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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 second will be in sixth grade this fall. He reads at a 12 grade level, loves languages, gets math concepts without a lot of explanation but can't remember 3x7 instantly, and writes as if he was in second grade lol. Here's what I'm looking at for him next year, it's mostly continuing what we're doing already: Math: Continue with Beast Academy, probably finish 4 and start 5. Would like to work on multiplication flency. Have done times tales with some success. May repeat. 1+1 does not equal 3 (I think?) has been good for his adding and subtraction fluency. Would like something like that for him in multiplication and division. Writing: continue on with wherever we are in W&R. Probably 4 or 5 by then. finish IEW A, finish Killgallon's sentences. We also do Diana Hanbury King 1 mostly orally with his brother. Haha. You can see this is where my current anxiety is lol! It looks like a lot, but we stagger it all and it's been working. History: finish History Odyssey Middle Ages (with his older brother) Latin: Finish Latin for Children B and continue on to C French: Finish French for Children B . . . and then? Considering Nallenart's L'art de Lire. Maybe Ecrire (also with his older brother) Spelling/Vocabulary: Finsh MCP Word Study D, maybe continue to E Science: Ellen McHenry's Chemistry, living books and documentaries (with his older brother) Literature/Geography: Build Your Library 6, which is world geography and religions themed for this year, and I won't be doing the Science component Logic: Continue with Fallacy Detective Art: Art With a Purpose 5 Other: Continue violin lessons, random sports (soccer, swimming) and art lessons as interest/availability pops up, plenty of Nature Study and many, many read alouds
  3. 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?
  4. 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 own favourites at bedtime and audiobooks from WWE excerpts. Handwriting: Might continue with HWOT, but she writes constantly on her own, so the practice doesn't seem necessary as it was for her brothers. Could do cursive? Science/history/geography: whatever she magically absorbs via her brothers' program, with some good living books at her level Considering Song School Latin 1, but not sure I'll have the time. . . she'd love it though
  5. 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 Well trained Mind - we're not very consistent with this honestly, but it's there Writing: Whichever CAP W&R book is next. Or Killgallon's Paragraphs. We're almost done book 4 of W&R and I'm undecided which one to do next. We also do Diana Hanbury King 1, mostly out loud Science: Ellen McHenry's chemistry and various living books, documentaries etc - History: Finish History Odyssey Middle Ages Literature: Build Your Library 7 - World Geography, Religions (but not the Chemistry) Logic: Continue Fallacy Detective French: Finish French For Children B. Anyone have ideas for where to go after this? There is no C level. Also, continue Reading and Reasoning 1, unsure if we'll go on to 2 or not. The content subjects as well as French and Logic are done with his sixth grade brother.
  6. 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 felt like she had a good grasp of what she was doing, I let her skip lessons 5, 10 and 16 (which are quizzes and review days). One could also allow them to skip the unit test at the end, lesson 17. That brings each booklet down to 13 lessons, which gives a bit more breathing room. My son, however, I mostly had do every page, every day. We set the timer for 45 minutes. Since the last half of grade four, he's been doing about 2/3 of a lesson per day and I'm learning to be okay with that lol.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 - French for Children A
  9. 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 himself. I believe the series we used and she still loves is My First Sticker Book. Melissa and Doug also make some great sticker books, though they're in big pads. funny faces, animals in different habitats, adding sticker foods to plates, that kind of thing. The big kids love them too! As a hand me down, dd also got an old Tag reader set? Not really sure what they're called, the plastic pen onto which you download books and they can "read" the matching physical book in front of them with it. Got oodles of use out of it! One more thing was I collected a pile of unused math pages, abandoned for various reasons by the big kids, and gave her a sheet to "complete" during math time. She LOVED having a page full of numbers to scribble on and I could relax knowing it was recycling anyhow. For us, at two, she would colour with smelly markers or make a terrific mess cutting paper in to teeny tiny little peices while I did morning time, the bigs would go off to do a bit of independent work while the two of us did a simplified Before Five in a Row and a workbook page of some kind and she was usually pretty satisfied. If she came back asking for more later in the day, it was a sticker page or a math page.
  10. 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!
  11. AAR 1, with Bob books and ETC CLE Math 1, probably 1/2 pace HWOT K tag along in everything else
  12. 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.
  13. 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 number of pages on her own. She didn't love the book, but she didn't hate it, and I felt like what she was doing was worthwhile. We didn't move on to the next book in the series because she transitioned back to public school shortly after completing the first level. Actually, I'll probably get that level for my son too, now that I'm thinking of it.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 we did Calendar religiously until Christmas. I think we may start Math Mammoth in K, if she likes. That worked well for one brother, will see how it goes. She's a fanatic about Kumon - done many, will probably continue. All that to say, here's what I think K will look like for her: HWOT K AAR 1 Math Mammoth 1 (to do over two years, probably) Lots of reading aloud and audio books More Kumon mazes, cut and paste, etc She joins in all kinds of things with her older brothers, but sporadically. Except Nature Walks. Family-wide favourite :)
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