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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.

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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?

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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!

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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.
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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.

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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.
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Just curious . . . what didn't work for you? And why?

RightStart Math is the curriculum that just didn't fit our style. It's a great program, and I really wanted it to work for us. But it was just too open-ended. There were too many steps and options in the daily plans. And just too much prep work. I needed an open-the-book and go system. So now we use Singapore. It's going well for us.

But I might revisit RS for dd. I feel like I'm starting from scratch all over again. Kindergarten is coming up, and dd and ds have such different styles.
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Another vote against "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". Ditto what everyone has said about it. Boring, felt weird reading a script, DD wasn't into it. In fact, I don't think we made it past the 3rd lesson. Luckily I was able to get it from our library, so no $$$ lost.

Hmmm...now, I was just looking at FIAR. DD1 likes most of those books & our library actually has all but 2 of them. I really like the idea of unit studies & that because I don't have to buy the books, and can probably find FIAR Vol 1 used, it will be a cheap start-up.

I'm also looking at Preschool Plus through Hewitt Homeschooling. I like that it's geared for PreK/K. Thinking it might be something that is easy to use for DD1 who is 4 1/2 & DD2 who is 2 1/2. Yeah, I know DD2 doesn't need "school" yet, but she wants to be included so I'm trying to keep that in mind. Actually, that was one of the appealing things about FIAR too.

I'd love to hear feedback on Preschool Plus if anyone has used it!

This thread is great, btw...keep them coming!
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We have used and ditched:
Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons...I think I hated this just as much as my DS. I, too, felt weird reading the script and DS would almost cry when I picked up the book.
RightStart Math...I so wanted this to work for us. From what I had read about it, I loved the concept. It just hasn't worked out for us. It was way too much prep for us as well. I couldn't figure out where my son needed to be. It seemed he was well ahead of the start of level B, but if I skipped ahead he would miss learning how to use the program.
Moving Beyond the Page...I felt it was only surface learning, as well as too expensive. I agree about needing the proofreader. I also did not like having to spend so much time preparing for the lesson.
What your ____ Grader Needs to Know series (first, second, etc). The stories and poems in the books were only bits and pieces, not usually the unabridged stories. I also didn't feel like this went into any depth at all.
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Is anyone else reading discard lists and thinking "Hmmm.... I wonder if they're selling that?"

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Wow, so many people don't like 100 EZ lessons... It wasn't my favorite part of the day, but man did it work! Amethyst is reading at about a 5th grade level now, all.... day... long.

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Is anyone else reading discard lists and thinking "Hmmm.... I wonder if they're selling that?"
I didn't think of that....but I wonder....:
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Hmmm...now, I was just looking at FIAR. DD1 likes most of those books & our library actually has all but 2 of them. I really like the idea of unit studies & that because I don't have to buy the books, and can probably find FIAR Vol 1 used, it will be a cheap start-up.

This thread is great, btw...keep them coming!
One person's discard is another's treasure! Seems that you either love FIAR or hate it. We're on the "love it" side. We also use unit studies from homeschoolshare.com. I also happen to love book lists! When you combine the book lists from FIAR and homeschoolshare . . . *swoon*!
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One person's discard is another's treasure! Seems that you either love FIAR or hate it. We're on the "love it" side. We also use unit studies from homeschoolshare.com. I also happen to love book lists! When you combine the book lists from FIAR and homeschoolshare . . . *swoon*!

My daughter's loved the lapbooking and repitition of reading the same book everyday that FIAR and homeschoolshare offered but my son was just bored out of his mind from it.
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LLATL - Learning Language Arts through Literature. I though dd would like it because she liked the books it covered, but she found it made even good books boring. LOL
We had the same experience with LLATL. I was so disappointed.

The second or third year of homeschool I order Christian Liberty Press.... It was the one and only time I felt like we had completely waisted our money. We didn't end up using it for longer than a month and that one month was the longest feeling month of our homeschooling experience. We ended up having to reorder stuff for that year it was such a complete wash.

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I will be, make me an offer
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What your ____ Grader Needs to Know series (first, second, etc). The stories and poems in the books were only bits and pieces, not usually the unabridged stories. I also didn't feel like this went into any depth at all.
I picked that up from the library, paged through it at home, said "Heck No!" and took it right back.
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I picked that up from the library, paged through it at home, said "Heck No!" and took it right back.

And see, I really like it, just for a general guideline of topics. I use other sources for the literature and I didn't bother with trying to memorize all the rhymes or anything in the preschool or K, but I like it a lot as an outline. It's not supposed to be an actual curriculum or anything. Core Knowledge has lesson plans and things for designing a curriculum (not a complete one, but literature, history, geography and art appreciation) but the WY_GNTK books are NOT a curriculum. They're written for parents whose kids attend school, actually.
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Hmmm... if either of the 2 OPs who didn't like Moving Beyond the Page or those who didn't like RightStart Math have them for the 5yo level or Level A, I might be interested!

I like everything behind it, and their samples, but I'm looking for a way to make prep less involved, so.... maybe those aren't good choices? Peak with Books is annoying me this year, but we love the books themselves, so it's just a resource book now. Do MBTP and RightStart require more prep than PWB?

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i really enjoyed five in a row. there are definitely some wonderful books. however, i did find it pretty simplistic and definitely it can be completed in one day, two max.

also, all my kids have done great with explode the code.

as far as ones we have discarded, the only one i can think of is saxon math.

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Just curious . . . what didn't work for you? And why?

RightStart Math is the curriculum that just didn't fit our style. It's a great program, and I really wanted it to work for us. But it was just too open-ended. There were too many steps and options in the daily plans. And just too much prep work. I needed an open-the-book and go system. So now we use Singapore. It's going well for us.

But I might revisit RS for dd. I feel like I'm starting from scratch all over again. Kindergarten is coming up, and dd and ds have such different styles.
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Is anyone else reading discard lists and thinking "Hmmm.... I wonder if they're selling that?"

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And see, I really like it, just for a general guideline of topics. I use other sources for the literature and I didn't bother with trying to memorize all the rhymes or anything in the preschool or K, but I like it a lot as an outline. It's not supposed to be an actual curriculum or anything. Core Knowledge has lesson plans and things for designing a curriculum (not a complete one, but literature, history, geography and art appreciation) but the WY_GNTK books are NOT a curriculum. They're written for parents whose kids attend school, actually.


I like the books as well.

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