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  1. Thank you all for the responses😊. I am going to transition to Abeka as soon as we finish 3b....she definitely needs the repetition at this point. Praying that she will transition well in the fall into this school. It was certainly not in my plans but it really is the best option so I don't have to put her in school full-time at this point.
  2. Thank you for the replies. I should have clarified in my original post that yes she will attend the school in the fall but as a parent I have the choice to not place her in their math. Then I could continue math of our choice. During the time the students do math in the class the children that opt out attend a study hall where they can work on whatever material they have brought from home etc...
  3. My dd is 10 yrs old...fourth grade this year. Without going into any detail this past year has been extremely challenging due to family issues...honestly not sure at this point how things will end up. I am relying on God's strength and guidance otherwise I think I'd really lose it😞 All that said I've been slowly accepting that no matter what happens in my personal life I need to go back to work. We have a university model school here that is pretty standard...use mainly abeka and bob jone for elementary. NOT saying anything wrong with these choices but they will be a distinct change for her on top of attending school for the first time ever. I have applied for a teaching job at the same school (I'm a certified teacher...hoping that helps). Just in case you don't know about these schools elementary age attends Tuesday/Thursday and 6th up attend classes m/w/f...all complete the extra work assigned on their days at home. My biggest worry is mathðŸ˜. This school uses Abeka and we have been using Singapore standards. Amongst all the stress and chaos in the past year I feel my child that excelled with math is quickly falling behind....the school allows the parents to choose which classes the child takes so I can opt out of their math. Please give me some thoughts on math...I'm not feeling the love for Singapore like I did as mastery based she is forgetting concepts so I'm really considering what would still introduce the concepts well and provide practice with review. We are STILL slugging through 3b!! Here are my thoughts...1. Push forward with Singapore through 5b 2. Move into Saxon with Dive CDs....will have her take placement text. My concern is the amount of copying all the problems on top of the amount of work in other classes. 3. Get Abeka 4 now and start it as soon as we finish 3b...hopefully she will eventually catch up to take the class with her age group...if not we will do math completely on out own. Please give me advice!! I need very clear laid out instructions...math is not my strongest subject so to has to be good or have a CDROM like the Dive CD's.
  4. We have always used Singapore Standards with only one year in a different curriculum. My dd is an about to turn 10 fourth grader. During third grade last year it started to be more difficult for her to grasp the new material....I do think she is a bit of a perfectionist and gets stressed when concepts don't come easy or take more time for her to grasp. She gets very emotional (tears,anger) when she gets a problem wrong or isn't getting it after me going over it again and again. She says she hates math (this started sometime last year...could be from hearing other kids say it). Sooo... I'm seeing that although she can multiply and divide the mastery based ways of Singapore are no longer working well. She is not retaining some basic concepts by not having more review. We are moving slower through the material than ever before as I don't want to just move forward knowing she is not grasping concepts. I am also seeing her division facts are very slow and that is adding to her frustrations. Yes we are practicing them in a variety of ways. I am beginning to think she needs a more spiral based math...thoughts and suggestions are welcomed!! I do not want her to hate math and feel so frustrated that there are tears way more in the past year than ever😪
  5. We will be doing CTC next year as she really placed in Preparing but I already had Bigger...I called and they helped me figure out how to use Bigger so we could go to CTC next year. I am really excited as CTC looks really good😊
  6. We are using HOD this year along with CC. We have been in CC for five years so I will give you my thoughts😊. We are using Bigger Hearts since I already owned it and it does match the cycle we are doing at cc. My intent is to continue using HOD at least for the next two years along with CC. I have used CC as my "spine" in the past and that worked out great as there are a lot of resources to pull from and we concentrated on that particulars week history and science at home. However, ( in my opinion so take it for what it's worth😳), the history does move very quickly and it was more work on my end to get everything organized and then actually done. I knew this year we were going to be in the afternoon Essentials class so I did not want to plan it out myself or go so quickly. We are really enjoying HOD!! I just think of CC's memory work as another box in the guide. I do not stress about it matching at all...I can see at this point that all the memory work shows up in our readings and she loves seeing the connection and getting the bigger picture so to speak. Every CC community is different so only speaking from our experience....I have tutored Foundations the past 4 years at all different levels...there are some kids that know there memory work and you can tell the parents have concentrated on it at home and there are kids that know some of it etc....there is no pressure in our group to be memory master or to participate in any extra's ( field trips, end of year program etc). That is up to each family😊 When my next one is old enough I will definitely have him in Foundations but my intent is to use HOD at home the whole time. I can see that the first years (depending on your child's ages) I would concentrate on timeline and math while practicing the songs for the rest. The songs have really stuck! Having that timeline is very helpful in putting things in context as you go thru history. Honestly, I had my doubts about the whole memory work at such a young age and without a lot of context when she was younger but in the past two years I can totally see its benefits in our homeschool. I am not sure we will continue with Essentials next year (nothing to do with the program--family reasons) but after looking through Rod and Staff I can see how helpful the English grammar memory will have been for her. My days are so much more efficient using HOD and I do not spend forever on memory work...in fact we spend a good bit of time listening to it in the car...and it does stick😊 Hope this was helpful😊
  7. I was just wondering the same thing. My dd is also 3rd grade doing All Things Fun and Fascinating. We didn't start it until October but I have struggled with feeling like it could take over our day! I know we won't be done with the book at the end of May but I limit it to 30 minutes 4 days a week. Part of the reason we are not as far along as I would like is that we have spent this year working on her stamina with handwriting. She has never liked handwriting:-(.
  8. I was just wondering the same thing. My dd is also 3rd grade doing All Things Fun and Fascinating. We didn't start it until October but I have struggled with feeling like it could take over our day! I know we won't be done with the book at the end of May but I limit it to 30 minutes 4 days a week. Part of the reason we are not as far along as I would like is that we have spent this year working on her stamina with handwriting. She has never liked handwriting:-(.
  9. I am wanting to know the same thing. My dd is in Singapore 3A Standards and I am seriously considering going to MIF as I liked the looks of the teacher manual. Math is already not my strong point and I want to be sure I don't misteach or skip important info over the next few years. My question is same as yours...how do they differ?
  10. I am tired of making lapbooks and love notebooking...have any of you used a lapbook and turned it into notebooking pages? How did you do this? I want my dd to write more about what she learned...not just fill in a lapbook piece.
  11. I am going to use their writing lessons so maybe I should spend some time doing the writing lessons from book 3 before starting book 4? It sounds like the grammar will be fine for her at level 4. Thank you! That was helpful.
  12. My dd8 will have completed Shurley English 2 by May and we are going to use Rod and Staff next year. I am looking for thoughts on what level she should start in r&s. I have r&s 3 but after looking at it I am not sure if it would be repeating a lot of what she already knows. The only new thing would be the actual diagramming as Shurley only has them classifying their sentences. Would r&s 4 work for her? I have heard that r&s 4 is a step up from 3 so I don't want to overwhelm her. Any advice from those that have used eithor or both of these would be welcome.
  13. That really helps me make a decision:) I am planning to go to the teacher store tomorrow to get a copy. My dd will be thrilled to not have to do the R&S workbooks....
  14. Thank you both for the replies. I may get a WRTR manual to read through...I have always heard high praise for it other than figuring out how to use it. Thank you Ellie for your response. You actually made it sound easy to use once I read the manual (a few times:001_smile:). Cheryl ...that is what I was planning to do as far as a word list one week and then dictation the following. I really liked the idea of the phonograms being taught and reviewed in WRTR as both girls could benefit from another year of reviewing phonics. However, we are going to do Rod and Staff phonics grade 2 so maybe using the flashcards along with the phonics workbooks is enough.
  15. If you have used either of these please tell me about them...have two second grade girls I homeschool and need to find a spelling curriculum for this year. I have Spelling Plus but I am really interested in WRTR (for spelling). I have read it is difficult to understand...I need something fairly open and go as I am expecting a baby in the fall:) Are there lesson plans available for WRTR? Any information would be great!
  16. I will be using Saxon math first grade with a child I homeschool. The first few pages of the teachers manual are missing and that includes the pages that would show what the morning meeting strip looks like and the page that would explain how to do the calendar with the shape patterns. Could someone please explain this to me:confused: Do I draw the shapes in the calendar or do I start them and then allow the student to draw them each day? I would really appreciate any insight into how to do this part...I think I can figure out how to make my own morning meeting sheet for her to use this year but if you could give me an idea of that also I would really appreciate any help. Thank you!
  17. I will try to answer your questions as we are going into our 4th year of CC. I would recommend that you attend a one-day practicum and/or and information meeting in your area if you have not been able to do so already. You are correct that each week will follow a format of new grammar (that means the new memory work for that week), oral presentations, science project, fine arts, and review time. During the review time the tutor will probably play games with the class but not all children are going to know the memory work perfectly:) This is where it is each families choice of how much they focus on the memory work...obviously this will have a lot of factors such as each child's learning style or if you have had a crazy week and did not get as much done as you had planned. In our community there is not pressure on the families or the children and in class if a child didn't remember they may ask the class to help him or he will get another try next time it's his turn. Again this is going to depend on the community and the tutor. Honestly, it has been amazing to see how much the children remember just from listening to the cd's in the car. The timeline and the math memory work do not change. They will stay the same year to year. The science experiment or project will tie loosely into the memory work for the year but it may not match that weeks memory work. Another focus in science is the scientific method. The tutors job is to introduce the memory work not to actually teach...they leave that to the parent to detemine how much they want to do at home. At home you can decide how to incorportate CC into your day. Some families choose to do their own their curriculum at home and just use CC strictly as memory work. Others use it to base their year around...possibly using a history that ties into that cycle and studying science with a curriculum that covers the same general topics we are doing at CC. You will choose/use your own curriculum for math and language arts. If you join the connected community you will get access to a lot of ideas and there are moms that have linked up each weeks history to different resources (sotw, moh, varying other resources) and there are recommended literature resources for read alouds or independent readings that match that years history and science. I hope this helps!!
  18. I actually have considered R&S spelling for her. May have to give it a second look...Thank you for your replies:)
  19. I am homeschooling dd7. My question is in regard to phonics/spelling/reading...dd7 has finished OPGTR last fall and has completed all the emerging readers from HOD plus some with no problem(reads fluently, comprehends fine, and misses very few words). We stopped halfway through ETC 7 because I didn't feel it was all that phonics oriented. Had R&S phonics and put her in those books but she completed the pages in not time with no mistakes. I began to feel like I was just giving her busy work. With that said spelling was a thorn in the side...she hated AAS because of the tiles and she complained how easy the word lists were....She finished level 1 and we stopped at halfway in Level 2. I have looked at and have other programs (studied dictation HOD, Spelling Plus). I am wanting to streamline so that I don't feel as though we are not getting everything accomplished or we are rushing like crazy. Also, I don't want to go too fast or so slow if it is not needed. So...what do I do for this year... 1) Let go of phonics and just have her read (already have books lined up) and use AAS for spelling trusting that will catch any phonics she needs extra work or 2)Let go of phonics and AAS....Use a totally different approach to spelling (she seems to be a natural speller) or 3)Make phonics from R&S independent work and continue with spelling of choice. I am really struggling with what to do for her....reading, grammar, and writing are set...it's spelling and phonics!
  20. My daughter went to this last summer and will be attending again this summer. I wondered the same thing last year....how can they draw all day for 3 days! The camp was wonderful!! Last summer was an introduction to American history so they drew flags and colored them, practiced tracing the U.S., tried drawing North America, read books about a few of the people they would be hearing about, learned about different geography terms and places, watched a kid movie on parks in the U.S. and probably more I just can't remember at the moment. This summer they will be working on Africa and the ancient world. I don't know how much it differs from camp to camp or if it is all the same... You don't need to give any preparation as far as I know...I hope this helps answer your question:001_smile:
  21. My dd7 is a first grader. We have been working through WWE1 this year and about 3 weeks ago she told me she wanted to write her own sentence after we went through the questions. Honestly, I about fell out of my chair:001_smile: She is a good speller and seemed to enjoy writing it on her own. Today we read a short passage from "Little House on the Prairie" and she said she wanted to write her own sentence...then she tells me she has a lot to write. Please read and tell me your thoughts for her age/grade as I have been feeling very nervous that wwe did not have them writing more... I will leave punctuation exactly like her paper...she did ask me about two of the words with spelling. Pa almost got stuck in quicksand while he was digging. Then he got out. Then ma screamed. Then They ran out to see what happened.
  22. I was wondering the same thing...just worried that the reading in Streams of Civilization would be above her head. We were planning on SOTW1 but I liked MFW first grade (did it last year for K) and have regretted not using Adventures this year for 1st. Would love to hear others opinions:001_smile:
  23. This is our third year in CC and this year I am following the cycle as far as doing American History at home. However, I do not try to keep up with the actual history sentence each week. I felt like there is way too much interesting worthwhile info to try to get through in one week! I agree with the pp that said Leigh Bortins seems to indicate they should be exposed to the information over and over and in different ways. I have driven myself crazy (and my dh) on how to "do" CC at home. I had bought HOD Bigger in the summer thinking I would use that and not care about matching it up at home. Then I got SOTW 3 with the activity guide and have ended up using both. I take my time and I choose to read some from all the spines we have. I did use SOTW as my base for making my own outline for the year. Due to age of dd I chose not to elaborate on all the sentences at the end of year as I don't feel she is ready to hear or understand the topics. I did not get SOTW 4 for this reason. I figured we would cover those topics next time around:) We also get books from the libray but honestly we don't always get to them.
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