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  1. 5th grade, here we come! Bible – MP Christian Studies 3 Composition – MP Classical Composition II: Narrative Geography – MP Geography 2 Grammar – MP English Grammar Recitation 3 History – MP Famous Men of Middle Ages Latin – MP Second Form Latin Math – Math Mammoth 6; Beast Academy 4C-4D Music – Piano Lessons Literature – MP Adam of the Road; Door in the Wall; Robin Hood; King Arthur and His Knights Science - MP Birds; Tiner History of Medicine
  2. I think we are ready to finish up 1st in May and get 2nd rolling in July! Art – MP Art Cards, MP Craft Book Bible – MP Christian Studies Enrichment Handwriting – MP Composition, Cursive History – SOTWv3 audio CDs in car Languages – MP Prima Latina Literature – MP Second Grade Math – Math Mammoth 2 Music – Piano Lessons Science – Berean Builders Science in the Beginning Spelling – MP Traditional Spelling 1
  3. I love the Kumon number games books for Kindergarten. The front page is dot-to-dot. The back page is color by number. I forget so quickly how difficult it is for kids to look at all the numbers and visually identify which one comes next.
  4. I started with SSL1 and transitioned to PL, then LC, we are now using MP First Form Latin. Song School takes a child-centric approach to vocab. They give lots of words that are related to others and can be used in the child's life. We learned about desks, books, pencils, animals, Christmas, nature, and so on. It was enough fun that I am letting my next son play with Latin using SSL, but I am not trying to get the vocab solid because we will master vocab in LC and FFL. Memoria Press takes grammar-centric approach to their Latin system. So nouns are chosen based on their declension, ve
  5. A bit of background. I grew up homeschooled by a mom whose philosophy is something like: if you can do reading, writing, and math you can learn anything. All history, geography, and science before high school were: choose a book about something in science and write a paper about it. So what does "enough" mean for my family or your family when it comes to history? We did Memoria Press last year for Kindergarten and 3rd. I like it enough that we are continuing this next year with 1st and 4th. Classical Studies was a major hit with my 3rd grader. There are a series of drill questio
  6. I was also going to suggest Zeus on the Loose. For my kids who are not really ready to add in their head, we use and abacus.
  7. We do a small family deal at the end of each school year. I same a small amount of work from the year in a 1-inch binder to show how they have progressed in each subject. They are handed a grade-completion certificate, and a few more that I come up with. Then they are allowed to share a poem, song, book or nothing as they please. I try to make it about them and what they wish to share not a time for me to "show off" how great my kids are.
  8. I find that with my young kids, living ideas (which I would define as those that cause wonder and further thinking/imagination) are the ones that I hear in their talk and play later. The day after reading "Riddles in the Dark" my 8-year-old went through the house whispering, "what has it got in its pocketses?" My 5-year-old will say something like, "Do you think this is a chrysalis mom?" With a language deficit, this would be so much harder to hear the scraps of thought that are stirring around in their brain. It sounds like you are doing a great job reading his body language to know when
  9. Here is a guide mapping My Book House with Junior Classics: http://librariesofhope.com/new-story-guides.html
  10. I am sticking mostly with Memoria Press for 1st: Bible – MP Christian Studies Handwriting – MP Copybook II; MP New American Cursive I History – Story of the World vol 2 (listen in car), Latin - Song School Latin 1 Math – Math Mammoth 1-2; Kumon mazes Memorization - Summer - Preamble to Constitution; Nobility by Cary; WSC #1-6 Harvest - John 14:1-11; 4 Midsummer Quotes; Solitude by Wheeler; WSC #7-13 Autumn - Psalm 139; The Road Not Taken by Frost; November by Coatsworth; WSC #14-20 Winter - John 14:12-22; Against Idlenes
  11. My oldest had severe eczema as an allergic reaction to many things. We liked the Cetphil moisturizer as a lotion, but only allergy testing to determine what he was allergic to, and then completely removing all allergens from his diet cleared his skin. Turned out that he was also allergic to oatmeal, so that could not be used in his baths either. He also has needed a daily antihistamine to handle environmental allergies.
  12. My 5 yo's dream is to become a traveler and discover the way to Oz. He listens to the first 4 in the series on repeat.
  13. This was a few years ago... I homeschooled Algebra 1 in 9th because my mom was not paying attention to how things had changed since she was in school. I took Geometry in public school in 10th and discovered that I was "behind." I had to double-up Algebra 2 and Trig in 11th. So that I could take Calculus in 12th, because that was what the "smart" kids were doing. I got college credit for Calc 1. I walked into my first class on my first day of college in Calc 2 .... and sat behind a senior whispering "D is for Diploma" over and over to herself. I majored in Computer Science and never had
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