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  1. Some my whole family has enjoyed over the years (they're 7, 10 and 12 right now) -Ramona series, Henry Higgins series, Ralph and the Motorcycle series, Wingfeather Saga, Hank the Cow Dog series, Harry Potter series (the first few are appropriate for the under 10 set), The Hobbit and The Penderwicks series. We own them on Audible and they have been listened to REPEATEDLY, literally for years and years, for all three kids (two boys and a girl). ETA Also, books by Roald Dahl. Mine especially love Matilda.
  2. My kids (7th and 5th grade, but looking ahead by about a year) and I just started FFC B. There doesn't seem to be a C? Where did everyone else go from there? It seems like a pretty standard middle school French program. I'm fluent, if that makes a difference, so I can tweak things to suit, but I want something fun, laid out for me, and mostly oral/aural for my writing averse and/or dyslexic boys. Suggestions?
  3. I think we're mostly just continuing on where we leave off in June: Math: CLE 2, though I could try MM 2 out of curiosity. I have both. CLE 2 is partially independent which is really nice, especially when so much of what she does isn't. Grammar: First Language Lessons 2 Writing: Writing with Ease 2 Reading/Phonics: All About Reading 2 (assuming we'll be part way through) and whatever ETC book she's on by then, possibly 4. Spelling: Finish All About Spelling 1, move on to 2 Literature: Read alouds from her big brothers' Build Your Library 7, rounded out with my
  4. I honestly haven't hashed it all out completely, but besides history/literature, we're mostly continuing on with what we have. My son also has dyslexia and struggles with math as well, so some of this may seem too easy. I feel a lot of confidence in the materials we're using though and have seen a lot of progress as of late! Math: Whatever CLE book is next. Currently he's on 507 with Key to Fractions books. Keep plugging away, going backwards and supplementing as necessary! Spelling: Whatever All About Spelling is next. Currently just started 5 Grammar: Grammar for the Wel
  5. For my kids, I didn't find it took longer than completing two pages of MM a day, which had been our usual. My son is dyslexic and struggles a fair bit in math. My older daughter had a better math instinct and memory and she could finish a CLE lesson in less than an hour, even in sixth grade. The thing that made that work for us is that they didn't need me to sit with them for the whole lesson. the first 10-20 minutes are the lesson, the rest is reviewing and strengthening previous lessons. There's also a daily math drill If I started to feel behind, with my daughter anyhow, and I fel
  6. I also switched my kids from Math Mammoth to CLE Math. One in fourth grade, one in second grade. Another one, I switched half way through third grade to Beast Academy cause Math Mammoth moved too slow for him lol. I think it just depends on the kid. But for those kids that need more review, more time to mull things over, CLE has been amazing! I can't say enough good things about it. It's really not expensive either - 3.50 a booklet, 10 booklets in a year. Might be worth a try.
  7. I have a sixth grader, though he's all over the place: math - CLE 5 spelling - AAS 4 & 5 writing - killgallon sentences and then paragraphs, plus writing across the curriculum a la WTM history - wtm history. finish ancients and start middle ages in February. Contemplating History Odyssey at that point science - finish elemental biology 2 and start elemental earth science 2 in February typing.com, intermediate reading - mostly historical fiction tied in with history studies, plus "not to miss" and other classics I think would appeal to him French -
  8. I had a similar thing going on with my fourth child ? Yes! Kumon books for the littlest work wonderful. Simple colouring, stickers, cutting, pasting. They were so great for her. They look so official lol. My dd also received gakken workbooks for Christmas one year (that's how much she loves workbooks!) and they have a very similar feel and are available on amazon as well. Usborne has amazing sticker books - although maybe at two, they wouldn't be independent unless you peeled all the stickers off and stuck them to the edge of the table so he could pick them up and stick them hi
  9. My natural speller is moving on to Spelling Workout E next year. . . not sure how it will go. I was considering Megawords as well. At least spelling workout is cheap, so I won't worry too much if I decide to switch. . . I found this to be a really hard decision, what to do after/instead of All About Spelling lol!
  10. AAR 1, with Bob books and ETC CLE Math 1, probably 1/2 pace HWOT K tag along in everything else
  11. I'm afraid i can't recall exactly what time periods each book covers. I believe the first one starts with very early recorded history until about 1500? I'm not sure with the 2nd and 3rd books. I'm sure you could read them out of order, or start in the middle, if you had to. It's a very interesting read, but you probably wouldn't have to know the information in the first in order to read the second.
  12. My daughter used the first book in the CAP series - she was in fifth grade, but diagnosed with dyslexia, if that matters. I wanted her to get practice reading independently, reading and following instructions, I wanted her to get exposure to a variety of concepts and get her thinking more about what she was reading beyond figuring out how the phonemes worked, if that makes sense. I found the book fairly independent. Often, when they introduced a new concept, I'd have to go over the page with her a bit, discuss what was being presented, but then she was able to work independently for a numbe
  13. We've used it, but more as literature rather than a history. Unless I missed something, this is not a history program. There are not timelines etc (although you can definitely add them in I suppose?) I haven't used any other Beautiful Feet programs because we're Canadian, so most of the history doesn't suit. My dd was 9/10 when we used it. She's dyslexic, so at the time, she read the novels with audio companion and it worked very well for her. The books are lovely, of course, and she enjoyed the diagrams and "non-fiction" learning about horses that went along with the literature.
  14. Fairly relaxed about K in our house. My youngest is nearly five, but really wants to "do school" like her older brothers, so we've done quite a bit already. She's done pre-1 in AAR, but not ready for level 1. We're doing the two-letter blending out of Phonics Pathways right now and it's going well. We're almost done HWOT preK but we have the little kindergarten connection book to do (she'll be stoked!). We've finished BFIAR but I'm not sold on FIAR 1 for her. She's just not needing that kind of depth, though I'm still using the reading lists. For math, she mostly does iPad apps, though
  15. I went with Elemental this year, so I can't say how I like it. Hopefully a lot! We're doing a Prehistory science/history unit before we start earth science (we're secular, my kids are aware of the basics already). I chose Elemental because it schedules time right in for a science fair project - so I may actually get them to do one? - and it seemed to have more dissections and microscope work. I liked that the animal,plant and body studies were separate, after a five week session on biology basics. I've used Elemental and RSO in the grammar stage and I I have a slight preference for Elemen
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