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  1. My third grader is in public school this year. We are having trouble transitioning from homeschool to public school, especially with the necessary afterschooling. I homeschooled him in preschool. He went to a different public school for kindergarten, where he had a great social time but didn't learn the 3R's, so I homeschooled him 1st and 2nd grade, and now he's in a different public school for 3rd grade. I would have preferred to continue our homeschool curriculum, or something similar in a classroom, but public school is the best option for our family right now. He is a basketcase. His teachers tell us that he has wonderful behavior at school, seems to be happy to be there; and the structured day, social interaction, and consistent schedule seem to be just what he needed and wanted. But he is a basketcase at home. Because of our different approach with homeschool, he does not line up perfectly with where his classmates are expected to be. In some subjects, I knew he was about a half a grade "behind," but in others, he is perfectly comfortable. We didn't want to retain him in 2nd grade and hurt his self-esteem. We wanted to give him a challenge, a chance to work hard. But he cannot do the assigned homework without our constant presence and help. I give him extra independent work to do, to get his 3R's skills up to speed. But all of it, the homework and the afterschooling, is a battle. He struggles with the academics because the approach is so different, common core and all that, and he takes his frustrations out on us parents with tantrums, defiance, whining, ugly words. I'm pretty sure it's a kid character/age problem, because our 1st grader is really soaring, in the same school, after two years at home with me. We have tried several approaches, and the latest we have landed on is to make sure that he gets plenty of free-range outdoor playtime for the entire afternoon block after school. After dinner, when younger siblings are settling down for bed, we work on homework/afterschool with him. And in the morning, on his way to school, he reads aloud the memory work that I put together each week to complement the classwork. We have already met with his teachers twice, and all agree that he should not go back to 2nd grade, but see 3rd grade through and repeat it next year if necessary. He will start one day a week tutoring with his teachers in a few weeks, and they will send tailored extra help home with him. This afternoon at pickup, he said, "Mom, I think I DO like school after all." Here is my question: Should I blow off the homework entirely and focus all our attention on working steadily through the 3R's curriculum that I believe he will not get if I don't provide it, knowing that it will undergird his work in the classroom, over time? Or should I drop the classical approach for now, and put all my energy into making this public school common core system work for us? Do you have any classical curriculum suggestions that complement common core? Thank you for your advice. Current Afterschool Curriculum: Horizons Math with fact families memorization (2nd grade+) Abeka Phonics and Language Arts (2nd grade+) Rod and Staff Spelling (2nd grade+) Language Lessons for Today (3rd grade level)
  2. Ok, so I am completely new to this, but my 3rd grade son is completely bored in school. He is much more advanced than the work he is given. He is in the Gifted/Talented Program at school, which he says is the only class he really likes. Anyway, he reads very well, does math very well and soaks up every fact about history and science quickly. He's bored!!! I bought the book and have read the parts for elementary (Well-Trained Mind). I have a few questions. For instance, in relation to spelling, do I need to have him go back and run through the Spelling Workout books for lower levels (A&B) or just start him at C since this is for 3rd grade? I don't want him to miss anything because I skip - but he already aces every spelling test he ever has and can spell words most people I work with cannot even spell. Also, in the reading curriculum, should I start him out with the Ancients he should have been reading in 1st grade? Or, should I have him start with Late Renaissance/Early Modern, as is recommended by 3rd grade. Hate that I am starting late to the game with this, but so happy to have found this book and this forum!! :bigear: I'm all ears. :lol: Thanks for any advice!!
  3. My ds is going to a Classical Christian school half-day for kindergarten. My husband wants to send him to public school maybe for 1st grade. Our public schools are HEAVY in writing (stories etc) like a lot of public schools. The CC school is very traditional and works on penmanship and copywork. Is there a curriculum or workbook that I can use to afterschool him to help him keep up with PS in writing?
  4. Anyone have experience with Teach Your Child to Read Well? Can you please tell me more about it? I am almost finished with TYCR100EZ lessons. Where should I start? :confused:
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