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  1. I would add that if your father will be concerned it is too light—if he has qualms about homeschooling—maybe go ahead and keep the three Rs going for the eight-and-six-year-olds. We just came off a season of needing to scale back. I had my 8-yr-old copying a page of McGuffey’s first reader every day, then correcting her spelling and punctuation errors. When they became easy (few to no errors) we started one sentence of dictation, as well. If she knew she didn’t know how to spell something, I dictated the spelling to her. She always felt supported and proud. She was reading above this
  2. Memoria Press recently came out with a curriculum for this. We have the book and CD set.
  3. I am moving my 5th and 3rd grader on to morphology (the chunks of the words that carry meaning) instead of phonics. Both mine are struggling in the way you mention. I have decided on this. I can't recommend it yet, but it might be worth your time to research, as well. https://www.rainbowresource.com/viewpict?pid=042181
  4. Their website has Mueller's Caeser and NLE reviews as well. They even have Henle III and IV for sale. https://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/latin/ I ran across this a few days ago. I have no idea how reliable this website is, however. http://teachdiligently.com/articles/which-latin-curriculum
  5. We have had success with these: http://rosskingmusic.com/sing-and-learn/ This past year we took Proverbs 3 and just added a verse a week. The first day we talked about what the new verse meant (much of the proverb it takes two verses together to complete a thought). Subsequent days we practiced, with Friday as a "Check Progress from Memory" day. This next year we are going to try this: http://www.donpotter.net/pdf/hoffman-you-can-memorize.pdf
  6. Memoria Press republished Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans and kept the syllable breaks. DonPotter.net has a Psalms reader broken in syllables. And yes, search for books "of one syllable" as mentioned upthread. Josephine Pollard has many books done this way. We have her Life of Washington and it has been wonderful so far.
  7. *hugs* I offer these suggestions as a fellow MP-user, with a mildly dyslexic 10-year-old, exasperatingly distractable 8-yr-old, and rambunctious, attention-seeking 4-yr-old with speech delays: If you go to the Latina Christiana teacher manual, and go to the back to the History Guide, (p.83), you will find: "The Charlotte Mason approach of asking students to tell the story back to you would also be a very valuable exercise." The context of this is how to handle Famous Men of Rome WITHOUT the guide. So, even though on the MP forum NOW mention of CM methods are quelled from well-mean
  8. Regarding your suggestions, I am torn. As a pure business, I agree. I am concerned about finding that threshold where a family is paying enough that it becomes/maintains its value--enough to work toward mastery of the material the rest of the week. If the families don't value it, they will show up without having learned the material, and if that happens, it will get a bad reputation! However, the reason I was going to all this trouble was for my children. There is nothing that fits all my requirements in my area. CC dominates here. There are good co-ops around, and even a Christian coll
  9. This is so true! Are the prices set by the co-op, or do you set your own? And would you teach for practically nothing the first year, just to get the ball rolling?
  10. This the the problem; I am trying to set up a hybrid that has a set curriculum for consistency through the years, and I am walking a fine line between employee and ind.contractor. I can't give complete control over-- To clarify, parents pay you $15-20 a month, or per hour? Thanks!
  11. Good point--I have a Price breakdown sheet that I sent to a few people when they balked, but it hasn't produced any fruit. I agree; I am one who hears the entire thing and thinks NO WAY, but when it is broken down, I think to myself, "Do I get water or tea 3x a week? Water. There, I just paid for a class." Maybe I should price it by semester. . . that is only $187.50 for a semester! That sounds a lot better!
  12. Thank you for that. I guess I could accept post-dated checks to help people out, but honestly, if someone came to me demanding/pleading for their checks back, I don't think I would have it in me to refuse them:/ For 3rd-6th, I am planning 90-minute classes for 34 weeks at $375. It breaks down to $11ish a class, which is $7ish an hour. And these are core classes, that actually move the week along! If someone enrolled for a full day it would be $1500, so that works out to $167 per month. Hmm. I am sorry you miss your group! I am getting through HSLDA's recommendation; it isn't
  13. I am intrigued. . . so teachers set their own price, therefore assuming "risk-of-loss" which helps maintain independent-contractor status. At registration with the hybrid, facility fee & insurance fees are paid. Teachers just pay director a percentage, or flat fee, for managing all the overhead. Question: how were you hired? I mean, was it a situation where you wanted to offer a class, so this was a way to do that? Or are you filling a class that the Hybrid wants taught, specifically? The co-ops around here have very random offerings based on what someone wants to offer. There
  14. There IS a list . . .but I can't remember the name of it right off the top of my head. There is a blogger who sells this long, annotated list to help parents navigate this issue, she updates it yearly, and sells it cheaply-like $5 the first time and updates are $1...I can't find it tonight. I am sorry-- is this ringing a bell with anyone else? Until that mystery is solved, there is: Honey for a Child's Heart, and maybe in your situation: Honey for a Teen's Heart http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html This takes you to the page at CCH where you choose the grad
  15. I have run a small Enrichment co-op of 5-10 children for three years now. We rotated hosting, and it worked; we all had a lot of fun and learned a lot. There were zero fees, except supply fees for some nature study and art prints. Now that I have rising 5th, 3rd, and a 4-year-old with speech therapy, I am changing my focus. I want the accountability/help to ensure some of the main academic work gets done, and leave the enrichments to be family studies. I have a church willing to host us for a reasonable facility fee, and I have one friend committed to teaching two classes. It isn'
  16. I was a horse-book junkie growing up. Along with several of the ones mentioned before, I would add: Stallion of the Sands by Helen Griffiths Runaway Stallion by Walt Morey Both have boy main characters, and I remember checking them out multiple times and rereading them greedily. :)
  17. I grew up with a limited number of books at home, and as a voracious reader, it forced me to reread. Still, when I want to really relax/veg out I will grab an old favorite, and reread, rather than start a new, lesser-quality book. I assumed everyone did this. I was very surprised to hear my 17-yr-old (accomplished, intelligent) niece declare that she couldn't remember ever re-reading a book! She devours books, but couldn't remember ever rereading one. I then asked her what books she loved, and she blinked. This has led me to ponder how I am raising my children. Question for
  18. Alternatives: This is a video of the Sixty-Second Sweep. With the Saxon drills, to keep from frustrating the child, an alternative way to use those fact sheets is to give the child a time limit (that will be below the frustration threshhold) and mark the page however far s/he gets. Keep track of how many were answered in that time. The next day, continue the same sheet, marking how many correct in the time allotted. When that sheet is finished, the next day, give that sheet again. This time through, hopefully you will see improvement, and you have been charting i
  19. Happy R&Sers here in our 2nd year. We enjoy the simplicity, and the Oral Drill is really GOLDEN. It is building stamina in my children counting, which has surprised me that they needed. I was under the mistaken impression that if the child UNDERSTOOD it, could count to 100, etc. that counting 150-249 would be easy, but actually, my children's internal patterning starts to break down--I wouldn't have known that until it was too late but for these prompts in the TManual. We never got this kind of counting in Right Start or Saxon.
  20. I second Zoo Keeper. I have FM of Rome from both and FM of Middle Ages for Greenleaf, but I will use MP from now on. The Greenleaf guides are really good, but I feel like I have to do everything with the students to know what is going on. I couldn't figure out how to turn it over to my eldest when she actually could have handled the reading. They both have vocabulary and/or persons to preview, but MP will give you a short definition to preview. Map work is included, not another purchase. We consider the comprehension questions as starting points for discussion, but it is helpful to be ab
  21. I have been lurking about two weeks now, reading through the old thread . . . and really have had a moment of vindication. Last May, I began planning for this year, and my DD8 was working through a Cyr Reader. The second one has a lot of Longfellow in it. I like Longfellow, and we had the Susan Jeffers' illustrated version around the house--I decided we were going to memorize Hiawatha's Childhood. I printed it off in large font-3 copies- . . . and ended up ditching my original third-grade plans to buy Memoria Press. Now, I am not saying anything against MP; I like it a lot, actually,
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