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  1. The trend I see right now (other than here) is everybody wanting a full education online, provided, marked, and everything.
  2. Well, the scripted curriculum I've found has been written by people who are passionately fired up about their topic. As opposed to the actual teachers I had in elementary school who might have been passionate about one topic, but were often woefully incompetent at others. Do you being passionate curiosity to his schooling, if not passionate expertise? Because that's valuable too.
  3. No, I wouldn't be particularly concerned about the reading. There's a reason some school systems start school at age 7, not younger. I would make sure that his next yearly optometrist's visit was with a developmental optometrist, just in case. And then I'd back off on reading completely for about 6 months. No sense teaching him to hate it! Are the family and well-meaning friends asking this out of the blue? Or are you saying something about it and then they respond? One of the most important lessons I had to learn was that with most people, if I didn't want suggestions, I couldn't compla
  4. The Hobbit first. Definitely. You need The Hobbit. Then, Lord of the Rings is six books, generally published two in each. So yes, Fellowship, then Two Towers, then Return of the King. The book will NOT be complete with just Fellowship. Narnia is a closer comparison than HP. Lewis and Tolkien were friends and associates. Tolkien's purpose is denser. The Hobbit was written for children and is, in a sense, an easier read. The Lord of the Rings can be pretty heavy going on some places but *it is worth it.* You'll find it easier if you're familiar with older books generally, it's not writ
  5. Someone in the last year or so, I saw an amazing thread on the best poetry resources people had found and preferred. I don't know of it was on this subforum or general education. Can I find it now? No. Does anyone have any amazing previous poetry threads to link that might be it?
  6. Where I am there's no requirement for number of days, so I don't count it at all. Are you required to count it? If so, I'd count it very flexibly if your kids are young. A little more strictly if your kids are older.
  7. The beauty of Rightstart though, is that even if it's a weak subject for you, it's all scripted. We're one of the families that didn't switch away from Rightstart, my oldest is working on finishing up H at the moment. I've found it to be excellent, generally. It did need more practice on long division, but I'd rather supplement that tiny thing than switch to a different curriculum.
  8. I'd stick with it, it's working. I think the careless mistakes are an age thing, actually. All mine have seemed to do it. And I'd encourage you to consider staying with Rightstart. It gets less parent intensive in E and F, especially of you either skip some of the games when your child doesn't need them, or move then to a different day.
  9. Don't try to complete them both by the end of next year. Seriously. You'll just stress yourself and her out. Figure out what pace will let you complete a book in a year. Then see if you can increase it just slightly. For instance, if the regular pace would be four days a week, maybe do five. You'll gain a bit of ground that way. But when I read your title, I was expecting 4-5 grades behind. Not one grade, in early elementary. There's so much developmental variation through the early years anyway, that "grade level" is almost nonsense words. My third, for instance, couldn't read at
  10. Turing Tumble. Supercharged Science? Happy Atoms
  11. They all look fun. What about working the schedule so it fits? Take one day a week to work on handicrafts, painting and philosophy, for instance, and do the more typical academics on the other four days?
  12. Try asking summarizing questions, and then require the summary from that. "What problem did the characters face? How did they solve it? Now tell me in two sentences what happened in the text." Did he do WWE but he's still struggling?
  13. He won't be confused. Is he already firmly confident with numbers and place value? You can just work through those lessons by calling it "math names" for numbers, and ask him to use both. If he tells you one way and it's asking for the other, just ask him for what it's called in its math name. And it's not quite as confusing as you're worried about. 22 is actually "two-ten two" because it's two tens, and a two.
  14. CAP Writing and Rhetoric might be an option.
  15. Bridge the Gap math might be useful depending on what level he's actually at. Does he actually have study skills? I imagine failing science is more about not having executive function and study skills than prior gaps. I think it was lewelma who had a thread on explicitly teaching executive function skills that might be helpful.
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