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It's back to MCT we go!


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I looked forward to using MCT since ds was in 1st grade. I patiently waited for him to hit 3rd grade & we dove in. And we hated it! We tried so hard to like it. I posted a few times where numerous posters encouraged us to get to Sentence Island before deciding. We got through almost all of Sentence Island and finally threw in the towel. Ds's eyes would glaze over whenever I brought out MCT. Never before had I actually seen him get that bored with a curriculum.

 

So we switched away and went to FLL. We thought we'd like the no-nonsense cut & dry approach. Well dry it is! Holy cow, I don't know how anyone gets through that and actually retains it. We liked how fast it was and we could just "get through it" quickly each day. However we were up to lesson 36 and I realized ds didn't actually retain anything. He could mumble the memorized definition of something but he didn't really know it. Then I would press him on what it actually meant and I realized he would answer me in terms of Mud.

 

So this week I made the executive decision to go back to MCT and ds cheered lol. I'm not sure if it'll be all that much better but we couldn't take another week of FLL.

 

Gah, I hate grammar. I really do.

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Great! If you want to add some pizazz to it, you can create some drawing exercies to go along with it. I bought a small drawing pad. On one side was a definition of some part of speech and then ds wrote a senetence THEN the other side ds drew a picture about his sentence. My ds loves to draw. He likes the circles in MCT Island because he says it looks like atoms. So, I use ds' visualization of atoms with the circles in MCT to cement the different parts of speech and parts of senetences. It hangs in our school room.

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lol my ds's idea of the worst torture ever is to draw something. We've actually had him draw something as a punishment in lieu of a time out or other punishment.

 

That idea will probably work great for my dd when she gets to this age though: she's my drawing kid and is always drawing something!

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