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  1. Wish they would put this video & the chart front and center on the Intermediate Grammar page. I've been there many many times to look at the curriculum and never saw this. Exactly what I was needing. Thanks!
  2. I like to set some tentative goals for where I want to be by such and such date for accountability, planning, and analysis purposes. Trying to decide what's practical for us this year at least for a goal. My kids have not had a rigorous grammar curricula for years, but they are very solid on the basics.
  3. Curious how far you all got with Grammar for the Well Trained Mind. I know the intro says not to feel bad if you don't finish the first time through. Did anyone actually finish it? (I'm planning on starting this year with a 6th and 7th grader.)
  4. Does anyone know where I could find a sample scope and sequence for Foerster's Algebra 1 (or several to compare/tweak)? I'm using Math Without Borders videos to accompany the classics edition this year. Kind of lost switching to a "real" textbook with my oldest this year after doing 7 years of Math Mammoth. 😕 There are so many different editions of Foerster's...and now I'm looking the lessons over & some are short, some are long... I don't want to spend hours reinventing the wheel if there are already schedules available. Help is much appreciated!
  5. My fourth 2nd grader 😮 Amazing how each child is so different... This kid is something else. Accelerated learner, only one of mine that taught himself to read. First to cry thru assessment testing bc it was too easy. 🤔 Keeping him challenged without threatening my rising 3rd grader is the continual challenge. Bible: several books as a family, read and discuss... probably Acts and Revelation. Math: Math Mammoth 2 (he's already started) and 3 (when we finish 2). He goes on math binges where he wants to do a ton of extra pages...and since I'm not eager for him to pass his older brother (DS8) I don't push it at all when he doesn't feel like math. Reading: I have a list of Sonlight books we'll aim to read...but we'll see where we end up. This year he and DS8 and I read Farmer Boy together and they liked that. Grammar: Haven't done anything yet, but will use MCT Grammar Island, Sentence Island, and Practice Island with him and DS8 next year. No rush to finish, just a fun light intro to Grammar. Spelling: AAS level 2 (he's almost done with this) and 3 Writing: Nothing formal Science: Chemistry with the family. Will delve into other topics as interests arise. History: SOTW4 with the family, and continue our study of US presidents. Will be studying electoral system and political parties with older kids next year...expect DS6 will pick some up. Geography: probably Middle East and Africa P.E.: would like to organize physical activity with some other homeschool families, even if it's just playing catch. Have started preliminary conversations on that. Memory work, art, piano, Spanish vocab and convos, lots of snap circuits and Legos.
  6. My oldest just finished 6th grade last week...and now DD will be starting 6th in the fall. Bible: several books as a family, read and discuss... probably Acts and Revelation... maybe Daniel while we're on prophecy. I might have the oldest two do Case for Christ for Kids or some other study, but not sure yet. Math: Math Mammoth 6. Goal this past year was independence, and she really has done well. Still needs help here and there (which is fine) but at least she's reading the directions first, etc. 🙂 Reading: Mix of books from a list I compile. She'll get to choose titles as long as he includes a variety of genres. Strong reader, but she can be picky about the genre. And we need to work on literary elements (I'm eyeing Lori D's post on that). Grammar: Has been super-casual for us this far, but she has a fine foundation. Will probably do WTM with the two oldest this year. Spelling: AAS level 6 (we're almost finished with this) and level 7. My oldest two are working at the same pace to make things easier for me. (Oldest is a strong speller, DD not so much, but AAS has helped a ton.) Writing: Continue IEW. Not sure if I should get the next level or if we'll just keep writing and applying what we've learned... Lots and lots of writing on lots of topics. Science: Chemistry using Answers in Genesis, encyclopedias, other books and various experiments. Also Chemistry 101 DVDs and read science articles online. Will delve into other topics as interests arise. She's not looking forward to chemistry (much more of a biology/anatomy girl); I'm looking forward to trying to change her mind. History: SOTW4 with the family, continue our study of US presidents, listen to current events, lots of history reading and biographies included in reading list. Will probably do a separate study of political parties and electoral system (did a similar study in economics this year). We're already gonna have to do a unit study on the Mafia at some point... Geography: probably Middle East and Africa P.E.: would like to organize physical activity with some other homeschool families, even if it's just playing catch and running around. Have started preliminary conversations on that. Logic books & games, coding, typing, formatting papers, memory work, art, piano, guitar, Latin (Memorial Press), Spanish vocab and convos, photography, cooking, knitting, cross-stitching, and all sorts of other crafts and artsy things. She's always working on something.
  7. We just finished school this week (testing next week) so naturally I started planning for next year already... 😏 Bible: several books as a family, read and discuss... probably Acts and Revelation... maybe Daniel while we're on prophecy. I might have the oldest two do Case for Christ for Kids or some other study, but not sure yet. Math: Algebra I, leaning towards Forester's with the Home Study videos. He loves math and does well working independently. Reading: Mix of books from a list I compile. He'll get to choose titles as long as he includes a variety of genres. And we need to work on literary elements (I'm eyeing Lori D's post on that). Grammar: Has been super-casual for us this far, but he has a fine foundation. Will probably do WTM with the two oldest this year. Spelling: AAS level 6 (we're almost finished with this) and level 7. He's on the same level as his sister (gr 6) to make things easier for me. Writing: Continue IEW. Not sure if I should get the next level or if we'll just keep writing and applying what we've learned... Lots and lots of writing on lots of topics. Science: Chemistry using Answers in Genesis, encyclopedias, other books and various experiments. Also Chemistry 101 DVDs and read science articles online. Will delve into other topics as interests arise. This kid devours science. He'll be learning all kinds of stuff on the side in his own time. History: SOTW4 with the family, continue our study of US presidents, listen to current events, lots of history reading and biographies included in reading list. Will probably do a separate study of political parties and electoral system (did a similar study in economics this year). Geography: probably Middle East and Africa P.E.: would like to organize physical activity with some other homeschool families, even if it's just playing catch. Have started preliminary conversations on that. Logic books & games, coding, typing, formatting papers, memory work, art, piano, guitar, Latin (Memorial Press), Spanish vocab and convos, photography, cooking, and whatever else he's interested in for extras.
  8. So far looks like... Bible: we all read a passage and discuss together. This year we covered several epistles and Luke. Next year I'd like to do Acts and Revelation. Math: Math Mammoth 3... We need to shore up subtraction facts to 20 with flashcards this summer. And will continue a lot of skip counting to prep for multiplication. Reading: Mix of books I select for him based on interest. He's not my strongest reader. Goal is to enjoy some good books together and increase fluency. Grammar: MCT Grammar Island, Sentence Island, and Practice Island. Will be first introduction to grammar for him, and I don't feel the need to finish all of this. Keeping it light, fun, and interesting. Spelling: AAS level 3 (he's almost finished with this) and level 4 Writing: Pretty much just writing sentences by dictation for AAS Science: Chemistry with the rest of us using Answers in Genesis, encyclopedias, other books and various experiments. Will delve into other topics as interests arise. He's one of my science kids. History: SOTW4, continue our study of US presidents Geography: probably Middle East and Africa Logic books & games, memory work, art, piano, Spanish vocab and convos, coding, photography, and whatever else he's interested in for extras. Otherwise just Legos. 🙂
  9. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is a fantastic series! A Little Princess All-of-a-Kind Family Pollyanna Black Beauty The Penderwicks D'Aulaires Greek Myths The Rescuers Tale of Despereaux Series of Unfortunate Events Percy Jackson
  10. Yes! I started alternating weeks between science and history because I found that we *always* did history, while science was hit-or-miss. For us, this was because I LOVE history, but have always felt inadequate to teach science. I had a curriculum. The problem was that I really wasn't motivated to "do science." When we started alternating, we ditched the curriculum and just read lots and lots of science books. This peaked our interest (mine included!) in a host of topics, and we started doing more digging. Life happens and we make connections. Now I am so looking forward to more science next year! I've gotten back to curriculum with the older ones, but we feel free to run away with topics that catch our interest.
  11. I read LOTR last year to bunch (ages 10, 9, 7, 5, and 3). The 3-year old was mostly asleep during our reads. Just feel your kids out. You know them better than anyone. I have a couple that are more sensitive and a couple that are more curious. There's one scene in the Return of the King that describes decapitated heads hurling over the walls of Minas Tirith... It's brief, but I skipped that sentence or modified. I had to condense some of the poems or risk revolt. They otherwise loved it.
  12. I agree. Math Mammoth is comprehensive. Often explores concepts from many angles. I end up skipping some lessons with certain kids that don't need the extra explanations or practice. I use the PDFs and there's more review material there than I print out. Also lots of links to games and sites for extra practice.
  13. Reactions sounds great. I will keep an eye out for that one. We have Theodore Gray's "The Elements" so I probably won't be getting the DK version (altho we do like DK and I like all the photos in their book).
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