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    Yes, flexibility is going to be important to us for sure! Do you have any recommendations for math? looking thru all of the curriculum options is getting overwhelming.

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    Beast academy looks great!

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    Beast Academy is an amazing curriculum (it is pretty challenging though, I do not do it with one of my kids who is not great at math). MathMammoth and Singapore are very solid math programs too, but without the challenging edge.

    Real Science Odyssey is a great science program that covers all science subjects in depths.

    For language arts, we do Michael Clay Thompson and Mosdos Press (5 stars for both).

    I did look into BYL quite carefully, and ended up buying almost all of the suggested books, but it wouldn't have worked for us as a curriculum. My kids absolutely do not want to do sequential history, do not want to spend an entire year doing just one period in history, and do not want to have assigned readings (as in 'read chapters 1-3'). We prefer to cover history in interest-led way, and not to assign books (just to have a pile of books to pull from whenever the kids feel like reading).
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Literature with BYL would be covered.... are you finished with phonics? If not, you could try the inexpensive (Explode the Code), or the expensive (All About Reading).

    Mosdos is great if you want more language arts structure and busyness (formal grammar, vocabulary, spelling) than BYL or BraveWriter provide, but the last time I looked, it didnt start until 4th grade.

    Im also going to skip BYL levels 1-4 because I dont want to do the four year cycle thing with Story of World as my spine. Their K level, though, is a happy trip exploring the continents, people, and animals. It could easily be adapted up to a 2nd grader, if you want to make sure he has a foundation for world geography.

    For sure, check out Bravewriter - your son is at the Jot It Down stage, and she has great activities and philosophy to share that may resonate with you. Poetry teas are still a thing at our house, and DS12 enthusiastically reads, recites, and writes poetry.

    Oksana has a nice list of maths, it seems she has tried them all! Different kids, different programs.
    RSO science by pandia press is popular here - its hands on, not fussy, and covers topics in enough depth for the elementary age.

    Whatever you think you may want to buy, you should be able to download a decent sample before shelling out the bucks!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    [QUOTE=alexsmom;230204...
    Mosdos is great if you want more language arts structure and busyness (formal grammar, vocabulary, spelling) than BYL or BraveWriter provide, but the last time I looked, it didnt start until 4th grade....[/QUOTE]

    Mosdos starts with 3rd grade, but we are using it mostly as a read-aloud anthology for all of my kids (ages 6-10) and some vocabulary. I have not seen (yet?) any grammar or spelling, or busyness , just a solid collection of stories to read, discuss, find on the map, start us on a 'rabbit trail expedition'.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Oksana, are you using the Mosdos workbook? If I remember, its 6 pages per story, 2 vocab, 2 graphic organizer, 2 for writing and comprehension.

    We enjoyed the stories, too. So many I would be trying not to get all emotional and teary about.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Oksana, are you using the Mosdos workbook? If I remember, its 6 pages per story, 2 vocab, 2 graphic organizer, 2 for writing and comprehension...
    We are, but kind of loosely - DD8 loves vocabulary pages, DD6 sometimes does graphic organizers, and we completely ignore all of the writing prompts/classroom activities. I just did not want to scare people away from this great anthology (appropriate for any elementary age) by saying that it is fomal-grammar-busywork. I honestly have not seen anything about formal grammar in it.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Thank you ladies so much for your input! I'm checking out everything you have listed. Feeling much more confident that I can do this! I'm sure I will have lots more questions as I get this narrowed down.

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