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  1. 1) I taught them letter names and sounds. They usually had a good grasp of most of them by age 5. 2) start using OPG. This usually starts kindergarten year and we do about a half lesson or less at a time. We mix in various activities like making the words using magnet letters. 3) 1st grade: continue OPG about 15 min a day and increasing towards the end of the year. We were at about a lesson a day at the end of the year. Mix in early readers like bob books. 4) 2nd grade: finish OPG by mid year. Continue mixing in easy books and then move onto something more fun like Boxcar Children. 5) 3rd/4th: continue reading with them, start letting them do some of their assigned reading in 4th independently. It looks so simple when it's written down-haha! Teaching reading is probably my last favorite thing-I almost always need a nap after our reading time of slowly sounding out every word.
  2. I'm not a great person to answer this since we have had Latin troubles of our own, but FFL (or the book prior...can't remember which one we tried) did not work for us. We switched to Latins Not so Tough (which we are currently on break from). That curriculum seemed like it would be a good fit for us. We're just have a problem squeezing everything in so have mostly dropped Latin for now. I plan to go back to LNsT in a couple years, though. ETA: I'm not sure I'm being helpful, but if you're looking for an alternative or permission to change curriculums: permission granted 😉
  3. Yes, the rules have changed for my DH this year (also a teacher). If you are exposed you still have to come to school unless you have symptoms. So if our children test positive he still has to go to school if he has no symptoms. I think that is crazy. But I get that it's next to impossible to find subs and they don't want people calling in sick all the time...
  4. Good news: our county is mandating masks for 30 days in school now. Kids (not ours) start on Monday.
  5. Do you do something else for letters, then? Because otherwise it looks like ds will just get number stuff for weeks and weeks and then will just get letter stuff.
  6. Raised in MI, but have been living in NC for 15 years-I have never heard it. So, it's the same as 'being cheeky'? Because that phrase I've heard a lot. That's interesting.
  7. Oo-thank you everyone! His birthday is coming up so I'll be looking at the book recommendations. And in the meantime I'm sure he will be excited about those websites.
  8. How do you use the ABC and GHI series? Do you do some from A, some from B, some from C all on the same day? Do you go through one book and then onto the next? We did part of the A-F series last year and books E and F were too hard (seem to be a good fit now). I'm looking at the GHI series and most of them seem number oriented until book K. Is that correct? So do you do a page of book G and a page of book K? That seems confusing to me since each book is organized by animal habitats-for that reason it seems like it would make more sense to just go straight through a book.
  9. Teachers started back yesterday, but kids don't come back until 8/23. No masks/social distancing required anymore...😬.
  10. We are using typing instructor for kids which we like and it teaches proper technique: https://www.christianbook.com/typing-instructor-for-kids-platinum-rom/pd/710184?en=google&event=SHOP&kw=homeschool-0-20|710184&p=1179710&dv=m&gclid=CjwKCAjwjdOIBhA_EiwAHz8xmybwxBIOWr19m2QbgJ9me8lAdRVQ53Qqor-a7gXTyCI6bRnthPwUtxoCW-sQAvD_BwE
  11. Thanks! Heading to check those out now.
  12. Ds9 has been very interested in languages lately and where our English words come from. He's getting some from our Latin and Greek studies, but I'm sure he would love a book to read. Are there any books you would recommend? I know there are curriculums (From the Roots Up?)-I'm not necessarily against that, but it would be something he would do in his free time. He's kind of a nerd (in the most loving way-I'm a bit of a nerd too 😉) so probably wouldn't mind doing an unrequired curriculum on his own. But a book might be better. Thoughts?
  13. My third is that way as well. All my kids have fall birthdays so I've always mostly done a grade ahead with them, but child #3 has been a lot slower on the uptake. He'll be 5 soon and white the others were already solidly into OPG, he is just starting to retain the alphabet. That being said, I plan to do the same thing for him as I did for his brothers, just a year later: learn the alphabet, start OPG, mix in bob books, etc.
  14. We use seterra.com. It wouldn't fit the world map drawing requirement, but it would hit the other two.
  15. Confidence. From their main book, TWTM, to their curriculum, like OPG, they taught me that I CAN homeschool my child. And not only homeschool, but teach them in a highly academic way-even if I don't have a PhD. I knew from the start that I wanted to teach in a classical style, but didn't have any further direction-no idea what kind of curriculums to even investigate-until reading TWTM. I haven't used all of their recommendations, but I've always used them as a starting point to figure out what will work for our family.
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