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  1. My boy loves anything by David Macaulay...the books are incredibly illustrated in b&w, and he has written books about all kinds of things: the building of the Pyramids, Roman Village, Big City, How Things Work...right up my boy's alley. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?%5Fencoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=David%20Macaulay The reading just kind of goes along with the illustrations, so it's painless. :) He also likes the Boxcar Children Chapter books. (His big sister's influence.) :) Dia
  2. Maybe help her 'jog' her memory, instead of telling her the rule, ask her 'what's the rule for 'k' sounds?' My dd is doing remedial work with phonics this year with AAS, and we barely use the word cards as they seem so easy...I think she probably already knows how to spell those from memory. So I give her more challenging words if possible to practice the rules. So maybe drop the word card 'memorization' and just start practicing applying the rules to more challenging words. Maybe give her a quiz once a week with words to apply the rules to from her key review cards.
  3. Have you seen Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl? I've been using it with my dd, and she's doing well with it. There isn't a lot of dicatation and copywork, but it seems like every other curriculum I own gives dictation/copywork exercises. :) The book was originally published in 1914, and covers lots of topics including dictionary skills, grouping sentences into paragraphs, memory work, nouns, etc. It's well done, IMO. I do have the teacher's manual, and have had to use it for some topics like pronunciation symbols (didn't know those off the top of my head!) :) It covers 3 y
  4. Is there a Yahoo group? That would be a simple way of sharing files, since they are already set up to do so.
  5. I don't know if this is even helpful at all, but I found it interesting. My Great Grandmother was a school teacher around 1915-1918. I still have many of her original books that she taught from. A big emphasis was placed on memory work...it sort of reminds me of the WTM First Language Lessons. :) My husband's grandmother said that she did a LOT of memory work in school. They were required to memorize more than just math facts...poetry, lists of historical names/dates. I am grateful that my kids are doing much more of this at home this year than they did in public school.
  6. I printed out free figures from a yahoo group I'm a part of, and then we fill in with drawings for other things we want to include. My 10yo dd is my timeline artist. I made a blank 'table' in Word (a grid) that is about the same size as the printed pics, and she does her drawings in those. She draws with pencil or superfine sharpie and then colors with colored pencil. We laminate them. I just cut the corners straight.
  7. Oh...forgot this one: mine LOVES to play with magnets and little cards with pictures. I only give her a small stack at a time, because she makes such a mess with them, but she sure loves her flashcards! ;) She'd probably like something like a magna doodle or just some fridge magnets with a small magnetic dry/erase board. Another thing that keeps her very busy is trying on our shoes, and unfolding baskets of clean laundry...but I don't encourage the last one. ;)
  8. Have you read any of the American Girl series? They are fun, an appropriate age match, and are historic fiction. My dd has enjoyed most of the books in that series. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms is one I loved as a little girl. The Secret Garden is another. I also loved Anne of Green Gables, but only knew about the first book as a little girl. ;)
  9. Can she understand and follow several verbal commands, if given at once? Like "Go to the kitchen, get a glass, and pour some water." Or, if you say "Will you please feed the cat?", can she infer from that request the steps that need to be taken to accomplish that task? I'm not being sarcastic or making light...some kids really struggle with sequencing events and following instructions. Following a string of commands/instructions is a skill that is developed iwth practice, but by 9, most kids are able to do this easily. For a child who is incapable of understanding instructions, by this
  10. Oh my...she sounds like my daughter. :) It's not that I don't want to do it...it's just that I want to do it *my* way; and, btw, Mom...I already know how to do it, so I don't need this boring curriculum. And if you question me, push me, or don't believe me I *will* cry, pout, or stonewall until your hair turns grey. So then I have to start quoting scripture to her about an unteachable spirit. :D Fun times at my house too. ;) I might scale back the writing to your one favorite writing program...the one that you feel will give her solid and practical writing/composition training. A
  11. I agree with Erin's assessment, and would add that often, fictional characters thoughts are written in the exact same style as their speech...so the only way you can tell if a character is thinking *that blue eye shadow is hideous* or saying it outloud, are the presence or absence of quotation marks. I understand how someone would consider that quotaion marks are used in two different ways. When they are used to with a quote from a real person in a non-fiction text, you know that you are reading real words said *or written by* by this real person, and are therefore are not an original
  12. I have an 18 month old, and we plan school time around her morning nap. :) In the afternoons, we do read-alouds, and she plays in the floor, colors with colored pencils, or looks at books with the big kids. My little one is really into putting things in and taking them out. So a cardboard (cereal) box and some cherrios may do the trick for you. She also has the snack cups that have the rubber split lid to keep them from spilling, and she loves to take things in and out of that. Another idea...let him 'paint' with a little square of wet sponge on construction paper.
  13. Actually, I think children who are taught basic manners do rise above the norm now adays (unfortunately!). Take this from someone who ate several times in a public school lunchroom last year. The sound of smacking was deafening. A dear friend on mine was taught manners and etiquette as a child, and related the following story to me. Her uncle was a businessman who frequently went on international business trips. When she and her cousin were in their ealry teens, he took them overseas to Austria (I think). They spent one day skiing, and then he took them directly to a dinner party. A
  14. I found packs of 11x14 posterboard at the Dollar Store. I drew a line down the middle (with the page horizontal), and marked out lines every 1.5 inches to represent 100 years, and marked out my years from 4000 BC to 0. I'll tack on AD next year. Then I taped the pages together at the back and laminated them at our church with a continuous (thin) lamination. It's very heavy duty, and the time line is really llllllooooooooonnnnnnnngggggg, which thrills my kids to no end. :) But it folds up accordian style to 11x14, and I am getting a notebook/scrapbook to keep it in between uses. I'm going
  15. Karen Andreola, in the Charlotte Mason's companion says that you do the same thing for the child who can't think of what to say as you do for the constant talker: you give them a limit. "Tell me about your book in 3 sentences." (or however many you choose.) I also help them by keeping count on my fingers so they can see how many they have left. This helps them condense their thoughts and just bring out the main points. I was so relieved when I read this, as I have several stream of consciousness talkers in my family. ;)
  16. We've run through level one in a month, and what I did was to just skip to the lessons that introduced phonograms and new rules. We didn't bother with using spelling words, as they are way too easy for my 2nd and 5th grader. We practice with the tiles a few times so they get the concept, and then review the phonogram, sound and key cards. It's really not teacher intensive at this stage for me, because we don't do all the steps of it. I'm just using it as a phonics refresher, and plan to use it much earlier with my younger kiddos. My dd had very little phonics background, so this has
  17. We practice the math facts with playing cards. Remove the face cards, but keep the Aces...they are 1's. Then you choose a fact family (for instance, multiplication of 7) and shuffle through and start laying down a card one at a time. The ones you get right, you get to keep. The ones you get wrong go into the practice pile. See how many you can get in one minute. There are lots of variations on this. You can divide into two piles and turn over two cards at a time and multiply them. When I do this with my kids, I give them to the count of 2 or 3 to 'get' the answer if it's a fact
  18. If you are looking for scripted, I would recommend All About Spelling over Phonics Pathways. Both are great programs. My dd was pitifully deficient in phonetics training, and we're working out way through AAS 1&2 this year. It's essentially a scripted phonics program that also teaches your child how the sounds come together to spell words. Very effective. However, I have found Phonics Pathways helpful for her as well. There are exercises that help to strenghten their eye muscles in tracking, that we've found very helpful. If the girls are already reading they can do the simple
  19. Okee-dokey...I really HUGELY appreciate all of the great suggestions and input! Here is the decision I have come to: I will thumb through and pick out review lessons from FLL 3, and we'll do those while we wait on the new stuff to arrive. Instead of dropping another $100+ on Writing Tails & Junior Analytical Grammar, I will go with the Intermediate Language Lessons + the teachers manual off of Amazon. The pair is less than $30 and in keeping with the style of education that I wanted to introduce this year, plus it's used for ages 9-12. So I should be able to get some good mileage o
  20. Have you seen Biblioplan? Their ancients study is basically a schedule and book lists for each age range (elementary, middle & highschool)...they use several spines including an alternate to use MOH, which is what we're doing. They use both Greenleaf guides. We're just getting started with it this year. It's organized enough to keep me on track, and yet very flexible. I have a 5th and an advanced 2nd, so it's working beautifully for us!
  21. I would say that my dd is of average ability in grammar (though she has not done sentence diagramming yet). We are remediateing phonetics in her spelling program this year. She's an avid writer, but needs instruction on organizing her thoughts/compositions. She learns best when she sees a valid application...so I think learning grammar with or through writing would be a great fit for her. So Rod & Staff is grammar only, or a combination program? Tell me more, please! :) Gwen
  22. Thank you for the excellent recommendations! Here is the Emma Serl book Intermediate Language Lessons in case anyone else want to see it: http://books.google.com/books?id=JzIXAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA258&lpg=PA258&dq=free+Emma+Serl+Intermediate+Language+Lessons&source=bl&ots=RyuApV3WVQ&sig=lksCiQ46cDKjz2ag1ISvN0eTniI&hl=en&ei=dC9mSuquCMO3tweWkZH4Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4 Any other recommendations for me? Being new to the WTM/Charlotte Mason style of teaching...and honestly, to teaching in general, I am possibly not distinguishing betw
  23. Thank you Donna T. anyone else...what do you think about a 5th grader using FLL3? She LOVES to write, and makes up and illustrates her own stories. So she thought I was joking when I asked her to write the title of the book and that's about it. :)
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