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  1. I know TT isn't well loved here, but for those who have been happy with it, do you use it on level or ahead? And what math do you use before TT3? Dd7 has finished MM 1 and seems ready for TT3. Dd6 is starting 1st grade in August. Not sure what I should start her with. We already own MM, Miquon, and R&S Math Grades 1 and 2. With 5 kids ages 7 and under, I'm looking to simplify. 😉 Thanks!
  2. Is Math Seeds alone enough for 1st grade? We have lots of littles and I'm trying to simplify things for next year. Ideally, we'll also try to do some MM1 and maybe a bit of Miquon. I'm feeling guilty with the idea of not going through all of MM 1 with her, but for sanity's sake, we may not find the time.
  3. In the fall, we will have a second grader, a first grader, a PreK/K'er, a toddler, and a baby. :willy_nilly: The oldest 2 are in private school this year, but we did K and PreK at home before that. I'm planning to keep our choices super simple so we can get in the groove of homeschooling again and work on building routine, chores, behavior, etc. Here's what we have planned so far: Bible: the stories with the Millers series, memory work, a family collection of hymns (and maybe Leading Little Ones to God, we'll see) (keeping this simple, read a story, memorize a verse, sing a hymn, done)
  4. Thanks, Ellie, we're definitely going to look into it more. DH seems willing to go back to homeschooling as long as we keep all options open for the future. Clonlara might make that possible. 😀
  5. Searching older posts, I didn't find much. Has anyone used Clonlara and can share your experiences? We're looking at it for 2nd grade, 1st grade, and possibly Kindergarten for next year. We live overseas, so I'm not sure if that would make a difference. How does it work for choosing curriculum? How would you describe the balance of parents' freedom vs. their oversight? I would prefer to just do our own thing, but we would need to provide records that are accepted here if the kids need to go into private school at some point in the future. The only options here are K12 and Clonlara. (Those are
  6. Thanks everyone, this was helpful. If anyone is interested, this was the most useful thread I found when first looking into the topic: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/527884-help-me-understand-conceptual-vs-traditional-math/ I guess I'm just so indecisive when it comes to choosing math! I have R&S grades 1 and 2, and all of Math Mammoth, and Miquon, and of course MEP is free online... I keep looking at Singapore. I guess I have to wrap my brain around the more conceptual Asian style teaching of math before I'm comfortable teaching it. I keep seeing in different posts t
  7. Thanks everyone, this was helpful. I think we'll try Reception and just see how it goes. We already have a couple other math curricula that we can branch off to if we don't want to continue after Reception.
  8. I'm trying to learn more about the pros and cons of each. Having grown up with traditional math, I'm so much more comfortable with it. How do you see these two approaches in terms of classical education and the ages and stages of children's development? I have a couple STEM loving kids and want to give them a great start. My oldest did MM 1A at home, then went to private school where she had already learned all of her first grade math before the get-go. I'm trying to decide how to work with her over the summer. My other STEM loving kiddo is just 4, so we have time with him, but he's teaching h
  9. Most of the reviews I have found are pretty old. I am wondering how it has gone for families who have used it through elementary. It's more conceptual than traditional, right? How does it line up with the ideas in Ruth Beechick's An Easy Start in Arithmetic K-3? I hear it's similar to Singapore? Has anyone done Reception and then switched to something else? General thoughts? Pros and cons? Looking at starting with Reception in the fall for ds who will be 4 turning 5 in December. (I understand it is/was used in the UK for ages 4/5) Thanks!
  10. I've been looking into Foundations and it's really tempting... How teacher intensive do you find it compared to other phonics programs? It seems to me that phonics takes a fair amount of teacher involvement, no matter what program it is, but does Foundations take much in the way of preparation? Have you combined kiddos in the same level? I'm looking at combining my struggling 1st grader and my happy-to-read KG'er. What resources do you really need to start level A? I assume the Phonogram Cards, the Teachers Manual, and the Workbook are essential. Do you use the game cards a lot
  11. Thanks,Ellie. Would you say LOE is more teacher intensive than R & S for phonics, spelling, and HW? (Foundations vs. R & S 1st and 2nd grade?)
  12. I want a phonics/complete LA program that unifies the different elements of LA and that presents pure phonics in a logical way. I also need something I can use easily in a bigger and busy family. We have 5 kids now that are just 7 years apart in age. We tried AAR and are one of the few families that it just didn't click with. We have started R & S phonics and I was planning to use R & S for all of our LA in the future. But now I'm reading The Logic of English and really love her ideas! So... has anyone tried both and can compare and contrast for me? Which is easier to use in a bigger
  13. Thanks, everyone, I am hoping to see these two in person at our up coming convention. Hopefully that will help. It is definitely a good point about only having to buy the textbooks once, (and minimal workbooks in the early years) with R&S. I think mine would like the feeling of accomplishing the LU's, but it would add up over time. I remember once reading around here that someone said they use Singapore and just have the bindings removed, punch the pages, put them in a binder, and pull out the pages to be used with a page protector. Nice money saving idea, but is there a benefit in being t
  14. Sorry, I should have clarified.. I don't plan to be hands off at all in the early years. I'm just thinking down the road. I'd rather not curriculum hop, if possible, and I'd like to stick with a curriculum that will help them develop more confidence and independence in their learning as they get older and more capable. And even later, of course I wouldn't be totally hands off. In the early years, definitely they need to be taught, but some curricula are still more teacher intensive than others in what regards prep work, bells and whistles, etc. I meant more in comparing curricula as a whole (o
  15. After searching the forums extensively, here is what I've come up with: -both are Mennonite -both are generally solid academic programs, especially for English and math, -both are more get'er done, traditional schoolish, written for 1 room school houses -Both seem to work well for bigger families and encourage independence in the kids from fairly early on (ie, less teacher intensive). -CLE is workbook based, whereas R&S is more textbook based after a certain grade level -CLE is generally spiral in approach, whereas R&S is mastery -CLE Learn to Read may be more phonics
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