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  1. Yeah, I love the look of it, too. Daughter one needs conceptual with work book and drill = Singapore. Second daughter is very visual and hands on and needs less (lots less) writing and worksheets = Right Start. Third daughter is balanced between the two = Ray's for Today? :) Mostly I just want to own and peruse another good looking math curriculum...but three different programs might be crazy making. ;)
  2. 8FillTheHeart, I love reading your posts and was very intrigued when, way up thread, you mentioned an Anne of Green Gables study. Unfortunately, most of the links, including that one, don't seem to be functioning any more. Would you mind reposting the Anne list? Or a current one? I like the idea of lit based studies but I really need a concrete example to help me understand how I might go about it. Thank you!
  3. Thank you for the reply! I was thinking that we would finish A and see how she does with the evaluations. Sometimes I think she understands a bit more than I always realize, so I'm fine with just finishing A. Then, if I think she's ready we'll move on. If not, we'll break and play a lot of games, review weak spots, and maybe let her work through Singpore's Essentials K level (which I love and would work for her - just not the upper levels). I really believe in the method in RS, but I hate to push where I shouldn't.
  4. Has anyone used Ray's for Today? It seems fairly new so I can't find much about it. My daughter is in RSA right now, and I keep looking at RSB and thinking that it won't review enough of A for her to move up a level. I feel like A is moving too quickly, but I didn't worry because everyone said B would repeat much of A. But the table of contents doesn't seem to reflect that. I have an older daughter in Singapore, but I can't see that meshing well with this daughter. I hate to lose what ground she HAS gained with RS and really don't want to give up that abacus as a teaching tool. I can't decide if I should let her go through RSB and see how it goes or try something new for next year. Or maybe just repeat parts of A?
  5. The only independent spelling program I've seen and liked is Simply Spelling. Also, it's affordable. :)
  6. We love Simply Grammar.
  7. I didn't plan on continuing with a spelling program after Apples and Pears, apart from weekly dictation. I think if I did anything, Simply Spelling would compliment nicely.
  8. Check out Cottage Press materials, too (just to add to your list :) ). And in the mean time, try to decide how you want to approach writing in general. BW and WR, for example, are very different programs with very different approaches and priorities.
  9. So with the learning blocks, do you time each subject, then move on? How exactly is this looping? (Guess I don't quite get it!) Also - I highly recommend the Word Snoop!
  10. I was eyeing Dictation Day by Day. You're liking it, then? I also saw Simply Spelling and Spelling Wisdom...haven't decided which to use with my second daughter.
  11. In my experience, copy work is definitely a long term thing....like all of grades 1 to 4. And it's really only effective if you pair it with oral narration progressing to written narration or an actual writing program at the end of elementary. I also found it really helpful with my oldest to point out capitalization and such before she copied anything. I hope you find something you like! Cottage Press worked well for us. It uses copy work, but also introduces basic grammar rules and teaches thing like how to capitalize. Good luck!
  12. So far most everything has worked this year. What hasn't worked is trying to include memory work from math and geography, etc., in Morning Time. I need to find a way to remove the more "academic" bits from Morning Time without them getting lost in the shuffle (which is why I put them in MT to begin with). Maybe we'll have MT followed by Daily Recitation, or something. Also, I'm happy to say that home schooling three students has worked - I have a PreKer, a K'er, and a 3rd grader. It's even worked with the new baby! :)
  13. I'm using RSA, 2nd edition for the first time with my daughter now. She'll be six in July. I think it does move too fast, but I'm quite willing to stop for a few lessons and play games/repeat activities for things I think need more practice. I've also noticed that a lot of what feels too fast comes up again and again in the lessons and that my daughter does get it, just not on the first go round. I'm used to Singapore, which I use with her older sister, so this is a bit odd for me...I have to remind myself to just help her where she needs it, do it consistently, and trust her brain to grasp things (which she usually does). I also think that a lot of A is exposure to certain things (like grouping a bunch of fives - she's not actually multiplying, just seeing that grouping that way is one way to combine numbers). I like it okay, but I suppose we'll wait and see how I feel at the end of A. We're only just past half way through A at this point. I figure if she isn't ready for B at the end of A, we'll repeat lessons and practice with games until she catches up a bit. Or, if it all ends really badly, I'll kick myself for spending the money and look for something else...*sigh*
  14. Does TAN have anything other than ancients yet?
  15. Orally composing sentences and then writing them when ready is the usual approach. Something gentle may work, like English for the Thoughtful Child, vlm 1. I would do most, if not all, out loud, though.
  16. The book "A Little History of the World" and classics like 50 Famous Stories Retold would both work well for those ages.
  17. I used FLL1 and FLL2 with my daughter before we hit the Primer series. I was concerned about her losing what she had learned, not because she needs the grammar now but because, well, we did all that work...! Ha. I really shouldn't have worried. CP Primer reviews things very nicely and I decided to use Simply Grammar, but only Part 1, here and there because it feels a lot like CP (gentle), but serves to further review what we did in FLL. If I'm completely honest, however, SImply Grammar is only really making ME feel better. Don't get me wrong - it's effective, short, my daughter likes it and does it in five minutes twice a week or so - but it isn't necessary. The upper levels of CP are going to cover all the grammar she needs, including teaching her how to diagram. If you decide to switch to CP, don't worry about grammar unless it really bothers you. Then add a little something to review so you stay sane and happy. As far as spelling, don't worry about that unless your child is reading fluently. If you want more spelling now, I'd pick something like Simply Spelling - again, a program that feels a lot like CP and will be a quick, painless supplement to what you do in the Primers. I may use Simply Spelling with my next child. This current girl had already started Apples and Pears when I decided to use CP and I thought it would be more beneficial to leave her in the program she was in. Apples and Pears is pretty quick and painless, though, too.
  18. We have loved CP Primers here. I think for a young child, the spelling and grammar is enough. The copy work passages are delightful. The nature and picture study break up the week nicely. If you want/need to supplement spelling, I would (and do here). Grammar I wouldn't worry about too much at that age. CP is gentle, thorough, and really a delight to do every day. My daughter says composition (as I refer to it) is her favorite subject. The lessons are short but cover quite a bit. The upper levels of CP look great, too, and I can't wait until we get to dive into Fable and Song (in the fall! Yay!).
  19. We really love the artist/picture study portfolios. They are worth the money.
  20. We always begin and end with a prayer. I'm aiming for us to learn about three new prayers by heart out of the Carmina Gadelica. We always have a song we are learning. I think we'll start with some songs from American heritage, then start including selections from Lingua Angelica. We also usually have a song in Gaelic that we're learning, but I'm not sure if this will be in MT or not. We are continually memorize poetry out of The Harp and Laurel Wreath. I'm adding in some good, old fashioned nursery rhymes for my littles this year. There will be a few lines from whatever Shakespeare play we are working on to memorize. We'll review the fifty states and their capitals for a while. Also Latin vocabulary/phrases/etc. Sometimes math in the form of skip counting. Elocution - My two older girls read aloud from McGuffey's....different levels for each. I read aloud fables from Aesop and one other thing. The one other thing rotates between American history/culture, Celtic history/culture, and My Book House. There are candles and drawings and lots of questions asked. Works for us and takes round 30 to 40 minutes.
  21. Simply Grammar would be a nice fit, I think. Gentle, doesn't take long. We really enjoy it here as a part of the overall grammar scene.
  22. Cottage Press is meant to be a complete language arts program (WR is not), though I will end up supplementing spelling through Fable and Song, at least. At a higher level (Bards and Poets and up) there is a lot of meat there and plenty of room to be creative and to have great discussions. I think CP is a lot more streamlined than WR. While WR is a great program, I don't know that all of its components are strictly necessary to the extant they are included in order to teach composition and thinking skills. CP is not talked about as much because 1)it is newer and 2)WR is from a much larger and better publicized company. While I appreciate the WR sentiment behind making the progym more "creative", I think that ultimately a resource that teaches well but minimally is what will actually give my kids the room to be creative. Also, though not as important, I totally disagree with the grade levels in WR. I think CP is much more realistic in terms of teaching the progym steps to students old enough to understand the process and purpose behind each.
  23. OP - I should have mentioned that in my house, my third grader (who will be 9 in April and in fourth grade this coming year), works anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours, plus half an hour of MT all together. I really think it is plenty, especially since she fills her days with other things that are good for her brain and body. Time spent per grade is REALLY arbitrary. Grades are arbitrary, come to think of it. Take a good look at Language Arts, since that seems to be the thing you are actually worried about, and see if you want to add or change things there. Otherwise, I really think it would be a shame to disrupt that little girl's days. She sounds like a bright, curious child and I think you can mostly be glad that her childhood gets to be full of things like fishing and making jewelry. You're doing fine. FWIW - Language Arts here is something like this: Apples and Pears for spelling - no more than 10 minutes, 4 times a week Copy work - daily Studied Dictation - once weekly Grammar - Simply Grammar, no more than 5 minutes or so twice weekly Oral narration - after most readings; once a week she writes a narration; for science, she doesn't narrate out loud, instead she makes a page in a blank notebook that can have words and pictures (her choice) And we have a language rich home - we sing, memorize poetry, read poetry out loud to each other, I read to all my kids, my daughter reads to both me and her little sisters, she loves to read on her own time, etc. It's good and full and she's doing fine.
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