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  1. I love Reading Reflex. It is inexpensive, fun, easy to implement, and it does the job.
  2. Have you listened to SWB's talk on teaching elementary writing? It's available on her website for a few dollars and is very comforting and encouraging and worth a listen. My second son is now half way through fourth grade and we are just beginning level 4. He still has a tough time remembering dictation even though he is a great speller and reader. A lot of times he is very close but changes words (that still make sense) or paraphrases what I read to him. I have started taking the longer dictations one sentence at a time because it doesn't help either of us he freaks out. I'd rather take it slowly and let him gain confidence and go from there. If we are having a particularly rough day, I let him do copywork that day and try again the next. One thing I have noticed that helps him, and I think SWB suggested it in the talk I referenced, is to have him close his eyes and picture the words as he repeats them to me. My first child could repeat every word verbatim and write it since level one, so this has definitely been a learning experience for me. It definitely shows there are all different types of learners. Good luck!
  3. I'm pretty excited for a bit more independent work this year! Language Arts: WWS1 Paragraphs for Middle School by Killgallon Analytical Grammar Vocabulary from Classical Roots A Getty Dubay Handwriting D-E Math: Singapore 5B, 6A, and 6B Science: Aristotle Leads the Way History: History Odyssey Middle Ages Level 2 (hoping to cover geography and literature here) Latin: Getting Started with Latin? Fine Arts: Atelier Guitar lessons Logic: Mind Benders Red Herring Mysteries
  4. I *still* hold my pencil "incorrectly" at 34, and my handwriting is some of the neatest you'll ever see.
  5. It looks something like this in our house: http://happyhomeschoolhippies.blogspot.com/2011/09/following-science-curriculum.html
  6. I really just cannot get in a groove with it. We just finished level 2 and my son loves it, but I feel like my implementation is lacking. I'm wondering if I find it odd because we started at the beginning, way below his level. Or if it is trying to manage all the different components, when all we really need is the book, a dry erase board, and a marker. Or maybe it has to do with the baby that fusses whenever w try to do it. :tongue_smilie: Will it get better when we move to more challenging territory? Do you have any implementation suggestions? Would it be bad to drop the cards and tiles, or will the visual aspect be important as we progress? :bigear:
  7. Ours goes along with our history study of the Middle Ages: (1)*Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (2)*Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (3)*A Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli (4)*Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (5)*The Castle Diary of Tobias Burgess, by Platt (6)*Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman (7)*Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (8)*The Great and Terrible Quest by Lovett (9)*A Single Shard by Park (10)Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly and Janina (11)White Stag by Kate Seredy (12) Proud taste for Scarlet and Miniver Read aloud: *Canterbury Tales retold by Geraldine McCaughrean *Castle by David Macaulay *Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney *Book of Norse Myths by the D’ Aulaire’s *Marguerite Makes A Book by Bruce Robertson and Kathryn Hewitt *Good Masters, Sweet Ladies *Tales from Shakespeare-various
  8. All of those are teacher intensive. Are you doing the same level for both of them?
  9. Whoa! :001_huh: Thanks for the heads-up. I'm taking this one off my wish list.
  10. I probably won't be terribly helpful because I only go through this with one child, but I can give you time ideas that might help since I use much of the same. For my 8yo ds doing level 2 on all of these: Singapore takes about 30 minutes total with instruction and work. WWE, if split into 4 days, takes less than 10 minutes. We do AAS in chunks instead of x days per week. We do one day for 4 lessons. At least for level 2. We will keep doing it this way until it gets challenging for him. FLL we do several lessons per day and spend maybe 20 minutes. HWT he does 2 pages twice per week and I do look over his shoulder. It takes five minutes, maybe ten if he's struggling and I have to review the how to. Hope that helps!
  11. We started in second grade and I feel we are right on schedule (whatever that is). My ds read a lot during first grade, but it was all his choice. My husband and I read some books when he did and discussed them with him. I just feel at 5, 6, and 7, play is still the most important part of a child's education and with his free reading and our reading aloud we seemed to accomplish a great deal.
  12. I like it! I'm going to use it for my rising 3rd grader soon. I think I'll use the TG on my iPad and only print up the states sheets. We won't do copy work here and we'll do dictation or narration on blank paper.
  13. We are starting OM1 with our 5.5 y/o. We'll probably go through the letters quickly...read the fairy tales, draw the letters. We will slow down when we get to word families. I'm using it for LA, social studies, and science. We will be using Singapore for Math. In the late winter or spring we will be ready to move into FLL1 I believe. I plan on spreading out the science and social studies though.
  14. If you buy on Amazon, the workbook is cheaper than the PDF...and you don't have to print copies yourself. I have four who will eventually go through it and I still think with the cost of ink, paper, and time, it is cheaper to buy the hard copy each time. Unfortunately. :glare:
  15. I would leave the wood and choose a bight robin's egg blue for the top. White is so hard to keep clean.
  16. I just started following everyone here. :) Off to make a new homeschooling room board. Here's my sort of disorganized boards: http://pinterest.com/chansemama/
  17. Wow! I'm impressed. Now to figure out how to make time for this...
  18. I wrote place values on Connectagons...we can still use them for building. I think we used them once or twice in 2B.
  19. Lovely! I like the name/peg things. What are they for?
  20. What do I need to use OM for Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts only? Ds5 is not ready for TWTM rotation maturity-wise yet, however his knowledge base is above the "typical" K level (if that makes sense). It seems OM would be a perfect fit for his personality and learning style right now.
  21. My kids love it and it doesn't bother me. Of course I have no rhythm and can't keep a beat. I guess you could say I can barely listen to music correctly, let alone make it.
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