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  1. I am getting a do-over, too, with my youngest starting K in fall. I am going to use with her what I used with all my boys: Math Mammoth. I love the 1st and 2nd grade books. It teaches math facts so solidly that we've never had to do flash cards until multiplication, there's good mental math, and it just works really well. It is a workbook, but it's only one book to juggle. All of my kids so far have done well with it.
  2. We went to pathway readers. The first grade set was too easy at that point but we really enjoyed them so we just did them quick and moved on to the second set.
  3. That's what we do, too, with three kids so far. Will be doing it again with my 4th next year.
  4. My kids find Apologia general and physical science to be experiment heavy, but they are also Christian. Those are for 7th and 8th grades.
  5. For the record, the book is very similar to posts Karen Glass has made on the AO forums about writing. So if you've read all her posts about her method, there might not be a ton new in the book, but it is more elaborate and the narration samples are helpful. But compared to the info on SCM, I find this way better.
  6. I skipped right to that chapter and read it first. I might not even bother reading the rest of the book. :) Overall, I find her process of transitioning from narration to formal writing the best, most helpful I have found. I have read all I can find about this topic at SCM, and there just isn't enough information. Know and Tell has actual STEPS to follow. Like "once they master this, move on to this" type of thing, with general guidelines on how long to spend on each step. There's a clear goal from the beginning to the end. But, that said, the process is supposed to be non-formulaic, at the child's pace, and kind of fluid, so there are really no hard and fast rules. Even so, it's the best thing I've found on the topic. Somehow I muddled through it with my oldest, and he is now at the point of being able to write an essay per week, which is her goal in high school, but this will definitely be helpful for my next ones coming up. I've already started my 8th grader on reaching narration fluency, as she says, which is the first step. I hope that all made sense.
  7. Thought I would add some thoughts because I am the OP and I have a bit more experience now with this. I am actually using GCSE with my 10th grader right now, and I would say it is comparable to the 10th grade integrated math here in Canada (at least in my province). There are a number of algebra 2 topics that are missing from GCSE but there is more coverage of trig and statistics and other things. If you wanted to use MEP for high school, I would start with year 9 and do all of GCSE, and plan on doing algebra 2 afterwards, or at least partially, in order to cover the topics missed. I don't think I would use GCSE above 10th grade unless your student is not college bound.
  8. She will find her way back. In the meantime, just help her out where she needs help. I've had two boys go through puberty and it seemed like they had good days and bad days. On a bad day, they couldn't remember how to narrate (!) or how to do long division, so then I just helped them through it. The next day, they might be fine and perfectly capable again. It gets better eventually.
  9. This exactly. I don't assign reading at young ages either. Just provide good books and let them read for fun!
  10. We pick passages on the fly. If we did science or history that day, I grab that lesson and pick something. If there's nothing good there, I pull out a Pathway reader or a Nature reader or any piece of literature the kid is currently reading, including read-alouds. Obviously, this way, we don't include the grammar suggestions in our passages, but we are usually on a slower grammar track than the book anyway.
  11. Exploring the World of Physics is part of a series by the same author. They are all really good, so if he enjoys that one, he might like the others. My oldest adored Exploring the History of Medicine.
  12. An all time favourite here is And the Word Came With Power. My kids also love Missionary Stories with the Millers.
  13. Yes, there are dictionary skills in R&S spelling later. I really like ETC and have used them with all my kids, but I haven't ever looked at R&S phonics so I can't really compare. ETC is a good option for kids being mostly independent, too, because the pages repeat and they know what to do after seeing it a few times.
  14. I use SOTW over again. They're so interesting and detailed; my older kids really enjoy them, too. We also mostly read and discuss, keep a wall timeline, and my older logic-stage kids sometimes use the material for writing assignments. Instead of map work, I have my younger ones look up locations on the globe.
  15. Depending which Master Books course you choose, you don't have to do them 5x a week. One of mine did the Medicine and Biology set and the worksheets were short enough that he could read the chapter and complete the worksheet at the same time. It cuts it down to 3x a week or so. Just thought I would throw that into the mix.
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