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  1. Trying to decide for next year. We are not planning to continue on with CC Challenge at this point so that is not a deciding factor. Can someone help me compare the 2 programs?
  2. Appreciate the feedback! I searched some old threads and got a lot of great info. I think my concerns about CC at the Challenge level are valid unfortunately. I have another question that I'm going to ask about Essentials on a new thread. Thanks all!!
  3. I have a rising 6th grader and I'm starting to think long term about his homeschool path. We live in a rural area with limited options. My choices are 1. Classical Conversations- we've done Foundations in the past but have not participated in the past couple years. We would be rejoining for one year of Essentials and then move into Challenge. My concerns about CC is that a mom with little to no high school experience (myself included) will be the tutor when it comes time for Challenge. The Essentials program is pretty solid but we also have an extremely small Challenge program. 2. Classical Co-op- this is an established (30+ years) classical co-op where seasoned parents teach the classes. This program seems to be more thorough and more rigorous but with less flexibility to adjust according to my individual child. Can someone compare the two options? Open to any thoughts on either. If you like or dislike CC Challenge in general, please share why. TIA!
  4. My mildly dyslexic daughter has been doing great with AAR, we are halfway through level 3. We are also in level 2 of AAS, she is moving a little slower through it. Next year we will be part of a co-op that is using LOE Essentials, so I would like to spend the summer prepping her for this transition. Any advice or suggestions? Anybody made this switch and what was your experience?
  5. Is there a scripted or very simple way to teach sentence diagramming? My 4th grade 'kinda' gets it and I know how to do it but obviously not how to teach it. We are currently using ELTL and I Iike it but the grammar portion is not sticking. We also recently purchased Super Grammar which he loves and that has helped some with parts of speech. But I feel like I need a methodical approach.
  6. I get so tired of nagging my kids- get back to work, have you finished, back in your seat, check your list, etc. They are almost 8 and almost 11, and I have a 9 month old that keeps me from being able to sit with them and hand-hold (he's also pretty cute and distracting). We do plenty of work together but they have seatwork and chores they are responsible for. I am getting to the point where, other than a gentle reminder, I'm done nagging and if there work is not done then... what is a reasonable consequence? Are they old enough to efficiently manage their own time? Should I require they sit in their seats for a block of time? Their chores and school work for the day are always listed out in their composition books. I put an asterisk by anything they might need my help on or that we are to do together. I allow for breaks and time to draw, think, etc. Maybe I allow too much freedom but that's part of why we homeschool, yes? Any thoughts or suggestions on how I can teach them to be self-motivated to get their work done?
  7. I'm pretty sure LDTR has a Christian basis but I may be wrong...
  8. I am thinking about starting with fractions bc I already own it and that's what we've been working on the last few weeks. Do you think that would work?
  9. I have a few questions re LOF... 1. My 10 yr old is halfway thru CLE 400. He's getting a little burned out so I'd like to some fun math for the summer. Looking at LOF and wondering which book I should start with? 2. Would it be possible for maths little sister to join in? 3. Could this prepare him for 500 math or would we ultimately need to finish 400? Any other thoughts in LOF much appreciated!
  10. We are considering a co-op next year that will combine 4th and 5th graders for all subjects except math. Curriculum materials have not been decided yet but I am wondering what the major differences are in 4th and 5th grade skills? My child is currently 4th and will be 5th next year. I want to make sure he is adequately challenged and prepared for 6th grade. Socially this co-op will be a good option for him.
  11. Horrible Histories by Scholastic or the BBC program?
  12. Is Horrible Histories appropriate for 7 and 10?
  13. Ha, never mind, the sale ended yesterday!
  14. Thank you all for taking some stress off my shoulders! I am so type A and tend to have very high ideals for our school... it's hard for me to finish something if I don't feel it's been done perfectly. I did wonder about purchasing the VP Middle Ages self paced that is on sale for them to do together over the next few months. This would be a review and appeal to both kids learning styles...
  15. Thank you for this, ordered the book, my 10 yr old read the whole thing this weekend, told me what he learned and has now printed out the heroes and villains from supergrammar.com and is acting out their parts for his younger sister! I think he learned more from this book than our whole year of sentence diagramming!
  16. Our spine for history this year was SOTW Vol 2. Bc of a new baby, we just listened to the audiobooks and added in some extra literature. The kids did zero narrations or review questions. Most of our listening was on road trips. We finished the book several weeks ago. I decided to spend the next couple of months going back through the chapters by putting the corresponding figures in our timeline and asking them what they remembered about that person/event/etc. Well, I'm disappointed to find the answer to that is not much. There are a few major pieces they remember- the Vikings, Charlemagne, feudalism, Shakespeare and a few others. But there's a lot they don't recall at all. So... I've got the activity book and even have the maps and coloring pages copied and bound for each student (I did that before the year started and I learned what a timesuck this baby would be). We could go back through and listen to the chapters again, ask for narrations, do the mapwork, read the corresponding UBWH, etc with the aim of retaining more... but that's doing 5 chapters a week for the next 8 weeks... and it's spring... and I have a crawling baby... and a dyslexic student who needs a lot of my help.... Or should I just chalk this up to exposure and know that we'll retain more next time we cycle through? Kids are 7.5 and 10.5 btw
  17. Is there a list somewhere of corresponding videos for each chapter of SOTW vol 2? I feel like I have seen one... bonus points if it includes notes about age appropriateness, etc.
  18. Is there a website, article or book that will help me identify what I really want to do in our homeschool in the near and far future? I've read lots of great books but I need something VERY PRACTICAL... questions, journaling type assignments, etc. This may only be available through coaching services which I am considering but time is limited so I'd prefer something online or book format...
  19. Is there a website, article or book that will help me identify what I really want to do in our homeschool in the near and far future? I've read lots of great books but I need something VERY PRACTICAL... questions, journaling type assignments, etc. This may only be available through coaching services which I am considering but time is limited so I'd prefer something online or book format...
  20. That is what I am thinking. I like using SOTW as a spine but I am in love with the literature selections from BF for American History. What exactly do the BF packs include? Are there extra activities and map work that you find worthwhile? I am trying to decide if I just want to purchase the book list or buy the entire bundle...
  21. Has anyone combined BF American History with SOTW 3/4? We are finishing up SOTW 2 this year and I'm trying to decide between BF American History or going on with SOTW 3/4.... but then I thought maybe I'd do both? Would this be too much? Kids will be 3rd and 5th...
  22. What did your olders do in high school?
  23. Looking for different "paths" through history others have taken. I have a 2nd and 4th grader. We have done CC up until this point so we have blitzed through 2 cycles of history. I don't like going so fast and I'm researching other routes... Interested to hear how you have ordered history studies, why you do it that way and how it has worked out, what would you change, etc
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