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  1. I pair CLE with FAN math problem solving. It provides systematic instruction (not just practice) in word problems in the first half. The second half is problem solving strategies. It is exactly what you are asking for and I use it for exactly the same reason.
  2. Either will probably get your kiddo to know the facts cold, but that is an easy thing to drill on the side so I don't think I'd choose based on that. My child who needs a spiral approach is doing really well with cle. If I needed even more incremental with a shorter spiral I would move to saxon. I also might lean toward Saxon over cle if I was hoping to reuse materials with other children. You might want to look at Addition Facts That Stick and Subtraction Facts That Stick to teach facts in a meaningful way. That would free you to choose a math program based on other factors.
  3. Lori 's list is really great. I think figuratively speaking might be the most streamlined approach. I'll add Kolbe to the list of possibilities. They use excellent, real books. You probably want to skip the saint books if you aren't Catholic, but the others should be fine for most people. They give you an excess so you can tailor it and not be "short" by skipping some.
  4. We used Seton last year and I remember thinking that there was a newer version of itbs that had come out. I bookmarked this place to try next time. It was mentioned on a thread here sometime in the last 18 months. Eta: I think you are wanting Form E of itbs. Seton had form a when we did it last by ear, but it looks like they have from e available now. That is the latest and greatest.
  5. A lot of the grammar in the 2nd and 3rd grade curricula will be natural for a verbally gifted, native English speaker who is growing up in an enriched environment. Just don't do it. If the third grade level seems too easy, it's because he has learned it already. Focus on writing and give him more time for great literature or something he might need more help in - well, unless he loves grammar and is begging for more. In that case, bump him up. If you need to use a curriculum for a charter or something, go up a grade and use it at half speed.
  6. Yes! Do that. You could also look at easy grammar, which would be a lot cheaper and still pretty independent.
  7. I see this recommended so many places so I pre-read it. The first half was very engaging and just had a few points that I felt needed discussion. After delving into the second half, I think there is too much (wrt worldview and unitarian? Ideas that she weaves into the book) that requires discussion. Is there anything else that is narrative, deep, and engaging? The child in question is 10, loves reading biographies, can read way above grade level, and has lots of background knowledge on the time period.
  8. I'd get Nancy Larson for science if I had to spend it on actual curriculum, but bookmark science might be a good bet too.
  9. We did some of the sample lessons to fill in some downtime after finishing something else. I like how explicit and systematic it is. It also models things before the kids are asked to do it. It is all the little pieces that need to be put together for bigger pieces, but they don't actually do the bigger pieces. If you look at their homeschool packages, each grade uses daily six trait plus something else. If they aren't creative, maybe you would want the something else to be the nonfiction writing book. If they liked creativity, maybe the story writing book.
  10. Seriously? Read what you wrote to Bay Lake Mom and then apply you response to me to your own comment. Freaking insane.
  11. You read way too much into that. Step back. None of us knows what the living situation is or how she is spending her money. She might be able to live with family to reduce hours, cut expenses, take a lower paying job that allows more flexibility, etc. To me, flying off the handle and comparing the comment to an oblivious "let them eat cake" is insane, and Bay Lake Mom deserves your apology.
  12. Many private schools will work with the parents in situations like this. Some may offer full scholarships. She should exhaust those options before attempting the homeschool situation described. Afterthought: : even a different public school might work, especially if he was able to repeat a grade at the same time he switched schools.
  13. What did you supplement with for geometry? Does Dolciani pre-algebra cover statistics and probability?
  14. We don't memorize the back. I just read it would when I introduce the card. We align it with our history so they already have some context. We just memorize the cards in order. If I say any card, they should be able to tell what comes after it. I give them 2 consecutive cards and they list the 6-8 cards that comes after. For example, I say " Rome is founded: 753 BC, The Rise of Greece". And they continue, "Democracy in athens, prophets of Israel, Babylonian empire..." And I'll stop them when they get to Golden Age of Athens.
  15. The details are on the back of each timeline card. If you don't want to buy the cards, yes, you could research them yourself. Sometimes a specific date is given in the history memory work.
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