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  1. I'm actually impressed; I'll be interested to see how it gets reviewed when it is out.
  2. I recently jumped over from a combo of other programs to SWR. It's exactly what we needed and meets your criteria. I would recommend setting aside 2 weeks to 1 month to work through the guide, get your teacher book together, and watch YouTube, to feel most prepared when you jump in.
  3. FWIW, I think that all math will likely take a bit of time from the teacher, even if it's not as intensive as RS... Because you want to be correcting mistakes as they go and reinforcing. I have MM as supplement for mastery for my DD with RSB. But she couldn't do MM alone and I believe the methodology of RS works overall. You mention that RS is working. How much time are you spending? Math could take 40-60 minutes per day. I find that doing prep work in advance; having zippy bags with all the manipulatives and games ready to go, and reviewing lessons in advance makes things go smoother and less time. I just figure math is one of those subjects in these early years that require that face to contact. And if the foundation is laid solid, then later (I assume 4th grade and on - just guessing, not there yet), then they will be better equipped to truly learn more independently.
  4. Thanks, Everyone. I'm going to be working with my mom on writing our own *gulp* science curriculum over the next year - finally have her convinced - and she mentioned compiling as much public domain resources as possible. Then my eyes rolled in the back of my head - my research just got a head start!
  5. I came across this link, and it has some really cool looking history games (free and printable), and the links to the other bloggers gave me some new people to add to my reading list. Games span time periods, from Ancient to Modern. http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/2014/06/21/13-free-printable-history-board-games/ Because I know you all need more stuff to print. 😜
  6. Ooh, once I find the charger cable for my tablet, all these books will be waiting for me! Just got them all; thanks!
  7. Woohoo!!! Was just looking for something like this.
  8. Discovery science streaming is an excellent supplemental resource. You can get it free for the summer through homeschooler buyers co op, and then they run deals on the subscription and it is really worth it. We supplement our curriculums with it and my kids really enjoy it. They are you get than yours, but discovery science is good for all ages. I sometimes use it to educate myself!
  9. I was taught that writing contractions is informal, but if you do use them, you should have break. I will be teaching my children cursive with the break as well.
  10. After doing tons and tons and tons of research including doing different programs, buying curriculum and previewing etc; I bought SWR (Spalding spin-off) I'm doing the prep work now and we will officially start it in 3 weeks. I honestly am so impressed with what I am reading and how I am really understanding a method. I never remember learning to read. I was a natural reader and could read with fluency at age 4, and was into long chapter books (Little House, Anne of Green Gables) before 2nd grade, so teaching phonics/reading and how spelling has been a real challenge for me. I strongly recommend giving Spalding or SWR a look.
  11. I'd second with CritterFixer question - studies have shown that boys are often drawn to non fiction. I am a rep for Usborne Books and I do see that boys tend to gravitate towards a lot of the non fiction selections - such as an encyclopedia of the world wars - it's not a hard and fast rule, but if he really isn't getting into the novels or fiction series, get him a meaty book about something he is interested in. :-)
  12. I really don't need to be buying anything else, but gee - I'm intrigued! And I pre-read everything anyway... Heading off to Amazon.
  13. My DD did HWOT through the 1st grade book in Kindergarten. She is an early writer but was an an early reader. We are switching to SWR this year, and starting Cursive First, with both her and her younger brother. I wish I had known about teaching cursive first earlier; research shows that it almost completely eliminates the occurrence of reversals (something DD does, despite having excellent letter formation), and is also recommended for children with visual perception issues (my DS). My DD flew through the HWOT books, and each page looks lovely (I had her correct mistakes as we went) - but I don't really think there was much connection being made. Handwriting felt disjointed from other topics. So, I agree with Ellie on starting a Spalding program (or swr which is a spin off).
  14. I would have got a new car... My DH and I are both terrified by rats. That being said, we live on a lake in south florida and rats happen - often. When I was pregnant with my toddler we had a rat in the house!!! We put out a sticky trap with peanut butter and laid in bed listening for about an hour... The rat got stuck and what ensued for our disposal of the rat, included a pregnant me peeing myself a little, a cooler, and my husband throwing up... So yea, we don't like rats. But, Peanut butter attracts them quickly and easily.
  15. Just checked to make sure they were ok, and so glad they are.
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