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This week I am sharing my middle child’s school books for his upcoming grade 7 year. Next week I will finish this series with what books my 5th grader will be using.
All three of my children will be using different apologia science texts this year. I am sure this will create a bit of parent help overload till my husband and I adjust to it, but my middle child is more than ready developmentally to be challenged beyond what the Young Explorers series had to offer.
Aiden, like his brother will be listening to the audio book series while he reads his lesson each day. I find this helps a lot with my children’s comprehension and dictation of science terms.
I also purchased him the lesson plan booklet by Lynn Ericson off christianbook.com to help keep both parents and child on track during the school year.
My middle son can express himself very well verbally however on paper it is a different story. I bought “Journal Writing” from The Daily Spark a few years ago when my eldest son was really having difficulty getting going with writing. It helped him a lot and this year I hope it will help his brother.
Each day he can pick from 1 of 180 different topics to write on. I am asking him to write 5 to 7 sentences on his chosen topic each day.
I first started using Wordly Wise with my children after my eldest child tested below grade average in vocabulary usage and understanding. After 1 year of using it his test scores had increased significantly.
I also purchase the audio recordings for each grade level. This helps with my visual learners reading comprehension as well as with their dictation. As I admitted last week I struggle with dictation and do not wish to hand down my stumbles to my children.
Our family is trying a new history curriculum this year. We purchased “The Mystery of History: Volume I”.
I also purchased the audio books to go along with the paperback. Although, it will help with reading comprehension and dictation, I got it mostly because I want to use this book with my 10 year old as well this year but feel it is written at a level beyond that which she is reading at. By having her listen along as she reads she will pick up words she is not yet reading on her own.
All 3 of my children are horrible spellers. They had little hope genetic wise as my husband and I are also poor spellers. I have tried various spelling programs, including the much loved by others Spelling Power, and none have worked (my children begged me to stop Spelling Power they hated it that much).
This year we will be trying Sequential Spelling. I also bought the student workbook, and the DVD. By buying all three I am hoping the kids can do spelling mostly on their own, with the exception of a daily checking of their work by either mom or dad.
I have tried various methods of teaching grammar over the years, all resulted in the children doing the work and then promptly forgetting it. Having visual learners I kept searching for something that would be more attuned to their learning style. I found it when I discovered The Critical Thinking Company software.
I used their reading comprehension series called “Reading Detective” with my eldest a few years back, and he went up 2 1/2 grade levels in reading comprehension, in just 12 months using “Reading Detective” just 20 minutes a day each and every school day.
A word of caution, I found the software to be compatible only with our older computer’s operating system. If you have a newer computer you might want to talk with costumer service directly at The Critical Thinking Company to see if it will work with newer operating systems.
I found the Teaching Textbooks company back when my eldest son hit grade 6. I was tired of locking myself up with his math book each school day so that I could figure out his math before teaching it to him. With teaching textbook I don’t have to teach math any longer, and that makes me a happy mommy.
What books are you using in your homeschool this year?
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