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  1. You could do FLL1 and WWE1 with the latter having more written work.
  2. FWIW I love AAR and have found it very easy to tailor to the child. You can speed it up or slow it down as needed. How would your son feel about paper games? My kids have loved all the games like flipping eggs and feeding words to an animal. AAR is usually an explanatory lesson followed by a story read in the next lesson that incorporates the new phonogram. They have an app now to use if you want to skip the tiles. I think it’s a great program. I also like to add in more written instruction so I added in First Start Reading by Memoria Press. The lessons don’t line up and I don’t try to make them. I found it helpful for my older DS when he was doing AAR to have the practice of writing along with the lessons in AAR and I’m doing it again with DD.
  3. What about adding in some online lessons? My 9 year old just started VP Self-Paced Bible & History and is enjoying it and my 6 year old loves watching him do it. My 6 year old loved the VP Phonics museum app. Beast Academy online could be a good fit. If Grandpa wanted to do phonics MP has great workbooks for First Start Reading that are cheap and you don’t need the teachers guide so they can be pretty open and go. I think my dad could handle the above. Maybe add in some writing or penmanship practice. Kumon has easy books depending on the skills for the youngest. Maybe some art? Something fun and to keep some structure would probably help. Can he put them in any classes to break up the time? Does he have any skills or hobbies that could be fun to share? Or area he would like to teach? It could be fun to put a positive spin on that time they spent so much time with Grandpa.
  4. My kids both loved the activity book. I did it with my oldest and then repeated it with my youngest because he loved it so much. They each did both activity books. It’s absolutely a must if you want to do it. At that age my kids were doing Kumon books to practice skills like coloring, cutting and pasting.
  5. We loved those books! My kids both loved doing that activity book. I highly recommend it.
  6. We are still in 3A here. That tends to be how things are for us depending on scheduling. The B books always seem to go faster for us and we usually finish up easily by June. We use MIF so I’m sure it’s slightly different and we also do Miquon and BA so we jump around. I think it’s more important to learn the concepts well than to worry about timing. I think that’s the beauty of homeschooling.
  7. I’ve read threads and WTM which make adding a younger sibling a lot easier than I’m finding it in practice. In the fall DD will be in 1st and DS in 4th. At her age DS had a lot more patience and interest in dryer read alouds, like science and history. Obviously some of that could of been the first born thing. He was my guinea pig and willing to sit through a lot of school stuff. As the youngest DD has been free to come and go with limited required school time. For history we do SOTW and I read a lot of extra books on the topics aloud. Some DD stays for but most of the time she gets bored and leaves. I try to find picture books that will interest her but obviously that’s not always possible. She loved Cleopatra and listening to the Mary Pope version of the Odyssey and the Iliad in ancients but it’s definitely harder for Middle Ages to hold her interest. It’s easier to find picture books that correspond to DS’ science and she loves those. She’s not really writing yet. Mostly just ETC and some spelling dictation in FSR. Next year I don’t see her interest in listening changing dramatically and she’ll just be starting copywork. How much of an effort do you make for younger ones to be included in history and science? Is there something you’d recommend adding in for her? Should I require some sort of writing? Or just continue on and expect more of her when she’s older and ready?
  8. ByGrace3 thanks so much for recommending Puffin! I was able to watch the history samples with it on my iPad. I was not able to do any of the games though, do you have any problems with that? I’m not sure if it’s a sample problem or a compatibility problem. I only downloaded the free app but there’s a pro app too, is that one that much better? Is the history one old than the Bible one? The image quality does not seem as good.
  9. I’ve heard of it but never investigated before. It’s on sale now, is this the only time of year it goes on sale? I was very impressed with the sample video lessons I watched on the Bible and DS 9 enjoyed them. Unfortunately our laptop is pretty old and slow so I haven’t tried to watch the history lessons since I can’t watch them on the iPad. Any chance the history lessons are going to be available on an iPad soon? Does a child generally do one lesson at a time in either subject? I think DS would enjoy working independently. Did it hold your child’s interest? What age would you recommend? How long did it take to complete the courses? Are the earlier courses easier and quicker? I’m wondering if the first Bible course would be done quickly. If I bought the first two would I be able to pause the second one and he would still have 12 months to do it or is 12 months from purchase? I really enjoy doing history with DS and reading him SOTW and side reading of biographies or stories for that time period. Would doing both be overkill? Do you need to do the younger grade levels to be prepared for the Omnibus level? Could I just have DS do the Omnibus level for his second round of history? I’m considering just doing the Bible now. How easy is it to check your child’s progress and see what they are doing? Could I log in and watch the videos and skip activities and tests without messing up his profress? The first level Bible lesson on The Garden of Eden looked like something that DD 6 would enjoy. The reading would be too advanced for her but could I show her the videos without messing up his progress? I would love to hear all about your experience with any of the levels and subjects so I can get a better idea. Thanks so much!
  10. DS 9 does all work at the kitchen table. I usually snuggle up with him on the couch for history reading and then he goes back to the table for his narration writing. After lunch we snuggle up for reading. He does most of his fun independent reading in his bed. I keep meaning to add on typing! But we use iPads and never use our laptop that’s old and has no dedicated space so I need to work on that I usually sit with him for about an hour as we go through his subjects and then we get to his math workbook that he can do independently after we’ve gone over the lesson. That’s when I bring in DD 6 to sit at the table for her time. I can work with her and check DS’ work. Depending on how long he’s been working I might add in some of other math or logic workbooks or he does his SOTW coloring while I work with DD. it’s getting to the point that they are starting to distract each other though. For some reason I cannot fathom DS starts watching DD sound out her AAR cards that he did years ago. I find that tedious but he’s fascinated. I think I might need to get some trifold posters so they can’t get distracted by each other since we sit together at the table. It was easier when she was younger and just did her Kumon books while he was doing his thing but now that she’s doing more aloud and needs more attention it helps to wait for her to start until DS is working more independently.
  11. I use the activity guide for SOTW. I tend to look at WTM as a general overview whereas I use the actual activity guide as my what should I order next. I do match up the recommended reading. From there it depends on what our library has and what will interest the kids. We definitely read biographies and works like the Oyssey and the Iliad for longer than the weeks we were on that topic. It worked for use because there were a lot of weeks that didn’t have a topic with a longer read aloud. Look at the guidebook as a guide and use it how it works for you. I figure we will do shorter reads now that will be fun and hold their interest, like the Mary Pope versions of the Odyssey and the Ilad, and next time around we can do more in depth versions. Since the whole point of the first time through is to help give them a familiarity with the topics I think this works and will leave them more excited to get into it more next time around. It will definitely depend on the child. My oldest has been interested in longer harder read alouds at a much younger age than my youngest can handle. For that reason I often read a longer chapter book for him but get a picture book version for her. She can stay interested on topics that interest her, like she’s riveted by Cleoptara but has no interest in Alexander or Julius, so you might try different versions or get longer ones that are interesting to your child. If your child really enjoys the Egyptians get more books and pause there longer than you do on other time periods they don’t find as interesting. I also have separate lit readings that aren’t related to history. I usually read a chapter a day from a bunch of different books. There’s a chapter from a biography or a history time period book like the Iliad or Beowulf and then a chapter from a more literary book for fun, sometimes a classic or modern. Plus lots of picture books and some on our science topic.
  12. The Mary Pope version is excellent. The chapters were short so when I read it aloud it held the attention of both my kids. I bought it for my 3rd grader but my K’er liked it so much she stuck around and always wanted to stay to hear what would happen next. It’s also written with large font and white space so it would be a great format for a child to read independently who was ready for that. I was impressed at how thorough it was while keeping it fast paced and interesting.
  13. I’ve been using Elemental Science or RSO now for about 3 years. Neither is great. Both are spines with suggested readings and experiments. You don’t need to get all of the suggested reading. You generally need one spine. Like an encyclopedia. All of the experiments have been pretty basic and not always successful. My K’er enjoys some of the readings so I try to get basic picture books on her level. A lot of it is pretty dry and doesn’t always hold my 3rd graders attention. I’m not at all science-y so I like to have a spine to hold my hand. You could also do it yourself if you are science oriented. A lot of these type of teacher’s guide refer out to an experiment book so you could add on that and picture books. Our favorite science has been Science in the Beginning. It’s very well written and incorporates experiments really well. It’s the only one that actually explains a concept in the short reading. It’s also held the attention really well of both my kids and they both enjoyed the experiments. It is based on the idea of the seven days of creation so it starts first with light. I think it would be very easy to skip the biblical stuff if that wasn’t of interest to you unless it’s inclusion bothered you. It’s by far the best we’ve found. All the other science is annoying with its assigned reading without incorporating the concept well. Since I’m not up to the task of winging it I want my science to explain it well. SIB does that for me and actually seems to do the experiment to show something instead of just to do an experiment. It talks about the experiment after it’s done too high is great because it all goes together.
  14. My DS is a voracious reader who loves modern fiction which I have no problems with but I want to add in more reading for school which I haven’t done. When I was his age I read a lot of fiction and a lot of classics but they were more girl centered like Anne of Green Gables, Secret Garden, Little Women, etc. I know those won’t appeal to him. My DH loved boy and his dog type books when he was young which don’t interest DS. DH also enjoyed Tolkien when he was young. VP has a literature guide for The Hobbit and recommends it for 4th grade. I never read Tolkien and I was bored out of my mind when dragged to a couple of those movies years ago on LOTR so I have no desire to read any of them. I feel like a guide could be a good schooly activity and verify he’s reading at all let alone carefully. We have done these guides before and DS hates reading comprehension questions. I get it. I’m more of a big picture person myself. DS hates the little questions like those in WWE. I want him to love reading like I do and he is now so I’m torn about how to add in more classics and do more assigned work with reading. What do you think?
  15. Has anyone used these? What do you think? How are they?
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