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  1. My kiddos will be in 6th & 3rd grade next year. I've pretty much got the rest of our curriculum worked out EXCEPT language arts. We haven't been very classical and really want to do a more WTM/classical approach next year. I think it will greatly benefit both my kiddos. Is there anything (blog, article, flow chart, interpretive dance) that explain how to transition? What levels do we start, which do we skip or move faster or slower? Take First Lang. Lessons. My 8 year old hasn't had formal grammar or writing yet. He's followed along with his brother while watching IEW but its time for more. He's still an emerging reader but going through a big leap in ability right now. Do I start with FLL1 then skip to 3? What about WWE? My 11 year old is working through IEW SICA (older program) right now. When he finishes IEW do we go to WWE? tldr: I'm struggling with how to transition to a more classical homeschool eduction using WTM.
  2. Hi all, "Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind," the follow-up to "First Language Lessons," will be available on PDF in just a couple of weeks and in physical form by late September or early October. But we know that many of you are eager to get started, so we're giving away the first six weeks of the curriculum here. This grammar curriculum was formerly known as "Advanced Language Lessons," and you may have heard about it under that title. It consists of a Core Instructor Text (used for all four years), yearly Student Workbooks (the first one is being released now, and #2 is in development), yearly Answer Keys to explain all answers for the Student Workbook, and a Comprehensive Handbook of Rules (a handy reference guide for grammar, useful for all writers of whatever age). The free PDF includes: The first 6 weeks of the Core Instructor Text The first 6 weeks of the Student Workbook for Year 1 The first 6 weeks of the Answer Key for Year 1 (which gives all answers AND thorough explanations) The first part of the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules I'll be available to answer questions in this thread. We will also be releasing explanatory videos in the coming weeks. Follow us on Facebook for updates on that. To answer some possible questions: --Yes, this is good for middle-grade students, but could also be used with high-school students --Yes, it can be pre-ordered on Amazon (but their release dates aren't always accurate) --Yes, some of the sentences in the exercises are drawn from "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "The Princess Bride." --Yes, schools and co-ops can get bulk pricing. Contact us at 1.877.322.3445 or order@welltrainedmind.com Again, the first six weeks are available here. Here's a longer description of the curriculum: Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind takes middle-grade or high school students from basic definitions through advanced sentence structure and analysis—all the grammar skills needed to write and speak with eloquence and confidence. This innovative program, by experienced educator Susan Wise Bauer, combines the three essential elements of language learning: understanding and memorizing rules (prescriptive teaching), repeated exposure to examples of how those rules are used (descriptive instruction), and practice using those rules in exercises and in writing (practical experience). Scripted lessons make it possible for any parent or teacher to use the program effectively. Step-by-step instruction takes students from the most basic concepts through advanced grammatical concepts Extensive diagramming exercises reinforce the rules and help technical/visual learners to understand & use the English language effectively. All diagrams are thoroughly explained to the instructor/parent. Examples and exercises are drawn from great works of literature, as well as from well-written nonfiction texts. Regular review is built into each year of work. Core text is designed to be used effectively with students from fifth grade through high school, regardless of background. The program is easily customizable to each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Description of the Program Each year, parents and teachers go through the dialogue, rules, and examples in the Core Instructor Text; students follow along in the Student Workbook. This repetition solidifies the concepts, definitions, and examples in the student’s mind. The Core Instructor Text provides not only rules and examples, but scripted dialogue that makes it possible for any parent or teacher to use the program effectively, along with instructor notes that thoroughly explain ambiguities and difficulties. There will eventually be four Student Workbooks, one for each year (the Year 1 Workbook will be released first). Each Student Workbook contains the same rules and examples—but four completely different sets of exercises and assignments, allowing students to develop a wide-ranging knowledge of how the rules and examples are put to use in writing. Each Student Workbook has its own Key, providing not only answers, but also explanations for the parent/instructor, and guidance as to when the answers might be ambiguous (as, in English, they often are). All of the rules covered, along with the repeated examples for each, are assembled for ongoing reference in the Comprehensive Handbook of Rules. This will become the student’s indispensable guide to writing through high school, into college and beyond.
  3. Hi all, While supplies last, we're offering VERY LIGHTLY scratched/scuffed books from Well-Trained Mind Press for 60% off the cover price! We have The Story of the World (activity books, textbooks, and tests), First Language Lessons, Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, The Creative Writer, Telling God's Story, and many more. These books (which, honestly, aren't very scratched, and just look like they'll look once your children have them for a few weeks anyway) are only available through our office, not our website, so call 1.877.322.3445 to find out what's available and to make your purchase. Justin from Well-Trained Mind Press
  4. Hi all, While supplies last, we're offering VERY LIGHTLY scratched/scuffed books from Well-Trained Mind Press for 60% off the cover price! We have The Story of the World (activity books, textbooks, and tests), First Language Lessons, Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, The Creative Writer, Telling God's Story, and many more. These books (which, honestly, aren't very scratched, and just look like they'll look once your children have them for a few weeks anyway) are only available through our office, not our website, so call 1.877.322.3445 to find out what's available and to make your purchase. Justin from Well-Trained Mind Press
  5. Confession: I stayed too long with Adventures in Phonics; thus, we just finished our review of Book 1/FLL and full-on completion of Books 2 & 3, cruising through the letter writing/dictionary usage/oral usage at the very end. DS is a rising 4th grader, an advanced writer/reader with a vocab (and the ability to spell it!) of a high schooler. He grasped the diagramming, lingo, rules, etc. with no problem. My questions is this: What comes next for us? WWE, I fear, would be rather basic for him--as it was for his older brother. Any recommendations on what to use next to cement the grammar skills, develop non-fiction writing skills, outlining, and the like? I've been reading through the WTM guide and value that very much; however, "here's what I've done, here's our experience" is so valuable to me. Thanks--in advance, Tracie in TN :thumbup1:
  6. I am planning for my fifth grader, who is fairly strong in language arts. He will have finished First Language Lessons 4, MCT Island Level, and also WWE4. I plan to use VIE for the grammar, usage and mechanics and NOT the writing. My overall 5th grade grammar & writing plan involves: working through MCT Paragraph level; writing across the curriculum for a while; partway through the year picking up with an alternating schedule of Writing With Skill and Classical Writing Homer. Would y'all suggest VIE 6, since Rod and Staff 6 is recommended after FLL4? I want to keep him challenged but not frustrated, and don't want to skip things. thanks in advance :)
  7. I just attended the first day of Classical Conversations 3-day practicum and I'm finally understanding the "Why" of memory work. With that said, I'd like to know if "First Language Lessons" 2 would go well with "Spelling You See" level C. I have The OPGTR to continue on with phonics also. My son in in the grammar stage (CC Foundations) but I want to make sure that I'm doing school at home for language arts and math in case CC doesn't work out for us. This will be our first year in CC. I really like how simple they make it when it comes to curriculum. I am actually going to be returning unneccesary curriculum and I'd like some input. Will these two work well together? Do you know if the phonics/spelling rules line up with each other?
  8. I'm planning to do FLL 1 or 1/2 with Buddy next fall if he's interested. (K4, turning 5 in November) I have seen some talk about the differences between the new FLL 1 and the older, combined FLL 1&2. I'm looking for input from those of you who have used either or both and what your opinions are on the differences/similarities in these. I vaguely recall hearing people liking the combined 1/2 book better?
  9. My ds is 7 and in between 1st and 2nd grade. We used the Pathway Reader "first steps" with it's correlating workbook last year and he did well. Now that I'm getting curriculum ready for this year, I'm getting overwhelmed at where to start him. I'm trying to take a small (let me emphasize small) step back to fill in any phonics gaps he may have. The teacher guides in PR suggest that one workbook goes hand-in-hand with another workbook, etc. We did not start with the beginning workbooks last year (Learning through sounds, Before we read, etc). I have all the workbooks and have looked through them trying to figure out where I should start him but it seems as if I skip forward to the place in the workbooks where "Days Go By" begin, then he may be missing something in another workbook that goes with the Days Go By workbook. I have Climbing to Good English as well but again, it's an issue of where to start and again missing things in other books. I've been considering The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and First Language Lessons due to reading somewhere that it's not grade specific and it's an easy book to jump in to no matter what reading level the child is. I dont want to rush him through, but I also read that it's a great book to get your kids reading fluently quickly. Would this be a bad idea to change books? My other question is in regards to readers, what does OPGTR/FLL use for reading? Just the script or does it suggest books or readers? I looked on the Cathy Duffy review website and she didnt seem to care much for WWE. I dont know if I completely agree with everything she reviews though.
  10. Sometimes our books are damaged in the printer-to-warehouse-to-bookstore journey, and we can no longer sell them at full price. But if you don't mind a bit of minor wear & tear (small scratches, etc), you can save money on all kinds of Peace Hill Press products! We keep a list of currently-available discounted books here. Since they're kept at our office, rather than at our warehouse, you'll need to order them by phone. Call us at 1.877.322.3445.
  11. Hello to ALL! This is my first ever post, so I'm coming out from lurking in the shadows! =) Through my lurking, I've discovered MCT here about two years ago. I find mixed reviews. Again, I don't want to invest in a system only to discover it doesn't work for us. Would it be too much to do MCT and IEW together? How long does it take at the beginner level of MCT to do? Any other helpful advice/tips that I'm not thinking to question? My ds memorizes pretty well, but is very active. I'm thinking of using MCT to prepare my son for CC Essentials? Do you think it would be too much or that parts of it would be great to use instead of the whole thing? Thanks for the input and help! This forum is such a blessing! =) Hugs!
  12. Should I start my 2nd grader in the Grade 1 First Lang Lessons or go ahead to 2nd grade First Lang Lessons? We previously used Abeka and she is well above her grade level, so we wanted to try something more challenging. Any suggestions? thanks!
  13. So here is my dilemma. We have used First Language Lessons since the beginning. We are finishing the level 3 grammar book this week. My daughter is halfway through 4th grade. I would like her to do Analytical Grammar at some point in middle school, then their high school reinforcement books in 9-12 grade. She LOVES grammar and she wants to be an author, so I'd like her to continue it every year. My main question is this: How do First Language Lessons Grammar levels 3 and/or 4 flow into Analytical Grammar (AG)? Is diagramming similar in the two? If we continued to level 4 of FLL, would it make sense to begin AG in season two, or are things done differently enough that we'd begin AG in season one still? (link to what is taught in each season of AG: http://www.analyticalgrammar.com/faq#aggradelevel ) Also, with baby 4 on the way, I would really, really like to switch to a grammar program that is more self-taught than FLL. I really like the looks of GROWING WITH GRAMMAR (GWG), and I think she'd enjoy it, but I don't want to jump to that and then switch to AG later on. Unless those flow together pretty seemlessly too. Anyone know?? Additionally, because FLL level 3 and 4 do offer tons of diagramming, which is her favorite part of grammar, I'm concerned GWG and AG might not have as much diagramming as FLL, and that initially it would be a step backwards in that regard. That's how it appears from their samples. OR, if we switched to GWG and did that through book 8 (starting with book 5 after FLL 3?), and THEN went to the AG High School Reinforcement books, would that work well? Or are the two completely different and we'd have to go through AG anyhow in order to understand the AG high school workbooks?? I am spending days and days trying to figure this out, and still cannot decide. I really need first hand experience/advice!!! Please chime in!!!!! THANK YOU!
  14. ...what do you supplement with? We are HSing our 9 yo son for the first time and are planning to use Calvert 4. But we'd also like to supplement and personalize the curriculum. I've seen a couple of posts where people have mentioned using Calvert but also using (if I'm sorting out the acronyms right): --Writing with Ease --First Language Lessons --SWB MCT materials for poetry Does that mean you are using these in addition to the regular curriculum? Also, what do you feel these give you that is not in the Calvert? I want to add that I read SWB's Well Trained Mind and love the ideas, and want to incorporate these into our son's curriculum. I just think that the Calvert provides a great structured curriculum this year rather than trying to pick and choose. Thank you all so, so much for all of the wonderful suggestions and thoughts so far. It has been so helpful. Amy
  15. Can anyone tell me what are the differences between the two versions? I use to own the older but since I don't have it any longer I can't compare. Now that WWE is available did they change things in the current? I am interested because I am now using FLL 1 with my youngest (funny how we circle back to what we started with:)) at the moment he is not using WWE. Thank you!
  16. Do the kids do the work on their own? Meaning do we go over or have a lesson, discussion then you give them their assignement and they do it?
  17. Hello! I am heading to my first homeschooling conference this Saturday and my head is just spinning over what Math, Language Arts, & Science to choose for my darling daughter Mary for 2nd grade! We decided until the end of her 1st grade year on Saxon 1 Math and Calculadder for supplementing drills. Since my DD has gone from k-1st so quickly (Sept. to Oct.) in public school and then to being homeschooled (January) I noticed she is a bit all over the map when it comes to math knowledge. She can count and recognize her #'s, but, doesn't seem to grasp the concepts behind addition and subtraction. While I like Saxon, I find that we have to do 3-4 lessons at a clip. Preparing the lessons have been more challenging than I anticipated, and the lessons themselves don't appear to be challenging enough for my DD. I'm wondering if I should just stick with Saxon in the hopes that it will get better and buy Saxon 2?? From what I hear, I should find a curriculum and stick with it. Since I am early on in homeschooling, I don't know if I should try something else and THEN decide to stick with something?? I was thinking about trying Right Start or Math Mammoth for her 2nd grade just to see which curriculum would be best? Any suggestions? Also, finding Language Arts curriculum is doubly challenging! I need a structured program...Currently we are using All About Spelling (for phonics & Vocab). It's OK.. not sooo thrilled with it. Analytical Grammar--my DD found an error in their book & it's very dry. English from the Roots Up--Not sure how to teach this, as I don't know any Latin or Greek. I have the flash cards//but no lesson plan?? This seems like a supplement to a curriculum and was thinking about getting Lively Latin or Prima Latina. I am leaning towards Lively Latin Was wondering if I should give First Language Lessons a try?? Wordly Wise? As for History, we are using SOTW and are very happy with that. Science? Well, I bought the book: Exploring God's Creation (I believe Seton uses this???) Since it is spring, I'll do the "Plant/Botany" section! I was wondering about Aplogia Science? It seems very expensive. And before investing, would like to know if it is worth the investment. Any other suggestions? ANY information anyone can provide will be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thanks! ~ProLife Mom of 2 beautiful girls ages 6yrs & 4months
  18. We are starting FLL with our 2nd Grader this year and I'm not sure which level she should start on? I saw that the FLL 1 & 2 is sold out on TWTM website so I was hunting online for a used one. I see most of them are the older editions which are either level 1 or level 2 and I'm not sure which one she would need? She has had Abeka k5 and 1st before so if that helps figure out what level she would need? Thanks! Mandi
  19. I would like to get input / advice regarding language curriculum. What have you used for your elementary aged kids, what has worked (or not) and why? My daughter will be starting 2nd grade, and we have been using Abeka for the last 3 years (K4, K5, and 1st). I have been looking at First Language Lessons from Jessie Wise or Language 2 from Abeka, but I am open to other ideas for: grammar copywork writing Please let me know what your experiences have been. Her reading is fairly advanced, so we don't need to spend more time on phonics, and we're happy with our math program (MUS) and our core program (TOG). Thanks for your help!
  20. My son is 8 years old and we are almost finished with FLL 3. I wondered where others have gone when they finished FLL4. I am debating whether to start a new program next year or to continue on with 4. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks Savannah http://www.hammocktracks.com
  21. DD was sick of nouns, then she was sick of pronouns. She hates repetition. I decided to stick with WWE. Then I read some posts where people used FLL for writing and grammar. No WWE and they were fine. Also, DD seems too advanced for WWE 1. Add to that the fact that the memorization of the grammar lists is always raved about and the FLL 1/2 audio is recommended if you start with FLL 3. So I picked FLL back up and went to the very last pronoun lesson that I could find (the one with a full list). I put the FLL audio CD in and we learned the song. That was 3 days ago. DD loves the song and is so proud. So we are switching from WWE to FLL instead of trying to do both or stick to WWE alone. I will be changing my sig. ;) Oh, and I will be sticking to it too. I know, unusual for me, but I am learning.:tongue_smilie:
  22. We're on lesson 155 of FLL 2, where you go through "The Storm" and identify adverbs and adjectives. We need a little more practice in identifying and defining adverbs and adjectives - anyone know of a place I could find some extra worksheets or resources?
  23. DS is about 3/4 of the way through with First Language Lessons 3, and I'm thinking of trying out Growing with Grammar next. Has anyone made this transition at the same point? Should he go right into Growing With Grammar 4? Is there anything covered earlier in GWG but not in FLL that I'd need to catch him up on first? TIA!
  24. How much time do you spend on level3 actually teaching the lessons? About how long does it take for your child to complete any assigned work for that day? Thanks!
  25. I'm using FLL with my two older boys, 7 and almost 6, and loving it. We are on lessons 113 and 47 respectively. My 7 yo does fine with writing - he doesn't really like to do it, but he will and he has been progressing. My 6 yo is not a writer - he hasn't really progressed over the last year. So I'm not overly concerned because they are young and they are boys, but I'm feeling the need to do something more than just handwriting practice. . . So I see that Peace Hill Press has WWE and I'm wondering how and when or if WWE fits in with FLL. TIA! Lisa
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