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  1. Other than Reading Reflex and Abecedarian, are there other programs that are organized by sound and introduce all ways to write a sound at once?
  2. Don Potter recommended this video on his site. I like it a lot!
  3. For history, we have watched some videos, read some living history story books, studied explorers and Native Americans (History for Little Pilgrims as a spine) and did some related crafts (made an igloo out of sugar cubes, etc.). This was super easy and very memorable for my child: http://www.amazon.com/Plains-Indians-Punch-Out-Panorama-Paper/dp/0486277410/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1451782639&sr=8-5&keywords=punch+out+native+americans Brain Pop and Brain Pop Junior have some great history videos.
  4. We just do informal globe studies. My kids ask me about countries on our globe and we Google them and learn about them and their cultures. They are printable crafts from around the world. You can can dishes from around the world also. We have both a US and a World map puzzle. I figure we will do more geography when they are older and can read it themselves. I've heard of people putting a world map on their dining table and covering it with plastic or glass. That would be cool!
  5. LOE's moderately slanted cursive has worked really well for my son. He has lovely handwriting. But now it's time to teach my left-handed daughter, and I don't want her to develop the muscle straining/hooking habits I did. I have read that mildly slanted hands are natural and move most smoothly and quickly. Is this also true for lefties if they can handle it or are they always better off with vertical or backward slanted? I would prefer to use the LOE with my daughter as well. Is that foolish to go that route? I don't want to set her up for frustration or bad habits.
  6. Ooh. I DO like that better! I really like the LOE font that I've been using for my right handed son. Wondering if my left handed daughter could adapt to it or if it's too strong a slant? http://davidocchino.com/portfolio/typography/school-loe.html
  7. I have a leftie and want to encourage a vertical style cursive but I don't care for the look of the HWT's style. Any other options?
  8. If we go with Singapore 2, I will purchase the TM for that level. I will probably do like I have with Right Start - read the manual through to get the gist and apply it my own way during lab time. My plan is math lab time (from RS, SM, c-rods) + CLE (not every problem). And other workbooks if my child wants more (CWP, MEP).
  9. I am using 1A student text only. We also have CWP 1. I like it because I can just curl up on the sofa with my son and read it like a book. He thinks the cartoon characters are funny. I think it's great bonding time. I have switched to using RS in a different way. I do not like heavily scripted programs. So I read the manual and made my own notes about how to teach the gist of it. It's working really well for me that way. I think if a person uses RS as written, Singapore PM as written (whole program with TM, text, wkbk) *might* be less teacher intensive. I've heard it's easier to accelerate. I'm not having that issue with RS now that I am using it in a different way. I can accelerate it fine.
  10. We also love 2 apps here. One is the Bob Books app. But my absolute favorite is this one - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/montessori-crosswords-fun/id384334005?mt=8 I cannot say enough good things about it. Just amazing.
  11. After reading about them on this forum, I tried the free I See Sam readers with my almost 7 year old son a couple days ago. He loves them! They are the only books he has asked to practice reading. Normally it's a nightmare. He thinks they are hilarious and they are helping his fluency a great deal.
  12. With three children though I would think very seriously about how independent the program is, especially for the 3rd grader. Teaching a very teacher intensive math to all three would be tough. CLE is quite independent for a 3rd grader, and you could supplement more conceptual math with Singapore Challenging Word Problems or FAN Singapore math workbooks (cheaper and includes more instruction). Saxon is also independent. Many love it; many hate it!
  13. I have used neither but I have heard that MUS is very concrete and gives a great gentle intro to math, but that it isn't so rigorous as it goes up in levels. MIF seems to be an excellent program, but is expensive. Why no regular Singapore Primary Math? For the youngest ones,I think Right Start gives an amazing foundation. Work with c-rods is helpful too.
  14. The Country Bunny is a beautifully written picture book.
  15. Why do you say Blumenfeld's works with cursive?
  16. I looked at that a while back and couldn't find any info either.
  17. My children are learning cursive first but I'm wondering if it would be best for them to them to print their names? Wondering how others have handled this.
  18. Thank you. It's all clear now :hurray:
  19. Ok. So then how about syllables, not just sounds. How are the syllable tags used? I'm using LOE and thinking about switching over.
  20. nevermind. I see it's answered :)
  21. Ok.That makes sense. So when you are using the tokens, you are not using the tiles at the same time?
  22. I'm confused why the tokens are necessary. Can't the child see the sounds divided just by the fact that the phonograms are on separate magnets?
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