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  1. This is from MCT's Practice Voyage: Acrid fumes poured from the engine room; we hoped to put the fire out. TO PUT THE FIRE OUT is described by MCT as a direct object and infinitive phrase. OUT is labeled as an adverb, but we can't figure out what it is modifying. It can't modify TO PUT because it TO PUT is a noun and adverbs only modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. So what is OUT modifying? Thank you for your help!
  2. First off, I'm super excited to finally have a kid old enough to post on this board. :hurray: I feel like I've been invited to a party with the cool people. :laugh: Next, I'm getting ready to order our next level of MCTLA. We're heading into the Town level, but I do NOT want to use the writing or poetry portions of MCT this time around. Tell me exactly what I need to purchase for the Town level to do it as cheaply as possible. For example, at the Island level I only needed the TM's for all of the books which saved quite a bit. Can I get by with just the TM for Grammar Town and Prac
  3. My dd (9 years) has done Sonlight LA all the way through. I have added in an old Rod and Staff orally. She will be about 5th grade next year, language art is fine but not an extremely strong point for her. She knows basic parts of speach most of the time, can write paragraphs from Sonlight with a fair bit of enthusiasm but a lot of issues. Next year I want to up the grammar and writing. She does best with specific instructions and step-by-step methods. What does MCT offer that Rod and Staff combined with Wordsmith Apprentice or Check the Deck doesn't offer? I keep hearing MCT is deepe
  4. I've used FLL with my kids for 3 years. I have a rising 4th grader who I am looking for something different for. She has been through L3 of FLL. We both got tired of the format of FLL this last year. For years 1&2 it was great, but this last year was a bit of torture for both of us. I'm not certain exactly what it was that was so painful for us. Perhaps the back and forth nature of it? Looking for something that is more student led, or at least is a short lesson followed by student work. I was thinking of trying out Easy Grammar this year as I hadn't found anything that appealed m
  5. We used the Classical Edition of CE 1 this past school year and loved it. I want to continue on with CE 2. I see that some people only use the TM and not the student book. I don't want to spend the extra cash on the student book if I don't need to, but in looking at the samples of the TM I'm wondering how people use it with their students when the answers are already there. If you use CE without the student book, can you tell me how you use the TM with your student - particularly how you deal with the answers right there in bold?
  6. Let's do a 4-level analysis of this sentence: Every day I take a nap. What part of the sentence is EVERY DAY? Is it some sort of phrase? It seems like a prepositional phrase modifying TAKE, but the dictionaries call EVERY an adjective. Thanks for your help!
  7. We are finishing Essay Voyage. While I really like the grammar and CE, I'm not so thrilled with the writing portion of Voyage-I actually liked the Town level of writing better. So, I'm looking ahead to MCT level 4. From other posts, I'm gathering that the Vocab part of the program is pretty intense and I would need to go slower with that. I love their grammar, so I want to stick with that. I'm not interested in their upper level poetry, and I can't quite figure out if the writing portion for level 4 is that good. If you use any of these levels, could you tell me how the writing i
  8. I just wanted to share on this board the shift in my view on the MCT writing materials. I posted about it on the high school board, but since I mostly endorsed MCT's writing program on this forum, I thought I should post here as well. I have made the decision to no longer use or recommend MCT writing. It isn't a decision that I am ecstatic over. My dd and I have loved the way the vocabulary, writing, and poetry have intertwined. I'm still struggling with whether or not I am going to abandon all of the materials. I LOVE the vocabulary and poetry books. Honestly, with the excep
  9. Cynthia, I know your students have been working on the secondary levels of MCT, right? My youngest is doing Word Within the Word, Vol. 1 and all was well until around Unit 10. He reviews 20 minutes per day/5 days per week but those test scores are dropping. I am wondering what you think of splitting a unit over two weeks? At this point he has covered 300 roots, some of which are from last year, but I think it is becoming overwhelming to really master all of them. Is this reasonable or am I an 'ol softie?:D
  10. In AAW, every line after a long quote is indented like a new paragraph. At first I thought it was just in a couple examples, but we looked through the book today and it is every single paper after every long quote. (ETA: it is the same way in Essay Voyage as well.) I don't believe that is accurate, but what do I know? Is it normal to indent like a new paragraph the first line after a long quote? Or do you only indent for a new paragraph? Thank you! (MLA is my nemesis!)
  11. This question is for people who LOVE CE. I didn't buy it this year with the Town series b/c dd is doing Latin & I didn't want to duplicate effort by doing vocabulary as a separate subject, but I keep seeing such raves for this program. Why do you love it so much? If you are doing CE, are you also doing Latin &/or Greek? Does it feel redundant at all? I'm willing to be convinced to buy the program for next year :D
  12. My fifth grade dd is on her second year of using MCT materials. We did the whole Island series last year & this year we are just doing the grammar, the writing, and the practice book. We began fourth grade with R & S & ended up quitting since she had absolutely NO retention. With MCT she's understanding grammar to the extent that she can transfer the knowledge when she's doing other subjects. I've been astonished. However. She's on Lesson 6 of Paragraph Town & as I was looking through the remainder of the book today I can see that she probably won't be ready for the as
  13. While MCT continues to be one of my favorite curriculum, I now have some reservations about the effectiveness of the grammar portion, at least with my own son. Perhaps I am still smarting from the fact that he scored a 52% on the language skills portion of the K12 placement test for 6th grade and he is in 7th grade. My son seldom makes glaring usage or punctuation errors in his writing, yet that test score raises red flags for me. He may know intuitively how language works but he has certainly not mastered the appropriate terminology. Again, this could be problematic for specifically our fami
  14. http://quarksandquirks.wordpress.com/ I hope it is okay to post this link. The link to the blog was sent through the MCTLA Yahoo group so it is already available on the web. This mom has written the best user review of MCTLA that I have seen. I think anyone with questions about MCTLA will benefit from a thorough read of her review. She has used the first three levels (Island, Town and Voyage) and is planning on using WWW, ML and such in the future. (It's late and I do not have enough energy to write more than that.)
  15. Oh dear. I love reading poetry, but that is the extent of my knowledge. I was never any good at writing poems, and have forgotten most of the terms related to poetry that I learned as a child. It may be that I just never had the greatest teacher in this area, despite GATE and AP classes. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around Building Poems. Lesson 1, no problem, lesson 2 seems like so much info though. The gears in my head are spinning around like crazy. It seems like so much to absorb. How do you approach it with your children? Can some one walk me through it? What am I
  16. My older sons are currently in grades 9 and 10. They've done Shurley English levels 3 - 7 (grammar sections only) and are now doing Analytical Grammar 1st season. They are not liking AG at all, specifically the diagramming. I am going to be using MCT with my younger crew and was thinking about moving my older boys into the Magic Lens series. They liked the parsing in Shurley English (which seems to have some similarities with MCT's 4-Level Analysis) so I'm thinking the Magic Lens would go over much better. I spoke with a very helpful man at RFWP today and he said I should start th
  17. Hello all, I am using MCT and FLL for both kiddoes this year. Has anyone used MCT in the past? What do you think of it?
  18. I just answered another member's post where I praised SWB on her writing lectures. They are EXACTLY what I needed to hear regarding writing!!!!! Others have posted how beneficial the lectures have been for their writing instruction. I couldn't agree more. SWB lays out her instruction very clearly, and I now feel empowered that I can effectively guide my dc in their writing instruction. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone interested; RUN and get them downloaded. Best money I've spent in a long time. I do have a problem though, and I feel I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. Se
  19. I find the amount of love for it to be fascinating and am keeping an eye on the year-long usage results to see if I want to use it next year. :D We have some new curriculum this year that I have definitely developed a :001_tt1: for, so I'm not knocking MCT. I'm just wondering what type of teaching/learning style MCT is a hit for and what type it's a miss for.
  20. I use MCT (island level) for my language arts program. I use the grammar, writing, poetry, and vocab books. I keep reading posts that say other language arts programs include stuff that MCT doesn't and I'm worried that I'm not teaching everything I should. I know that MCT doesn't cover - spelling - capitalization and punctuation - commonly confused words (e.g. lay vs. lie) - alphabetizing - dictionary usage - reading (phonics, comprehension, lit analysis, etc.) What else am I missing?
  21. I bought Sentence Composing and Story Grammar for Elementary School to use along with MCT Island level. I'm looking through the books and really like them, but they're not the least expensive books I've encountered. :tongue_smilie: I'm wondering if anybody has had success doing them orally or if there is a great benefit to having the student write out the sentences like the text suggests? Also, I could use some help with scheduling it all. I was planning to do MCT as recommended in the .pdf on the site and add in one short lesson from Sentence Composing... then move on the Story Gra
  22. I have a question about the options page at the end of each chapter. What has your experience been with this? How many options do you choose? Do you let your child choose? Would you consider applying what the child has learned to writing history and science reports to be enough, so you could skip the options page or would this be too disjointed? I suppose it depends on your teaching style. In my case, I'm a little uneasy about teaching writing, but I don't feel totally clueless. My son has plenty of practice with narrations, but he has some trouble coming up with his own fresh ideas. I
  23. I used MCT Island with my dd last semester. She LOVED it & seemed to get a better grasp of grammar concepts than she'd ever had before. She would be sad if we quit using MCTLA, but I was not thrilled with the writing instruction in Island & am wondering if I need to switch in order to do writing more thoroughly. I have CW-Homer & I have LToW, but I doubt that I'm together enough to do a completely separate writing program. I'm assuming that I can't just buy Grammar Town & skip Paragraph Town since the grammar in the Island series wouldn't have been complete without Sen
  24. There was some discussion a ways back on how this potentially could be a good combo... I know at least one or two people have both programs in their hot little hands... has anyone had a chance to parse/review this? Please please please? I want to do what Sahamama suggested over in the Breadth/Depth thread and sit down with everything and some chamomile tea and figure out what to include and what to trim, but LToW is too expensive for me to buy and then find I don't really need! But then I've kept reading such wonderful things about it - does it overlap at all with MCT? Would it compleme
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