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  1. Edited by Morton Keller, et. al. Is this History book the same as the one offered by History Odyssey? If not, what do you think of this book? I think there is another book within this "series" called World History: Our Human Story. Any thoughts about these books? I have used SOTW over the years and have enjoyed them in addition to other supporting texts and fictional novels, but wanted to find somewhat of a spine history book for my kids to use indpendently.
  2. I used the Town series last year and it went very well. This year we will be using the Voyage series, but I had a question about the literature component. Last year was kind of a flop with Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willow, and Alice in Wonderland. We had already read Alice in Wonderland, but wanted to really tackle the other two books. We got through Wind in the Willow, but it didn't flow well, at least compared to the rest of the curriculum. Anyway, how do you use the literature trilogy set? Do you read it aloud to each other? Do the kids read it on their own?
  3. I have been using WWS I for my 6th graders and thankfully they are doing well with it. They work 30-45 minutes a day, four days a week on it, and are mostly independent. I also have a 5th grader. She and her twin siblings have been mostly together in writing over the years. They all three worked through the WWE series, with the 6th graders almost finishing through book 4 and the 5th grader reaching book 4, but having many weeks left in it. It seems logical to just continue with WWE 4 with her, but I wanted the writing to take a little less time in the day. We swtiched over to Michael Clay Thompson's entire language arts program (Grammar Town series...) and that takes about 1.5 hours a day. I absolutely LOVE IT and so do the kids. Side note: Oh. My. Goodnes. I honestly can't believe how much they are learning from this program. We take our time everyday and truly follow it ever so carefully so we could experience it as deeply as possible. Just great, but a separate thread is needed to give a full review ? .. The writing portion of MCT's program hasn't started yet, and I wanted a little more writing from my 5th grader until we are ready to start Paragraph Town. I have been looking at The Lost Tools of Writing and think it's possibly way too involved for me. Can anyone share about their experiences with The Lost Tools of Writing? Also, I wanted to know a little more about Andrew Kern. I read his biography and noticed that it contains a lot about what he's accomplished as an adult in the work industry, but what about his credentials? Does he have an English degree or the like? Where did he go to college? I like to view where these curriculum developers came from, and honestly, I want to see their credentials. I like Susan W. Bauer's work and MCT because their materials are great, but I also find comfort in the fact that they studied in their respective areas and earned their credentials. I couldn't find the same kinds of information on the authors of The Lost Tools of Writing.
  4. I have been using WWS I for my 6th graders and thankfully they are doing well with it. They work 30-45 minutes a day, four days a week on it, and are mostly independent. I also have a 5th grader. She and her twin siblings have been mostly together in writing over the years. They all three worked through the WWE series, with the 6th graders almost finishing through book 4 and the 5th grader reaching book 4, but having many weeks left in it. It seems logical to just continue with WWE 4 with her, but I wanted the writing to take a little less time in the day. We swtiched over to Michael Clay Thompson's entire language arts program (Grammar Town series...) and that takes about 1.5 hours a day. I absolutely LOVE IT and so do the kids. Side note: Oh. My. Goodnes. I honestly can't believe how much they are learning from this program. We take our time everyday and truly follow it ever so carefully so we could experience it as deeply as possible. Just great, but a separate thread is needed to give a full review ? .. The writing portion of MCT's program hasn't started yet, and I wanted a little more writing from my 5th grader until we are ready to start Paragraph Town. I have been looking at The Lost Tools of Writing and think it's possibly way too involved for me at this time, BUT, I wanted to know a little more about Andrew Kern. I read his biography and noticed that it contains a lot about what he's accomplished as an adult in the work industry, but what about his credentials? Does he have an English degree or the like? Where did he go to college? I like to view where these curriculum developers came from, and honestly, I want to see their credentials. I like Susan W. Bauer's work and MCT because their materials are great, but I also find comfort in the fact that they studied in their respective areas and earned their credentials. I couldn't find the same kinds of information on the authors of The Lost Tools of Writing.
  5. I just purchased a YL kit and am enjoying mixing the oils. With the kit, I chose the option of a minimum purchase of $50 in a 12 month rolling period. I didn't want to feel obligated to purchase every month, so this option works for me. Anyway, the oils are great, but very expensive. I have never used PT oils and wondered if their quality is about the same as YL? They have been bragged about from friends and the price is so reasonable. I was thinking to use YL for more serious issues, and use PT for daily usage. I would like to smell "good" everyday by way of PT, and use YL for ailments such as migraines, colds, etc... I have been around EO and want to use them. I just cannot justify spending a lot of money (i.e. YL) so I could smell nice everyday, you know?
  6. Ok, I just did it!! I ordered TTC and a one-year membership to the Pelican group. I wanted to wait until I saw the materials for TTC, but from their description, this Pelican group has audible-type books! I stopped my audible membership a while ago bc it was way too expensive. I thought this was a deal, plus I received $10 off TTC. Again, I hope this was worth it! It seems to look great on paper and based on what was explained to me over the phone.
  7. Sooo... I continued to research, talk, and ask questions about this. I *think* I will be going with Center for Lit's Teaching the Classics. I spoke with Adam on the phone and he was incredibly helpful. I may even pay for the Pelican membership because it gives you access to all sorts of literature and their analyses of them. I first want to try TTC and then the Ready Readers for one or two books. Looks to be a great fit - I hope so! I will update when I get and try them.
  8. Do the students learn to converse and read/write in Greek in the upper levels? Would they be able to visit Greece and interact with the natives?
  9. What do you use for composition? My 6th graders had completed WWE 2-4 and will be starting WWS 1. I really hope we all like WWS because I would like to continue it through level 3, which will push them into 9th/10th grade. This is my first go around in the upper grades...
  10. I have two upcoming 6th graders and have most of what I want in terms of curricula for this year. The struggle I'm having is possibly shifting companies because it may be better for the high school years. I have been using MFW for music, art, history and science and have been doing my own thing with regards to the remaining subjects. I notice in the high school curricula, MFW offers more in their core package, including literature/composition, in addition to history, science, music, bible, etc...The history and literature seem to be tightly connected, but I have been using WTM WWE/WWS series and Rod and Staff English, both of which I really love. I likely will use Center for Lit materials for literature analysis, which I'm hoping to continue into the high school years. Do you guys try to maintain the same companies from middle school into high school? Using Memoria Press, Classical Academic Press, TOG, Vertias Press, Sonlight, HOD all the way through? These are the companies I'm researching heavily thinking one of them might better fit during the high school years. I'm not so excited about the strong literature, history, bible connection that MFW has set up in high school. I don't really use a lot of their bible teachings currently. I do my own thing in terms of theology/bible.
  11. I know of someone who has her children in Classical Conversations. CC isn't for me, although she loves to promote it, A LOT. She now is on this kick about HSLDA...She spoke to HSDLA and they had said that CC is a very challenging and full curriculum for high school - and she now thinks CC is one of the top academic programs out there. How important is HSDLA for college-bound children? Do universities highly regard HSDLA? I feel torn because I spend SOOOO much time researching fitting curricula for my kids, which really is a mix of curricula to keep them progressing and interested. I didn't feel I needed HSDLA, unless I am completely wrong! Personally, after hearing how CC works at the Challenge level, if I understand it correctly, is a little unusual. They teach each subject for 4 minutes and cycle through those subjects a few times. Is this accurate? I have a K-12 teaching background and taught for a few years and found this method of instruction interesting, not bad, just interesting. If this way of teaching/learning is suppose to be challenging and high level, then why isn't it incorporated into other curricula? I think my ego is getting bruised when talking with her. It is making me question what I'm doing...
  12. I have two children starting 6th grade and I have been researching curricula that would be a good transition to high school. I have been using MFW the last two years and am considering to use them in high school. My question is why the short list of complete and full curriculum through the HSDLA website? https://hslda.org/content/highschool/curriculum.asp I am slightly worried that MFW is not on there nor is Classical Academic Press, Tapestry of Grace, etc... I like MFW because of the history, art, music,and science, although the rest of the materials I use is an eclectic mix of what suites my kids. I am a planner and want to make sure I pick curricula that is challenging and accepted by colleges. Lastly, I have tried navigating Vertias Press' website and find it confusing. I need to call them. Is high school mostly online? I don't mind one class online if needed...
  13. So, I purchased a really cheap ($9) BJU student text. I like the different genres of work. I'm looking to find a cheap student text too. Some of the stories are pretty long. How do you break up the work in a given week? How many days a week do you work on it and about how long for each day? I aim to put aside three days a week for about 45 min each day.
  14. How does Drawn Into the Heart of Reading work? What's included?
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