1. Thank you Ouiz! I love when a real mother in the real trenches of homeschooling reviews curriculum.

    Now, we know you like 100 Easy Lessons, but the real question is, do you like olives?? 😉

  2. Thank you, Amy! I have gotten sooooo many good ideas from other moms, so I hope my list will do the same for someone else!

    And yes, I love olives!! 🙂

  3. Glad that Grace is doing better. I would hate to think that she would not be able to attack my ankles again if I were to see her (even though she will surely be so done with ankles the next time we get together….) The constant carrying around sounds too much like when my littlest was diagnosed with diabetes it took me back a bit (no fever with that though).

  4. Wow, what a great list! We’ve used or are going to use a number of these materials. I really liked 100 Easy Lessons too, but that being said I think I’m going to start my next one with the Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. It is somewhat similar in that it is scripted, but it goes further and it doesn’t have the text mark-ups that 100 Easy Lessons has. My daughter had a very difficult time when those mark-ups went away, and it made it so that she was essentially learning the mark-ups and then the rules for pronunciation.

    We’re starting with the Faith and Life series this fall and I’m curious to see how it goes. It seems sort of, well, easy… but then again, I sometimes over-estimate what level I should be teaching at! (Can you tell I’m only HS’ing my first child so far?)

    I’m also a big fan of Prima Latina too. We’ll be starting the second half of it this fall. I love how easy it is to work English grammar into our Latin lessons, and how it seems to make sense and stick too!

    Oh, one question I wanted to ask – at what age do you start having them maintain their own notebook? And how much oversight do you have to do for this? I’m intrigued by this idea, but I’m thinking that my daughter (6, starting 1st grade) is probably too young.

    Thanks for taking the time to put all this together! I want to look more into that drawing book, btw, that sounds neat.

  5. Amber, sorry I couldn’t respond to your comment until now! (Grace is NOT sleeping, and it’s getting difficult to get any computer time!)

    I am having my three oldest children (10, 9, and 7) maintain their notebooks. My first grader and kindergartener do not. I’m not sure Christopher would be interested in it, truthfully… but that’s just him.

    The Faith and Life book for 1st grade is rather simple (compared to the older grades), but it has given Christopher and Thomas a starting point for some great kitchen table discussions about the Faith. By 3rd grade the material presented is MUCH greater, and the 5th grade book is wonderful for my son and I to go through. I’m actually pairing it with the Baltimore Catechism (2), which is raising the bar even further.

    Forgive me for not addressing all that you brought up… but my daughter is really not cooperating this evening!

    God bless!

  6. No problem! I’m planning on using the Baltimore Catechism too, but I haven’t figured out exactly how yet. I figure I’ll read it a bit with her and talk about the questions and see how it goes. Thanks for the info about the Faith and Life series, it is good to know that it gets more detailed and better as it goes along.

    I think I will shelve the notebook thing for this year, and revisit the idea next year. Thanks for your response – I appreciate you giving it a try even with a squirmy daughter!

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