Has anyone tried well trained mind and if so, do you like it or not? I'm thinking about using it this year with my 8 year old DD, but have some reservations. The grammar workbook in particular looks dry and tedious.
Story of the World has worked for us, but we have draaaaagggged it out thanks to rabbit trails, breaks and other living books on topics. I don't like the other books from Peace Hill Press (First Language Lessons, Writing With Ease, etc.)
I ordered the other peace hill books that go with it (writing with ease, the parents guide to teaching writing, first language lessons, the spelling one) as well as SOTW and the SOTW activity book.
I guess my biggest question is, is it really necessary to start teaching grammar so early? And spelling? We're still struggling with just finding literature interesting. DD is a reluctant reader. The grammar is really boring to her and she hates handwriting. It seems like if we didn't focus on grammar and waited a few years, she could pick it up really fast when she's more ready, like around fifth grade.
SOTW looks good. The activity book seems a little dry but I like the idea of rabbit holes.
Re:diagramming, your dd sounds like my ds1 at that age! I didn't start diagramming with him until last year. He turned 12 and I bought FLL4. I don't care about the number attached to it. He actually thought diagramming was fun and flew through the lessons. If I had given him those same lessons when he was, say 10, I think he would've resisted and would've developed a negative feeling towards it. I am a strong believer in waiting till they're ready. If you can handle it. (I do struggle with this.)
As a side note, I took diagramming in college and taught it in middle school. I don't think it's necessary for it to be taught at a young age. My younger son didn't object and seemed to get something out of it, so I did start early with him, but I have no regrets in waiting till my older son was ready.
Oh and ditto on spelling. Again, he hates the lessons but ironically, when working on his novel, is a perfectionist about spelling and grammar and punctuation. The "process writing" teacher in me encourages him to just write and not worry about spelling until he's finished. But he insists on his first draft being a great draft. So the kid who hates writing lessons and spelling worksheets loves getting his novel right the first time. Different strokes...