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  1. I'm wanting to make a life-size poster of the internal organs of the human body with my 1st grader. Looking for a resource to do so.
  2. My son was diagnosed with some speech disfluency by a speech pathologist about 1 1/2 years ago. We weren't able to get him into the school's speech therapy program for a year after the diagnosis. When that time came I decided to decline it because it didn't seem like his problem was very noticable and I was more concerned about making this already quiet boy self-conscious about his speech when it really didn't seem like that noticable of a problem. However, lately I've really noticed a ton of stuttering when he reads aloud to me. Maybe it was always there and I just overlooked it, but now that I've noticed it I'm seeing that it's really bad. Are there any tips for ways I can quietly help him at home? He's 9 and he reads really well for his age and above grade level. Again, I don't want him to be self-conscious about it and making a big deal of going to speech therapy seems like it would just make it...well...a bigger deal. But do you think I should just enroll him in it? Or is there stuff I can do at home with him?
  3. I'm actually using level 1 and level 3 this year for my two younger ones. I like them for the younger ones, but I question it more for my 6th grader who would be finishing up level 4 and then level 5 this year. Some might be his personality and need for more review.
  4. Are your referring to the Level 4 Creative Companion? That's the only companion book that I can think of that has the art, poetry, and geography in it. He's half way through that book and that thought did cross my mind.....just having him do that book on top of whatever else we do for language arts. And then when we come to level 5 just printing the free pdf download and just doing the sections that pertain to those areas. But that will be a lot of weeding through things. Was hoping there was just something different but similar. Things like the Simply Charlotte Mason enrichment stuff is fine, but it's just more pieces to juggle rather than it all being in one place.
  5. We did our first year of The Good and the Beautiful language arts last year. I loved it! But as I think about it, what I realize that I loved was the variety each day along with the geography, art study, art instruction, and poetry. I don't feel that the grammar and writing area is as good as it could be, which defeats it being used as our language arts curriculum. So if I switched to another grammar and writing program, is there any other single program that would encompass the geography, art, and poetry that I'm missing? I'd love it to be just ONE program, sort of like TGATB, so there isn't so much juggling. Or is there another language arts program similar to The Good and the Beautiful that I'm missing?
  6. I guess I was confused, I thought EIW was IEW. EIW looks much better for our situation though. How long are each of the DVD sessions and about how long does the student spend daily with this curriculum?
  7. I need to look at EIW again. It's been a few years and when I looked at it originally it didn't seem like a good fit for my son. But things change, so I need to refresh myself on what that looks like again. Winning with Writing looks great though! I like the layout and it's straight-forwardness and that the lessons are relatively short. I'm being tempted.... Analytical grammer looks great on a number of fronts, and I may keep it in mind for my other kids, but I can see the layout and exercises are not for this particular child. For the person who asked, I'm looking for something brief and concise for a number of reasons. I've learned over 6 years of homeschooling my son that this is the best approach for keeping him positive toward learning and absent from daily emotional breakdowns. He and I have also had lots of clashing and relational stress concerning school over the past couple years and so the more he can do independently without me, the better chance that we will be able to continue homeschooling while not destroying our relationship.
  8. Ooo....I like the looks of Spanish for Kids by Kids, and my younger two could get in on that too! Would love to hear more about Middlebury. Their info was more difficult to navigate. But am I correct that it's about $300 for that course? Might be a good option for the future should my kids decide they really do want to learn Spanish. I feel that for now we're just testing the waters and I like the price point of Spanish for Kids a lot better.
  9. I'm looking for a writing and grammar program that is concise, adequate, and preferably not too boring. My son (and I) do not want to spend a ton of excess time on these subjects!
  10. My boys both want to do Spanish, but I don't want to add anything more to MY schedule. So I'm looking for something good they could do independently with little to no oversight.
  11. I love the language arts! We don't do the spelling though, as it is definately not designed for those who struggle with spelling as my kids do. I love the variety every're never doing the same routine two days in a row. I do wish there was more grammer review. We came from CLE language arts and I felt it had my boys in a really solid place with grammer. Grammer isn't done every day with TGATB and so they usually need reminders of what and how to do things when it is time to review, but they always remember after my verbal reminder and are able to do the grammer sections reasonably well. In the end, TGATB saves me tons of time as opposed to doing grammer and writing seperately. You should be able to get through Levels 2 and 3 in a year by doing 25 min./day if you're not doing the spelling. Level 4 is more independent and took my son about 30-35 min/lesson. And I feel that they are gaining sooooo much more than just grammer and writing that it's not worth me going back to CLE just for the extra grammer review.
  12. My 6th grader is really interested in marine biology. Not that I'm apposed to Apologia's "Swimming Creature's of the Fifth Day," but are there any other age-appropriate curriculums that cover this topic?
  13. My 5th grade son is in love with Hank, but the attitudes and language in those books are coming through in his life and I'm afraid we may need to pull those books from his reading options and he is going to be CRUSHED! So what can we replace them with? Doesn't need to be of super high literary quality as this is just free reading, but humor and talking animals are two aspects of the Hank books that he really likes.
  14. Can someone please recommend some manipulatives for teaching various principles regarding fractions for my 5th grader? Also manipulatives for teaching area, perimeter and volume? He can sort of sometimes figure things out, but I don't feel like he's really understanding what he's doing.
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