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  1. I am looking at using SOTW with two of my daughters.  I used the program with my eldest and honestly felt like the activity book, which I only purchased for years three and four, was mostly a waste of my money, as we couldn't get to most of the activities and extra reading.  We did, however, love the map work and coloring pages.  I was considering buying the student pages only, but then we'd have no map directions.  Is there a way to get only those?  Thanks!

  2. My third girl will be in first grade come fall.  I am combining her with my very young soon-to-be-third-grade girl for all content areas, plus some things that are family activities. We use CM methods and I build all of my own lists. Here's her plan so far:

    Math - RightStart

    Phonics - First Start Reading, AlphaPhonics, Classical Phonics, and BOB Books, then..... ?  Possibly some Explode the Code books.  She really likes little workbooks.

    History - A Picturesque Tale of Progress, books 1 and 2; just listening, no oral narration

    Science - just lots of Nature Study and some really good picture books as often as we can, especially through the winter; maybe Blood and Guts with older sister; she'll narrate her nature journal entries/dictate what she wants written

    Geography - Home Geography lessons and Paddle to the Sea, both with oral narrations; listening in on Haliburton's Book of Marvels with her 6th grade sister

    Literature - Fifty Famous Stories, Aesop's Fables, The King of the Golden River, The Matchlock Gun, all with oral narrations; listening in on Kim with biggest sister

    Mythology - The Age of Fable with Tanglewood Tales, oral narrations

    Shakespeare - either here at home or at co-op, not sure yet; we do this all together and really love it

    Plutarch - just listening in

    Nature Lore - The Burgess Bird Book, read to them by their older sister, with oral narration; James Herriot's Treasury for Children, oral narrations

    Plus Picture Study, Composer, Folk Songs/Hymns, Poetry, and Art, all together.  I haven't figured out music yet.


    That's it so far.  I'm enjoying reading what everyone else is sharing.  I hope we all have productive planning summers! :)

  3. We use a CM approach, but with Mom's book lists, as opposed to AO or something.  Because I'm picky, mostly. 😉 Here is what I have so far for my going to be third grade girl, who is definitely a young third grade.  I'll be combining her with my soon to be first grader for all content areas.

    Math - Math Mammoth for math (working through the topical books right now after dropping RightStart B after 71 lessons - it wasn't sticking in her brain at all; she LOVES these Math Mammoth books and it seems to work a lot better for her), with RightStart games as I can work them in

    Language Arts - Primary Language Lessons (mostly the 2nd half), finish Traditional Spelling 2, and finish Dancing Bears C.  Spelling and Bears will end long before the school year does, though, so I need to decide what will be next for her.  I'm thinking Spelling by Sound and Structure would be right up her alley and possibly the upper levels of Explode the Code if I think she needs more phonics practice.  I'll also have her read to me out loud a few times a week, but I'm not sure if I want a leveled resource (I have all of McGuffey's sitting here) or if we'll just grab random books off our shelves.

    History - A Picturesque Tale of Progress, books 1 and 2, with oral narration

    Science - just lots of Nature Study and some really good picture books as often as we can, especially through the winter; maybe Blood and Guts with older sister

    Geography - Home Geography lessons and Paddle to the Sea with oral narration and mapwork; listening in on Haliburton's Book of Marvels with her 6th grade sister

    Literature - Fifty Famous Stories, Aesop's Fables, The King of the Golden River, The Matchlock Gun, all with oral narration; listening in on Kim with her older sister

    Mythology - The Age of Fable with Tanglewood Tales, with oral narration

    Shakespeare - either at home or at co-op, we aren't sure yet, but there will be the Bard - we all love having Shakespeare "class" together

    Plutarch - just listening in on big sister's narrations

    Nature Lore - The Burgess Bird Book, read to them by their older sister; James Herriot's Treasury for Children, again both with oral narration

    Plus Picture Study, Composer, Folk Songs/Hymns, Poetry, and Art, with all the girls together.  I haven't figured out music, yet.

    My plan is oral narration only, but lately she really wants to write about things we have read, so I may start having her do one written narration per week on a book of her choice and see how it goes.


    That's it so far.  I'm enjoying reading what everyone else is sharing.  I hope we all have productive planning summers! :)

  4. We have a classical/CM approach and try to combine work where we can.  We have three school age girls (next year they will be 11, 8, and 6) plus a little monster, I mean, two year old 😉 For my up and coming 6th (WHAT?!WHEN?!) grade daughter, I have:

    Singapore Math 5A and 5B, then Jousting Armadillos, most likely

    Bards and Poets I from Cottage Press for LA, stretched to cover the whole year plus a bit more if needed

    Apples and Pears for spelling - finishing up the final level in the beginning of the year.  We'll switch to only studied dictation after that, either once or twice a week.

    History books to be read and orally narrated/written narration (History Notebook?, not sure yet) twice a week:

    • The Book of the Ancient Greeks
    • The Book of the Ancient Romans
    • The Book of the Middle Ages

    These are all by Dorothy Mills and it may be too much for one year, so we'll start with Greeks and see how it goes - I may drop Middle Ages and cover two books instead of three if the pace is too fast.


    • Astronomy from Sabbath Mood Homeschool, keeping a Science Journal
    • Blood and Guts (with her two younger sisters and Mom), keeping a Science Journal
    • Botany from Sabbath Mood Homeschool, keeping a Science Journal
    • Nature Journals all together



    • Legends from FairyLand
    • The Golden Fleece by Colum
    • The Children's Homer by Colum



    • Unknown to History, with oral narration and one weekly written narration (possibly a "creative" option)
    • Kim (with younger sisters and Mom), oral narration and one weekly written narration(possibly a "creative" option



    • Haliburton's Book of Marvels, Occident (with younger sisters and Mom), weekly mapwork and her choice of oral or written narration
    • The Book of Discovery (just one chapter a week, with oral narration and weekly mapwork)

    Plutarch once a week, but probably not all year, with younger sisters and Mom, oral narration

    Latin for Children Primer A will finish up and she'll start B.

    Art lesson once a week, all together

    Music lesson once a week, with Mom

    Shakespeare all year all together, because we love him , plays to be decided🙂

    Weekly poetry tea time, all together

    Commonplace book entry several times a week

    Picture Study weekly, all together

    Handicrafts as we have time, both together and individually - cross stitching, embroidery, painting, drawing, clay sculpture, origami, possibly calligraphy, sewing projects

    Memory Work - right now, all poetry and Shakespeare, some together, others for each child individually.

    I can't wait for next year!



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  5. When my daughter needed a light year, I read her one great literature book at a time and asked her to narrate it back.  The second half of the year, I asked for a written retelling once per week.  We kept up with spelling a few times a week and that was it for language arts.  She adored that book (Understood Betsy), she solidified basics of spelling and writing a good sentence, and it was totally fine to pick up more formal stuff the next year.  You should absolutely follow your instincts and lighten it up a bit.  Good for you!  Have a wonderful year!

  6. On 2/18/2019 at 4:48 PM, Jean in Newcastle said:

    We did Singapore Math through 6b.   Then Jacob's Mathematics:  A Human Endeavor.  Then Jacobs Beginning Algebra.  It worked well for us.

    Did you work through all of A Human Endeavor, beginning in 7th?  And is Beginning Algebra the same as Elementary Algebra?  My daughter is in the same place.

    I'm also trying to decide if we need to stick with 6A and 6B...isn't 6th grade a review year?

  7. I think that if you already have plans for poetry memorization, picture study, and literature selections AND plan on doing copy work at home, then CP may not be a good fit.  The Primer series is light on grammar and includes literature to read and narrate, picture study, nature study, and dictation.  I suppose you could run through multiple light grammar lessons and that would work.  You'll just be skipping a lot of the book (which is okay).  Fable and Song has lots more grammar and may be a better fit - parts of speech and diagramming and the like.  However, you'll still be skipping a large portion of the program as it is meant to teach beginning composition as well as grammar.

    Perhaps a good diagramming handbook, if you are wanting to teach diagramming, and just going through marking and parts of speech and diagramming a sentence or two together would better fit what you already have planned.

  8. 14 hours ago, Bkpan8 said:

    I have never used CP and am considering using it for a co-op class that meets once a week with approx. 3-4th graders.  With your experience, can you see that working well?

    How long will you have the children and how many of them are there?  I think you could adapt it to work.  Though you may be able to take the essence of how CP is set up to work and just create your own program that would fit just right into a co-op.

  9. That does seem like a lot.  WWE would have copy work built in, so that's doubled.  Narrations from WWE would kind of double the questions that come with MP Lit....I'd cut back.  My first grader is using MP Phonics and Traditional Spelling right now, with one sentence of copy work in the morning and no formal grammar.  It's plenty.  SOTW also asks for narrations/comprehension questions, so there's more of the same there...I'm not familiar with your science choice,but it seems like LA is pretty heavy in the line up.

  10. Ditto what hollyhock said.  I have wanted a guide to narration as a process over time for, well, forever.  And here it is, in a convenient format, for me to read, re-read, and reference as needed.  I am so glad I bought the book!  It's helped me already in seeing the big picture and how to support/scaffold what we do now to be set up for success in later years.  Rather like The Living Page finally helped me to draw all those keeping activity threads together into a cohesive whole.  It's a worthwhile purchase!

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  11. Would it be a problem if she caught up to/surpassed him in some things?  They needn't worry about grade levels, after all.  He would have his work, she would have hers, and they could have, I would think, lots and lots of combined work (which would be easier for you).  I have two girls that are 22 months apart - so almost two yeas.  But the elder is a young six and the younger is a mature four and I fully expect the younger to catch up to the elder.  I'm looking forward to when I can combine almost everything for the two of them. :)

  12. I am SO excited about fifth grade!  Here's the plan so far:


    Morning Time - songs, poetry, and a few good read-alouds.  Shakespeare part of the time. Copy work.  Prayer.

    Spelling - Apples and Pears plus weekly dictation

    Composition and Grammar - Good English: Oral and Written, Harvey's Elementary Grammar and Composition, plus daily written narrations.

    Math - Singapore with Math Mammoth supplementing as needed

    Nature Study

    Picture Study

    Art lessons

    Music lessons

    Ballet lessons (out of the house)

    Content subject books:

      Augustus Caesar's World

      An Island Story (part)

      Haliburton's Book of Marvels (half)

      A Book of Discovery (by Synge, just part)

      The StoryBook of Science (half-ish)

      The Book of Insects (most likely)

      The Golden Fleece

      Understood Betsy

      The Princess and the Goblin

      The LOTR series

      The 13 Moons series (I hope)


    She'll be doing lots of Keeping this coming year - a beginning effort at Commonplacing, a Science Notebook, a Geography Notebook, a wall Timeline (or something), a Nature Journal, a Copy Book, and a Writer's Journal.

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  13. Loving this year so far:


    All our content books - D'Aulaire's Greek Myths, The Children of Odin, Home Geography Lessons, James Herriot's Treasury for Children, The Thornton Burgess Animal Book, A Little History of the World, Fifty Famous Stories Retold, Of Swords and Sorcerers, Our Island Saints, A First Book About Geology, Stories from the History of Rome, William Shakespeare Landmark Biography


    Morning Time reads - The King of Ireland's Son, Beatrix Potter, Bulfinche's Mythology, Mr. Revere and I, My Book House


    Shakespeare, using Leon Garfield and Bruce Coville retellings


    Poem memorization, using The Harp and Laurel Wreath


    Ray's for Today


    Cottage Press


    First Start Reading


    Apples and Pears




    Creating Art (Memoria Press)


    Picture Study from Cottage Press


    Poetry Tea Time


    Nature Study - Anna Comstock's book and the journal from Jenny Phillips


    music lessons with Mom



    Doing a good job but not loved:


    Singapore Math and Math Mammoth


    Prima Latina


    online Gaelic resources



    Really not liked by my eldest and I may just drop it:


    The Story of Inventions

  14. I'm already planning for next year, because planning makes me happy! ;)   I will have a 5th grader, 2nd grader, Ker, and 18 month old.  For my second grader, so far:


    I SPEAK LATIN and Lingua Angelica

    Ray's for Today or RightStart....not sure which yet

    Cottage Press Primer One (all three volumes)

    English for the Thoughtful Child (book 1 and probably 2)

    continuing phonics with Traditional Spelling/Alpha Phonics/McGuffey Readers

    fluency practice with Dancing Bears

    Art - ARTistic Pursuits

    Muisic - tin whistle, informal appreciation, singing

    PhysEd - classical ballet

    "One Room School House": content subjects with her sisters, requiring narration in some form:


    Augustus Caesar's World

    Our Island Story

    Haliburton's Book of Marvels (half)

    Home Geography Lessons (16 - 30)

    The Story Book of Science (half)

    The Book of Insects

    Understood Betsy

    The Princess and the Goblin

    The Lord of the Rings (all four books)

    The Golden Fleece

    The Thirteen Moons series


    Plus: poem memorization, weekly poetry tea time, copy work, picture study, and nature study


    All subject to change between now and August! :)

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  15. I'd call myself Classical Mason. :)  Plus whatever works.  Here is what my current first grade daughter is doing:


    First Start Reading with Alpha Phonics, then Traditional Spelling with Dancing Bears (she is almost ready to switch,Alpha Phonics will stay around as a weekly supplement)


    RightStart Math, then Ray's for Today (still deciding if we want to return to RS)


    We have Morning Time, copy work every day, and a read-aloud loop as a family.  Morning Time is where she memorizes song and poetry and listens to Shakespeare and such. Copy work is usually taken from something we've read during MT.  Right now this is our Read-Aloud Loop that she listens to, though she doesn't narrate from everything:


    Our Island Saints

    Of Swords and Sorcerers (King Arthur) - we just finished this and now going to start The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum

    A First Book About Geology

    The Thortnton Burgess Animal Book for Children (preceded by James Herriot earlier in the year)

    D'Aulaire's Greek Mythology (with HA Rey's The Stars to study constellations)

    A Little History of the World

    Fifty Famous Stories

    Home Geography Lessons (almost done with this year's portion)


    As we finish above books we plan to read part of The Story Book of Science and Adam of the Road.


    She also participates in weekly nature study/journal, an art lesson, picture study, and poetry tea time.  She hears Latin three times a week at lunch using I SPEAK LATIN!  (highly recommend - it's so much fun!).  I can't seem to fit in regular music lessons, but she has started the tin whistle.  I outsource ballet once a week.


    It looks like a lot typed out, but she is never overwhelmed and enjoys the daily feast.

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  16. Math facts are less than five minutes at a time, several days a week.  Singapore math six days a week 20 to 25 minutes (rarely longer) each time, plus any extra time to correct mistakes.  She does that later on when siblings are napping.


    Language Arts - five or six days a week, anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes at a time, occasionally longer (doesn'y include spelling), plus a daily written narration.  Sometimes she can write beautiful paragraphs, sometimes not.  :)  It's a work-in-progress.


    Science....nature study weekly for 30 to 90 minutes.  Readings from a geology book about twice a week (I read out loud, maybe 10 miutes or so?), with a written narration and sketches, etc, after.  This doesn't include any activities or experiments that go with it.  We also work on astronomy (constellation study) several times a month.

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