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  1. I've been reading some of the previous posts on here and have found a ton of information. I've seen where many people have had their child tested as being "gifted". Who does this testing? How did you know? My DS is 6 and DD is 3 (almost 4). Both are very bright and catch on to concepts very quickly. DS is currently doing 1st grade work in every subject except science, which he is doing 2nd grade. He loves math and finds it super easy so I find I'm going at a much quicker pace to try and challenge him a bit more. I'm reluctant to move to the 2nd grade level book until we finish the 1st grade one because I want to make sure he doesn't miss any important concepts. So far he's made a 100 on every math quiz & test in the book so I know he's still not being challenged enough. He plays a lot of math games online and typically they are 2nd grade level. Would you consider a child to be gifted simply because they are more advanced in a couple of subjects? I've never considered our children gifted, mostly I feel the other children we are around are not given the opportunities and encouragement for learning. Should I have our son tested to see if he is gifted? What is the purpose of the testing (other than the obvious fact that you now know)? Any comments welcome.
  2. This is my first year homeschooling and we are using Classical Conversations and math u see. I have two first graders and I am not sure what to use for phonics/language arts. My kids learned phonics last year and went through readers at their school called SAM books. They can read small beginning readers but they are still learning to sound out harder words and they do not know all the rules that apply to the exceptions. They learned some about punctuation last year like periods but they do know know a whole lot beyond that. I am having the hardest time figuring out what I should do with them this year........do they still need more phonics? How much time should I spend on language arts? I need something very simple for me to implement with them b/c I clearly do not know what I am doing! I also don't want to become too ambitious and then struggle all year to keep up but I want them to have a solid reading foundation! Suggestions and input please!!!!!
  3. I believe this may be my very first post even though I've been reading this board since last October. You all have added so much wisdom and insight, and have helped me make so many of my decisions. Thank you so much for that! The problem with these board is that it is at times TOO helpful :) So here's the deal: I have a near 6 y/o ds who I pulled out of pre-school last year mainly because we were down to one car, and not because I ever had any intention of homeschooling. The problem was I began reading about homeschooling (that's usually where I get myself in trouble:) I also have a rising 3rd grader that does not want to homeschool. I've been telling him all summer how fun it would be. I'm hoping to convince him soon, but in the meantime I'm just at home with the little guy. I ended up doing a very relaxed preschool curriculum last year with my younger consisting mostly of FIAR, OPGTR, ETC, HWT and a little MEP. He's been reading since he was 4 which just happened naturally rather than my intentionally setting out to teach him. He's super bright and very eager to learn. Even though he would be in PS as a Kindergartener, I've decided to place him mostly in 1st grade curriculum. Anyway, would you kindly look over my choices? I'm obviously going a little overboard, and wondered if I'm out of my mind to have so many choices. I think that most of this can be accomplished in 2-3 hour days with short lessons. My glass is obviously half full :) FLL 1 WWE 1 AAS 1 HWT - My Printing Book ETC 1 and 2 (or however far we get) SOTW and Activity Book RSO Life Artistic Pursuits BSGFAA - I'll do this at night with both kiddos Some Music Appreciation too :) Here's where it gets bonkers: I could not for the life of me decide on math. It isn't my strength, so I'm paranoid that I'll mess up my sweet kiddo. I have the following: SM 1a and 1b This was delivered to my door just today. I love this after all the research I have done. Who knows if I will still love it in day to day reality though. RS B Yeah, I'm feeling like a total weirdo for buying this too. But all the little doo-da manipulatives look so FUN! MM 1a and 1b. I bought this when it was on sale for the heck of it a few months back. I had it printed at Best Value Copy, and they sent me 2 copies for some reason. Now I have 2 copies of a math I may very likely not use. What in the world would you do if you had all 3 of the above? Return, Sell, keep, use 2? I'm leaning more towards SM, but am wondering if I can incorporate RS somehow. I know a lot of people love MM too. What's a girl to do!? Anyway, is all the above way too ambitious? Am I going to freak my kiddo and myself out with all this, or is it going to be so much fun?! Hopefully the latter. Thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll have more to offer the boards after I put some of this stuff into practice on my own :)
  4. We started hs'ing my dd last year for k, but did not have to register her according to state laws (have to be registered at age 7), so I used the year to gauge how things would go. We are registering her this year for first grade and I haven't had time to do anything! We've been moving and are now in the unpacking process, plus she has a 2 year old brother and I'm expecting a baby at the end of the year.... I'm looking for a secular curriculum, for an advanced/gifted learner, perhaps a box set, (preferably inexpensive! LOL!) to make it easier for us this year since we have a lot going on and it's our first REAL year. My dd is a super fast learner (although slow at picking up reading, she inhales everything else in front of her) so last year we were working out of a lot of first grade level books, so I might need something more advanced, or something with 2nd grade items as well... I'm sure a lot of people ask similar questions, so thanks for humoring me! I'm desperate at this point, since I am registering through Homelife and they require the curriculum to register.... TIA!!!!
  5. Ok, I finally looked at Phonics Road to Writing and Reading. It is very appealing since it seems to give a strong foundation in the language arts. I am concerned it may be too rigid for a K-1st grader, or for me :) For PR: 1. What should be my expectations going into Level 1? 2. Does the curriculum include readers, read-aloud material or suggested readings? Should I add additional reading material? 3. How long should I expect to work on this with my son each day? Is it complicated? 4. Once Level 4 is completed, what should be the expected outcome? For All About Spelling Fans: 1. Do you think that AAS will give my child an adequate foundation? 2. Do I need to add FLL or WWE to this program to "round out the program"? 3. Can you suggest a good reading list for a K-1st grader?
  6. We are using WTM for the first time this year and have a K and 1st grader. Im trying to get familiar with the books and in looking at this one I think I may have to make some adjustments. Wanted to see if anyone had some ideas for me. DD 1st grader has just finished AOP Kinder LA program. She is reading on a 2-3 grade level however she is a HUGE GUESSER. Meaning she has a talent :001_smile: for guessing what the words are rather than truly having read them. I really want her to grasp the rule set's and know that the last portion of this book would be right on target for her. But im not sure where to jump her in. Im thinking the end of section 4 beginning section 5 (consonant digraphs). Does any one with more experience have any input on that? DS-K is just itching to read. I think he will fly through the beginning lessons. Because of this I'm wondering if I should let DD do other reading things until DS catches up with where she will be and then let them work it together. Any thoughts on that? Thanks so much TJ
  7. Spiders MC4+ Spiders have an interesting way of getting around. When spiders make their web they use wind to attach the first thread. Some spiders use the wind to travel. Many spiders can travel 200 miles, or even over an ocean using the wind. If the spider travels in the wind it has no control of the thread, so the spider has to hope that the place where the wind is taking it is a good place. They have to trust the wind and God. Snowy Day MCT Island Poem It was the morning of a fantastic day, but when I looked out the window the sun faded away. I stayed in my room until I heard a boom! I tried to see what it was, but I could not see anything out in the snow, except a crow. I looked outside and the crow was throwing snow balls at my window. I opened my window, and then when I peeked out my head, he hit me with a snow ball instead! ** My ds7 definitely enjoys writing about 'just the facts ma'am' more than he enjoys creative writing. ;-) This year we have been using a mixture of WWE1, Writing Tales 1, MC4+, and MCT Island so he gets weekly practice in writing. He is mostly along for the ride since I am also hsing his older dd. I know he is getting a lot more formal writing practice than most 1st graders would, so we try to simplify things for him as we go. I am vacillating between IEW SWI-A, more MC or Writing Tales 2 for next year. It is like standing in front of the tooth paste aisle ... too many choices!
  8. 1. Can you tell me what the expected outcome after finishing PR? 2. Were your children motivated to do their work or did you have to "drag them kicking and screaming" :)? 3. My concern is that it is boring or confusing. Is that true? 4. What should be my expectations coming into this curriculum? 5. Did you use additional reading for your children? 6. Is this really a comprehensive Language arts curriculum? 7. Which type of homeschool mom would be successful using this program? 8. Would you use this again?
  9. I was home schooled with A Beka and am now beginning to home school my own children. I want to use A Beka for kindergarten this year but really would like to transition to TOG in the first grade. Has anyone done that? What will my challenges be? Any tips?
  10. 1. Can you tell me what the expected outcome after finishing PR? 2. Were your children motivated to do their work or did you have to "drag them kicking and screaming" :)? 3. My concern is that it is boring or confusing. Is that true? 4. What should be my expectations coming into this curriculum? 5. Did you use additional reading for your children? 6. Is this really a comprehensive Language arts curriculum? 7. Which type of homeschool mom would be successful using this program? 8. Would you use this again? Just wanted to get the advice from a veteran homeschooler before I "commit" to this curriculum! :tongue_smilie:
  11. Do you know of a great program that helps with reading comprehension and/or a read-aloud program for K-1st grade? I see a bunch of options, but I want to hear from those with experience.
  12. I am hs my 6yo DS. We are doing Saxon math, OPGTR, FLL, WWE, ETC 2, spelling workout, VP Bible. On Mondays we also attend classical conversations (which we started 3 weeks ago). Originally I thought my ds would get enough history and science, for 1st grade, from CC. Now I don't know. Does a 1st grader "need" history and science? I planned on starting VP history in 2nd grade like they recommend. Besides history and science am I doing enough? Would like input from anyone! thanks!!
  13. Forgive me if this thread exists somewhere, I'm new to this forum! :) I want to use the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History and A Child's History of the World next year for 1st grade, just covering Ancients. I would prefer not to also use SOTW, but the only schedules I can find online connect SOTW with the CHOW or Usborne. Does anyone have a schedule of just CHOW and Usborne? Or maybe just a detailed chapter list for CHOW including specifics for each chapter that I could line them up myself? I am trying to avoid reading the entire book twice. LOL Thank you so much! Julia
  14. Hello, I am trying to prepare somewhat for next school year. My son will be in first grade beginning in late August of this year. We will be going from about 2 hours of schooling per day to four hours per day (Ga. law). I am no longer worried about getting four hours in per day thanks to some helpful advice from people on this forum who responded to one of my other recent threads, but I am looking for a little more help. I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to share their daily schedule for a first grader. Do you find that certain subjects should be addressed first thing in the morning? Are there certain things you do every single day and other things that you split up over the week? How does your schedule flow? I will be splitting my son's schooling time up throughout the day. I just haven't figured out how and what we should tackle first and then at the end. I just need to get some ideas and then I am sure I can create a schedule that will work well for us. Thanks sooo much for sharing and I hope that everyone has a wonderful day! : )
  15. I am going to divide the year up as WTM suggests and do 1/2 year zoology, 1/4 year anatomy, 1/4 year botony. . . now I want to break those down into more specific topics. . . any suggestions? TIA :)
  16. Does anyone know of a list of really great books for reading aloud to first graders? We've just finished the Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary and I think we're going to read "Little House in the Big Woods" next. My almost 4 year old listens as well. I'm not really looking for books on a first grade level (he's reading on a higher level on his own anyway), but I am wanting a really good book list to go from.
  17. Has anyone taught map reading to a 1st grader? If so, did you use a book (like an Usborne geography book, for example) or did you come up with your own material? I'm stumped on this one. It's one of the public school standards for 1st grade and I didn't want to miss anything.
  18. Homeschool share has a new section for the workboxes. I'm not doing workboxes, but I found a nice insect classification game there. I, also, found a months of a year print out. Oh and some insect dominoes (we glued these to cereal boxes and they dried today..he can't wait to play tomorrow). My 1st grader is not independent. But, I'm finding I need some things to keep him busy while I'm with someone else. If I don't he will end up wandering off. He gets into "trouble" :D easily. But, I'm looking for educational things. He loves this kind of stuff. I like the idea of having a few things I can put together that are related to what we are studying or that hit on things a young boy needs to learn anyway.
  19. I was at Barnes and Noble tonight looking for readers for my 5 year old. I found this series called "Top Readers" that is put out by Barnes and Noble. They are readers similar to the "Step into Reading" books but they are all non-fiction. What I liked the most about them was that even the step one books had good information. I like some of the Step into Reading books but I find the earlier ones are all movies, disney and barbie stuff. They don't get decent until step 3 and 4. The Top Readers are about science, history, geography, animals.... All kinds of stuff. My daughter is ready for the Level 1 books and we got Birds, Big Cats and The Great Wall of China. She loves them. Just thought I'd share. Finding interesting books a 5 year old can read is a tall order. Heather
  20. What are some good Read Alouds for Kindergarten/Ages 5-6??
  21. My 7 yo is a voracious reader. He also reads at a very high level, but I'm having trouble keeping him in books that are age-appropriate in themes. I'm just wondering if someone might have suggestions for books that I've missed. He has enjoyed The Famous Five, The Moffats, The Saturdays, Jenny and the Cat Club, Paddington Bear, Mary Poppins, Henry Reed, Homer Price, My Father's Dragon, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Freddy books by Brooks, and many books by Dick King-Smith, E.B. White, William Steig, etc. He particularly enjoys scifi/fantasy such as Edith Nesbit, Edward Eager, Narnia, and the Peter and the Starcatchers series. I'm struggling because there is no way I can pre-read his books (unless that was all I did), and there are fabulous books that I would rather he waited to read until he is a bit older. The scifi/fantasy genre is particularly difficult to find appropriate books in. Suggestions for classics are great, too.
  22. I have waaay too much in my daily schedule for my K/1st grader. I'm hoping if I list what I'd like to do, someone could help me figure out how to trim. 1) Memory work (review old stuff like address, phone numbers, Lord's Prayer, keep pracicing Creed, learn hymns, Bible verses, poems, etc) 2) sound/ phonogram drill. Quick review of selected flash cards and I say a sound and she writes a few (3-5 a day). 3) syllables on white board, using McGuffy speller (about 10 minutes) 4) Right Start B math lesson 5) reading time (she reads aloud to me from material I've chosen). Sometimes we'll do some fluency work here. (reading relatively easy material several times to try to do it faster and smoother) 6) physical movement break (yoga, bike riding, jumping rope, general aerobic exercise) 7) handwriting page from Zaner Bloser 1 8) Explode the Code (1-2 pages, we're at ETC 4. Plan to eventually get through 6, but not sure if we'll do 7 and 8). After Christmas I might add in a reading comprehension worksheet here, too. 9) math drill (addition/ subtraction facts. We use MUS for this for a change of pace, but also do flash cards, jumping on trampoline, worksheet, whatever seems like a good way to practice addition/ subtraction facts) 10) reading time (either she reads aloud to me from something she's chosen or she reads independently on the couch) 11) Spanish (I think we're going to do La Clase Diverdita) 12) read alouds (I read aloud to her from a variety of stuff: science, history, geography, Bible stories, chapter books, picture books, fairy tales, story collections). Just listening time for about an hour. Not going to require narrations or anything at this point. 13) art or science experiment 14) hands on activity (Spanish, geography, Bible, whatever needs a more hands on approach that day) 15) Right Start math game 16) work box activity (puzzle, Draw Write Now, practical life skill) 17) physical movement time (ball skills, gymnastics type stuff) 18) do something together activity (chess, finger knitting, cooking, block building, wood working, etc) 19) geography: Montessori maps, songs, landform models, and cards 20) computer time (Time4Learning or Headsprout Reading Comprehension if it comes out)
  23. My dd did half of Saxon Math 1 last year for kindergarten, so I am planning on having her complete it this upcoming year, at about 2 lessons a week, which means I'd like a supplemental math program for another 2 days a week. I was looking at Two Plus Two Is Not Five, but would love some suggestions (or feedback if anyone has used the above program)! TIA!
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