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  1. I would work with him on retelling back to you what he has read.  You could use the Pathway readers to do this.  I don't think you need any comprehension workbooks to go with it.  You could use any books or chapter books he likes really.  Retelling is a very effective way to build comprehension skills.


    Another choice for quick reading comprehension exercises is to use the McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons in Reading booklet or Reading and Thinking:  Exercises for Developing Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Skills.  Both of those booklets give very short passages to read and then a series of about 6 or 6 questions to answer about the passage.  The passages increase in difficulty as you progress.  That would take only about 10 minutes each day.  Very short and sweet, but teaches children to pay attention to what they are reading.

    I will look into both..thank you so much!!!

  2. If I were going to afterschool a kid to catch up, I would use Rod and Staff English 4 (to cover grammar and basic writing) plus Rod and Staff Spelling 4. I would also add in good quality books for reading, having the child do a little of the reading out loud to me every day. I would ask basic comprehension questions about the part he read to me.


    You could do all of that in about an hour per day.

    I esp like this. Im surprised that basic grammar, parts of speech, and writing dont start until 4 though....you would think R&S would have it starting earlier


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  3. Most people use a variety of materials and methods to teach English skills. :-)


    Spalding would cover a big part of what he needs: spelling, reading, penmanship, capitalization and punctuation, simple writing, all in one fell swoop. It would be a one-time purchase of less than $50. Those would be the areas I would work on first; grammar and more comprehensive composition can easily be added in later (Spalding can also do grammar and composition, but most people like to mix things up a bit). Spalding does have a learning curve on the teacher's part, but once you're ready to begin teaching, you just pick up each day where you left off.

    It lists 131 dollars on the website and an online class i need to try and implement it?


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  4. Due to many things happening in previous years, my son has a lot of gaps in his learning. I'm hoping to remedy this after school and try to her him close to a 4th grade level (his current grade). Should I look at WTM suggestions for earlier grades as practice? Looking at spelling and grammar and writing....we already practice phonics and he is doing fairly well with that. I'd love a complete curricula that encompasses all of this but if there isn't one I don't mind piecing one together.

  5. So many issues have happened in the past 5 years....the results are that my son is stuck in public school at the moment for this school year, but I'd like to afterschool him with language arts.  He has a relatively light homework load and I would like to do some remedial LA with him.  He gets spelling every week at school, and is decent in reading, so I'd like to teach grammar, writing, parts of speech.  Next year my plan is to HS again and I'd like to not stick him and his sister (who will be in second) in the same LA program if I can avoid it.

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  6. I really liked their language lessons because it was enough for my son who hates writing. I enjoyed the tone and everything else. They are somewhat highly priced

    I like their living science books as well but I made copies for my own kids anyway. Also loved Angela O'Dell's history and math books (already linked above)


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  7. We will be returning to homeschool next year and already I'm planning ahead.  My 9/10 year old boy wants more history and science, as his 2 years in brick and mortar school has him grumbling about how little they do science and history.  Is there a way to structure a HS program around those two without of course leaving out other important subjects?  I've already reminded him he will need math, reading, spelling, and I like how the WTM has things laid out, I'd just like some ideas on how maybe I could do this from someone more experienced.

  8. I agree, most math curricula will have placement tests you can use to see where you child is.  There are many great ones out there, just depends on what you think your older kids can work with.  What you are doing with the 3 year old is very on par...that is what a 3yo should be doing :) 


    I would say for your oldest child, see what kind of learner she is and see what it is about brick and mortar school she likes.  An online school can be a good choice for some...many of the public online charters have clubs and field trips for instance.  If she is used to a B&M school it could work out.  If the whole structure of public school has her messed up then an online school may not be the best solution for her.  Online schools are good if you have a child who can manage their time well or does not need a lot of pushing to keep up with schoolwork.  It is easy for many to slack off when doing online courses (I know I do).  If you had issues with her getting things completed in a B&M school then its quite possible you will have the same challenges in an online school as well.


  9. I have done both.  DS now does CLE Math 2, but we use Fred as a read-aloud and then he solves the problems.  I don't think Fred would be good as a stand alone but some parents could probably make it work.  Singapore math was nice.....but ultimately I found that CLE is the best fit for ds.  I would say you could easily use both...it fits in really well with most math programs (LOF that is)

  10. We just switched....AGAIN.  I think finally finally I have found what works for ds.  We just started CLE Math 2 and CLE Reading and Language Arts 2 this month and love love love love it! I don't know why I didn't go with this earlier...got too scared it would be over ds's head but it isn't! Also going back to Ambleside Online, starting with Year 2 in January, but doing some read alouds from the list now. 

  11. Gnomes also have a particular significance in Anthroposophy, though. They believe they're "nature spirits" or "elementals" that live in mines and are associated with minerals, and that people can perceive them if they're sensitive enough and not corrupted by modern ways of life.


    I'm sure most homeschoolers don't believe this, but Waldorf teachers and writers who subscribe to this belief system certainly do. And the creator of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner, had a great deal to say about these supposed creatures and their purported behavior.


    Search query for "gnomes" on rsarchive.org (archive of Steiner's writings and lectures)


    Gnomes and critics at Waldorf schools (National Post [Canadian newspaper], Nov. 16, 2002)


    Gnomes -- Waldorf Watch -- mostly quotations from Steiner & Waldorf teachers


    Kind of gives a different way of looking at this practice.

    Anything with "watch" in the title I am going to be leery of. The guy who founded that website is not exactly what I would call unbiased and didn't do his research before he sent his child to a Waldorf school. OM is not true Waldorf, and anyone can take what they like and leave the rest.

  12. I guess I am trying to figure out (late I know) if my son should have a separate spelling curriculum for first grade or not. If one already has a phonics/reading program is AAS even useful....or does it combine both? I am kind of confused looking at samples on the website.

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