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  1. I agree with CLE suggestion for LA. They can do the "we remember" independently and don't even need to do the new part beforehand. Your DH can do the new teaching with one while the other starts the review section. Then he can switch. You can do targeted writing with them on weekends or summer to shore up that part. Or maybe your dh will have time for that after implementing the schedule changes Lori mentioned.
  2. I love mm and it was a great fit for my oldest. I love how conceptual it is, and I like that there is plenty of practice. It's so easy to use with everything in a single worktext. I do wish it was more spiral, but working from a few chapters at a time has done the trick for my boys. My dd, however, had some major issues with mm. At first it was the pages being cluttered, which was overwhelming. She also just plain lacked the working memory for the mental math that was in the grade level that she was otherwise working. Also, even working in multiple chapters failed to make it spiral enough for her to retain concepts. Since dd left mm, they have added spiral review books that I think would do the trick for her. She will probably do mm next year with the spiral review because I adore the way the concepts are developed so that the students can't help but understand why the algorithms are the way they are. For the most part I agree with what others have said. We use xtra math for facts practice. The 4th grade book is intense and long. I would also add that a set of c-rods and base ten hundred flats are really great to have on hand. I find them helpful for illustrating concepts that are shown in the teaching box. And the teaching box brings me to my last point: some people who feel they aren't "mathy" or dislike "new math" may not find sufficient teacher support in the worktext. Maria has teaching videos and is generally supportive, but this is a sentiment I've seen pop up quite a bit from people who have left the program.
  3. It sounds like math u see might be a good fit. It provides a conceptual understanding with manipulatives and has DVD instruction that you can either watch together or you can watch it to learn how to teach it and then present it to the student yourself.
  4. I agree. That ship has already sailed. Schools already produce wildly different results. Unschoolers produce radically different results from other homeschoolers. Most public schools allow online learning for some of the classes, which essentially means that a majority of public-schooled high schoolers will be be educated in one of more of these computer-driven classes anyway. Many public schools even have a requirement for an online learning class. That's the point of the standardized test. And I would personally be more than happy to prove our science, because I don't want it to be assumed that we do is the same as what most homeschoolers do.
  5. MM1 is math mammoth. It's cheap, easy to use, very conceptual, and has great problem-solving integration. Unlike the other popular conceptual/Asian style programs, it provides lots of practice without supplemental books. The drawback for first graders is that the print is kind of cramped. Two of my kids were fine with the print layout, but one found it too overwhelming. It is also mastery. We work out of multiple chapters at a time to provide more variety with better spacing and interleaving. WWE is writing with ease. It alternates narration and copywork. It would be a great choice because you could double up on days you're together, doing both narration and copywork. For phonics, does Mom own other levels of AAS? You could use that to shore up phonics. Otherwise, maybe ordinary parents guide to reading would be a good choice. Oh, and my first and third graders are combined in Home Art Studio, which I love. They also listen to Classics for Kids together. Each works on Hoffman Academy separately for piano.
  6. The Calvert curriculum is a tool for the teacher just like any other curriculum. There is no rule against discussing the material with the child. True, some parents will expect the child to be independent with it, but they may me between a rock and a hard place...parents work and kiddo has life-threatening allergies, a bullying situation, chronic illness, etc. I'm glad there are options, especially secular options in a market that is primarily evangelical. It makes it a lot easier for a parent to pull a kid out of a bad situation without having read a decades worth of teaching books or having reviewed thousands of curricula. It's not my ideal, but I am filing it away in the back of my mind in case it becomes necessary for a season. I'm positive it would produce more real learning than my local public schools.
  7. I like Spelling by Sound and Structure. We do AAR and then a Spalding-style spelling to start, but r&s is a decent program to move into once that phonics framework is laid. It is written in a way that the rules are reinforced and the kids must really interact with the words. It's way better than most other workbook-style programs. I also like the vocabulary inclusion. My 8 and 10 year olds are independent with it. I spend about 2 minutes each correcting each day and I call out test words and sentences once per week.
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  9. Before you change to another program, try tweaking the way you use mm. We do much better if we work from multiple chapters. So, for example, she could 1 page each day from each of chapters 1-3. Chapters 4 and 5 can be worked in tandem as well. There are also videos for most of the lessons. Maybe she would prefer watching those to reading the instructions.
  10. You might like math mammoth. It is well-suited for a quick learner and includes lots of problem solving. Everything is together in a single worktext. You go over the teaching box with the child at the beginning of the lesson. It is easy to use in the midst of chaos, though not scripted really. A good reader could work with a fair amount of independence.
  11. New hits: WWS1, Fix-it, and Kolbe Literature for my 5th grader. Cursive handwriting jokes and riddles for my 3rd grader. continued hits: mbtp LA, story of civilization and story of the bible, Painlessly getting the job done: rod and staff spelling, trade books for science, sound beginnings spelling Meh: not sure on bible heroes for my 1st grader, but he does love the game and activities. Dd did well with CLE math for the past 2 years, but I was unhappy with how they taught the multi-digit multiplication algorithm so I pulled that chapter from math mammoth. Now she wants to stay with math mammoth despite the fact that she becomes frustrated with the problem solving expectations.
  12. The elementary version has vocabulary and comprehension questions for all the readings. The lesson plans spell out the daily work. They also give a weekly writing assignment. At the end of each book the student should write a 3 -paragraph book report over the course of 3 days. The book report requires the student to identify the main character, conflict, climax, and resolution to write a synopsis. Some of the weekly paragraph assignments relate to literary techniques. Some are about making religious or moral judgments about plot elements. The saint books plus Outlaws of Ravenhurst will not appeal to non-Catholics. The other books along with their questions and writing assignments should be fine for other Christians. I haven't used MP guides, but that was my other contender. What pushed me toward Kolbe was the inclusion of religion (we are Catholic) and the fact that I could mix and match books to appeal to my particular student. I guess you could mix and match a bit with MP but there really aren't enough guides to do that for several years in a row. My one complaint on the Kolbe course is that the student book is ridiculous. It is enormous. There is no way a child could write directly in the book comfortably. And that brings me to my second point: the student books is questions with a bunch of lines to write the answers on. It would have made way more sense to make a thin non-consumable book. I ended up removing the binding and pulling out pages for one book at a time. The MP student guides have the same issue of being mostly a place to write, but at least they are bound individually.
  13. It says the workbooks "offer extra practice for writing skills development," which to me means these are only intended to be supplemental. They probably assume that instruction is being given by the primary program.
  14. I remember noticing this when I looked at wwe, and it was a big factor in my choosing something else. Op: I think you could teach the paragraph structure fairly quickly and then assign one per week in another subject just to keep things fresh and move toward automaticity. We have a weekly paragraph assigned in our literature program, which I think complements WWS well without doubling up.
  15. I'm using it with Kolbe elementary literature. He spends about 30 min per day on literature and about 10 minutes on fix-it. He is a very advanced, voracious reader, so the lit program is on the easy side for him. For kolbe lit, I purchased the student/teacher guides, and we check out the books from the library.
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