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  1. We teach reading early so we don't wait for rhyming. But we don't teach reading via word-families "The rat sat on the cat." We teach explicit decoding L-R as they learn their letters, digraphs, long and short vowels. We put a huge emphasis on decoding, in my experience and opinion, you do not need to focus on rhyming. You need to just continue to work on reading and make sure that your kiddos decoding skills advance as quickly as possible and that you work on comprehension at the appropriate level rather than trying to get it to keep up with decoding if decoding is able to advance fast
  2. We've never found a good reason to artificially limit our home school to less than half a year of learning and so don't. When we have something better to do, we do that instead. We "do school" over 300 days most calendar years.
  3. Can you please link the 180 Day style workbook that you're using? Can you share some of the links you use when you pull material from teachers in France? We're using TheUlat.com, a book of phrases for French for Around the House and have a bunch of leveled readers from Reading AZ but they're translations so I'm hesitant to use the earlier levels and he can't read the higher levels. I'd love to find a native French literacy program meant for 6yos.
  4. Here is our tentative plan: French: The ULAT + Use French At Home Literature Based Philosophy from Center for Philosophy for Children and Prindle Institute Drawing: Blending New Augsburg with Bruce McIntyre's Cute Animals and Flowers and Trees Writing: Reasoning and Writing E and writing across the curriculum History: History Quest volume 1 + Library Science: Home made by Hubby
  5. I'm thinking of using the Jacobs text "Mathematics: A Human Endeavor" with my Very Advanced 3rd grader as a text to base a Survey of Mathematics type course on starting next year. I like the physical size of the text (as compared to other textbooks), the lay out of it is pretty friendly and the range of topics are interesting and the problem sets seem intelligently designed. Are there any fun, ready-made resources that compliment this text well? Is there another Survey of Mathematics type book that I should consider as well before I decide?
  6. Yes, we use The Drawing Textbook by Bruce McIntyre. I highly recommend it for families that want to really learn to draw together. His essay about Drawing vs Art really spoke to me. We combined it with The New Augsburg series and I think they work great. We're planning to continue with some more drawing books by Bruce McIntyre and repeat Augsburg 3 and 4 one more time, before continuing further with Augsburg books. As a matter of fact, it's been decided that we'll do a short intro to Painting when we finish The Drawing Textbook but for 3rd grade, we'll continue to focus only on Drawing.
  7. My 2nd grader will do that from time to time. One technique I have taught him is to deep-read what he's written. So, he might read JUST the subject, and then read it word-for-word backwards. So cover up the predicate of the sentence and reading to check that he wrote: "A large fluffy brown dog" (say the subject out loud) "dog" "brown dog" "large brown dog A large brown dog Read the subject aloud one more time--hopefully at this point he realizes that he left out "fluffy" and will insert it. I have him edit at a whisper--not silently in his head.
  8. Has anyone used this? I searched the forums both directly and via Google and didn't find much conversation about this program by PandiaPress. I think this is a good year to start a Chronological Study of History. Up until now, we've always just read history books but now he's reaching the stage where he's curious about the "bigger picture" so I'm thinking that I'll use the Reader of History Quest. I'm not sure that we want to use the Study Guides, I think I just like the Student Reader.
  9. We use a commercial program called The Drawing Textbook and combine it with a vintage series called New Ausburg Drawing for our actual drawing class, We will have spent around 2.5 years to work through all 37 lessons in The Drawing Textbook by the time we finish it and it is definitely worth it IMO.
  10. That won't work because Drawing is a core subject in our elementary years. We want our kids to become skilled in drawing so we use curriculum to teach it systematically and require daily practice. He's reached a good foundation in Drawing so we'd planned to replace Drawing with Painting, but Jr. wants to keep doing Drawing. We'll do Painting this summer and if Jr. likes it then we Hubby says we could just alternate the days that we do Drawing and Painting. If Jr. doesn't take to painting then we'll jut postpone Painting until later. I'm rethinking Spencerian Penmanship. Might it be better
  11. Music Painting Physical Education* Penmanship (left this out accidentally the first time) Handicrafts Drawing Math Literature Writing French History Science Geography Philosophy* Physical Education, includes health, anatomy and nutrition in addition to athletics and exercises. We don't want to cut that as we feel those are all really important for him to receive consistently. I think we may forgo Geography this year. He is pretty adapt at physical and political geography so we may just do geography 1x a week to keep it fresh, but instead work through something systematic for histo
  12. Hey Ladies, how much is too much? I'm worried that what I am planning for 3rd grade feels like it's too much, and things will get lost in the shuffle or we'll get burned out. Currently for 3rd Grade we want to include the following subjects: Music Painting Physical Education Handicrafts Drawing Math Literature Writing French History Science Geography Philosophy The thing is I don't know what to cut. Anyone care to help me pare down the list?
  13. I have not. I was looking at them but I didn't want to recommend them since I wasn't sure if your 5th grader was a boy or a girl.
  14. Will someone who has used Foerster's Calculus please give me a review.
  15. I don't know of a single resource but the following DK Eyewitness books may be helpful: DK Eyewitness Arms and Armor DK Eyewitness Civil War DK Eyewitness World War I DK Eyewitness World War II I have not read these books but they have a good rating on Amazon Simple History WWI Simple History WWII Simple History Vietnam War Hopefully some of these will be helpful to you.
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