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  1. 4 hours ago, Sarah_hopes said:

    We did IEW with our kids. It was a great foundation for them. For the ones that ended up taking composition classes at MPOA, I think they are ready for college level. One of mine didn't take comp and I felt like they maybe were not quite ready, but it's hard to say. I'd add a comp class if possible. We had a great experience with it, and they had a lot of fun writing.

    Essentials in Writing is different than IEW. I have done IEW but looking for a change.

  2. I got a free beta version of the new Storybook Latin curriculum from Logos Press when it came out last summer and thought I’d try it. I’m not sure how I’m liking it right now and wanted to know if there was anyone else out there using it that could commiserate with me about some things? 

  3. I know this is an area that is HUGE and there are tons of options out there, but if you have a writing and/or grammar (can be two separate things or one together) curriculum you LOVED with your 6th grader, what was it and why did you like it? We are finishing up our first year of IEW AFF along with MP Grammar Recitation. I like these ok but would love to see what else is out there. I would consider my dd pretty strong in these subjects.

  4. I am doing Foundations A with my k’er this year after having taught my two older kids to read with OPGTR. This one needs more hands-on, multi-sensory activities to learn. At first, I loved it! I loved that it was all planned out, she was active, she was doing worksheets. Now that we are at the end of A, though, I can’t say it was a magic “fix-all.”

    cons: Lessons are very long— like we usually take a week for each one. There is a new spelling list every lesson. She can barely READ words at this point, She is certainly not ready to spell, at least not that many words at a time. They are learning to write the letters at the same time they are learning their sound— I’m not sure those should be concurrent skills.

    pros: Colorful worksheets that are fun for a busy 6-year-old; Helps the child truly understand the way letters sound and how to put them together to make words; easy prep for games. 

    It’s also expensive, imo, so I’m not sure at this point that we will go on with B. 


  5. I do use the Latin too and as we get farther in, I am seeing the beauty of all of it fitting together. I guess I am just wanting grammar that takes more than 5 minutes a day and offers more practice applying it to writing. 

    My older dd is 10 (5th grade). We started doing a little of CW Aesop and did NOT like that. We are doing IEW AFF this year and I DO like it, I just feel like it doesn’t cover everything (it’s probably just me comparing it to her public school friends’ Writing abilities).

    I feel pretty confident in where my dd is in Grammar & Writing and honestly could stick with what we have for her. It’s really my son that I feel is not at all where he should be in grammar or writing. He is 8. He is also doing IEW AFF at a slower pace. He hates having so many “rules” and just wants to make up stories. His spelling is horrible but that’s a whole other issue!! 

    I think I just want to “feel” like they are doing enough in the school day and not finishing everything in an hour like we usually do. 


  6. 1 hour ago, Targhee said:

    You might look at Memoria Press materials. 

    ETA: we used several different things but Writing is somewhere I invest a lot of one:one time. It is not, IMO, the place to have a workbook do the teaching.


    So you are referring to Classical Compositon? We have been using the Grammar Recitation. I do love MP but the grammar seems too simplistic and not complete enough for me. I’m not sure if I can do the writing or not. I WANT to like it but I’m just not sure... 

  7. Still in the process of deciding a lot of these:

    Math: TT4 (this is the one I’m sure of since it’s been working for us)

    Spelling: AAS4 & 5

    Writing: Still working on this... He is not at all a writer and IEW is not doing it for us!!

    Grammar: hoping to find a writing program that also includes this...

    Latin: Hoping to start MP LC or something basic. (My older DD is using FIrst Form and we both like it.)

    History: MOH Ancients as a family

    Science: Also deciding.. Maybe Gods Design for the Physicals world or Science in the Ancient World

    taekwando, baseball, church stuff...

  8. I very much love the Classical Style of homeschool and my younger kids used FLL and lots of other parent-guided Classical-style curricula. Now that they are older (and there are 4 of them) I need some thing more traditional, workbook-based— at least for Language Arts. I need them to be more independent! I want to switch to something like CLE or BJU for Language Arts but don’t feel like that fits with my Classical style. So I guess my question is, what does “Classical” style Language Arts look like for those of you who have multiple kids and want it to get done? 

  9. Math: TT6

    Spelling: AAS 7

    Writing: Still trying to decide... Either IEW Ancient History Theme or May switch to EIW. Need something she can do independently and something that includes Grammar too! 

    Grammar: Also up in the air, but we have enjoyed MP Grammar Recitation 2 this year 

    Latin: Finish MP First Form & move on to 2nd 

    History: Starting the MOH series as a family, Ancients 

    Science: Either God’s Design for Physical World or maybe Science in the Ancient World— Still undecided here too

    She does plays, piano practice, and dance. We always find art opportunities too. 

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  10. 9 hours ago, silver said:

    I've done level A with three kids using nothing but the TM and the workbook. I did have familiarity with phonograms and spelling rules before starting. I made an ANKI deck to use in place of buying phonogram cards.


    What is ANKI? I have taught two kids to read using OPGTR & done AAS many years so I am also familiar with the phonograms but I think games will appeal to dd3. I may just get the TM and see what happens as we go along. 

  11. On 6/30/2018 at 6:33 AM, lexi said:

    I am switching to MP this school year (from CAP). 

    CAP was very busy (the activity guide especially) and with the new editions I would have to repurchase everything for my next child. Frustrating. 

    I showed my daughter MP and we both liked the clean layout and straightforward approach. I’m hoping it helps us stay more consistent with Latin this year. It also seems to have better review and seems to build on itself in a logical way. We’ll see....

    Knowing that CAP was doing a second edition was what really helped me decide to switch. I have many little ones and I would have to rebuy each level of CAP. And I felt my daughter did not retain as much from this past school year as I would have liked. 


    So, Lexi, are you going to start with First Form or 2nd, having already done LFC A? We are in this same situation!

  12. Cant believe my oldest is almost to 5th Grade!


    Math- Teaching Textbooks 5


    History- MOH1: Ancient Times


    Science- AiG Gods Design for Plants & Animals


    Grammar- still undecided about CC Essentials— otherwise will do MP English Grammar Recitation


    Writing- this would be covered in CC Essentials too, otherwise IEW History Writing Lessons


    Draw & Write Thru History for art & handwriting


    Latin- finish up Latin for Children A & move to B


    Maybe add French with DuoLingo.


    Continue ballet/ tap, and hopefully add some theater for fine arts since that seems to be her current passion



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  13. My 3rd Grade plan so far:


    Grammar- MP English Grammar Recitation 1 (never tried this but it’s simplicity appeals to me)


    Spelling- finish AAS3, move to 4


    Writing- slowly start IEW All Things Fun & Fascinating, if he’s ready


    Handwriting- still deciding- need a lot of work in this area— love the CC Prescripts books


    Math- Teaching Textbooks 3


    History- Mystery of History 1: Ancient World


    Science- God’s Design for Animals & Plants


    French with Duolingo




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  14. I should have mentioned read-alouds. We always do those with history plus other subjects as they show interest. I'm not really interested in a formal writing program right now but he will do copywork & narration from history & science. We will also add in some composers & artists informally plus piano. He also does taekwando. So I guess I really do have the basics covered, just seems light to me?

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  15. I'm working on my 2nd graders schedule for next year. Somehow it doesn't look like "enough", although I know, I know, it's just 2nd grade. What gaps do I need to fill?


    Reading- Probably just a Spectrum Reading Comprehension workbook or something-- he is already reading fairly well

    Grammar- First Language Lessons 2

    Spelling- All About Spelling 2

    Handwriting- don't know, probably just copywork from other subjects?

    Math- Math Lessons for a Living Education + XTra Math online

    Science- chemistry plan I've pieced together to do with older sister

    History- US History from The Story of the World

    Geography- state studies & map tracing



  16. CC by Memoria press is a re-work of an older progymnasmata program by the same name.


    IEW is not a progym program. CAP's series is. So is Writing Tales, Cottage Press (to a limited degree) and Classical Writing. WWS and co. are not, and there are some great posts floating around the internet from the old, old boards about the sundry benefits of one or the other. Back then it was basically CW v. WWS, but even if you're mentally comparing different programs, posts from those years are elucidating because basically no one is talking about this stuff in those terms (progym or other) any more.


    So, my advice is to figure out what your big picture goals and ideas about writing are, because if you want the progym, you're going to have a hard time doing that while simultaneously trying to work through IEW.  Then you can go from there.



    I have an idea what you're talking about, but can you give me a layman's terms summary of both types of programs? And is there anything that uses IEW's method that's not so expensive?


    ETA: I just found a summary of the progym. method, but tell me how it's different from IEW, which I'm not as familiar with?

  17. Anyone tried Memoria Press's Classical Composition series? I'm hurting my head trying to find a good writing program for my soon-to-be 4th grader. This is one that I haven't found a lot about. 

    FWIW, I'm also tossing around the ideas of EIW or CAP Fable. My main requirements are LOW PREP for me, and inexpensive.


  18. Glad to know I'm not the only one who lives to plan this far in advance! My oldest will be in 3rd grade-- we'll be starting some of these in April since we school year round-ish.


    We may or may not be returning to our Classical Conversations program next year for memory work, etc. haven't decided that yet.


    Spelling: R&S SSS 3 (switching from AAS 2)


    Grammar: FLL 3


    Handwriting: Writing with Prayer Cursive


    Writing: Copywork & dictation, maybe W&R Fable later in the year


    Math: Horizons 2


    History& Literature: SOTW 2


    Science: CKE Chemistry


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    Piano + Tap/ jazz dance class

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