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Amy Meyers

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About Amy Meyers

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    South Africa

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    Missionary mommy in SA
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    South Africa
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    Reading, playing piano
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    Missionary wife and mother

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  1. Has anyone tried these for your high school student (or just for yourself)? Looking for reviews of them.
  2. Ah, yes, sorry, I knew about that. I thought you had a curriculum for it. 🙂
  3. What's this? Would it be a problem to share a link...?
  4. Did you make your own notebook? I didn't know there was a notebook! What's it like?
  5. Am I supposed to teach the words first? I thought I was just supposed to test, writing down the words in different colors to show the patterns, and the important technique was that they catch their mistakes.
  6. Yup, we're also using R&S. We usually just read the writing lessons in it or skip them. I've found the grammar in CW to be more challenging than what we're doing in R&S (which, if you know R&S, makes CW seem really over the top). So, we cut, skip, or do together the parsing parts. It is helpful to do some of the parsing in CW, however, for help with the sentence shuffling work.
  7. I'm so happy we purchased and used Story of the World (with activity book) apologia or Berean Builders science books AAS lots of beautiful literature The Well-Trained Mind MUS
  8. We are 2/3 through our 6th grade year, and he's using: MFW Exploration to 1850 R&S 6 grammar, Classical Writing Homer B, Megawords, literature that goes with history MUS Pre-algebra, and I expect he'll be starting Algebra 1 before the end of the year plus piano and trumpet lessons
  9. Ah. Thank you. In my defense, I didn't know it was the top of the page. Or does that make me even more stupid? :leaving:
  10. ETA: I am told it is my honor to say BOOYA now. I truly feel honored. Wow! This thread is a commitment! I posted only 7 hours ago, and already it's onto the next page with comments. Hope you're not annoyed if I say I have not idea what that is. :laugh: However, I live in South Africa, and over here the most common variety of tomato is called a "jam" tomato, and some people actually do make jam with it. Someone gave me a jar once. Do you have jam tomatoes in America? I am American, and my mom does grow tomatoes every year in her garden, but I don't remember ever hearing of these. They are not round, more oblong and oval. "A. Meyer" Lemon tree. I didn't know there was a lemon tree named after me. :) When life gives you lemons... You get 50,000 points for making me laugh. Thanks!
  11. This. I also think of it like phonics. The classical method for reading would also be the traditional--learn phonics. Classical learning to read would shy away from the sight method. Similarly, I think Suzuki couldn't qualify as "classical," because as sight-method is to reading, so I feel Suzuki is to piano. My sons did take Suzuki violin, but I was teaching them piano with Alfred, which I feel emphasizes the chords well, so they were learning to read the music well. I don't have any Thompson books with me. I really don't like Suzuki for the piano. I know this is a caricature of their program, but it kind of seems like trained monkeys to me. They can play a limited repertoire very well, and that's it. I have taught with Faber, and I like it, but it seems a little more like creative writing to me, rather than simple copywork and dictation, if you understand my meaning. Faber will take that 5-finger pattern and put it all over the piano. It's interesting, but I agree, there is a more "free" or modern taste to it than some of the others, although it's still pretty traditional. My impression of classical instruction (which, none of our music would be truly classical, as even the scales we use are only from the last 500 years) is that it would be taught with a lot of technique practice. A lot of the classical composers wrote etudes and such for youngsters (usually girls) to practice with. Lots of scales, Beringer daily exercises, that kind of thing for the grammar stage. Perhaps the "logic" stage would continue with technique and sight reading skills, and add in more theory. Then the rhetoric stage may be using all of that to begin composing, arranging, or improvisation skills? Just a thought. But that's if you view classical education as "stages" of learning per Dorothy Sayers Lost Tools of Learning. If you consider the ancient views on education, you might be thinking about how to use music to instill the "good, true, and beautiful" into your children. So then the good might refer to playing well, working hard, having consistent character to practice; the true could perhaps refer to theory and sight reading and learning the "truth" of music (like 2+2 in math, learning the notes and staff and theory); the beautiful could refer to proper taste and judgment in playing with expression, beauty, and playing things that are aesthetically pleasing and uplifting, not simply appealing to the "belly," or the baser desires. What do you think?
  12. Just thought I'd put my stamp on this thread. Hope that's not annoying.
  13. Is the Well Trained Mind not doing a Cyber Monday sale this year? I was hoping they would.
  14. I have purchased only individual items that I needed to complete a package from them. Each individual item is listed with pricing and info underneath the package on the website, so you can pick what you need, but you'd need the TM. I wouldn't do 1st with MFW if you already have phonics, language arts, math, WWE planned. 1st grade covers mainly those things. In fact, I didn't do 1st with MFW for that reason, but am almost done with my third year using MFW for the "family cycle." (on week 33 of RTR) It would be easier to switch things out for the family cycle, depending on what you wanted to switch out. I did SCM's 106 Days of Creation for science in 1st grade, and I really liked that. It was very gentle. We read through a Bible, memorized some things, and did SOTW1 for history. Doing Adventures is also an interesting idea, so long as he doesn't mind writing.
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