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  1. Ok, search and delete done. SWB, I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this. As a pp mentioned, thank you for all of the hard work you are putting into this and not just taking the boards down. This board is invaluable and is like a home away from home. ETA: I changed my profile picture. This is my picture that I took. Those are my feet :001_smile:
  2. Besides, we can't take your time up by pinning past posts. You have an essay program to write. :001_smile:
  3. Oh my goodness!! Yes please!! I'm joining in on the happy dance with a previous poster.... :party: I agree!!
  4. I had to leave the board for just a minute to answer an email and just came back to thank you for your post as well, but then found it gone. I agree with you that IEW is a great program too. There are many aspects about it that I liked and still do. My ds loves Andrew! :lol: We used most of SWI-A last year and his writing did improve greatly. More than anything, I think it built his confidence in his writing ability. However, I did feel like there was a little something that we were missing and could never put my finger on it. I think for me, that's where TC comes in. My thought process right now will be to go back next year and utilize some of the IEW material that we have after we have completed a year of TC. Not sure that we will use it as intended or switch things up a bit. Just gonna take it one year at a time right now. :001_smile:
  5. Debbie, My son will be 11 this year while we are using TC. While I would have loved to have started in sooner with him had it been available, I think it is still a great fit at his age. You could definitely do it with your 8 year old as well. At the end of section 2 it states if you don't think your child is ready to move on to section 3 about simple reports, review the skills learned so far using additional stories.
  6. Thank you for posting this. I did end up buying TC and I am SOOO glad that I did. Yes, it was extra money since I had already bought our curriculum for the year, but it was money WELL spent! (I did purchase IEW used - that took the sting off some..lol) Having now owned both, I can see how very different they are. I love the approach to TC. It was what I originally wanted in a writing program, but could never find. We may still end up using some of the IEW that I have after we finish TC, but I can see us using it a little differently now. Oh, and I thought that we were going to skip the first section seeing as we had already been through most of Winston Grammar last year. However, I like the approach so much, that I decided to go ahead and do it, just moving through a little quicker. Once we get to section 2 we will slow back down and do the lessons as written. I feel like ds is going to have such a strong foundation after we are through with TC this year. Thanks again for all of your hard work Karen!!! I am excited to use TC this year.
  7. :hurray: I did it!! I found a way to reorganize a couple of things in the budget and purchased TC! I am so excited. Now to spend a while reading over everything and work on plugging it into our schedule.
  8. Ok, TC just keeps popping back into my head. I can't tell you all the times that I have gone back and looked at all of the samples and reread the "why" behind the curriculum page just in the last couple of days. I really like everything that I see. However, since I have already purchased all of our curriculum for this year (writing included), I am having a hard time even considering purchasing anything else when money is so tight. (A single momma's income only goes so far) I am planning on using IEW's All Things Fun and Fascinating along with the last couple of lessons in SWI-A that we didn't finish up last year. My son's seems to do well with IEW and his writing has improved. However, there is still this nagging little doubt that there are some holes and we are missing some things with his writing. Is there anyone that has already purchased TC that has also used IEW? If so, can you please compare the two? Would combining the two work? Sorry for all of the rambling. It's been a long day at work.
  9. Why did I subscribe to this thread? :lol: I already have my writing for this year and I can't afford to buy anything else, but man, all these posts are really making me :drool5: . I love this looks of this 8. Fantastic job!
  10. I just saw the Liberty Kids Complete series DVD at our local Walmart for $5. I know Amazon carries it for this price too, but just thought I'd throw this out there for anyone that would like it but is not ordering enough on Amazon for free shipping.
  11. I just saw the Liberty Kids Complete series DVD at our local Walmart for $5. I know Amazon carries it for this price too, but just thought I'd throw this out there for anyone that would like it but is not ordering enough on Amazon for free shipping.
  12. This does look very intriguing! Thank you. What level did you start with. Off to see if our library has this.
  13. Yes, this really clicked with my son also.
  14. This sounds very intriguing. If I may ask, what program are you using?
  15. We only do the spelling portion of Essentials. Last year we used it along with Winston Grammar and IEW SWI-A. This year we plan to go back through it with the advanced list. We will still be using IEW for writing and are going to give Fix-It grammar a try too.
  16. You can file your intent now if you want. However, the date that you file your intent will also be the date your end of the year evaluations are due by each year. If you would like to begin July 7th and file your intent in August, that wouldn't be a big deal. Public school doesn't start until August anyway.
  17. If you go to Christianbook.com and Rainbow Resource and search Saxon teacher CD you will find a demo. It is for the upper levels, Algebra 1 and 2 I believe, but it should give you an idea.
  18. One of the reasons I chose CLE was because my ds could write directly in the light unit. The other was because it didn't look cluttered like other math programs. I am glad I did because it has been a good fit here.
  19. I use my Life Lesson Study Bible. It has a devotional index in the front. However, used my NLT bible the same way by using the concordance before I started using this one. What I like about using this approach is that we can focus on topics that are helpful depending on the circumstances at the time.
  20. Here's an idea that I just started started with my son. Yes, it takes a little bit of work on your part, but not much. I like to do topical studies on my own each morning. Today I did speech and the power of your words. I took 4-5 verses that I had studied and then wrote them down for my son. I made a simple notebook page that I can make copies of and use each morning. I have him look up verses and read them on his own. He then writes out his favorite - the one he got the most out of. Then he writes or draws what that verse meant to him or how it helped, etc. Since we have both studied the same thing, we can continue to talk about it throughout the day. Or he can come to me with questions and we can discuss it further.
  21. I just saw this at the convention over the weekend. Looked interesting, but haven't taken the time to thoroughly check it out yet. Doc's Discovery Books There's also a great free bible curriculum at the Thinking Kids Blog called Bible Road Trip. It has notebooking pages with it as well.
  22. Headed there tomorrow. Can't wait as well. My baby girl graduates!!!! It will be a bitter sweet weekend for sure. As to what to look for....some vendors have clearance sections. I always check those out. However, having a list and sticking to it could be a very good thing. The vendor hall can be a dangerous place if you're not careful. Lol
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