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  1. I have not yet checked TWTM lists, this is the first time I have had to plan history in years (she went to school for a while and then did a co op), so it did not cross my mind look there.  I did remember the forums though, LOL, I used to ask questions here all the time.  I guess I might need to buy an updated copy of TWTM.  My last copy is 2012...

    Thanks for the tip, that will make things much easier!  I feel silly I hadn't thought of that.  

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  2. Sorry to come in a little late... So if you do Bravewriter and WWE what do you do for grammar? We've been using Rod and Staff and WWE, but I have been thinking of adding in a creative writing/Bravewriter type element. Is that just too many programs at once though? What about people who use MCT? My friend offered to let us borrow her MCT next year so I've been thinking about that, but it sounds like a lot of NEW stuff to take on at once... Plus I like Rod and Staff. It's like a little grammar worker bee.

  3. I do something similar with Math Mammoth. My daughter learns from the Math U See... She enjoys Mr. Demme's teaching much more than my own, so when she has trouble with a concept she handles it much better with Math U See. When she has a concept down in Math U See we get out the Math Mammoth workbooks for a week or two and really hammer it down. We got the whole Math Mammoth series a few years back from the Homeschool Buyers Co Op, so it all works out really well. MUS does wonders for her confidence and comprehension, and she says she loves math now. When we used Math Mammoth by itself she did anything she could to get out of math- now she does both programs and is much happier with the combination.

  4. Hey guys,

    Quick question... I got a Spectrum Test Practice Book (Grade 2) just to review the whole testing process with my daughter and lower her anxiety about it. However, now my anxiety is higher because it has multiplication and division in it. We haven't gotten to either of those yet and I didn't think we needed to for second grade.


    Is there really multiplication and division on the second grade Terra Nova? Does anyone know where I can find a list of skills they need to know for the testing?




  5. Thanks guys, after looking at the Wrightslaw website I think the neuropsych would probably be better. I don't know if I could find a 2E experienced doctor out here. We moved to a less populated area so I don't think it's as easy to find that sort of thing :( Does anyone know of a website that might help me locate one? I wouldn't mind driving if it helped.

  6. If you wanted your child to be evaluated for a.d.d., capd, anxiety or learning disabilities (working memory issues), would you be more likely to take him or her to a neuropsychologist or a psy. d. practice group that does psychoeducational and psychological testing?


    Also, keep in mind the child in question is very bright and good at masking symptoms. Receptive speech delays, SPD, and auditory processing/working memory delays were diagnosed in preschool but no testing has been done since...

  7. I am using Memoria Press 2nd grade with R&S English 2. You might look at using their lit guides.


    Yes, I was VERY tempted by the idea of just buying a box from Memoria Press, but I really wanted some Catholic touches to the year and I was excited about the Behold And See Science from CHC... I still have a little tug toward it though, so I might try a lit guide and let that help me with the decision for third grade.


    The thing I am going to miss about her being in school is all the wonderful things she is learning about our religion, so I thought if we used a more Catholic based curriculum we could still give her some of that at home.

  8. I'm curious why you will start with R&S Spelling 3? (Is she at that level?)


    ETA: next year we may have kiddos doing similar programs. We'll start Elem. History and R&S language arts (spelling and phonics...I'm holding off on English until 3). :)


    Well, I read somewhere that R&S spelling for second grade isn't really that hard and that you can easily start them in level 3... I just figured I'd go ahead and do that since we will be starting all this in the middle of second grade anyway.


    We will probably move in January so her second grade year will be half over before we start. I will probably have to figure out where to begin teaching in some of the other books, but at least for spelling I can just begin at the beginning, LOL.

  9. Also, R&S still has them doing phonics in 2nd grade. Have you looked at that? Are you sure she has completely mastered all of that?


    I'm not really sure about the phonics, to tell the truth. We did a combination of things to help her learn to read, so I don't know if she's gotten enough of that or not. We started out with Webster's, and once she got two and three letter blends in that we moved on to Blend Phonics and completed that in kindergarten. Then we switched to Phonics Road and completed half of that in first grade before I got REALLY tired of watching videos and just decided to use the spelling lists/rules and word analysis portions but not the videos for the other half of first grade. So I'm not really sure how her phonics is at this point, but she got 98th percentile for reading on the Terra Nova last year and she can read Percy Jackson books. I don't think she has much problem with reading, but I'm not sure if she knows everything about phonics either, KWIM? She can read though... She reads really well.

  10. Hey guys,

    We sent our daughter to school this year so she could try it out while I dealt with some personal things I needed time for, but my husband just got a new job so we will be homeschooling again soon (schools in the new area aren't that great). I think it will be best for Grace, as she's not fitting in at school all that well academically anyway. Can you look at my plans and tell me if you think I have things well covered? I'm scared I will forget something important like reading comprehension, or that I will overdo it and burn out. I want solid but not overwhelming, KWIM?


    2ndish Grade-


    Language Arts:

    Rod and Staff English Grade 2 - I am interested in this program because it's supposedly fool proof as long as you do it, and supposedly easily adapted to different learning speeds?

    Rod and Staff Spelling Grade 3 - I used to love doing a Phonics Road/SWR type thing but I don't want to burn out and this is supposed to be the next best thing?

    Catholic Heritage Curriculum Reading- this is mainly for the Catholic stories- it does not look like it covers things like finding the main idea, author's purpose, etc. that she is learning at school and I'm a little worried about that.

    Writing With Ease Level 1 - She only finished half of this in first grade so we would go ahead and finish it before moving on to WWE 2.





    Math Mammoth Grade 2 - Is that enough by itself??? She did well with it for first grade and really misses it now that's she's at school doing Saxon.



    Behold and See Grade 2 from CHC (supposed to be somewhat open and go as well as having hands on activities)


    History/Social Studies:

    Either do whatever comes in the Catholic Heritage Curricula package or do

    Elemental History's Adventures In America... I want LIGHT for this because I don't want to overdo it and burn out.


    Foreign Language:

    Song School Latin


    Religion: Our Life and Faith


    Handwriting: Catholic Heritage Curriculum Handwriting (this is copywork based that will reinforce the religious lessons and help prep for First Communion)


    Literature: Don't know... Just let her read?

  11. I have R&S 3. Thought is was great but didn't really see a lot of wrtiting. Now I see that writing comes later. I also see from examples that grammar exercises lead up to writing assignments. I really like this. What I can't see from the examples is how larger assignments are broken up. My dd needs hand holding through a report or essay or research paper. Does it take it one step at a time? (showing how to take notes, how to record notes, how to organize notes, etc...) That's the kind of stuff we need.


    Thanks for the thread!



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