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  1. My kids have done well with KISS grammar. It is more worksheets than conversation, but it is free. It has taken my oldest through adverbs, the different kinds of compliments, prepositions, verbals, clauses, and more so far. It doesn't diagram, just parse. I also find it light on punctuation. The only thing I would suggest is, even though you might have a sixth grader (or upper elementary), it might be easier to grasp the concepts on the lower grade worksheets. For example, the second 'level' of the program comes in two editions, one using sentences on a third grade level and one that uses
  2. A few thoughts: 1. IEW strongly suggests using passages that are at or below the student's reading level. This allows the student to focus on writing instead of difficult words and reading comprehension. I notice that American History is rated for grades 6-8. You might want to look over the samples and see how easily your student can process them. We did IEW last year for the first time, and I put my 5th grader into the (discontinued) Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales book. It worked for us until about unit 4, and then fell apart. I think a part of it was the level of the passages. So I
  3. From what I have seen posted on these boards about AOPS: Algebra 1 = chapters 1-13 of Intro to Algebra Algebra 2 = chapters 14-22 of Intro, 1-4 of Intermediate (which is review), and 5-16 of Intermediate (ch 17-20 is competition math and can be omitted)
  4. I have no experience with BA online, or with the BA 2 level. If you decide to go with the paper format you will need the guide book (comic book), which includes all the teaching and the practice book, which includes all the practice problems along with a few more pointers as to how to use the information that was just taught. If you do decide to go the book route, make sure you look at the assessment tests for the different level books to make sure you purchase the one where your daughter is at. Just remember that BA is not a good fit for every kid. That is one reason why there are
  5. LA has so many pieces because there are so many different subjects within the term "Language Arts." It's like clumping things together under the heading STEAM, but you still have to figure out each subject, like science, handicraft, tying, logic, art, math, etc. My 6th grader is still working through AAS for spelling and will be trying SWI for writing. She will be doing a little bit of KISS for grammar, but the bulk of grammar should be from her Latin studies. I am going to have her work through Figuratively Speaking so she can start learning different literary terms, and my homework for
  6. If I may make a quick hijack: My memory has your family using Artes Latinae at one point. Did you find Latin Prep to be a better introduction to latin grammar?
  7. I'm looking at the HOE Verbal Problems book for extra word problem practice. Do I have to buy the Verbal Problems Introductory Workbook to get started, or should we be OK just jumping into the regular Verbal Problems book. It looks like the regular book has a Getting Started section in it, but I can't see online what is in that chapter to know if that is all we need. I already have the Lessons for HOE.
  8. I do love how Beast Academy makes my kids think, and the problems are quite varied. We have not used level 2, only because it came out too late for my oldest, and I was not going to spend the money on another math program at that level. Our progression has been Right Start B, C, and then BA 3, 4, 5. At the younger ages, I would read the new section in the guide aloud to my daughter, and then I would go over the instructions for the first section of the practice work with her. Once I felt she had a good grasp as to what is being asked of her, I would let her work with me nearby incase she
  9. I agree with you about stopping in the middle of a story. You have to be a person who likes doing that (like my DH).
  10. Thank you for taking the time to write this all out. I understand better now, what you are saying.
  11. Would it make better sense to ask after the reading or give the sentence before the reading to test the word? I agree that older books have a larger vocabulary than modern books do. But wouldn't increasing the unkown/unsure vocabulary make it more frustrating to the reader?
  12. I do agree with this, but the question that I have is this - is it enough for a student? Wouldn't comprehension increase if someone was given the definition of a word before reading a passage containing it?
  13. I had thought about a root study, but was unsure about adding another thing to our day. (It always feels like so much) But even a root study wouldn't help with immediate concerns. What are your thoughts about pulling vocab from the reading and defining it before reading?
  14. My original thought was to go through her reading for the day and pick out a couple words that I am not sure she knows, but feel knowing them would greatly increase the understanding of what she is reading. If she can give me an idea of what the words mean, then good. If not, look it up before reading. Would that make sense?
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