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  1. Not sure, as I haven't used them yet, but what about Developing the Early Learner? Sonlight sells them and I've seen them recommended alot. I'll be using both later this summer. Good luck,
  2. Not that it matters, but just to update.... I've decided to use what I already have which is Sonlight P4/5 and add in HWT, some math and letter activities, and, if he's ready, AAR Prelevel. I really do appreciate everyone's responses here. I tend to get a little over zealous with curriculum. :)
  3. Well.... since you don't mind talking about it, I'm all :bigear: . I already have P4/5 - I should just use it and forget the others. First rule, use what you have.... and all. :)
  4. Thanks for the heads up on JUMP, maybe I should just skip. What we are doing is working anyway albeit slowly. He does type, and loves audio books. He's sort of like a Cliff from Cheers.....he can spout out facts and interesting tidbits and remembers everything he reads/hears, he just can't apply it. He has no ability, it seems, to think critically or problem solve. We're keeping our minds open for everything with him. I know he thinks he'd like to do CC and I'm great with that, but deep down, I'm very worried that he'll fail miserably because I know his limitations.
  5. My 4.5 yo son is allergic to milk, soy, oats, possibly rice and has fructose intolerance so most fruits and vegetables are out (of course he won't eat most veges anyway). I'm having such a hard time finding food for him that's easy for me. Can anyone give me some ideas? He's living on chicken nuggets right now, eggs, likes most meats, peanuts, peanut butter, etc. Just such a small selection. Thanks,
  6. I've posted a few threads about my struggles with teaching high school to my sn son. Still working away at it but thought I'd post a specific thread for high school to see how everyone is doing. I'll start. Background: My son just turned 18 in April. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, OCD, Aspergers as the top ones. He's still doing about 6th grade level in math but S.L.O.W.L.Y. moving forward using Rod & Staff right now (I'm looking into JUMP math). He loves history so long as he doesn't have to read it. I've given him some worksheets to fill out for it but he has a hard time. It's been good for him though. He loved his Trail Guide to World Geography co-op class this past year, but hated the mapping (loved the research). Writing......not so much. We're doing Essentials in Writing 9 right now and its going well. He loves science but can't do it at a high school level yet, still more dialectic stage in comprehension. We are still working through Apples and Pears spelling but its working well. I'm considering Time4Learning for Economics and Government. Haven't decided though. I really need him to be more independent because right now I have to do everything with him still. So... plans, not sure. I don't even know what grade to call him. By years, he should have graduated. By school years, he'll be a senior this fall. By academics, middle school. We'll keep moving forward!!!! :) Please share....
  7. I hadn't realized this. Can you elaborate on what you needed to prepare? Just wondering, not sure how much of my own "planning" I want to do. I seem to be drawn to alot of programs. I'm a veteran of this stuff; you'd think I'd know better. I like MP PreK, Horizons (maybe), Preschool Plus, Sonlight P4/5 and HOD LHTH. I like Charlotte Mason philosophy, lit based, but have some academics in there (worksheets) because they are easy and he likes them. FIAR is great too. And I don't even really NEED any of this. LOL :) Thanks for thinking through it all with me,
  8. I started the other thread comparing MP and Horizons. Now I'd like to know some opinions on MP Prek and HOD Little Hands. Has anyone used both or compared them? I appreciate everyone's opinions.
  9. Does it have all that in the PreK program? I need to look closer.
  10. It doesn't bother me, but in comparison, Memoria Press is 2x a week correct? I think Horizons is a 5 day a week setup.
  11. Always appreciate your posts Lori D. How would Lightning Lit compare with Read with the Best? Would doing WttW be best done before these others? Or could WttW be done in "units" thrown inbetween "units" of the others? She's already an avid reader and loves to just dicuss books with me. I let this be led by her though and sometimes she'll get deep and sometimes misses it completely. Natural for a 15 year old I'm sure. She'll be 10th grade this next year. Also, the Read with the Best is recommended to use alongside her Write with the Best Vol. 2 - so I'm guessing that's the writing instruction part. Thanks for thinking with me.
  12. I had planned on doing WttW with my DD but I looked at Read with the Best and I like what I see. She'd also really like doing American Literature and then British Lit. I'm not sure what to do. From what I understand of WttW, it's just a general lit analysis course that could go with any books/lit? But Read with the Best is more specific as it has a list of books to read and analyze. Am I wrong? Just trying to see if anyone could compare the two. Thanks so much - my DD is really my first high schooler as my DS is pretty much logic stage due to learning issues. So, I guess I'm new here to the high school board. LOL
  13. Let me start off saying no, I don't need either - he learns ALOT all on his own and with us just reading. I just want a little structure and outline to go from or nothing.will.get.done. I NEED planned out right now and both of these fit the bill. However, I can't decide which I like more. Has anyone looked at both or used both and have an opinion? Thank you - it's been a long time since preschool with my teens... :)
  14. Just wanted to add, for my olders, we've always done loops. But ours is just a list: English Math Science History Etc. Etc. Etc. and we do as little or as much as we want to each day. Some days only get one or two subjects done, some all. Doing this all school year, we get finished and they get to each subject consistently. Now, with my preschooler, no clue. But he's just playing for now and the next few years anyway. :) Good luck,
  15. I counted it as credit, especially given my son's issues. As Heathermomster posted, they say it is worthy of it. You could even do the entire thing in one year if you wanted (my friend did) and I would definitely think that would be credit worthy.
  16. What about using the first year of Rainbow Science? It's all physics and chemistry. The reading was too hard for my son but the lessons are short enough that it was no trouble to read it to him and go over it. I think the questions at the end of each lesson are good (I'm really glad I had the answers :) or I wouldn't be able to answer all of them). Just a thought. The only other one I know of is the PAC one: http://www.pacworks.com/integrated_physics_chemistry.php but I've not used it. Good luck,
  17. I switched my dyslexic son to it several years ago. I'm so glad we did. Well, actually, I switched from AAS to Barton to A&P. He can't remember any of the rules with his memory issues but the continual patterns in A&P has worked beautifully. I knew it was working when I saw the transfer to other writing. :) Now I"m trying to decide what I'll do with my preschooler. For you, I wouldn't hesitate switching. :) Good luck,
  18. Well, MCT bombed here for us. My son is very auditory and loves stories but he got nothing at all out of MCT. FLL, on the other hand, was great for him. He still hasn't forgotten the definition of a noun, adjective, adverb, etc. Ok, he can't really apply it well, but that's due to other issues. :) I personally like FLL better also, but I know alot love MCT. Good luck,
  19. Disregard if this isn't helpful. :) I mentioned this to you in another thread, but here is a link to that inverted graph paper. Just in case it might help her too with any copying - it's really been helpful for my son. http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/inverted/ I use it with these settings: border .5 - gridline 6.00 - grid spacing 2 lines per inch. We use it with the red color because it pops for him. Good luck,
  20. I thought about adding the lines onto CLE also, however, I think it's just too small. My guess is he has dysgraphia also, but hasn't been evaluated for a while. We've also tried the paper turned sideways and regular graph paper, neither worked. The inverted graph paper has been fabulous. Gotta do what works... :) As we all know.
  21. We've used quite a few math programs over the years. CLE, Saxon and R&S are great for their review problems. I like R&S but I don't care for how it teaches as much and I don't feel it helps me help teach him, if that makes sense. I do like the way its setup though. Saxon and CLE, imo, are very similar to each other except for the workbook. They both teach in small chunks and review. We are currently using Saxon but I'm considering going back to CLE due to the copying. The only way for Saxon to work well for us is for me to copy the problems over onto a special inverted graph paper (helps him stay straight better and see it better). However, even with CLE, he'll likely still need to copy some of the problems onto graph paper to work them. He just can't keep everything lined up. It would be much less copying though with CLE, which is why I'm considering the change. Not sure if that helps, but good luck. :)
  22. Just wondering what isn't working for you with Analytical Grammar? I was considering it for the future. Thanks,
  23. Thanks for the review. :) I'm anxious to hear how the student text is too. I'd love to know how the text is there also. DS has dyslexia and wears glasses and really likes his font larger.
  24. I find the same thing with my son all the time, for years and years. I'll be very worried that we've taken such long breaks and then all of sudden he gets it. :) I think their brains just need more time to assimilate the information. Or something like that..
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