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  1. ~ R.E.A.L. Science. ~ I have heard favourable things about TOPS and the Sonlight Discover and Do DVDs. I loved your idea of using RS4K and Usborne, actually.
  2. Not formally, no. Just as when they were learning to speak, if they are narrating something, I will repeat it back to them using correct grammar as I'm writing it down. When they do copywork, I will point out things like sentences and names beginning with a capital, question marks at the end of questions, etc. But I don't explain that sentences have two parts, subjects and predicates, or name anything specifically. Sometimes words being a noun or a verb might come up in daily life, so we'll talk about it, but nothing planned. Things evolve and change over time around here, though. We've be
  3. Our library system has the Can You Find It? series, using works from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The books for younger kids are written by Jessica Schulte; for slightly older kids by Judith Cressey.
  4. LANGUAGE ARTS: HWT - Cursive Scaredy Cat Reading System with little sister Explode the Code Primary Language Lessons *Copywork 5x week *Narration 1-2x week *Will evaluate readiness for Dictation as we go *Reading aloud from various genres - history, science, math, poetry, literature, yada yada MATH: MathQuest 3 Have MUS Foundations kicking around to flesh things out SCIENCE: Life: Plant Growth & Change - R.E.A.L. Science (also have Considering God's Creation to mix things up), still thinking about TOPS Physical: Materials & Structures - K'Nex Education Bridges kit,
  5. Exactly. I believe PLL's 164 lessons are intended for the last half of 2nd and for 3rd grade, while ILL is for 4th through 6th. I have used and am using PLL with both my boys in the way you described: oral lessons and copywork, one sentence in 2nd, two sentences in 3rd. Love it! With my younger, I'm a bit more on the ball about narrating and am scribing his narrations, which are often a couple of paragraphs. After ILL, our older boy went on to Winston Grammar and is really enjoying the formal grammar, much to my surprise. I can now breathe about not teaching the names for all those parts o
  6. R.E.A.L. Science Life is wonderful and worth looking at.
  7. I enjoyed SWB's review, which is why I thought we'd give Wordsmith a miss, and come back to Wordsmith Craftsman during High School. I liked SWB's combinations - just wondering what other great combinations are out there! :-) I believe someone on here has followed Wordsmith Apprentice with Writeshop?
  8. I'd love to hear what users of Wordsmith Apprentice followed it with, for writing instruction. I'm planning on IEW (Ancient History), but would love to hear any other ideas.
  9. We're using 'classic' MUS, and I'm wondering at what level would we need the decimal inserts? We're 2/3 through Intermediate right now. Thanks for any insight!!
  10. While none of these are hot off the presses, I was pleasantly surprised by how much my oldest has liked Winston Grammar. The younger two insist that the Scaredy Cat Reading System is not school. (Expensive, but has been hugely helpful to me.) A couple others we've just started that are working very well: Right Start Math Games and Donna Ward's Africa: A Land of Hope study. The kids still love the Story of the World series and R.E.A.L. Science, too.
  11. We *much* prefer Schoolhouse Rock. :D
  12. My kids like Jack Prelutsky and Douglas Florian. They might be accessible authors to try.
  13. Learning to read with Scaredy Cat Reading System; phonics with Explode the Code 3; writing from Primary Language Lessons and other copywork. Reading aloud across the spectrum: history, science, Canadian picture books, literature, poetry, etc.
  14. Ah, gotcha! It looked great to me, so I was a bit confused. :)
  15. Marisa, do I understand correctly - you believe the first sample to be illegible?
  16. My in-laws do this and call it 'jabbin' eggs' - it's lots of fun with the kids! I'd never heard of it before, either. They are of English descent, so the next time I visit my dh's maternal grandma, I'll have to ask a few more questions about where this tradition started.
  17. Michelle, did you ever get a look at Wordsmith Apprentice? It is not religious - you or your ds grab *one* book, read the instructions and follow them right there in the book, or in a notebook. That's it. It's listed as gr. 4-6 - we're finding it just right to stretch my writing-challenged ds, in gr. 6. It looks like it will set him up nicely for IEW next year. Okay, maybe bringing up another curriculum isn't all that helpful. :rolleyes: Once you've watched the IEW DVDs once, aren't you done? If it were me, hopefully I would just pick one or the other and go for it! Good luck and happy sea
  18. ... starting SOTW 1 again in 7th grade. I plan to add in some SL titles and IEW Ancient History, along with the maps from the AG. Yup, that sounds like too much. If he loves it and remembers it, then go for it!
  19. This is what we do, too. I read the word, use it in a sentence; when he tells me he's ready I look at his paper. If it's correct I tell him good job, and carry on. If it's wrong, or a new pattern, then I write it. When we began the program and I was writing every word, a lesson took 20 min. Now it's about 10 min. The use of two or more colours is mentioned in Right Brained Child in a Left-Brained World and I sat in a brain research seminar that mentioned this as an effective memorizing strategy, so we do that. I also see that patterns get learned almost incidentally, such as 'drop the -e a
  20. Animal Survival went over well with ds in gr. 4.
  21. It is 'No Girls Allowed' but I don't know that there is a website. I think you can email the author, Marilyn Hahn, at nogirlz@aol.com
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