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  1. They are also all on google books. I like using google books so that they are on my app to easily read.
  2. We have found studied dictation to be the best to cement spelling. We look at the sentences and find the rules of words ds doesn't know. Then I dictate the sentences. Afterwards we have used ABC and All Their Tricks to orally spell words (forwards and backwards) that have the same rule. And then state the rule again. I have been using Dictation Day By Day. I like how the words come up again and again. This spiral with words helps too. But because ds struggles with spelling I have also used Rod and Staff. It does a great job of working on rules too. I probably don't need this, but it feels like a safety net to have a traditional spelling program.
  3. Yes, bad form for a joke. I have several friends with grandfathers/fathers who were nazis. So maybe that shapes my view.
  4. Are they reading well? If so drop phonics. I haven't used AAR so I don't know about the readers, but if they are reading ok you can just have them pick out books to read from the library. WWE 2 will have copywork so just use that. We have not found vocabulary needed. I would wait and see how your weeks are going and about 8 weeks in see if you feel you could add something else in. It takes time to adjust so I would start off light and then add in and see if you are still getting to everything.
  5. I think I will try just a lit. guide and see how it goes.
  6. My experiences with children and languages is that this is an example of how children learn natural grammar. In other words age has everything to do with it from what I have seen. Ds' second language has different endings related to verb and direct object agreement. But all young kids struggle through this even if it is their native language. Just as English speakers struggle through plurals and am are is. Each language has a natural progression of common struggles all learners go through. But Memoria Press makes the argument that because we internalize English grammar it is better to work through the complexities of grammar in Latin. Internalization makes it hard to recognize and understand why. I can say in my own language learning experiences it is easier to understand what English is doing when you have to work through what another language is doing. But all but one language (beyond English) I have learned after I had grammar in school. And I did well in grammar. DH did not do well in grammar during school and he took a little longer to get the structure and grammar of our 1st language we learned together. But once he got it he internalized it. He doesn't know the grammar words to explain it, but he gets what words or endings do in a sentence.
  7. This is what Memoria Press says are the things still needing work on. Punctuation, captilization, phrases vs sentence. They do have an English grammar program, but it isn't in depth or made to be used without doing Latin as well.
  8. I have spent many years as an expat and around other expats. Nothing would change her struggle. The brain really really changes after having children. So many mothers have a hard time learning language.
  9. Can we have a discussion about having a base of English grammar before starting Latin or using Latin as the means to learn grammar? MP has a lot of articles about Latin being the means to learning grammar, and that you don't then need a lot of work on English grammar. But there are many people who say waiting until the child has a strong foundation in grammar is needed before beginning Latin. So what has been your experiences or thoughts about grammar and Latin?
  10. Anyone use MBTP? Thoughts? Can I just use a lit. guide? Or is it best to also have the social studies and science that connect? How open and go is it? How long will a lit. guide take?
  11. Got a lot of this done!!! I am feeling so ready to start the year. Still need to pick out recipes ds can learn to do. Few more field trips to plan- found a cool spot but need to figure out how to the get there.
  12. Last year we watched and loved Mythic Warriors and it fit great with our study of Greek Myths. Wondering if there is a great tv series or movies for middle ages, midieval period. Anything great for Beowulf? Vikings? Artists? What all have your elementary kids loved?
  13. Congratulations!! Thank you for the wise words too.
  14. I am thinking way ahead, but wondering who has given their children a bilingual diploma. How did you go about doing that? We are doing about 30% of our school work in ds' second language currently. He is starting 3rd grade this fall, and we plan in the future to have about 50% school done in English and second language.
  15. At those ages I would have a family meeting first to help them understand why your hubby will only be speaking in Spanish to them. OPOL works well, but after a foundation in family dynamics in a language you might have children revolt and refuse to respond or listen. Getting them to understand the why and have a buy in will be needed. Maybe plan a trip to a Spanish speaking country as a goal to work towards. Find some fun tv show to keep up with. Something to make a goal.
  16. I have seen so many posts in fb groups for new homeschoolers. I normally am one to reply and help, but I am seeing so many that I just don't feel like replying. I swear so many people don't even look to see the same question was asked an hour ago. So many are also asking what is the best or what do I need for a --- grader. Or all online or whatever. I have also noticed (and maybe I am just "old") but no one seems to google or search for answers. Just come to fb and ask there. There are so many blogs about curriculum or how people have taught ---- grade. Or what the laws are. Honestly, google homeschooling and there is a never ending supply of information. We all had to start somewhere and figure it out. There seems to be this- do the research and work for me- attitude. It is July all these new homeschoolers have time to research, find the laws, figure out what they want their children to learn, look at samples, read a book or two, and so forth. I just really have been shocked at the amount of people who haven't even done a quick search on the internet.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Ah ok. Three filled total works.
  21. 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?
  22. Maybe just one or two squares filled in.
  23. Sums within 100 would be great any size works
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