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  1. My son liked to have his own book to look at. He wrote some of the answers, but I wrote some that he answered orally. You don't need the DVD's if you are confident teaching Latin. I only had the TM and the student book. The student book is probably just a personal preference.
  2. We school year round, but we just keep going. My kids are technically in all different grades for different subjects. I am of the mind that you master something and don't rush through it just to get through it by a certain date. You can always go a little quicker at the beginning of the next math book if it is a repeat of what you just did. Also, we are taking our first long break because I am having a baby, but my kids still do a math sheet a couple of times a week so you can get through some of the book over the summer if you want to. I wouldn't want to go through a couple of months without doing a little math, Latin, and phonics.
  3. I chose 1-2 hours, but it is usually closer to 2 hours. Here is what I do with approx. times: History read aloud at breakfast (15 min) Morning Time (45 min-1hour) My kids are allowed to color, draw, or knit during a lot of this time while they listen Fun read aloud at lunch (15 min) Family read aloud at dinner (15 min) Bedtime reading (15-30 min) We don't do everything every day, but we do most of them every day. We listen to audiobooks while we drive, but not as often as we should.
  4. For US history, my kids are really enjoying Mara Pratt's American History Stories. It is secular, but not anti-Catholic. We read it every morning at breakfast and my kids are always begging for more.
  5. With a 9 year old, I would start with Latina Christiana and then move into the Forms series by Memoria Press. Prima Latina is the more gentle way to go. I wouldn't say it is independent though. I did it with my 2nd grader every day.
  6. I decide on a couple of things first. I decided on our history sequence. Our focus is on American History right now. We honestly are taking it a lot more slowly than I had intended to, but my kids are so excited to learn about it that I just stick with a topic while they are still interested. We simultaneously do a little bit of ancient history. Last year, we did Greek and this year we will do Roman. We do some Aesop's and myths along with this. It is just a basic sampling. When we finish American History, I will cover world history more completely starting from the ancients and going to modern times. Nature study is more interest led. This coming year, we are going to do the Burgess Bird book. We also do a lot of picture books for nature study. Once I know what we are studying, I go through the book lists and try to find the books that I think will work best for my family. We also pick a lot of our read alouds from these sites as well. I like to know which kind of books would appeal more to which ages. I actually think it is less stressful to follow our own plan than to try to follow someone else's plan. I can slow down or speed up depending on the interest of the kids and it is more tailored to my specific family. I probably use Mater Amabilis and Wildflowers and Marbles the most. I get a lot of my picture book recommendations from the 4real boards. It takes more planning before the term starts, but it reaps amazing rewards in the end!
  7. I think it is a maturity thing. My son finally got time this year (2nd grade). I wouldn't linger on it. If you continue with RS, it will be covered again in B and C. She will get it when she gets it. Don't stress yourself or her out!
  8. Our morning time lasts about 1 hour or 1.5 hours. Here is what we do (after the line, they can color or knit while they listen): Daily: read the daily gospel, memorization (includes catechism, hymns, Latin, poetry, folksongs, etc and takes about 15-20 minutes), read a story or fairy tale, read a poem Mondays: US History Italian Geography _______________________ Old Peter's Russian Tales Angel Food story Novel Tuesdays: Ancient History Aesops Mythology Italian Science ________________________ Twenty Irish Saints Uncle Wiggly Novel Wednesdays: US History Nature Study (this is just a picture book) Saint story Handicrafts while listening to our term's composer Thursdays: Ancient History Nature Study Saint story Italian Burgess Bird Book (we color a picture of the bird while listening to the story) ___________________________ Old Peter's Russian Tales Angel Food Story Novel Fridays: Aesops Mythology Picture Study Paint or Draw while listening to our term's composer I highly recommend this blog about Morning Basket.
  9. I couldn't do the Winnie the Pooh stories either. We made it about 2/3 of the way through. I bought it on audible. Peter Pan was an epic fail for our family. The kids just really weren't into it even after about 80 pages so we just put it away. There are so many great books. The kids can read some later on their own or listen to them in audio format. I try not to beat myself up about it!
  10. There were some great speakers. If you are able to go, there were other Catholics there (from the 4 real forums). Message me if you want to know which speakers to avoid. The fireside chats were very helpful and just talking to other homeschoolers was so helpful and uplifting to me!
  11. I went last year and it was fun to be there. I went a day early to do an actual day of CM homeschooling which was the most helpful for me personally. I am not sure I will go to the conference again. I didn't learn as much as I wanted to and it had a very Protestant vibe. I'm Catholic and I am not anti-Protestant, but I wanted to learn more about CM than about the personal faith of the speakers. I really did enjoy meeting other CM homeschoolers though. If it was a little less expensive, I might go again just for that! If you have any specific questions, let me know.
  12. I used Prima Latina last year for 2nd. I would definitely do that with your 2nd grader. I bought Latina Christiana and then freaked out and bought Latin For Children Primer A. I don't know anything about the DVD's because I didn't buy either one. Here are my thoughts: Latina Christiana PROS: Simple layout that is not overwhelming to the eye, Christian content (this can be left out if you don't want it, but it is a pro to me), clear instructions in the teacher's manual, you learn less per lesson so it is not as overwhelming, good review throughout, seems like it would be great for retention CONS: It is a little boring (I make my own word searches, worksheets, and crossword puzzles to go along with it) Latin For Children PROS: this is a witty and interesting program, there are fun worksheets to go with it (although they are pretty repetitive), it is thorough and covers more information than Latina Christiana, I think this program could be drawn out over two years CONS: I like having the information in the teacher's manual (instead of the student book) so it isn't as overwhelming to the kids, each lesson is several pages long, no Christian content, I thought the recitation CD has way too much information in it, the whole program was just a little overwhelming to me I decided to go with Latina Christiana for 3rd grade. I know Latin fairly well. I have been learning on my own for a couple of years so I feel confident teaching it. I think that Latin for Children MIGHT be better for someone who doesn't know Latin (although I am really not sure about that). It would also be better for a child that wanted to learn it more on his own since all the info is in the student book. I find the program to be overwhelming. There is just too much going on for me. Latina Christiana is simple, sweet, and thorough. I cannot believe the retention that my son had using Prima Latina. I like the idea of learning less each week, but really learning it. I would not use Latina Christiana with a 2nd grader though. Honestly, it is probably not the best idea to combine your kids in Latin IMHO. Your 5th grader will progress a lot more quickly and PL is so much more gentle for a 2nd grader. If you want me to email you some of my worksheets so you can see if you would like to make some like that, PM me. If you have any specific questions, let me know. I think it is really a personal thing as to which program you would prefer.
  13. I'm so sorry, Rosie. I'm praying for your whole family in this horrible time. :grouphug:
  14. Narnia Hobbit and LOTR Thornton Burgess books (Reddy Fox, Bobby Coon, etc). These are family favorites in our house from the 3 year old to the parents.
  15. In our area, there are two types of homeschoolers. We have unschoolers and those who use either Abeka or Bob Jones. I mostly get together with those families to give my kids friends to play with, but we don't really talk about curricula! I have stopped talking about curricula with those in real life except for two of my friends that are mostly on the same page.
  16. I read them in the order in which they were published and prefer that. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) Prince Caspian (1951) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) The Silver Chair (1953) The Horse and His Boy (1954) The Magician’s Nephew (1955) The Last Battle (1956)
  17. I love the combination of Miquon with Right Start (definitely not writing heavy, but it is expensive). I start with Miquon first in pre-K or K depending on the child and add in Right Start when they are about halfway through Orange. Honestly, I have thought about just using Miquon for K and starting Right Start B in 1st along with Miquon. I think it would even be good to use Miquon exclusively. I cannot believe the math that my 2nd grader can do from using Miquon. It is an amazing program.
  18. With all of the problems in education, this is not what I would freak out about. At least this school teaches phonics! I wasn't aware of either of those "bad" words.
  19. I am definitely more interested in my childrens' speaking and writing. I don't want them learning grammar to just learn grammar. I see it as a means to an end. What does that look like in your house? Can you give me any examples of how you accomplish that? Honestly, once they understand grammar, I plan to move on more to composition and oral work.
  20. I only order future consumables for younger children if I am already ordering from a particular site and I am absolutely sure that I will be using it for a younger child. I have been known to order something to get free shipping from Rainbow Resource. :lol:
  21. It used to be so much easier to meet other kids because kids used to play outside! We moved into a neighborhood to be around other kids and there are still never any kids outside. I wish you luck in meeting new people. I moved a lot as a child so I know how hard it can be. We always moved in the beginning of the summer so I never met anyone until school started.
  22. I have to sit with my kids the whole time they are doing school. Most of the time, I am working with one child while the other child works independently. However, even when they are both working independently, I have to sit at the table with them. If I even get up to do anything, it all falls apart. Honestly, I don't expect them to be able to handle schooling without me yet. I'm hoping that time will come soon though!
  23. This is very disappointing!!! I really like the focus in the 2nd grade book on the parts of speech and identifying them in good quality sentences. We do a lot of grammar through our Latin program, but I would also like to do English grammar. Would you suggest switching to VIE for 3rd grade or sticking with Seton until 4th grade? I have been using this resource to teach myself grammar since I never learned it in school. I am thinking about using this when my kids are older (maybe 4th or 5th grade) although it is definitely not Catholic. The language is nice though! They also have a book for high school students.
  24. This is what we did for second grade this year: Grammar: Seton English Latin: Prima Latina Math: Right Start B/C and Miquon Reading: Catholic National Reader plus started reading chapter books History: Continued on with American History Stories II (Mara Pratt) along with picture books about the Revolutionary War, Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling Science: Nature Study (meadows, glaciers, ordered caterpillars and ants for an ant farm) Spelling: Spelling Workout B (epic fail), switched to studied dictation Phonics: Continued with ETC Classical Studies: Started learning about Ancient Greece, Aesops Fables, D' Aulaire's Greek Myths Handwriting: Seton Handwriting Religion: First Communion Catechism, Neumann Press books, Tomie Di Paola's Bible Stories It was a really fun year!
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