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  1. The human odyssey book sounds great. Is there any lesson guide or curriculum that goes with it or uses it!
  2. I need suggestions for 1877 & forward for a 9th grader. I saw Memoria Press has a US history that covers this period. What else is out there that would cover world history? I am not a Tapestry fan, I think I need something simpler. Thanks for ideas!
  3. Thanks everyone, these are all very helpful! I've been doing CM style for so long I forgot about workbooks. 🙂 Now to figure out which is the best fit. I like the idea of Hake as it has grammar and writing. The sample looked intimidating though, for where my girls are.... a lot of big words. 🙂 and not friendly like TT. It sounds like Easy Grammar has grammar, usage and mechanics and really we need all of those. @OKBud or anyone else, are Evan Moore workbooks thorough or more supplementary? LLATL would be great if it didn't have a teacher component, I'd really like them to be independent.
  4. My 5th graders are doing great w/TT for math. They use the paper books. I'd like a similar format for Grammar/LA. * Each day's work is clear-cut and the same format each day * Spiral review * Uncluttered pages & sticks to basics Any suggestions? Thanks!
  5. @alexandramarie I am also in the middle of our 2nd yr of Alveary and thinking of switching to Rainbow curriculum, that's so funny. We did LCC years ago too. Our first year of Alveary was perfect, but this year has been crazy... my head is spinning every day. Some subjects for us became much more teacher intensive this year. BUT I also don't feel up to totally switching gears either. I will probably end up keeping just some of our Alveary subjects and dropping a bunch of others, then maybe next year it'll look more like Rainbow. Years ago we also did Robinson curriculum, which was great for my oldest kids. My current batch though does need more help from me, plus some CM practices I do want to keep.
  6. challenging games for science type: My mathy son & his wife really like Hanabi. We like Splendor, Pandemic, and Bohnanza. Fun for two people: Farkle Flip and Monopoly Deal are two card games that are fun for two or a crowd. Of course there's Exploding Kittens.
  7. I can really relate. I follow a CM approach too. I have a 4th grade, 10yo in level 5. I also hated the goofy, forced vocabulary like in your example. And yes, lots of words my dd did not know the meaning of. However, it's gotten better esp in level 5. Words are not so weird. We don't do much Barton. Minutes per week, we spend a lot more time w/living books. Last year (at your dd's level) we did 15 min 3x/wk of Barton. So, it's forced and not living, but it's not much, and I don't feel like it is bringing down the quality of the living books we do read. And it really works. That's the reason I keep doing it. At that early level (level 4), there just aren't that many words you can make w/the limited rules and phonics they've learned. It's temporary, and it will get better. Every time you start a new program, whether phonics, math, etc, you have to backtrack and you lose ground; personally I'd rather just keep going than switch.
  8. We did Barton fluency drills for a solid 2 yrs before fluency was gained. Hang in there. Just a little every day. Have you looked into rapid naming exercises? We did a lot of those at Scottish Rite.
  9. The m&ms is a good idea! Reminding her that it's only one syllable has helped. In general it is still fuzzy in her mind though. Maybe working on some of that pattern every day will help. I'm always looking for a little catchy phrase for a hint/to aid in guided discovery.
  10. This is super helpful, Storygirl. Thanks. I was thinking about future accommodations when I requested the IEP meeting/testing. I see your point about going to the NP, in the teen years. Really, I have not thought she would be interested in college, but she is an excellent gymnast and a college scholarship could be very likely. She is definitely dyslexic, I was hoping the testing would show me underlying reasons why, so I could give her extra support. You're right, the Barton and the hs'ing is working and I need to be encouraged by that even if the school doesn't thinks she needs extra support.
  11. EG, I would love any phonemic awareness ideas you have, esp. as would be appropriate for a 10yo who can read, just needs to keep working on it. I would love a book of those word ladders, actually, but haven't found one. Thank you for the names of the computer programs. I think she would really enjoy a computer game that helped. That is what I've been wondering about the remediation. I want to help as much as I can. But how much does it really help. For as hard as reading, writing and spelling are for her, she seems to enjoy life pretty well, and I could see her as an adult, not great at academics, not loving reading, but figuring out how to get by and being fine with that. Is that bad?? Back story: This child went to Scottish Rite for dyslexia tutoring/therapy for the last 2+ years, we've been working on reading skills for a long time. Using Barton since late-1st grade. I have known since pre-K that she has learning issues: very poor phonological awareness, auditory memory, comprehension, vocab, remembering names & places.... For a long time, I thought she had an auditory processing disorder. Now, it turns out her visual processing/memory is actually worse. I don't think I realized it, because she couldn't read until just a few months ago.
  12. 10yodd had testing thru the public school (she's hs'ed), but no IEP was determined to be needed. That was fine w/me, as I mainly wanted testing. She did better than I thought she would in many areas. The main areas of weakness were: Phoneme isolation (5th %ile, CTOPP) Rapid Letter Naming (25th %ile, CTOPP) Processing speed (18th %ile, WISC-V)--did worse on visual proc. Visual Spatial Processing--block puzzles (23th %ile, WISC-V) Working Memory (27th %ile, WISC-V)-- did worse on visual working mem. What could I do to help her w/the visual weaknesses? The phoneme isolation is a huge one too that needs to be shored up.... We do Barton. She does read fluently but slowly, and enjoys silent reading when she's found books she likes. The Ramona books are right at her level. I have Seeing Stars, and I have Think Talk Laugh. I haven't started either one. Would either of those be helpful? Thanks for any ideas.
  13. Wow, what a challenge! My tiny bit of input: i would play a lot of games. The Right Start games book is a terrific resource.
  14. Hi. My 9yodd is going thru Barton (just finishing level 4, yay!!!) and she has a hard time spelling/sounding vowel-L. Like "sail". She'll say "SAY-UHL", and gets all confused. Or, the syllable "pro" (today was "proclaim"), she'll get confused about the R sound and think it's ER, so today she wanted to write PERO. I reminded her it's only one syllable. I guess that would work for "sail" too. Anyone have any handy tips for these?? She's pretty weak in phonemic awareness, we're definitely working on that.
  15. Speaking of: I'm looking for phonemic awareness/isolation exercises that aren't babyish. My dd is in 4th grade. She's in Barton level 4 but she needs more phonemic awareness than is in Barton... maybe in a more creative way, than Barton. Like games or something. Or worksheets.
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