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j.cannon
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My wife and I are doing our research before we have children to make sure we are good teachers for our children. We are reading The Core and will read The Question, next.

This thread has been extraordinarily helpful. Even after reading the book, I could have made things more complicated than it needed to be. Now, I know that the best way to do this is to trust the model, keep it simple and fun.

What a great thread!!!

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Absolutely, keeping it simple is really the best in my opinion. Making sure there is joy in it when they are younger, is far more important. When their brains are ready for more is when they make that transition into Challenge and Essentials. Both of those programs introduce the information well and do not really require a student to prepare for them.

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I have used Math-U-See for years. We are in Trig now. I really like it, but am thinking of moving into a different program next year. Saxon is awesome. We supplemented with Saxon this year.

jljeni
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Sorry, that was in response to the Math-U-See question:)

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I am finishing Foundations/Essentials with my third child this year.  I always intended to do more for English, but didn't. (Well, 2 of mine began CC in the 5th grade.)  My youngest was 6 months old when we started CC. We did 2 months of IXL English before one standardized test (You can purchase it month-to-month.) I wanted him to become accustomed to a standardized test format. I thought that it would be nice to look at a LITTLE grammar too.  I think that this was in the 2nd or 3rd grade.  He has loved IEW and learned it all with his class.  I am sorry that I didn't do more phonics with him. He is the only one who didn't do Saxon Phonics, and he is my WORST speller.  Saxon phonics takes quite a while, but I think that it builds great spellers with all fo the coding.  Nothing else is required - except library books. We haver required a certain number of library books in different topics. At least a 2-4 in the areas of least interest - whether that is biography, history, science, geography, or fiction - per year. It can waken new interests.  My son LOVES HISTORY!!!  So we add the Veritas Press Self Paced History Course that goes along with the CC History Cycle. (No mommy prep. We watch it on the TV - together.. About a 20-30 minute lesson per day.) He wants to watch them over lunch, at night, any time he is allowed.  Is it required? Nope.   **BTW - the $100 off sale is on, now through March 19. https://www.veritaspress.com/selfpaced/    ** History requires a computer and good internet. It doesn't work on a tablet.    Have a good time. Allow more play. Show them the benefits of homeschool - and make their friends jealous!

 

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My son is in first grade and I do mostly math and phonics and alternate on the history and science.   

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I just want to give a shout out for Spell to Write and Read.  What I love so much other than the program really has helped me understand English spelling.  Is that Wanda Sanseri will personally email me back when I email her specific questions.  I recently have been emailing her back and forth on an issue I am having with one of my children's reading skills.  She has been sooo helpful!!  Helping me find holes in what I am doing and what I need to stop doing and keep doing.  It is a fantastic program.  It takes time to really get your mind around it.  If you can find a training seminar around you I highly reccomend you go and learn how to use your materials.  If you can't do that find someone who uses it and ask them questions.  And just take time to read the guide.  I spend my summer before starting the program to study it myself and make my own log book.  Hope that is helpful.  I think the method is the same as the Writing Road to Reading just made in a more user friendly way with SWR.

 

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Sarah, I read your response and was encouraged and excited, yet discouraged at the same time. Encouraged and excited to hear that you can keep it simple and fun, while adding material as you go, and still have kids who graduate homeschool well!:) What was discouraging is the important thing about getting the kids excited about learning! My kids are 10 and 7 (We have only done CC from the beginning), but I feel like I'm doing it all wrong. I've heard that phrase from the time I started CC, but I've failed in getting them excited to learn. Reading is a chore. Math- let's not even talk about it (one of my kids is not adept at Math, and honestly, neither am I)...some days are brutal.  How can I get my kids to be excited to learn? Would love your advice if you have any.

 

apellegra
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I use it for kindergarten- fifth grade.  In second to fifth grade I supplement singapore workbook with it.  

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Wonderfully informative conversation thread ! I really needed this information!

Question. What do you recommend purchasing for CC curriculum beyond the book ? For example, do people need the memory cards, history cards,, etc.??

Thanks,

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The best CC curriculum purchase I made, besides the book and tin whistle, is the the memory work cds.  This is our first year doing CC with our eldest (she'd be in kindergarten), and we listen to the cds all the time to review, especially in the car.  All of my kids love them, and sing along, even the 1 year old joins in to the tune in toddler babble.  I also got the timeline cards, but haven't used them much this year, as we are just trying to get established and figure this out, but I know that we will use them, as the timeline is part of the memory work every year.  

Hope this helps you and good luck!

P.S. You do need the tin whistle, as that's part of the fine arts curriculum during the year.  

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Thank you for sharing this! We just finished our first year in CC. My daughter is in Challenge A and my son is 10. I did not have him do Essentials this year because he hates writing and school in general. The easy pace of just memory work and a little IEW at home with a math lesson was enough! And he is actually asking questions and is curious! Now, of course, as I think about next year, I want to do more because he is older and I don’t hear a lot of the older foundations kids “keeping it simple” so you’re post is music to my ears!

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Hi,

Around grade 3, the Abeka Phonics instruction drops off drastically and there is not really spelling instruction other than rote memorization/repetition.  The spelling lists are brutal.  So, for the littles, Language Arts  videos could be OK,  but for your third grader,  I doubt it would do much to fill in the gaps.  All About Spelling might be a great open-and-go curriculum with little time commitment.  Highly recommend.  The Abeka Math, however is much easier to jump in and  could be great.  For me, making sure the child was paying attention during the videos took more energy than teaching the subject. So, there’s that.  I hope this helps. :). I have 8 years experience with Abeka curriculum.

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I use phonics for reading, writing.  I teach my son all the sounds and letter combinations rules and grill him on it.  There are 44 different sounds and combinations in English. If you teach the rules of phonics, then spelling comes naturally. My 2 cents worth.  Marla

 

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We used the Foudnations guide, Saxon math and reading materials, in the eraly years, with our oldest. No extra curriculum or science programs, etc. He is now in Challenge 1 and has thrived the whole way through. Adding a little each year (foundations and then essentials, etc) is truly all you need. We are finding the same to be true with our younger kids as well. 

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Yes, we use MUS.

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We just switched to Math U See after Christmas and it's working fantastically well for my son! He was having a difficult time with our previous curriculum.

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Oh, my teachers also talked about different grammar programs. My teacher even asked me to write a paper about this topic. I could not cope by myself, so I turned to https://papersowl.com/research-paper-writing-help and they helped me a lot. I used research paper writing help as it turned out to be quite challenging to study all the documents for my paper.