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  1. We've always used Apologia and their notebook, but recently stumbled on the Quark Chronicles. I was planning on doing Botany this year with my 2nd, 4th and 5th grade boys. I've already purchased Apologia's text at a really good price, but now I'm being swayed by Quark's story like approach, along with their printable notebook (compared to having to purchase 3 notebooks for Apologia). I don't know what to do!!! Someone help me make this decision please!! Thank you :001_smile:
  2. I'll be starting up ELTL 4 with my 4th and 5th grade boys and am trying to transition them to more independent work. Is there anyone who has their child do any of this independently? If so, how? Thanks!!
  3. Chelli, is this from the Quark Notebook, the Wayfarers Guide or what you put together on your own?
  4. So I'm using level 4 of ELTLwith my 8 and 10 year old and the dictations are getting really long. They could get pretty long in level 3 too, sometimes I skipped them. So I'm wondering if I'm doing this right or not. We study the passage, the placement of punctuation, the spelling of words, the flow, etc. of the sentences. Then I read the entire passage out loud once, and then they begin to write. Is that right? Or should I read maybe one sentence at a time in a long dictation, allowing them time to write. There are explanations in ELTL, but it doesn't say whether the parent should read it all at once or a bit at a time.
  5. So we're using All American History, along with the Jr. packet with my 3rd and 4th grade boys, and ideally my 1st grader but he's too bored to pay attention :( With the Jr. packet add on, they give me a schedule and all that I need, maps, timeline pics, folderbook printouts, notebooking pages, memory cards, suggested book list, activities etc. We do history 4 days a week, with reading and a corresponding notebooking page on days 1 & 2, day 3 is folderbook, timeline and mapping; day 4 is a suggested activity and memory game. While I love the format and how everything is put together, the actual text is just plain boring. I know that not everything has to be fun, but I feel history, at this age, should be to at least some point. Any suggestions? Is there an American History out there somewhere that does all that for you and can actually be fun to read?
  6. Don't have a boy that age yet, but I picture my boys enjoying whittling or wood burning or even simple carpentry (buy own tools, build a shelf, toy box, bench, etc)
  7. I've taught 2 to read with 100ez. It was easy and they had no problem transitioning from the "weird" symbols to the normal letters. We finish the book and then go through the recommended books afterwards. Both read above grade level (ds8 finished up The Hobbit a few weeks ago) One person stated there wasn't enough review, and I agree, but I simply made flash cards that we reviewed often. Consistency is really the key to learning to read. Haven't used the other program, but wanted to throw a successful review in the mix :)
  8. Wow! I never even thought to look something like this up! This will be so helpful, thanks for posting!
  9. Sadiegirl, how did you end up working it all out? I'm actually doing the same exact things you did and am wondering the same thing.
  10. Dd, going in 8th grade, has never had any latin and is not very strong in grammar (have used EG, and am switching to AG this year). Where could be a good place to start her in Latin? I've looked at FFL and LC. Prima Latina seems to young (right?) Thanks for any help!!
  11. Hunter, can you share more about how you did your oldest son's 2 block scheduling? Did you do all LA's at one time? a math block(didn't he forget things)? Thanks!
  12. Which did you end up using? I'm looking up info for the Natural Speller and haven't found much. If you ended up using it, what is your opinion? Thanks!
  13. DD13 really struggled through this this year. Part of it was me not holding her accountable enough, this was definitely a learning year for me as well. She is also not a good test taker, so the tests killed her (we made her study and retake them). We took a short break from science to finish up history, but we're definitely not going to get done with the book this year, we'll probably get half way through the book. Should we just pick up where we left off for 8th grade next year, or just skip the 2nd half and do Physical Science?
  14. We use a sew board like this http://www.amazon.com/Cardboard-Pattern-Sewing-Cutting-Board-36/dp/B000G6DY2Y/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376253518&sr=8-1&keywords=sewing+board, cover with contact paper and put lines on with colored duct tape. It's nice and big so it holds a years worth of history but folds nicely and is sturdy enough to stand it between our desk and wall.
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