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Kerry Blue

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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 sentences that the author considers a sixth grade level. Sometimes it is difficult to learn a new grammar concept on a more difficult sentence. But it might work for your kid. Here is a link directly to the workbooks.
  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 shifted my 5th grader into All Things Fun and Fascinating with her younger sisters. While the passages were probably too easy, she was able to focus on the instructions and her writing. Unless your student already possesses some writing skills, All Things Fun... is not a bad place to start. The instructions in the book are fairly clear, and I would consider it a very gentle introduction to the IEW method. 2. You might be able to get an idea of what the different units in IEW are about if you listen to the podcasts about each level. It certainly does not have all the information in the DVDs, since it is meant as a review, but there is some information there. I personally tried to glean the needed information from the podcasts, but still felt lost. I ended up purchasing the TWSS because I did not know how to teach writing. I feel I can write decently, but I had no clue on how to impart that knowledge to my children. It took me a while to bite the bullet and buy the DVDs, but I feel it has been worth it. Thinking of it as a continuing education workshop for a teacher made the cost more understandable. As for just using the workbook instead of getting all the DVDs to go with it, I don't think it would work very well. The workbook has bullet points to remind someone about what was covered in the videos, but without the actual instruction, I think someone trying to learn from it would get lost.
  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 so many math curriculum to choose from. There are samples of every guide and practice book online. It might be worth it to show some to your daughter and see if she likes the format and can do some problems.
  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 the summer is to learn how to talk about literature so we can start discussing her reading together. Still need to figure out what that reading list will be and what to do about vocabulary.
  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 needed guidance. When a group of problems was finished in the practice book, I would read the instructions for the next group out loud. The guide introduces the topic, and teaches, but there is some refining of the topic and new techniques introduced in the practice book. Take a look at the assessment pages to see if your child is ready to jump into BA. Some basic math skills are needed before beginning. https://beastacademy.com/resources/assessments
  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?
  15. I'd like DD10 to start a vocabulary journal with words pulled from reading and the subjects she is studying. I have tried to get her to make a vocab list of words that she didn't know while she read, but she never wrote any words down. She either infers what the word means from context, and assumes she knows what it means, or she is skipping over the words without realizing it. So I would like to be a little more proactive to increase her understanding of what she is reading. Ideally, I would pre-read her assignments and put together a vocab list that I would like her to look up before she gets to the reading. But here I have wandered into a quandary: How many vocabulary words every day pulled from reading? I want her to have a better grasp at what she is reading, but I also don't want to overwhelm her. About how many vocabulary words from all subjects every day? We have vocab for science, history/geography, Latin, etc.
  16. My first sixth grader! I'm late to this party, but here is the plan for DD so far: Math - Finish BA 5, then move into AOPS Pre-Algebra. Writing - Continue with IEW theme based writing, probably the first Narnia book. Grammar - KISS or IEW grammar. She seems to be doing really well with KISS, so I hate to rock the boat, but IEW seems to have stuff we have not covered yet. Spelling - AAS 5. Spelling is definitely not her strongest subject. Reading - I need to come up with a good booklist still. Not sure if I should tie books into content subjects or not. Science - Guest Hollow Botany. She chose botany, so we will try this. We attempted ES Logic Biology this year, and it was a big flop with the encyclopedia reading. Live and learn. History - Notgrass America the Beautiful. We started with it this year, and ran down so many rabbit trails that we did not get very far, but she really likes it as a spine. Geography - Trail Guide to the US. She loves maps, and this will tie in nicely with history. Latin - Great Latin Adventure. This fell to the wayside this year, though she did keep up with the flashcards. Need to get back at it. Logic - Logic Liftoff, Orbiting with Logic, and maybe Fallacy Detective, depending on how fast she moves through the first two. Music - Fiddle Lessons and A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers. Again, we started this and didn't get too far because there are so many composers to listen and learn about. Health - ? I always struggle with this one. Ideas welcome. Art - She loves art, but it tends to get put off for more academic subjects. I'll try to be better about it. Typing - I think she will like Burning Cargo. Bible - Not sure yet. PE - Debating spending the money on a YMCA membership. They have homeschool gym and swim lessons every week. The only concerns are cost and distance. Am I missing something? Too much?
  17. For some unknown reason I had it in my head that it was otherwise. I had good intentions of starting the school year earlier, but then Life happened, and School didn't. I was toying with the idea of taking a few weeks off after we are officially done, and then do school 1-2 days a week. That would get some days under our belt, and help keep the learning from falling out their ears over summer.
  18. I'm so tired of New York. 180 days. Every year. About 30 more to go.
  19. I didn't even look at any of their other stuff. Though I think this would be too much this year. I'll write it down to look at again for future years. Thank you.
  20. This looks really interesting, and easy to stretch out to focus on 1-2 composers a month. Thank you for the suggestion!
  21. I just wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone who has replied. It is amazing how much receiving constructive and informed responses has helped. I have yet to meet anyone in my life who is knowledgeable and willing to speak about curriculum choices and scheduling. The isolation is difficult, and making all the decisions without any input from others, ever, has been stressful. Thank you for taking the time to help me.
  22. Thank you for repeating your post. I had missed it the first time through. I will definitely look into this book. I need a little more hand holding than what BFSU gives me or it tends not to get done.
  23. I have been trying to compile a list of health related topics that I would like to touch on throughout the year. The tricky part will be to remember to get the books from the library. I'm thinking about one topic a month should be more than enough.
  24. Life has not allowed me to come back until now. Thank you for the links!
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