abrightmom Posted March 2, 2012 Share Posted March 2, 2012 Planning for my rising 4th grader here. He's had a ROUGH school year and it's been my fault. I'm strongly considering Preparing as his 4th grade year. I own it all and the books are wonderful. He would love to use it. My questions are as follows: 1. What is the purpose in writing out answers to the science questions (this is done once each unit)? Can't it be done orally? 2. How would you critique the writing in the guide? Is the writing more "explicit" instruction or is it mainly still copywork or notebooking stuff? From my preview of everything it seems to be a continuation of the copywork and notebooking with the addition of written narration 1x a week and creative writing with poetry. Is there more to it than that? Does it develop into something more over the course of the school year? 3. Is there any writing that you would consider superfluous? I'd like my son to use something with more explicit writing instruction (versus just copywork). I don't think R&S English will work for us in this area. 4. Did you modify or tweak this guide in any way that you felt worked better for you? 5. If we eliminate DITHOR does this open up time and hand strength for writing? We don't use DITHOR so this isn't factored into the work of the guide (time wise or writing wise). **I'm concerned about pressing on with HOD as it hasn't worked for us in so many ways. But, my son needs a more consistent, level appropriate schedule and I think Preparing covers most areas VERY well. Of all the HOD guides this one gets the BEST reviews. And, despite MY struggles with HOD my son absolutely LOVES Bigger Hearts. He just loves it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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