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  1. I had a similar problem for the Algebra 2 solutions manual. I found mine on Abebooks. Try looking there or eBay for a used copy.
  2. Our March 14th SAT was canceled. I thought all of them had been because of COVID-19. I expect the scores would be delayed because of COVID.
  3. Yay! I figured out the newness of the updated forum and found my old post. It is First Start French, in case anyone else is wondering!
  4. Please help! I had asked this before ages ago, but since the change in the forum, I can't find my post. Once they outgrew Salsa, my kids used to watch these videos online that were free that featured kids learning French (in one set of videos) and Spanish (in another set of videos). In the French videos, I remember one of the episodes in which they visited this man's apartment and he taught them the names of fruits and food. Then in another episode they were taught the words for members of the family. The teacher only spoke to them in the target language but the children spoke English. I always forget the name of these and where to find them and a Google search was not helpful at all. Anyone know what I am talking about?
  5. We pull from Pio Peep as well, and memorize prayers in Spanish.
  6. Have you seen this? http://www.thehomegrownpreschooler.com/product/a-year-of-playing-skillfully-printed-version/
  7. My daughter was advanced doing 1st grade math and even some 2nd grade math in kindy. I pushed her ahead too much because she was able and compliant, but now she hates math. If your daughter's not enjoying but just complying, I'd slow down, spend more time playing (try games from www.educationunboxed.com - they will still stretch her math skills but be enjoyable). Keep the lessons short and don't worry if the math book doesn't get completed by the end of the year. My daughter's in third grade now doing Saxon 5/4 (which Veritas Press uses for third grade, so she's not really that ahead anymore) and while it isn't hard for her, she can't enjoy math. I would keep the flashcards (but ask her the questions while she is doing something pleasant like coloring or jumping rope or on the trampoline, swing, slide, etc) and not do speed drills at all. My six year old just started drills in December, but I spent his whole year of kindergarten doing "flashcards" while he played physically on our mini trampoline and the small slide we used to keep inside. He also likes kicking a soccer ball back and forth as he answers questions. . I ended up learning from my mistake and didn't push my son. He is ahead (second grade math Singapore at age 6) but only does one page of math per day. He loves math, but despises writing and doing school (he'd rather read and play) and I am mostly letting him do that.
  8. While I can't answer your specific question, I wanted to offer encouragement for the Lyme disease. My two kids and I were diagnosed with it in January of 2014 via a naturopath (one who does bioenergetics) and with the help of colloidial silver and other naturopathic medicines were able to beat it within 6 months. My daughter (6 at the time) had especially bad symptoms of it - her excellent memory suddenly was very poor, and her muscles ached all the time. If you haven't looked into a naturopath who does bioenergetics, I highly recommend it. PM me if you'd like more info.
  9. There's an app we used when my son was in Prek and K called Calendar Time. It's handy because it takes up no wall space. It does a pattern each month and incorporates money and clocks. You can set the level to make those questions easier or harder. You can have multiple accounts for different students as well if you have a first grader for instance who might do their calendar time independently. While it does not mention seasons (I can get my husband to add that in. My son already knew his seasons when I had my developer husband make me the app. I was on bed rest two years ago for 12 weeks and needed a portable calendar time.) it does ask the weather for each day and then graphs it. I can get my husband to add in seasons if that is something people want in a calendar time. My son already knew his seasons when I had my developer husband make me the app. I was on bed rest two years ago for 12 weeks and needed a portable calendar time. With the smart boards at schools, we've just come to find out that some schools are actually using this app in the classroom! Anyway, you can go look at the screenshots and see if it would fit what you need. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/calendar-time/id705434014?mt=8
  10. Forgive my ignorance. Which Latin program is LA?
  11. I'm looking for the answer to this as well. I have used W&R Fable and Narrative I and am not sold on it. I like it and my daughter likes it, but I hear that Chreia (the 4th book) is not well scaffolded and doesn't provide enough scaffolding. Many seem to use Treasured Conversations in between Narrative II and Chreia. Now I am curious about MP Classical Composition.
  12. How about A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson illustrated by Tasha Tudor. We also like the variety in A Child's Book of Poems illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa. It has a good balance of short poems and longer poems. You could read a whole page spread and discuss the longer ones while just enjoying the language of the shorter ones. There are many classic Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Eugene Field, etc. Those two have beautiful illustrations. The next one has only a couple of black and white illustrations, but is definitely older more classic poems: A Child's Anthology of Poetry. Based on what you want, this one is probably it.
  13. I am clueless as to how to search these forums. Nothing is turning up, but then again, I am not sure what it is I am looking for. I learned about them here on the forums, but now can't remember what they were called or what the link is, but they were videos (online) offered both in Spanish and in French that featured children learning the target language. We used to watch the French ones quite a bit. One episode, they are in the teacher's apartment and he is teaching them the names of objects - or maybe it was food. The French teacher is male. Anyone know what I am talking about? It was free and was a good step up from Salsa (for Spanish) for my kids. Really hoping someone knows what I am rambling about..... Thank you.
  14. Milly Molly Mandy (a little girl is the protagonist, but my 5 year old son likes the stories as much as my daughter did at that age.) and The Teddy Robinson Storybook (very much like Winnie the Pooh in that Teddy Robinson sings made-up little songs and each chapter stands alone as a little story.) - my kids are in the midst of re-enacting every story with their stuffed bear and my daughter asked that I buy her her own copy (the copy we own is my son's). Disclosure: Both those links are affiliate amazon links. Paddington is a great choice too.
  15. There are different models of what classical education looks like. Classical Conversations isn't the only way to achieve a classical education. I blogged about our experience with CC and why it didn't work for us (after two years of trying to make it work). We started with the Well Trained Mind model of Classical Education, but now follow Charlotte Mason and use mostly the Ambleside Online resources with some WTM resources thrown in for good measure. If memory work is important to you, you could keep using CC guide for that at home. Memoria Press also has memory work per grade, but I don't know much about it.
  16. I second MP K enrichment. I used both FIAR and MP K enrichment and so far I have liked MP Enrichment better. It is simpler. The TM is much less expensive. There are more books to go with it so it lasts the whole year. That said, I would still read the books listed in FIAR and BFIAR, as well as the books listed on SL. But if you needed activities to go with books, I find that MP is just less convoluted and more direct. And as MMASC said, "We are using MP K Enrichment this year for my DS4 and DS6. I really like it. It's very simple to use, and I can add more if needed or do less. My favorite part is that the week's lessons/activities are all related. Meaning, the music selection, book, song, etc are all on the same subject. It makes it really easy for me to get it done. "
  17. Here is my review of our two years of classes with CC. Before I joined, all people had said was how great it was and while it was enjoyable, I wanted to write the post because those who love it, love it and only rave about it and don't give a two sided picture of it. I liked it well enough to consider going back each year, but in the end the reasons I list in the post always win. http://www.nurturinglearning.com/classical-conversations-our-homeschool-year-in-review/
  18. Mercy Watson was a hit with my son. What I love about those books is that the vocabulary, while phonetically easy to sound out, is not dumbed down. Make sure that 20 minutes of daily reading is outloud. Cynthia Rylant is prolific and has another series called The Lighthouse. I'd say they are around that level too, or just after it. Also The Cobble Street Cousins - a series (especially appealing for a girl). Also, don't shy away from really good picture books. The pictures entice them to read, and the vocabulary is often jut as wonderful as in a great novel. I'm thinking Patricia Polacco and Cynthia Rylant picture books especially (When the Relatives Came is one of Rylant's). Check out the lists at Five in a Row for great inspiration.
  19. If you decide to do level 1, I am selling mine (but haven't had time to list it yet on the classifieds). We are done with it. It's complete, with all the student sheets included. PM me if you need it.
  20. Check out Timberdoodle preschool Core packages for ideas http://www.timberdoodle.com/Preschool_Timberdoodle_Homeschool_Curriculum_p/999-preschool.htm. I'm not necessarily recommending you buy that package, but that you glean some ideas there. They recommend great thinking and logic games and puzzles great for that age.
  21. Thank you! This was very helpful. I did consider doing TC and then jumping back to WR CAP, but wasn't too sure. Now I am pretty convinced. TKDmom's comment has me pretty convinced now not to jump ship from WR.
  22. We are in the middle of Writing and Rhetoric Narrative 1, but I feel like DD needs a bit more hand holding, or perhaps I need more hand holding, or maybe I just have a case of the "grass is greener on the other side", but let's say we did want to jump ship on WR and go to CW, would I start her in Fable again, or go to Homer? Or should I just hang in there and stay the course with WR?
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