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  1. This list is wonderful! Thanks everyone!
  2. I am looking for suggestions for either a literature program or a book list for 5th grade reading/literature. Honestly, I have grown weary of the emotional weight of many options. I need a break from tragedy! This is definitely more for me than my student. It seems like everything starts like a Disney movie: get the parents outta the story line! Or some missionaries end up in a pool of blood. Or we fixate on the darkest regimes in history. Any suggestions? No murders or threats of murders, please. Thanks in advance!
  3. I agree, the Cathy Duffy reviews are very useful. Also, she has a book I strongly recommend, 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. My library has it. The first several chapters guide the reader determine their own philosophy of education, learning styles, and which type of curriculum matches those goals. (Literature based, traditional textbook, classical, and others) I have found it to be extremely helpful. Then you will have some direction in the vast ocean of curriculum options.
  4. How old is your student? My DS finished 6b in 5th grade, and I didn't think he was ready for AOPS or higher level math (no race to calculus here, although I have a feeling he'll be there soon enough). Since then, I have had him work with a typical US text (Lial's PreAlgebra) and the amazingly awesome book Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs. It has been very enriching and adds depth and life to the study of math. I plan to stick with Harold Jacobs for Algebra and Geometry. There truly is a period of withdrawal when the Primary Mathematics era ends.
  5. I love MFW but I would never use it behind grade level unless my child needed remediation or accommodation. It would be too weak. You're right about the first grade bible program; it's wonderful. The bible notebook is my favorite keepsake from all my homeschool years! A couple of sessions a week will complete it in a school year. If I were you I would use the 2nd grade program for all subjects plus the bible reader and notebook from the first grade year. Best wishes as you begin your journey!
  6. As soon as Mary goes blind the whole tone of the series changes and it just isn't as much fun. My dd age 8 noticed this and commented on it.
  7. I agree with the Answers in Genesis suggestion. I think they present an underlying respect for people of different viewpoints. The other suggestion I have is Berean Builders. Science is presented in the context of history so other viewpoints are presented in a matter-of-fact sort of way. "So and so concluded ..... because.....". Each lesson includes an experiment on a scientist's discovery. I have not used RSO or Noeo.
  8. I have found the Discover 4 Yourself series by Kay Arthur to be excellent. It teaches inductive Bible study in a great workbook format for upper elementary. My kiddo does it completely independently. And you can pick which book of the Bible you would like to study. (I don't think she has all of them, but quite a few choices) This year for 6th grade we are doing 4 workbooks.
  9. Yes, you could easily begin using the series at your current time in history. Occasionally the book may refer to a lesson from a previous book, but the student does not need to have remembered that information. I love the series and highly recommend it!
  10. I would like to recommend Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold R. Jacobs. It's an old textbook (I think I found my copy on eBay) and it is a big hit in this house. The author is a master of the artistry, patterns, and usefulness of math. No algebra required. Lots of people have referred to it on this forum; if you do a search I am sure you could find more descriptions.
  11. I love MFW Adventures and the history cycle that follows. I don't have any experience with TGTB. Yes, it is easy to add your own language arts program to mfw. You would simply ignore some of mfw's l.a. suggestions; they are sold separately anyway (this mainly applies to years in the blue investigate cycle). The program is not too demanding of time. So your idea sounds great!
  12. I have been using mfw for years but I don't use it as suggested for every subject. The packages for 2nd grade and up don't include math or some of the language arts items. I do think first grade is all sold together in the package. However, you can buy each item individually from the mfw website too. This is a bad idea if you want all or most of it (more $ total). But it is an option. Also check used options, buying student consumables from mfw. I use it mainly for Bible, history, book basket/reading, and sometimes science. These are the main things in the teacher manual so yes, it is easy
  13. I have never used Great Science Adventures. I am in love with Berean Builders science series. It goes through the history of science (we kinda match it to our history) and has a notebook assignment for each lesson. It would work well for your kids ages. The only prep is gathering items for the experiment /demonstration but you can easily look ahead and organize a bunch of lessons at once. Most things really are readily in my house. I like how my kids are learning HOW scientific information was discovered in historical context. And congratulations on that long list of subjects you've a
  14. We loved the Geography Game from My Father's world Exploring Countries and Cultures. You could easily make a home made version. It's a map (one for each continent) but instead of the names each country is labeled with a number. Then you have a pile of cards with a country's name on it. If you correctly identify the country to the number on the map, you get a point.
  15. Yes, we did Science in the Beginning first. I do think it's a better starting place, especially if you have a child on the younger end of elementary school. Plus Science in the Ancient World mainly begins with the ancient Greeks. So it was easy to hang out in Science in the Beginning during the whole ancient Egypt etc era in history. I do think it can be done in 4 years, but like I said we are dedicated to science in our household. The books each have 90 lessons (includes some challenge lessons that can be skipped), times 5 books, divided by 4 years = 112.5 lessons per year (or less witho
  16. We are doing BB at a faster pace to keep up with the 4 year history strategy. This means we do a science lesson 4x per week and do a full BB book plus a little of the next book in one school year. The history doesn't always line up perfectly but it's close enough for me to feel like the history and science work well together. We love science in our family so it's not a burden for us to do extra. :)
  17. I have a borderline birthday kid too. I've always labels her the grade she would be according to the state cut off, so she's the oldest of her grade. Honestly it has set her up to win in many settings. I know some homeschoolers push their kids into the next grade level for activities, church, etc. And the truth is that you can often tell who isn't really old enough. Best wishes!
  18. My Father's World? I mainly just use it for Bible and history. Usually ebay has used TMs.
  19. I LOVE the MFW ECC program! It is my favorite curriculum find. The TM for the program has a list in the back for the"book basket", which is a list of library books. Usually eBay has used copies. Overall the program was just the right amount of flexibility and structure for us. (I did omit some of the missionary tales as I felt they were too emotionally mature /heavy for us at the time). And that book basket had such great picks. I think this topic will be a hit for you no matter which curriculum you choose. Best wishes on a fun year!
  20. These are some tactics that have had a very small amount of success: I imitate. I have gotten on the floor, kicked, and screamed just like kiddo. DC are completely disturbed and can it. This buys me approximately 5 minutes. Also, I record them and make them watch it. Principal Dad gets to watch it too. Otherwise he wouldn't believe me. Those things help a little. I'm still looking for a big picture solution.
  21. I think the Berean Builders science series is my ideal elementary science curriculum! The experiments/demonstrations are great and they have a purpose - students learn real science. (it's more than fluff. but it's not dry!) And we are using it in line with our history studies. It doesn't match perfectly, but I love the tie-in. cons: it is listed for grades K-6. Honestly it is above my first grader's head.
  22. When my son went to PS kindergarten he apparently took longer than they liked and they told him he took too long. He always has gone at the same time each day. Well, he got tired of them bothering him so he stopped going. For days! By the time I figured out what happened he had a substantial medical situation. That was his last year of PS. Another time there he was on the John when the fire alarm went off. That's a lifelong memory for him now. Poor kid.
  23. I will likely need to stall my son's math progression and am considering: 1) Mathematics A Human Endeavor 2) Algebra 1 over the course of 2 years. Since algebra is the gateway for so many subjects I want to make sure the skills are SOLID. You are wise to look ahead to what will be required based on the path you choose now. I'm totally with you. Calc 3 etc in high school may not be what the child wants. And that's very much ok with me.
  24. I have 2 Suzuki violinists. They have to be told to practice, and are happy to do it. The other posters are right; you're both right
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