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We just sat together and read through it, and the next day they took the quiz. In CEI they didn't need any flashcards and had great retention.

 

We're almost halfway through CEII and are starting to see the need - I'm using Quizlet (CE lists are already entered) rather than making my own hardcopy flashcards. Quizlet also has games and self-tests with the words.

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We're actually having great fun with CEII, moreso than with CEI - not sure why! We did flashcards for CEI and have started them this year for CEII. I do think part of it is we're pulling in so much of the poetry & other books. Yesterday, we were doing the Caesar's... Context, maybe? I can't remember. Where you guess what word goes in the sentence from literature. And we made "vivacious hatreds." What a great oxymoron!

 

We do split it up and just do a little each day for three days, and then do the quiz on the fourth day.

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We do use it as written. We did CE1 last year and are a few chapters in to CE2 this year. Their retention with CE1 was very impressive. We did no review over the summer, and yet they remembered virtually every word and stem from CE1 when we started back to school. We didn't do anything special with the lessons, really. We'd just do a page or two each day, stretching a lesson over a week's time and taking the quiz on Friday. The fact that the quizzes are cumulative really helps with retention, I think. Every week we'd review every word, going over any that were giving them particular trouble. It's not as much "fun" as Paragraph Town, that's true, but we loved all the examples from literature. One of the only "fun" things we did with it was that when we had a "wordy story", I would let them try to act it out as I read, and hilarity generally ensued.

 

Last night, they were trying to insult one another using as many CE words as possible. I'm quite sure that's not what MCT had in mind when he wrote it, but they were so remarkably successful at it that it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :D. Truly, we were all just rolling with laughter. Geek humor at its silliest. :tongue_smilie:

 

I don't know if anything here helped. Reading over it, I'm thinking not. I hope you'll hang in there with it for a while, though. I do think it's worth the effort!

 

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We are using it as written, not doing flashcards or anything extra. We read it together, a few pages a day as others have mentioned, then do the quiz on the final day. I agree with pp that the cumulative review each week cements the words/stems for ds.

My ds loves encountering his MCT vocabulary words in the literature we are reading. Maybe you could occasionally incorporate some of the literature MCT references, such as Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, etc. with the lesson. Would that add relevance for your dc?

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We use it as is. Like most people here, we had great retention with CEI last year without doing anything extra.

 

We do one lesson a week in one single sitting. After reading through the text together, I usually ask ds to make some sentences using the new words or stems he learns that day. For the rest of the week, he needs to review those words and stems (current and previous lessons) everyday on his own. One the day we do a new lesson, I have him do the cumulative test found in the back of the teacher manual.

 

I am not sure this is the most fun way of doing it, but it has worked well for us.

 

Side note: For those of you who also do Grammar Voyage, on pg. 43 is something MCT wrote to illustrate the 6 verb tenses called "Saldano and the Fish". We read that together yesterday and burst out laughing for at least 30 seconds. Ds thinks MCT is the funniest guy on earth! This is our third year doing MCT, and we just grow fonder of this program every year.

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Quizlet

 

Then just search for whatever you want. Lists for everything imaginable are already entered for you. For example, if you type in "caesar's english ii" you'll get well over 50 permutations of CEII vocabulary decks already done for you.

 

 

Wow! Amazing! They even have Das Neue Deutschmobil.

 

 

Sorry, back to regular thread.

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We do it sort of as written. We read almost everything, I don't do the wordsearches and one other component (I forgot which).

 

I do something a bit unconventional though... I have had them copy out a list of the stems, vocab & definitions and I let them use it for 2 tests, then they have to do the 3rd test on their own. Through the whole book. This helps their confidence, spelling and familiarity with the word and they like having the "break", as they do not like tests.

 

My kids also love when we are reading a different book and any CE word or stem comes up. They are always excited about it.

 

I break up the lessons this way... stem lessons (odd) take one week, vocab lessons (even) I give 2 weeks.

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