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  1. We've purchased some books of "Decodable" readers on Amazon. Buying a new copy of an older edition will give you 40+ little books to tear out and staple. You can buy a book with full color decodables from the school publishers. Open Court, Reading, Treasures, etc...they all sell a big book of decodables for K, 1st and 2nd grades. You will have to tear the pages out (they're serrated on the edges) and fold + staple the sides to make it into a book, but all the pages are there, the stories are illustrated and they are cuter and better illustrated than Bob Books and a better deal than other "boxed" readers like Bob or Now I'm Reading. My kiddos loved theirs and they flew through them.
  2. Thank you for sharing that list of resources! It gave me a few titles/ideas that I didn't know to even look for. I have a lot of resources now to consider and use, and I feel a lot calmer already.
  3. Thanks! This is great to hear! Which Borac books did you use? Now that your son is older, how did it work out for your family being so far ahead of the BA curriculum schedule? Saxon/Miquon has been a powerful combo so while I hadn't wanted to use BA ahead of grade level I'm wondering if and where/when I'll be able to use BA in his elementary years? If we do PGCM and revisit topics from Saxon and Miqoun for K then will Borac and BA be a good path for 1st grade?
  4. Does anyone have any experience using Primary Grade Challenge Math with their Ker? I like that it has flexibility in the level of challenge that you can do. Do you think that using PGCM would make it harder (or easier) to transition to using Beast Academy for his 1st grade year?
  5. @Sarah0000 I've now purchased the complete set of books for CWP, FAN Math, Kumon Word Problems and Daily Word Problems. (Hubby thinks I've gone insane! He may be right!). We're going keep the math routine we have and continue to do some lite arithmetic each day, but I think we'll just park and play with the pre-algebra skills from Saxon and Miquon a little bit longer. I think I'm going to let his math be the "easy" and "fun" subject for a year or so.
  6. If I order the Beast Academy online access, can I print the eBooks? Can I download them as PDFs? If I can print, is there a restriction to how many pages/times I can print?
  7. Thanks for chiming in! I'm particularly interested in learning more about the programs upper levels--grades 2-5 in Signature Edition, they focus on reading to learn, not learning to read. How did your son like the program? What grade(s) did he use it for? Do you see him applying the reading comprehension skills to other things that he reads? There doesn't seem to be a lot information readily available for it but I've read as many websites and blogs on RM as I could find. All the research papers I've seen have been very positive, but the price is high. I guess that's why it's not more popular with home schoolers, lol. From what I can tell you HAVE to have the presentation book and the student materials--but the teachers guide is optional, right?
  8. There are many iterations/versions of Reading Mastery, but we're leaning towards the Signature Edition. Has anyone used RM(SE) for the skills and content taught throughout the reading/literature, beyond phonics?
  9. The format and the content of Math 54 doesn't follow Math 3 as well as I'd like. I'd rather not use religious materials, but how Christian is Christian Light Education? I will have to study the TOC to understand what the lesson content for the 2nd-4th grade books is, because I'm hoping to find something that is already laid out but picks up with the topics from the last 1/2 of Saxon 3: Integers, Exponents, Coordinate plane, 2-step word problems, simplifying expressions, etc. We love the flexibility in the format of Math 3, which Math 54 doesn't seem to have. The Math Meeting/Lesson/Class Practice in sessions is easy enough to replicate using anything, but I love how thoughtfully it builds up the pre-requisite skills for a task that's coming up--I can do similar on my own, but I would love something that laid it out for me and continued that same playful, interactive, rigorous method that is the heart of (Early) Saxon Math. Saxon is the perfect spine for the sort of rigorous early math education that I want to give my kids and has got to be one of the best programs I've ever seen for this grade range. But the lack of continuation is a problem for us. I love how gently comprehensive it is in the day-to-day and how rock solid it is in the long run. Oh no! It seems that there is no easy continuation from here. I have heard that Saxon is one of the Classic Homeschooling Mainstays, but it does seem that there is a GAP between Saxon 3 and Saxon 54. (and Math 54 starts relatively low compared to the end of Math 3). We might just have to go back to Mommy Math for a year or 2?
  10. What is out there for the next level up with a similar format? We did Saxon 2 and 3 from just the teachers manual and we love it! I loved how in-depth Saxon, especially 3, gets. Even though the day to day work was gentle. The book guides the child not just through arithmetic, but teaches: making and reading graphs, measurement, integers, exponents, square roots, fractions, simplifying expressions, functions, graphing on a coordinate plane, etc by the end of it. The daily meeting was a huge hit with our kids. Saxon is so well put together and we want to stick with that format for as long as it works. We could (and were doing) something similar before we got the Saxon TM, but having the lesson plan as a road map allowed so much flexibility in the day to day if I wanted it, and it provided a solid lesson if I didn't want or just wasn't up to it. Saxon 2 and 3 became a big part of our math-program, and I'd hate to have to go without it, or something like it, for the rest of our lives. I know that we can just continue to conduct our daily math in the same format (and we plan to, regardless) but I would love it if there was something ready-made we could just buy so that I don't have to come up with a lesson each time.
  11. If you get the monthly subscription, can you print pages from the online BA books?
  12. You might also like the Kumon word problem books. Thanks! I may pick up CWP 1 just to give it a whirl, and if that works, then we'll continue with a combination of FAN + Kumon and use CWP as a chaser.
  13. How do these 2 series compare? Does anybody own both? If so do you feel it necessary to use both? Are CWP harder than the problems given in FAN-Math? Does it make sense to follow FAN-Math 1 with CWP 1 as an extension are or are you repeating the material at roughly the same level? I love that FAN Math includes a guided lesson and helps kids to break down the word problems as well as organize their thinking, but I hate how few problems there are in each book (usually 12 per chapter, sometimes only 8).
  14. Yes, I'm definitely beginning to feel like we're headed for a holding pattern and I don't like that thought. Jr. loves math and I don't want to turn him off or bore him with excessive amounts of repetition. I also don't want to leap fully into Algebra just yet either. We are pretty good at giving him accommodations to help him with the writing and organizing of his math, but he loves to write and prefers to do as much of his own writing as possible. So far he really loves his word problem books because he gets to write and draw a lot. He's got pretty good handwriting for a kid his age so we often let him. I had not thought of MEP, which level would you recommend? Does anyone sell it already pre-printed and bound? I kind of wish that they sold BA chapters as individual workbooks because the books are not evenly paced in my opinion and there are only a few units in the 3rd grade set that I feel are valuable to us at this time, but I'm not keen on spending $108 to get only a fraction of the program. I had not thought of Primary Math, but I will take a look at Intensive Practice and maybe Challenging Word Problems. If we have FAN Math is CWP redundant, or does it extend? Thanks for the suggestions, I will check out Cleo Borac and Zaccaro books.
  15. I'm on the fence about Beast Academy. I've sat with the 2A and 3rd grade books and was just kind of underwhelmed by it. I had just assumed I'd go with BA, but it might not be the best fit for us. We use a blend of a mommy-made program, Miquon (1-6) and Saxon (2-3) and it's been spectacular. Jr has unbelievable number sense and can confidently manipulate numbers in a number of ways and is a whiz with arithmetic of whole, rational and decimal numbers. He understands base-10 masterfully, and we've explored base-2 and base-5. He is weaker in word problems, but Saxon demonstrating word problems visually with models was really helpful to him in unpacking the language so I purchased Kumon Word Problems 1-4 and FAN Math Process Skills books 1-4, to continue that same visual method and it's helping a lot and he's moving fast (already in grade 2 book of both). He'll start Kindergarten in the fall, so which math-paths would you recommend we consider at this point for him?
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