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  1. It depends. We don't use a lot of workbooks but I suspect when my DD is of age she will enjoy them more than DS. We used Kumon books this past summer. That's how DS learn to cut well and write letters and numbers, so it wasn't busy work. I plan to use workbooks again for summer homeschool. But not in excess and not as busy work. I use coloring books for that :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I agree - if you would have more interaction with the teachers at #2, I would go with #2. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. If you child is starting AAR1 then MBTP 5-7 would likely be the better fit. Which is what I am using this year. I think if it was cheaper I would love MBTP but it is so expensive that a lot of the time I look at a worksheet that is not designed very well and get irritated. However, it really feels like a complete curriculum for science and social studies that supplements LA and math but actually needs a reading and math program. For us, it offers just enough handwriting practice, but I imagine for others it doesn't offer enough. And of course, they have their own "font" and you may like it or not. We still supplement science and social studies but not in any official ways with worksheets. If my child is interested on a topic we get extra library books or videos. I would do that anyway lol. The program is based on unit studies and the subjects are very much integrated at this level. Some times the experiments and activities are so good that I make sure to prioritize and other times I feel a little blah. It had a unit mostly on measurements for example. I felt that was great for DS. But even that unit that I liked had a book that the first time I read it to him I ended up with a headache as it introduced so many concepts! Of course, you are meant to read it multiple times in chunks, slowly introduce each measurement... But I had not read the book before. And I normally call both my kids for story time and there is no way I could read only two pages lol. Right now I am excited that we are starting a unit on differences between families and cultures around the world. But that's the thing with pre-prepared unit studies: sometimes you love it and sometimes you don't.
  4. My son is K5 right now: For reading AAR1 is fairly complete. I would wait to see if you really need the Bob books. I use various sources for K math. Last year we did Saxon K for pre-k and while I'm not endorsing Saxon, it got us into the calendar routine (which we do periodically now) and various other routines which I still use together with our MM1. We work on pattern recognition (Stepping Stones 1 and I make my own fill in the blank number series like 5, 10, __, 20, 25) and we are using mind benders for logic. Tegu steam? Now I need to do some research :) Science/history: We are using MBTP 5-7 and that covers those topics. MBTP is alright. If you want more info I'll be happy to tell you more. Handwriting and a few extras: I subscribe to Starfall and while my 3 yr old uses it more often than my K5, it also has a nice print-out section called Teacher's Lounge. There you can print worksheets for handwriting and math. And it has a curriculum for pre-k and k included in the year subscription price with science and social studies. I'm planning on using their pre-k outline with DD who will turn 4 soon. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. We are officially using MBTP 5-7 with my K5 DS so that covers social studies. We are about to start a social-studies heavy unit about cultures around the world with a beautiful DK book called A life like mine. I hope my DS likes it because it's the kind of social studies I feel is important at this stage for him. However, if this helps at all we do for a lot of informal history outside of MBTP. It is scattered because we see it as fun and not part of homeschool per se. 1. My son loves to listen to Magic Tree House audiobooks. I leave it at that. I'm happy he will listen to the books while playing Lego. But - You can get worksheets for each book on various websites. At least some of the magic tree house books have a companion book with more information about the topics covered by Jack and Annie's adventures. DS and I haven't tried them, but they may help get your DD interested. And they are free at the library. 2. For fun we got Usborne's Time Traveler book and DH and DS have been devouring it. My son loves that it is so heavily illustrated and you could use it as a spine to get extra books on the topics that fascinate your child. They are almost done with it and they started reading it a month ago. I am considering using it next year as a spine for 1st grade history. You know, start it over slowly to have my son look at details. Do some narration, maybe some copy work... I'm not sure yet. We may need more than that, but I don't know yet. :) Hope you find what you need!!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Current plan for 1st Math Finish MM1 - Continue with MM2 Or switch to Singapore 1B I'm not sure. CWP, Mind Benders and Stepping Stones for logic LA AAR2 AAS1 FFL1 Something for handwriting Social Studies I don't know. If he starts reading by himself (one can hope) I don't know if reading Magic Tree House and a couple of projects based on interest would suffice? Otherwise we may do one of the history Usborne books and extra library books + one project per semester Science I'm planning to develop his curriculum myself. We'll see. PE Soccer/learn to ride bike without training wheels Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. We are K5 this year. One big thing that has improved our schooling is that I use a timer to make sure we aren't doing the same thing for too long. He can have more time if he wants to (to draw/color for example, or to finish up whatever design he is doing with shapes...) he also takes wiggle breaks to play and if something interesting is happening outside our window (gardeners pruning trees for instance) he can go watch. This is what we are currently using: AAR 1 He reads aloud regularly. Either AAR1 stories from the readers or I help him with stories from books like Frog and Toad or The Cat in the hat. (He's a sight reader and gets irritated by phonic readers, which is why I appreciate the word lists on AAR1) FFL 1 Journaling MM1 - When he is done quickly we supplement with Mind Benders 1, Stepping Stones 1, games, playing with manipulatives... (He picks one after MM but not if MBTP is math heavy that day) MBTP 5-7 which covers science and ss as well as handwriting, literature and some math. I cover all science, math and ss with MBTP. We skip the LA if redundant. Audiobooks from library for car rides. Other library books for story time. Should I count story time as homeschool? DH and DS are going through Usborne's Time Traveler history book for fun as bedtime stories - so there's extra history there! PE: He has been enrolled in soccer for a while and when soccer is out (like right now), I make a point of taking him to ride his bike at the park and to play in the playground regularly (it was 66F out today) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I looked up First Favorites on Rainbow Resource and I'm tempted to buy it simply because it looks like my children posed for the cover 100 years ago :) We have some of the books mentioned there. Are the exercises like five in a row or are they more structured? Because I like the idea of five in a row, but never follow through because I find it tiring. I prefer more open and go instructions - those we tend to enjoy more and complete regularly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I thought the original question had merit and did not have an obvious answer. I have used several math programs already (son in K) and I'm not sure which is a good fit for my son and me as a teacher. It isn't always obvious what is the preferred math (or LA or Science or anything really) based on reviews and forum posts. I've searched and searched, and read and read on the forums and so on. I get the feeling that after being in the forums for several years one gets a sense for what the consensus is. But, at least for me, it isn't obvious because I didn't start reading lots of posts until this year as my oldest is K. Do you know how many times I have to stop reading to try not to ask a silly question and try and Google/search what in he world CLE is? Or MM, SM, CWP... I could keep going but seriously. Navigating the forums requires a lot of guessing and head scratching at first. It's like reading the texts a teenager wrote. There's a thread that explains these acronyms but I've never been able to open it. So I'm left trying hard not to ask what is ETC (which I ended up doing) in fear someone would roll their eyes at the newbie. My feeling is that generally people like SM, MM and CLE. Those seem to each have their fans. Even though there's a small community that prefers Abeka and several others. Does Abeka have an acronym? I have no idea. I had never even looked at MiF and now I have yet another possibility to research. So, thank you for the question. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Probably. Like I said, I am no expert on this topic so what I am saying here can be total nonsense. If so, disregard. It is likely that a young kid who is ready to understand chemistry is also able to read chemistry texts. I am not familiar with the very gifted child. I met one in college (12 year old studying physics). There are adult students who have trouble both reading and spelling words like the ones I mention in a college setting. It makes me wonder if better phonics and spelling instruction in childhood could have been helpful. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I remember when I was 5 yrs old the principal had me do a reading test before I was allowed in first grade (Feb birthday). I remember reading a simple reader to her. It was sort of like a Dick and Jane reader but in Spanish. Obviously, my first language is Spanish, so I was taught phonics (much simpler since the vowels have a single sound, most consonants only have one sound and so on). I wasn't reading novels lol, but I could read portions of the newspaper. I am unlikely to have understood what I read necessarily at that age. English is a different story I think. I would imagine only very remarkable young kids could possibly read English at 4 using only a phonics approach. They may be over-represented on these boards as I can imagine the parents trying to figure out what to do and looking for help. Many gifted kids can probably figure out phonics without too much explicit instruction if they are even moderately gifted in language. I was musing the other day with my limited knowledge on this topic, that the push for sight reading may be fueled by the fact that most young kids have an easier time appearing fluent readers using this approach. Understanding of simple text may also increase with sight reading. And you know - that's one way schools/administrators measure how good a teacher you are. When you teach phonics the progress is slow. Then (from what I've read here) it clicks and kids go from slow readers who sound everything out to fluent. I would think that for the average kid, phonics would serve them better as they will be able to properly read words like pluripotency or steroidogenesis before they know what the words mean. And they will probably have an easier time with spelling. ^--- not an expert of course. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. My kids have leap pad 2s. I got them before our across country move last year (I was alone w 2 kids on 4 airplane rides...). You can buy ebooks for the leap pads that do a similar action as the leap reader. You can click on a word and it reads it, and the stories are told to the kids and each word lights up. I honestly don't think it is any better than me reading to my kids and pointing at the words. It sounds great, but each ebook is like $7.50 and lasts maybe 10 minutes. I'm not sure how much they are for the Leap Reader. I wouldn't get it unless you can get it used or at Goodwill. I've seen them at several goodwills, as well as the Leap TVs and Leap Pad 2s. Leap Frog products appear inexpensive, but each book (or game) is separate and pricey compared to apps. It adds up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I was asking myself the same thing. So thanks! I'm planning for next year :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Have you looked at the Bookshelf on the NCBI website? They have several online books on evolution. They are college level, but maybe there's something there of interest. Their search feature could be better, but it is functional. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I don't know about LOE :) With my son I've used OPGTR, looked at 100EZ (didn't like it had it for 2 or 3 weeks from the library), Abecedarian level A (we did all A1 and A2) and now AAR1 I've only used AAR1 for a couple of weeks but I've looked though the whole curriculum as I had to figure out where to start my DS (about half way through). Anyhow, it is super thorough. I would say more thorough than any of the other curriculums I've looked at. Right now we are working on reading words with blends like silk, ranch, quilt. It is multi sensory and helping my child -who is an early sight reader (using this quickly made me aware of this) look at the words and read them systematically. I am very likely to start my DD on the AAR pre-reading when she is ready and not bother with OPGTR (which is excellent but boring). I suppose the only issue is that it is only phonics. I can understand wanting something that integrates handwriting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. I'm a lefty (both my children are right handed!!) so I don't have advice on how to teach a lefty. But here are some thoughts: 1. I always tried to make the words slant to the right so when I write I curl my arm awkwardly... I would suggest finding a cursive (when you get there) that isn't slanted. 2. I learned to use right hand scissors. But I never had left handed ones. So yes that is a big deal. I've bought a few left handed scissors as a grown up and end up not using them. 3. My hand always gets totally dirty when I write as my hand/arm brush over everything I write. This is why I dislike pens. Some pens - even ball pens, somehow don't work well for lefties. This can be avoided? Maybe if it had been ok for my writing to be slanted to the left it wouldn't have been an issue. I don't know. But I was in a catholic school that graded calligraphy and my lettering had to look exactly like the book... I did what I could. 4. I find writing on the right side of spiral notebooks very uncomfortable. This would be a problem when using workbooks that are spiral bound. 5. There are a few other things. Like right handed people like to put their baking supplies on the opposite side a lefty would want them (or ironing supplies, cutlery, the glass next to the plate...). It's annoying that a stick shift car has the stick on the right, that most computers have a right-handed mouse... Other things that may need a small accommodation are if the child wants to play guitar or learn crochet... I could keep going. The point is that you get used to living in a right handed world. My mom was the only right handed girl in a house with three left handed women and one left handed brother (only my grandfather and one of her brothers were right handed). She has stories! May of which would come out when I would serve myself and move the handle of the pot to the left side, or if I would set up the ironing table and then call her for help for example. Lol My dad is lovely and he made me a left-handed desk. With extra room on the left side and all the drawers on the left. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. The links aren't working from the app. He knows most of the Dolch sight words already. There are maybe 20 or so he doesn't know well. We are doing homeschool through a charter and one of their goals is that in K children know how to read (and write) 84 sight words. The "write" part I doubt he will be able to do, and I am not pushing it at all. So we did the Dolch and he was good at memorizing them, liked going through a stack quickly... I was skeptical as I had read about teaching only phonics, but his sight reading sort of took off. I see now that it may not have been the smartest thing to do what the teacher suggested (well she didn't suggest we did All Dolch sight words). But you know - she is the teaching expert not me... I imagine that because he is young he will be able to learn the phonics as well. It is proven to be more laborious. But it's alright. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Ok! Good, glad lessons take a while. Today when he gave me a panicky look when I opened the students book on a fluency page, I set a timer for 10 minutes to spend on that page and I combined it with the letter tiles (he likes those). It was more pleasant. Did not go through too many words but we did a lot of review. After his play break we will do another word flipper book and I'll call it a day for the lesson. We are still on the same lesson so four days now. We are not done. But I see it's ok. Thank you. I think I found the right fit for him. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. I love this forum - you ladies have great ideas. Thank you! I will definitely read that blog post soon. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. I had posted before that I wasn't sure what to do after Abecedarian level A because my son is able to read stories from Frog and Toad but hasn't really been taught a lot of the phonics rules beyond simple blends and "ch", "th". He is 5.5 yrs old. Anyway, I decided to go with AAR1 and thought we would breeze through it. Well. Not at all! My son is unable to decode about half the words in one of those pages with words like "elf, watch, bend..." I figure that when they are not in context he is unable to make a guess. Which is not what I want, of course. Guessing and sight reading is how he appears to be a good reader for his age. We are spending about three days in one single lesson. I started him on the lesson that explains "th". I bought the letter tiles. When we use the tiles he tells me the sounds, one at a time and has no problem blending them. Or finding the correct sounds to spell words like "gift". But when reading a word in a page I think he wants to treat them like he does sight words: as a whole. I am in no hurry to go through the program. I just want for him to know his phonics. I know he is young and wiggly. Any advice? Just chug through AAR1? Let him continue to read whatever he wants? Even if he tends to do it as sight reading? Not that he reads very much on his own, but I encourage practice and fun TMNT readers and such. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. I have OPGTR and tried 100EZ from the library. 100EZ was not for me. We used it for a few days but I didn't like it and returned it. Check your library, they may have it and you could test it out free. I used OPGTR with DS when he was 4. It is effective. However it is not really fun, has no frills and after a while the child is reading sentences that can be odd. I have it as a back up as it is very complete. At that age I found Bob books to be really effective because they have a short phonics lesson at the start of the book. We used both Bob books and OPGTR. My son could read simple CVC words at the start of K and a handful of sight words. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. I keep telling my husband we should move to Texas [emoji23] Here's another reason. I've never been there but it is appealing at times. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Thank you. Kids watched one today because I read your post. I like that they are short episodes :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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