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  1. We have really liked Rod and Staff. Maybe go up a year? It is so well priced too. It does a good job of working on rules during the week and can be done independently. For a good speller I think it is a great way to be sure and cover all the rules and common words.
  2. Yes, bad form for a joke. I have several friends with grandfathers/fathers who were nazis. So maybe that shapes my view.
  3. 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.
  4. I think I will try just a lit. guide and see how it goes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Congratulations!! Thank you for the wise words too.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. That sounds like what I did as a girl. Thanks.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Lots left to do: Have printed and spiral binding on a few things Read through fairy tales and pick out copywork, take notes on things to point out and talk about Make a list and gather supplies for science each week clean through desk and organize deep clean house Make schedule for the year Type up dictation sentences for the year Plan field trips Plan handcrafts and get supplies Plan home ec. , pick out recipes for ds to make on his own Make up some math worksheets for the first 1/2 of the year Refill art supplies and office supplies
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