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post #41 of 48
Thanks for bumping this thread up!

I'm very new to this. I just got The Well Trained Mind book this Christmas (though I have had it on my wish list at amazon for about 5 years!) My children are 9, nearly 8, 5 and 2. We have tried Waldorf homeschooling and unschooling, but they didn't seem to work very well for us. Last year we followed a classic-ish approach. I'm not sure TWTM is quite the right approach for my boys. My almost 8 year old is still not reading and is really struggling with it - the 5yr old has pretty much over taken him in reading ability. Both boys are left handed and really struggle with writing. But we're giving it a go anyway!

I am pretty much going back to the beginning, having them all on the same level. We are all doing FLL together, and history together - my dd writes her narrations while I write the boys for them. I'd really like to start Writing With Ease with them all, but it seems a bit pointless if the boys can't really write yet.

We are having a break this week, but I hope to start some science next week. I am probably going to buy the REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Space book. It is out of sync with TWTM recommendations but my boys are really interested in space right now.

So far we are all enjoying it (most of the time!). They are all so pleased with themselves that they can recite a bunch of poems I feel like it does take me a bit of time planning and organisation in the evenings, but I feel like *I* am learning so much! It probably sounds terrible but I never learned grammar at school. Maybe I was just absent on the day they taught it? Reading through FLL scared me at first! But now I have a better understanding of grammar. I didn't learn much history at school. I always thought it was boring, but it is actually very interesting.

Looking forward to hanging out here and learning more
post #42 of 48
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Originally Posted by sarah0404 View Post
Thanks for bumping this thread up!

I'm very new to this. I just got The Well Trained Mind book this Christmas (though I have had it on my wish list at amazon for about 5 years!) My children are 9, nearly 8, 5 and 2. We have tried Waldorf homeschooling and unschooling, but they didn't seem to work very well for us. Last year we followed a classic-ish approach. I'm not sure TWTM is quite the right approach for my boys. My almost 8 year old is still not reading and is really struggling with it - the 5yr old has pretty much over taken him in reading ability. Both boys are left handed and really struggle with writing. But we're giving it a go anyway!

I am pretty much going back to the beginning, having them all on the same level. We are all doing FLL together, and history together - my dd writes her narrations while I write the boys for them. I'd really like to start Writing With Ease with them all, but it seems a bit pointless if the boys can't really write yet.

We are having a break this week, but I hope to start some science next week. I am probably going to buy the REAL Science Odyssey Earth & Space book. It is out of sync with TWTM recommendations but my boys are really interested in space right now.

So far we are all enjoying it (most of the time!). They are all so pleased with themselves that they can recite a bunch of poems I feel like it does take me a bit of time planning and organisation in the evenings, but I feel like *I* am learning so much! It probably sounds terrible but I never learned grammar at school. Maybe I was just absent on the day they taught it? Reading through FLL scared me at first! But now I have a better understanding of grammar. I didn't learn much history at school. I always thought it was boring, but it is actually very interesting.

Looking forward to hanging out here and learning more
just remember not to stress out about it -- it is a guideline -- not a set in stone MUST DO THIS -- and the joy of homeschooling is working with each child at their level.

I would ease up and reinforce reading skills for a while it you need to.

Aimee
post #43 of 48
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Here is the EarlyBird Science for grades 1/2. And here is the link for their K level science. I really hope dh agrees that it's a good program (and it's cheap - something else I have always appreciated about Singapore!) because I need something to help me make sure we do science. I've realized I do much better with a curriculum as my foundation; we can then go down rabbit holes if we wish, but I have something on which to fall if I need.
THANKS that sicence (k level) looks great for us.
post #44 of 48
I think we are going to homeschool my 7yo again next year (he's in school for the first time this year) and do a WTM sort of thing. Here's what I was planning on starting with at the beginning of 2nd grade:
All About Spelling level 1
Handwriting Without Tears Printing Power
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
The Complete Writer Level 2
Story of the World Vol 1 Ancient Times text and activity book
Singapore Math 2A

For science we'll get books on animals, the human body, plants, and evolution from the library. I might add Spanish if it seems like we have time. We might move quickly through AAS level 1 and go to level 2, and I don't think Singapore 2A will take long either.
post #45 of 48
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I think we are going to homeschool my 7yo again next year (he's in school for the first time this year) and do a WTM sort of thing. Here's what I was planning on starting with at the beginning of 2nd grade:
All About Spelling level 1
Handwriting Without Tears Printing Power
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
The Complete Writer Level 2
Story of the World Vol 1 Ancient Times text and activity book
Singapore Math 2A

For science we'll get books on animals, the human body, plants, and evolution from the library. I might add Spanish if it seems like we have time. We might move quickly through AAS level 1 and go to level 2, and I don't think Singapore 2A will take long either.
Looks like a good plan to me!
post #46 of 48
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Originally Posted by MJB View Post
I think we are going to homeschool my 7yo again next year (he's in school for the first time this year) and do a WTM sort of thing. Here's what I was planning on starting with at the beginning of 2nd grade:
All About Spelling level 1
Handwriting Without Tears Printing Power
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
The Complete Writer Level 2
Story of the World Vol 1 Ancient Times text and activity book
Singapore Math 2A

For science we'll get books on animals, the human body, plants, and evolution from the library. I might add Spanish if it seems like we have time. We might move quickly through AAS level 1 and go to level 2, and I don't think Singapore 2A will take long either.
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Looks like a good plan to me!
Me too. Is he already reading on grade level? If so, you might breeze through AAS level 1; but it is very good at laying the foundation for the later books (they get "meatier" as you go; it is a wonderful program).
post #47 of 48
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Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders View Post
Me too. Is he already reading on grade level? If so, you might breeze through AAS level 1; but it is very good at laying the foundation for the later books (they get "meatier" as you go; it is a wonderful program).
He is reading on grade level, but his spelling isn't great. He can spell CVC words and anything with a long vowel gets a silent e. His school doesn't really teach spelling.
Also he loves art and will work with oil pastels and clay pretty much any chance he gets. We'll hit the art galleries monthly and maybe read about some great artists along with letting him create.
post #48 of 48
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Originally Posted by MJB View Post
He is reading on grade level, but his spelling isn't great. He can spell CVC words and anything with a long vowel gets a silent e. His school doesn't really teach spelling.
Also he loves art and will work with oil pastels and clay pretty much any chance he gets. We'll hit the art galleries monthly and maybe read about some great artists along with letting him create.
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check this out:

Who Was Pablo Picasso? (Who Was...?)

there are others --


Aimee
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