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  1. For 6th Grade: Math: From MM ==> Saxon ==>CLE==>back to MM==>AOPS Prealgebra, now he seems happy! It looks awful but does it make it any more excusable that the switching happened over a couple years? History: From library books ==>SOTW audiobook ==> SOTW silent reading along with mapwork and self corrected chapter questions from Activity Guide, this has been working great for us. Now finally history is getting done twice a week! Science: He reads Tiner's Exploring Physics book chapter, followed by writing out answers at the end of each chapter. Not as rigorous as I'd like to be with science, but it's getting done 3x/week and he says he learns a lot from it. We'll step up with more textbook-y stuff and labs next semester (outsourced class). This is all I could manage this term feeling tired and pregnant with 6th child. Still doing IEW for writing, CLE LA (love) For 4th Grade: Math: From MM ==> CLE==>back to MM at her request, she's enjoying it a lot more now Same history as above CLE LA (very happy) Science: Apologia Swimming Creatures ==> McGraw science textbook for 4th grade general science topics + workbook and my favorite add-on for the year so far (for both): Abeka's grade level Spelling, Vocab and Poetry student workbook - they do 1 spelling and vocabulary activity per day, and work on memorizing a richly illustrated poem in the back (awesome selection of poems, these are all ones I want them to learn by heart). I've found that with 5 dc, I've really had to make our curriculum be do-able on auto-pilot, meaning as independent as possible and not reliant on me. All our changes and keepers are ones that get DONE every day, the kids learn a lot from them, and they enjoy it, and I can easily pop in and out and check on their progress. They don't wait around for me to come and teach them, they can start and finish on their own and come ask me questions if they come up. I can spot check them, ask them for a narrative or summary of that day's topic in the subject, or just flip through and check their work, but all the teaching is embedded in the text so it's so nice that school runs even when I'm focusing on the littles or cooking or whatever. I lied, here's my absolute favorite change we've made this year: dc self-correct their work after each lesson. This has been fabulous! They take ownership of their mistakes, see what they did wrong and I don't have to argue with them why it's wrong, they can see it for themselves in the answer key, and learn to go back and see what went wrong. They even use the red pencil and everything and mark the top of the page, just like I do. But there's far less arguing with me, and they take ownership of their mistakes. This has rocked my world, things have been so much more peaceful and the kids actually seem to be learning what they're doing wrong instead of repeating mistakes over and over and me getting frustrated with them and them with me. I just handed them the answer keys and told them the rules: must correct their work AFTER the lesson is done and rework it until they get the right answer (this works particularly well in math). I check their pages to see what they're getting wrong and spot teach those topics.
  2. This is out of stock at Amazon, and going for $32 on Rainbow Resource, but I just found it available for free download on Teachers Pay Teachers (after logging-in): Thanks for mentioning this, looks like a fun way to learn grammar!
  3. Sure, if you add up all the costs, divide it by number of children, and number of years, it sounds much less. That's also the case for more expensive programs like TOG or Sonlight. But to us, CC was just an enrichment program--CC is just 3 hours once a week--and not a full-fledged program. It wasn't worth it for us to put in that kind of serious money for enrichment, when there are other much cheaper options out there. Also, is there something wrong with using the books and materials we purchased from CC, and doing it at home privately, either alone or with a friend who also purchased the materials? :confused1:
  4. We did CC last year, and enjoyed it. But we didn't re-up for another year after crunching the numbers and seeing what you get from the program. In my opinion, the perfect solution, after having gone through the program once, is to replicate it at home using the Foundations Guide, alone or with 1 or 2 like-minded families. We knew how to set up the program at home and how to teach it - it's pretty easy to do it yourself once you've gone through the program and have the materials, at least in Foundations. I didn't like that CC has so many extra costs besides the CC classes themselves...the guide ($50), history cards (>$100), their CD's and review cards (>$100) online membership ($6/month), not to mention childcare ($200/year/child), and other "recommended" books just felt like CC is one big money-sucking machine, and I know other moms felt the same way.
  5. We're currently living in San Jose, CA and thinking of moving to Portland metro area. We'd like to learn more about Christian homeschool support groups in the area (co-ops, get togethers, sports/activities, etc). Can you tell me any information? Websites, yahoo groups, anything? Much appreciated!
  6. Thanks Stripe! I love hearing your thoughts on these sets. But in the beginning of this thread, it sounded like you weren't too thrilled with the Golden Windows set, but do you like them better now? Esp compared to the other sets? If anyone else wants to help push me one way or the other the best anthology set to get (mostly nonfiction based, but some fiction is ok too), I'm all ears. I just ordered the volume on Mathemagic by Childcraft after reading the amazing reviews about it. Will try to remember to report back after it arrives!
  7. I've read through the entire thread, and wondering, after all that, if you could only buy one set of anthologies, which would you recommend? I don't own any of them (yet!), and want to get a set that has interesting content based on history or science or world cultures with some fictional content ok, but not completely all fairy tales, with beautiful nostalgic pictures. Picturesque book of progress? Book of Knowledge? Childcraft? Bookshelf for Boys and Girls? Thank you in advance! :001_smile:
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