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  1. Haha! Sorry! If it makes you feel any better, the tipping point for me to actually buy MFW this year was that the other, not homeschool related, parts of my life are insane right now and I simply didn’t have the time, energy, or focus available to put together my own thing. I needed something where at least a good deal of the work had already been done for me. Suddenly, MFW went from something I drool over every year to the thing that might (fingers crossed) give us a decent school year next year. I saw the thread where you talked about the geography curriculum you’re putting together. Sounds awesome! Just the sort of thing I’d like to do if I were able. You’ll have to let us know how it goes. 🙂
  2. Me too! I’ve looked at MFW every year since my oldest was in 2nd grade. I’ve recommended it to other people who have used it and loved it. I just didn’t want to be tied down to a plan someone else came up with! I LIKE pulling my own stuff together. This year....I bought MFW for the first time. I’ll have 10th, 8th, 7th, and 5th grades. Older two will be doing 9th grade Ancient History and Literature, youngest two will be doing Exploring Countries and Cultures. I have to say that I LOVE the looks of it even more as it sits on my shelves than I did at a convention or in a catalog. I love that so much of the planning has been done for me. I might actually have time to plan some of the fun extras I never seem to get to! I hope it works out as well as I think it will!
  3. I don’t think Diana Waring is very teacher intensive. It has a variety of ways for a student to demonstrate learning so it *could be writing heavy but it could also be light on writing. There are a lot of options for students to choose from to suit different learning styles and interests. My mom used it with my youngest sister (who hates reading and writing and likes to be active and creative) and it worked quite well for her. You used to be able to get a free sample unit (one month) to try out. I don’t know if they still offer that.
  4. We did Science In the Beginning and really liked it. I haven’t used any others. We like Apologia too but SITB was so much easier to use. We liked the variety in the lessons instead of a year on one topic like Apologia. The lessons weren’t too long and each was clearly defined, the experiments/demonstrations were fun, actually worked, and weren’t overly complicated, and the different projects at the end of each lesson made it easy to use with multiple age groups. The year we used it was definitely our best elementary science year.
  5. We’re doing MFW ECC this year. It’s our first year with MFW but my friends who have used it absolutely LOVED the Exploring Countries and Cultures year.
  6. Has anyone used this? Can you tell me a bit about it? What it is? How it works? If it was useful? I have all our curriculum planned and purchased for next year so I’m not looking for full classes. I was wondering if this would make a good supplement or something for the kids to explore on. Maybe use it for electives for my oldest? It seems like a pretty inexpensive subscription. I’ll probably do the $5 trial to check it out but thought I’d look for reviews from users too.
  7. I’ve been talking to my DD about an elective for next year and I think we’ve decided on music theory. She plays the piano and her teacher, while not doing formal theory, does drill her on scales, key signatures, etc. So we won’t be starting from scratch. I’m looking for a high school level workbook. I don’t think our budget will allow for an online class. I can help her and/or teach it. I teach piano lessons and have used method books like Bastien and Faber for theory but that’s not quite what I’m looking for for a high school theory class.
  8. We’re another family that struggled through a rough 9th grade year. I lot of it was just life, and the rest the simple fact that this DD doesn’t like school and had an extremely difficult time adjusting to needing to put more time and effort into her work. She would rather spend all her time creating whatever pops into her head. (She is currently making a “sword in the stone” out of the cardboard box that came from Amazon yesterday.) I am giving her the entire summer completely off of all school work. I’ve never done that before and it scares me a little but I’m hoping a long break helps. I looked back at wha I posted last year on the 9th grade thread and I changed almost everything by the time we started. Everything for next year has already been purchased so there’s less chance of things changing much. Bible/History/Literature - MFW Ancient History and Literature. This is the 9th grade year but we just did US history and Ancients was up next. She’ll be doing this with DD 8th. Math - We made essentially no progress in math last year. At the end of the year we switched to MUS Algebra 1 and it seemed to be going better although we only got a few weeks in. We’ll review those first weeks and then keep going. I hope this will be a good fit. I was hoping to do something more “rigorous” for high school math but at this point we just need something that makes sense to her and will get done. We’ll most likely be sticking with MUS for her through high school. Science - Horticulture from CLE. She doesn’t care for most Science (to put it mildly) but has seemed interested in gardening and plants/nature. I’m running with that. The book is only scheduled for 2-3 times a week so I’m going to add in some projects and extra reading probably to fill it out. (Many of those projects will be working in the many gardens of our new house so that’s a win for me. 😉) English - In addition to what she’ll be doing with MFW, we’ll keeping working our way through AG. We only got a few weeks into it last year so we’ll review that and then pick up where we left off. I’ll probably split each week into two weeks though so it doesn’t take too long each day. We’re also going to be doing Spelling Power. Spelling hasn’t received the attention it should have during the past few years so we’re going to work on that the year. She’ll be doing both of these with DD 8th as well. Language - ASL She’s been taking a class with some friends for the past year. She loves this. ASL suits her artsy side and class is a good time to socialize with friends. Elective - still undecided. I think I’ll corner her...up, I mean have a conversation with her tonight and make her pick something. Extras - karate, piano lessons, art class, service project. I’m not sure what the service project will be yet but it’s encouraged as part of MFW so I’m going to ask around and see what her options are. I think it’s an excellent idea.
  9. I’m jumping in a little late but I like posting on these threads and then looking back later to see what I changed. Sometimes it’s almost everything! This year I’m posting after I already purchased all of our materials so this is very likely to be the plan we stick with. Bible/History/Literature - MFW Ancient History. This is the 9th grade year and she’ll be doing it with DD 10th. This is the first time I’ve used anything like MFW and 9th grade for my older two seemed like the logical place to put them. Math - MUS Pre-algebra. Math is her weakest subject. We’d been doing CLE and she was about 1/3 of the way through the 6th grade books. I’m hoping this won’t be too much of a stretch. She’ll be doing it with DD 7th. Younger DD is strong in math and nearly finished with SM 6 so she should be fine. I’m hoping putting them together doesn’t cause any problems. Science - Apologia General Science. I really like the looks of the new edition. She’ll be doing this with DD 7th also. English - In addition to what she’ll be doing with MFW, we’ll keep working through AG. Life was crazy last year so we didn’t get far. I think I’ll slow it down and take two weeks for each lesson so that it can be done quickly each day. We still need to work on spelling in our house so we’ll also be doing Spelling Power. She’ll do both of these with DD 10th as well. Elective - Creative Writing. This DD LOVES to write and asked specifically for this. She writes stories with friends that they pass around and I also got her “The Exciting World of Creative Writing” for a little bit of guidance. This will be mostly student-driven. Extras - karate, piano lessons, baking class with Grandma and Grandma’s best friend.
  10. I usually add to these threads much earlier in the year. I like to go back and see how close I stuck to my original plan. February dreams vs. reality. LOL This year all our books are already purchased so there probably won’t be as many changes.
  11. My 11yo will be in 7th this fall. Crazy! She has a late in the year birthday and is dyslexic. Reading has just “clicked” for her in the past couple of months. I think she will be *almost on grade level with most subjects this year. It’ll be a bit of a stretch for her but I think she can do it. Bible/History/Geography - MFW Exploring Countries and Cultures. She’ll be doing this with 5th grade DS. I’ll be having her do the additional 7th/8th grade supplement. That might end up being more reading than she can handle but we’ll see. If it is we’ll skip some books or I’ll do them as read alouds. Science - Apologia General Science. I got the new third edition which looks more manageable than the 2nd edition. I also got the audio book to cut down on the reading for her. Math - MUS pre-algebra. Should be easy for her. I’ll be pushing her more with reading and writing so I wanted an easy math year for her. She’s good at math but doesn’t particularly care for it right now (I think that’s mostly due to the influence of older sisters 🙄). English - Learning Language Arts Through Literature Tan. This is a gentle program and I think Tan is meant for 6th grade. I think it’ll still be a bit of a challenge for her though. Especially with all the reading and writing she’ll be doing for other subjects. Extras - karate and piano lessons
  12. Many of the previous posts seem to be for academically strong and/or advanced 10 year olds. I thought I’d post ours which looks quite different. My DS will be 9 for the beginning of 5th. Our state’s cut off is Dec 31. He has a Nov birthday and I would have red shirted him had he gone to public school. For homeschooling it really doesn’t matter. We just keep moving forward. Academically he is not really doing much “5th grade” work but socially he fits better with older kids. (He is nearly 5’ and has always ended up playing with kids several years older.) He is dyslexic and not quite reading fluently yet. His 5th grade year is a bit all over the place when it comes to the level of material that we’ll use. I’m fine with that. If we need to add a “high school prep” year between 8th and 9th we’ll do that but we don’t have to decide now. Bible/History/Geography/Science - MFW Exploring Countries and Cultures. He’ll be doing this with DD who will be in 7th. Up until now, DS has just “tagged along” with older sisters in these subjects and I haven’t required much more than just listening in. This year he won’t be just tagging along. He’ll be expected to fully participate. It’ll be a stretch for him but I think he’s ready. Math - Singapore. He’ll be finishing up 4B in the fall and then we’ll move into 5. We’ll just keep moving forward with that. English - Learning Language Arts Through Literature Yellow. This is by far his weakest subject. We’ve spent the past few years working intensively on reading. He’s made a lot of progress but it is still a struggle. For this year I decided to switch to LLATL. It is a gentle program to begin with and we will be using it several grades behind. (I believe Yellow is 3rd grade.) This is where he’s at though so it’s ok. I’m expecting a big jump in ability sometime in the next year or two. (Reading just “clicked” for my 11yo this past winter. I’m guessing DS will be similar.) Extras - karate, piano lessons taught by mom. He’s been asking for cello lessons but I’m not sure if we’ll try to add that this year or not. I’d like him to be a little further with piano first and my brother who was going to teach him cello just moved out of state.
  13. Language Arts subjects can really add up and take a lot of time - reading, writing, penmanship, phonics, grammar, spelling, literature, vocabulary...I use either an all-in-one program that covers all or most of these (Learning Language Arts Through Literature, English Lessons Through Literature, Logic of English, etc) OR choose 2-3 to focus on for each year and skip the rest. In the early years that meant reading, phonics, penmanship. Once those were good I’d move on to spelling and grammar. This year I’m back to using all-in-one curriculum for my younger two. My older two will be using a high school English that is supposed to cover all the subjects needed but I will be supplementing a bit to work on areas they at weak in.
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