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Diana B

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  1. We're going to give Vocab from Classical Roots a shot. I'm not sure we need it, but I want to give it a try at least. {He has a pretty good vocab, but I want to show him a new way of looking at the words. Also helping it will help him with spelling!} But I'm not really sure how to make it work. Do I need to teach it? Or can he do it mostly himself? It's not broken up into multiple days, so how do I break it up into a week's worth? Does it need to be done daily? What do YOU do with it?
  2. I answered that we try to complete and then catch up on Friday (or just shift the schedule). We're pretty flexible/fluid and don't stress about finishing things. This year (we don't start until October) we're trying a new system of weekly assignments vs daily so that he has more choice over what he does when. I'm using Evernote to keep a check list. Many things need to be done daily (Hebrew, Latin, Math, Spelling) but history, literature, writing, science are all fluid and can be done whenever. We're also giving a timer schedule a try. So far it's working well (we're still on light s
  3. This is my kid. Every now and then he decides to write pieces to a story (and he talks of becoming an author) but he hates the actual writing process right now. My goal / philosophy right now is just to have him able to coherently take his thoughts and put them on paper - whether they be factual essays, opinion essays, creative writing, etc. Slowly making those thoughts become stronger & longer. If he truly decides to pursue creative writing, then we'll focus more on that in high school. {A lot of writing will be outsourced in high school as my husband and I are NOT writers. At all.}
  4. There is some flexibility in the assignments. Some of it is very directed - for example it started with describing your room by answering questions, not much wiggle room there. But other assignments give a list of topic options that fit into the type of writing assignment. One such example was to write about an event by answering who, what, where, when, why and maybe how. It could be any personal event - birthday, baptism, etc. You can also allow him to use the lesson to write about a different topic if the one assigned is not of interest. I actually changed a topic for my son prior to hi
  5. I don't know anything about Jump In ~ but I urge you to look at Meaningful Composition for all your requirements. It's been a lovely find this year for my 5th grader and we plan on using it through the summer and into next year for sure! We did 4+ this year, will be doing 5(II) Creative & Clever over the summer and then into 6+ next year. Teaches writing from a Key Word Outline and has a wonderful checklist for content editing.
  6. Realized the other day that my kiddo has a great vocabulary but doesn't know how to break new words down very well. So looking for something that teaches him roots and prefixes/suffixes. {We are studying Latin and will be studying Greek, but I'd like something more.} Needs to be fairly independent, a couple days a week would be good. Thoughts?
  7. He is currently in the Grade 5, but he'll jump around a little if he gets 'bored'. He says he hates math most of the time but is really good at it and catches on really fast. So I just let him bounce around to keep him interested.
  8. Have you set it up so you are a coach? Once you have her as your student you can go to manage your students and assign topics. Go to Coach, Student Progress, Click on her name and then make a recommendation. What you recommend will pop up on her list of topics to work on. She does have to a number of 'mastery challenges' to help her skip over the stuff that she understands. After a while, she will only get mastery challenges when she's done enough other work. If you don't have a coach account set up and don't want to, you can find specific areas to work on. From the dashboard yo
  9. We are doing Spelling Wisdom for spelling and I'd like something that lists out the phonic rules on why things are spelled a certain way. Anyone have a good book or online resource for this? I know there are rules for when to use certain vowel combinations, I just don't know what the rules are! :)
  10. Latin Primer covers a lot of vocab {15 new words a week!} and 1st & 2nd Conjugation Verbs & First & Second Declensions. I really don't know that much about Latin, so I can't tell where he really will be..... He's learning the chants....
  11. So my 10 year old is working through Latin Primer by Mars Hill. It was given to us for free, so we went with it. But it appears it's an OOP program and I don't know where to go next! I need something pretty simple and open-and-go. He'll be 11 / 6th grade. Anyone have a suggestion for a curriculum that might transition well? I also can't afford to pay a lot......
  12. I have a plan for science this year (a bit of a mish-mash of physics topics using Physics Bites by Science Jim and a variety of unit studies). I feel mostly comfortable with this as science is our weak point (as far as getting it done / student interest) and my goal is really to just get some science done and attempt to keep his interest! My son (age 10) is very much a read & learn type of kid and I'd like a book available to answer questions / give back up when I get stumped (I love science - except physics!). I'm looking for recommendations for a science encyclopedia or just phys
  13. Thanks. I love the coaches stuff, which is one of the reasons I'm OK with it. We are coming off of MEP. I love MEP. It makes me sad to switch. But I think I'm doing my kid a disservice to keep him in it because I can't figure out how to move him ahead quickly. He's picked up the topics more quickly that it moves forward and to top it off we have missed a number of days of doing it due to my health issues. It is SO teacher intensive and I'd like to move him to something more student-driven in math because it is a strong subject for him. And it's not one of the subjects that I feel like I'
  14. Has anyone used Khan Academy as their main math curriculum? What grades? How long did you use it? Did it work? Did you like it? Did you supplement? With what? Is your child 'mathy' or do they struggle with math? I'm about 90% sure I'm switching to Khan for our math needs this next year and supplementing with Life of Fred. I just need some info from people who have 'been there, done that' to give me the encouragement that this WILL work.
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