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  1. Hello, I am having trouble opening the Galore Park website, but I watched a few youtube videos by the author, including Book 1, Lesson 1--and really liked it! Truthfully, he hit a few points straight-up that my 3rd grader has been struggling with in Latina Christiana--so...would anyone care to share experience with Galore Park? Also, if there is anyone familiar with GP and MP, I would love your opinion on pros and cons of each. Thanks Edited to Add: this morning I tried again and could open the page; it must have been down for maintenance. It looks like Latin Prep is no longer for sale new? Only the workbook A for Latin Prep is still available.
  2. Has anyone tried the new Galore Park Science for Common Entrance: Chemistry book? My DS loves chemistry, and this looks both clear and colorful, as well as completely up to date, since it was just published in 2015. Any thoughts? How easy it it to implement? I see there's an answers book, is that what I can use to teach from? I don't want to put random parts of programs together, want it completely secular, and want an at least middle school level of chemistry instruction. I haven't used Galore Park before, but we've already gone through several elementary-level chemistry programs (he doesn't quite have all the maths yet for full-blown high school chemistry texts). Hence our desire for a middle school level chemistry program that's relatively easy to implement, straightforward science, and hopefully interesting. http://www.galorepark.co.uk/Product/9781471847103.aspx Anyone tried it yet? Or even seen it?
  3. For those who used So You Really Want To Learn French 3, what did you use afterthat? I am considering to use SYRWTLF 3 for grade 8 and need another 3-4 years of French after that. I was wondering what other people used... :)
  4. I am looking for a Latin program for my just-turned-9yo DS. We're coming to the end of GSWL and I've been looking closely at samples of Latin Prep and Artes Latinae. I think that my son would enormously appreciate the 'tone' of the LP books, but it also seems -- to my inexpert eye -- as though the two programs approach the material rather differently, and in that regard I'm tentatively leaning towards AL. However, I obviously haven't used either one of these programs, and my own Latin experience (prior to restarting with DS) is all in the dim and distant past, so I'd be very grateful for any feedback on how the two programs compare. Furthermore, for anyone who has used Artes Latinae, did you prefer the computer program or the traditional book/CD format? I have a (probably at least partly irrational) bias against computer-based instruction, and working through the sample of the AL DVD did not particularly change my mind on this score, but OTOH I could certainly see how an all-in-one-DVD might be preferable to coordinating all of the program's numerous moving parts.
  5. Just reposting these reviews so that they might be easier to find in the future. Here are some Galore Park reviews, cut and pasted from the Yahoo group files. All reviews by me, except when stated: SY French I taught this to Calvin when he was 12 and Hobbes when he was 8. I began teaching them together, but fairly soon split them out, as they needed very different pacing. In the end, Hobbes completed about half of book one and Calvin book one and part of book two, before both went off the school. The text was definitely usable with both, but Hobbes needed much more reinforcement. The programme is solid and grammar based (parts to whole not whole to parts). It expects memorisation of grammar and vocabulary as a basis for moving forward. I found it to be efficient and reasonably engaging. How we used it: At the beginning of every session, I would go over the previous session orally with the boys, repeating out loud the exercises that they had already written, and practising conversation on the theme of the lesson. We would then read the new lesson passage together, talk through any grammar points, and I would assign memorisation. The boys would then do the exercises on paper. Pros: a really good foundation for further work. Grammar is not skated over and is fairly well explained. Cons: the audio is very limited - it is not interactive, so will not get the child talking. Unless you are a French speaker yourself (I am) I would highly recommend combining the programme with something that could provide more listening and speaking practice. SY English (previously EP) We have finished EP1 and are on chapter three of EP2. EP is a secular language arts progamme designed for children aged 11 to 13/14. We use each book for about a year, taking around 45 minutes a day. The layout is clean and not too busy. There are two or three illustrations or cartoons per chapter. Each book is divided into ten themed chapters. In book one each chapter includes two prose passages; in book two there are two prose passages and a poem. For example, one chapter in book one is about elephants. The first passage is from The Elephant's Child, by Rudyard Kipling; the second is a letter to The Times newspaper about keeping elephants in zoos. In book two, one chapter is entitled 'Love' and contains an extract from Silas Marner, a Shakespeare sonnet and a description of the life of St. Valentine. Following each passage are comprehension and vocabulary questions. The second book also starts to introduce elements of the analysis of poetry. There is one exercise made up of creative writing prompts - we do several of these pieces from each chapter. Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation follow - many of the examples are drawn from the passages. There's a speaking and listening section, which often includes composing dialogues or speeches, or memorisation. There follows an extensive list of related books to read. Lastly, there are suggestions for extra activities (for brighter kids who finish fast in a classroom setting). Pros: it's an all-in-one program that does a good job of relating all its elements. The reading passages are challenging, and there is a range of suggested reading to cover all abilities. The passages and poems that are chosen are of extremely high quality: these are not those bland comprehension passages you come across in some school texts. In the first two chapters of book 2, Calvin has read and analysed passages by Mark Twain, Cecil Day Lewis (British Poet Laureate), William Golding and Charles Causley (just missed being Poet Laureate), as well as extracts from quality newspapers. Following the end-of-chapter suggestions, he read Huckleberry Finn, The Day They Came To Arrest The Book, Fahrenheit 451 and Robinson Crusoe. Cons: this isn't a con for me, but compared to the US standard, UK grammar requirements are light. You may well find EP grammar to be very gentle review. Spelling and punctuation exercises may need to be done orally if you want to adapt to US standards. Some of the suggested reading is emotionally, as well as academically, demanding, so you may need to do some pre-reading. Potentially more important is the lack of specific writing instruction. The writing prompts are just that: titles or ideas. If the pupil is not yet writing fluently and you feel the need of help to get to that stage, you will have to supplement with a more focused writing progamme. Recommendation: I love this programme (can you tell?). It's exactly what I wanted to find. It's stimulating and challenging, but not frightening for the pupil. Calvin delights in the passages: the look on his face as he read Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, or dove into a poem by Wole Soyinka was unforgettable. I recommend it for any child of 11 and up, especially one who is interested in language. A younger pupil can use it, but watch out for maturity issues. A child who cannot already put together a written piece in a variety of genres will need some support. Junior History (review by Melissa) It is not my primary history - if it were I would think that it needed supplements. The entire text is only 74 pages. I purchased it for my daughter - age 7 - entering 2nd grade. We will do American History three days a week and Ancient History two days a week. I think it works very well for a two day a week text. We will do reading and an exercise one day a week and a project one day a week. There are three exercises for each chapter. The first exercise has ten (sometimes more) questions for comprehension. Most of them are who, what, where, when questions. There is usually one why question and one that asks you to draw something. We will do these orally - over two classes. Exercise two is fill in the blank - five questions. I will have her write these as copywork. And exercise three is vocabulary - five words. I haven't decided how to do these yet. Then there is the To Do section. We will do these on our second day. They usually include one story to write, one poster to make and a couple of craft things to do. I am adding one fiction and one non-fiction book to each chapter. I am currently working on choosing the books. Every chapter has this layout. I think the textbook is very good as an introduction to ancient history. It has at least one map for each chapter. The choice of photos was well done. I always struggle with what to include and what to leave out. BUT, it does not have nearly the depth of SOTW or other programs that are studying only ancients for the year. The maps are nice but there is no focus on geography. There is an intro to literature and mythology, but no book suggestions. I was looking for an interesting, factual, fun ancients text for my daughter to use a couple of times a week. (We do annual testing and both of my children had weak scores in pulling information from text.) I think as a text this book is very nice, but it has all of the drawbacks of any textbook. Latin Prep Calvin has finished LP 1 and is on chapter 8 of LP 2. This is a rigorous, secular, grammar-based programme designed for pupils aged 11 to 13/14. It introduces grammar and vocabulary systematically and provides lots of practice in translating sentences Latin/English and English/Latin. Each chapter also includes longer passages for comprehension, translation and grammar work. The passages usually concern Greek Myth or Roman history. The layout of the book is enlivened by cartoons. The text is written to the child, with some appropriate humour mixed in. One is sometimes asked to translate ludicrous sentences, which Calvin particularly enjoys: 'Master, the friends of the poet are murdering the inhabitants with books' is one of his favourites from book 1. Absurd sentences are of course harder to translate, as you can't guess them. There is a word list at the back of each book and a pronunciation guide at the front of book 1. Calvin and I do most work orally - this is quicker and makes for a nice snuggle time. We spend about 90 minutes a week, including memorisation, and get through just under a book a year. Pros: logical and fun, with review integrated into the exercises. Cons: the noun cases are presented in UK/Commonwealth order, rather than US order. This can be solved by having the student write out the nouns in your chosen way as part of the memorisation process. Very occasionally there will be a grammar point that could do with an extra sentence of explanation. This is a rare occurrence and not something to worry about. SY Maths (previously named Maths Prep) We have finished book one and are on the second chapter of book two. Maths Prep is designed for students aged 11 to 13/14. It is divided into chapters, each of which concentrates on a particular aspect of maths. Each chapter has an introduction, which often links maths to its history, then a series of exercises which build on each other. At the end of the chapter will be a summary exercise, extension questions (often very challenging!) for brighter pupils, and an end-of-chapter activity. MP explains how the maths works and expects understanding, but also practises standard algorithms. The text is enlivened by cartoons but the overall look of the page is somewhat dense. It uses a larger sans-serif font, rather than the smaller serif font used in Latin Prep and English Prep. The contents of each chapter are picked up and reviewed in the following book, but there is no continual review during the year. The author recommends adding in weekly review questions from the other maths books sold by GP. Pros: the explanations are logical and the exercises present interesting word problems. The program requires the pupil to think hard about how to apply what s/he has learned, rather than just plugging new numbers into previous formats. The historical notes develop nice links with history studies. Cons: the lack of continual review makes MP less easy than other GP products for a non-specialist teacher to use. You are responsible for finding and assigning review questions - they are not a part of MP. The alternative is a lot of forgetting and relearning between one year and the next. Recommendation: recommended for teachers who are prepared to add in their own review to the program, or for very mathy students, who will thrive on the extension questions and not forget much from year to year. Religious Studies For Today The book discusses, rather than preaching, and provokes wide-ranging philosophical/political/moral discussion. It will have been designed to be used in schools that may have a nominal Christian affiliation, but that include many children of different faiths or none. It covers passages from the Old and New Testaments. The aims (according to the introduction) are to explore issues which surround: "- human existence - the existence of God - our responsibility towards our planet - our responsibility towards each other - the teaching of Jesus - personal and public morality Each chapter normally contains the following sections: - summary of the set Biblical text - commentary on the text - questions on the commentary - contemporary issues - Common Entrance (exam style) questions - scholarship (higher level exam style) questions" The first chapter discusses Genesis 1-2 v 25. The commentary mentions particular words used in the translation, the differences from the Babylonian creation story, the historical relevance of the sabbath (and the reason that P - the writer - stressed it), fertility as a concept in the region - fertility gods (Baals) in Canaan. There follow comprehension questions on the commentary. L
  6. Before reading about it here last night, I'd never heard of Galore Park. So I looked it up, and WOW, looks like they have some great things. What can you tell me about it?? What products have you used and liked? How can you determine proper level? And, if you're in the US, do you find that any of it is difficult or doesn't apply to your child, being British-based? I would just love a few pointers to browse their site intelligently!! Thanks!
  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. Busy here planning for our Third Year starting in September. I was all set with going with Spanish for Children and maybe later in the year add Rosetta Stone, when I remembered Galore Park's So You Really Want To Learn Spanish. What is the age range recommendation? Would you do it with an 8-year-old? My soon-to-be 8-year-old is familiar with Spanish and has better pronunciation than most because I speak another language to him that's phonetic and I've exposed him to Spanish since he was little. However, he only knows how to say the very basics and doesn't know how to converse yet. I want to take him to the next level and have him speak in Spanish (he'll have me to practice with) and start understanding the grammar and start writing. Galore Park looks really solid and rigorous, and the way I was taught English. The only 3 things that are making me pause are: - It looks a little dull for an 8-year-old. What are the recommended ages? - It's Spanish from Spain, whereas I would vastly prefer Spanish from Latin America -The images (I know, I know, very superficial. But I like pretty :)) Please share your thoughts.
  9. Which ones do you like the best? We're going to do Latin Prep...one day...and I like their Geography books for DS in 5th....opinions?
  10. Can I do it with just the workbook or do I need the teacher download? If you can tell me by the morning, I am trying to get in under Ray at horrible books deadline. Nicole
  11. I am very interested in getting some of the Galore Park books. I'm considering these: So You Really Want To Learn Junior Science So You Really Want To Learn Science So You Really Want To Learn Junior English So You Really Want To Learn English So You Really Want To Learn Junior History My question is....do I need the answer books? I'm thinking that the Science and History would be easy enough for me to find the answers in the reading. But, for English....well, I'm not that great at it....and I don't think the answers would be in the reading. I'd like to hear from anyone using any of these books if you feel the answer books are necessary? Are the answer books just the answers, or do they contain more/other info? I'm kind of surprised that the answer books are so much smaller, yet almost the same price as the student books. Of course, I would really like to get each answer book.....but that will make the total cost much higher.
  12. Has anyone here used any of the Galore Park history or science books? What did you like or dislike about the books? Jan
  13. Galore Park books were not available--or, at least, no one knew about them--over my twenty year stint of homeschcooling. Now I hear about them frequently here. So, what are your favorites? Even though I'm not homeschooling, I do teach in a traditional school, and I'm still addicted to finding the best books to use. Thanks!
  14. I love what I'm seeing on their website. It looks exactly like something ds would gobble up. We've done SOTW 1, 2, and part of 3, so we'd like to start with the book that covers the Renaissance. From looking through the available books at their website, it looks like the books become more and more anglo-centric as they progress. For example, in Junior History 3 appears to be a history of England and covers nothing other than what pertains to England. Obviously, that won't do for us. Can someone help me sort this out? I love their books, and if I can find a world history appropriate for my 10-year-old who loves history, but hates what we're doing now, I'd jump at it. My question is, can I use the Galore Park Junior Histories as a World History curriculum? Thanks in advance for any advise or suggestions.
  15. I'm looking specifically for the Junior History books, 1-3. I don't see them at Amazon. Where did you get yours? Thanks!:lurk5:
  16. Is anyone using the SYRWTL Science series for older elem/jr high? What's the scoop? Any reviews?
  17. I want to go ahead and buy Latin Prep for my 11 year old. What exactly do I need to purchase for this year? I want to start at the beginning, even though we have done LFC A. When I go to the two websites that I can order it from, I become overwhelmed. Laura or anyone else who knows this, please tell me what to purchase as I always purchase way to much of a new product without advice from an expert. Thanks!
  18. And are you happy with them? I am thinking of trying Junior History, and it has always been my plan to use Latin Prep when the kids are a little older. Anything else I should look into?
  19. How does one order these from the US? and what titles do you love and use?
  20. has anyone used the Galore Park materials - other than Latin Prep? Any history users or English? thanks, Melissa:o
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