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  1. I don't love everything from A Beka, but I love their grammar. It is very solid and has a lot of review built in. My son hated the oral component of FLL/WTM too. He is a get it done type who loves the workbook. All you need is the workbook and tests and maybe the curriculum guide. The curriculum guide has more than you need, but it has the writing assignments. If you are doing writing elsewhere and are strong in grammar, you can do without it. The workbooks have a text box at the top of the page that goes over the concept. We felt it adequate since I know grammar well and could help with any concept he didn't get.
  2. We have used it without the student manual, but it is really helpful. There are several fill in the blank or circle the correct answer questions or cross out the..., and it's a lot easier to hand the book to the child and let them work rather than sit and do each question with them orally or in a way where they can't see the answer.
  3. I have a 7th grader this year, and I am looking at Warriner's grammar for his grammar homework. I was thinking of getting the complete course and taking two years (7th and 8th grade) to go through it slowly with his other writing work, etc.. I know there is also Course 1 and beyond. He's pretty bright in language arts, and grammar is grammar. Is the Complete Course really only suitable for grade 12? I don't want to do just Course 1 and 2 and miss covering concepts. Is there a specific version that is better than others? P.S. I searched through the forums first and had a hard time seeing this question answered.
  4. Thank you all for your responses. It will actually be Dad teaching him this year, so I should get his input. I just saw that there is an IEW Ancient course at our co-op, and I think that could be an option because then it is done for me. I know it is a good program. As far as the time investment and all that, I guess IEW just doesn't really jive with my teaching style whereas I LOVE Writing and Rhetoric. Maybe it's because my husband and I have more confidence teaching writing. My husband is a professional writer/editor, and I am no stranger to academic writing. Watching videos on how to teach writing formulas sounds like torture to me, and I am sure that would come across to my kids. However, some of the assignments and Fix-it grammar look appealing when I have enough patience to wade through their website. I do think their website is just plain cumbersome and confusing. I'll think about it some more, but it's good to know that I could just get the Ancient writing lessons. That is far more appealing to me than a $200 kit that will likely be reviewed in school next year anyways.
  5. I have always stayed away from IEW because it looked complicated with many moving parts, videos and formulas, etc. I love Writing and Rhetoric for its user friendliness. However, my fourth grader is going to be attending school next year, and they are starting IEW this year in fourth grade. I am wondering if we should do IEW for my fourth grade son at home this year so he is on track with his class. I have always thought he would be my kid who might like IEW the best. Then I go their website, and it's so overwhelming. I find the pathway, but do we honestly have to start with the giant $250 package before we do anything else? We are doing Ancient history, and they have a theme based ancient history writing book that looks appealing. It covers all of the same topics such as note writing, etc., but with ancient history as a focus. Could we do this book without going through the "PROGRAM" with all the teaching videos, etc. Because honestly, I don't want to... It looks daunting and cumbersome. My husband is doing the bulk of the teaching of this year, and I need streamlined, not time consuming. Maybe we will just stick with our Writing and Rhetoric plan, and they can catch him up with IEW in school. I need some advice from someone who has waded these waters before.
  6. My oldest is my math dawdler, and he was going through it very slowly. We actually switched to a more traditional curriculum this year for 7th for greater accountability with him. The BA website says some may go through a few pages at a time, and some days might be a problem or two that is challenging. They recommend 45 minutes a day.
  7. Look at Leading Little Ones to God. It is simple, but it goes deep with a scripture verse and a prayer. It led to great conversations with my kids at those ages. You might want something a little more for your nine year old, perhaps How the Bible Came to Us or just a longer Bible passage reading based on the devotional or even a good Illustrated Bible.
  8. Mindbenders has some fun logic puzzles, but they are different than your examples from BA. But Critical Thinking Company (the company of Mindbenders) has a lot of puzzle type books you might like. Zacarro has some challenging thinking problems too, but again, I dont know if they are what you are looking for.
  9. Third grade is when language arts is just grammar/composition and not phonics. It starts with types of sentences. I would definitely start by fourth grade as they go through comprehensively with language A, B, C in 4th, 5th and 6th, respectively. We started with the third grade book this year after a different phonics program. It has been a smooth transition. We also do WWE.
  10. I am going to present a different perspective. I think the wild popularity of curriculum options, online classes, co-op communities, homeschool resources and programs such as charter schools, CC and WTM would not be there if the homeschool community was largely practicing neglect. The fact that there is such a growing market is evidence that most homeschoolers want a robust education for their children. I would posit that there are some people in this community who may use homeschooling as a cover for neglect, but I would also posit that this percentage is not significantly greater than those in the system who abuse and neglect. Statistics would be hard to measure, but this is my best theory. I don't believe there's any significant correlation between homeschooling and neglect, and I certainly don't believe that there is any causation. I think this is the crux of the argument. As we determine what oversight should or should be not on homeschoolers to ensure the safety of children, I think it's important to remember the cost of freedom for that safety net. Why punish the majority for the minority? This comes down to a fundamental belief that can be seen in many current national arguments. Personally, I follow the Benjamin Franklin quote on the matter: "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither." Homeschooling and its freedoms are not the enemy here, and they shouldn't be targeted as potential monsters just because it was one factor in one couple who were monsters to their children.
  11. We use MCT and CAP. They both have writing, but in different areas. My next child is doing abeka grammar because I did want diagramming. CAP has a WOL grammar program that includes diagramming and complements their writing. There is a diagramming book I got for my son who does MCT to supplement diagramming.
  12. It sounds like they are more natural spellers. My oldest was like this and found many lists to be unchallenging. We switched to Building Spelling Skills from CLP bc they had more challenging words on their lists. Another approach we successfully tried was holding Spelling bees out of the McGuffey speller. The first ten words missed became his list. However, my son hated getting any wrong, and they had some obscure farming words included. So BSS was a better fit and less time consuming.
  13. We love CAP writing and rhetoric. I like the look of WOL, but I haven't tried it yet. With CAP, your success will depend on the maturity of the child. We switched halfway through third grade from WWE with my oldest. My next child is a little younger in third and still developing some other skills. We will start Fable in fourth for him. If your son can write sentences well and dictate a longer passage, he should be fine. It's a great transition from WWE and includes dictation and copywork. The way they start with playing with sentences is excellent. He will be writing four sentence summaries and then doing amplification. It ends with writing their own fable at the end.
  14. I started trying to implement them, but I never intended to put everything in them. So this is the way I see them working to combat some of the issues mentioned: Have a weekly checklist included that would list the curriculum that wouldn't be in the folders. This could also be in a binder. I think of them as a place to collect everything that needs to be printed ahead of time so I am not scrambling around printing things and can enjoy my weekend. I wouldn't tear everything out of books, etc. I don't see it as a literal week. It could be a Monday in November, and we could be on week 5, day three. I see it as the amount of work needed to complete the year. Problems: Flexibility rearranging different subjects. You might be on week five in one subject and week8 in another. Curriculum changes Rabbit trails when interesting opportunities strike
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