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  1. Wow, I move up from the preschool board - I'm not sure if I'm ready for this!!! He has low frustration tolerance and inconsistencies so we'll see where we end up... Reading/Spelling: AAR (we're at 1 now so 2 whenever that happens), AAS Math: Singapore (again 1 now, so 2 whenever), some logic (any ideas?) Writing: HWT, copwork, MAYBE WWE depending on how he does during OT (probably 2nd semester if we do it) Science: BFSU (hope it goes well!) History: Thinking we'll just do a homemade geography to learn the continents. Major anxiety and not sure if he's ready to hear troubling things from history yet (pretty sure mummies might terrify him at the moment!) Fine Arts: Art in Story, Teach Art to Children, SQUILT. ----We struggle with this. Boys hate art, I prefer art history and none of us really like learning about music.....? OT and Speech might continue, we'll see. Some type of physical thing (right now swimming, will it last?). I'll probably continue pulling from Blossom and Roots, and Torchlight for ideas and units. Continue work on his growth mindset.
  2. Few other options: Secular, eclectic, academic homeschoolers (SEA) is a great facebook community and loads of help. Literature based options (meaning learning occurs arounds books): Torchlight and Blossom and Roots - both have through 3rd grade released, but many combine their kids in one program and move expectations based on age/grade. Torchlight can be expensive if you plan on buying all the books, but if you have a decent library there really is no need to do that (I combine both programs and only use the library)
  3. I replied to the other one, but I'll join in on this new too 🙂 I've got nothing to really help since we're in the beginning stages, but lots of support and wine!
  4. Thanks for finding this! I never would've thought to look, but has lots of lovely gems. My 4 yr old was just diagnosed with DCD, SPD and probably mild ASD (waiting on that one). He's currently in OT, speech and social skills.
  5. No way! I only do 2 core subjects (math, handwriting, reading) and 1 extra for 4. While I'm not a big CM follower, I do agree with habit of attention, so I focus more working and expanding that then worry about the overall subjects. That's my goal for first grade! Next year will probably take longer (I will have a 4 and 6 yr old) since I'll be sometimes having my attention divided and doing 1-1 work.
  6. I will be using TL prek, and I know in the facebook group a bunch of people are using levels 1 and 2 for older kids so you can make it work. It does only go to level 2 so depends on what history you are looking at. TL uses modern books and works on a more socratic method. BYL uses more classic books. Both of those are secular, though TL uses Curiosity Chronicles instead of STOW to make it truly secular (though some who don't like CC are using STOW as a replacement). I don't know about Wayfarer.
  7. Anyone else planning for prek? I have a 4 yr old, just starting at home. He did preschool this past year and I know he knows a bunch of stuff, but he hates letting me on to it, so it's kind of guess work figuring out where he's at. AAR pre-reading Natural Math, Preschool Math, MEP reception, Singapore K-B (the whole need to figure out where he is!) BFSU with older brother Torchlight Pre-K Kumon handwriting tracing
  8. I really like All About Reading (AAR). We just started the 1st one (did pre-reading as well) with my eldest but we're enjoying it so far. I got it at a used curriculum sale otherwise I was planning on trying Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading (OPGTR) because I could get it at the library and decide if it was working. I loved the look of Logic of English (LOE) but it was to expensive. AAR is also kind of expensive so no idea if we'll continue or switch to OPGTR.
  9. My thoughts for K didn't go over this year, so we're doing a redo year. He's 6, and technically would only be going into K this year anyway with an August birthday. Reading: AAR, we just started 1 so hopefully we'll move into 2 (or switch to OPGTR if he gets bored with AAR) Handwriting: HWT K/1 Math: Singapore 1 along with Natural Math (as done in Torchlight) Science: BFSU and Torchlight Torchlight pre-k (K was our not enjoyed this year so doing pre-k with both boys since I think they'll enjoy it)
  10. Joining in the TL love, but not level 2! We're doing K as well, and enjoying it. We're doing TL K with Singapore K-B, starting BFSU probbaly in January, pre-AAR, HWT (though we only do about 2 'subjects' a day to work on attention). I really love the look as it ages up and how receptive she is to change/additions. I'm looking forward to pre-k coming out for my younger son (I'm sure my older will tag along as well as an inbetween K and 1). He's not big into audio books so I'm looking forward to her alternates for history spine as I don't think CC is going to go well for us.
  11. Torchlight (new curriculum) would probably be good. It does lots of picture books and the chapter books it does use for lit are mostly fairly short and still with a decent amount of pictures (I need that for my nearly 5 yr old). We're going to be starting it in the fall. Build Your Library could be good too (very similar to TL), but I think they use more chapter books overall - I know I saw a comparison somewhere were BYL does longer books and TL uses shorter ones so they don't take as long. Bookshark might do around the world for K too, not sure though.
  12. I'm doing light pre-k with my youngest. He'll be 3, but has a speech delay and acts so much younger so I don't 'expect' as much of it. Our pre-k is pretty light anyway. Pinterest math and science fun sensory/art activities Nursery rhyme curriculum: http://curry.virginia.edu/go/wil/rimes_and_rhymes.htm . I used to with my oldest to work on rhyming skills for reading, but I'll still do the fun stuff with my youngest and hope it works more on his speech.
  13. Mine are little's so we haven't gotten to where this might be a problem, but we will have this. Do you have to do testing? Maybe go by where she is learning - so 3rd grade unless it's a major problem to make it not as frustrating? My oldest is possibly gifted (4), but he is also a summer birthday (Aug). So while I work at his level and will go with him entering K this coming year for homeschooling purposes, for every other possibility (we won't do testing so that won't matter) he would be preschool level. So he actually might do preschool this year for his anxiety - since for public school I wouldn't consider putting him in K this coming year. So for camps or other age divisions I plan on keeping him on the preschool start mentality meaning he'll technically be learning a grade ahead of what he is in, because maturity wise I consider him on the lower level. Younger son (2) has an early summer birthday (May) and I probably would've keep on him similar grade-age level by birthday, but he also has a speech delay.I'm not sure how that is going to affect things going forward and how to work with it so he might be in a younger level because of speech or he might do what my older kiddo is (grade above, but age grade for camps) I'll have to see how this plays out and how he progresses.
  14. Oldest will be 5 in Aug so we'll start sometime after labor day. Math: Singapore (or MEP? depends on how singapore goes) Reading: AAR - 2/3 of done with pre, so depends on where we get this year Handwriting: HWOT Science: Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding History: Adventures in America along with American Story Also possible preschool if he gets an IEP for his anxiety (due to his late bday I wouldn't put him in K until he was 6 for public school).
  15. We are currently using AAR pre-reading with my oldest son, so I have no background for how important rhyming is to reading. I do know it took him a few lessons to get the rhyming, but working on rhyming was my goal of his preschool at age 3 (nothing else associated with reading). So I did some lessons, but mostly followed this: http://curry.virginia.edu/go/wil/rimes_and_rhymes.htm It's a lot of fun and we enjoyed it so if you want to work on rhyming (to just work on it or as it relates to reading) I highly recommend it. Plus nursery rhymes are just fun and I tried to find books to go along with the theme and we found some great books that way (the Gregory Griggs/wig rhyme had tons of fun hair books!)
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