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  1. How old? It is ok and normal to have a time where you are just stuck in one stage. Children don't always move along each week reading harder and harder material. There are many many many options to pick from to get the job done. Finding ways to make it fun takes some work. Most phonics books are not fun, the ones that are fun cost a lot. Ways to add fun- write a book together with words your child can read and spell. Use shaving cream and have your child write in the bathtub blends- ch, th, wh, ing and so forth. Playdough and letter stamps. Write out cards that have instructions- sit on the floor, stand on the rug. Have a scavenger hunt with clues to a snack or prize. You may need to just stick it out for a few months at the level your child is at and slowly add more. Just add some fun ways to work on reading.
  2. Must be too new for people to have used it. It looks like something fun, I just hate spending so much without feedback on what others have thought.
  3. Anyone create a course for teaching your children old English? Ds, 8yo, is reading well and past phonics now. We will be working on Latin and Greek roots and spellings as the next step to learning to decode larger and more challenging words. I also want to slowly work on learning and understanding old English. Eventually working on his ability to read and understand Shakespeare, KJV, and older books. Anyone slowly work on this skill? How did you go about it? I a thinking of using a Psalter, Don Potter has one on his site, and working through Webster's stuff. We don't use the KJV as our main Bible for study, but we do memorize Psalms from the KJV as the language is easier to memorize in my opinion. What else is out there to use to work on this skill? I read aloud a lot of classics.
  4. Ah ok. Three filled total works.
  5. We have a binder with tabs set up like the SCM scripture box. So one for the day, odd/even, mon.-fri., then one for each day of the month. During summer I pick the things we will work on. I have Living Memory that I pull from for our subject work, then I pick poems- long and short ones, Shakespeare, Psalms, Proverbs, scripture, and lots of poems and songs in ds' second language. This year I am adding in 3 parables to memorize. He is able to tell the story, but this year I want him to memorize some. Some of the Psalms can be very long! And take us a month. I try to memorize as well. Each year I try to increase the length just a bit. This gets done right after breakfast so it is a priority otherwise it is too easy for us to skip. Memoria Press has a Horatius program. Have you seen it?
  6. Maybe just one or two squares filled in.
  7. Sums within 100 would be great any size works
  8. Yes! If you are offering!
  9. Thanks for these! Ds loves puzzles like these.
  10. That sounds like what I did as a girl. Thanks.
  11. Looks like a simple and fun right brained way to learn geography. But it isn't cheap. I feel like I would need to add in culture some way too. Anyone use it and have reviews?
  12. I think there is a lot of important geographical things to know by heart. But it can be learned over years. State abbreviations Regions and weather (where is it cold, where is it hot, mountains, desert) How far a state is from your home state Locations of big cities (New York, LA, Chicago, D.C. etc) Locate each state on a map (games and puzzles are great for this) Famous land marks Overall shape of the U.S. Knowing that Alaska and Hawaii are not just little areas together at the bottom of the map, but where they really are in the world (lots of kids see maps over and over and don't know where they are in the world) U.S. territories (many people don't know these and it makes a big difference in watching news) Then the last big chunk is knowing history and big events and where they happened. For us this is best learned in reading and history. Books like the Little House give some great history overviews of the states mentioned. Learning about Native American groups in the different regions. Tall Tales in the regions too help in learning. We have a stack of blank maps that a lot of things can be practiced with. Geography really is best by making a mental image in the head, and seeing maps over and over really cements it in.
  13. More travel. I am able to get a lot of educational trips in a year (excepting these last few months of course), but if I could have endless money we would do much more. And go to all the museums, and all the concerts. And if I had endless money I would have all the books.
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