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  1. Thank you, Heather, but I just had another board member email me the pages, so I am all set. I appreciate your willingness to help!
  2. I need a little bit of help from someone who currently has Saxon 8/7 (the 3rd edition homeschool set). I bought a set used last year on eBay and assumed everything was there. Well, it turns out there are a couple of the test pages missing (tests 1 & 2, pages 183-186). Would anyone be willing to scan or take pictures of these couple of pages so I don't have to buy a whole new book, please? If you could just pm me I will give my email address there. Thanks so much, and I'm totally done with buying used curriculum. This year has been awful! I've had missing parts, mismatched books, writing in books...ugh. Apparently saving a few dollars isn't worth the hassle. 😕
  3. We had a great year using Wayfarers this past year! For this upcoming year, I used Wayfarers as a guide to put my own thing together. I wanted to do a two-year American history but still continue using Quark Chronicles as our science spine, so I had to use the books that have been released. So for history (American history-up through the Civil War), my older kids will be using the Foster books (Columbus, Washington, & Lincoln) as a spine and they each have individual literature reading lists for the same time period. My younger kids will be using the D'Aulaire books and the If You Were...books as their spine. Together as a family we are doing a Book of Centuries and using the 200 American History Questions from Memoria Press. We also have family read-alouds we will do together at night that are based on the time period we are studying. For science, we are studying Anatomy and Astronomy using Quark Chronicles as our science family read aloud. Together we will be doing science experiments using the Janice VanCleave books, and we will also be putting the Scholasitc Body Book together. Each child has their own science book to read (CK12 for oldest, CLP grade 5 science reader for second, and Usborne First Encyclopedia for youngest two). They all each have some living science to read too (Burgess books for the younger two and The Secret of Everyday Things for the older two).

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    All prices include shipping. Please feel free to request pictures or more information. Thanks! Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation -- $9 ppd. Nice. 10th edition, in very good condition (no writing) ISBN 9780470222683 CC Trivium Tables Geography (Africa) -- $8 ppd. Nice. Classical Conversations table used with Cycle 1 ISBN 9780972719780 Christian Kids Explore Biology -- $15 ppd. Nice. CK Explore Biology: in great condition (©2003) Doorposts Set -- $35 ppd. Good. Includes both Polished Cornerstones (©1997) & Plants Grown Up (©1995) God's Promises -- $9 ppd. Nice. paperback book by Sally Michael ISBN 9781596384323 Great Science Adventures-Dinah Zike -- $8 ppd. Good. World of Plants or Insects/Arachnids Both books have booklets cut out and put together. Rest of the books are free of writing and just have shelf wear. Will sell both for $13ppd. IEW: Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons -- $15 ppd. Nice. Teacher's manual only- pages are clean (4th edition) ISBN 9781623412029 Killgallon Sentence Composing -- $10 ppd. Nice. Sentence Composing for Elementary School-no writing in book ISBN 9780325002231 Latin for Children A materials -- $65 ppd. Nice. Includes DVDs/CDs, History reader, answer key, & Clash cards Miquon First-Grade Diary -- $8 ppd. Nice. Great supplement to be used with Miquon books ISBN 9780913684672 The God Puzzle- Valerie Ackermann -- $12 ppd. Nice. Great workbook for kids ages 7-12; pages are all clean ISBN 9781939183194


  5. We actually do ELTL Monday through Wednesday and RLTL every day. But I am also using it for reading instruction, so I feel it is best for us to do RLTL every day. It really doesn't take too long once you find your rhythm, but again, that is where the beauty of its flexibility comes in. If it only works for you to do it twice a week, than that works too! The spelling lists are the group of either 10 (levels 1 & 2) or 15 (upper levels) words that you teach to go with each story. You take each word individually and call out the phonograms as the student writes them down. For example, if you are spelling the word "each", you tell your student what word you are spelling. They you say "write the phonograms that says E, e, A" and they would write on their paper "ea". They you would say "write the phonogram that says ch, k, sh" and they would write "ch" on their paper. I usually have my kids then look at the word and read it to me again, just to solidify they know what it says (this is very beneficial to them, especially when it comes to the longer words). If your son needed the extra practice, you certainly could have him copy the words. Once they read the story, they will see the words again and practice them that way. As far as the markings, we do that right after they have finished writing down the individual word, and that is where the spelling rule instruction comes into play.
  6. If your son is already familiar with the phonograms, you could easily start in level 2 of RLTL. For my 7 year old, this is what a typical week looks like for him. He is very familiar with the phonograms so we only review those on Friday. The other days of the week we alternate days of spelling words and reading the story. Here's an example: Monday: spelling list #60 Tuesday: read story #60 Wednesday: spelling list #61 Thursday: read story #61 Friday: review phonograms and review spelling words from that week (we don't really do tests because he doesn't seem to need them) But the thing I love most about RLTL is the flexibility. My younger son only does 10 words per week at the most and reviews phonograms more often. So he may only read a story once a week, or even once every two weeks. So you really have the freedom to use it however it works best for your family. As far as independent learning, there isn't much with RLTL. You are calling out the phonograms as they are writing down their spelling lists, and you'd probably want to listen to them reading the story in order to make sure they are pronouncing words correctly. The spelling rules are just introduced as you use them in words. I actually have flash cards of the spelling rules and we review those several times per week (I purchase the SWR spelling rule flash cards because they are very similar to RLTL's rules). I think that has helped tremendously with remembering the rules because then I can ask them "why is that word spelled that way?" when they are writing down spelling words and it really helps cement in their minds the whys of spelling. (This has worked well for my older kids that aren't even currently using RLTL!)
  7. We just finished the third book in the Growly series. We are also reading The Black Star of Kingston while we anxiously await the release of the Green Ember sequel, and for our summer book club we are reading The League and the Lantern.
  8. I put together an 18 week anatomy program for my upcoming 5th grader for next year. I'm using Quark Chronicles Anatomy as a family read-aloud, she will be reading Christian Liberty Press science reader 5 independently (as well as keeping a vocabulary notebook with it), we will be putting the Scholastic Body books together, and we will all be doing experience from Janice VanCleave's Human Body for Every Kid experiment book.
  9. For my kids, the skill of spelling has come easily for my visual learner, but not for my auditory learners. With standardized tests, my auditory learners think if they can read the word then it must be correct! I have literally tried just about every spelling program out there, and simple studied dictation using passages from books they are reading has had the best results for them (also, years and years of seeing the words written correctly is finally starting to help since they are 12 and 10 now). I really wouldn't stress about it because being in the 60th percentile isn't a bad score at all. Spelling has always been our lowest scores for my oldest two, but they make up for it by excelling in other areas so it all even out in the end. 😉
  10. Here is another list that may be helpful: http://www.nea.org/grants/50-state-booklist.html.
  11. We own the "Science for Every Kid" books. The A+ books looks like there are about 30 in-depth experiments that could be used for science fairs (complete with charting and graphing activities), while the science for every kid books have many more experiments that are pretty basic and easy to get done. I will be using the Science for Every Kid Astronomy and Earth Sceince books next year with my kids. Unfortunately I'm not sure what the step-by-step experiment books are like.
  12. We are using CLP's new textbook "Changing Frontiers" (https://www.clp.org/products/changing_frontiers_textbook_3068) next year as our spine for a two year history study. We are adding in lots of great historical literature too. :-)
  13. We have enjoyed all of the books we have used. I love that the experiments are easy to do and use materials we mostly have in our house. There are so many experiments in the book that it is pretty easy to skip the ones that either look too complicated or that you don't have the materials for. I purchased the books I have at betterworldbooks.com during one of their 40% off sales.
  14. How is Anki different from Quizlet? We currently use Quizlet but I wondering if Anki is superior to Quizlet somehow.
  15. Even though we aren't currently using KONOS, here is a post I did back when I was blogging about how I used and planned KONOS: https://wateronthefloor.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/planning-our-konos-units-with-a-free-printable/.
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