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  1. You can start in any color book for GFWTM. Like the previous poster said, they are non-sequential and cover the same material with hopefully higher levels of mastery each time you go through it. I will say that I tried the program with a 5th grader and it was way too overwhelming for him to feel successful. We slowed it way down and still only went about 1/2 through before returning to Rod & Staff. There is no way I would try it with a 4th grader but it is absolutely enough for a 7th grader.
  2. I can't really help with the math but I'm in the opposite position on the writing track. We have used W & R through book 6 and are switching to Writing with Skill this year for my 7th grader. He likes the W&R program which is a good motivator in doing the work but I'm not seeing the kind of progress I would like in paragraph formation or outlining skills. This is just our experience. From what I've read of others, W&R has been enough to get their children writing well for high school. I wouldn't skip any of the books if I were you. They do build on each other.
  3. They were in the middle of updating Primer C when we were ready for that level. On the Latin Alive page, they suggest skipping C and going to Alive 1 or doing C and going to Latin Alive 2. We have contemplated back tracking to Primer C at this point but I think we will go on to Third Form. My son needed the bells and whistles of the CAP program to get started but would benefit from a bare bones approach at this point. I'm hoping MP Forms will be the way to go. After speaking to MP, they thought he would be able to do 2nd Form as a review or Third Form with only a few topics not touched on before. Thank you for your advice and the link provided!
  4. I have an upcoming 7th grader who has finished Latin for Children A & B and the first unit of Latin Alive. We both feel that Latin Alive is not going to be a good fit for further Latin studies. I've been looking at the Memoria Press Latin options and I'm not sure where we should start. Maybe Third Form Latin or Henle I? Has anyone moved from Latin Alive to a Memoria Press product? What was your experience like?
  5. Favorites I've used in the past: Favorite Poems Old and New, Lives of the Musicians (Also Artists and Scientists), A Child’s Introduction to Poetry (also Orchestra), Draw the USA (and others), Maps: Getting from Here to There, D'Aulaire's books, You Wouldn't Want to be... books, Renaissance Artists who Inspired the World, Tales for Shakespeare, Usborne Famous Composers Reference Book, Handbook of Nature Study, Trial and Triumph, Childcraft Encyclopedias, The Book of Virtues, plus we usually have a joke book going from the library. Not a book but we love the Simply Charlotte Mason Artists Portfolios and IEW Poetry Memorization. I also have Living Memory on the shelf that I pull memory work from.
  6. I''ll have a kiddo who turns 4 in July. I'll probably have her work through All About Reading Pre-Reading and pick activities from A Year of Playing Skillfully. We might pick up Singapore Dimension's pre-k level or just play math games to build skills. She'll have a sister in K so I imagine a lot of messy art and science together.
  7. I'll have another in K next year. She will continue All About Reading and will probably use HWT as it was so successful for my older kids. I will probably have her do Singapore's Dimensions at the K level. With my boys, we went right into Singapore US Editions 1 in K but I don't think she is ready for that. I won't plan any formal science or history and she can tag along on read alouds and join any projects that look fun for her. Otherwise, she can play and make messes and I'll provide supplies and a little guidance. Should be fun!
  8. We are continuing with much of the same things next year. I'm still undecided on how to tackle science though. Math: Singapore 4A/4B and Beast Academy 4 Spelling: All About Spelling 4 Grammar: Rod & Staff 4 History/Literature/Geography: Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Upper Grammar Science: Undecided, maybe Real Science Odyssey for Earth Science and Astronomy, maybe just let co-op handle it He will be doing interest led science following along with his brother Latin: Continue Latin for Children A We have decided to move to MP First Form Co-op for Gym, Art, Tae Kwon Do, and anything else that strikes his fancy No co-op due to Covid and a new baby on the way. Instead, he will do a homemade chef's course. He has wanted to be a chef for a few years now. Continue piano lessons
  9. We will be continuing what has worked in the past for almost everything except science and a few others. History/Literature/Geography: Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Dialectic -- I am considering using Walking with Wisdom Literature Guides for a unit or two but haven't decided. Reviews appreciated! Math: Singapore Dimensions 7 Writing: Writing with Skill 1 -- He has been using Writing and Rhetoric and will have just finished book 6 but I'm not seeing enough skill development in building paragraphs and transitions. I'm hoping a year of Writing with Skill will help with that. Grammar: Rod & Staff 7 Spelling/Vocabulary: ?? He will be finishing AAS 7. I may drop this as a subject or pick up a latin roots/vocabulary course. Vocabulary from Classical Roots A & B Latin: Latin Alive 1 Switching to MP Forms, we will do a few weeks from First Form and then jump into Second Form Science: Leaning towards Novare Physical Science Letting him do a year of interest led science. He's picked some astronomy topics, rocks, robots, and microbiology Logic: He completed The Art of Argument this year. Not sure where to go next? Fallacy Detective He'll also attend a co-op one day a week with art, gym, maybe creative writing, and other courses just for fun. He wants to drop piano after this year and I suppose I'll let him after 3 years of lessons. No co-op this year due to Covid.
  10. Thanks for all the great ideas! I'll run these by him and look to see what we have locally.
  11. I tried them with my oldest and it was an epic failure. That turned me off for many years but I'm breaking one out again to try with my second son. He loves cutting, pasting, and all that jazz so I think it might be a good fit. We shall see.
  12. This little guy is half way between many of his levels so it's hard to tell where he will be next year but he will be continuing on with most of what he is doing this year. Math: Singapore 3 and Beast Academy 3 Language Arts: FLL 3, AAS 3-4, Probably W&R Fable although I have IEW Intensive A that we might use - We need a break from WWE History/Literature: Tapestry of Grace Year 2 - Upper Grammar Latin: ?? He's finishing Song School 2 this year. I'm not sure he's ready for LFC A so I'm looking for a filler. Any ideas?? Science: We will be ready for an Astronomy and Earth Science year. Probably following WTM recommendations and notebooking with lots of field trips and star gazing. Arts: Home Art Studio and Piano lessons Continue building typing skills, we may start cursive or give his manuscript more time to mature
  13. So much of what we are currently doing is working so we'll be doing much of the same. I'm still working out logic, science and extracurriculars. Math: AOPS Pre-Algebra Language Arts: GWTM Red Book, AAS Level 7, Continue WWS 1 half speed (My son has requested more creative writing. I'm looking into The Creative Writer for him to do half pace with WWS. Opinions welcome!) Latin: Latin for Children C (We may spend some time shoring up on skills from A and B before we move on) Logic: ?? We did Basics of Critical Thinking which was a hit and we'll complete the Blast Off with Logic series this year. Maybe The Art of Argument or Fallacy Detective. Opinions welcome on these. History: Tapestry of Grace Year 2 - Dialectic Level Literature: Pulling half of this from Tapestry to coincide with history and will choose other fiction for the rest of the year. We will probably do some Teaching the Classics with these. Science: ?? We're up for an Astronomy and Earth Science year. Right now, I'm considering RSO for this or following WTM recommendations for logic stage and picking some resources from there. What have you used? Art: Probably continuing Home Art Studio. I'll also be looking for local classes to attend live throughout the year. We will continue building typing skills by typing a paragraph in a Word doc every other day or so. He can't think what to write and type at the some time yet. We will also continue Morning Time but I haven't planned any resources yet. Piano Lessons
  14. What are some outside the box activities or clubs that your middle grade children are doing? I'm looking for something new for my 11 year old boy. Help me brainstorm a list of ideas to investigate in my area. Thanks!!
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