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  1. We've been using CW and will go through Chreia next year. I used Harvey's Grammar and the schedule in CW, but you can use any grammar program that you like. While a full lit analysis program is not built into CW, it does cover the types of analysis that you need to do. In Maxim, there is an optional reading schedule with lessons on a few specific passages of these books. For Julius Caesar and Merchant of Venice, I added Progeny Press lit guides that really increased the level of analysis. Next year, we are starting Omnibus so I will have plenty of analysis through that. I am waiting to start Traditional Logic with CW Herodotus. The schedule is built into CW and I like the way CW builds on what you learn.
  2. We love Classical Writing Poetry. This can be done as a stand-alone.
  3. I know there are a few people around here who have tried both, (hopefully they'll chime in) but I think most people just stick with one or the other. You might have more luck on the logic board. We have been using CW for several years and I love it. With CW, you don't have dress-ups; instead you re-write sentences in many different ways. I think that enables you to see how much variety you can accomplish in your writing.
  4. I've PMed to here. I live in the dark ages and don't have a blog or website :tongue_smilie:so I'll need to send them by e-mail.
  5. I can't help you with HO, but we used Story of US for history over the past two years. I would suggest just adding historical fiction for each section. (I have a plan with books lists if you want it. :001_smile:) Hakim is not conservative though. I've had enough discussions with dd that she is able to pick out statements that are opinion versus fact. I believe that Sonlight has a guide that notes areas where Hakim is more liberal.
  6. Co-op has worked great for us. We've done one for dd's first 6 grades. My dd has gotten all of her best friends through co-op. I stick to elective-type courses such as art, drama, Spanish, etc. so that it remains a fun fifth day. Now that we are getting into older grades, I'm having some difficulty trying to figure out how to get all of our work done along with co-op, but dd loves it enough that I know we will continue. I also think that because she has classes one day a week, she doesn't have any interest in trying public school. It has also been a great day off for me! I have not needed to teach classes or I wouldn't do it. I have to do some volunteer time, but I'm still left with many free days.
  7. I thought I had the answer for you, but my favorite jam maker, Mountain Fruit Company, doesn't have blackberry. This is the best jam ever! It has seeds and is lower in sugar. I like it enough to buy it on-line and pay for shipping.
  8. We just finished First Form. We did not use the DVDs because they move too slowly for dd. We had completed LCI prior to this; it is a good intro to First Form and makes the first few chapters quite easy. We very much prefer First Form to LCI--it is much more thorough and easier to understand. We will be moving to Second Form in the fall.
  9. Of those mentioned, in zone 4, you can grow peonies, some forsythia, some rhododendrons and azaleas, potentilla, viburnum, mock orange and wigelia.
  10. Cool! We're planning to be there, although we might have to rush out afterwards.
  11. A couple of spelling suggestions: At that age, my dd was very happy with oral spelling drills. I would read a list of words and she would tell me how to spell them--it was more like a game. If I had known about it at the time, I would have used Calvert spelling. We used it around 4th grade. The nice thing about Calvert is that it is computer-based and it is fun. The computer keeps track of words that he misses, so he doesn't need to work on things that he already knows. I'm not familiar with WWE because it wasn't out when my dd was younger. At that age, we had a lot of fun with oral narrations. I would type them and dd would illustrate and make a book. Another suggestion is to do Latin--you'll get lots of LA out of that. Or your son could do FLL in 5-10 minutes a day.
  12. I just want to add that, what is considered essential can be somewhat subjective. My dd and I had lots of great discussions over the differences between her answer and the Teacher's Manual. Very often, she could defend her reasons well.
  13. Unless you have covered fractions and decimals in another program, you should definitely do LOF Fractions and Decimals. IMO, they are more important than the next two books. My dd went through both of them. She did parts of Pre-Algebra Biology, but was bored with that so she went right into LOF Algebra without any problem. I am having her do Pre-Algebra Economics over the summer though because it just looks so good.
  14. I love Whole Foods, but I call it Whole Paycheck.
  15. There are several translations of Swiss Family Robinson with some parts added or deleted. Here is the entry from Wikipedia that has a short explanation. I'd suggest reading some reviews on Amaon to find the version that you want.
  16. I'd love to host in Denver. I think that I could fit around 30 adults in my home, but I bet I could find other venues if we want more. Off to send my e-mail.
  17. We only tested at that age because our state required it. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother with a standardized test. We used the Peabody test. It is oral and it takes less than an hour. It does not have a ceiling--so you can see what level your child is really at. You do need to find someone who is certified to administer it; we found the rates to be quite reasonable.
  18. We will definitely add in more Shakespeare, but I think that is better seen/watched than read. Now that I've thought about this more, I'm making a list of books that are recommended through various sources--WTM, Ambleside, etc.--and giving them to dd as some free reading options. She is pretty excited about that. She has already found a book on the list that she wants to read; it is one that I would never have considered. We really have different tastes in literature.
  19. I think that she is ready for it. We've done some with Classical Writing and analysis/discussion is really her forte. (It is NOT mine, however. That may be where some of the problems lie. I intend to have dinner-time book discussions so that her father is involved too.) I'm hoping that once we start doing more literature analysis in the fall, she will really enjoy it.
  20. Thank you so much. I've given my dd the list with the Amazon links so that she can choose some books to read. I'm really very excited that she is showing so much interest in good literature. This is not my area of expertise, so I really appreciate everyone's help.
  21. Thank you so much for your wisdom. You are absolutely right. I got caught up in the details and lists, and forgot the essence of what we are trying to accomplish.
  22. :iagree:You said this so much more eloquently than I could. This is exactly how I feel.
  23. I really wonder if I am doing this all wrong. She would love LOTR, but I'm holding off on that until Omnibus II, because it will be studied then. (I like the looks of Literary Lessons too.) Does it just make more sense to study literature out of order and not follow a set plan? Yikes, that opens up another whole can of worms... There must be plenty of other good books out there, right?
  24. I'm hoping that she will find the new approach to analysis to be fun, but I think she would rather have the reading be challenging than the work that I add to it. (My answer to her would be "tough", but really I want her to love this. She loves to read and I don't want to turn it into a chore.) Interestingly, she has never had a problem re-reading books. (I do, though!) She does it often. I guess the problem is that she has read some of these too many times. I really wasn't expecting this problem. I will look at some of the other Dickens books, but the problem is that I haven't read them myself, so it's hard for me to recommend one. I haven't looked at Ambleside for a while, so I will look there again. Thanks for the ideas, unfortunately, she has already read most of these. I'm planning on Hamilton's Mythology for the fall. She LOVES mythology and Shakespeare. She has read the story books and we've studied Julius Caesar and Merchant of Venice (using Progeny Press guides). Oh no! Don't tell me they are dry reading! I do have Vandiver's TC DVDs planned for next year. I've seen so many great reviews for that.
  25. I don't quite know where to post this question, but I think that I will find the most help here. I've been following the WTM methods for dd's education for the past 8 years. We have read storybook versions and abridged versions of the classics--all getting ready for the grand finale when she will read the real Great Books in high school. Well, guess what? She doesn't want to read them because she already knows the story! Last week, she asked for "grown-up" books because children's books are too easy. (She has college-level vocabulary and reading comprehension, but she is still only 12 so I'm concerned about content.) So, I thought perhaps Dickens would be a good choice. But, she doesn't want to read those because she knows what will happen. I told her that we will be studying The Odyssey next fall (using VP Omnibus) and she said "But I already know that one." She's been reading Chronicles of Narnia since she was 5 and has no interest in studying them (secondary books for VP). I told her that we would be studying the symbolism, but she claims that she has already figured all of that out. (And she probably has.) So...now what? :confused: I can see cutting out the Narnia books, but we'll do Odyssey anyway. This was supposed to be fun for her! Anybody BTDT? Do you have suggestions for books/authors that we may not have read already? For free reading, I'd like to stay away from books that will be studied in Omnibus over the next 6 years, so that they won't be repeats. She often reads 5-6 books at a time--so I need a lot of book ideas! I had no idea that this would be a problem!
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