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  1. We've been using Story of Civilization quite happily. We will be doing modern next year. Currently, my kids are 1st, 3rd, and a very accelerated 5th grader. We all listen to the audio and do the maps together. The third grader does the oral narrations. The fifth grader does the quiz book. Then they do additional reading at their own level using books from Connecting with History, Sonlight, WTM, etc.
  2. We use the LA for grades grades 1/2 through 4/5, but I have not used the lower levels. They are supposed to include everything except phonics. Sorry I can't offer you more info on that. I mainly wanted to point out the core knowledge curriculum to you. The materials are free to download, though I would recommend just using a tablet for most of it. The listening and learning strand is what you would want to cover science and social studies concepts. Add phonics, handwriting, and math and you are done. There are lots of good secular options for those. If you wanted, could also use core knowledge for the skills strand of language arts, but it might get to be a lot of printing. I personally like All About Reading for phonics and IEW printing with letter stories for handwriting.
  3. I really like R&S for Kids without learning difficulties. You get the rules covered in a cheap, somewhat independent fashion.
  4. My plans for my little girl are mostly set. LA: MBtP 9-11, Daily Grams 5 at half speed, R&S Spelling 5 Science: R&S 4 We started using level 3 this year. She has no interest in science despite my many attempts to make it interesting. This gets it done with good retention and no fuss. History: Story of Civilization 3 with books from the CWH list and various other lists. Math: After finishing CLE 4 this spring I'll try her on MM 5, but if that is stressful we will just continue with CLE 5. Religion: Catechism of the Seven Sacraments We are both really excited about this book! Extras: CC Memory Gamma, Friendly Defenders, Living Faith Kids, Home Art Studio 4, Hoffman Academy, Classics for Kids, MP Art Cards
  5. Thanks for the helpful thread. We decided on novare physical science without the labs. GL deciding. In reading reviews of rainbow science I came away with the impression that they claim to represent "both sides" but evolution is misrepresented so the straw man can be easily knocked own. That would probably be the second year though.
  6. We are mostly doing the next levels of what we are doing now, so that will be: LA: R&S spelling 7, WWS 2, Fix-It 3, Kolbe Elementary Literature History: Story of Civilization 3 with WTM and CWH non-fiction supplements Extras: friendly defenders, living Faith kids, ccmemory, MP art cards, Hoffman Academy, Classics for Kids, home art studio new stuff: Math: Sadly we have come to the end of the line with math mammoth. Probably going with Jacobs Algebra, but Foerster is still under consideration. Science: novare physical science most likely, but possibly chc life science Religion: my Path to Heaven
  7. You'll probably want the section on integer arithmetic before algebra. I wouldn't skip the probability and statistics chapter either, but I think it could be done concurrently with algebra.
  8. Are there suggested answers in the back? I'm not seeing a separate teacher book for the structured questions.
  9. Op, I am looking for the same thing. I am between novare and rod and staff. Novare was just bought by CAP, which has me a little worried. I'm using third grade r&s with my dd this year and it's really easy to implement with good built-in review. They take a more humble approach to oe/ye than the non-denominational publishers. I'll probably include something additional on deep time/geological layers and dating if we do R&S for my older next year. They don't require experiments, which I think is usually a pointless, expensive time-waster, but there are suggestions if you have a kid who needs them. I felt like what I could tell from Novare was that the experiments were actually good, but still would require more parent time and direction than I expect to have (baby due over summer.) I'd love to hear from others about how much time Novare takes and whether skipping experiments would be a huge detriment to the program. Also wondering if the daily lesson plans on the CD are detailed enough to give to the student. I hate plans that I have to interpret and rewrite.
  10. This is our first year with it. We have only had light grammar in the past via mbtp. I'm using it with my fifth grader and we absolutely love it. The continual review of concepts in different sentence structures means there is true, deep understanding. There's no diagramming, which is fine with me. The method IEW uses of marking words and clauses is absolutely sufficient and much faster. It leaves plenty of time for composition and literature. I also like the integrated vocab since we aren't using a separate program for that.
  11. I used the first with all my kids and loved it. I wouldn't spend the extra for the new version just for color, but I don't think they still sell the activity book for previous editions. They grant you the right to photocopy for your family, which is what I did. If you are getting a used version make sure the activity book is included. I'm not sure how well the new activity book would work with the first edition manual. It kind of irritates me that they don't support it anymore.
  12. I would definitely pull her. Both homeschooling and dropping back to age-grade would be tried before considering anxiety meds.
  13. You can buy the diagnostic tests for download. They are refundable if you end up purchasing a kit. I guess you would want to buy the math 1 diagnostic tests and then purchase kit 2 if she makes it through all the kit 1 tests. My review above was about kit 1. I am not sure if everything I said would also apply to kit 2. Have you looked at Ronit Bird? It might be more targeted for what you are seeking and it's certainly more economical than buying two Shiller kits. We do not have a dyscalculia struggle in my home, but if you hear over to the learning challenges board you should find plenty of info on math for dyscalculia. I used RS A with the same child I did Shiller with. I liked Shiller a lot better because my dd thought the "games" in RS were just modified flashcards that took a lot more time, and she was right. I found the abacus to be a less effective teaching tool than cuisinaire rods or base ten flats. In Shiller the kids physically pick up tiles and trade them in for tens, hundreds, etc. It is so much more intuitive.
  14. 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.
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