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  1. I really, really want to love LoE Essentials but I'm just not sure. I'm about done reading ULoE book and wished I had been taught the spelling rules and phonograms when I was in school to prevent me from being the mediocre speller that I am (though since having kids I've become a walking dictionary :confused1:). I've watched many of the videos Denise has on youtube and bought the Doodling Dragons book for my youngest but I just can't take the plunge and purchase Essentials. I have a dyslexic 3rd grader that has made a lot of process this year but is still struggling and at times frustrated. I really think teaching her the phonograms and spelling rules will be of great help. The fact is has grammar is a total bonus as reviewing that isn't going to hurt either. But my issue is after looking at the samples, it bugged me that the first phonogram and spelling rule was qu but only one word is the spelling list had qu in it! The second lesson was ck and only spelling 2 words had ck and there was no review of qu (the words quick, quack would have been perfect). Am I just being overly critical? Does somehow it just work and click? The sample is only of the first two lessons so maybe if I had a broader sample I'd feel more confident purchasing it. I really just want something open and go that we can just buckle down and get though most of it this summer. So somebody, anybody, please sell me on it. Thanks.
  2. What is the easiest vertical phonics curriculum? Looking for something as open and go as possible to get a child caught up in reading (spelling improvements would be a bonus) as quickly as possible. Cheap would be nice too. I've read a lot of posts about Spalding's WRTR but I don't have time for the learning curve that seems to be involved with it. From what I've read, vertical phonics seems to be the fastest way to get children reading and providing them all the information needed to read about anything. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  3. I stumble accross TATRAS (http://www.verticalphonics.com/) in one of my many searches of reading programs. Can someone tell me more about it? There's aren't any samples so it is hard to gage how it works. The concept of vertical phonics intrigues me. How long does it take to complete the program/how long a day? What is involved in the daily schedule? Any rough estimate of the reading level once complete? Do you need to follow up with something after? I have a third grader who is struggling with reading (and spelling) and am looking to get her caught up as easily and quickly as possible. She is a twin and is constantly saying she wants to read chapter books like her brother. I'd like to use it with a younger child as well. Thanks.
  4. Has anyone heard of Units of Sound: Literacy That Fits software? I can't seem to find any reviews of it and am wondering if it is effective. http://www.unitsofsound.net/ltf/ltf.html Thanks.
  5. Just wondering if there are any good videos or songs that can assist children to learn their math fact (all 4 variations)? Trying to do traditional flash cards is being met with resistance. Thanks!
  6. Just wondering if there are any good videos or songs that can assist children to learn their math fact (all 4 variations)? Trying to do traditional flash cards is being met with resistance. Thanks!
  7. I just saw http://www.isingaporemath.com/ today and was wondering about it myself. Anyone? OP did you purchase?
  8. They still haven't loaded the actual Miquon lab books that the kids use. The lab books are orange, red, blue, purple, green, and yellow. The three currclick has available are teacher materials.
  9. Thank goodness! Glad Rainbow Resource knows what's going on, Currclick is still investigating. Hopefully it won't be more than a week or two because I was ready to get started this week.
  10. Thanks all for your responses. I will give them the flashcards a try. Guess they are more important than I thought.
  11. I'm kicking myself for not buying them months ago. I sent them an email inquiring if they will be available again, I'll post the response once I get it. In the meantime, I'll keep scouring the net for another source for the electronic version.
  12. I went to purchase Miquon last night from www.currclick.com and they no longer sell it :sad:! Does anyone know where I can get the electronic version? Thanks.
  13. I was just wondering if the flash cards are really important to the program or if they can be skipped. I plan to use this to teach a beginning reader, who know his letter sounds, and a dyslexic student who has a pretty good grasp on her letter sounds. Thanks.
  14. I have two 3rd graders and a 7th grader who need massive help with math. I'm looking for some online resources, they don't have to be free, to give them more practice. They still haven't master the basic math facts yet so it needs to start at the beginning. ALEKS looks interesting but some of the reviews have me concerned. What other options out are there? Thanks.
  15. My DS has a late July birthday and I'd never in a million years red-shirt him just so he could play sports. Maybe it is because I've been tranplanted into Texas that I feel the way I do but I'd be perfectly happy if my son does not play football (I'm sure that I'd be thrown out of the state for that comment if it was legal to do so). As a parent, it is my job to ensure he is prepared to start kindergarten. My step-kids have late July and early September birthday's and they were red-shirted, not my DH decision. Now, it looks like they may all need to be repeat a year, very complicated situation. If that happens, they will start their senior years at 19. While I'm sure it does not happen frequently but when a red-shirted kid needs to repeat a grade, it cause a problem IMO. For that reason, I just can't support it as the norm.
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