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  1. Does anyone have developing the early learner on them and a minute to help me out?? My daughter started it today and I can’t figure out the scoring sheet! I’m worried something is off bc I took books 2-4 to the store and cut off the binding and spiral bound them together and I feel like something happened. 

    So book 2 when I start it it has 12 pages for level 1 but the sub skill labeled (left to right, maze, similarities, etc.) doesn’t go in order when I go to score it in the back. So like my first pages ( in book 2) are motor left right 1, visual similarities 1, auditory similarities 1, comprehension association 1, motor hand eye 1, visual memory 1, auditory memory , comprehension sequence 1, motor maze 1visual figure ground 1, auditory rhyming 1, comprehension language 1. But then this is what my scoring paper looks like. It doesn’t list several of those sub skills. Does anyone know what’s wrong!?!

    this is true abiut all of the books, 1-4 and it is making me so frustrated! There is no website for these books or any way to contact the publisher/author. I would so appreciate some help! 

    The picture is of the book 2 score sheet and the first 12 pages I have to go with that are listed above. 


  2. I have 🙂 we used it this year as a supplement to shurley. There are certain things I live about it like it’s lessons on reading beautiful books and good character but other things that didn’t work well for us. It’s not easy to separate a curriculum like that for an advanced reader. We just skipped all the reading and spelling rules pages and I sort of just picked lessons I wanted to do 2-3 times a week. It was truly enjoyable but I downloaded level 3 and I don’t think it’s going to work as my main curriculum. But for kids who are all at one level for LA I think it’s great 

  3. I think easy grammar 2 is my top contender if I’m just looking for grammar. But on the other hand, I just watched a 15 minute video of the revised language 3 and I really really liked it. I think I’ve at least decided I’m going to sell the Shurley English and it’s between Abeka language (plus additional writing) or the additional writing and easy grammar. I think I’ve decided not to use the good and the beautiful today. It incorporates so much like art and geography and I just don’t need those things so it’s more pages of my deciding what to print and what to skip. 

    Okay so this is good progress! Definitely using 6 trait writing grade 3. Could either use easy grammar 2 with that or Abeka language 3. I think I lean towards Abeka bc the new version just really incorporated a lot of sentence structure and I just really liked the look of it. 

    I’m likely switching to MCT in another year or two. So I’m just looking for a good foundation here.

  4. Hmm. I guess I don’t really know. I know that I don’t want an all in one curriculum that includes all aspects of LA since I’m happy with my reading and spelling. I could go in the direction of Abeka or I could go with a totally different classical/Charlotte mason style. 

    I know I don’t like first language lessons. It looked incredibly easy and not as thoroughbred. 

    I think I’m leaning towards Abeka bc I think she could do it very independently and I could just cross off what I don’t want her to do. I could focus my teaching time with her on writing skills and literature based writing. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

  5. I am paralyzed by this decision 😩😩 

    My daughter is a rising 2nd Grader but very advanced in areas of LA.

    Grammar and writing is where I’m struggling. Last year she used Shurley English at co-op and she thrived with it! I have the manual for this year and I HATE it(not doing co-op). It’s written to the teacher to cover an hour long lesson 5 days a week.... that’s not happening. And do I really want to sort through that information every single week to pick out the one or two things I want to teach?? But like I said, my daughter thrived and knows more grammar then I do. 

    So now I’m stuck. Do I stick with Shurley English? I’m also drawn to the new Abeka language 3 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ Cathy Duffy has good things to say about their grammar and I like that my daughter could really do this on her own. OR do I just find a resource for simple grammar and maybe just focus on writing this year since she’s only entering 2nd grade and already has such a strong grammar background? Oddly that thought never occurred to me until right now 🤷🏼‍♀️ Also, at times I feel like maybe I want to use the good and the beautiful level 3. So add that in the mix 😂

    I didn’t feel like Shurley touched on writing like I want so I’m thinking of using Evan moor’s daily 6 trait writing this year.

    For other LA, we are using the sonlight grade4/5 readers this year and I don’t really need anything for reading or phonics. We stopped phonics in Kindergarten and just use AAS now which is working great for us. So at least I’ve made solid decisions in a few areas 😆

  6. I hadn’t thought about how developing the early learner was a different set of skills.... but that’s some good food for thought. I think it’s possible that’s where my daughters actual weaknesses are so that is great to hear. Or it might just be her attention span??? I know she’s so young but she is just so different then my other two kids who love to sit and play with one toy for an insanely long time and will read or look at books forever. She’s more of a tornado 😆😆😆 

  7. I have a daughter starting kinder this fall with a late birthday, she’ll be 6 in the Fall. She’s already partway through Abeka k letters and sounds and she’s learning to read well but her attention and critical thinking skills are... special 😆 

    I’m looking at Developimg the early learner and I like it but a lot of people seem to have negative things to say about it. I have Kumon prek critical thinking skills (it’s a set of 4 books) that we’ve done a little of and I’m planning on finishing it over the summer. They also have a kinder set so that’s an option. The last option I’m looking at is critical thinking company’s building thinking skills and hands on thinking skills. I actually think I have both. 

    I just want to make sure that whatever we do isn’t just a time waster but is really teaching her to listen, stop and think, and follow directions. Any insight or suggestions? 

  8. Hmm I really like the idea of Spanish and Piano. Why can't these things be free!?


    My daughter also still loves to read chapter books with pictures in them and big text as well :-) Harry Potter was very motivating for her though, she was really into it! She is not motivated to read other similar texts, thank goodness. I'm thinking about doing Singapore 2 before I start with BA 2 which is just sort of coming out now... I'm hoping that will help her build up her frustration level. Otherwise I can just shelf that until she is ready. 


    And yes, she also plays with her siblings most of the day, plays with lots of toys, loves to do art, and plays outside a lot. That is the majority of our day! 

  9. My daughter is smart but I know there are many way beyond her. I'm curious, what was your kindergartner like? What did you focus on for school? If you could do something different,  what would it be?


    My daughter just turned 6. She usually is reading 3rd grade books but she just recently read Harry Potter 2 and 3 on her own and loved every second of it. She reads several hours a day. She does some Abeka phonics workbooks because I like their emphasis on special sounds for sounding out new words but she probably doesn't need them. We're working through AAS2 and it is very simple but I like how it lays out the rules and takes very little time. I want to start a heavier focus on writing but I'm dragging my feet. I have the first IEW book, first language lessons, and evan moore daily 6 trait writing 1st grade but I just don't know where to start.


    For math she finished up singapore 1B and I have 2A to start but we're finishing the Intensive Practice for 1B first. It is easy peasy and I think I'm wasting my time. But we bought it and we're doing it. I have heard of kindergartners way ahead of this in math so I'm curious what the range is for others. I've considered starting BA soon, too. She uses mental math to do double digit addition and subtraction (not super fast though) and can tell time to the minute pretty accurately. She says she doesn't like to do math but its just the workbooks, she loves knowing how to do math. She is always counting out money and figuring out how much more she needs to save up for something and other things like that. Her brain is always working over time but she is not begging me for work or anything like that. 


    We do sonlight history and she really enjoys it. We don't do formal science because she reads so much about science and occasionally we'll get really into something and learn a lot about it and then back off for a while. 


    Sometimes I wonder if I should just take a break from phonics/spelling all together and focus on science and writing skills. I wonder why I continue to work on the basics when she's so far ahead and maybe I should just be doing general knowledge stuff with her instead? I don't know! 


    What are your K kids doing?

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