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  1. My daughter is in 4th grade and just finished Spelling Workout C. She really dislikes it and would like to change curricula. She is also a natural speller. Any recommendations for a program that works well for a natural speller and isn’t very teacher intensive. (AAS is out because my dyslexic 12 year-old uses it and she would pass him up in a flash.) From my research thus far, I’m looking at Spellwell, Sequential Spelling, Soaring with Spelling, Christian Liberty’s Building Spelling Skills, and Spelling Wisdom. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
  2. Does anyone use TOG and IEW together? My DS10 just started IEW this year and it is really clicking for him, so I would like to stick with it. But I am also wanting to start TOG Year 1 next year and I'm not sure how to make them work together. Anyone with experience here? (I tried searching the forum, but didn't find anything helpful.) Thanks.
  3. I know this thread is a couple years old, but I'm curious if you have found your DS's MENSA membership helpful. The psychologist that tested my DS10 recommended I try it for him. We live in Hawaii, so I don't know if there is much available for youth here, but I figured it might be worth a shot. We move every few years, so maybe in the next place there will be more. Thanks.
  4. My ds is almost halfway through with FLL3 and is a third of the way through WWE2. I'm thinking of switching to Shurley English 4. Would it be overkill to keep doing WWE? What about not doing the writing portions of Shurley in favor of WWE? I trust the WWE/WWS method, so I'm hesitant to abandon it. Part of the reason I'm switching is I suspect my ds is dyslexic and possibly dysgraphic. He really hates all the physical writing in FFL3. He doesn't like the writing in WWE, but he tolerates it better. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks.
  5. It's my understanding that TT can be done entirely on the computer. Here is TT's explanation of the workbook (from their website): "The main advantage of owning the consumable workbook (in addition to the CDs) is that it prevents students from having to copy down each problem on a separate sheet, which saves them time and helps them to avoid errors. Having a workbook also allows students to continue doing assignments even if their computer malfunctions or they need to work away from home. Another advantage is that the workbook contains written summaries of each lecture, so students can just skim over the summary instead of re-watching the lecture if they forget a key point. Finally, the workbook allows you, the parent, to view the entire course’s content at a glance. Many parents value the ability to see all the problems in a lesson printed on a page, so they can pick select problems for the student to work on."
  6. I'm attending a homeschool convention in 4 weeks, but I need math and spelling curriculum NOW! I'm going to buy Teaching Textbooks and Spelling-U-See. Do you think their booths will have a convention discount worth the wait, or should I just buy it online so I can start using them ASAP? Thanks.
  7. Thank you all so much for the input and encouragement. I'm thinking Right Start will probably be a better match for us.
  8. Yes, he very much hates the act of writing. I'm toying with the idea of talking to his pediatrician about it. He loves Legos and has no problem with those, so it seems to me his fine motor skills are normal. But I'm still wondering if there is an underlying physiological problem.
  9. My DS8 does not like math (and he is pretty average at it). He hates writing and worksheets in any subject. We used Singapore for 1st and 2nd with it becoming more and more painful toward the end. We switched to BA this year and are almost done with 3B. It's not a winner for us. Neither of us are clicking with their explanations and (again) he hates the workbook. I've been looking at other options and I'm thinking Saxon (my pick) or TT (his pick). But today he asked about an option that is hands on. He doesn't like the look of Math-U-See. Right Start could be a possibility. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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