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  1. I have an almost 12yo DD who finished R&S books 2 & 3 in grade 2. When we moved from the US to Germany in '09, a lot of stuff just fell by the wayside. She never finished the 4th book, but we did go through all of the Bk 4 writing exercises in 5th grade. Last year (6th grade), I was so overwhelmed with family issues that I let grammar slip almost entirely. She is now entering 7th grade, and I want to pick back up with R&S. I am the type who wants to go through book 5, then 6, and so on...but she is balking at working through the 5th book b/c she knows it's 5th grade. WWYD? I know that each year builds on the year before... I should also mention that DD hates R&S (although I suspect she hates most everything right now, LOL). She did very well with it when we used it, however, and I believe it to be a good program. So, WWYD? Would it be a better move to pick up with another program entirely - and is there one that would cover all that she has "missed" in a middle-school text? She might feel better about things if she was doing 7th grade work. TY for any input!
  2. I would love feedback on how these programs compare. If you have used one or any, please let me know your thoughts. We have used FLL for one year. I personally find level 1 to be great and level 3 makes me want to gnaw my arm off slowly. My dh likes them both, so he does that work and he would like to continue FLL because of the repetition, copy work, poetry, and memorization. My kids don't mind them, but I wouldn't say they look forward to them with anticipation. I do like the poems, memorization, and copy work. We haven't used WWE or IEW. What do you like or dislike? If you combine any of them, how do you do it? MCT looks so visually appealing, inspiring and simple. It's way more expensive than it should be, IMO but maybe worth it. Another post indicated the MCT program was great at explaining good writing, but not at showing how to write. Is IEW supposed to be combined with another LA program? Well, I've asked enough questions. ;)
  3. Can anyone recommend a curriculum or materials that would cover Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Composition, and perhaps Diagramming....for a student at roughly 8th or 9th grade level? Thanks!
  4. i'm interested in ideas on several things: 1) if anyone meshes elements of IEW, MCT, WWE/WWS together to create a personalized mosaic of Language Arts for their kiddos in elementary and heading into middle school. {{fyi background: our DS10 is finishing off 4th grade; DD8, 2nd. we combined LA this year (for the first time) with our DD in 2nd grade to do MCT Island+IEW SWI-A and it was a phenomenal success. i still had them working in their respective WWE levels peppered throughout, and i will probably continue that same approach because DS10 is generally stronger in linguistics than DD8. to follow up on IEW for 3rd and 5th grads, i'm thinking of AFF for IEW for DD8 to follow up/reinforce SWI-A and possibly the geo-based for my DS10. we also loved MCT Island that we did altogether this year. we love it all. i want to continue on with Town after we wrap up our schoolyear (we're just reviewing/reinforcing all the great stuff we've learned this year so far until then), and i'm trying to discern how to mesh that with IEW follow up (we're not going on to SWI-b just yet and are transitioning into WWS for the older one ..... without doing too much. i don't mind dabbling in all of it, alternating weeks here and there, to maintain a balanced mosaic approach. in fact, i find the changes of pace refreshing throughout the schoolyear. but i don't want to confuse the kids as they are acquiring skills. they love it and i want to just feed their love of language/writing as best i can.}} 2) we are winding down our need for WWE4 (DS has done the entire series)..... i don't want to start WWS just yet, and i want to make use of the kilgallon story grammar or sentence composing (that i have on our shelf but have never used ) before we try WWS or Town level just for a change of pace as well as a different perspective. what kilgallon is best to prep DS10 for WWS and / or Town? 3) i was also wondering if there's anybody out there who could comment on the various components of MCT Town and whether one needs to do all of it in order to benefit, if one is using something alongside such as WWS or IEW. stated differently, if one takes an a la carte approach to MCT Town, what components would be an overlap with WWS/IEW and therefore redundant or nonessential? thanks in advance -- i love all the different experiences and perspectives one can garner on the forums!!!! :)
  5. Could people help me figure out what options there are that would count as an English credit for applying to a reputable college? If dd does only 3 years of high school, one of those years will have to have two credits of English, to get the necessary 4 credits of English... I know the obvious ones: English I (or 9) - mixture of grammar, vocab, writing, speech, literature English II (or 10)- same English III (or 11) - same - maybe minus the grammar - focus would be more on writing and lit analyis English IV (or 12) - idem.... AP English Language AP English Literature It seems like I've seen people give a credit for British Literature? or American Literature? Then if you do a special course on composition - you could have a credit for, say, Creative Writing.... I did a search of 'English Course Titles' but didn't find anything concise..... If dd is doing an AP English - that will already have the typical elements of vocab, speech, writing and lit....So what else could be done for English for another credit that year? Anyone have ideas? Thanks, Joan
  6. My eleven years old daughter has always wanted to be an author ever since she was six. I've been told that she has a talent with words from school teachers, and I encourage her fully, but I worry about her adult life. I know it's hard to be known and really earn much as an author. I've told her this, and she understands, though she still has that determination - she's a very stubborn child who likes to pursue her dreams. Every time someone asks her what she wants to be when she grows up, her answer's always the same - I want to be an author. She understands that she probably won't get to the bestselling degree and should probably find another job that would give her financial security when she grows older, and we've discussed this, but she doesn't have another interest in mind. I worry she she will 'put all her eggs in one basket'. What should I do? Should I do all I can to encourage her with her writing, or should I try to guide her into finding another subject that interests her, so that she would be able to have another job as well as being a part-time writer? If I'm going to try to encourage her, what are some good practices to improve her skills? **She said that if she has to choose another job, she would want to be an editor or an english teacher/tutor. These all require great grammar and english skills. What should I do to help? Oh, and I'll try to find a sample of her writing to post to discuss what she needs to improve on. That'll be quite hard, as she's pretty aggressive and private when it comes to her writing. I'm sure I can convince her to give a copy, though, if I tell her it'll help her improve with her skills.
  7. Any advice for this? I've had a copy, but we haven't started it because it is not obvious to me how to break it up. Do y'all chunk it out as you go, estimating what is a reasonable amount of work; or assign a section at a time? Spread over a year, just do it every day or every other day? I know these are personal choices, but it would be great to hear what patterns anybody has for using this. Button is a little writing-averse, and not really fluent in his handwriting yet -- writing things takes rather a bit of effort -- and is in the middle of his second grade year. thanks in advance!
  8. Hey ladies, I just stumbled across a link (http://www.englishclub.com/download/english-prepositions-list.htm) with a free dowloadable ebook listing 150 prepositions. It also shows common usage and includes some quizzes, etc. I use KISS grammar and this will be a great resource for having the kids memorize prepositions in order to find prepositional phrases in their sentence analysis activities. It would be equally good to tack on to any grammar program, and has the simple and common prepositions, as well as the more advanced. Enjoy!!!
  9. Harvey's grammar looks good but I was wondering if you could tell me what the difference is between the Revised Grammar and the Elementary Grammar and Composition? The Revised English Grammar covers orthography, syntax, and prosody, according to an Amazon review. It sounds a little unusual and I'm not sure whether or not it covers standard grammar, since the descriptions are kind of unusual? I can't find too much info on the Elementary Grammar and Comp. Can someone tell me about these books? Thanks!!
  10. so i am asking this for a friend of mine. she has a 1st grader. what is writer's jungle? i read the website and i am not really sure if its a writing curriculum or a language arts curriculum how do you use it? for what age group is it?
  11. I'm looking for grammar review for both a 3d and an upcoming 7th grader. -but not one they do together. I want something they can spend about 30 minutes a day on 4-5 times a week during the Summer. Cheap is great. Anyone have any favorites/ideas?
  12. I'm new here, mostly reading the great advice. I've been researching on and on because I need to go a different route next year than I've been on. We've been using mostly SL LA which is not working and we just started IEW but I need some good, sequential, solid Grammar and Spelling that's as independent as possible for my 4th and 6th graders (and something my 1st and PreK'er can slide into in the next few years). A decent Grammar program with diagramming and Spelling that includes rules and root studies, preferably in a workbook format is what I'm looking for. I've narrowed it down to CLE and Abeka, BJU's layout just didn't appeal to me even though we use their Math, but I could be swayed! Abeka seems so nice and linear, almost self explanatory, thorough and I like the workbooks and graphics, plus Spelling and Grammar are both available and it moves into Vocab. later. Is Abeka's LA flakey though? (My K'er is using their Phonics wkbk and it's been great which what led me to check Abeka out further) CLE seems like a great Grammar program, very independent but then I have to find something else for Spelling since I don't think their approach is deep enough and I don't see that they have an accompanying vocab. study. Does anyone have any thoughts for me? This is driving me mad, I need to make a decision!
  13. Have a look at this very funny (or maybe tragic) youtube clip and cool grammar teaching resource (if you can use iPhone or iPad) from www.coolrules.com uses hip hop, dance, rock and acoustic music. My kids love it.
  14. My daughter is just finishing up 6th grade in the local catholic school and when I asked her this morning what she felt she needed to work on over summer she said Language arts. Specifically analyzing sentences. I am not sure what material to use for her.... especially considering that I feel inadequate teaching this. Where should I start? I was going to review parts of speech with her just to confirm that she knows them all and then maybe diagramming?????? I am really not sure of what my approach should be. Any help would be greatly appreciated
  15. I wanted to do Lifepac Astronomy but have heard a lot about Lifepac being light and fairly easy. I know it is only a semester elective, but should I just drop this to have more room? The courses I plan on taking are: Writing and Grammar 11- 1/2 year American Literature 11- 1/2 year Chemistry/lab Precalculus Ancient History- literature based Health - 1/2 year Italian 3 I was also looking at a Government 101 elective. It is only 5 weeks though, not even worthy of .25 credit. What other classes would you recommend since I am most likely dropping Astronomy and Government. Any science electives maybe? Also, I am having trouble with a History curriculum. I was going to use LifePac History but I want a challenge. I switched my English choice from LifePac because of this also. So any science elective/elective/history curriculum's appreciated.
  16. My daughter loves history & is a strong writer. We're looking for a program that encourages creative thinking & critiquing what is read rather than comprehension which she has no probs with. We tried Smarr Publishers Ancient Hx last yr & although the reading selections were great, we found the writing aspect weak. She did the work but it was pretty boring. I could create reflective questions on books read but this takes so much time. Any suggestions? Thanks:001_smile:
  17. My son is a fidgety tactile learner with a short attention span. He is dramatic and bright. I was looking at Hake Grammar and other traditional/classic programs, but I'm afraid he won't have the tolerance. Are there any good comprehensive Language Arts or Grammar programs out there that a figety, smart boy won't hate? I'm pretty new at this home schooling! Thanks! Elizabeth in Panama
  18. My 15yo son is taking freshman English comp at the local community college. So far it's been a good experience. I missed this class when I was in college (AP'd out), and my second freshman English class was actually Humanities which involved more lit analysis... so, anyway, I was surprised to find this class is all about the student's own personal experience, reflections, etc. The prof encourages the use of first-person "I", and wants the topics chosen to be personal; he wants you to draw conclusions that affect you personally, sort of. Definitely "essays" versus "reports." I'm not complaining, I'm just surprised. None of my college assignments was like this; they were more objective and "critical analysis," esp. in my major (Art History), which was all writing. The one biology paper I wrote was definitely a comparative report. The topics so far have been: Essay of definition (define a goal), short research essay based on interviews you conduct, argumentative essay (and you must have personal experience with your topic), and currently working on big 8-10 page research paper. The other new thing has been that the emphasis is on contemporary issues that affect you personally, whereas all our reading & writing in our homeschool has been history-based. (For ex. one student's research paper will be on kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, because she's planning a trip there.) Any other experience w/college-level freshman English?
  19. Is there a rigorous or just as thorough alternative to R&S English yet gentle? Does that exist? I'm doing a little investigating for one of my twins. (5th grade) Thanks.:001_smile:
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