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  1. I want to offer an alternative to R&S phonics in case you get into it and don't like it so well, or in case another reader is interested in a similar course of study except the R&S Phonics.  Pathway Readers offers a great learning to read program which I have used with all three of my sons.  (I actually start it mid-Kindergarten, but it is designed for first graders).  The items on this Rainbow Resource page will give you everything you need (with the exception of "Phonics Pathways" which is a different program.  





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  2. I used TQ Amer History for the Young Student 1 and 2 with my eldest, and Beginnings with both my older two sons.  Then eldest did Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome for the second semester of eighth grade.  I will be using Age of Revolution 1 with him for 10th grade (I had wanted to do the Middle Ages and Renaissance/Reformation for ninth, but he ended up being too bogged down with cottage school assignments, so I just tweaked HOD Res2Ref for him).  I have no experience with VP, so I can't speak to that.


    The way I manage the planning is to go through the guide and pick titles we will do. I don't care at all whether we touch on all the topics.  I frequently compare the list of books I've chosen to other curriculum providers' lists for the same time period in history.  I will visit the websites of Sonlight, Winterpromise, Heart of Dakota, Build Your Library, and My Father's World to see whether I have missed anything crucial.  Once I have a set of books chosen, I schedule them out through the year using scholaric.com online planner.  Usually I have a "spine" book, a read-aloud, and a reader going all the time.  I also read aloud the commentary, and assign the Thinkwrite work, often having it done orally.


    If you can't decide between Old Testament/Ancient and American, one popular option with Truthquest is to use the Beginnings guide as "Bible" time and study it alongside American simultaneously.  Beginnings is super thick, and covers the time period of the Old Testament, so much of the content is Biblical anyway.  We did that, during the TQ Amer History for the Young Student 2 study.  Beginnings could actually be spread out over three years if you wished.

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  3. Okay- I am going to leave my plan right here, with the caveat that I reserve the right to change it at any time and I probably will do so!


    Summer:  First Language Lessons (first edition I think), finish the last 10 lessons of Level 1 at a pace of one or two a week.

                    BookShark 2 Intermediate Readers

                    He has a cast on his arm, so I guess we will do a math drill app for math facts instead of Math Minute pages.


    Starting July 11 for Second Grade:


    Math: Singapore 1B, 2A

    Reading: BookShark 2 Readers

    Phonics: Explode the Code 7

    Handwriting: Pentime Transition

    Science: Sonlight Level B

    Moving Beyond the Page: Age 6-8, This is mostly unit studies (communities, measurement, cultures, matter and movement) with a strong written language component, which includes spelling and vocabulary

    Grammar: First Language Lessons (first edition I think), Level 2

    Geography and Literature:  Build Your Library K, adding age 6-8 Narration cards.

    Co-op, not sure what classes will be offered.  Hoping for art, music, physical education type classes.

    Community Bible Study and Awana.

  4. Ok- so our family dynamic is changing.  Dh is working outside the home for the first time in six years.  This means I will be transporting oldest ds to his cottage schools for Art, Spanish, Choir and English 10.  In light of that, all my plans may be like the best laid ones of mice and men.  However, this is the plan and it is what I will attempt.  Keep in mind, we will be going to co-op on Monday forenoons, taking oldest ds to cottage school Tuesday forenoons, seventh grader to band Wednesday forenoons, the whole family to Bible study on Thursday forenoons, and the oldest to another cottage school on Friday afternoons.  So we will be doing some car schooling or something.


    Math: Singapore 5b, 6a, 6b, Life of Fred Prealgebra with Physics 0

    Writing: Thinking IEW Early American, Level B (depends on co-op)

    Grammar: Rod and Staff 6

    History, Reading, Literature, Poetry, Art, Written Language (spelling, vocab, etc):  Build Your Library 5 (Early American, uses Hakim History of US 1-5)

    Science: Thinking Elemental Science Biology for the Logic Stage (depends on co-op)

    Music: Band (third year of trumpet)

    Bible: Community Bible Study (1 and 2 Corinthians)

    Thinking of starting Spanish as well.

    Also planning on a Shark Unit Study and Hobbit Unit Study via Build Your Library.

  5. We used the Sonlight version of Bksk Prek for our K level and we loved it.  Look at Winnie the Pooh, The Berenstain Bears Big Book of Science and Nature, Things People Do and Then and Now at Amazon, where you can "look inside". In my opinion it is perfect for K.  Also, Bksk K, which we used for grade one, has MUCH LESS history than you would think. We didn't particularly like the Living Long Ago book (which is used for the first 12 weeks or something), but you really could replace that with a book like Children Just Like Me which is used in BYL K and it would be fine.  There is also a certain amount of history in the Usborne Children's Encyclopedia, which we LOVED SO MUCH!  It is part of the science program as well.  We will be using BYL K for second grade along with MBTP 6-8 (which, to be honest, is pretty much only one science unit, two social studies units, one applied math unit and integrated written language.)  We will also be using Bksk 2nd grade readers and First Language Lessons, along with Singapore Math.

  6. Mine is always emotion related.  I call it "getting goosebumps".  It happens when a friend tells a particularly moving experience, when I see someone helpless rescued from grave danger on the news, sometimes in church services, and during very moving performances, even at graduations, when they play Pomp and Circumstance. Or during the recessional at a wedding.

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  7. Hits:  R&S English, done HOD style, mostly orally (I assign about 12 sentences or problems of written work daily)

              IEW Medieval History Writing, and the Elegant Essay (I just used portions of this one)

              Plato Learning Middle School Science- he did this completely independently

              Jacobs Algebra (it got done, but he forgot it over his ninth grade year!  Going to review over summer before Algebra 2)

              Truthquest History- This is the way I would have wanted to learn history- just revel in real books and conversation with a sprinkling of writing.

              Words Aptly Spoken Literature (From Classical Conversations Challenge A)- love the discussion questions

              Dictation from HOD (also found on google books, Dictation Day By Day by Kate Wegenen)

              HOD Resurrection to Reformation (not crazy about some of the titles.  Skipped A Child's Geography in science)  I love the narration, storytime,           independent history study, research, geography, notebooking for both science and history, and Shakespeare study.


    Misses:  AOP Lifepac LA- dry and boring and not as rigorous as I would have thought

                  Apologia Science- preachy.  Lots of pushback from thinking eldest ds.

                  Science Fusion, Module E, Dynamic Earth- dry and very difficult.

                  Mathhelp 6th grade: Duplicate lessons on different grade levels.  This program didn't give ds any confidence with the concepts.


    OK: Growing with Grammar

            Life of Fred Fractions and Decimals

            Drawn into the Heart of Reading (Ds loves reading real books, finds the worksheets annoying)

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  8. I'm with the rest of you who are  :001_unsure: about the second student joining the LOGIC stage board.


    Here is Andrew's plan for fall:


    Heart of Dakota's Creation to Christ for Science, History, Poetry, Literature, Copywork, Dictation, Content Area Writing, etc.

    HOD Drawn into the Heart of Reading

    BJU English 5

    Teaching Textbooks 6/Life of Fred Fractions

    Community Bible Study/Awana

    Homeschool Band

    Spanish or German, taught by Mom with workbooks, undecided which.

  9. In case anybody else has a seventh grader on a more average level- we will NOT be doing Algebra before 9th grade.


    Thinkwell Math 7

    Words Aptly Spoken/Creative Writing at a local cottage school

    Growing with Grammar 7

    Truthquest AHYS3/MOH1 with TQ Ancients titles (mostly SL and WP resources)

    Atelier Art

    WinterPromise Jiggle, Jostle, Jolt science

    Community Bible Study (Deuteronomy, Job, 1 Peter)

    Some kind of foreign language- not sure about this.

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