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  1. This year I'm using a mix of my own for actual planning, and Homeschool Tracker for scheduling (with paper scheulers, I end up re-writing things I already wrote or having to arrow back to another day, as we school year round as days off just appear, we don't get much notice for them, lol. Basically my full life system (as homeschool intermingles with it everywhere) is: -File Crate System (set up like Dawns, clipart and sayings on outer sheet have been customised for me (by me, lol), inside folders contain pieces for that week like bills, tickets, etc, PLUS a set of sheets I use each week that I printed out like a Meal Planner (full daily including all snacks) & Hubbys full todo list - saves me nagging at him about it, I also use whatsapp to send him the list daily, and I update and change it. (both of which go on fridge), the end week of each month also contains a monthly planner sheet which I fill out from my planner selected pieces and this also goes on the fridge, so my family know what is coming up for the month. There is also a weekly schedule agendy and a week to view sheets, but I think I might be incorporating those back into my planner. There is also the homelearning inner sheet like Dawn has, but I am not using that full right now, I'll see how I am with it in another few months, I'm not really getting time to sit down and feel out my week, as its crazy hectic here right now. -Homeschool Tracker Online. This schedules all the lessons out for me, but doesn't have the actual lesson plans on them. Its just too hectic to re-write things, so HST allows me to push things, and add new days off for medical appointments etc (I have two kids with t1 diabetes, a SN son, I have CFS and other dramas, and my husband has back problems, so murphys law and all that, lol). -Binders. - I have binders for the Kids with daily dividers (1-5) and 6 binders each containing 6 weeks of lesson stuff. So each week, I pull out the stuff behind that weeks divider and divide it behind the day dividers in the smaller binders. -My binder. This contains a quote I really like at the front and the sections are" *Lessons - Which contain the lessons/curricula I've actually made up myself and plans for that, so I know what to do for those subjects, plus things like Harmony Fine Arts plans and the current months daily writing from Schoolhouse Teachers etc. *Days 1-5 (as above) *Schedules - Which contain at a glance calendars for me, big month to a view layouts so that every month I can lay out my ideal month (not that it neccessarily goes that way, but I like to see the larger overall goal to aspire too ;) And daily routines/chores/cleaning zones etc. *Checklists. This has my supplies lists and subject checklists, at hte end of the week I can tick all the lessons done for each subject just so I can keep an eye on things and make sure nothing is flying under the radar. It has has a Rea the bible in a year checklist. *Curricula - Has my current curriculum and resources list, future curriculum, and a wishlist. *Notes - Long Slender notes & Todo Lists. I also have a legal pad at the back of the binder. *A5 Schedule Book - I made this myself as I couldnt find anything close to what I wanted (pretty & functional 15 minute schedule/appointment book.) It has a gussied up cover, some silly pictures of my family, A really long pull out Year planner from Frankling Covey, and the meat of the book is my 15m schduler that goes from 6:30am to 11:30pm, it has four coloumns, to a view, two colums to a page, the last coloumn on the right hand side is blank, for me to jot notes needed for that day., at the back I have a flip out (on cardstock) Mothers-Rule of Life schedule plan for the day, I look to that in the morning and then plan out my day accordingly. At the back I have a pouch to put pieces needed for that week, and HST plans etc. Lastly *Moleskine - I use a Large Softcover Moleskine, and use it like a Bullet Journal, with calendars and tasks list for each month in the front, ongoing to do list, and special pages for projects etc. So each piece contains some sort of planning/organizing for school purposes.
  2. LA: Bravewriter Lifestyle + SchoolhouseTeachers Math: Dynamo Math + Math on the Level + Cyberchase + Living Books Science: Chcs Behold and See + BFSU + Random unit studies (science loving kid) Unit Studies: Dipping in and out of Konos. History: Story of the World Bible: SchoolhouseTeachers Plus random other bits and pieces, and things,Ive probably forgotten, lol
  3. My plan actually starts now. I am in Australia, so start in January/February. So I'm always posting on some 'tween thread, that is never actually the right timeframe. So by the time I'm "planning" my following year, there are no threads on current curriculum as people have only started their school year (in about Oct is when I slowly start figuring out following years plan)
  4. Math: Singapore Math Standards Edition + Challenging Word Problems + Fan-Math Language Arts: YOUNGER TWO: Homeschool Australia's Learn to Read, Write & Spell Kits. Bravewriter Lifestyle + Jot It Down. OLDEST: Bravewriter Lifestyle + Partnership in Writing. History, Science, Social Studies etc: KONOS Volumes Aboriginal Studies/Australian History: Crackerjack Education Art: Discovering Great Artists by Maryann Kohl Health: Healthy Living from the Start (Oak Meadow) Home Ec (Eldest): Lessons in Responsibility for Girls Technologies (Eldest): Digital Camera + Photo - Editing Software
  5. Maela, Sorry for the late reply! I've include the list of books I'm reading as part of our Family UU Studies, they are just books I feel the kids are ready for and suit them at their current level. As for GVS, this is my first year with it, but I love it, it very much suits us. Here's my new layout: Family * Oak Meadow Circle Time (Verses, Poetry, Movement etc) * My UU Studies Booklist (these reflect our values, studies, beliefs and interest in other religions): - Many Ways: How Families Practice their Beliefs - Accept and Value Each Person - Picture Book of Louis Braille - Mother Theresa: An Alms Bowl - Unitarian Universalism is a Really Long Name - Gregor Mendel: The Friar who grew Peas - Grandad's Prayers for the Earth - Tower of Babel - Greengard - Mr Goethe's Garden - Joseph the Dreamer - Greengard - Lech Lecha - Greengard - My Princess Boy - It's Okay to Be Different - Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays - Miniature Stories of the Saints - Meet Jesus: The Life and Lessons of a Beloved Teacher - Maria Montessori: A Child's Biography - Picture Book of Saints - Bang: How we came to be - One Beetle too Many - It's Not the Stork: A Book about boys, girls, babies, bodies, families and friends Also we watch Animal Cops, Animal Documentaries and History Channel stuff together and chat about it. Atlas: With her, I am more just concentrating on exposure, than contemplation or memorisation. *DIY Language Arts (Its actually turned out very similar to Oak Meadow G3 LA, lol. If I had known, I would of just used that, but I had already made up my own more personalized version) - Musical Selections taken from Harmony Fine Arts program (used for dancing during Circle Time) - Shared Reading List (take turns reading passages) ~ The Rainbow Serpent ~ Flat Stanley ~ Little House in the Big Woods ~ Anne of Green Gables ~ Seven Little Australians ~ Heidi - Optional Journal Time & Silent Reading (she writes in her journal and has reading time to herself everyday anyone, I just scheduled it in as an optional independant activity so I can do things with my younger ones) - Poetry Books ~ When we were very young ~ Now we are six ~ A Child's Garden of Verses - Recitations/Memorisations (stuff she needs to work on, Full Name, Address, skip counting etc) - Day of the Week (Monday - Oral Storytelling (I become the typist for her), Friday "Freewrite" (this has been altered a bit for fun for her and timesaving for me, I just a bunch of pre-done a4 sheet prompts, from what ifs? to easter bunny work applications etc) - Copywork/Handwriting (I used Homeschooling Downunders Copywork & Handwriting books) - Bravewriter Lifestyle & Jot It Down projects (although, again, I tweaked the projects more for exposure and her handwriting level) *Math - Math on the Level * Read Alouds - Story of the World - Wonderland of Nature - A Cry from Egypt - Human Body Detectives - Me on the Map - Our Sunburnt Country * Extras: - Earthschooling/Bearth Institute Grade 3 blocks (exluding Math & LA) - Farming Project - Whole Family Rhythms SouthernHemisphere - DIY Human Body Unit *Human Body Unit (Uses Usborne Complete Internet-Linked book of the Human Body as the Spine) BODY BUILDING BLOCKS Your Amazing Body • Read: Usborne Book pg 8 “Your Amazing Body†• Watch/Play: The Human Body by Tinybop app • Do: Outline for My Body Book by Teacher Created Body Systems • Read; Usborne Book pg 10 “Body Systems†• Watch/Play: Schoolhouse Rock – The Body Machine (Youtube) • Do: Syrendell Body Outlines (Syrendell on Etsy - Anatomy for Kids eBook) • My Body: My Face Cells • Read: Usborne Book pg 12: “Cells†• Watch/Play; Cell vs. virus: A battle for health - Shannon Stiles (Youtube) • Do: Edible Cell Activity (Google) • My Book: My Cells Genes and DNA • Read: Usborne Book pg 14 “Genes and DNA†• Watch/Play: Bill Nye Genes and DNA (Youtube) • Do: Strawberry DNA Experiment (Google) MUSCLES AND BONES The Skeleton • Read: Usborne Book pg 18: “The Skeleton†• Watch/Play: Schoolhouse Rock – Them Not So Dry Bones (Youtube) • Do: Backbone Activity ( activity) • Book: You can’t see your bones • My Body; My Skeleton Joints • Read: Usborne Book “Joints†• Watch/Play: Learnwith Khan – Body Movements – Joints and their Types (Youtube) • Do: Ball Joint & Synovial Fluid Activity (Nuturing the Tender Years blog) Muscles and Tendons • Read: Usborne Book “Muscles and Tendons†• Watch/Learn: Muscular System – Kidshealth,org (Youtube) • Do: Tendon/Muscle Activity (Aclassofone blog) • My Body: My Muscles How Muscles Work • Read: Usborne Book “How Muscles Work†Moving without Thinking • Read: Usborne Book “Moving without Thinking†Reflexes • Read: Usborne Book “ Reflexes†SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS What is Skin? • Read: What is Skin? • Watch/Play; Layers of the Skin – (Youtube) • Do; Skin Layer Cake (Google) • My Body: My Skin Skin Changes • Read: Skin Changes • Watch/Play: How a Woud heals Itself – Sarthak Sinha (Youtube) • Do: Blister Experiment (Spelloutloud?) Hair and Nails • Read: Hair and Nails • Watch/Play: Learn Grade 3: Hair and Nails – KidsClassroom (Youtube) • Do: Cut Hair and Nails THE BRAIN AND THE SENSES Your Amazing Brain • Read; Your Amazing Brain • Watch/Play; Learn about the Brain – School Science for Kids – Braintofu • Do: Brain Hat Activity (Ellen McHenry) How the Brain Works • Read; How the Brain Works • Watch/Play: Brain – Human Body Parts – Magicbox Animation (Youtube) • Do: Playdough Brain (Google) • My Body: My Brain Seeing • Read: Seeing • Watch/Play: 5 Senses Human Body – Make Me Genius (Youtube) • Do: Light Box (DIY Lightbox) • Book: How your senses work • My Body: My Eyes Hearing • Read; Hearing • My Body: My Ears Tasting and Smelling • Read: Tasting and Smelling • Do: Scented Paint (google DIY) • Book: My Five Senses – Aliki • My Body: My Nose • My Body: My Tongue Sensation and Pain • Read: Sensation and Smelling • Do: Go Eat Dirt (oreo dirt snack) • Book: My Feet • Book: My Hands Thinking • Read: Thinking • Do: Backyard Scavenger (Photos of outside places and print, kids have to go find where photo was taken) Fooling Your Brain • Read: Fooling Your Brain BREATHING AND CIRCULATION Breathing Equipment • Read; Breathing Equipment • Watch/Play: How do my Lungs Work? – HooplaKidz (Youtube) • Do: Lung Model Inside Your Lungs • Read: Inside Your Lungs • Watch/Play: What’s Inside the Lungs – Dissection – Bristol Science Centre (Youtube) • My Body: My Lungs The Heart • Read: The Heart • Watch/Play: How Your Heart works – (Youtube) • Do: Heart Dissection • My Body: My Heart Circulation • Read: Circulation In the Blood • Read: In the Blood • Watch/Play: Blood – Body Parts Kids – Magicbox Animation (Youtube) • Do: Make Blood Activity (parts of the blood) The Lymphatic System • Read: The Lymphatic System • Watch/Play: Soopr Kids What is the Lymphatic System? (Youtube) EATING AND DRINKING Taking in Food • Read: Taking in Food • Watch/Play: Digestive System – (Youtube) • Do: Digestive Activity (Plenty of different ones around) • My Body: My Gall Baldder • My Body: My Liver In Your Stomach • Read: In Your Stomach • My Body: My Stomach In the Intestines • Read: In the Intestines • My Body: My Small Intestines • My Body: My Large Intestines Waste • Read: Waste • My Body: My Kidneys • My Body: My Bladder HEALTH AND MEDICINE Health and Sickness • Read: Health and Sickness • Watch/Play: Guide to Type 1 Diabetes – Lifeforachild (Youtube) • Book: Dido has Diabetes • Book: Rufus comes Home • Book: A cavity is a hole in your tooth • Book: Why can’t I have cake for Dinner? • Book: Everybody Move your feet! • Book: Sleep is for Everyone • My Body: My Pancreas Diseases • Read: Diseases • Watch/Play: Kids Singing about Disease – All of these Videos (Youtube) • Do: Moldy Bread Actviity (plenty of info around) • Book: I’m really ever not so well The Immune System • Read: The Immune System • Watch/Play: Immune System – (Youtube) • Do: Glitter Germs (plenty of info around) • Book: What Makes You Ill? Drugs and Treatments • Read: Drugs and Treatments • My Body: My Spleen Operations • Read; Operations • Watch/Play: Jasmine goes to operating theatre (Youtube) • Do: Operation Games Complementary Medicine • Read: Complementary Medicine BODY CHANGES SKIP THIS- • Book: I am Growing • Book: I’m Growing – Aliki • My Body: My Reproductive Organs • My Body: Put Together
  6. I second Logic of English Foundations. Its between those two, has the feel of Writing Road to Reading, but is fun and perfect for little kids, it also has a couple of moving activities, and moving=remembering :) Only reason I didn't end up using mine was the thing that gets me on most Phonics programs - pronounciation and letter sounds (i.e. a has 3 sounds in american english, 5 in australian english, and goodness know how many in my mixed up accent, my accent isn't stable, so it stuffs up phonics programs for my kids lol, I have to outsource.)
  7. The requirements are usually pretty low. In most states where its required you can get away with a few simple "lessons" covering the hours requested. A better option is having a clipboard available, and just log down each time you did something "health' related (re-explained how to brush, reminded them to wash their hands, answered a question about reproduction, did a simple study on handheld vs "sterile" bread in jars, out some mcdonalds fries in jars and documented, went to a dentist check-up, learnt how to chop vegetables, learnt how to understand nutritional info on packaging, etc etc). If you want a curriculum get some 'For dummies" books i.e. (Nutrition, clean eating, fitness, workouts, anatomy & physiology, superfoods etc), I have the Diabetes one, and plan to make up a unit from that. Because of my kids, most of my "health" units are based around diabetes (math nutritional calculations, insuin requirements, understanding packaging, foot care, finger care, maintenance of diabetic tools, anatomy and physiology and the Pancreas, current medical news and findings, eye care and checkups, and so on and so forth) for my son it means understanding nutrition, personal hygiene, and putting on weight, What I mean is the best health curriculum is intensely personal and directly related to the current state of the child. If they are smelling funky, work on personal hygiene stations and getting independant with things (including laundry) if they are quite stationary, work on getting them to understand how their body works, and what being at peak and non-peak physical fitness means to their body and its inner workings. If they aren't drinking enough water, show how water is used and works inside their bodies and why their bodies need it to function at their best, if they are too careless with their bodies during sports, show how to care for your body and fix & prevent injuries, and what unfixed/unprevented sports injuries can do to people later in life (and in the here and now, looking towards an older version of themselves is too distant, its not relatable enough for them, children most understand immediate consequences (although you can work this into distant consequences, dancer doesn't take care of her foot, she will never be a prima ballerina - distant, doesn't take care of her foot, no point in trying out for the academy tommorrow (because it will be hurt by the time she gets close to prima status) - immediate. If you want lists, keep clipbaord or planner/filofax/notepad around, and just be aware of your child, then you'll notice things in the health arena that need improving, note them down, then just work on one area at a time. Working on it can be as simple as having a little conversation, if you want review or to make sure he follows through, note it down for a review date on the calendar, when that review pops up, you can note whether you need to proceed further with that "Study" or the child has gotten it.
  8. My ASD son is very much into 'Done two!, One more to go' type view of things :p So since we are moving onto something more complicated, I was thinking of having a clipboard chart that is like a pictorial Sue Dengate Workbox type thing, even though only a small fraction of his day is DIY, or maybe a MOTH type pictorial schedule that would include everyone for the day, with a way to add/remove done ones/change the schedule.(I can never get velcro to stick to lamination, even with a hot glue gun lol). Anybody have any ideas? I do have an IPAD (but its an original 1) but would prefer something paper that doesn't require charging and is always viewable. I had planned to do a moth type schedule (5 different ones for each day of school) so I can jump between each person anyway. Thoughts?
  9. My ASD son is very much into 'Done two!, One more to go' type view of things :p So since we are moving onto something more complicated, I was thinking of having a clipboard chart that is like a pictorial Sue Dengate Workbox type thing, even though only a small fraction of his day is DIY, or maybe a MOTH type pictorial schedule that would include everyone for the day, with a way to add/remove done ones/change the schedule.(I can never get velcro to stick to lamination, even with a hot glue gun lol). Anybody have any ideas? I do have an IPAD (but its an original 1) but would prefer something paper that doesn't require charging and is always viewable. I had planned to do a moth type schedule (5 different ones for each day of school) so I can jump between each person anyway. Thoughts?
  10. Last day to grab some bundles! I broke down and purchased three bundles: - Moms #2 (for the Luke Lists for my son) - Girls (For the American Girls History & Creative writing made easy for my eldest) - Unit Studies (the the Charlotte Mason Seminar kit)
  11. Gosh, they are all used pretty quickly! I might just have to see if I can swing the supplies from the get go. (I normally buy supplies 6-9 weeks in advance that aren't perishable) .. Thank you! :)
  12. Does any have a supply/needed materials list organized BY LESSON for this book? I just ordered it from Christian Books, but since I am overseas,, it'll take 2-6 weeks to arrive, and I'm writing up the schedule for that child now. I include supply lists and notes with my schedules, so I don't have to purchase everything at once, but have everything pre-organized. Thanks to anyone who can help. All I could find is the art supply pack, which would just tell me total stuff needed, and I don't have the money to purchase everything right now (just had to get a big load of firewood and replace the pump to our back tank, so pretty broke, lol)
  13. BUMP :) has anyone seen a sample anywhere? :confused1:
  14. Montessori, Unit Studies, Konos. Konos & Montessori we had to stop doing as we had to have more of a schedule due to outside sources. Unit studies I am just starting to get back into. T4L for helping me in a bad time.
  15. Mine will be 10 in December. I had tried every program with her under the sun. 6+ months ago, it finally clicked, and that was after I backed away. She's reading about a 5-8th grade (gosh reading grades vary so much by site) - or 830L+ level for more challenging reading. I seriously saw all these kids on here reading about 4,5 etc, and I was pretty much in tears, thinking I did something wrong, until my daughter started becoming very frustrated and I backed off. I keep a well stocked library of all sorts of books available, and a comfy area, and she was moved from her curennt program (Reading Bears?) to Montessori/Unschooling. After a bit of that, she was moved over to T4L at a Kindergarten level (by then, she was already reading about a 2nd grade level - about 3 months ago) and just fast-tracked her (still doing so) and she's upto near beginning 2nd Grade LA now, and reading at her current level listed above. I should mention I don't get her to read outloud, but because she has a younger sister, she will just read outloud to her voluntarily, a gentle environment. I will ask her how her book was, and can I know what is what about? so I cna gauge whether she understood it, and how much she liked it etc. For the moment this is working for us. I'm not saying you shouldn't get your child tested, you know your child best. I just wanted to say there is light at the end of the tunnel <3
  16. I use a Personal Planner my eldest. It lists all her daily tasks, and she does them. Before that I used a Well Planned Day Student Planner, before that a simple spiral notebook. I use it right now for her independant stuff, but I was thinking of adding mum-stuff to their, so she knows what to expect. The PP one also allows customisation, so I could have special events in there, daily weather charts, places for her to scribble notes etc.
  17. Language Arts: Time 4 Learning & Time 4 Writing Science Basics; Time4Learning & Science4us Reading: She choose books + Scribd Unlimited Religious; UU Books Art: Creativity Express Math; Math on the Level Penmanship/Handwriting; Journal & Storybook History; Unsure right now, still deciding, she might follow along with her Sister. She does T4L Social Studies as well. Mopup curriculum; Global Village Unit Studies, chosen by her: Human Body Detectives (full series curricula), Guest Hollow Human Body Science, Hogwarts SCS Studies. Edited to add: Oh, we might do McHenry's the Brain as well, depending on time and interest ;D I think that pretty much covers it. Probably something I have missed ;p
  18. LA, Math & Science, Social Studies. Or in homeschool speak: Phonics Reading Grammar Writing Handwriting & Typing Maths History Geography or some sort Science. And Science, History, Geography can be as simple or as in depth as time allows. Those would be my basics for Primary/Elementary.
  19. Phonics: Outsourcing (T4L, Reading Eggs, Easy Peasy or similar) - I have 3 different accents for words (Aussie, British, and US), so I make big mistakes when trying to teach Phonics, so I outsource it to a speaking program thats not me :p Extra goodies to come from GVS Math: Unsure on this. Either GVS suggestion, T4L/Mathseeds (although I'd rather not use an online program for her, she's a worksheet gal), Math on the Level etc. I might end up teaching her anything she needs to know before moving her to Math Mammoth 1. I'll need a couple more weeks to iron out Maths. She's doing Mathseeds for the moment. General Other Stuff: GVS suggestions. She was doing Science 4 Us, but its a bit over her head since shes a paper and "help mom" type girl.
  20. I thought the one I tried (Darwin) was quite cute. Unfortunately, whilst the kids don't mind me reading picture books ocassionally, they aren't into me reading out books. They will listen to their father read out long stories of a night (right now they are going through the entire Harry Potter series, before that it was American Girl stories), so unfortunately, not matter how much I like the idea of classical, I can only include bits and pieces and ideas of such into our curricula. My eldest is a big reader and will read a lot of interesting books on her own of her choice (quite good choices), but she doesn't like assigned reading books, and right now I think its better for her to have a love of reading, so she has a scribd unlimited subscription as well. So she likes independant, straight forward "unboring" type stuff and for math has lessons with me, my son does straight Time 4 learning and Science 4 us as it works for him right now to be as independant as possible otherwise he relies on me as a crutch to figure out answers. My youngest prefers doing school with me over computer or literature based schooling and loves worksheets, So I'm transferring her over to that. In other words, none fit the classical mold (cue sad violin music), but if we were, BYL seems like a nice "slightly" boxed version of WTM. I would probably still prefer to just to WTM method over boxed, as I like to tweak and present things my own way, but it's a nice alternative that seems fun. As for typos, I make them myself, and people stalk around correcting me, so I can't really comment on that part. If I see a typo, I mentally correct it, and move on. It's a teaching guide so a few typos or index dramas don't bother me, if a novel contains multiple mistakes, sometimes that can drive me crazy, but a guide doesn't bother me much.
  21. I found a blog where the lady shows the front of the Binder-Builder Lapbook for Science in the Beginning and directs you to a Journey through Learning, but the only mention I can find of this lapbook on the business site is a quick blog spot mention last year at some point of the owner saying she was making it, no sign of the actual lapbook anywhere.
  22. Just listening in. Mortenson math intrigued me, coming from a House of Ramone thread, but both their website & stuff looked really cheap and they wanted insane dollars for it :lurk5:
  23. A lot of people use Miquon as a supplement to their math program (same as quite a number just use the Math Card Games from Rightstart). I was coming in to suggest Rightstart as well, but I'm a little bias ;) One thing I would suggest is if you went with Rightstart, to wait a bit before adding Miquon. The author of Rightstart suggests not using something like coloured rods as a supplement for the confusion factor. Since I already have Miquon (plus nearly every other math available pmsl) I'm just going to use it a little bit further down the road than you normally would. It adds a change of angle, so all I am waiting on is to get past the basics in RS, so as not to cause this confusion. Challenging Word Problems from Singapore is something people from many different math programs add in. So even if you don't use a particular program, there is usually always ways to add in the flavour of another curricula. I haven't really heard of people combining MM & Miquon, but I think thats because the MM people tend to stay quiet about what they are using, lol. My daughter does Math Mammoth, Singapore and MEP for fun, I don't really have anything to do with those programs anymore, she just asks me ocassionally what to do on a particular page if she can't figure it out. MEP is downloadable/printable and free. CSMP is the same (its more living/story math, combined with this cool little paper calculator. My daughter doesn't like story math and the site confused me, otherwise I would of added it, if only as another thing for her to do in her spare time (on this endeavour, a proclick has been super helpful. I just keep making up books for her, and leaving them in her schoolbox). She likes MEP, but prefers when I do the lesson with her, so it doesn't get done much. Math mammoth she loves (I think we have the whole site except the light green worksheets & the Make-It-Real math) so she always has 2 books of varying stuff printed out (usually her grade, plus 1-2 topic/others). Singapore I had problems with her relying on finger counting and when adding starting from the very beginning, so we dropped that. I left the workbook she was on at the time in her box, and she does a page of it every now and again. Miquon, I'm sure they would love, but because it clashes with RS, I've had to just leave it alone for the moment. Miquon I think is a program with a bit of a learning curve, its not simple open and go (although will pretty much be once you have finally started). You have to read through the first grade diary & the other one (brains fuzzy on titles) then use the annotations? the big book to help you with the sheets. Rightstart Math as the person above said, is from an ex-Montessori lady. So has a touch of Montessori flavour, as well as a lot of research having gone into the program. It relies slightly on sight grouping. I think its a brilliant program. Its very much open and go, is partially scripted, and lots of fun. If you are wanting to stay with Montessori Math, perhaps look into something like Shiller Math? I have the digital versions of both kits I got awhile ago (one of those weird purchases I make every now and again) it really confused me and I couldn't make heads or tails of it, but I have heard great things about it, and perhaps coming from a Montessori background yourself, you might understand it a lot better than I did (I think I thought it was something a lot different than what it was, so its my fault, not the product). If you are liking the idea of Singapore Math, and perhaps want to have a read into it (a lot of people would suggest reading this book no matter what) There is Liping Ma's Knowing & Teaching Elementary Mathematics. Another idea if your children like story format, is Waldorf Math, Life of Fred, or Queen Homeschool Math. These all use stories as their basis for teaching math. A couple of waldorf math places - Christopherus, Hunter (forum poster) has a link to two South African Waldorf math places with downloadable PDFs I think, Journey through Waldorf Math (I think thats what the next one is called), Oak Meadow (Waldorf inspired, but the levels I looked at used Dorothy Harrer as basis for Math, which counts it as close to waldorf math in my mind), and One using the idea of Waldorf as well as the United Nations school (I think of it as Scientific Waldorf) is Enki Education. Theres also books that more serve as guides like Maximum Math (kathryn Stout), Kitchen Table Math, Math on the Level, One-to-One Homeschooling (covers nearly everything, including math, and has a fantastic little handwriting section). Then you have online/screen Math, like Math Rider (horse-based for drills), Time4learning, Math-U-See (students aren't supposed to watch the DVD, but most parents do that anyway), Mathtacular, Mathletics, Khan Academy And finally very textbook based like Saxon, BJU, Abeka, CLP, Ace Paces, etc HTH xxx

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