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This is my current wish list.
For all of us:
Sonlight Core 1 or 1+2
Sonlight 2 Intermediate readers for ds8 and dd7
Various books for ds10 (to fill in the readers gap)
JumpMath at appropriate levels
Progressive Phonics for ds8 and dd7
Spelling and Language Mechanic for DS10
Either sonlight science 2, 3 or Classic Science.
Artistic Pursuits k-3 for everyone
Some kinda hands on music I think. For fun anyhow.
Kumon workbooks for everyone, for fun only
That should keep us occupied.
Aron Mama to 6 homeschoolers -- 12, 10, 8, 5, 3, baby
I'll be homeschooling my 8 year old for the third year, my 5 year old has special needs and she'll be going to public kindergarten.
Anyway, we're using
Latina Christiana I
Classical Writing, Aesop book I
CHC grammar and spelling book
D'Aulaires Greek Myth course
Memoria Press Christian Studies year I
Behold and See 3
Faith and Life (3 i think, whatever 3rd grade is)
Memoria press cursive and print copy books
And a few random things, a map skills book and some early American history stuff, we'll keep doing SOTW vol I in our spare time, etc.
Let's see ... I've ordered
Rosetta Stone Mandarin for us all (DH and I could use the brush-up, and the kids have forgotten most of what they knew)
And then we'll continue with Artistic Pursuits and Math Mammoth since we already have those, and the kids will use Sonlight's Readers 1 and 2 as needed before moving on to 2 Int.
I'm looking at Artistic Pursuits and DD is begging for Rosetta Stone Mandarin as well. Do you like the Artistic Pursuits? Do you think it would be suited to use with a small group as well? I've been toying with the idea of offering it as an "art morning" activity for other homeschool kids, so they can share ideas, do the lessons, and have some playtime after.
I'm still looking for a curriculum/books for helping with Character Development. The kids have been fighting a lot lately and not treating eachother very nicely so I'm looking for suggestions on that.
We just started using Singapore with Miquon; I was originally going to switch back and forth during the week, but have decided to use one until we either hit a wall with a concept, or until we get bored. So, right now and for the next few weeks (until we take our 4-week summer break) will be Singapore. We'll probably pick Miquon back up when we start in July. That said ... I really like having the HIG for the books - it has great ideas for teaching the concepts so they understand them conceptually. Plus, it has some fun math games (we've played a few from the 3A HIG already). I debated also getting the textbooks with the workbooks, but I'm glad I did. My boys seem to appreciate the visuals; we don't write in them as there will be a few kids using them before I'm done hs'ing, but we do often pull out a small white board and work out some of the concepts before doing the exercises in the workbook. So, if you think you'll be using it for teaching any of the concepts (rather than just reinforcing concepts), I would recommend getting the textbook, workbook, and HIG. But if you are using Miquon as the main instruction and SM as extra practice, then just the workbook and/or textbook would probably be fine. Be prepared though. As much as I love : Miquon (and I do), I am realizing how much I really love : SM. (We had started with SM but ds#1 had a hard time with it being overwhelming, so that is how we switched to Miquon; Miquon has been incredible for them, but I am relearning why I love SM so much.)
For AAS, I would recommend starting with Level 1 if you can swing it financially. You'll probably fly through it in a month, but it does lay a lot of good groundwork for the rest of the program. The following levels still incorporate rules taught in level 1 (for instance, doubling "f", "l", and "s" after a short vowel, in a one consonant word is taught in Level 1, and yet sentences my ds#1 is writing from dictation in Level 4 still contain words with doubled "f", "l", and "s").
thanks, mlw! We are reading the same book, but you're a couple chapters ahead of me!
I've gone back and forth with which one we love most on the miquon/singapore boat, too. I think i'll probably order the full package of 2a/2b. Can't hurt, and we can always re-sell the textbooks and higs.
Oh goodness! I will have a second grader and a fifth 2nd Grade:
Draw Write Now (she just loves this series, we use it for copywork and drawing. I will use it more to tie in with other subjects and initiate creative writing as well next year)