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  3. Disclaimer-ish Greeting: Welcome to the grand pooh-bah of link lists! :thumbup1: I decided to post a list of educational programs for children that are currently available on YouTube (and a few bonus links to content available on other sites) as of 2/4/2014. Most of these were verified as working between 1/20/2014-2/4/2014. I cannot guarantee that these will always work or remain active. Some may be removed due to copyright violations, or due to the original posters removing the content from their channels. I tried to select programs that are currently unavailable through other sources such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, or WorldCAT (digital catalogs for inter-library loan). If you have an internet wizard in your life, you may be able to find entire seasons or other related content available for download or streaming online. However, I did not want to post things that may of questionable legal status here. All of my links are to things are legally posted under the educational clauses of the US and British copyright laws (to the best of my knowledge, anyway.) Some of these programs aired on PBS or other public television venues here in the US during the 1970s-2000s. Others were/are being made especially for YouTube by different groups and institutions or individual educators, hobbyists, collectors, or enthusiasts. Some of the audiobooks and radio shows are posted for archival purposes and are of mediocre quality. This list is geared towards younger children, pre-k and grammar stage mostly, with some logic stage friendly links mixed in. I may make another list for older children/teens in the future. This list is not perfect nor is it exhaustive. It has many gaps and I left a lot of content off. I wanted this list to be full of general reference points for other media-conscious parents and homeschoolers to consult for educational and entertainment purposes. Please be aware that some of this content may not be available to users from outside of the United States. There is nothing I can do about that, sorry. :( Happy viewing and listening! :D ~Nerdy H. Bird PS - This is an ongoing project for me. I am an extreme link hoarder with multiple computers and YouTube accounts. If you have a request or are looking for a particular resources in the YouTube-a-verse, shoot me a PM and I will try to help you find it somewhere on the interwebs. I will be adding to these lists periodically and doing my best to keep it current for now. !!!!!!!IMPORTANT!!!!!!! - Click "show" below to view complete lists of updates and additions. The actual lists will begin in the following posts. ;)
  4. I was wondering for those that use classical education and use any of the Orton/Spalding Spelling programs. I find myself learning more about Grammar Stage, and how easier is memorization for young children, and how logic, and a more analytical approach is best employed in 5th grade or so, depending on the child. Then I come to ask the wisdom from all of you that have used Spalding methods of spelling and agree with the classical aproach, I have used SWR and have read most of the other ones. Is the marking of the words a form of analylsis of the word, it is to me almost like a diagraming of the word. Am I asking too much from my K-2nd graders to do? Should they memorize the marking instead of being asked to analyze and mark? I wonder how many of you have used SWR/or other in a Classical way. Has anyone twicked these programs to better fit the grammar stage, with what results? I don't think I can compare a classical spelling program, like the ones sold at Memoria press, or other, as their aproach is different, teaching the long or short vowel sounds, instead of all the phonograms first. I ask because I am having a hard time with my children enduring markings, and they are little and really not understanding, they are K and 2nd. Could it be that their brains are not up to par? Belive me I have gone throught the guilt of thinking is just me, that I am not a good teacher. So far they can handle the phonograms, some of the rules, We have the SWR app. They are great readers! they have learned how to read with this program, now the spelling... my K is slow, my 2nd grader can spell great, I think is all the reading she does. back to the issue; grammar stage vs Orton methods. I would love to hear from both sides. and specially those that have noted something like what I say. I cannot go buy something different right now, so I have to make work what i have. How does that look for all you SWR/Spalding users? to mark or not to mark for grammar stage, that is one of my questions, k
  5. ... after a winter/spring of keeping things floating along here, I'm coming up for air and lining our ducks up so we're strong for 4th grade this fall. A. is a reluctant writer, currently perfectly capable of writing a few cursive sentences and working with WWE3 and Classical Writing (we type the CW). We have not been doing written summaries for history, just oral. I'd like to move him to writing at the WTM-suggested end-of-third-grade-goal of summaries that "resemble one- or two-paragraph compositions". Here's my imagined progression of skills. 1. I write his summaries, then dictate them back. edited after feedback: 2. -- what next? he does an oral summary, then I help him remember the sentences? -- 3. He writes his few sentences. 2. We put keywords for each sentence up on the board, along with hard-to-spell words. He writes from this. 3. A. writes an outline on his paper, I put hard-to-spell words down, he writes from that. 4. Work on something like a paragraph -- think about a general sentence intro, and a final sentence that touches on and extends the main theme, in a three-ish sentence format. 5. Work on beefing up our paragraph middles. How does that sound? Any thoughts or points of concern? thank you! :)
  6. We tried the Critical Thinking Skills workbooks for K level but didn't care for them much. They felt much more like standardized test prep than like beginning logic skills and there were few things in any of the books that challenged DD at all. My daughter does love workbooks, though, so I'm wondering if there are better options out there. Has anyone tried both CTC and the Lollipop Logic series and could tell me how they compare? Or have other suggestions? I would also love suggestions for games. I'm looking at about a 5 year old level with a fairly short attention span (more than 15-20 minutes on a game and I'll lose her!). I admit that our current games cabinet is a little pathetic; we hit this stage where she is past the preschool board games but the "good" games all seem too advanced. I'm sure there is stuff out there that I'm just not thinking of. Maybe some of the strategy games but scaled down to have a time limit?
  7. Is the Classical Conversations memory work (specifically Foundations program) enough for grammar stage kids? I have been going back and forth on this issue for quite some time and need some help being 100% convinced. Yes, I want proof, so to speak. Is it truly effective to have them just memorize all of this information, without much context or additional info? Many people say that if you do CC you don't need to do anything else. Others add in some additional language arts, math, and maybe science. As of right now, instead of CC, I am prepared to use a full Language Arts program (either Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading or Logic of English, Essentials), a History program (History Odyssey along with SOTW), a math program (combination of Singapore & Math Mammoth until I figure out which I like better), a science program (REAL Science Odyssey), and Art (which we will add in as we're able). I have all of this curricula ready to go. I've spent hours and hours selecting them. But I keep coming back to CC. And the idea that maybe all that curricula is not the best use of their brains at this stage. Maybe I really just need to pack in as many facts ("pegs") as possible right now without them needing (or wanting) to understand it right now. I know that they love memorization and excel at it at this age. I guess I want to be 100% sure that the memorization is enough and that it will be of more help to them when they're older (logic and rhetoric stages) than fleshing everything out at this young age. Sorry so long. Can you help?
  8. My 4yo DS (turning 5 in November) will be attending a Montessori preschool 5 half-days a week in the fall. I'm planning to let the school handle reading and math progression (except playing RS Math Card Games and doing some AAS), but I'd like to afterschool history, art/music, and science. I pretty much have a good idea of what I want to do with history (SotW) and art (Drawing with Children), but I'm having trouble with planning something for science. I very much like the idea of following WTM's science progression and studying biology, anatomy, and botany this year, but it feels like the first year science ideas are a bit simplistic. My DS would definitely not go for just reading about animals and coloring pictures for half a year. (He shares his mother's disinterest in animals in general.) So I've been looking at a few options. In order of preference: BSFU: I like the depth I perceive in this curriculum--that it uses actual science terms and doesn't dumb things down for kids too much. The Socratic method and lack of worksheets are fun. It seems like it might be a good level for DS, but I don't like the spirally nature of it. DS and I are both systematizers, so the idea of studying one area at a time from beginning to end really appeals to me. It's not that I mind the cross-connections; it's just not what I want to emphasize. Is it possible to rearrange this curriculum to follow only one strand at a time? I've seen the charts that show which lessons depend on what, but how dependent are they really? Could I teach the Life Science strand this year without covering anything else? Or should I really just suck it up and go spirally? I'm also concerned about the prep time involved. I've read online that people feel like this curriculum involves too much work on the parental part. Am I going to find this overwhelming? Thoughts? RS4K: I like how systematic this curriculum is, but it seems a bit simplistic. Is it? Could I skip the elementary level and go straight to the middle school curriculum, assuming I help out with writing things? Or is there too much math that needs to be mastered first? And of course, this curriculum is short. Only 10 lessons? What can you do to stretch that out to fill a whole year? Any suggested supplements? Any experience starting with Biology instead of Chemistry? Winging it: I have enough science background that I could wing it from living books. The organization for anatomy/human body section seems straightforward, but I'm having some trouble with how to deal with the biology/zoology/botany part. The systematizer in me would love to use some simplified form of classification, probably deemphasizing microscopic creatures but still covering them, maybe starting with a short section on what a cell is. Any good resources at an upper elementary level on classification? On the other hand, I find the idea of organizing by different biomes very appealing: I could use the documentary "Planet Earth" as a spine, watch an episode and then talk about the plant and animal life in each biome for a few weeks. Anyone else done it this way? On the third hand, I love the idea of doing a nature studies approach for this year and focusing on our local wildlife and plants here in the Pacific Northwest. However, I feel less confident about this approach since my identification of plants is limited to tulips versus roses, and like I said, not a big animal fan. Maybe I would do a systematic study for 20 weeks in the fall, and do nature study for 10 weeks in the spring. What are some good, unintimidating nature study resources for a beginner? Sorry for so many questions in one post. I just see a lot of different ways to go and am having difficulty choosing between them. Feel free to suggest other curriculums as these are the main ones I've looked at. More info about DS's abilities if that's helpful: began reading at age 2, fluent reader at 3rd grade level currently, has the stamina to read about one section of SotW by himself at a time. Writing is pretty much no go, but I'm hoping Montessori will help that. Mathwise, he loves addition and subtraction, thinks negative numbers are hilarious, and is trying to puzzle out multiplication, can do with powers of ten (ie 10x10=100, 10x100=1000, 10x7=70, etc). Very interested in facts, actively dislikes "fiction" right now, very fact hungry kid who keeps bringing me StoW for bedtime stories of his own volition, not particularly showing any science precocity. Not interested in coloring and crafty activities AT ALL (neither am I). More info about me: I have a chemistry minor (almost majored in it, but hit the wall in Physical Chem, so I went back to my true love, English) and love science. I feel totally confident teaching science at this level; I just don't want to assemble my own curriculum from scratch if I don't have to, especially since we have a new baby coming in about 10 days. :D Oh, and while I am religious, I prefer secular curriculum. I can provide my own personal religious views on the subject without messing up the evidence with them. Another plus for RS4K.
  9. I just noticed that Ruth (aka-lewelma) has a third grader (yes, just noticed) and I know she uses documentaries for her history: Button will be in third grade next year, and I would be so so happy to move toward a Ruth-like history of reading, maps, documentaries, and writing assignments as they come from our writing program (IEW). Do y'all have ideas of good history documentaries for children this young? Button is esp. sensitive, though growing out of it -- his father or I would watch these with him. If they wouldn't traumatize the preschooler either, that's extra credit! Please do also include documentaries that wouldn't esp. be good for a sensitive child -- I'm going to hope that there are enough responses to warrant this, and put a post onto this thread for each WTM period and update them with resources y'all post. I may not get it all updated until this evening, though, DH & littles are due back from their hike soon. I'll assume old-earth content, since most documentaries do, and am happy to include young earth videos esp. with notes, so that the young-earth parents can find them easily. Thanks in advance!
  10. this single area is where i decided to walk away from TWTM 9 yrs ago. i followed TWTM as scheduled, using FLL with our then 1st grader. while reading skills flew through the roof, grammar was not grasped-over summer break, all was forgotten. it was then i stumbled on those from the "school of delayed formal grammar.":001_huh: i was just reading the 2nd ed. of TWTM and cannot understand why SWB insists on formal grammar from 1st grade on up, repeating and reviewing each year. this just doesn't make sense. when i read ruth beechick's opinion on this subject, she makes total sense. but, oh my, what a different mindset!:willy_nilly: my brain is about to explode! ever feel afraid to take one more step in your dc's education? well, i'm there! and, strangely enough, it's not in the area of math.:tongue_smilie: thoughts?
  11. We have yet to do any type of foreign language (and I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how to "fit" it in). Next year we will be doing Classical Conversations, so we will at the very least start doing the Latin memory work, but without any context behind it. I wasn't planning on starting a full on Latin next year, but am starting to re-think this plan after spending time on this board. (this is happening quite frequently it seems with many of my curriculum choices after being here LOL) So, my question, how important is it to start a foreign language (and is Latin the number one choice?) with my kids being in 2nd and 4th grade next year??? Thank you!!!
  12. Ok, because I don't understand... what is the big deal about grammar kids learning to memorize so many things? I mean... what is the purpose? I KNOW that kids love to memorize things.. poems, scriptures, nursery rhymes, etc... but even if they like to do it, what is the reason for making sure that they do? This subject has come up often with other homeschoolers {especially more relaxed or unschoolers} who think it's silly of me to require memorization for young children. I see the benefits of memory work that i have done as a kid but I was wondering if there was some long term educational benefit from it that I am unaware. And what if a child does not memorize anything? What then? Will it hamper their education in some way and if so, how? I am not being flippant, I really am just curious... :)
  13. I posted a version of this message to the K-8 board, but then realized it might be more appropriate here, since I got a lot of responses about it being too advanced, and I'm not sure it completely applies to my 5.5 year-old first grader who has been reading/writing since she was 3. I did Apologia Astronomy this past semester with my second grader and we loved it. Science is her favorite subject so she was just eating it up. I had planned to follow TWTM order and go with chemistry next, but thanks to the forum, I just learned that Apologia will be releasing Chemistry/Physics in 2011, so I've decided to hold off until then. My kindergartener tuned in and out of our astronomy sessions, so I know it can at least partially hold her interest, and hopefully moreso in a few months when we start a "soft" first grade. ...So I'm wondering which of the other Young Explorers books would be best to start with for both of them, and how many we could realistically cover in a year. I refuse to do two sciences, histories, etc. so I'm determined to learn how to consolidate them, just as so many of you have modeled for me!
  14. Per TWTM, we're on course to do chemistry in the fall, and my daughter is very into science, so I think all the more reason to study a new area (we've done life, earth, and astronomy). I've done some research here and elsewhere, so I've narrowed down our choices to these: Elemental Science The Elements Classic Science Elementary Chemistry Real Science Odyssey Chemistry Christian Kids Explore Chemistry The first one seems more classically oriented, which reminds me of Apologia (we just did their astronomy and loved it), but I'm drawn to the whimsicalness and creativity of the 2nd and 3rd, as my daughter gravitates toward colorful illustrations & humor. The last two seem the most comprehensive/thorough. I'm fine with getting two of these, but I can't justify spending for more than that. Most are around $25/30 (bound) but the 3rd & 4th are $50, so that's another consideration. Cathy Duffy reviewed the Christian one and said it isn't "in your face" that way, but I actually like the idea of God at least being mentioned because that was a big part of what we both enjoyed about Apologia. I'm also a little worried about all the experiments, as that's an area where I tend to be weak, though I'm bucking up for the challenge, since I know this subject is less theoretical and more hands-on, especially at this age. Still, I'd probably like something that's more evenly balanced between knowledge and practical application. ...So, has anyone used any of these with a child in the grammar stage, and what did you think?
  15. I did Apologia Astronomy this past semester with my second grader and we loved it. Science is her favorite subject so she was just eating it up. I had planned to follow TWTM order and go with chemistry next, but thanks to the forum, I just learned that Apologia will be releasing Chemistry/Physics in 2011, so I've decided to hold off until then. My kindergartener tuned in and out of our astronomy sessions, so I know it can at least partially hold her interest, and hopefully moreso in a few months when we start a "soft" first grade (she's only 5 1/2, but she's been reading/writing for several years). ...So I'm wondering which of the other Young Explorers books would be best to start with for both of them. I refuse to do two sciences, histories, etc. so I'm determined to learn how to consolidate them, just as so many of you have modeled for me!
  16. If you could have a "do over" for your kids in science, what would you do differently.....AND ......What curriculums would you use to prepare your kids for high school science? Just wondering this morning.....I have two students that are presently in high school and we are moving them toward graduation..... However, I have two more coming along and I am thinking about praying about their paths this morning. We used WTM, LLB, and Rainbow science with the first two to prepare them for high school science. Hmmm......we had fun and they were prepared. But it was a lot of work for mom....trying to find library books and to suppliment. We read and read and read library books. Should I prepare the other two the same way....or use a more text book approach? Am I the only one out there that stresses over these kinds of things? My husband thinks I'm nuts at times...... If you had a do over, what would you do differently?? Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  17. what program would you choose? My kids have not managed to master anything in math beyond basic addition and subtraction. They can do higher level math, but it takes them longer than it should and I still sometimes see them counting on their fingers. So I want to backtrack and find a program that works toward mastery before moving on to the next thing. I have Right Start level C (we're working through the transition lessons currently) but I'm having a hard time teaching some of the concepts (like mental math) and don't know whether this curriculum is going to work for us over the long haul. Would Math-U-See be a better bet since both the kids and I will have the benefit of the DVD to actually see how to do the problems? Or would Saxon be better? I want a really solid program that will allow us to get the basics down relatively quickly and then move on so that I can hopefully get them up to grade level by the end of fourth grade. My kids do not mind worksheets, and truth be told I actually prefer them because I can see how well they're learning and retaining the information. Thank you! (And sorry for asking so many questions -- I'm really kicking myself for some bad curriculum decisions over the past six months.)
  18. -Multi-level: acceptable for 4th grader, but adaptable for special needs/preKer -Old earth -creation & adaptation / or evolution (I can ad lib!) -Prefer secular over Christian, but see above -Lots of reading lists, sources for read alouds -scientist bios as well as experiments -has a kit with everything I'll need already in it. I am willing to consider any topic, but son is leaning toward something with experiments (he's been watching too much Time Warp, methinks!) This is for all boys. They won't enjoy drying/pressing flowers or journaling. They want to "chuck balls" and "blow stuff up" (their words, not mine). thank you, thank you, thank you!
  19. One without an older sibling. So, there's no history/science/music/art "by absorption", or "when they feel like sitting in." I want to simplify for next year, before I purchase much. But, everything is so worthwhile. Even Ambleside has a lot to it, by the time you do foreign language, picture study, hymn study, folk song study, classical music study, etc...... I have SOTW 1 + AG and it looks like fun. So does science. And art. And music. And Spanish. etc. etc. etc. But, we just don't have time for all that. Plus grammar. Plus writing. Plus 2 math programs. Plus my youngest child..... How do you include other "stuff" without getting overwhelmed? And I need to do this "stuff" during the school day. Our family life just doesn't revolve around classical music concerts or historical re-inactments.
  20. We are doing: MUS Alpha WWE workbook 1 FLL 1 SOTW (just reading, not the activities) We were doing The Reading Lesson but we've kind of taken a break from that and are just doing Bob Books and the like. I haven't really found a science program that I like, so we've just been doing nature study, planting things, catching and releasing bugs and lizards, etc. We sporadically do Artistic Pursuits (I need to do better at this), but she also does a variety of coloring, drawing, and weaving projects. We're kind of at a hectic time in our life right now and just doing the bare minimum, but I want to make sure there's nothing huge that I'm missing.
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    WWE2 and spelling

    First time posting, and I don't know what all of the acronyms mean, so I'll use the Queen's English like we try to teach our children :) Our 7-year old, 2nd grade daughter (does this make her dd7?) is not a great speller. She is the type that locks up when she doesn't know how to do something, and her poor spelling makes writing terrifying. For that reason we did the last quarter of WWE1 this fall to get her used to it before the dreaded dictation. Poor soul, she doesn't know what's coming next week. My question is how to do dictations with a poor speller. Should we tell her how to spell every word, or just the tough ones (week 1 has 'flattery')? TWTM says to start with very simple dictations, such as "The cat ran fast". However, WWE2 starts a sentence with much harder words. We haven't used FLL. Any suggestions on making dictations less painful, yet still worthwhile, would be appreciated. And by the way, so far we have loved WWE. She hated journaling so much last year, and she loves the stories that go with the narrations. She has developed quite a reading list.
  22. Greetings:). I would really like to use SOTW with the AG for grades 1 all the way through 8. Has anyone been able to successfully use, for example, SOTW Vol. 1 with a 1st and 5th grader together? Does the AG offer enough ideas and literature suggestions for both levels? Or would I need to find another historical literature resource for the 5th grader? TIA! Marianne in TX
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