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    We homeschooled both K and 1st and now starting to look for 2nd grade starting Sept. For 1st grade we did Time4Learning which we liked but I feel like my daughter learns better with a blended online/workbook approach. I would love to find a curriculum that is online/video and utilizes workbooks/sheets for reinforcement. I looked at Mathseeds for Math 2 and if using the additional workbook it seems like a full math curriculum but of course the reading program is just a reading program not a full Language Arts program.

    1. If i were to use Reading Eggs what else should I incorporate for a complete ELA program?
    2. Are there any programs that you recommend for a full ELA program combining both online and workbooks?

    I looked at both Abeka and BJU press but are religion based. K12 is so confusing to understand and it seemed it was $900 just for the video Les ELA class. I need non-accredited as my daughter is an actress and our days are full and sometimes on tour.

    Thanks!!!

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    Welcome! It sounds like what you want is something flexible, no fuss, and easy. (Easy that it can be done in short, possibly sporadic chunks of time and attention.)

    By all means, stay away from expensive programs, and all-in-one programs.

    Since you mentioned workbooks, have you looked at the Language Smarts series by Critical Thinking Company? Those workbooks could be the spine for your ELA, and you can continue with Reading Eggs or whatever is working for phonics. Language Smarts has some grammar, writing skills, and reading comprehension. (Its not advised to start formal spelling until reading is fluent, if you feel the need to address it at all.) If you want to strengthen handwriting skills, Handwriting Without Tears is inexpensive and can address that.
    Add in poetry (Bravewriter makes poetry into a party with “Poetry Teas”) and some enjoyed stories that you read aloud to her, and youre good to go!
    To be clear, though, the grammar and worksheets are more to satisfy your concern that her education isnt being neglected - she would be perfectly fine if you solidified her reading and handwriting this year. There are also a lot of fun ways to get the grammar and narration into her - this summer we have Mad Libs and StoryBlocks (How to Tell a Story by Daniel Nayeri) lined up for DS8. (And Poetry Teas! My boys love those!) Not because he needs remedial work, but because it doesnt feel like schoolwork to him and makes me feel better about how he spends his time.

    Enjoy this time with her, let her enjoy acting!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Welcome! It sounds like what you want is something flexible, no fuss, and easy. (Easy that it can be done in short, possibly sporadic chunks of time and attention.)

    By all means, stay away from expensive programs, and all-in-one programs.

    Since you mentioned workbooks, have you looked at the Language Smarts series by Critical Thinking Company? Those workbooks could be the spine for your ELA, and you can continue with Reading Eggs or whatever is working for phonics. Language Smarts has some grammar, writing skills, and reading comprehension. (Its not advised to start formal spelling until reading is fluent, if you feel the need to address it at all.) If you want to strengthen handwriting skills, Handwriting Without Tears is inexpensive and can address that.
    Add in poetry (Bravewriter makes poetry into a party with “Poetry Teas”) and some enjoyed stories that you read aloud to her, and youre good to go!
    To be clear, though, the grammar and worksheets are more to satisfy your concern that her education isnt being neglected - she would be perfectly fine if you solidified her reading and handwriting this year. There are also a lot of fun ways to get the grammar and narration into her - this summer we have Mad Libs and StoryBlocks (How to Tell a Story by Daniel Nayeri) lined up for DS8. (And Poetry Teas! My boys love those!) Not because he needs remedial work, but because it doesnt feel like schoolwork to him and makes me feel better about how he spends his time.

    Enjoy this time with her, let her enjoy acting!

    Thank you!! You hit the nail on the head when you said flexible and not fussy :-) We aren’t always home and sometimes school is at the hotel or the theater hence we tend to lean towards online options but I also know that she retains more info when working through a book. I will definitely check out the Critical Thinking books!!!

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    What AM said. Also if you want specific phonics instruction, Explode the Code workbooks are affordable.
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