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  1. Thanks for chiming in, but it's not a matter of IF we're going to use a program, only a matter of which one. Me and Hubby view curriculum and "premade programs" as tools to be used as we see fit, and we've decided to investigate a Reading Program for our workshop to use as we see fit, where we need it, when we need it. Hubby and I have put a lot of thought into this decision. We've observed Jrs growth and compared it against our own over the last several months. We have discussed and reflected a lot on this matter. We've examined ourselves, our teaching style, our limitations and weaknesses as well as our strengths. We have looked for programs that have resources leveled at students as young as K as as old as highschool and would use materials that are appropriate for the little boy in our home school. Despite having younger children than you and many other moms on this board, I think that me and Hubby are capable of deciding what tools we need to help our child thrive. It's so wonderful that you and your husband were able to help both of your children who have diverse and needs and strengths thrive without any help direction, guidance, support or reassurance from a "program". But please keep in mind that just as all kids are different, so are all moms and dads.
  2. Hubby and I would like to use something to directly nurture and develop reading comprehension for Jr. who is 6 and reads very well but also above his comprehension level. Of course, we're going to continue to read-read-read and buddy read and the field trips and experiences to expand his world-knowledge will continue, but Hubby and I both agree that we want a 'program' as well to help guide and reassure us. For reading to learn we're considering: SRA Reading Mastery Signature Edition (G2 and G3 ) but it requires a set of very expensive teachers books Open Court Reading and Writing We'd use one of the older series which is meaty compared to todays graded readers. Readers Digest Reading Skill Builders SRA My Reading Power But for helping us to help him get more from literature we're considering Suppose the Wolf Were an Octopus Junior Great Books Jacobs Ladder If you use a program, what did you choose and how do you like it?
  3. Thanks for sharing all the details! One more question--do you have to be available during the class time, or can you access the course materials and complete the assignments at a different time?
  4. What is the age/grade range on this herpetology class for kids and what are the prerequsites?
  5. I would look at the table of contents for each level to see what geometry is covered in each level. I think RS Level G is geometry only.
  6. It sounds like you have prioritized. You've prioritized Spanish for a variety reasons that are sensible, valid and true for your family. What I gather from your first post is that Spanish is #1 this year. Writing is #2, Math is #3 and the content that you want to cover is fish-based science and modern history. I think you're making a mistake to purchase 6 different English ELA resources. I'd return or sell them. They're inappropriate for this year and will likely make you feel like you HAVE to get to them or you're not doing enough. To start I would focus on Spanish and start with a 3-6 week unit on writing paragraphs--make sure that you guys do a nice solid paragraph or three each week and make sure that they learn what a good paragraph is. Then go to the library and stock up on books about fish and modern history. Have them read from that material for 45-60 minutes and write a paragraph the next day day based on what they read. Review strong paragraphs every so often. Around January, start working on longer essays and/or reports with your older kid. I wouldn't delay letting my history-interested kid read from SOTW 4. When the questions arrived, I'd use them to gauge his retention of whatever he's read to date from that book.
  7. I know that I could piece one together myself, but are there copy work programs that use non fiction passages or facts as copy work?
  8. I would be hesitant to invest in a program as intensive (and expensive) as AAS for the child you describe. You're not likely to need a $300 program to teach this child to spell. We are using Spelling by Sound and Structure, it's meant to be began with children who are already reading and the first book contains lessons on short vowels, long vowels, digraphs, and syllables using mostly 2nd grade words. The activities/exercises are varied enough that we find it interesting. It is not just a workbook that you hand to the child (at least in the early levels, we haven't gotten into the upper levels yet). There are drills that you do, exercises, and back-and-forth interaction so you can use this program with just lined paper like we do, or you could buy the student workbooks. It IS very Christian-themed but I'm teaching it directly to my young child so I just skip those words/example or change/alter those test sentences because we don't align with that world-view.
  9. If you've used the program for 3+ years, can you tell me about it? Here are the things that I want from a science program: I want to have everything for our "core" science in one place, pre-made and ready to go. I want a mix of hands-on-activities and traditional reading/book based science. I want the science materials that I'll need spelled out for me and I want those science materials pre-packaged and pre-sequenced for me. I want a program that leaves room in our week to expand on the lessons with additional activities, experiments or books IF we wanted to but is still "enough" if we don't want to do any extra I feel that smaller student booklets, as opposed to a single "big" text, will keep it easy and relatively low stress for Jr. Additionally I want to use content subjects to teach critical and strategic reading skills and I was told that Nancy Larson builds this into her science program.
  10. I decided on The Drawing Textbook because it seemed to teach actual drawing. I'd started this thread a couple years ago and had no real luck. I liked the 123 I Can... series that I saw because the summary said it teaches drawing principles and it seemed very appealing and doable for a Ker, but it was too limited with only 7 pictures (according to an Amazon review) and I knew that was enough for a start, but then we'd been stuck looking for something to continue and we needed to practice from those basic principles. I saw Line Upon Line but its meant to be began by older children (12+) is very Christian and has only 40 or 50 exercises. When we found the Drawing Textbook I felt it was perfect: It taught legitimate drawing principles and techniques, included 200+ exercises, could be started by a 1st grader and has additional books in the series that we can progress to for further development so all in all it was a great starting place for $9.00.
  11. Following with interest. We also feel that drawing--the skill--should be something our kids learn (at least) to a basic level of competency. Because we want our kids to be able to draw well; "developing fluent drawing" is one of our focus-areas for 1st grade. We slotted Drawing as a daily subject for his 1st grade year and plan to use a combination of The Drawing Textbook and the vintage New Augsburg Drawing 1 program that someone (Hunter?) had linked some years back. We intend to do drawing as a daily until the end of 3rd grade and then re-evaluate. We feel comfortable starting drawing now because we've laid a foundation for it since tot-years. Because we knew we wanted to include drawing in a serious way as a part of our kids education, we did/do a lot of work from Tot-age through K to develop fine and gross motor skills, pencil control, hand-eye coordination and prewriting activities to develop both writing and drawing strokes. For pre-writing, we followed the recommendation to emphasize the counter-clock wise stroke and taught him to pay attention to the lines, where as for drawing we've done various strokes, mazes and tracing exercises usually on blank, unlined paper.
  12. Is there a book or a blog out there that can help guide a parent in making sure that their kids are "Well-trained" physically? Especially something for the elementary years? We don't have any ambitions for the kids to compete in one sport or another, I do want them to know how to use and move their bodies fluently and easily. I want them to be agile, flexible, strong, fast, etc.
  13. Aah! That makes sense. Its a small thing, but I like the 1st edition binding better. It's a pity that they've changed the covers. I borrowed the BA books from other people, so at least when/if I purchase my own, they'll all be white dominate.
  14. Why is it mismatched? It's a small thing, but it annoys me. I think it would look better with the color-scheme/pattern of the upper level book. If BA2 had spines that were orange dominate.
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