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Everything posted by Kiara.I

  1. I would just let her listen in as much as she feels like, but not demand any of the work from her.
  2. Mostly waited for readiness. We used Progressive Phonics a bit, but basically at some point the switch flipped and their reading took off.
  3. Okay, so... Does your student need to look up unfamiliar words or ask? Or can they acquire vocabulary from repeated exposure? That's how we're hardwired to learn vocabulary after all, it's how we all learn language as babies and toddlers. I've avoided reading curriculum so far, for that reason, and because all the ones I was exposed to in school seemed mostly to make children hate reading.
  4. I bought the kindergarten level, with the teacher's guide. I used the teacher's guide precisely once. For us, just getting the workbook worked fine. I certainly never did every day. I mean some weeks it might have been that? Casual use was where we were at. My kids can form letters, though it's true one kid of three has reverted to odd formation since learning. We started with Letters and Numbers For Me, and did use the magnet set to learn the uppercase letters. Then we did My Printing Book. I don't remember if we did the grade 2 book with one child or not, but after the second they basically knew the letter formation, and we moved to doing copywork in Writing With Ease instead of continuing with teaching letter formation. I thought about using HWOT for cursive, but looking at their cursive was like nails on a chalkboard for me, and my children had not been prone to tears over handwriting anyway, so we found a much simpler cursive introduction book where the cursive style didn't make me shudder.
  5. I buy the student pages for the activity guide separately. You could buy the stories as a download, or rip the CDs you already have and play them off your phone. Or play them at home, to a combined audience. So, to the discipline issue. First step, family meeting. Regular ones, weekly. Anyone can put anything on the agenda. Address this issue. Ask them how THEY want to solve it. Brainstorm ideas. Choose together which ideas you'll try, and assess how they go at the next family meeting. Then if needed, choose a new one. Possible suggestions: There is a set time for history and a set fun thing after it, announced ahead of time. If you have to spend time pausing and correcting behaviour, or worse, replaying for a separate child, then that's the time that would have been for the fun thing. Make it CLEAR that this costs them time. Have them each make a separate fort space before history starts. They stay in their individual forts for the reading. Every person does hard PE time before history. Tired out kids play up less. Whoever causes disruption has volunteered for dishes after dinner. (Remind before the reading starts.) Have fidget toys available. Have them work on the colouring page from the activity guide while listening. Deliberately and in detail teach them what TO do while listening calmly.
  6. From what I've gathered, accreditation isn't particularly relevant in elementary, is it? Do you require an online program or do you have time to work with your child, and can therefore do book versions instead?
  7. Sure, it's fine. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can work with the child you have, where they are.
  8. It really depends on the child, and at 2 none of them would have managed that long at all! Are they playing or colouring while listening?
  9. Why do they need instruction? They're reading. Let them read. They'll pick bits up along the way, and occasionally you can take turns reading aloud with them and they'll be able to correct any errors that way. Generally a phonetic spelling curriculum should take care of anything else, if they need it.
  10. I don't know what you mean by readers. Special books to practice reading? I wouldn't think you'd need them, just get whatever books she wants to read. Spelling lags behind reading. Is she wanting to work on spelling? If not, I'd be inclined to wait until she's older. For us it worked better to wait until more like age 7 to teach spelling, before that it just didn't really stick.
  11. Check Rightstart Math as well, it's a really good program. I'm a bit boggled that you can fail kindergarten. It's before school age. It didn't even used to exist. Some kids need more time before they're ready for academics. It doesn't sound like this school caters to what is developmentally expected, just to kids who are early. Is it going to be a good fit for her long-term? Are you looking at putting her back in, or homeschooling, or...?
  12. Oxford University Press, The Ancient Roman World, could be an option.
  13. And others. And the worst part is you can't complain about kids reading because everyone tells you it's a good thing. Sure. Yeah, I get that, but having bookworms comes with certain extra problems, and you can't get sympathy for that even from the librarians, who ought to understand the problem!! Ahem. So I've allowed reading in the car most of the time.
  14. Go steadily from where he is, expecting that the places he's behind may improve rapidly, and follow his lead on that. Don't allow his writing to hold back his other work. Give him the appropriate science for his level. If it requires filling in a worksheet (does it need to?) you can scribe for him. Basically, find ways to give him work at his developmental level on all areas, don't hold back one area to match writing. Scribe for him or find a different curriculum. How's his typing?
  15. I don't know that it replaces them, but it definitely adds another option. I haven't tried the other suggestions in there, we finished First Language Lessons and moved to GWTM. Also "behind", I suppose, but it's so far ahead of the grammar that I was ever taught that I'm really not concerned!
  16. The trend I see right now (other than here) is everybody wanting a full education online, provided, marked, and everything.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 complain to them. I learned that about babies and sleep, but hey, it applies to things in homeschooling too. So for your plan: Like I said, I'd put away the phonics for now. Math sounds fine. Writing: put it away too. Instead, do lots of *LARGE* motor activity, especially with a lot of things crossing the midline. And tons of scrambling around on rocks, digging in streams, and hanging upside down on playgrounds. You've already got fine motor control covered by physio. Make sure the torso muscles are there, the eye development is there, and the general strength and agility are there. See if your library has a copy of Growing an In-Sync child. Yes, random read-alouds sounds fine, as does history and science. And all-in-one choices aren't a good fit for every family, no need to worry about not using one! I never have. It sounds like you're doing fantastically teaching your child. Literally the only problem you have is comparing him to "norms" that are not developmentally recommended. Their kids can do worksheets. Whee. Your kid is learning science. So stop fighting the battle to have him do things he's not ready for, let him be interested in what he's interested in right now, and try the reading/writing again in 6 months.
  19. 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 written as fast-paced as many modern books. Edition? Whatever. Try your library! Are the movies good. Well. They're cinematically gorgeous. But... You wanted responses from people who liked LOTR, right? If the movies were supposed to be of a book, couldn't they have stuck to the books? Really? Overall they did, but they made changes that did NOT need to be made, some of which very much changed the character of some of the people in it, which is always irritating. And I found the casting of two particular characters to be very poor, and distracting. That's not a huge issue, though.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 all starting second grade. Just painfully sounding it CVC words, so more of a beginning K level. Halfway through grade 2, the switch flipped, and the reading level jumped six levels in six months. So really, don't put a ton of stress on yourself or on her. Progress through the material at a rate that makes sense for her, but without pushing her to accelerate. Condense bits that she grasps easily, and let her take the time with the parts that are harder.
  25. Turing Tumble. Supercharged Science? Happy Atoms
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