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Mrs Twain

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    Horizons Math
    Dolciani Pre-Algebra 1988
    Rod and Staff English
    Daily Editing (Evan Moor)
    Rod and Staff Spelling
    Maxwell's School Composition for Use in Higher Grammar Classes
    Maxwell's Writing in English
    IEW SWI and SICC DVD programs
    Mystery Science online
    BJU Science video courses 6-8th grades
    A Child's History of the World (Hillyer)
    A Child's History of Art (Hillyer)
    A Child's Geography of the World (Hillyer)
    History books by Edward Eggleston
    U.S. History Detective workbooks (CTC)
    Lapbooks from Hands of a Child
    Uncle Eric books
    Mind Benders
    Balance Benders
    Fallacy Detective
    HWOT Cursive workbook
    Evan-Moor Daily Reading Comprehension
    Maps, Charts, and Graphs workbooks
    Map the Whole World e-books
    Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary Workshop
    Word Wealth Junior
    Audio books for the car
    Classical Conversations memory work
    Khan Academy free SAT practice

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  1. Thank you! i used 100 Easy Lessons to teach all my kids to read. It is an awesome and economical resource.
  2. I agree that there has to be one-on-one teaching with the young kids. I used to have a general aim of one hour per grade level per day of seat work (i.e: one hour total for first grade, two hours for second grade, etc.). The parents (or maybe a grandparent in some cases) will need to find time to give this individual attention, at least for the younger kids. I suppose I am asking for suggestions for all-in-one resources, as in options for open-and-go programs these parents could use to do school this year that would help their children make progress and stay on track. These options will certainly not be the most rigorous or personalized, but they would be better than the abysmal DL offering from the public schools. I would like to give these parents a (short) list of programs that are of decent quality to choose from to simplify their decision. In any case (doing homeschool or online public school), they will need to figure out how to get the assignments done on a daily basis.
  3. Any options for these grade levels? K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
  4. Excellent! Thank you very much. I will look into these options.
  5. Thanks so much for this feedback. This is exactly the situation my friends have at the moment. It is not the situation they would prefer, but they need a way for their kids to make progress this school year.
  6. Various ages. I am looking for options for anything K-8. Thanks!
  7. Apologies if this has already been asked and answered...If so, please tell me where. Hello, old friends! I haven't been on the boards for a while, but I'm back mostly due to acquaintances who are looking for better options than public school distance online. These are parents who work full-time and who are looking for complete programs, either online or a grade in a box. At this point, they don't have the time to research and piece together their own programs. Of course, I would never say this is an ideal approach to education, so I don't necessarily want to debate that point. However, I do think this could be significantly better than public school distance learning, at least for grades K-8 for the 2020-2021 school year. Any ideas about what could work for complete online school or options for school-in-a-box for full-time working parents?
  8. I disagree on the points that IEW plateaus after a couple of years and doesn’t encourage original thought. It is after the first couple of years of IEW that the student’s writing starts to noticeably improve and skill development begins to accelerate. They transition from using the checklist as the focus of their writing to using the checklist principles naturally. If you get into the higher levels of IEW, you will observe this development in your student.
  9. For the last three years, I have been using this program to teach my kids to draw all the countries of the world ( see link below). I bought the PDF and printed it out to keep in a notebook. Then we learn to draw one continent at a time. In your case, you could do this and then add more by having your student look in an atlas and add features to the maps—river, mountains, capitals, etc.
  10. Another option (if you don’t mind spending a lot of money) is Johns Hopkins CTY program. You child has to test into it to be able to enroll in classes, but the ones my daughter has taken from them in middle school have been excellent. They are secular, of course.
  11. We use BJU distance learning online for grades 6-8. These are the best science programs I have seen for middle school. This year our third child started the earth science program. (If a program makes it to my third kid, then I know it is definitely good.) These courses are in-depth and thorough, and they make my life so much easier.
  12. For K-2 writing, I mostly had my kids do journal writing. I bought paper or journals from Miller Pads and Paper—the paper that has a blank top half and a lined lower half. Each day I had my kids write one or more sentences and draw a picture to go with it. I helped them correct the grammar so that the sentences started with a capital letter, ended with proper punctuation, and were a complete thought. I also had my kids correct all the spelling mistakes. If they wanted to know how to spell a word for their sentence(s), they brought me a white board or piece of paper. Then I wrote the word down, and they copied it into their journal writing. In addition, I had them complete handwriting workbooks to practice their penmanship. This was good writing practice for k-1. Of note, the journal writing makes an excellent keepsake. We still enjoy looking back at their old journals! In second grade, my kids started Rod and Staff English as our grammar program and wrote longer journals (on journal paper that had more lines/narrower lines than the K-1 paper). After this my kids started IEW SWI-A in third grade.
  13. The Complete Book of Maps and Geography is my favorite workbook for that age even though it is labeled grades 3-6.
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