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  1. :( I find it easy to use personally. But I understand your point.
  2. I'm probably repeating what others have said, but wanted to give my input as well. Some of the resources that we have tried that just bombed for us and I would remove if I had the chance: Plaid Phonics, and Spelling Workout. Just really caused my child to hate the thought of putting a pencil to a page. They are just busywork workbooks imho. And my son really could not retain any of the lessons. They were just a waste of time and money. Other spelling programs that are a better fit are things like Sequential Spelling or the All About materials (All About Reading and All About Spelling). Also Writing Strands. Even I started to hate writing when trying to use this with my oldest. I feel these resources are sort of outdated and out of touch with most homeschooler's desire to have a natural feel in their homeschools. Some resources that I think would be great additions: Bravewriter. Pandia Press science options (just more quality secular options all around, especially in history, science, Latin, and logic) The Human Odyssey (these are just great books and can be found without subscribing to K12) Galore Park materials (especially for languages) Math Mammoth Kilgallon materials BFSU science I also find that a lot of the resources in the high school section are obscure. I just can't wrap my mind around what they are. I'd like to see more current resources for high school. Also I would love some logic resources that were from secular publishers. Other than Building Thinking Skills, finding quality logic/critical thinking books has been difficult. My kids have been turned off by the workbook type busywork of CTP resources. Basically less workbooks, and more project-based resources. I would also love to see the preschool/Kindy section revamped without the unweildy activity books that are difficult to ever implement. Although I do like Mudpies to Magnets, it is a bit outdated. Bravewriter resources such as Jot It Down or The Wand are great for this age. Also things like Five in a Row etc. There are also quite a few Montessori inspired online ebooks that can easily be implemented into a home without subscribing whole heartedly to the philosophy or the montessori school materials. There are a lot of resources for the younger ages.
  3. Very excited for this upcoming school year. Less negativity. More positivity. Less toxicity and more good times. Moving on from things that had no value is going to feel great!

  4. Farrar!!!! I don't post here on WTM much any longer, so I'm only just now seeing this. So glad you joined up! I started out the year thinking I may not like the Alliance, but as the year has gone on, I really truly love it. It is not quite like any thing else. A lot of what members are getting out of it may be invisible to other members. There's a lot of reflection, reading, journaling, and activity I do as an Alliance member that is not posted or shared in the spaces available for that. I'm sure it is the same for others. I have a real burning passion for the homeschooling lifestyle again that Julie has helped ignite. I used to just think in terms of xyz curricula and lesson plans and activities to get through. I've changed so much this year---in my personal life, in my relationships with my family and friends, in my parenting, in my perspective about homeschooing, in my own inner spirituality and self awareness. I attribute a lot of that to Julie and the readings and discussions on the Alliance. It's not a space for random trivial conversation. There's no trolling. No one- up man-ships (did I just make up a word?), no competition or comparisons or arrogance among the members who post. It's not set up as a forum. It's set up as an online classroom of sorts.And there's a feeling of real support and encouragement among the members. There's none of this "here's what you should do, I know best" kind of idea. Members aren't really posting advice and prescriptives and pats on the back for themselves, they're being REAL. It's so refreshing. As far as price, you can cancel at any time of course. But I've found that you get your money's worth in direct proportion to how seriously you take it and learn how to apply it to your specific experiences. It's not a magic Bravewriter bullet.Or as simple as opening up a curriculum manual and following the plan etc. It can be real work for yourself if you dig deep and really get to the heart of what Julie is saying. And she is there to help. I can ask nearly anything and she will be there to support and encourage. I recommend it. It's personal and authentic and honest in ways an open forum really can't be.
  5. Going to be honest. This forum and all of it's posts are visible to the general public with a Google search. So I (personally) share less. The Alliance is a private class type situation. What I and others share there will only be known to the Alliance members. There will be less "fake" and less "snark." I'm nearly positive about it. Also it's set up as a class, with readings, timestamps, discussions, rewards, and so on. It's more private and personal that a general public web forum. But ...but...but... :)I love your Bravewriter posts! I understand what you're saying, but I signed up this morning. I think everyone needs a jump start at times. i don't think it will be just for those starting out, or those needing help. I have high hopes for it being more. Just do it!!! You'll have till October 31st to get the special start price!!!
  6. I think it would be really helpful. It's a good bit of money,but I plan on doing this from Sept to next Aug. And I can cancel if it's not worth it. I cancelled our Netflix DVD plans and the Kindle Freetime subscription to make room in the budget. That way we wouldn't miss any extra money since we had been paying for those already. I have been purging so much this summer and even though we're slowly getting back into our routine, I feel there's still areas I could streamline.
  7. Anyone from the forums signing up for the Homeschool Alliance this week? I'm anxiously awaiting the registration email!!! This website is still in the works and isn't "live" yet. If you're interested you may have to email Julie at the Bravewriter website for more info. I went back and forth about trying this, but then just decided to go for it. I learned so much at the Retreat and BW is quickly becoming my go-to for language arts. I think I could stand to learn a lot this year from this kind of interaction.
  8. Please tellmy kid sthat one priviledge of being homeschooled means they don't have to get up at 6:30 in the morning!

    1. Chrysalis Academy

      Chrysalis Academy

      Maybe your kids and mine could get together and average each other out . . . mine slept till after 9 today!

  9. I'm a WRTR newbie,but i just wanted to throw into this conversation a practical way for the OP to get started without getting overwhelmed by spelling notebooks and OG spinoffs etc. I started using WRTR 4th edition (found cheap used on Amazon) near the end of this past school year. The phonograms are in the book. I simply cut those pages out of the middle of the book and then organized the phonogram cards into lessons. I paper clipped a bundle to start with, then a next bundle, then a next.I moved ones to review to the front of the box. I had already been doing phonics lessons with my ds but we weren't progressing so I wanted to try Spalding. I started from the beginning. He obviously already knew most of the first phonograms (alphabet etc) and could easily handwrite them. So we moved pretty quickly through and didn't need to review much from the beginning. But I had him practice the handwriting and tell me the sounds regardless. I did however write a few words down for him to practice reading while he learned the particular phonogram he was working on. I wanted him to see those phonograms in context. Then we started the Ayres list. We will pick it back up next week when we end our summer break. There are various instructions in how many words to give each day in the manual, I gave as many each day that my ds seemed able to do. 5-10 words were his limit before the wiggles started. I'm not really terribly concerned with how many words he can spell in one sitting. If he can do 10 to 15 I'm happy with that. Words he had a hard time reading or spelling I marked with a check and we reviewed as needed. I continued to have him read aloud some of the lessons in OPGTR (which we had been doing and he hated!). He's begun to read the OPGTR primer better now that he's had the writing/spelling practice. Visual reading alone was not enough for him. There's also a list of books in the back of WRTR to read. I started him on those and have been trying to find others of the same quality for him to practice. Mostly Dr Seuss style Beginner Books and he can now manage some of the I Can Read books (Little Bear etc). He still doesn't have great fluency or a lot of stamina,but I do feel that the spelling lists have helped tremendously. I also have him practice important sight words. I have some phonics readers of various publishers. They have their place in helping the beginning reader. I haven't even touched the spelling notebook yet, and I just completely decided I didn't care for the marking system. YMMV. This coming year I hope to finish WRTR. I only plan on going through it once, and hopefully he will be ready to start a regular spelling program this year. I still feel he needs more for phonics that are not workbook based busywork, so I will add The Wand to our year. But he is reading more, writing on his own, and making progress. For 3-4 year old child. I would simply focus on the first phonograms (alphabet etc) and really work on the handwriting skills, capital and lowercase. I really push learning to write lower case at young ages since that is what they will be reading. You can use Montessori moveable alphabets like the one found on Montessori Print Shop to help them build simple CVC words. My one complaint about WRTR (at least the 4th edition) is how disjointed it is. You really do hav eto read it with a pen in hand. And then basically re write the thing in a lesson plan game plan. It repeats instructions over and over and I find the writing very inconsistent and scattered. But once you get to the main point behind all of that and make a game plan for yourself, I found the phonograms and Ayres list were all I needed really.
  10. 7 year old with a broken arm---our summer is likely going to be boring from here on out! Poor guy!

    1. meena


      Aww, that stinks! My 8yo broke his arm at the beginning of our summer break. He got a waterproof cast liner--totally worth it. He was able to stay active and happy. Hope your little guy's arm mends quickly and easily!

    2. 8FillTheHeart


      My 4 yr old fell and severely broke her arm this week, too. Cast from shoulder to finger tips. It's going to be a long 6 weeks. No swimming and no playing in the sand, her favorite daily activities. I am praising The Lord it didn't displace and require surgery.

  11. Went to the Bravewriter Retreat this past weekend! Julie Bogart is now my homeschooling guru for life!!!!

    1. StellaM


      Would enjoy hearing about this. Any chance of a post about it ?

    2. KathyBC
    3. Walking-Iris


      Yeah I could post about it. I'll set one up in the general ed board.

  12. My least favorite part of summer? Water. Wet clothes, towels, children, dog....wetness everywhere everyday!

  13. It's nice to be friends with a high school art teacher, espicially when they surprise the kid son a rainy afternoon with two boxes full of art stuff they've found cleaning their art room at the end of the year!!

  14. Strange. I usually buy my teacher guides from Rainbow Resource and I realized the revised is Wave3. But I have some older versions that are AVKO. Honestly it's a great program, but I'll honestly say that there's no need for DVDs or student workbooks or iPad apps etc. That just muddles the simplicity of AVKO's program. I've actually decided to stop using the student guide and continue buying the old student response book as long as RR carries it. (Is there some sort of Google alert that this company has, so a rep from the company can respond on this forum that quickly? I find that a bit much. )
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