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  1. The Wikapedia list is helpful! I was hoping for something I didn't have to buy. Our Classical Conversations group uses the Discovering Great Artists book, so I do like that one. I could probably figure out how to use that with SOTW if I actually bought it! Still leaves music, though...
  2. Maybe I'll go through the AG & make my own list. Sounds like I could charge money for something like that! 😄
  3. Does anyone know if there is a list out there of famous musical composers and/ or artists that you can study within their time period as it is discussed in the SOTW? (Specifically looking for Middle Ages, but really any of them...)
  4. This is all kind of along the lines of what I was thinking... I don't really think we NEED formal writing instruction but I just feel like something is missing in just doing FLL less than 15 min. a day for LA. So if I start WWE, what level do you think I should start with? (We are almost through FLL 2)
  5. If you have used R&S English, what do you like or dislike about it? I have a 2nd grader. We have been using FLL & really do like it-- will probably continue with it. But I am looking for a simple writing/ composition program. I like how R&S seems like it would combine what we are learning in FLL with easy writing. Writing With Ease is another option I thought of, but the dictation/ copywork method always seems like overkill alongside FLL. I also like that R&S English is cheap. I don't want to spend a lot on something we may not even like.
  6. What do you like or dislike about R&S? Specifically looking for a 2nd grader. We're doing AAS 2 now & it's going ok but the cost may prevent me from going on to the next level. The cost of R&S is most appealing but I do want something effective for a dd who is NoT a natural speller but a great reader!
  7. Actually, we're just starting the 2nd half of 1st grade, so I'd need the Horizons 1 Teacher's Manual. I hate buying it when we're halfway through, but I am reminding myself I can use it again with the others coming up.
  8. I just cannot seem to find a math program I like! I have gone back & forth between 3 or 4 different ideas over the past year. We started out with Saxon. I love how it teaches the concepts and I love how it is spiral with the concepts. However, dd & I BOTH hated the worksheets. So boring & repetitive. Plus, I will soon be adding a new k'er to our school day (not to mention a toddler & a newborn), so the long scripted lesson is often too much for me to prepare. We did Horizons this year, but without the Teacher's Guide, so it was just "Here's your worksheet-- figure it out." I like that the pages are short & colorful but it really did nothing to actually TEACH the concepts. I may be able to get behind Math-U-See, but I really want to be sure I'm going to stick with something before I make a big investment. And I don't want her to get behind. I feel like we are "stuck" right now on addition facts. She just cannot seem to get them into her little brain. So I guess my question is-- should I stick with either the Horizons or Saxon (since I already have most of the components) and add some type of extra practice with addition facts, or should I try a different tactic altogether. What math has "worked" for your 1st/ 2nd grader?
  9. I was thinking of doing this, although it looks a bit "classroom-y": http://gec.kmu.edu.tw/~lc/ecorner/eBook/Teaching%20With%20Aesop%27s%20Fables.pdf There is also a lapbook on Homeschool Share: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/aesop.php
  10. We have God's Design for Life Plants & it has 35 lessons. You can do 1 lesson per day so it depends on how many days a week you do science. I think they are supposed to be like 12 weeks so you can finish a series (3 books) in 1 school year.
  11. There is this: http://airskull.com/our-book-list-for-story-of-the-world-volume-1-ancient-times/ I have another one saved but can't find it now. I will have to look later.
  12. I am completely opposite of unschooling in most subjects. I am a planner all the way. But after searching & reviewing online tons of different science curriculum for my 2nd grader & finding Nothing I love, I decided to forgo a formal science & buy one of those Young Scientist Club kits for experiments. I've planned some books to go along and probably a lapbook off the Internet. Haven't tried it yet but it seems like it will be enough. Last year we made it up as we went for animals & for human body studies. I bought a curriculum for plants & just have a hard time fitting it in! So I'm thinking books & fun projects at this age are enough. Lapbooks are easy to find online if you want a little "more."
  13. Have you seen this? http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2012/06/classical-conversations-cycle-1-science.html She has tons of CC resources! I used her site a lot as a tutor!
  14. Oops should have not opened my mouth. It was IEW I was thinking of! Didn't even look at the link for EIW.
  15. I have no personal experience but I think the EIW DVD's are meant for the teacher to watch as an instruction in how to teach writing. I also don't think it's meant for 1st grade but more like 3rd or so. We like FLL for lower grade grammar & use it for writing too.
  16. That is awesome! I am surprised they make all that free.
  17. Is there any website where I can find a list of spelling "rules" (like those found in All About Spelling), so I could create my own type of spelling program without purchasing a whole complicated, expensive curriculum?
  18. Why don't you like REAL Science Odyssey? Was going to use that one this year with my 2nd & k'er and it sounds like I want all the same things as you...
  19. Has anyone used this or formed any opinions on it? (Will be using Grade 2.) Looks a lot like what I want but haven't heard anything about it.
  20. Hoping to start 2nd Grade soon with my dd6! First Language Lessons 2 Grammar of Spelling 2 Writing with Prayer (CLP) Cursive (only because it was free) Horizons Math 2 (still have a little left in 1, though) R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth & Space Story of the World 1 Ancient Times (literature, art, music & copywork from this time period) My own Myths & Fables unit study Abeka Health Reader 2 Classical Conversations Catechism & AWANA for Bible Memory Piano & Dance Lessons
  21. This is my 2nd child -- older dd used Saxon, which I think equipped me with the use of manipulatives. I just flipped through the book & realized I'll need the Teacher Book, which I wasn't planning, but I was thinking of using their phonics anyway...
  22. I was planning to use the Horizons K Math with my k'er next year but just got a free copy of Abeka's K5 Numbers book. It looks pretty thorough but is Abeka considered more on the easy side or more advanced? Only wondering because I like the Horizons Math for 1st grade but I know it is a little more challenging & don't want him to be behind when he gets there.
  23. Xtramath.com might have what you're looking for, although I haven't tried it yet...
  24. What is your favorite book/ curriculum for learning about plants in 1st grade? I like a lot of living books, experiments that have easy-to-find materials, and an open & go-type layout. Preferably inexpensive... Anyone used Usborne Science with Plants?
  25. I am looking for an inexpensive workbook (or text or website, even) to teach things like sequencing, story elements, cause & effect, inferencing, etc.-- reading comprehension basics for a 1st grader who is reading well. I would love for it to use "real" stories both fiction & nonfiction, if such a thing exists. I know I don't "need" something like this but I like to have something to give me direction & make sure I'm doing enough.
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