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  1. Fair enough. However, knowing that mi is wrong will not help the kid come to the conclusion that the word should be spelled my. The kid knows it should be my because he/she memorized it. I am just saying in my dd's case, she can spend 5 minutes to remember why badge isn't spelled baj. Or she can use the same 5 minutes to memorize the spelling of 10 other words. I prefer to teach my dd that 2+2 is 4 first, instead of telling her to remember 2+2 is not 5, 7, or 9 because even number plus even number is always an even number.
  2. I used AAS to afterschool my dd but returned it before finishing AAS 1. My dd can remember the rules but I can tell she does not use the rules when she spells. I just feel that it is not a good way to spend our time. I read an article online about rule-based spelling awhile ago. (forgot the source) Basically it says that there are just too many rules and too many exceptions for it to be an effective learning tool.
  3. Hancock and Moore and Whittemore Sherrill. I did a lot of research a couple years ago when I was in the market for a sofa. These 2 companies make leather sofa that are 8-way hand tied which people told me is the highest quality. I now have a Whittemore Sherrill sofa and it still looks as good as new. :D
  4. I am a newbie here but I think you will get the same answers as your previous thread, i.e. Singapore, MUS, RightStart, Rod & Staff, BJU, CLE, Math Mammoth etc. No curriculum is perfect. If choosing a new curriculum is giving you so much stress, maybe you can continue Rod & Staff while you do more research?
  5. I would not use AAS to teach a K student to read. We just started AAS level 1 and in step 1, the student needs to learn all the sounds of the first 26 phonograms. Some phonograms has more than one sound, e.g. y has 4 sounds and a has 3 sounds. I can't imagine having a K student memorize all of this in step 1 if he/she is not reading fairly well already. A learning to read phonics program like 100 easy lessons and progressive phonics will introduce one sound at a time gently and will be a better fit I think. I know the author and AAS affiliates say it can be used to teach reading. However, you can use it does not mean it's the best way to do it. I can see using AAS to do remedial reading with an older student, but definitely not for K IMO.
  6. Maybe you can cut back 30-50% of the current workload? For example, you can do one-on-one with one child a night and extend it to an hour. That should help with the lesson planning time too. I work full time and we only afterschool 3 nights a week. I see afterschooling as a Marathon and my goal is to keep going. I know if I push too hard, we will just get burnt out and quit!
  7. Thanks for posting the link! Really appreciate it. :001_smile:
  8. I don't. I think a lot of times on these boards moms (myself included) get caught up with the "trend". I bought AAS because it's "the" program for spelling. English is not my first language and I learned spelling through rote memorization. If Marie, a homeschool mom, is ashamed to admit her credential, then why should I have confidence in her? Would you hire someone who refuses to give you his/her resume in an interview? :confused: I only afterschool my dd. I admire other homeschool mothers and only wish I have the resources to be one. I frequent this board because I have gained such knowledge about curriculums and education on this board from other homeschool moms. However, if being homeschool means to never question anything, I would rather be in public school for life. :D
  9. Kim have you heard back from AAS? Since I saw your question, I have been second guessing my curriculum choice. :confused: I recently ordered 2 levels of AAS but haven't started using it yet. I think this is a very legitimate question and one that I never thought to ask!
  10. :iagree: Working hard is the only way to catch up. There are no miracles.
  11. Well in Singapore, students have frequent quizes, tests and exams. Mastery/spiral does not make much of a difference because they have to constantly review previously taught material to prepare for tests and exams.
  12. I'm a newbie too and we're only afterschooling. I push my child as much as possible. My motto is "pushing without tears" :D. I really think there are more pushers than people will openly admit. On the other hand, it maybe the curriculum that you're using doesn't fit your dd. I have the same experience. I change curriculum a couple times and I found that sometimes, the grass is really greener!
  13. It hasn't affected my choices but it makes me feel a little guilty spending money, even though I'm buying curriculum LOL.
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