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post #21 of 57
Great info!

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons-I borrowed it from the library first to see if would work for us. I decided not to buy it. The pics were distracting for dd and it seemed to make learning how to read too complicated.

Other than that I don't have much to say since we are just getting started with K this year.
post #22 of 57
These are the ones we've tried in the past and they didn't work for us for some reason or another:

Apologia
Saxon
Life Pac
Singapore math
MUS/MathUSee

But these are also very popular with other people and lots of people do use them. But so far they haven't worked for my children for various reasons.
post #23 of 57
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Oooh, another vote against FIAR. I heard a ton of good stuff about it- and then someone loaned me all the books. Wow. Not a fan.
That one is really popular in the homeschool group I'm involved in. I know a lot of parents that use it. I've never tried it.
post #24 of 57
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I just wanted to say thanks everyone. This is really helpful.
I agree
We are just starting out on our HS journey and Im getting a lot out of this thread.
post #25 of 57
Tossed:

~ Noeo Biology - good thing it was used and cheap
~ Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading (Interestingly Teach your Child to read in 100 easy lessons which I wanted to dislike on principle is working really well for my kid with reading challenges and my other two want to do it too - go figure.)
~ Lively Latin - just didn't engage my oldest but might work for a future kid.
post #26 of 57
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Teaching Textbooks Algebra I/II. Way too incremental, slow-paced and simplistic for my kids who were veterans of Singapore Primary Math.
Good to know. I looked at that one and was considering it for down the road. Man it is expensive.
post #27 of 57
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Tossed:
~ Noeo Biology - good thing it was used and cheap
Uh oh...... can I ask why?
post #28 of 57
Miquon Math-- the Cuisenaire rods looked fun, but just didn't click with anyone here.

First Language Lessons just proved to be too repetitive.

Five with a Row-- I found I could come up with better ideas on my own.

Handwriting Without Tears-- I just didn't like how it looked.

And I think we're ditching A Reason for Spelling.
post #29 of 57
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Uh oh...... can I ask why?
The teacher's manual consists of what pages to read out of which of the living books, and what experiments to do from the kit.

The progression of the reading in the books didn't make sense intuitively and we only bought one of the kits which was very expensive for what we got and could have easily been put together from simple household supplies. I'm in Canada so it's even harder to justify the cost of a kit that amounts to baking soda, straws, ping pong balls and balloons.

The teacher's manual basically didn't add any value whatsoever in my opinion - no extra explanations, no additional resources to explore, no extensions of the experiments or learning. There is no information on what the experiements are supposed to be so you can't gather enough information to put them together on your own.

The suggested books for the most part were good but I wouldn't buy them, other than perhaps the science encyclopedia because if you have a decent library you could easily put it together

For a first year homeschooler, I think it might be of value - maybe. Although imo, you are probably better just copying down their booklists, checking out your library and grabbing a couple of Janice VanCleave or similar experiment books and working through the topic yourself.

Sorry!
Karen
post #30 of 57
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First Language Lessons just proved to be too repetitive.
Totally agree there I've taken to combining a couple of the lessons (like the proper nouns section... first names, last names, place names lessons all became one after he informed me Muuum we did this one already! lol)

We dumped Singapore math because while it seemed that my son was 'getting it' while we were doing each lesson... when the book was shut he had a totally blank face

We also only used half of our Oak Meadow grade 1.. he was already way ahead of it reading wise, and then further in the curriculum related far more to the US than to us and it was annoying to have to change bits.
post #31 of 57
I don't want to say Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was completely useless, because I think it was key to getting my son to understand the concept of sounding things out, but he refused to do past lesson 5 or so. I'm glad we got a hand-me-down copy, though!

I don't want to entirely write off Hooked On Phonics either, as my son likes the HOP books, but as those are the only part he's willing to do, we probably would have been better off getting BOB books. Seeing as we got grades K-3 for $35, I'm not yet sure I regret the purchase.
post #32 of 57
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I don't want to say Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons was completely useless, because I think it was key to getting my son to understand the concept of sounding things out, but he refused to do past lesson 5 or so. I'm glad we got a hand-me-down copy, though!

I don't want to entirely write off Hooked On Phonics either, as my son likes the HOP books, but as those are the only part he's willing to do, we probably would have been better off getting BOB books. Seeing as we got grades K-3 for $35, I'm not yet sure I regret the purchase.
With the cost of leveled readers I think $35 makes the HOP worth it! Where'd you get it for that?
post #33 of 57
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Five in a Row
Mystery of History
Apologia Astronomy
The Scientists Apprentice
post #34 of 57
I don't homeschool... yet. DD is 3 and I'm still in considering mode.

I read "The Story of the World" last year and have never been so disappointed in my life. I minored in history, I really like it, I loved the idea of using history as the spine around which other studies are organized... and I hated, hated, hated TSOTW. I understood that it was trying to go in chronological order, but because it skipped from region to region (and therefore narrative to narrative), it was just poorly organized and confusing, not to mention the fact that there was stuff in there that was just plain wrong.
post #35 of 57
Explode the code: DD and I both found it confusing. the illustrations as so abstract that I would often have to look up answers and tell DD what the picture was so she could write the correct word.

Saxon Math: too dry and repetitive

As Much as I personally love History Odyssey Level 2 middle Ages, we might have to scrap it. It just isn't a good fit for DD.
post #36 of 57
FIAR- I was so excited about the concept we LOVE to read and the kids often ask me to read books over and over BUT the books from v.1 not so much and as AM pointed out I felt I could come up with better ideas on my own- of course the whole reason I orderd FIAR was that I was lacking time to come up with and prep stuff

This thread is really very useful!

I am considering miquon for the fall, and I just got some hand me down cuisenair (sp?) rods so I think I'll have ds play aroung with the idea of rods as # before I order.
thanks
post #37 of 57
The one that sends shivers down my spine is Horizons Math. I tried to make it work for two years with DS1, then decided from some crazy reason to buy it for DS2. I finally ditched it for DK Math Made Easy.

We also ditched Beautiful Feet Press: Early American History. I'm a born-again Christian, but coudln't see telling my K child that the reason the pilgrims were successful and Jamestown wasn't is because the pilgrims were Christians. I sold it.

We didn't make it through WP Children Around the World. It was rated 1st-6th the year we bought it, but it was way underrated. It's more like 4th-7th, I think. I really wanted to love it, but it just didn't work for us at all.

OTOH, we're loving Sonlight Core 1. We love Launguage Lessons for the Very Young (the whole series), although we do one PAGE at a time instead of one lesson at a time. And we really love our DK math books. They're GREAT!
post #38 of 57
I also didn't like Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons


post #39 of 57
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I am considering miquon for the fall, and I just got some hand me down cuisenair (sp?) rods so I think I'll have ds play aroung with the idea of rods as # before I order.
thanks

We love Miquon. I know others have found it confusing but I love that it is discovery based and the way it develops a true math sense in my kids, rather than relying on a rote style of learning.
post #40 of 57
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We love Miquon. I know others have found it confusing but I love that it is discovery based and the way it develops a true math sense in my kids, rather than relying on a rote style of learning.
thanks
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