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  1. Hello! I'm sure this has been addressed before but with the forum indexing still ongoing, I've not been able to find this in the Forum or through the Google Search instructions. My daughter will be entering 1st grade in August and this will be the first year we pursue the classical approach so I'm trying to get a big jump start on planning, purchasing materials, etc. In the Well Trained Mind, under Reading Skills three levels are mentioned: Instructional, At Level, and Below Level. These make sense to me, but I'm puzzled as to what exactly "instructional" readings would be. We are using the Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading for Phonics. At the end of the chapter on Grammar Stage Reading there are a lot of suggestions as to at level and below level books ("Click Clack Moo", The Frances series, etc.) but nothing regarding instruction other than Phonics. If someone here could either point me to a previous post about this or give me a hint as to what "instructional level" reading would be and/or recommend specific titles, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!
  2. I'm considering using Winter Promise's Hideaway in History this coming winter/spring. I've read mixed reviews about WP, but many of them are quite old. Any recent experiences with them? I'm looking for a curriculum for my newly 6yo that incorporates (1) living books and (2) activities. She is an only child, so can handle a bit extra prep, etc. Thanks so much!
  3. Would it be possible to use these side by side? I have a 6.75 year old (1st grade) who needs the Foundations program to help with reading (and set a good baseline for grammar rules). She knows how to write letters and knows some very basic phonograms so she can read very early readers but is not confident and guesses some words unless I make her sound them out. I also have an 8 year old (3rd grade) who would be in the faster paced Essentials since she is an incredibly advanced reader. She knows some basic grammar rules, but I want to help her memorize more (along with a program that helps with spelling). Both enjoy writing. My 8 year old really wants to learn cursive as well. Should I just do Foundations for the younger one and find a different, less all-inclusive thing for the older? (like Cottage Press with some spelling?) Any Moms have close in age, but not quite in skill set and use LOE (either or both)? I know I need Foundations for the 1st grader if I go with LOE... I'm trying to figure out cost vs. reality vs. sanity :zombie: The other option is to use RLTL with DD6 and RLTL & ELTL with DD8... (clearly I've got my act together with T-10 days :ack2: )
  4. This will be my third year homeschooling and I'm switching things up a little bit. I have a DD who just turned 8yo in June (so she could be entering 2nd or 3rd grade) and DD who will be 7yo at the end of Oct (and is starting 1st grade). I also have a DS 4.5 yo and DS almost 3yo. In the past I've kind of done a hodge podge of different things - utilizing some memory (I've been making up ridiculous songs since they were babies -before I had any idea that was a 'thing' with schooling), some workbook stuff, some spine books for history/science, lots of random arts and crafts (my kids love to draw, sketch and paint on their own), some flashcards and math hands on, some unit style/interest led studies, and lots (and lots) of reading. The problem is that with 4 small kids and my husband and I both with alternative work schedules I feel like I get hopelessly off track. I'm one of those weird mixes of type A perfectionist with laid back, creative spontaneity. I need something with structure, but not something that will make me feel suffocated... If I have to check off too many boxes and stick to a strict schedule, I will internally rebel or feel like I'm failing if I miss anything. I definitely tend to fall under the classical style but lean more towards charlotte mason side than CC style of classical. I need and want SOME repetition and memorization, but both my daughters and I will lose our minds without other (read: deeper/newer/interesting) things thrown in the mix. I've spent so many hours researching that my husband asks if I want to switch up my job to 'professional researcher' (ha!). I just read through a 3rd grade planning thread and started to get some anxiety... I see why Moms are pairing certain things together, but I look at their subject/curriculum lists and have NO idea how they plan out their mixing and matching into a functioning, lesson-planned schedule. Ideally I would love to mix and match some of my top faves and create my own, but I just don't know if I'm there yet this year. Here's a little list of what I'm leaning towards: (for reference, my 8yo is incredibly advanced with reading and really wants heavy on history and science. My 6yo is super artsy and not a strong reader yet but super great with math and loves geography) Aquinas Learning - I've almost pulled the trigger but feel I would need to supplement. I like the layout of the samples they provide and like the idea of some core subjects being taught together, but am worried about the separate needs / skills in LA Latin from Memoria Press St. Thomas Aquinas Academy - Since they require enrollment and sending in weekly work, this wont work for me, but I like a lot of their book choices (would sub religion, penmanship, reading skills) AAR/AAS or Voyages in English (second newer edition) -trying to figure out more differences between them. I don't mind some workbook stuff when it comes to spelling/grammar practice. (I have no experience with Explode the Code) IEW - any thoughts? I feel like the heavier stuff is geared for kids a little older than mine. I need a good helper for learning to read for my 6yo - she understands phonics and is capable of reading early readers very slowly.. I feel like she's on track, but my 8yo is such an advanced reader that I have no fair basis for comparison. Math Mammoth - we have successfully been using this so for now I'll stick with it Science - I like what I've seen from Harcourt. My 8yo devours science books so I need something substantial. (I'm not a fan of Apologia science) and I need something with experiments but maybe weekly ones? I mostly need a variety of science subjects as my kids alternate between wanting to study animals, to weather patterns, to the earth's crust, to human bodies to astronomy. :eek: History is my hardest to figure out. I've been reading from CHOW and using Usborne Internet Linked. I also have SOTW but haven't gotten into it yet. I'd like to do US history this year so they can have a connection with geography (we are working on US states and capitols). I've heard great things about Adventures in America I'd also like to incorporate maybe Veritas press timeline, and Living Memory by Andrew Campbell. I'd love to hear of any favorite music and art stuff (stories of Great Composers, How to Draw - are these good?) Any other fun memorizing favorites? Thank you for reading if you've made it this far! I'm the first person on both sides of our families to homeschool. My side is supportive (even if they think I'm a little crazy) but my husband's side of the family thinks I'm damaging my children's education and entire childhood. :001_huh: I don't doubt my decision, or my ability to teach my kids... I just want to make sure I'm giving them the best I can, and my DD 8yo needs to be challenged more than I have the past 2 years, so hence my changing things up and reaching out for help. :seeya:
  5. Hello all! This coming school year (which will start in the summer for us, since we school year-round), I will have a 4th, 3rd, and 1st grader. With the 2 older ones, I have been doing SOTW Volume 1, which I'd like to continue doing and have the 1st grader start to join in. I think it will go pretty well. Half way through the year or so, we'll move into Volume 2, which technically is for 2nd grade and up. Should this be a problem? I haven't seen any of the activity pages yet for the 2nd volume. Can anyone give me any insights into what types of pages there are? Will I have to be creative in making it more accessible for him or will there not be a need? Thanks in advance!
  6. We just got my almost 7 year old evaluated and he is on the autism spectrum. I'm so glad to find this out and have a diagnosis! I am wondering how to proceed with the math though. He is very smart and has already memorized all addition facts, subtraction and multiplication facts, he is working on division right now, but I expect by the end of next week they will be mastered too. He doesn't really like manipulatives he just gets numbers and only uses helps like the abacus/cubes if he has to. Up till now we have been using Abeka math he likes how varied it is and the colors, but it is moving too slow for him in some areas like the facts, but in other areas he still needs to learn like time and such. We skipped ahead about 30 lessons and I expect to skip more next week as he picks up new stuff pretty quick and retains it once gone over spiraly a few times times. I tried math mammoth but he DID NOT like those books which is too bad because I really think they would fit his learning style perfectly. He wants more activities but I'm at a loss as how to teach that way with him since he never really likes it because "it takes too long". I tried MEP but again he doesn't like activities because it takes longer, in his mind, even though he says he want more than just books. I've thought about CLE since I hear you can move through it quickly easier? I'm ok with sticking to Abeka too since it does work for him we just have to skip a lot of lessons occasionally. He gets bored with it but he also likes it so we just have to balance things and tweak it. So my question is how do you teach a kid like that? A kid who gets bored and throws a fit if it's too easy, but if it's too hard we have the same problem?
  7. My 6 year-old loves to read but absolutely does not want anything babyish. Hes been trying to read the boxcar children and gets very frustrated, even though I think he is doing well just needs a little help and goes a bit slow (which is totally normal for his age). Is there a book series that is a bit easier than magic tree house or boxcar children but not anything in format like Henry and Mudge, Dr. Seuss or the leveled readers? He considers those for babies (I think it has something to with the pictures and that they are not set in real chapters), he wants to read a "real" book. Any suggestions?
  8. Hey all, We are in the process of having my dd tested for ADD, sensory processing disorder, and anxiety. I'm pretty sure ADD is an issue (I and 2 of my family members grew up with it and still have issues today, so I know a thing or two about what it looks like) but need to figure out the other things that are at play. Anyway, my 7yo dd is lagging behind in math. Her attention span only lasts about 5 minutes so getting through a concept can be a bit of a challenge. Another big issue that is contributing to her success is a highly perfectionist personality. She has a complete meltdown and flat out refuses to even try something new. She wants assurance that she is 100% capable of getting it all right on the first try or she won't even look at the game/worksheet/etc. I don't want to push it and cause further anxiety but wonder if anyone out there has been through a similar situation and what you were able to do. Any fun, fast paced games that aren't highly stressful/competitive to help her increase confidence? Thanks
  9. My first grader is reading pretty well but still doesn't have confidence in himself, meaning he tells people he can't read and says he doesn't know how when in reality he's reading much better than my older two at his age and they were both very strong readers. Here is where I need help thinking. We have been using 100 ez lessons for reading, we are at lesson 50 but he's been complaining and I really think he is getting bored so I went to the last story at the end of the book to see if maybe it was too easy for him and he read it pretty darn well! I only had him do two sentences and he only needed help with two words, he was reading the rest the fast way for most of the words and able to sound out the rest quickly getting them right after 1 time. He is obviously reading much better than I realized! So what do I do now? I could still use 100 easy lessons just to practice reading since he still needs to learn a few sound combinations and since its not very repetitive it doesn't bother him. He still needs help with some sound combinations so I thought well we'll use progressive phonics but it is not his favorite, he says its a baby book and truthfully it is easy for him. He learns and retains VERY quickly and gets frustrated doing too much repetitive work or when its overwhelming to him. I have the book phonics pathways but its not his favorite book since it has so many words on 1 page, even though we usually only do half or I cover everything except what we are reading with a piece of paper. Or maybe I should just go into real books like Henry and Mudge or Frog and Toad? That could boost his self esteem so he realizes he can read. Or it could overwhelm him too, I'm just not sure. A few other things to consider: He is super smart but VERY active and hands on. Even though hes smart he gets overwhelmed and bored easily. We have no money for anything else. Literally I can't spend anything else, I can print since we have a stockpile of ink and paper so if you have suggestions on free printable stuff I can do that but I can't buy anything else. My resources I have: 100 ez lessons Phonics pathways 17 readers from sing spell read and write Progressive phonics Library books Books we have at home *crossposted
  10. Ok, I may have just hit the jackpot here, or at least this is how I'm feeling! Check out this MEGA bundle of printables that are all FREE! http://www.educents.com/educents-k-2-freebie.html Worth $78 but for free for a limited time only (and counting!) so claim it quick! So far so good, my kiddos are loving it! I hope you do too!!
  11. So, this coming fall, when my DC are 6, 4, and 2, we are going to read the ESV Bible instead of a Bible story book. Now that I know that, though, I have been trying to decide how much to read each day, and how much to cover in a year. Here are the ways or curricula I am considering. One story/passage a week, spanning Genesis to Revelation. Chronological. (Possibly based on year 1 from Ambleside Online.) 2 stories a week, spanning Genesis to Revelation. Chronological. Going through the Bible and picking every story/passage/psalm that I want them to read, then dividing it (either by 36, 72, or 180) and seeing how long it will take. Making my own chronological cycle, essentially. Bible Road Trip - A 3 year cycle through the whole Bible. About 2 chapters a day. Year 1 is Genesis to Esther. She has a suggested schedule for lower grammar. Foundations - A 3 year cycle through the whole Bible. It is generally a chapter a day, sometimes less. Simply Charlotte Mason Module 1- Genesis to Deuteronomy. Year 1 of a 6 year chronological cycle. A Bible/history/geography blend. It looks like it is 2 to 7 chapters a week. I plan on having a notebook page per story or chapter to make sure it is sinking in. My boys are not currently huge notebooking fans. I am not sure if it is the drawing or the writing because in general they don't mind either. They are ok about worksheets if they are quick. So, that is part of my concern with doing something like Bible Road Trip, even though I love the concept. How many stories or chapters do you read a day? A week? Do you have your child do a notebooking page? How often? If you have them do something else to demonstrate comprehension, what do you do? If you read 2 chapters a day, do you feel like your child retains it? My DSs have most of the stories from each version of the Bible that we own memorized because, up until this year, we have been reading but not doing much else. This year we have started doing 1 notebooking page a week on the one story a week. They fight me occasionally on the notebook page. By Wednesday or Thursday they are asking me "Are we reading this story again?" So I know we need to do things differently for next year and I have already started changing how we do our Bible time. Thoughts? Suggestions? What works for your young kiddos? Thanks!
  12. Ok, I have heard so many GREAT things about All About Spelling. It kind of seems expensive to me. Spelling Power always appealed to me since I only had to buy 1 spelling book for K-12. Can you tell me more about All About Spelling? 1.) Is it a phonics program as well as a spelling program? 2.) IF I decide to get AAS, what should I get? 3.) Would this be a good program after finishing TYCTR100EZ lessons (and reading the suggested books)? 4.) Any other suggestions for a good spelling/phonetic program? :confused:
  13. My ds is 7 and in between 1st and 2nd grade. We used the Pathway Reader "first steps" with it's correlating workbook last year and he did well. Now that I'm getting curriculum ready for this year, I'm getting overwhelmed at where to start him. I'm trying to take a small (let me emphasize small) step back to fill in any phonics gaps he may have. The teacher guides in PR suggest that one workbook goes hand-in-hand with another workbook, etc. We did not start with the beginning workbooks last year (Learning through sounds, Before we read, etc). I have all the workbooks and have looked through them trying to figure out where I should start him but it seems as if I skip forward to the place in the workbooks where "Days Go By" begin, then he may be missing something in another workbook that goes with the Days Go By workbook. I have Climbing to Good English as well but again, it's an issue of where to start and again missing things in other books. I've been considering The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and First Language Lessons due to reading somewhere that it's not grade specific and it's an easy book to jump in to no matter what reading level the child is. I dont want to rush him through, but I also read that it's a great book to get your kids reading fluently quickly. Would this be a bad idea to change books? My other question is in regards to readers, what does OPGTR/FLL use for reading? Just the script or does it suggest books or readers? I looked on the Cathy Duffy review website and she didnt seem to care much for WWE. I dont know if I completely agree with everything she reviews though.
  14. If you had to choose between these two programs (IEW Primary Arts of Language Reading/writing (or) Peacehill Press OPGTR/FLL1/WWE1) what would YOU choose and why? I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. I need a program that will allow me to jump in and start my ds where he needs to be and both of these programs seem like a good fit for that. The program we currently have is too difficult to place him where he needs to be because it jumps around and has no scope or sequence in the teacher guide for me to follow. In order for it to work, we'd have to go backwards to move forwards. What are the pros and cons of these programs? For those whom have used the programs from early on, how is it going for you and your student?
  15. Sooo.....my daughter has been in kindergarten this year, first homeschool with Saxon in the fall, then private school with no set curriculum in the winter, and then back to homeschool this spring. (Insanity, I know). I felt like Saxon was too....fluffy...even back in the fall. She could do all that stuff already, except rattle off the date, and rattle off counting by 5s to 100, and by 2s to 20. The patterns, the geometry, that kind of thing she could do without a thought. Back in the fall, I added Kumon workbooks for Time and Money. So, starting HS again in the spring, I picked up Singapore Math Essentials K A & B. She whizzed through Book A, and most of book B. We're on "Counting On", and that makes her stop and think a bit. So, I've basically given up on Saxon, except for the workbooks, calendar and meeting book bits. Mostly she likes coloring in the plentiful coloring assignments in the Saxon math worksheets. The Kumon Books are very incremental, and she likes them. We're beginning telling time to the minute through those. Every day she does: 1 Saxon Math WS page 2 pages in the SM Book B 1 page in the Kumon Time book Takes her about 20 minutes. My child actually enjoyed 100 EZ Lessons, if that tells you what kind of learner she is. I was bored out of my gourd, but she begged for lessons. I mean, I can do this, but should I? I think she benefits from multiple coverage of the same topics. (We're double-teaming a daily page from Phonics Pathways and a lesson from OPGTR, as well.) My question is: Should I continue this approach next year? Is there a problem? A benefit? Thank you in advance!
  16. So, I really do like Saxon Math. Not so much the script, but the way it teaches the concepts & the spiral method. HOWEVER, dd & I both hate the worksheets (we are in Saxon 1 this year, btw). I don't really feel they are necessary, at least at this level, and they're too repetitive! However, dd does generally like worksheets & they help me asses how much she knows. So, I'm toying around with the idea of just getting the Teacher's Manual for Saxon 2 and some other workbook (1 idea is The Complete Book of Math or maybe Singapore Extra Practice workbook?). Has anyone else tried this or do you think it would be overkill? Any other fun, easy workbooks for 1st grade math?
  17. My DS6 wants more hands-on science. I'm following WTM curriculum suggestions for 1st grade. We usually read a few pages and then he writes a one page summary, and sometimes draws a picture. It's ok. He doesn't fight me, but he's not super-pumped about it. I'm wondering how I can make biology more hands-on at this level. When I think of hands-on science, I go straight to baking soda volcanoes, and other simple chemical reactions which would be chemistry, and not used in WTM till later (3rd or 4th, I forget...) or physics topics like heat transfer and magnets, etc. I don't think he's ready for dissection and microscopes and other hands-on biology things that I did in high school. Does anyone have a suggestion?
  18. I am using Saxon Math 1 with my kindergarten boy. Conceptually, I think we're at the right level. Not frustrating hard, but not pointlessly easy. He gets the ideas with a small amount of discussion and manipulative use. We did lesson 15 today. We did the meeting, a written assessment, then the lesson which covered two separate concepts, and then he had the regular workbook page for the day. 45 minutes! That's just two long. And I felt like he stayed on task really well!!! Two questions: 1) we are only doing one of the two workbook pages for each lesson. I can't imagine adding that in as well. If he doesn't get something, I'll use the second workbook page the next day for a review day. Do you think this is ok? 2) I think the written assessment is what put us over the edge today time wise. His writing skills are on a K level so coloring and printing numbers just takes awhile. Would you divide these type of lessons into two days, skip the assessment, or maybe do the assessment and the lesson but skip the meeting? I'd like to skip the assessment to cut down on writing. There is so much review anyway, and I know where he is at. There is the written + oral assessment every 10 lessons. Isn't that enough? Any ideas for me?
  19. My oldest always complains that younger one is having more fun "doing" school because last year to keep the youngest out of trouble I bought one of those Preschool workbooks from Walgreens. I guess my Kinderone thought that it was more fun than what she was doing. Last year my kinderone did: Cursive first (some, we did it slow...) Epikardia (kinder/1st grade) which included: Bible, History (ancients, though it is a world history in a yr curriculum), Science (she has samples online if you want to see it) Math-u-see Primer SWR Both did the phonograms of SWR, both did calendar, Bible, Aesop, Bible memory, and Science activity together. But when we broke circle time for me to work with kinderone with MUS, or Writing I would give litte one his workbook (couple pages at the time, usually a letter, then coloring activity, or cutting activity) then the older would look longinly and say I wish I were in PreSchool. How do I keep the 4/5 yr old doing level school (happens to be colorful and fun) while 6/7 yr old has to do MUS, SWR, MOH, etc.? They will do SWR drill together, oldest will do dictation, younger will practice writing. We will do Mystery of History together, and whatever reading will be together, BIblie will be together. We will be using 106 days of creation for Science, my hope is to do it together, but required more of the oldest, and youngest may join if wants to. Will try to do some spanish worksheets for both of them I don't know what to do for art. Last year we used a few famous paintings and looked at them and color them like Renoir, VanGogh. Not a formal artist study, Music, the oldest is follwoing an old piano primer. mostly playing by ear. My youngest will do Pathway readers (first steps), for math, I don't know yet, He wants to read so badly! For him I need to know what order of sports I should put him in.... I have no clue! help anyone here (fall?what sport?, etc) my oldest will have extra things like chess, and free reading (this kids loves to read), considering ballet. anyone encounter similar problems? green eye mosnter of jeoulsy I guess. I wanted to make the oldest school a little more fun, any ideas to incorporate "fun" yet not time wasting things to do? I guess it is a little more than me putting the foot down and say, you gotta do your school! I would like for her school experience not to be a constant fight... with her, I even stoped school since she was way ahead, she taught herself to write from similar books that I would get from Dollar store when she was 3. Is it that she is soooo bored with what I am presenting.... we chose MUS as it is worksheetlike, she can color...she loves to draw and color....she can draw quite well. I am wondering if she is doing school well below her capabilities and hence she is so bored. but how do I find that out. I know what I have not taught her, for instance, We didn't finish her Math Primer, do we jump to alpha (the next level in MUS) or finish the book? Many many questions... for this board, though, my main concern is to know if anyone had similar problems when teaching together a preK and a 1st grader.
  20. Hi all! I am a homeschooling mom of three. My oldest daughter is 6 years old and is just finishing up with Kindergarten at home. My middle daughter is 3 1/2 years old and will begin PreK work in the fall. My youngest son is 7 months old and just chills while we work. :) We were members this year of a local Classical Conversations Community and LOVED it. We will continue that next year with my oldest moving into Apprentice class and my middle daughter in the Abecedarian class. So we will use the CC curriculum to cover fine arts, history, science and basic memory work. BUT I am struggling majorly with what to do for my oldest "first grader" and PreKer. This year we did Saxon Math K and were completely done with the entire year by November (starting in late August). We were not trying to be super speedy with it, but my daughter just seems to "get" math and would fly through a lesson in 10 minutes flat. She would be begging to do more because she was bored with what just one lesson covered. My three year old is pretty advanced in math as well as she can count up to 100 and is amazing at making patterns, knowing ordinals, counting individual items, etc. SO I have been going back and forth on what curriculum to use for next year. We plan on participating in Challenge (CC) in 7th grade, and they use Saxon 65 Math. So I know I will end up back on the Saxon train before it is all overwith, but I am thinking of jumping ship to either RightStart B or Singapore 1A and 1B for next year for my 6 year old. Any thoughts on which curriculum is "better" and which would flow more easily back into Saxon for 65. Or should I just tough it out and stick with Saxon to make the transition less painful when we do end up back with it in 7th grade? I am literally having a war with myself so much so that my husband said "just buy all three and figure out it later." Uh...NO! My head would explode if I had all three sitting in front of me...and I'm a CPA...I'm WAY to cheap to buy stuff that expensive and not USE it! *Sigh* Any and all help would be GREATLY appreciated!! Also any tips on what to start my almost 4 year old with would be appreciated since she is BEGGING to do "real math". She does not read and is just starting to write her letters and numbers, so "workbooks" wouldn't be a good option for her. Second question is regarding language arts. I started off the year doing The Writing Road to Reading (with the teacher manual). We got almost all of the phonograms memorized and were starting to spell, which my daughter actually really enjoys doing (until I test her...then it's all tears and "I can't dooooooo it!" She has a flair for the dramatic, much to Mom's chagrin!). I, on the other hand, was almost in tears everyday because I just didn't "get it". I guess I should preface by saying that I NEVER had English Grammar as a child (switched public schools between 8 and 9th grade and due to different curriculums missed grammar COMPLETELY.). So English has always been my most dreaded subject. Therefore, I will be learning all of this WITH my daughter...yippee! I know everyone says to just keep reading the WRTR and it will eventually click. I've read it 3 times and it's still not clicking. SO, in January I switched to The Phonics Road which I loved at first because it gave me DVDs on HOW to teach it...BRILLIANT! This was the "missing" link for me! We've been mucking through it since then and she has just started "reading" with the early readers included with the series. But now I seem stuck again because I have had the hardest time finding an hour each week to sit quietly and take copious notes on the DVD lessons. Between three kids, helping my husband with his business and all of our other extracurricular and homeschool activities I rarely have time to just marinate in the lessons to truly get it and then be able to teach it. SO...I have looked into All About Spelling/Reading and it seems to be on the same general track as Phonics Road, but made more "teacher friendly?" HELP! What is the best way to pull myself out of this muck?! Should I just suck it up and stick with Phonics Road, should I jump ship AGAIN to All About Spelling/Reading?! I'm so confused! Also, I do truly love the way that the phonograms and spelling rules teach spelling and reading together, but I dread having to start all of this over again for my 3 1/2 year old. Does anyone have recommendations for what to do with her so that I am not in this same situation? I really feel like I was holding my daughter (6 yo) back this year by my lack of skills in the lang arts area, so any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! :) We also plan to use Essentials with CC starting in 4th grade for writing. So if I switch to AAS/AAR would I also have to include a writing curriculum until we start up in Essentials?! AAGGHH! My head is about to implode thinking about all of this! :crying:
  21. I am still trying to get my feet under me as far as homeschool goes. I keep saying "She is only in K" but I cannot say that forever. I am trying to lay out some realistic goals for next year. What has worked for your first grade year? I am going to keep the focus on Language Arts and Math and throw in other stuff. How many hours a week have worked for you? Any 1st grade tips as I prepare for next year?
  22. I am about to order my curriculum for next year. (As in, it is sitting in my shopping cart!) : ) Here is what I have planned. What do you think? This is our 4th year homeschooling, but I can't resist getting feedback! 3rd Grade Saxon Math 3 God's Design for Life Science Story of the World Vol 2 First Language Lessons - Level 3 Explode the Code Level 7-8 Wordly Wise Level 3 Sequential Spelling Level 2 Handwriting without tears, Cursive, grade 3 Writing with Ease Level 2 1st Grade Saxon Math 1 God's design for Life Science Story of the World Vol 2 First Language lessons Level 1 Explode the Code 2-3 Beyond the Code- 1 Wordly Wise Level 1 Handwriting without tears, print, grade 1 Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching reading-Picking up from this year
  23. I went to a parent meeting for a cottage school tonight. While I knew immediately the school was not for us I did gleam a few ideas from them. One of the things was that they don't teach reading per se. They have these little cards and start in kindy with teaching the phonemes and spelling. The curriculum is made special for them, but they let us see it. So from what I gather they start with the letter a and teach how to say it every sounds it makes (long short ect) and how to write it. They say it takes until the end of 1 st grade to complete. Like I said they don't teach reading and the first things the kids read are letters and stories they write themselves. I really think something like this would help my 6 yr old. Anyone know of a phonics curriculum like this?
  24. Ok, so my kiddo (6) is reading pretty well. He completed TYCR100 ez lessons, WeBster's syllabary and a kindergarten year in Abekka phonics. He is fluent except for the area of developing expression while reading. He does not like to read right now. Over the summer, Should I: A. " Fill in the blanks" with OPGTR and require him to read aloud to me 15 minutes a day and I read 15 minutes at least a day. B. have him read aloud to me from a reader to build fluency (go down a level) 15 minutes a day, read aloud to him ( up a level) 15 minutes and have him read to himself ( at level) for 15 minutes. C. The obligatory other: please explain My goals are: 1. Expression in reading and developing fluency 2. Develop a habit of reading. 3. Develop a love for reading. I am trying to think of something that might make reading more fun ( a special snack, craft etc. Any ideas?)
  25. Long story short, first a little background. I am a 24 year old widow with 3 kiddos. My girls are 6 and 4 and I have a 2 year old son. We are blessed to be receiving enough in survivor benefits from social security to make it with out me working. However, I am now a full time college student, 99% online, which equals a lot of not sleeping. We always planned on homeschooling but when Steve passed and I realized I was going to have to be in school full time for the first semester or two I enrolled my 6 year old in 1st grade and elected for full time public PreK for my 4 year old, which she is eligible for because she has a speech delay. Fast forward a bit and my 1st grader is not doing well in school at all, then her heart condition worsens and her cardiologist says to pull her out. The home-bound public school program is a bust (2 hours a week maximum) so I enroll her in Connections Academy's free public online school. The curriculum is full of busy work and is way to easy for her except in reading, which she is behind in. There is no option to change the curriculum to fit her better. At this point I am thinking of just pulling her out and doing it myself. She can't be in public school and I am not getting what I need from Connections Academy. I am worried about the extra work load on myself being fully responsible for her school in addition to my school work and the lack of formal accountability. These are things I would normally lean on Steve for. I don't have anyone else in my life that is able/willing to help me with schooling on a regular basis and most of them disprove of homeschooling in general. Any outside insights or just a push would be appreciated. Thank you.
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