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  1. Thank you, for the advice, countryman and PeterPan. I hadn't thought about asking the RS people, or placement tests either. Those may be helpful. As to my oldest, we'll see where things end up in the coming year as to whether we'll consider her 4th grade, 5th grade or be happily in between for a bit. I'm open to having her graduate at 17 or 18, either one is fine, we'll play it by ear and see how things pan out in the next few years. But it is nice to have that option, and I'm certainly not going to push her towards a more accelerated math side. She has a literary mind and love, so we'd
  2. I'd love some advice from seasoned math curriculum users! I have three kids, 9, 6, and 6, (about to turn ages though..) who will be 4th/5th grade and 2nd grade next year. We've been using Right Start and Life of Fred from the beginning with all three. They all adore Life of Fred as a supplement, as do I, and so that is not a problem at all. The question is Right Start. My oldest is not a math lover, though she's competent and does ok. But it's so SLOW. We struggle to get through all the lessons and I feel we are falling behind. It just doesn't seem to be a curriculum that is easy
  3. I was wondering the same thing - anyone out there used these?
  4. Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to share your experience and opinions- this is all very helpful! I ordered BA to try and am trying to decide whether to speed through Right Start for the moment since we already have multiple levels for my other kids, or add Singapore for him. Do people ever use the Singapore Intensive practice as a supplement? Would it work without doing the program? Or are there specific processes that are unique to the method that would make it not make sense otherwise?
  5. I really loved the idea of this program and was really excited to try it - I really agree with the philosophy behind it - but I can't say I've been nearly as pleased with it as I thought I would be. Some elements are great; the creativity, the top-quality writing and vocabulary used, etc. But I really don't think his alternate four level system of analysis works well. It is tedious, and doesn't really give you a good picture of function nearly as well as traditional diagramming. Most of it consists of countless repetitions of labeling parts of speech, parts of the sentence etc. only by nam
  6. I second the DVD rom version of the program - it does the colors for you:)
  7. We're in the same boat (and Catholic) and having trouble finding things for early elementary. Novare looks great, but they don't have anything earlier than 5/6 grade level last I checked. Has anyone heard if they're coming out with an elementary series? Is CHC the same as Catholic Heritage? Do they have things for 1-4 grade?
  8. Sequential Spelling has a great DVD version of their program for independent work.
  9. I second the many wonderful suggestions made above, but here are some not already mentioned that might be enjoyable for your daughter and your whole family: All are on Audible. Edith Nesbit's Dragon Tales are wonderful (adults will like them too - the writing is so clever!) Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazon's series would be good for all the kids too There is a Katherine Kellgren narrated version of Beatrix Potter on Audible that is fabulous Nurse Matilda Librivox has a great free version of Just So Stories narrated by Tim Bukeley. Many librivox narraters are not so good, but he's fa
  10. We use tracing along with Getty-Dubay Italic and love it. If you purchase the font for your computer, they have all kinds of different styles you can type and bring whatever content you want. We use the style with hollow letters for tracing - that font also includes the arrows for direction and starting dots. It's been great for my kindergartners to learn the correct shapes and formation from tracing these, and they can do it without me, which is even better. I just print up books of things for them to trace, and they love it. The tracing has really helped with their handwriting. I also us
  11. All about Spelling has been a lifesaver for us! My daughter would be in tears over spelling and it was a fight to get anything done, but their system makes it much more enjoyable for her. She never complains about doing it. She has some visual issues that make staring at a page and writing very tedious, and the multi-sensory hands on aspect of it works so much better for her and for those who find spelling frustrating. (Lot of spelling with special color-coded letter tiles and phonogram tiles). In fact, I think it has boosted her confidence in spelling so much that it is getting her over her
  12. Naxos puts out some great poetry collections for kids that are really well done (there are some on Audible and Amazon) Favourite Poems for Children, Selected Poetry by Lewis Carroll, Classic Poems for Boys... IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) has a graded poetry memory program that comes with a CD of poems. The recitation is fine, but isn't the most dramatic "actor quality," but the selections are good. For witty classic poetry for children, try Hillaire Belloc. "Cautionary Tales for Children" has some great ones that are quite amusing, including "Rebecca who Slammed Doors for Fu
  13. Thanks, everyone! I will look into BA more - and try to get over the monsters:) Looking at the content samples I could see on line, it looks really good. Thanks for the Tiger math suggestion too- I hadn't heard of it, but I think that is exactly what my oldest daughter needs. RS doesn't have enough drills for her to be quick and solid. She hates Kumon workbooks and they have too much repetition, and getting her to do extra math is like pulling teeth. This looks like it would be really manageable for her get done to supplement, and might be good extra for the others at some point too. I h
  14. I'm hoping someone will have some suggestions for what to do with my five year old. He is showing himself to have a natural bent for math and loves it. He is always mentally calculating, and with little instruction is able to do mental math, knows multiplication up to 12's, division is coming along, basic addition and subtraction are easy for him. He needs a more accelerated curriculum and I'm not sure the best way to keep him going. If it's too easy, he's very bored, and starts making up ways to make the problems more difficult. That or starts making chicken sounds, arg! We started out wit
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