Chrysalis Academy Posted February 6, 2012 Share Posted February 6, 2012 So, the honeymoon is kind of over with FLL4. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great program, very thorough. I can't quite put my finger on the problem - I think it's too scripted, and maybe the exercises are too easy? What I'm finding is that DD and I are both kind of on autopilot with it. I can read the teacher's part, and she can do the exercises, but it seems like we can both do this without really engaging our minds. This is really disturbing to me, because I have realized that this is how she cruised through ps, too - she's smart enough that she could do the worksheets and pass the tests without ever thinking about the information, therefore it doesn't actually stick. Her grammar retention (i.e. definitions of the parts of speech, etc.) is not great with FLL, in fact if we weren't also doing Latin, so that parts of speech are constantly reviewed in both programs, I think she'd remember even less. But the answer for this child is not more drilling - worksheets and drilling are a waste of time, she just does them (correctly) with her brain turned off and retains very little. We just started Grammar Land, and it's been great. It has shown me how little she has retained from FLL, sadly, but it definitely engages her and I feel like she's getting a lot more out of it. Partly because she is analyzing real stories, real sentences . . . I'm planning on doing MCT Town next year, the whole program. Do you think this will be more engaging than FLL? It certainly looks like it. I'm actually wondering if we should maybe start with MCT now, rather than waiting till we finish FLL4. Or maybe shake it up by doing some KISS while we're finishing FLL? So what is my question - finally - ;)? I guess I'm wondering if anyone else has had this kind of experience with a DC, or with FLL, and what is the most engaging, least worksheety approach to grammar that you have found that sticks with a really smart, really verbal kid who will take a passive aggressive approach to worksheets (i.e. I'll do 'em, but you can't make me learn from 'em :glare:)? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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