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  1. I remember almost anything I learn to music. I'm sure it will be a big hit with the kiddos. Thanks!
  2. Great point! Keeping the class focused on group games and songs would probably go over best with this age range. I'll check out the Carmen Sandiego website for sure!
  3. Surprisingly, I am in Cincinnati, too! I think I will focus the class on games and songs. We meet once per week. I have the Geopuzzles already. I'll have to look around and see if I can find some geography-based games. Thanks for all the ideas!
  4. Thanks for the idea! Folktales are up my alley. I'll definitely incorporate this in some way.
  5. This is a wonderful resource! I have the United States capitals songs and they have worked wonderfully at home. I'm excited to try out some of these ideas. Thanks!
  6. I will be teaching a geography class for 4th-6th graders in the fall and I have no idea what to use! I know I want the class to be FUN and interactive without much outside of class reading or in class lecture. I would like for it to encompass world geography. What have you used that would be good for a group of any where from 10 to 20 students in this age range? Thanks!!
  7. This looks like what I want. I think we'll watch the overview videos and read some chapters from each book throughout the week. Thanks!
  8. I'm looking for a middle school level Bible curriculum from a Protestant perspective. I would like something that goes through each book of the Bible and provides background information on the themes, authorship, and audience of each as well as pointing out larger threads that run throughout scripture. I am not looking for a character study or something with a heavy theological emphasis. What have you used that meets some or all of these requests? Any reviews on the Bible curriculum "The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study"?
  9. LLtLotR -- What does this one stand for again? I know I've seen it but I can't remember.
  10. I keep coming back to see if a first grade thread has been started so I thought I'd go ahead and make one. This will be my 3rd first grader but first time with a girl which I think will be a different experience. She wants all the crafty things! Math: Singapore Primary 1A/1B Phonics: Continue All About Reading, she's currently mid way through level 2 Language Arts: Writing with Ease 1, First Language Lessons 1, All About Spelling 1 History: Tapestry of Grace Year 4 Lower Grammar - we will be focusing on the inventions and famous people of the period and skipping most of the wars but I want to keep her on the same track as her older brothers Science: Animals, animals, and more animals . . . It's what she most wants to learn about. I have a DK Animal Encyclopedia on the shelf and we'll supplement with library books and animal related crafts from pinterest She'll join in Morning Time for memory work, artist study, composer study, and Bible. Hopefully, we'll be back to co-op in the fall where she'll take whatever she's interested in but most likely gym, art, ballet, and something science oriented.
  11. I'll be schooling my 4th kinder this next year. She has been a wonderful preschooler to school, very interested and engaged in all we have tried. I'm hoping for more of the same in K. All About Reading 1, Singapore Dimensions K, Handwriting with Tears K Tagging along with sister who is in 1st for history (modern era) and science (life sciences) I'm still trying to figure out what Bible I will do with my K and 1st grader. I know I'll be bringing them more into our family morning time and requiring more memory work and involvement from them. I'm not sure what that will look like yet as there is a big gap between these two and their brothers who will be in 5th and 8th next year. I'm also hoping co-op will happen for some structured art and gym time as well as ballet if she's still interested in the fall.
  12. I'll be teaching 5th for the second time next year but this student has a different learning style from my first. He likes to get his work done quickly, no frills, very logical. Math: Singapore Primary Mathematics 5, Supplement with Beast Academy if he wants Language Arts: Rod and Staff 5, All About Spelling 5, IEW Level A Continuing, Literature through TOG Year 4 UG History: TOG Year 4 UG Latin: Continue through the forms, probably starting MP Second Form Science: Undecided, hoping for co-op to take this one Piano lessons Continue typing lessons of some kind and coding as he wants Hoping co-op happens and we can do art, science, gym, and something just for fun
  13. Is this the Figuratively Speaking book you are using? I'm looking to bulk up TOG literature studies a bit. I'd like a simple book that introduces some literary terms before the big jump up in skills of Rhetoric stage. https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/028214/Figuratively-Speaking-Using-Classic-Lit-Tch.html?
  14. I think I have most of 8th figured out because we are mostly moving up a level in our current choices. Math: Singapore Dimensions 8 LA: Writing with Skill 2, Rod and Staff 8 Vocab: Not sure yet, Vocab from Classical Roots was a flop this year, open to options?? History/Literature: Tapestry of Grace Year 4 Dialectic Science: Novare Earth Science Latin: MP Third Form Logic: Open to options here too?? Thinking maybe MP Traditional Logic, maybe saving that for high school. He's done Fallacy Detective and Art of Argument Co-op: Assuming covid is mostly in the past, we will co-op again next year. He will take art, gym, and participate in the play plus anything else that looks interesting to him. A creative writing class could be fun.
  15. Thanks for that encouragement! For some reason, I'm very nervous about upper level math even though I did well while in school. I think it is because my son loves the "why" behind it all and I never really understood that part of it. I was a plug and chug, memorize the formulas kind of learner. I want him to have more than that. Singapore has been a great fit and now I have to try and find something that will work for both of us for upper level math.
  16. Thanks! I'm pretty sure if we use Jurgensen I'll need the teacher's guide. I won't be able to teach without it but man, it is a hard pill to swallow.
  17. Did you purchase the teacher edition for Jurgensen? It seems so pricey!
  18. I'm leaning towards Foerster's. Can you tell me a little about the instruction? Did you feel there was enough for you to assist with teaching and help when your son had any issues? Were the solutions fully worked out? Thanks!
  19. Would you share your high school math sequence and the publishers you chose? My son will work through all of Singapore Dimensions by the end of 8th. At that point, we will need to choose a new publisher. He will be ready for either geometry or algebra 2. What did you use for Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus?
  20. What are you using for Algebra 2 and Geometry?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. I didn't know about these. This could be a great fit! Thanks!
  24. 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!
  25. 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?
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