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  1. We are finishing up our first year of homeschooling and my 11 year old daughter is struggling with writing book reports & just writing in general. She has a hard time thinking up and organizing ideas and struggles with grammar a bit. She scored "well below average" in the CAT test on language expression section. She is enrolled in 5th grade Seton and while I like the program overall for her, the English is too advanced and she's not getting it and unless I organize the book report for her. I am open to the possibility of not having her enroll in the fall and putting together my own curriculum. What curriculum can you recommend for a child struggling with writing & grammar? Thank you!
  2. I've been reading the WTM for the first time since I started homeschooling and was shocked to see that I should be teaching logic. I had never known it was a subject to teach and was not taught it in my own education. Then there have been some threads on here recently about Logic. Hmmm...I need to do this, but how? Can you help me? So, I have a 6th grader and 3rd grader. Neither of which have done anything from Critical Thinking company or Fallacy detective, or any of those others I've seen mentioned, Logic Liftoff, Orbiting with Logic, etc. Where do I start? What is my goal? I understand what I read in WTM and agree with the benefits and necessities of teaching it. And my husband has agreed he'd like to teach it for me. So what do you start with at 6th grade to progress to a formal study of logic. What path would you take? What programs do you like? I was looking at Building Thinking Skills Level 2 and wondered if I should use the software or the book, or what? Or is there something better for a 6th grader? For my 3rd grader I can see following the WTM progression or something similar. What are your favorites?
  3. Oh, those who have gone before me, please guide me now. I've hemmed and hawed for two years about buying MCT, mostly due to price but also not being sure I could wrap my mind around the program. I'm pretty sure I want to take the plunge and believe I've got a much better feel for how it would go. But now, I'm wondering, is my 6th grader too old for it? She knows grammar rules, but it's not internalized. And she loves things that are beautiful and crafting beautiful sentences, by copying good writing. So, I think MCT will encourage and develop that! BUT, which program should I start with? She's going to be in 6th grade. She will have completed 1/2 of Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl and Rod and Staff English 4. Should she start with Town level or Voyage? Also, I've been thinking about what to use to complement it--usage and mechanics practice. I've seen people using Hake 6 but I've been thinking about using Evan Moor Daily Language Review and Daily Paragraph Editing. Would that be enough? Should I continue with ILL? (besides spelling with a different program) One last question...would this be something that little brother (who will be in 3rd) could listen in on and benefit from (while still doing his own LA program)? I want to do what is best for 6th grader, so his involvement doesn't sway the decision one way or the other for me, just curious. But maybe he'd enjoy it too?
  4. My dd has been working with WWS since the beginning of the school year. She is a very good writer and absolutely loves The Creative Writer. (we supplement with that.) The only complaints I would have about her writing is that, if she's not completely clear on a subject, she can be disorganized when she gets it on paper and she can get a little too creative and embelish too much. These don't happen too often, but they are there. When she writes from WWS, she almost never does either of these. I love WWS and think that it is very helpful for her. She hates it. She says that it's redundant and teaches her things she already knows how to do. She finds it a bit easy. I don't want her to hate writing. It's one of her strengths academically and otherwise and I don't want her to turn away from it. But I also know that sometimes the best pill for us is the one we hate to swallow. My question is this: Is there another middle shool writing curriculum that does what WWS can do? Is there another way to do WWS that might make it more interesting? Should I just tell her that it's one of those things and to power through? I guess that's 3 questions. Thanks for any advice or suggestions!! Cindy
  5. My son is very visual. dislikes reading/language arts very much. What are my Language arts options for 6th grade textbook?
  6. I'm looking at doing up my sixth grade plans as we normally switch over in April. What are y'alls plans or what are you doing or have you done? If we just continue on with what we have been doing it'll look like this - Reading & Literature – LCC history and literature suggestions Writing – WWS and or The Creative Writer Fine Arts – going to museums; biographies by Mike Venzia; creation of some sort, maybe felting? Math – Singapore 4A and B OR Life of Fred Fractions Science - Janice VanCleave's Chemistry for Every Kid History, Geography, Government - SOTW 3 with Kingfisher; This Country of Ours Health - ? Physical Education – bunches of stuff Logic - Red Herrings 2 If I hit the Lotto then we'll add in Rosetta Stone Japanese because my daughter *really* wants to learn it.
  7. I'm planning ahead for next year's curriculum for my dd who will be in 6th grade. I haven't been happy with any program we've used so far, but I know where I need to go. Can you give me your advice? We've only been homeschooling since her 4th grade year. She was ps before that, and her 3rd grade was heavy into book projects each month. Then in 4th grade with did LLATL Orange, but I felt compared with her 3rd grade year it was too easy for her. So this year we did CQLA Level A, as I was looking for a strong writing component in our program. I didn't care for CQLA's approach to writing. I felt it was mostly focusing on research papers and asked the student to follow the same tedious pattern every time. While those steps are helpful initially, once you understand how to write a research paper you can skip many. For next year, I want to move dd into a literature based LA program where we focus on a good book (like "A Wrinkle in Time"), and do writing on that. Like what I remember doing in high school. I need to move her in that direction. DD has had some formal studies in grammar already, though I'm not opposed to more. Is there a good LA program I can purchase that will guide us in something like this? Or do I just need to "wing it", pick my books myself and come up with my own projects? If that's the case can you suggest resources to guide me in that?
  8. I have decided that with our rather hit-or-miss approach over the years, that I need to buckle down a little, at least with ds, since he's officially of "middle school" age/grade in the fall - yikes! :ohmy: I've decided on the basics, and have narrowed history and science down to 2 options each. With history, I want to simply be able to read aloud once or twice a week, and let ds (and his sister) explore the rabbit trails. Science, well, you can see below. I would love and appreciate some feedback on this! Language Arts: Brave Writer Lifestyle, with some written history/science narrations as well. We'll be reading Grammar Land, and ds reads voraciously in his free time. Spelling: Natural Speller, Vocab: English from the Roots Up Math: LOF Fractions and Decimals & Percents once or twice a week, then Math Mammoth Blue series the rest of the time. History: Option 1: k12's Human Odyssey, volume 1 Option 2: start reading through OUP's World in Ancient Times Science: Option 1: Story of Science (Hakim) with the T&K Milestones in Science kit to make the hands-on easier Option 2: Science units based on books like The Way Things Work, The Way We Work, etc., gradually covering various fields of science. IF we go with this option, I may add The Story of Science as a supplement to history readings. Foreign Language: I am thinking Spanish would be best at this point, since we live in a heavily-Hispanic-populated area. Any recommendations for something good but NOT terribly expensive? Other: We listen to a lot of music of various genres, do a lot of art projects, garden, are trying to do Outdoor Hour Challenges, read a lot, etc., so I'm not concerned about extras. I also really want ds to have the time to continue exploring his own interests and passions. IF we do Logic, we'll use Stottlemerier, since I already own it.
  9. I'm wrestling with decisions for next year and am wondering what others have done with 6th graders who are average students. I have a few solid selections, but am having a hard time with some subjects. Here are my choices so far: History/Literature/Biographies: Ambleside Year 6 Math: Math Mammoth 6, CWP 5, & probably Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 1 day/week (which means MM will likely take longer than 36 weeks) Poetry: finish Grammar of Poetry--We're moving through this *really* slowly. Latin: finish Latin Prep 1 & begin Latin Prep 2 Bible: CBS-Genesis; I have Herein is Love: Genesis so we'll go through that together. I also have The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study and may add that in, although I'd like for the kids to be able to do it together & am not sure that ds is ready. LA: CLE 6 or Advanced Language Lessons or AG or Mother Tongue (Arnold/Kittredge); I have several issues of the Arrow & Boomerang so will do those as well. In a perfect world, I'd use Rod & Staff, but it doesn't work for dd at all. Science: She's done Singapore MPH 5 this year so I was planning to have her do MPH 6 for 6th, Chemistry (McHenry texts, Inquiry in Action, various other books, TC lectures) in 7th, & some sort of textbook in 8th. I'm wondering if I should have her start with a text in 7th though so that would move Chemistry back to 6th grade instead of 7th. Or I could do BJUP 6 in 6th, Chemistry in 7th, and some other text in 8th. I'd like for her to be able to take Biology as a 9th grader. I'm leaning towards not having her do the AO nature readings for this year so theoretically she could do MPH and Chemistry. Realistically though... Reading: I'm considering CLE 6, but am not sure it's actually necessary. I *loathed* reading class as a student & have chosen not to inflict it on my children, but everyone I know irl who uses it loves it. I do have Figuratively Speaking & am planning to make selective use of it next year. Writing: Ugh. I just bought the Writer's Jungle so we'll do that, but I think she'll need more instruction. I bought several Scholastic downloads from the $1 sale and will be going through those over the long weekend to familiarize myself with them. She narrates orally (ala CM) very well. She can do written narration, but I've been lax in making her do so, partially b/c it takes her *forever* and partially b/c her oral narrations are so much better than her written ones. I have CW Homer, but I had it last year too and never did anything with it. I have considered doing the online webinar for Homer, but dd does everything very, very slowly & I just don't know that there will be time to do Homer properly along with everything else she needs to be doing. I might just buy Writing With Skill and get rid of Homer so it stops looking at me. I also have & am planning to continue with Killgallon books, but most days it doesn't take much time. Logic: I'm thinking she can wait until 7th, but am willing to be convinced that I'm wrong. ____________________________________________________________ Any suggestions? Is this too much, not enough? Am I missing anything?
  10. I know this has been discussed before- but we are now moving toward convention season- so- if you have any new thoughts... What are you using for 6th grade? Some basics from me to start it off... Wordly Wise Spelling Skills and Spelling Wisdom Saxon Math BJU English and Writing Typing (I think TI Deluxe) HOD RTR ( I think...) this is unorganized for now... but just some ideas. Thanks! Rebecca
  11. So here's my rather tentative plan: Phonetic zoo MCT voyage, then LL7 & homegrown writing Lively Latin 2 SYRWTL French Math Mammoth or Singapore 6, CWP, Zaccaro's Challenge Maths Mindbenders + Logic Lift Off Scratch For Teens, then either Python or Visual Basic SOTW4 with AG, tests, etc. Ellen McHenry's Carbon Chemistry & The Brain Astronomy* Electronics * Possibly Art of Argument* Book & cook club music & art outsourced Tennis, swimming, dance, Brownies/Girl Guides a) comments welcome b) anyone else want to post theirs?
  12. How much writing does your 6th grader do each day and over a period of a week? How often do you do reports, essays, dictation, and handwriting practice at this level? I am curious about this because I have a feeling I may not be pushing dd with writing enough this year. If so, then I will have to step it up a notch during our second semester. Thanks in advance for your input! Blessings, Lucinda
  13. My 11 year old daughter is the odd one out in my family in that she doesn't like history. The other children are aghast at the thought:) I've come to realize the problem is that she is not an auditory learner- we've traditionally done history with tons of read-alouds and then with supplemental independent readings. She seems to learn best by doing, and writing. The emotional nuances and connections in history tend to confound her. She's a bright student and a good reader; she loves math, grammar, and drawing. She wants things laid out and highly organized/structured. It makes life with her fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants-mother... interesting. She asked today if I could find some sort of curriculum for history that she could do independently. I think she is envisioning something (ugghhhh) workbookish. She's not being obnoxious or disobedient, but she's just not "getting it". Does anyone have any suggestions? My children are spending two weeks touring Washing D.C. this Spring so I'd ditched our normal history rotation for American History, but I'm willing to consider any time period. Thanks!
  14. I'd like you to post what you will be using for grade 6 and 7 for all subjects. List name of subject with publisher, please. If you're using a spine in one subject and supplementing for additional work/review, please make it known. Thanks. Sheryl <><
  15. I have been doing Latin for the past year, Henle, with my 6th grader and he is just not making the connection of how to conjugate and decline for different parts of speech, tenses etc. Is this a developmental thing like reading or something else? He is smart as a whip but hates to not get stuff right away so I do not know if he is just being stubborn. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Do I take a year off? Do I go back to a beginner Latin program? I am getting frustrated and I know he is. Thanks! Angie
  16. I didn't find one in my search and the one in my favorites is from 2009. Maybe I missed it - but does anyone want to share 6th grade plans? Thanks!
  17. My two boys ages 11 and 12 yrs are needing some remedial spelling and reading help. They are at about the same level- between mid. 5th and mid. 6th grade. They are both about a year behind. We have been using Spelling Power for about a year and a half. Before that, it was this and that. Nothing really fit well. So- now I have two boys needing help with spelling rules... which of course will help them with their reading. Recently I've chosen to use WTM. I know they say to divide the language arts folder into 7 parts: Spelling (prefixes / suffixes / root words), Word Study, Grammar, Reading, Memory Work, Writing, and Dictation. So, my question here is, doing the remedial work with them, should I set it up different? Adding other sections, such as spelling rules? My plan, is to start the program tomorrow. :D HEHE! - As far as SPELLING- But I'm just not sure how to give them a rule concentrated crash course. We have 10 more weeks in this school year. Am I crazy??? :tongue_smilie:
  18. Here's a request from my husband, who is putting together his book list for a children's literature course taught to college students, primarily future teachers, focusing on middle school readers. This English literature course studies books for 5th - 8th graders. He's looking for new and more recent books that kids this age enjoyed. They can be books for boys, for girls, or both. If your child has a specific reason why they like a book, that's helpful. I have been printing out lists everyone has compiled and these are always helpful. They are good reminders. My husband is always changing and tweaking the courses he teaches and tries to keep them current. But it is hard to keep up with all the latest books. He thinks it's important that elementary education students know what's popular, too, and that they learn how to keep up with what students like as well. Any ideas you have would be helpful and maybe this could be a fun resource for people here to see what middle school kids read and enjoy. Thanks!
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