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    Question Resources for 9 & will-be 5 year olds

    Hi everybody! Iím new to the forums, but not homeschooling. Iíve been lurking, so thanks for all the great info youíve posted so far!

    Iím trying to make the final decisions for what weíll use for 2018-2019.

    9 year old ď4th gradeĒ:

    ELA: Weíve used LoE Foundations A-D and then LoE Essentials level B and itís worked well. According to standardized testing, which I take with a grain of salt, her reading is substantially above grade level. I figure in the least sheís doing fine and loves reading, so I pretty much let her read whatever she wants that is age appropriate (and suggest books from various sources like BYL, BraveWriter, Battle of the Books, etc.). We still do read alouds to each other and the younger sibling, as well as audiobooks, etc. Iíd like to focus on literary elements and writing this year. I was thinking Mosdos Ruby, but the online sample doesnít have me excited. MCT Level 2 seems like the ducks would be babyish to her, and level 3 may be too difficult. She dislikes video teaching, so IEW and EiW are probably out. We did one BraveWriter Arrow and she didnít care for that. Any suggestions? For those of you that do MCT and/or Mosdos, does it feel like a lot? Do you use all the components of one or both? I donít want to kill the joy of reading for fun. We will probably continue with LoE Level C for grammar/spelling, as long as it feels useful.

    History/SS: Weíve never found our groove here. Weíve tried History Odyssey, Time4Learning, Intellego Unit Studies, and BYL. SotW doesnít seem to hold her attention and therefore feels like a waste of time. I donít want to abandon History/Social Studies altogether, but am not really concerned about when she learns world history compared to anything else. Has anyone found Scott Foresman, Starline Press, MyWorld or Harcourt Horizons to be worthwhile? Any recommendations?

    Math: She likes Math Mammoth so we will continue with that and khan academy.

    Science: We will finish up RSO level 1 this year. Any suggestions with what to do after that but before sheís ready for level 2 are appreciated!

    The 4 (will be 5) year old is begging for school, so we will start with LoE Foundations and go at her own pace. I think we will do the same with either BYL Level 0 or Torchlight K, or both. Any experience with those? Pros/cons? We are also looking for resources to help with articulating sounds, specifically the /k/ and /g/ sounds.

    Sorry for the wall of text! Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    For your 9 yo. You didn't like BW's Arrow, but you might really like Partnership Writing, which is very different. I'd try that. It's not too expensive. Since you won't be doing the Arrow (and I assume you didn't like copywork/dictation?) then if you feel you need something more for mechanics, you could get Editor in Chief or Daily Paragraph Editing and just do mechanics that way. Or you could try Killgallon Sentence Composing for Elementary School, which is really different and interesting. For literature, it's okay to just read books. Really, I promise. Make a book list based on things like Newbery winners, Arrow books, recommendations from others, etc. If you really feel you must have more, download some lit guides for them - you can find lots for free and you can look on TeachersPayTeachers for inexpensive ones as well. I can promise that if you choose from award winners and popular books, every book has a lit guide that someone made for it.

    For her social studies... What about doing American History instead? You could try the Joy Hakim series. Or, you could go interest led. Let her pick a topic and explore it together. I understand the concern about not getting the overview, but there's something to be said for rabbit trails and all that.

    For that science gap... I'd definitely do a unit study of some kind of her choosing. If you want something different, you could try doing a TOPS unit - they're all experiments. Or you could binge on Attenborough documentaries in getting ready for RSO Bio 2. Or something else... lots of options out there.
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    For those of you that do MCT and/or Mosdos, does it feel like a lot? Do you use all the components of one or both?

    We used both this past year, and plan on using both again next year.

    We do all of MCT (all components). It is not a lot - there is no busywork in MCT, everything is short and to the point. I wouldn't call it babyish (even level 1 was not babyish). Their ideas, vocabulary, concepts, even humor, are far from being childish, and fish/ducks are not more than an artsy facade.

    In Mosdos, we read all of the stories/poems as read-alouds with all of the kids (6-10yo), discuss literary elements and comprehension questions, and DD8 does all of the vocabulary worksheets. We skip writing prompts (or just discuss them) and any kinds of classroom activities. It is not a lot of reading for DD8. She still reads a lot on her own, and we listen to books of my choice in the car.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Thank you for the suggestions. I am not familiar with Killgallon's books, so I will definitely look into that. She does copywork/dictation, but I know she dislikes it, so I'm trying to consider an alternative. I was kind of planning/hoping to use BYL and the Hakim series for US History in 5th/6th. Maybe I need to find something to spur her interest until then.

    Thanks for the info on MCT/Mosdos. I think at this point I will show her various options and try to get her input.

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