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  1. Roughly an hour per grade per day is a pretty fair estimate. So 5 hours daily for a 5th grader. Fwiw my 4th grader spends at least three hours on history a week. If we were doing straight SOTW per the book, between reading aloud SOTW, questions/discussion, picking an activity and extra reading, etc from the activity guide, we'd be over that. His grammar is more like 10 minutes a day, but if you add in his writing and spelling it's easily an hour a day. His math is usually a full hour or more because it's multiple parts not done altogether (Beast Academy largely solo, Hands on Equations w
  2. Have you seen Alcumus from AoPS? We like to use older Math Olympiad, Math Counts, etc books/tests.
  3. Based on the ages of the kids I'm currently homeschooling, Harry wins. With apologies to Charlotte for having to vote against her.
  4. No, I don't think so. I used a pdf download from Science Jim's website. I can't find anything resembling his site today, but I do see the book at Lulu printing. Mueller is the right last name so maybe he made a new one.
  5. We also used Great Courses and a Spielvogel text. Their literature was ancients based, cobbled together with more Great Courses (Homer especially; those are fabulous) and such. I'd totally use these again if one of the younger kids went this route. 👍
  6. I agree that teaching writing well requires teacher intensiveness in the long run and that third graders need a lot of oversight (alllll the oversight..lol), though I was under the impression the OP was looking for something more independent for a season. I've totally scaled subjects down just for a season based on family needs at the time. 🤷‍♀️ (My youngest didn't even formally do writing for third grade. He just wasn't ready; the example above wouldn't have happened. Now his grammar is scaled back for 4th so we can focus on the writing.)
  7. My youngest has been using Beast as his primary math for over a year now. Before Beast he used a combo of Singapore and Horizons. I was cautious about Beast being "enough" but I don't have any real complaints at this point. He does go back and reread the guidebooks occasionally, on his own accord. The online format is handy for that; he can pull up any of the guides and reread to his heart's desire. He isn't running another curricula alongside Beast like he did with everything else for elementary, but we do add math enrichment that we'd add to ANY curricula. Right now he's going through the in
  8. My kids that used any Abeka parts are now graduated. It's been awhile. They were mostly gifted from a private school that had to flip books every so often. The math was so tedious. It's spiral and "looks" like Horizons in elementary, but so dry and beats math to death. My adhd kid couldn't cope with those books at all. The kid who really liked math and did well enjoyed it, but we noticed after awhile she couldn't do the same concepts in any other situation unless it looked exactly like Abeka. The understanding just wasn't there even though her grades were amazing. (We love Horizons thoug
  9. The activity guide for Story of the World has loads of hands on projects for history. My hands on kid really, REALLY liked Bitesize Physics from Science Jim. It's for upper elementary or middle school. I can't think of much else, though I know they're out there. We never really clicked with an elementary science course well enough to stick with them. I hear Mystery Science mentioned often for hands on.
  10. You might check out Winning With Writing and Growing With Grammar too? I looked them over when I was deciding on grammar for mine this year but I don't have experience with this company. They have some decent samples on jackrispublishing.com.
  11. For 3rd grade? I'd probably grab an Evan-Moor book too. The Daily Language Review books have five exercises a day that keep grammar concepts in regular enough rotation to keep them from falling out of heads. This is all my 10yo is using for grammar this year (to reserve time for other things that need more attention). If you're coming from FLL I'd recommend going up one grade. DS does ask for help once in awhile, like it expected him to know what an almanac is. Nothing that I couldn't easily explain on the fly though.
  12. We're in week 2. For the most part we're doing well. I offered a change for the youngest. He's used Spalding/Writing Road to Reading for as long as he can remember. It's very mom-intensive and the spelling is slow going, but it's kept him moving in a forward direction. I noticed he just seemed weary when it came off the shelf and offered him a simple spelling workbook for a season or so. He thought about it and told me not to order the workbook; he wants to stick with WRTR. Another year of WRTR it is. 🤷 I did change something on the senior, but it's more of a pause. His summer brain
  13. Jump!! If I had to start today with the kids still at home, the high schoolers would be more organized. The pandemic changed their dual enrollment plans. Without my fairly stocked school closet I probably would have looked for structured courses. Possibly Oak Meadow for the junior and Build Your Library 12 for the senior. They can actually share courses without sibling drama so maybe both in BYL 12 (there's NO WAY the oldest two could have at this stage!). As it was it only took a few minimal purchases to get their school year running. Without my closet/home library already in place for
  14. Cuisenaire Rods! With the first Gattegno book if lesson plans would help? There used to be a free printable C-Rod booklet for littles somewhere too.
  15. That might be too big of a jump. AoPS suggests their pre-algebra after Beast 5.
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