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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.
  16. We almost school year round (a month or so break in summer). We usually end half way through a curriculum and just pick up again when we start up. Don't be afraid to skip lessons that are review that they already know.
  17. Update for any one who is interested: We did a week alternating Greek and Latin and ds9 did it with me each day instead of on his own. We put our workbooks away and used Telling Tales for Latin and just started very slowly translating John (like 4 words a day). Ds9 wants to continue both languages. Dh wants me to continue reviewing vocab with ds7, but otherwise I'm dropping the workbooks until he's older. This has been a good week for many reasons. Here's a few: 1) he gets to do it with me and I think that's his favorite. I keep trying to move him towards more independent work (because I have other kids and other tasks), but he really enjoys those one on one times-and I realized that is one of the things that I also really enjoy about homeschooling. So I'm keeping our language subjects as one on one. 2) it took significantly less time-maybe 15 min-as opposed to the 1.5 hrs it was taking. 3) we're breaking from grammar and making Greek more useful. Translating the Bible is really why I'm teaching koine Greek in the first place, so it makes sense to go ahead and start that. Will we add the workbooks back? Maybe-but I'll continue to do alternate days and one on one and monitor for burnout (mine and his). Thank you again for all the reccommendations and advice!
  18. We took 5 weeks off for summer-sometimes we do a bit more. I think what you have planned sounds fine. My kids always lose a bit in math and languages. It's usually my goal to do math once a week (or other subjects-just something small), but that never happens. It doesn't take long to review and get the kids back to where they were before.
  19. Vocabulary? Anyone else find it ironic that the title of this topic is only one word?
  20. I think that might be why I'm finding it so fascinating. I never studied languages deeply in school and it has been very fun (I'm a nerd...) as an adult to figure out the functions of each word. You're right - it is very much like solving an algebra equation.
  21. Oh, and I've got this pulled up to read through later tonight. I had read a few older posts dealing with Latin yesterday, but missed this one. Thank you!
  22. Wow - this post blew up this afternoon - thank you!! @PeterPan and @8filltheheart: I do think there is some processing speed stuff going on. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING: slow to get his shoes, slow to do chores, slow to brush his teeth, slow to walk to the playground. But he's also very bright and very academically oriented. During his free time he enjoys reading, making up piano songs, writing poetry, drawing maps. He's quick to understand new ideas, but slow to answer my questions or write out answers. He's definitely not dragging his heals. I'm about to make everyone really jealous when I say: he rarely complains. When asked to do anything he says, "I'd be delighted to" and genuinely means it (I would attribute that to our awesome parenting skills, but that's why God gave us child #2 as a pride check...sigh...). Anyway, that no complaining thing is awesome, but also makes it difficult to know when he doesn't enjoy things - he is just very compliant. Further responses: I'm definitely not doing things just because the boards say to - I would be waaaaay broke. But, I do appreciate advice for things I value doing anyway. But I also am noticing that the boards can breed discontent in myself, so I'm watching that. Re: goals: yes, I think that's probably where I need to start. It's not the first time I've thought of overall goals, but I've clearly lost focus this year. Learning new words is definitely not the long-term goal, but it's a baby step toward the long-term goal and I think it's the part of the Greek/Latin they enjoy. When we talked about it this morning they both said they enjoy both languages, but just maybe not the translating part. Maybe I started too early, but at this point the door is opened and they don't want to shut it all the way. So I think I'm going to work with that - memorizing new words that they can shout at each other is fun (they've been calling each other "puella" a lot lately...) Options I'm kicking around now: 1) drop the curriculum and just memorize words and make it fun 2) alternate greek/latin days 3) change curriculum and combine the older two (I like @Slache's idea of translating Bible together - they seemed interested in that). I'm going to order GSWL and see if that will be a good fit. (Edited to add: not going to order that-looking it over I think I will look for more story book type things-kicking around Familia Romana) 4) treat it like an extra curricular and only do it one time a week. We did take a 5 week break (we have a 6 week on/1 week off type of schedule) and after next week we'll be off for 3 weeks again. I think that's a great time to really evaluate things (probably not just Greek/Latin - I probably need to go through all the subjects and really think about goals. Sigh....I thought I was so prepared going in this year!). For this last week I think I'm going to try a couple of things and that will give me a better feel for how to plan after that. I really can't thank everyone enough - not only did you give me good ideas for this specific issue, but you pointed out deeper issues that need to be dealt with.
  23. You guys have been so helpful, as always! Some things I need to spend some time thinking about: Why am I doing a workbook-is that a helpful approach at this age? It seems that I've somehow fallen into the this-book-must-be-completed trap. I think I do want to continue with the languages. I hear what you're saying, @8filltheheart, and that is tremendously helpful to remember that I don't want to cause burnout. I need to watch myself and not push but keep it fun and interesting and maybe do much less. The fun and interesting in general has taken a back seat in other subjects too, I'm starting to realize (not that everything has to be fun, but you know what I'm saying). Should I continue with the grammar element or just work on memorizing words? I have a Latin storybook and I'm going to take a workbook break and use that with both older boys together. I don't have clear goals for anything. All things seems important to me at this age but I don't have time for all things. I need to really be thinking about that (tried discussing with dh, but his approach is kind of "whatever you think, honey").
  24. Thank you-that is helpful. And, you're right, the formats are exactly the same so that probably contributes. I think my goal at this age is just exposure and excitement-it should be a fun thing to learn these "dead" languages. I think I'm getting bogged down in the workbooks.
  25. I've been thinking about that too-maybe I don't need to do 2 curriculums with grammar (plus English grammar). There are a lot of similarities.
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