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  1. If she got on well with Apples and Pears and she made improvements with it, then I'd second the recommendation for Megawords.
  2. Apples and Pears was designed with dyslexic children in mind, but it's not that over the top or that expensive, that it can't be used with other children. It's not comparable to LiPS or Barton as far as "over teaching". IMO the only kids it would be no good for is natural spellers.
  3. Another recommendation of I See Sam from me. I wouldn't attempt to combine the two programmes necessarily - I've never used AAR but I'd assume that if you're 70% through the first level that you've already covered the sounds in book one of the Sam series. So just pick up the first book and go from there, keeping on with AAR separately.
  4. No, History Odyssey and Human Odyssey are two different things. History Odyssey is by Pandia Press and follows the four-year history cycle.
  5. I remember someone years ago on here said they used the dictation in WWE 4 as practice note taking for lectures. So rather than expect a child to remember it all and write it word for word, they just took notes as it was read out by the parent. That way they get to practice at practical note taking which is useful if you're going to use something like the Great Courses for HS, or if the child is planning on going to Uni.
  6. Such a good idea! Although trying that in my house where we're all rhythmically challenged might be a chore :lol:
  7. Maybe look to outsourcing to an online class? It would keep you from pushing it to the side, and it means that your daughter has a teacher they can talk to if she's at a lost a loss due to lack of familiarity. Although TBH I wouldn't see that being too much of an issue - most middle school science courses assume a complete beginner in my experience. Alternatively, if outsourcing is not an option and you don't want a text book, why not have a look at what The Well Trained Mind suggests?
  8. You're correct that the lesson plans have the meat of the content, although for the review lessons from Y3 they won't be any good as they'll just say "do practice page...". The practice books are pretty central but not as important as the lesson plans. The only year you need the copymasters for is Reception imo. You can always read the lesson plans a bit ahead and then get the copymaster up on a screen if you feel it'll add something.
  9. I think if they're beyond Apples and Pears then Megawords would be a good option. Megawords also teaches using morphemes.
  10. I read through all the info again. There's a part where she goes through "reasons why some people think plate tectonics can’t be right" and introduces "hydroplate theory" as an alternative (I had to google this - I know very little about Creationist apologetics). So yeah, I'll be skipping this, which is probably a good thing. I have a science curriculum I like, I don't need to be torturing myself with "grass is greener" thoughts :lol:
  11. I like Ellen McHenry's stuff in the past when I've used it, but I have to admit that as a secular homeschooler that FAQ is a tad off-putting. "Neutral" science is very rarely actually neutral.
  12. If the lower grade was due to confusion over time zones I would add on any extra points that were deducted due to late turn in and use that grade. If she had been in a regular school she wouldn't have had to worry about time zones, so it seems a bit unfair to me to penalise her based on that.
  13. For Welsh speaking only, the Say Something In Welsh podcast is great - particularly good for people with no familiarity with written Welsh. And if you google BBC learn Welsh it'll take you to the BBC homepage for all their Welsh learning resources - will probably have more mechanics in the GCSE Bitesize parts. For "imersion" you could look for DVDs/YouTube videos of Sam Tân (Fireman Sam). Also, search youtube for S4C Cyw - this is the Welsh language programming made for children in Wales. Will be baby-ish but depending on your child they might get something out of it anyway. For grammar in particular, you can search for Amazon and get a couple different results - the Routledge one is pretty highly rated.
  14. Maybe a young reader version of David Copperfield or Oliver Twist?
  15. Could you use your existing curriculum but use it in a Waldorf-ish way? Have her make a lesson book for each stubject, and illustrate lessons with a narration.
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