine. If your child continues to struggle with reading, dyslexia could be something to look into.
  21. I used K12 through California Virtual Academy for 2 years with 2 kids (I've done the 3rd through 6th grade curriculum). It is a very solid curriculum. As stated earlier, there is alot of information. If you pick and choose what works best for your child, it can be a valuable asset. I've seen families get overwhelmed and fall behind in their lessons. If you are good about keeping up with the work that needs to be done, I recommend the program.
  22. It's funny because I am training right now to use Barton level 4 (multisyllabic words) and this very issue was addressed. Like the previous poster said, the syllables of the word would split into co-lar which would have a long "o" sound. If you hear the short vowel sound but there is no consonant ending the syllable, then double the consonant starting the next syllable. They use the example of the word "happy".
  23. I use the Barton system with my daughter. It is great! It is totally scripted - I don't have to think about what I need to say next (in the book they have what the tutor says and then what the expected response of the child is). It uses colored tiles to teach phonemic awareness and then spelling rules. My daughter (5th grade) is dyslexic but not too severe, so we have been able to move through 3 levels since starting in April. The only down side to it is that it is expensive (250 each for levels 1 and 2, which only took us a few weeks to complete, and 300 for level 3 and above - it goes to level 10)
  24. I am Christian but the kids are part of a public charter school. I don't mind the secular material, and if I don't agree with it I teach my kids what we believe and why (opportunity to point out what the Bible teaches about that).
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