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  1. That's a great idea, and I will definitely consider it in light of the rest of her schedule. Thanks for the tip.
  2. Thinks for sharing! I'm looking forward to listening to it.
  3. I've been refining my booklist with a friend of mine, and I've decided to add more 20th century literature. I've decided to group Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Tempest, and Till We Have Faces into a supernatural-themed unit. My friend suggested pairing Emma with a P. G. Wodehouse. I've never read Wodehouse, despite wanting to. It's as good a time as any to try one, so I am open to suggestions for a first Wodehouse. 🙂 Frankenstein and Jekyll & Hyde make another thematic pair. I may not get to Dickens after all, since I still want to do poetry and leave room for my daughter to read P
  4. I'm afraid not. When I did the curriculum with my older son, though, we invited a friend of his into the class. I found that having another student helped me stay on top of the prep work and grading and helped my son take it more seriously. Plus, discussion is livelier with three people! Perhaps you can look into getting a group together?
  5. My daughter completed Rod & Staff 8 this year with no trouble. She doesn't need an ongoing grammar program, but I'd like her to review what she's learned every now and again. It sounds like Analytical Grammar is a bit much for that purpose. I'll have to keep looking for something else, then. I need to hear all of the above over and over and over again. My daughter is a good writer, and it's so tempting to just keep giving her papers and essays because she can handle it. I think slowing down her production would benefit her, so we can focus on thinkin
  6. Are you planning ninth grade English? I would love to hear what you're doing and to get your input on my plans as well. I always struggle to keep English to one course. In the school system I grew up in, English Composition was always separated from English Literature. It's hard for me to integrate the two, and I always end up planning way more than one subject's worth of work. Fortunately, my kids have always kept up, but I do want to be sensitive to my incoming high schooler's time. That said, here's what I have planned: Vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots C & D Grammar:
  7. I've done Windows to the World with two eighth graders (I added 3 novels and a Shakespeare play to expand it into a full year's curriculum). I found it to be an excellent introduction to literary analysis and definitely worth doing.
  8. I'll have my first homeschooled high schooler in the fall (eek!). So far what I've planned: Online classes: Math: Geometry (TPS) Foreign Language: French (TPS) Science: Chemistry (Clover Valley) At Home: English: I need to spend time this summer thinking this through. This year, she did IEW's Windows to the World, Lively Art of Writing, and definition essays from WWS 2. I also added in 3 novels and a Shakespeare play to the mix. She finished Rod & Staff Grammar 8 and Vocab. from Classical Roots A & B. I'll have her continue with Vocabulary from Classical Roots. R&S
  9. Hi, everyone! A few months into the school year, and writing is working out really well for us. I started with Lively Art of Writing, and dd has already gone through to the essay-writing portion of the book. We'll take a break from it the rest of October and November and do creative writing to coincide with NaNoWriMo. DD is eager to work on fiction and I'm hoping she can write a complete novella-length work during this time. We'll see how it goes. DD has already done some literary essay writing--an essay on "The Bells" from WWS 1 and a suspense essay using Windows to the World. I'll giv
  10. I'm glad it writing without a curriculum worked for you in MS. It gives me more of a confidence boost. I've got Engaging Ideas in my wishlist and plan to read it at some point. Thanks so much for sharing.
  11. I'm finally done digging through the linked threads and the resources. My Amazon wishlist has greatly expanded! Modeling and mentoring is what I think will work best for my dd. Once she sees how a style or technique is used in a piece of writing, it's not hard for her to go practice it in a composition of her own. She gets impatient with anything that tries to hold her hand too much. And because of her experience writing and revising fiction, she's open to listening to and incorporating feedback. One of my proudest moments as a writer-mama recently was when she ruthlessly gutted and rewrote
  12. Ooh, thank you! I'll dig into it this weekend!
  13. Hello, everyone! I need some help thinking through writing plans for my rising eighth grader. She's a strong natural writer who easily picks up instruction. In the past, I've used bits and pieces from Lost Tools, WWS 1, IEW, and other resources with her. Neither of us is good about sticking to a program; she usually finds the pace too slow, and I can't help but tweak every single writing curriculum I've used. So, I'm considering doing without one for eighth grade. Instead, I thought about getting a writing resource (such as Webster's Student Writing Handbook) and using that to
  14. I'm thinking about switching my son out of Spelling Workout for fourth grade. SWO is okay, but I'm not wild about it. Has anyone used the How to Spell workbooks (along with the How to Teach Spelling manual)? What'd you think of it? How teacher intensive is it? Does each workbook equate to one year's worth of work or more? TIA!
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