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    Default Please help me choose a curriculum for my suddenly homeschooled kid!

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm not strictly speaking new here, but I have never posted. Before my now first grader started school, I tried very hard to convince my husband to let me homeschool her, but he was adamantly against it. Now, here we are, homeschooling by necessity while we both are trying to keep working full-time remotely. Our school has really let us down when it comes to any kind of help. We were sent recommendations to use a few websites and that was it. This past week frankly was really tough on all of us. My daughter was so bored and really pushed back on doing everything online.

    I spent this weekend searching for good homeschooling solutions that would give her more of a 'school' feeling while not requiring too much extra help from both of us. She is a really smart kid, which I have always known, but what I didn't realize was how far ahead of the first grade curriculum she really was. I finally decided to give her a try with Beast Academy level 2a and that was an immediate improvement. She is very happy with her math 'class' now and is even happier that I ordered her the hard copies of the books as well so she will eventually have the ability to switch back and forth between online and workbooks.

    So now I am just debating on what to do for language arts. She is around a high third/low fourth grade reading level and her comprehension is great. She reads voraciously - our biggest problem is keeping her stocked with books - and she has a journal that she has happily been writing in, but I would like to actively encourage her to do a little more. I'm currently considering either MCT Grammar Island and/or one of the Brave Writer Arrows (she loves writing) to add to what she is doing. However, I don't want to push her too much (its hard to find the right balance between challenging her and overwhelming her) and, although I am ok with working with her a bit in person (she is feeling lonely and needs the interaction), I need some of the work to be doable by her on her own. We did read some of the Grammar Island samples online and she was very interested in them and thought they looked 'fun' (as did I lol). I would love any thoughts, input or even alternate suggestions. Please help

    Alison

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    Welcome to the forum, Alison.
    My daughter loved MCT for grammar; the writing section did not resonate with her. We used at least four to five levels, I believe. It's been a few years. LOL Bridget definitely learned a lot from the materials.
    MCT doesn't cover a lot for mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, spelling, language errors), so I would throw in Evan-Moor's Daily Paragraph Editing workbooks (Rainbow Resource Center has them) to cover that area.
    I used to have The Writer's Jungle, I think that's what it was called, for Brave Writer. It had tons of information in there. I've got ADD, so it was a bit much for me. When B. was younger, we would do the FreeWrite Fridays, and she enjoyed it. She's into books and workbooks more than online stuff. I have heard/read in the forums many good reviews about the BW online classes.
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    --Kelly--Atheist/Accidental/Alternative Homeschool Mom to one great daughter in southern Iowa since 3/1/10. Tenth Grade: Saxon Algebra-2, Holt World Geography, Holt Biology, myPerspectives-10/Creative Writing, Spanish-2, and Computer Science.

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    Hi Alison,

    I would recommend that you dont get too bogged down in trying to schedule daily schoolwork. Let her continue reading, show her how to do a writerís journal, let her enjoy her time with that.
    Give her opportunities to learn different things... perhaps give her a half hour a day where she has to try something new for a week. (Like Duolingo, yoga, or the Dragonbox math apps, or learning how to start a little garden (not sure what your weather and yard are like.))
    If you want more work product so you can prove to yourself that shes keeping busy (and it doesnt make her miserable), you can browse Critical Thinking Company for secular workbooks.

    Its a stressful time.... dont expect a lot of productivity, even if itd show your hubby how wonderful homeschooling can be.
    Complaining of being bored is probably a reaction to the stress. (Because really, is she that unable to entertain herself? Unlikely.) Have a list of housework tasks handy if she complains and cant think of anything either productive or recreational to do. Youre working from home, its not your job to entertain her.
    Good luck, ask if you want different answers.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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