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  1. Novare would be a good curriculum to consider. Earth Science or Physical Science would be the best bets for 8th grade.
  2. My daughter had complained that we've only covered ancients and pilgrims (which isn't quite true, but maybe not terribly far from the mark). We also switched curriculum or joined a co-op where we were limited by the time period. Two weeks ago I switched us to Modern Times. 😊 We are now studying the Civil War and everyone seems to be enjoying it. History will always have gaps, no matter what curriculum you use, you can't cover it all! I think this is one of the safer subjects for curriculum hopping! Math is another matter. I regret switching curriculum as often as I have over the years, but sometimes it's made all the difference. It's a fine line. I always say I've switched for the last time, but here I am again with a new curriculum two months onto our school year. 🙄 Technically this time I switched back to an old curriculum that I've previously used.
  3. I'm so excited about this site that I just came across. It looks promising! https://bilingualkidspot.com/learn-spanish-for-kids/
  4. Anything where we are on the couch with a read aloud. 😂 I guess that would be science and literature in my house! I also love teaching foreign languages.
  5. Hits: IEW materials: SWI, Fix-It Grammar, and Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization. I bought a couple other items from there, but these are the ones we’ve used so far. MP Greek Alphabet— This has been a fun addition to our morning basket. We are all enjoying learning to write Greek letters. I will follow it with Elementary Greek. Our morning basket—this has been such a fun start to our morning! Our basket contents are in my signature. We haven’t used Grammar of Poetry yet, but everything else has been so fun! Misses: I really hate to say this, but MP’s cores are not working for us. I have too many kids to teach and far too much anxiety over school. I’m a single mom and need something “easier”. So we are going back to SCM’s history and literature tomorrow, along with some of their other resources. I need my kids combined as much as possible! I had wanted them more separated since I have high schoolers in the mix, but at the risk of my sanity, it’s just not worth it. 😢 We are keeping MP science and Latin. I’m so sad about dropping their history and Christian Studies, but it’s just too many moving parts for now. Math—I will be moving most of my kids back to MUS. Teaching math is also causing a lot of stress, and MUS seems to work well overall. One is staying with Rod and Staff since she really likes it and doesn’t need me to teach her very often. MP Kindergarten: I think I could make this work, but I’m really worried my son will dread school if we continue. Every minute is a struggle to get him to form letters correctly or focus. I keep thinking that if we were still doing CM methods, he wouldn’t be doing any formal school at this point. I may shelve this until 1st grade, because I do like the program overall.
  6. My girls loved Book of Astronomy last year (for grades 3rd & 6th)! I don't think it would have been as enjoyable if we'd just done the workbook, but we often took nature walks after dark and looked for the constellations and stars that we'd read about. It was so exciting to find them in the sky and made them more interested to learn even more. There isn't a ton of information in the book though, it's mostly memorization and a bit of background information. We added a solar system kit to make it a bit more hands-on.
  7. Rainbow Resource, Thrift Books, Amazon, and from the publishers themselves--I feel like companies try to compete with Amazon now days, so I can often get a better deal ordering directly form the publishers! I order teacher guides and cores from Memoria Press so I can get download PDFs of tests & quizzes, plus they will replace their materials if they are changed drastically.
  8. I am a single mom of 5, grades K to 11th. I also have some health issues, so we school year round, taking time off as needed. I wake up at 7, check email, shower, etc. I make sure my kids are all up by 8:30 (we aren't early risers). Our breakfast is something easy like cereal, yogurt, fruit, or eggos. My older kids get their own breakfast. I usually help my youngest, although most days he just wants some fruit. I am aiming to start school at 9:00, but I may have to fit my 5yo's lessons in earlier when he starts K. He's not really a morning person though, so I don't know how this will work. Before lunch, we work on our "morning basket" (for us that includes Greek, grammar, hymn, catechism, and fine arts--basically anything we are doing together). Then we work on Latin, composition, and math. Lunch is quick and easy (quesadillas, tuna salad, PB&J, etc. with some a fruit and/or veggies). After lunch, we work on content subjects like literature, history, science, etc. If we finish early, I might organize a craft or experiment, but usually we just have free time. We work on chores and laundry during this time and on weekends. I start dinner anytime between 4 and 6. More free time after dinner, sometimes we take a walk. I try to round up kids at 8:00 to clean the kitchen and pick up. We do a family devotion at 8:30, followed by a read aloud. Then we head to bed (quiet time until 10-ish or later, depending on their ages). We sometimes take a day off for shopping, visiting with friends, co-op, or going to lunch. We don't have many activities, so we need this time out of the house. Sometimes we go to a movie, a park, or the ceramics shop. I try to grocery shop on Saturday morning. And we have church on Sunday. Yard work is done in the evenings or on the weekends.
  9. All of my kids have used the R&S preschool workbooks. Most have used at least one Kumon book. All but one have used McGuffy Eclectic Readers for phonics, my last is going to use Memoria Press, because I went with their whole core. We have gone back to some things we started with, like SCM's Scripture Memory System and Memoria Press Latin. I tried other things, but those work the best for us. I wish I'd jumped around curriculum less, but it seems like my family dynamics are always changing. What worked when I just had littles doesn't work with a mix of ages.
  10. I'm thinking of having a "heavy" school day on Monday and having the days get progressively lighter throughout the week. It's what ends up happening anyway. 🤣 So Monday would have video lessons, lessons on new material, and longer readings. The rest of the week would be spend completing workbook pages, writing assignments, review, and finishing what didn't get done on Monday. Hopefully by Friday, we'd be down to a math lesson and Latin review/quiz. Then maybe we could fit in some fun extras or take a field trip. But I will also have two high school students next year, and this schedule seems less do-able for that age. I'm still toying with this idea.
  11. They liked Treasure Island okay, but not any of the others. I think because they require more thinking on their part. 😢 I'm trying different ways of covering literature, and it works best just to read & discuss. Treasure Island asked more comprehension type questions, which they are comfortable answering, but the others have asked for central themes or dissecting descriptive passages, and my kids are really struggling with these. I see it as something we need to work on, but they are unable to go through the guides "as-is".
  12. I used pretty much full MP classical core kits, with a few subs. Here are our hits/misses: Hits: Literature & poetry for the lower levels Dorothy Mills books--we vastly prefer these to straight-up Plutarch. I feel like she includes the most exciting parts of Plutarch and adds a bunch of background information. Greek Myths Latin (Latina Christiana & First Form)--Although some of my kids aren't huge fans, they are learning a ton! Book of Astronomy--so easy to teach and my kids can locate several stars and constellations in the sky! It's not the flashiest program, but I like it. Read Alouds & American Supplemental Readers--MP always picks such great books! Jr Kindergarten--This was a miss at first, but DS has matured a bit and we are fairly consistent at getting to it (even if we do often have lessons at night or on weekends). More than I can say for any other preschool program I've used! There is a lot of writing, but I just have him write a few letters or numbers at a time. All About Reading (pre-reading level)--my DS has also been using this. It's so cute and fun! I'm so tempted to use the next level, but I already purchased MP K for next year. DS loves Ziggy, so maybe I can add him into next year's phonics lessons. Misses: Classic Composition-While I like this, I just feel like my older kids need a faster pace (you are supposed to start with book 1 for all ages), so we will be re-attempting IEW Intensive Writing DVD programs next year. So, I guess it's not a complete miss, but I don't see it working out for us in the long run. English Grammar Recitation--lots of copywork and memory work, which my kids haven't really enjoyed. They like the exercise portion of the workbook just fine. We much prefer SWB's grammar programs (FLL & GftWTM). Upper level literature guides--My oldest two are not digging these. We are pretty much reading the materials and pulling a few questions from the guides for discussion. So not a total miss, but we really aren't using them as intended. Mixed: One of my kids went back to Christian Light Math, two are thriving with R&S math, and the third is doing well with Prentice Hall Algebra. One isn't a fan of R&S, but she didn't care for CLE either. I try to cut back on some of the writing for her, which is her main complaint. Geography has been so-so. We have adapted Geography III quite a bit and are really behind in the States & Capitals book (we school all summer). SWO--it's spelling, it's a workbook, it's just okay. Artistic Pursuits--This one's on me. I don't have time or energy to get to it. My kids now have free access to the manuals and supply kits, so at least two of them are getting some art.
  13. We have enjoyed Half Magic The Saturdays All of a Kind Family --These are all about families with several kids and are all set in the past--I guess that is a theme we enjoy. 🤣 The Hobbit has been another favorite!
  14. Prima Latina--My 3rd and 6th graders are working through the next book (Latina Christiana) this year. It's worked well to have them combined.
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