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  1. My 8yo son is currently using Horizons 3rd grade math. We both like the worksheets and that it has built in review. He's moving through it fine, but I feel like we're reaching a point where he is looking for more of the "why" not just the "how". I'm not looking to abandon the curriculum entirely, but I'm looking for something to add to round out the conceptual side of math that I feel is lacking. I've seen a lot of people talking positively about RightStart, Singapore (I see there are 2 options, Dimensions Math and Primary Math - happy to hear about both of these), and Math in Focus and would love some feedback. In my mind, the ideal situation would be for him to complete 1 page of Horizons a day as review work (he really goes through them quickly) along with 1 lesson from something more in depth. I don't mind spending 30 or so minutes a day of active teaching time on math, so if something is more teacher-centric that's not a deal breaker. We tried Beast Academy and he was luke warm about it, and to be honest I was too. I think it's a great program, just not a good fit for us. I had seen in another post that someone was using a RightStart/Horizons/Singapore Challenging Word Problems combination which (without actually doing it) seems very well rounded. I'm open to any thoughts and suggestions! Thanks!
  2. Hi, I've been reading a lot of posts on this site that are very helpful so I decided to sign up. I am looking for an online course for my 3rd grader and it's surprisingly difficult. He just finished an Elementary study skills class on The Potters School and he loved the structure and did well in the class (loved the teacher feedback on homework) but they only start at 4th and 5th grade so no 3rd grade courses. Ideally, we wouldn't have to go from program to program to fill out the curriculum but some programs like Freedom Project Academy are full. We had a program lined up, ready to go but due to some circumstances that program will now not work for us hence the last minute change up. Welcome to any suggestions - we have done the traditional homeschool where I teach all the subjects but I'm looking for a little relief where he can work with other material and I can listen in and work as well instead of giving him my full attention the entire day. Also, I would like for him to have the satisfaction of someone other than mom grading his homework and giving him feedback. Both are equally important. Thanks for your suggestions and as I search I will also be compiling resources as well for future searches that need lower elementary assistance.
  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. I'm trying to decide between Mosdos and BJU Literature/reading for my 7th grader, 5th grader, and 3rd grader. Do you think one is superior over the other? Does one do a better job of encouraging deeper critical thinking? For either curriculum, do you use the reading book, Teacher's Guide, and workbook? Are the workbooks necessary? I'd love to hear your thoughts, comparisons, and experiences with either of these curricula. FWIW, while we've always read and discussed ample amounts of great literature in our homeschool, we've never used a formal program. I'm not able to teach the elements of literature without a lot of hand-holding help and need a laid-out-for-me curriculum. I'm currently listening to the Teaching the Classics DVDs, but am also looking for something structured for these grades. One more question - Is this too much for me to take on with these separate grade levels? Am I biting off more than I can chew time-wise? What are your estimates for time commitment from mom for this type of lit analysis and discussion with each kiddo? Thank you for any and all insight! :)
  6. We are using Aesop A (3rd gr), and so far I have felt like the grammar portion hasn't been rigorous enough (we used FLL1 and 2 in first and second grade), so I was going to supplement with R &S but then looked at Aesop B and realize the grammar gets more rigorous, which is good. But for the rest of this year I was wondering if I should do 1 week (grammar and writing in the same week vs one week) for each passage, then move into Aesop B whenever we finish during this school year OR continue at same pace and supplement with some R&S to beef up the grammar in Aesop A? I feel like the current 2wk per passage pace drags a little and I feel like I want a more rigorous grammar (Like what I see in Aesop B). I do have R&S English 3, so I can supplement as needed. What are your thoughts? So far my DS has done very well with the outline, first draft, final draft retelling process. I'm still doing a lot of directing during the outlining, but there has been some obvious gains in independence. I'd like to iron out my plan before break is over so I can start fresh after break with no lag time. Thank you in advance for your insights. :)
  7. I am searching high and low for a writing curriculum that I think would help my son. He is 8 1/2 and in 3rd grade, but his writing looks like a kindergarteners on a good day. And he really struggles with organizing thoughts to put into writing. He may be considered dysgraphic, though I have never had him evaluated for that. I am looking for a program that will really lay out all of the steps and build incrementally. I've tried the more open-ended approach with Brave Writer and free writing and giving writing prompts. We are working through BJU level 2 and Moving Beyond the Page language arts as well, but none of this is clicking with him and it seems to be making it worse. For example, today we read a short chapter from Story of the World and he was just supposed to write a few sentences about Alexander the Great. Now, if I ask him questions, he has NO problem answering them. Even if they are more open-ended kind of questions. He can verbalize easily...and I have spent the last 2 years letting him mostly dictate and I help guide his thinking. But when he tries to even write one sentence alone, it either isn't a complete sentence (not even close), or it is a complete sentence, but it has nothing to do with the assignment. He was supposed to write a couplet about weather the other day, picking a type of weather and choosing some rhyming words that went along with that type of weather. he was able to choose the kind of weather and even a list of rhyming words. But man....there was NO way to get him to understand that he was supposed to use THOSE rhyming words he came up with, to write a couplet about that kind of weather. He would either write a sentence fragment that didn't rhyme, or he would come up with a couplet that didn't have anything to do with weather, etc. Later that day, he read a couplet on a cereal box and came running to tell me that he found a couplet about weather! It was about snow (he was writing about rain)...so I ended up letting him copy it for his couplet. I am considering Essentials in Writing because it is DVD based and MAYBE having someone else trying to teach him would be better for him....? I'm also considering WriteShop Primary Level B. But I really don't want to be bogged down with crafty things, as he has a really hard time with fine motor and that wouldn't be helpful. I do NOT like IEW, so even though I have it, I don't want to use that one. Please help!
  8. I'm hoping for some feedback from those of you who have used easy abridged versions of the classics. We have several different versions available at our library, but not necessarily the ones recommended in TWTM. Are any of these worth our time? Calico illustrated classics Classic starts Eyewitness classics Stepping stone Classic starts Step into classics Great Illustrated classics Specifically interested in these titles: Robinson Crusoe Gulliver's Travels Pilgrim's Progress Hunchback of Notre Dame Les Miserables The Three Musketeers Man in the Iron Mask A Christmas Carol Great Expectations Oliver Twist Tow Sawyer The Last of the Mohicans 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Moby Dick I would rather not buy the specific recommended versions if what our library has is just as good.
  9. I have been using ELTL this year with my 8 yo DS, and have really been enjoying it....it is a beautiful program. As I posted on the other 3rd grade writing thread (apologies - I don't know how to reference it, or link it....) it has helped immensely in getting him over his aversion to writing. However, I can see a need (and a readiness) in him to begin producing some original writing. He is an avid reader with a great vocabulary....and weak mechanical writing skills that could use work. He would benefit from more writing practice (meaning the physical act of writing, not composition just yet....) I have been eyeing Treasured Conversations for quite some time and am wondering if it would be a workable complement to ELTL....or would it be too much? Also - DD is in 6th Grade. She is a decent writer, but could use a bit more structure in learning to outline, take notes etc - independent of frameworks provided in her writing class....would TC be helpful in her case as well?
  10. Hi, My son is very bright but hasn't been interested in science projects or nature study so far. He is fascinated by things like watching a Nova show about the multiverse theory, Brain Games, Myth Busters (although he wasn't very interested in doing the experiments from their book), Fetch... Anyways, last year we did lots of chemistry experiments but I felt like he was just humoring me by doing them and not all that interested. Science should be super fun and absorbing, so I'd like to get it right this year. I asked him if he'd rather mix a couple things together and have them change, or run a light bulb with a lemon and he said the latter. So I was thinking about getting him a physics course with weekly experiments. But now that I'm reading my question I wonder if I should be trying to find him interesting videos about theoretical something? Any suggestions appreciated.
  11. Hi! I am new here to this forum, new to homeschooling, and feel new all the way around lol. I have nailed down all of my son's curriculum for his 3rd grade year. Except math. I think because I am not so hot in math I get worried he won't excel. Although in school he tested about half a year ahead. He just seems like he struggles when I watch him do it. Blaze turned 8 on Aug. 9. He has ADHD and Autism. (Asperger's) He is very smart but has processing issues. Things can take him longer to do due to his processing speed. We decided to homeschool this year after he begged me. He went through such bad bullying last year from two kids that it ruined his love of school. I hate that because he really did enjoy going and playing with other kids. I decided on My Father's World Adventures in US History, a free online spelling and language arts curriculum from k12reader, extra science requested by him is Apologia Astronomy, Handwriting Without Tears (he has dysgraphia), and Keyboarding Without Tears. I am so stuck on the math. I am leaning towards, Teaching Textbooks, Life Of Fred, and Singapore. What is your experience with these programs? Any help is truly appreciated. We are starting the first week of September so I need to get on the ball haha. Thank you in advance!
  12. I'm thinking of teaching a science course for 3rd and 4th graders at our co-op. Does anyone have experience with Apologia's Young Explorers Chemistry/Physics? Would that be a good fit for this group? Obviously, we could not finish the book in one semester (10 classes, 45 min) but possibly we could continue the 2nd semester. I'm thinking that we would follow the book but do a brief lesson at beginning (10-15 min) and then the remainder would be hands-on activities/experiments. We did do a chemistry (REal Science 4 Kids) pre-level last year, and liked that. But I was thinking this curriculum would expand on that. The other thing I want to ask -- are the materials for the experiments fairly easy to put hands on? We have some basic equipment (graduated cylinders) here. Also I have two classroom kits, one for states of matter and one for polymers which we could use. Would those fit in? Any thoughts and suggestions would be very welcome!
  13. I have been doing R&S with my 8 yr old son since well, forever. He's going to be in third grade next year and I'm thinking about switching him to Teaching Textbooks. I have heard good things from my friend who also has been using it since first grade. Any other reviews would be helpful (good or bad) before we jump in with both feet. Thanks! Kyla
  14. We are currently using BFSU K-2 for my 2nd grader. We jumped on the BFSU train late and just started it this year, but will complete it soon. Anyway...I love it and my son loves it. I was naturally going to move on to Vol. 2 for 3rd grade but am intrigued by Science in the Beginning. It appears to be less work on my part (i will have a 1st grader and toddler keeping me busy as well) and also appears to combine the Sciences (which I believe is a strong point of BFSU). Any thoughts? Experience with either?
  15. Please help me schedule out PLL as the "center" with other Language Arts as needed. Maybe I overbought curriculum. This is for a 3rd grader, so we are doing the entire PLL book this year (some split it over 2nd/3rd) I have: Primary Language Lessons (Hillside version) Writing With Ease Memoria Press Literature Grade 2 (I use it a year behind) Courage of Sarah Noble, Little House in Big Woods, Mr. Popper's Peguins, & Tales from Beatrix Potter Seton Spelling 3 Seton English 3 Seton Phonics Seton Reading Comprehension (could do this in Religion, because it's pretty much bible history) Seton Handwriting 3 Seton Vocabulary 3 American Cardinal Reader Grade 3 Thanks for your help!!
  16. I love books and I love discovering new books. This summer I have been asking some of my teacher friends and acquaintances what their favorite books are for 3rd grade, either for kids to read themselves or read alouds. I am a little surprised that only one person that I asked seemed to have any passion/interest and that I was mostly met with - Ummm, I don't know, some kids seem to really enjoy the Magic Treehouse Series. I am a bit disappointed I didn't really receive any new book ideas but I won't despair because I know the Hive won't let me down! Please share with me some of your favorites, don't forget to include whether you use the book(s) as a read aloud or if it is something your child has read/will read. Thanks! BTW - the books recommended to me by the teacher who was excited about my question were Charlotte's Web, Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn Dixie, and she said maybe Sign of the Beaver but she thought it may be better suited for 4th grade.
  17. I was making my ds8 schedule last night and realized that he will working about the same number of hours per day as my 6th grader. We start at 9, work until 12, take a break for lunch, start back up at 1 and end after science between 3:30-3:45. Core: all in the morning--some with me and some independent CLE Math 2 45 min. 5x/wk MCT Island 30 min. 4x/wk WWE 20 min. 4x/wk Spellwell B 15 min. 5x/wk Handwriting 15 min. 5x/wk Indep. Reading 30 min. 5x/wk This includes 2 science reading times Trail Guide to Geography10 min. 4x/wk Piano 1 lesson per week Daily practice, 10 min. Together: our afternoon together time Bible 30 min. 4x/wk History 30 min. 3x/wk Science 45 min. 4x/wk Read-Aloud 30 min. 3x/wk P.E. 30 min. 3x/wk Extra: These are fit in whenever he has an open spot in his schedule Typing 30 min. 1x/wk Reading Detective30 min. 1x/wk Vocabulary-Latin roots 10 min. 2x/wk Portuguese 60 min. 1x/wk (we live overseas so this is just the formal instruction with tutor) Arts (Music History/Mark Kistler Drawing)30 min. 2x/wk It all fits with a 10 minute recess in the morning and a snack in the afternoon, but I'm not sure if this is good or too much. I'm an overplanner but I have hacked a few things from the list already. Do you think this is doable or do I need to scale it back some more? I don't want to wear out the little guy but I do want to challenge him at the same time. Thanks!
  18. 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?
  19. Has anyone used this? I'd love pros and cons about it, what you liked or didn't and why... I really haven't found many reviews out there. Thanks! It's for my son's 3rd grade year.
  20. My 2nd grade son, age 8, is finishing up Latina Christiana I, and I'm not sure what he should do for Latin next year. His older sisters are working through First Form, and I think it might be a bit much for him as a 3rd grader next year. But, I don't really want him to just take a year off and then forget all the Latin he's learned this year. What would you do? TIA!
  21. I'm thinking of incorporating more Great Books/Angelicum resources next year. The Great Books history list for 3rd is: Ancient Egypt: History Pockets (it looks like they use this version, 4-6) Ancient Egypt: Moments in History Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt (Landmark history book by Elizabeth Payne) Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt activity book Pyramid by David Macauley ... any thoughts RE this (with some sort of guide, CM narrations and some writing assignments) as 3rd grade history?
  22. Anyone use Rod and Staff spelling for gifted/advanced pupil? My child will be starting 3rd grade in the fall. We have used R & S Spelling Grade 3 this year. He says it is too easy. I am trying to decide if we should use R & S again in the fall. If so, do you think we should jump to Grade 5? Is R & S a good fit for advanced/gifted students? Is it ok to jump over a "grade" in their spelling? Do I need the teacher's book (I did not use it this year)? Any other spelling books that would be similar to R & S? Here's what I'm looking for: 1. Can be completed mostly independently. 2. Not too time consuming each day (right now it takes about 5-10 minutes 3x per week) 3. inexpensive 4. teaches about root words, suffixes, etc.
  23. My child is now 9 years old. Struggling reader and reading under "grade level." My kiddo refuses to read anything on her own, pick up a book and sit and read, read aloud without me right next to her, read a sign, read a package, refuses to READ anything. If she does read she will know some of the words, she may guess at some words, she may make up a word, or she will just get to a word and look at me as if awaiting for me to tell her the word. Reading has become a chore in our home. Its frustrating to all parties involved and I am stuck not knowing how to help her. We have continued with phonics, grammar, and now spelling and reading 1st and 2nd level books. She enjoys anything I read to her. We have tried by getting books she will enjoy and partner reading-this is what gets the most accomplished reading. I am at the point of thinking about pushing all subjects to the side and fully focusing on reading? But then will all of our other subjects suffer? Any advice anyone would give will be taken as helpful! - Mommy with a frustrated reader!
  24. 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
  25. I'm not sure how to search effectively for the kind of list I'm looking for. Is it already on the boards somewhere? Does anyone want to help me compile it? I keep hearing of new-to-me programs that seem to have been around for a long time. Those on my radar include First Language Lessons 3 (possibility) Primary Language Lessons (had in hand at one point, not for us) KISS Grammar (downloaded L3, looks promising) Growing with Grammar MCT (have pieces of Island level, will probably incorporate as fun extra but maybe not primary) Rod & Staff Grammar 3 (possibility) Shurley English 3 (probably not for us) Winston Grammar (does this start with older kids?) Voyages in English (ditto) Grammar Usage Mechanics (G.U.M.) Sentence Family (I have this) Grammarland (We have this from Librivox and on Kindle) I know I'm missing some. What else is available? What did you choose to start with formal grammar in 3rd grade? Why? TIA!
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