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  1. CLE does not re-teach concepts taught in previous years. So if things weren't covered in FLL, you will have to teach them. I tried CLE this year with 6th grade daughter just for a change (have always used R&S, plus she went to public school for 5th grade and didn't remember much from 4th), but she didn't know many of the things that were review in CLE, even in the first light unit. There was no teaching of the review topics in the book for someone switching into CLE. It just assumes you remember it from the previous year. I could have taught her, but R&S just does it so well. We pulled out the R&S and plugged right along. She is the one that wanted to try something new, and I was fine with that, but she even thought we should go back to R&S. I have used it with all three of my daughters and think it's great. There is an oral review that is in the teacher manual that we start with each day. It covers topics from the previous day and from several lessons back. We do most of it orally, except diagramming. This way I can immediately know if she understands it, and I don't have to grade/correct papers later. It is so much quicker for us both, because she can really drag her feet doing her work sometimes. Also, I believe speaking it correctly will carry over into writing, more so than the opposite, at least for us. My daughter needs plenty of review to keep it in there, too! I will say that I think CLE would be equally as wonderful if used from the beginning. Maybe the review is re-taught in 5th grade level or below, but it wasn't in 6th. I do like the spelling being included. Hope this helps.
  2. Sorry, I'm a little late on this post. Here is a neat, vintage book you can download. It is called Everyday Number Stories by George Longan, Emma Serl, and Florence Elledge. It is very charming. Katie http://books.google.com/books?id=NAcAAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=everyday+number+stories&hl=en&src=bmrr&sa=X&ei=aJfqT772A-nC2wXbh7WuAQ&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=everyday%20number%20stories&f=false
  3. I know that this is an old thread, but I thought I would mention this for anyone that is searching low carb and comes across this. I have to watch my carb intake or I feel lousy. About a year and a half ago I found The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet. It is basically two low carb meals each day and one reward (eat whatever you want, but they tell you to still eat healthy) meal per day. I have really enjoyed it and it is much easier to follow than atkins. No counting carbs. There are plenty of veggies listed to eat. One other rule is that you have to eat your reward meal in one hour, because you start to release more insulin one hour after you begin eating. Knowing I can eat what I want at dinner keeps me motivated. Eating this way, you will lose 1-2 lbs per week. I don't weigh myself, too many fluctuations with hormones. I prefer to measure and not very often. I judge it more by how my clothes fit. The books are very easy reads. The books are available used on Amazon usually for $4 including shipping. Hope this helps, Katie
  4. Have you looked at Ann Voskamp's geography books? I have purchased one of them but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Maybe someone else can chime in on them. Just a quick glance through the one I bought.... it looks neat. Here's the link: http://www.achildsgeography.com/ Katie
  5. I know this post is old, but I thought I would mention that I have been laminating pretty scrapbook paper for a cover. Then I used black cardstock for the back (unlaminated). I have one that I have used/handled a lot and it has held up really well. The laminated covers are really sturdy. I don't know how much it would cost to get some 8.5x11's laminated. You might check into it... I wouldn't do duct tape either. Hope this helps, Katie
  6. Thanks regentrude! Are these individual classes like you have them listed? It is not a complete set right? I saw that it said they run every title on sale at least once a year. Maybe I should be buying & watching the sales throughout the year to prepare for 9th. $19.95 is pretty doable for us, 2 or 3 that you listed are on sale now. There is no way I could swing the $90 reg price. Did you find what you listed above just right to cover in a year of study? One more question, you listed Greek Mythology, I only see Classical Mythology, I don't mean to sound like I am picking, just want to make sure I am looking at the right thing? Thanks, Katie
  7. This sounds logical to me. I love that they will understand the references in their readings in later years. Thank you for listing the books that your family read and liked. I also like throwing some in during the jr/sr years, especially if they were something we wanted to cover in 9th and didn't get to. The whole "great books" thing is new to me. I didn't have this type of education. I wish I had. I plan to read as many as I can with my daughter. But, I still have two younger dds to teach, too. So, I'll do what I can. I am really looking forward to reading some of these great works. I just wish I had the prior experience with the books to know how to connect them to works she will read later. I will just learn along with her. Thanks again Lori! Katie I agree that chronological makes sense. AO goes chronologically but at a slower pace. But, they wait to do the ancients during the senior year. I kept going back and forth on which to do. My daughter is looking forward to the ancients, so that helps with the idea of doing it in 9th. I think my plan is for her to do year 4 (plus some things from yr 3 that she didn't finish this year) for 8th grade this fall. Then head into the ancients for 9th. Thank you Julie for your input! Katie This gives me confidence to go ahead and do them in 9th. Did you feel that the TC lectures really helped? Thanks so much for your help!
  8. I have heard SWB and some others mention the thought that the ancients year of great books/history is more difficult in reading level and that the modern (year 4 of rotation) contains more disturbing ideas. I would love to hear from anyone who has been through this and what your experiences or thoughts are. Do you prefer doing them in order or do you think a student would benefit more from saving the ancients until 12th grade? I have an upcoming 8th grader and am trying to figure out what our plan will be for high school history/great books. I am considering combining both AO and WTM. I very much like aspects of both. If I use the AO history timing, ancients are studied in year 12. I have to figure out what we are going to cover this year to be prepared for 9-12th. Thanks, Katie
  9. I think R&S would be a good choice. It goes over everything year after year, getting more in depth. So, it would cover anything he hasn't done yet. It is written to the student. We do the lessons orally, except the diagramming. There is plenty of review built in as well. I think you could probably go straight into grade 5, but you may look at grade 4 just to be sure. SWB's audios are great for teaching writing. Katie
  10. The link above looks like a great deal. I just ordered one about a month ago. I ordered from Office Depot and found a $15 off a $75 order coupon (they also have $20 off a $100 order). I searched Amazon several times and never found that offer. I live in a very rural area, nowhere near a OD. I ordered the Proclick, the 85 sheet spines, and the 50 sheet spines. After tax and my $15 off coupon, my total was $73 which also included free next day shipping. I know the product was higher online than what other people have said they got one for in the store. I believe they offer the next day shipping to counter their inflated online prices. I really like mine! I have used pretty scrapbook paper that I laminated for the covers. Katie
  11. Thank you all for sharing these! I am very much enjoying this thread. Here are a couple that I don't recall seeing listed, sorry if they are duplicates: Language Lessons by Gordy - this looks very FLL, CW it has lots of picture study, narration, dictation, and parts of speech in part II - maybe 2-4 grades, guessing Introductory Language Lessons by Evans - lots of picture study, poetry study, grammar usage, oral and written narration, memory work -guessing 2-4 grade work Evans has another higher level grammar book called Elements of English Grammar. I know this is a grammar thread, but wanted to throw this one in here: The Study of History in ElementarySchools by Gordy -grade level breakdown and refers (gives pages and titles) to other books in which to read the stories Wilbur Gordy has lots of other great looking US history books. Katie
  12. Okay, this makes sense. I don't know.... it is scary how much I can't remember these days. :lol: Thanks!
  13. Would you do this if you are accelerating? We do a 4 day/wk, so I wouldn't be able to do all of the words from 4 weeks of words. Or, do you just choose the ones you want to test them on? Thanks, Katie
  14. No, I have read so many threads about PR and can't keep all of these things straight. I don't know anything about the Spalding method either. I have not read WRTR, but recently picked up an old copy of it. It all makes my head spin right now. I don't have time to research extensively the details. I just need something to get my younger children spelling and reading better (as in being able to decode larger words they have never encountered). In the introduction section of my PR it says that Dr. Orton developed remedial teaching methods working with Gillingham and Spalding. He also, "challenged Spalding to apply his method for all normal primary school children." It then says that Spalding went on to write WRTR in 1957 to train classroom teachers in Orton's method. She (B. Beers) says that PR builds upon these methods. I'm just curious why you think I wouldn't have been taught via Spalding method? Katie
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