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  1. Ok. Well maybe this isn't where a question like this is best discussed. So you all may please ignore the thread. I am not meaning to cause a ruckus. Yes, look into the lives of many of those who first came early to the Americas. When literacy rates were the highest the world ever and has since seen. Our founding fathers are great models of this type of family and home education.
  2. Sorry not asking for snarkiness, or trying to offend. I guess I just hadn't articulated myself well enough. Personal experiences are not what I am looking for. There are too many variables involved. As well as through all my years in school (my higher education) what I have learned is that comprehension is a difficult task at these young years without the base of experience to build upon. I have no reason to suspect dyslexia. This is an area that I may be too knowledgeable on. In other areas of parenting I have needed to push aside studies and research and go with my gut. Sometimes too much knowledge is paralyzing. So I am wondering what others have done with the studies. Have you concluded that the studies environments are too different to the environment of the gentle home to be of comparative value? And when I mention tradition and history, I am referring to many hundreds of years ago, not 30 years ago. In which educational philosophies showed that children had more regular connections to the natural world, much variety of novels read in families, and challenges involving physical work. In all my years of international living I have seen several different trends; the cultures that push formal learning back tend to be mentally healthier, while those that push earlier academics tend to have more depression, anxiety, and mental health issues. However, these early pushing cultures tend to be done in institutions and not homes. Is that a large influence is what I am processing through. My three year old shows much interest. I am just at a point of evaluating studies and research and wanting to know how others have balanced the conflicting studies. There are studies that also show LD, dyslexia and others run in genes. So I am not saying that I have concluded early structured reading causes it, just that there are studies to concluded that. It is just conflicting. I would need to pull out many of my father's journals to cite the research. I don't read the online synthesis of others.
  3. Great I will look into that one!
  4. I guess I just see so many people in the homeschool community that say their 3 or 4 year old can read. It just seems like most home schoolers are starting so young instead of following tradition and history in this area. In history we see families reading aloud a lot and also talking about letters and the process of reading but not necessarily teaching to read until closer to 6. I have read now three different studies showing a correlation between early learning in reading as opposed to natural learn normally done by young children having effects on the plasticity of the brain. And two said this creates an increased risk for dyslexia and reading problems. The rate of dyslexia and reading problems are on the rise, so I feel like there might be a big correlation since early reading skills are now pushed in public schools and many homes. It just feels like there are those that purport early is best get them going first thing in reading. (Like in opgtr) and then some say later is best (9 or 10) and there isn't real science and studies behind do what these say rather personal experiences. I realize each child and home is different. And I think a home environment to learn to read is much better for the brain than a Pk or preschool. But is it healthy and wise to teach at 4?
  5. Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, secular is fine. I don't mind if secular or Christian. Just not stuck on only creation.
  6. There is so much conflicting information about when the brain is ready to learn to read. I've seen some research indicating starting early can relate problems for dyslexia and other issues. How do you wade through the recomendations? Any good reputable resources to help decide when to begin instruction?
  7. Looking for some picture books about classical music, instruments, orchestra ect. We borrowed the story of the orchestra from the library and my son loves it and has been wanting more. He really enjoys listening to the cd too.
  8. Is there any book with a collection of titles for living books in science for elementary? I just simply can't find a textbook I enjoy. Looking for something that splits things into topics so we can choose several topics for the year. Or open to suggestions on how to approach science in these early years. This is the one area I just haven't been able to map out short term or long term. I am not opposed to a conservative Christian curriculum in this area, but I feel most options put too much analyzing at a young age. And too much emphasis on creation alone (know what I mean) not at all against this teaching just don't want years of that being all we study.
  9. Have any of you used Timberdoodle PK or preschool. (I see there are two options) Thoughts? Was it worth the price? Can these types of activities be found cheaper? Did you use both levels and find one you preferred? I really like a hands on more Montessori approach at the preschool age is this a good fit?
  10. What are some free online curriculum? I know about Ambleside but that is the only one I know of. Thanks
  11. Thanks! Olga- you taught Russian first. How long after teaching Russian reading did you begin on reading Turkish? Rosie- thanks for the encouragement! I guess I have probably overthought too much and should look at building up my skills as he is still young.
  12. Charlotte Mason taught British history along with chronological history. As a separate history. British history is much longer than American history. But if you read a few biographies, and focused on an area of American history as an additional subject you would be able to in depth learn American history, people and government. It would then be easy to mentally place American history along with the big picture once you reach that place chronologically.
  13. All of our schooling products for other languages have been purchased in English. So that is why I was thinking teaching English first. And maybe waiting until he can fluently read English. But if that doesn't sound logical I am open for ideas and suggestions. He is starting kindergarten. So 5. I have not yet looked around at our options available. We are in the states at the moment but will be back soon. So I am trying to get our year all ready. The one issue I have is that I cannot read second language beyond the basics I need for living- groceries, paying bills, street signs etc. So I if I were to find a way to teach it I would need to find things around us or have friends teach him.
  14. Bilingual gamily. The alphabets are very different and letters can make different sounds. We will be teaching English with a very phonetic approach (Spell to Write and Read) Should I teach reading in both at the same time? Or do you wait until reading in English is fluent and then begin in another language for reading? Reading in second language is a must. I don't want my son to not know how to read it. Also I am not fluent enough to really pick up any book that would help me teach it. Should I just teach it with sight words? Thanks!
  15. I have the history cards and bible cards. Do I need the memory song? Does it just say the title of each card or does it add more?
  16. How old is your youngest? Kids before 10 can easily learn multiple languages and keep them straight. (We work overseas and I have seen it so often) Doing both in the same year should work just not at the same time. Maybe spit up by half a year and then review each language as you are learning the new one. It is common for kids to confuse grammar and words when learning more than one language. It is NORMAL and means they are processing the different grammar structures. And the confusion is a good sign of deep thought! I would go for it!
  17. Does TruthQuest lay out a plan for how to read through the books or just give you the book suggestions and then you pick how long it takes to read through it?
  18. Looking at buying either TruthQuest History or Beautiful Feet History. I would follow their plans on how to proceed and what to study in each year then. What are people's opinions and likes and dislikes about each?
  19. Does Living Memory fit well with Classical Conversations memory work?
  20. Living Memory looks wonderful thanks!
  21. Looking for suggestions for a complete memory work package. I just need someone else to have it all laid out for me. Looking to include scripture, poetry, and academic as well, If there is such a thing.
  22. Letter tiles are a great idea! That almost sounds like common sense. Sometimes looking at all these options over complicates things lol!
  23. Ellie- spell to write and read is what I am planning for the main phonics instruction. Do you have experience with it? I am just starting out and base most of my decisions by what I have read online. So any advice is welcome!
  24. Is Phonics Pathways a complete program? I have Spell to Write and Read which is complete. I just am looking at options for a quick workbook to reinforce the phonics instruction.
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