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  1. My oldest children need to memorize their multiplication facts, but the regular curriculum and skip-count CDs are not working. Can anyone offer suggestions on workbooks, games, or even entire curriculum that helped your child learn these facts quickly? My children are 11 and 9, and the youngest is a wiggly one! I considered Math-U-See Gamma but have not used Math-U-See before so I didn't know if suddenly using it would confuse my kids. We are only doing summer bridge activities right now so we have time to focus on multiplication for about a month. Thanks in advance.
  2. Awesome ideas! For which part of the inner ear would the magnet letters be used? And is there anything MUCH smaller that could be used as the stirrup?... The model needs to be smaller than a real-life crawl-through (but that is an idea I am going to shelve for future use!). Thanks!
  3. Thanks! We're wanting to use a variety of items, so clay would work for one part, but then we need to think of other things for other parts - like, what would represent the auditory nerve, and the stirrup?
  4. My daughter (age 8 1/2) is going to make a model of the inner ear, all the main parts and including the brain. She is going to use a flat piece of cardboard and glue everything to it, so it's not actually a 3D model, but is not as simple as a drawing, either. She is excited about making this but wants help choosing materials. I have no idea what type of materials she should use (I was an English major, lol)! Cheerios? Macaroni? A piece of a balloon? Can someone please offer suggestions on easy-to-find items she can use for each part? Thank you!
  5. Thanks! I added the first items to my cart. But were are the "read aloud book packages?" Is it the three options toward the bottom - the classics, the boy interests, and the girl interests? (If so, which do you think a 6 year old boy would like best?) I guess we will be using Abeka readers (you mean the books like Fun with Pets, Tiptoes, Stepping Stones, etc., right?). If I decide to use HOD readers, do I need to buy another teacher guide for the emerging readers (Owl at Home, Frog and Toad All Year, etc.)? Or is the schedule in the Beyond teacher guide?... Thanks SO MUCH for your advice!!!!!!!!!!
  6. OK ... I looked at the Beyond packages on the HOD site and am so confused.... What exactly do I need from HOD if I decided to use Abeka for phonics and math? :confused:
  7. My son is almost finished with his kindergarten material (Abeka) and ready to move on to first grade. The only problem is, I can't decide whether to continue with Abeka or do Heart of Dakota. I used HOD with my dd when she was 4 and loved it (for the most part). I want to try it again, but at the same time I want to stick with what my son knows - and what he will use if we ever decide to enroll him in the Christian school that my daughter attends. (The school uses Abeka.) Can any of you offer a few pros and cons and your opinions? :) Thanks!
  8. Thank you. All of you have made me feel so much better. I have not tried HOD with my ds - it was my daughter with whom I used that program. My ds has a short attention span and is very tenderhearted so I need a program that pushes as gently as possible.
  9. You made me feel better! Actually, he already knows everything you said in the last two paragraphs - his only problem is sometimes mixing up whether or not he is supposed to recognize the silent e / how to pronounce vowel sounds. He sometimes says it and sometimes doesn't. So you really think I should drop it? Should I drop Abeka altogether? Honestly I did not want to use it, either, back when I ordered it in August. The only reason I did was that I knew I might be sending him back to the school next year and I wanted him to be "on the same page" (so to speak) as his classmates. I used different curriculums w/ my dd (Abeka, Sonrise, a couple others) and found that Heart of Dakota ultimately worked best for us. I loved it and so did she.
  10. Actually, he is 6, not 5, which has me even more worried! I brought him home for a couple of reasons - one being that I really wanted to homeschool him because he had to attend a full-time preschool last year and I missed him ( :) ) and the other being for financial reasons: Our dd attends the Christian school and our youngest ds is autistic and attends a special needs preschool with an astronomical tuition, so we could not afford three tuitions each month. That does make me feel better! But do the ones who come in and don't know much about it catch on fairly quickly?...
  11. I am desperate for guidance. My ds sped right through the first part of Abeka and we are a little ahead of where his classmates at the local Christian school are (he attended the school last year and might return next year). However, we are stuck and I end each phonics session in either anger or tears. For those of you who don't know, Abeka requires the child to mark vowels in each word (a smile above the short sound, or a stick above the long sound and a line drawn through the vowel that follows it). My son just does not grasp this concept. He does okay sometimes, usually when it's easy words (like cat, cup, plane, etc.), but then he hits a whole box of words where it's like his brain enters a fog and he can't remember any of the rules. I am almost in panic mode because what if he never gets a handle on this and next year, when he's supposed to begin first grade, he has to repeat kindergarten? I really don't want this to happen (obviously). I would drop it and not bother with the "vowel marking" but Abeka requires vowel- and special sound-marking through many grades (my dd is in 2nd grade and is tested weely on marking). Please help!! :sad:
  12. Thanks! Did you immediately start w/ the first grade reading curriculum when you finished with K5, even though it was during her K5 year?
  13. Thanks for this advice. Now I am feeling overwhelmed! I wanted to do Abeka only because I wanted my ds to be familiar with the material next year. When I homeschooled my dd a couple of years ago, I used a variety of curriculums, experimenting until I found what all worked for her. I'm running out of time now, with my ds. He definitely needs help w/ handwriting, as his penmanship is extremely sloppy. Abeka does cursive so we focus only on cursive writing. I don't mind doing only the basic "bare bones" curriculum. I do not want him to be bored, though. Yet I don't know what else to do. :confused:
  14. OK! So you would just do these? K5 Phonics, Reading, and Writing Curriculum (the instructor guide) K5 Numbers Curriculum (the instructor guide) Child Kit: 40495 My Blend and Word Book 53686 Basic Phonics Readers Set 26484 Letters and Sounds K 53651 Miniature Alphabet Flashcards 31461 Kindergarten Writing Tablet Cursive 47236 Writing with Phonics K5 Cursive 47333 Numbers Skills K 53929 Numbers Writing Tablet If I make the phonics blend cards myself, how do I know how they are supposed to look?... My son already knows how to read. I'm just doing the K5 curriculum so he will be learning how to read the way his future classmates are learning how, if that makes sense. What are the mini alphabet cards that you mentioned - the Bible Memory Cards?
  15. We are on a tight budget and I am doing Abeka K5 with my 5 year old son because the school he will be attending next year uses Abeka. I have looked at curriculum stores, eBay, and a couple of web sites looking for used curriculum, and I am wondering: What all do I really need? This is my list (I am not doing any other subjects other than these) and the ones with the asterisk* beside them are the ones I'm not sure about (can I accomplish what I need without them?): Parent Kit Child Kit Homeschool Phonics Charts and Games* Homeschool Learning Games* Homeschool Numbers Charts and Games* Basic Phonics Flashcards* Social Studies* Science* Mini ABC Bible Memory Cards I'm also using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and my son is on lesson 56, or somewhere thereabouts. I'd appreciate your advice! :)
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