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  1. We have used Right Start twice now and I always go back to Rod and Staff... I don't do everything in the lesson. My son is about to enter fourth grade and most of the teaching instruction is in the student book. We do skip counting recitations as a family. I hand my kids manipulatives and an abacus to figure out concepts.
  2. My kids have done some Latin and my fourth grader will be using Latina Christiana this year. I plan on sticking with Memoria Press for Latin.
  3. I really like to streamline. If I am using Rod and Staff English and having my kids do one written narration a day and lots of oral narrations and discussions, do I need a writing curriculum? I keep going back and forth between getting something like Writing and Rhetoric or just allowing Rod and Staff to be enough. My children will be in 3rd and 4th grade. We use a mix of Latin Centered Curriculum and Ambleside Online/ Charlotte Mason. Charlotte Mason didn't believe in teaching composition, Latin Centered Curriculum says your don't need to do grammar. I want to do something... I have 6 children, so I want whatever I choose to be the most effective and efficient. Thank you!
  4. Thank you Rose for those sweet words of encouragement and that reminder! As far as not being able to read as much to my younger kids; I do notice they are still getting read to a lot. My olders love to read picture books to their younger siblings; it's such a sweet thing to watch.
  5. Have you done copywork and do your children read books for themselves. I have noticed my children naturally write correct sentences even though we don't do formal grammar and writing yet, because we have been doing copywork for years and as soon as they could read they had to read books for themselves... Maybe continue with the grammar, but make copywork a priority.
  6. Thank you Rose for all your input. I have looked at the mom delights blog and listened to her youtube videos. I think for us we have been already doing composer study, solfa, handicrafts, folk dances, picture study, spanish.. ect... that it feels sad to have to take things away; but with a child who I think is dyslexic and needs to learn to read and a new baby and having to now teach grammar/ writing; I feel I have my hands full.
  7. Thank you Brenda! This is very helpful! We do scripture reading and hymn singing and scripture memory over breakfast.. Thank-you for your encouragement with Rod and Staff English. I have really prayer about it and decided to forgo Classical Writing and use Rod and Staff for Grammar and writing. My thoughts were if my kids can write well then they can write about what they read. Doing spelling over summer is a good idea. I could use all my A.O. books as independent reading.
  8. Thank you Maize! My son who is in 4th grade does need writing instruction, my daughter needs the spelling....Maybe I will loop Latin... I want my son to get used to writing every day.. Perhaps if I have him do one independent read and then write on it, that would be enough. With Ambleside Online he would have three of his own readings scheduled daily.
  9. I will have a K/first grader, a 3rd grader, and a 4th grader. I will also have a 4 year old, 2 year old, and new baby. I had purchased all of the books to complete Ambleside Online Year 4, 3, and 1; but I feel God is putting it on my heart to simplify. Besides a family morning time what would you add for the 3rd and 4th grader? Currently I have Rod and Staff English, Spelling, and Grammar. I was thinking of doing Latin with them ( I have getting started with and minimus). My first grader needs to learn to read... I also have Visits to North America for my third and fourth grader. What would morning time look like and what else would I need to add. I really don't want to burn out and want to be in homeschooling for the long haul. I also want to be loving to my littles. I think I overbought for this year. I bought things for knitting, brushdrawing, sloyd ect... I don't want to be discouraged if I don't get to everything. Also piano is a priority. My oldest two do Hoffman Academy for 20-30 minutes a day. Thank you.. Here is a link to my current idea for a schedule, but I don't know if it will be realistic with a newborn
  10. Math: R& S 4 Grammar: R&S 4 Spelling: R&S 4 Ambleside Online year 4/ Adding SCM Visits to Europe and North America Music: Continue Hoffman Academy and try Miss Mason's Music Writing: Copy in cursive all memory work (3 NT passages, 3 OT Passages, 3 Poems, 3 Psalms, 3 Hymns, and possibly a scene from shakespeare). Write one narration a day of at least 4 sentences based on an A.O. reading Latin: Latina Christiana Spanish: Getting Started with Spanish/ Cherrydale Press/ and Spanish stories and songs Handicrats: Knitting, Sewing, Painting, Sloyd.. One of these daily
  11. I am thinking of following LCC in the idea of one area of study focus for each day a week... ex: Geography, Literature, History, Nature/ Science
  12. We currently have a pretty good rhythm.. We eat breakfast at 7:30 (everybody has to be dressed for the day). My husband does the catechism with us, we recite scripture and sing a hymn. We clean up, get the baby dressed. I am thinking 3Rs and some independent reading from 8:30-11 (kids will get some breaks while I work with other kids). 11-12:30 Lunch and mandatory outdoor play unless its pouring or below freezing. ( I get my little 1, 3, and 5 year old quiet or sleeping for at least an hour of this )12:30-2:30 piano, journaling, reading, narrating, singing. 2:30 Snack, poetry and current event. Clean up. 3:30-4:30 mandatory outdoor time again including me. I do so much better when I get outside. 4:30-6:00 Chores, dinner prep, showers, free play, nature journal entry if not yet done. 6 dinner. 7:30 family read aloud. 8:00 everyone to their rooms (if they can't sleep they read).
  13. Well anyways. This is a delayed response, but I think I am going to go forward full force with the rainbow curriculum. I also found her D.E.A.R. suggestions sheet which I love (it even includes life skills). I do not want to tweak it much. I am tired of decision fatigue. The only things I am adding are Hoffman Academy, Memoria Press Phonics and spelling for k-2 (because I love it and have it), and I think Math Mammoth to make my life easier considering I have 5 kids with 6 on the way, and possibly try the visits to series from Simply Charlotte Mason for mapping. I read all of Ella Frances Lynche's book over break and loved it; it was a breath of fresh air. I may purchase A Child's History of the World, Our Island Story, and This Country of Ours. I am at the point I want a family culture of books; books that our family reads and knows and loves. We have read about half of the book up to the orange level in the past, and I love all the ones she has suggested. My husband did the Christian and CLassical masters program at knox and had read most of the upper school books and really likes her decisions. My house cleaning routine is on auto pilot, my grocery shopping and meal planning is on auto pilot, now I want to put my homeschool on auto pilot. We did the ALveary this year, this was our second time doing it( I did it two years ago). I have realized as much as I love Charlotte Mason the short lessons and strict schedule is actually too ADD for me and also knowing the books will switch every year overwhelms me. Sorry for my ramble; maybe no one will read it.
  14. The Alveary. Delectable Education podcast. Understanding Charlotte Mason's writings is more important than a curriculum. I would read Volume 1:Home Education
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