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amiesmom

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  1. We love LMA! I was able to buy liquid watercolors and watercolor paper. Now we just download the outlines (free on the LMA website) and watch the YouTube videos. The live paint along videos go into a little more detail and have some technique practice at the beginning, where as the tutorial only videos skip some of that.
  2. Have you ever looked at Hewitt Homeschool's Preschool Plus? We enjoyed it very much.
  3. If you haven't seen it already, they updated the app with the new Come Follow Me curriculum for home and Sunday School and primary. It looks really good, I'm excited to start using it.
  4. IEW theme based writing (ancients 6th, world history 7th grade), goes well with our history.
  5. I have not used them but there is History Unboxed and Dig Magazine
  6. There is a class at Well Educated Mind Academy for parents called Math that Makes Sense. It is supposed to teach you how to teach math, I believe they use the Singapore Math books. http://www.wtmacademy.com/courses-for-adults/ I think you can still take the class as a self paced option.
  7. You can go to Julian if you like small old town touristy things, museums at Balboa park (next to the zoo), Catalina Island, the boardwalk at Pacific Beach
  8. We use this paper and have done many of the projects on artprojectsforkids with them with great success.
  9. We use these Daily Mental Math books, they are quick and provide enough review for my kids. I don't buy the answer key, I haven't found it necessary.
  10. My DD completed FLL 1-3 and could diagram the sentences in the book correctly and had all the definitions memorized, but when asked to identify a subject or verb in any given sentence could not. We finished Fix It book 1 this year, and I would say it was successful in helping her identify parts of speech, and since we use IEW for writing it also reinforces some of the style & dress up techniques. She likes Fix It, and it is quick and easy, FLL was taking a huge chunk of time every day, Fix It is 4 days a week 10 min. a day. It does not, however, teach diagramming. Some feel that a grammar program without diagramming is not complete. I am happy with the program and plan to continue using it.
  11. This describes me as a child and still as an adult although I've improved some. I can still remember being able to spell all of my spelling list orally perfectly, but when I took the written test at school, I would fail. I actually did quite well one year in a class spelling bee, after which my teacher then accused me of purposely failing my written spelling tests, because obviously I knew how to spell. I don't know if I'm dyslexic or disgraphic or not. Learning spelling rules along with my kids has helped quite a bit, but I probably won't ever be a terrific speller. I enjoyed listening to the talk by Andrew Pudewa Spelling and the Brain.
  12. Someone posted a link to this website the other day. It looks great if you can afford the cost per kit. It appeals to me because I don't have the time to pull all the parts and pieces together. This is my favorite blog for FIAR inspirations.
  13. We are using Fix It and I plan on sticking with it. We also do Latin, so I'm not afraid of having too little grammar by only using Fix It. I will say that after going through FLL 1-4 my DD could still not tell you what part of speech any given word in a sentence was, unless it was the sentences set up in the FLL manual. So after half a year, she can now identify parts of speech, that makes me happy!
  14. I think that if you take the time to pull out the manipulatives and do the activities that are at the bottom of each page then essentials is a good program. Also, since you have RS and it sounds like you are familiar with it, you can pull lessons and games from it as a reinforcement. I have seen a tendency to skip over the hands-on part the SM program which really cheats the child out of an important part of the building of understanding. RS, IMO is a strong curriculum because one cannot skip the hands-on part!
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