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  1. Hi all, I was reading through the recent home made curriculum thread - and feeling mighty inspired ;) - and ran across this abbreviation. APTOPS.....can't seem to find the thread I am talking about so I'm asking here. Anyone know what this stands for? Thanks!
  2. I was under the impression PLL and ILL were more for grammar than composition...I had considered PLL for my eldest, who is about to start second grade, and it would have been only one component of her Language Arts program. Each child is different, however, so what she needs isn't necessarily what your kids need. Does ILL include paragraphs and such? I guess if it were me, I'd list out the different areas of language arts and your student specific goals for each and see if ILL covered it all sufficiently. You know, spelling/grammar/composition/etc. I always thought that ILL was generally supplemented. Maybe keep ILL and supplement each child where they need it individually? Also, I'd switch the phonics program. Your son isn't going to get any more comfortable with reading if he, and you, are burned out with the program. Have you looked at Dancing Bears? That is a fairly cost effective program that is meant to be about ten minutes a day. There are others out there, too. Hope you find what you need (and maybe someone with some more advice ;) ).
  3. I have only used the K-3 book 1 so far. It introduces a lot of basics....artists use lines, use light, use color, tell a story; a portrait is a picture of a person, etc. If your nine year old hasn't had any prior art experience and isn't naturally inclined, it might not be a bad place to start. K-3 book 2 is called "Stories of Artists and their Art.: It looks to cover things more advanced than book 1, such as layering oil paints, blending tempera paints, and carving. If that's any indication, I would guess that the books build on each other. Hope that helps! By the way, we LOVE ARTistic pursuits so far!!
  4. Vent away, love. And God bless you for doing what you are doing single!! I know having my husband's support has made a world of difference, and for you to do what you do solo is pretty impressive. Instead of feeling guilty about this, how about looking at yourself as a strong woman, because that is what you are. Also, school may not be as fun for the older kids right now as it could be, but if they are getting a good education and being brought up the way you want them to be, then it's okay. It really is. Let this season of life pass. It will. And your kids will come away with good independent working abilities, which is a great skill to have. One of these days, everyone will be on board with school work, instead wreaking havoc in your house, and you will be freer to give one on one time. And everyone will turn out just fine. In the mean time, would it be more fun for the older two if you let them pick their own history/science topics, within reason of course. Or Art/Music to study? Let them investigate it to their heart's content with the only catch being that they have to show you what they've learned in some way...just a thought. :)
  5. Your six and fourth could probably do a lot of content subjects independently, and there is nothing wrong with only reading to your first grader for things like history and science. I don't have nearly the child load you do, but I have dealt with heavy health issues (my own) on three separate occasions now. It IS okay to give your kids the best grounding in the essentials, loop the secondary subjects, and let all the other stuff be delight directed, or minimally guided, with lots of independent work. Also, there are some folks on here with great ideas for occupying little people. Do you have a co-op or support group that could fill some gaps? Can your husband take over one subject and do it with the kids in the evening? Don't confine yourself to that schedule that looks great on paper but is not what you need, not right now...try the blog Amongst Lovely Things, if you haven't already, for a little comfort and inspiration. She schools three older kids, a preschooler (age 3) and one year old twin boys. Above all, work on that guilt thing...you are only expected to give it your best (including the whole clean clothes and meals thing ;)), not become a super human... Hugs!!
  6. Thank you very much for the replies, everyone. I like your idea, SilverMoon. I think I will change journaling to discussion, maybe a picture narration, and then do copywork as you suggested. I keep thinking I need to add something like writeshop, but mayne that is overkill.
  7. Hello, everyone...I have a daughter soon to begin 2nd grade language arts. I am hoping in the future to use CAP W&R, starting in 3rd grade if she is ready. What would be good to use as a precursor to that? I had planned on PLL by Emma Serle, Easy Grammar, R&S spelling, read aloud, and some journaling based off the read aloud for her second grade LA lineup. Is that enough prep? I keep feeling like something is missing from what I have planned... Thanks in advance!
  8. Mitzvahmommy...good for you, you can do this, stay strong and have faith. That's all. :)
  9. Mitzvahmommy...good for you, you can do this, stay strong and have faith. That's all. :)
  10. Thanks! I had no idea that's where the comprehension emphasis came from. There is always something new to learn about education in this country...I will check out what you mentioned.
  11. I guess I did not word that well. :) I realize phonics is only one aspect. I'm putting together materials for reading comprehension/literature, spelling/vocab, grammar/punctuation, and composition. However, a lot of language arts courses that are comprehensive seem to be starting her with spelling/vocab that she'll have covered by the end of Phonics 2. I guess I just felt a little lost in where to go after Phonics. Our language arts till now has been all about learning to read, with me adding in some capitalization, etc, where needed, correcting usage if it comes up, and LOTS of read aloud. Just looking for a good language arts program or others' favorite resources from folks who have already done second and third grade.
  12. Hello, everyone! My daughter is currently using Saxon Phonics 1. I see no reason to use it through to grade 2, but after that I'm stumped. Is there anyone out there who has used Saxon from K-2 and then built a successful language arts program after that? I've got some ideas but would love feedback. Phonics 2 will finish her out strong...most of what I look at seems below the level she'll be at. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  13. Oops, thought I was in the right spot. Thanks!
  14. Hello, everyone! My daughter is currently using Saxon Phonics 1. I see no reason to use it through to grade 2, but after that I'm stumped. Is there anyone out there who has used Saxon from K-2 and then built a successful language arts program after that? I've got some ideas but would love feedback. Phonics 2 will finish her out strong...most of what I look at seems below the level she'll be at. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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