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    Thank you SC2!

    While I was writing the "5 year old behavior problems" about my son, my 7 year old daughter was constructing a story in her notebook. It was titled "The Birthday" by Rose. She wrote those words, but then drew pictures for the rest of her story. It was a compilation of all the Little Bear stories we just read! :-) "One day there was a little girl who was wishing......there was a birthday involved (and someone in the family forgetting cake).......

    I have always thought that some of my daughter's anxieties would be helped by writing. I have been finding little bits of writing here and there (spelled correctly!!!), it's so encouraging! Thank you so much!

    Also, she grabbed the Animal Tales CD and said "Hey Mom, look, the Polar Bear crossed of "tail" because these are Animal "Tales" not Animal "tail". I have to keep stopping my kids from listening to too many of the "tales". We listened to 3 yesterday and 3 again today!

    Now, we are going on 2 long car trips this spring and summer. Any recommendations for additional Jim Weiss CDs for the 4-7 crowd? (I'm thinking we'll do 2 in the spring and 2 in the summer )
    Christine

    (2019/2020)
    DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
    DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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    Re: Thank you SC2!

    Rose, a writer! I love it. Thank you for sharing this. I hope others will adopt the approach of continuing with SC 2, even if supplementing with an alternate dyslexia program. We want to KEEP the love of words, love of writing, and love of literature.


    Re more Jim Weiss, here is a good starter bundle, currently on sale, or select any of the individual CDs within the set. I love his original little song that accompanies, "Tell Me a Story." The set contain the stories "all children should know." And for a car trip, soothing is good, right? https://welltrainedmind.com/p/jim-we...shower-bundle/

    If you want something a little more advanced, this is one of his classics -- https://www.amazon.com/Galileo-Starg...276914-8776513.

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      #3
      Re: Thank you SC2!

      Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
      Rose, a writer! I love it. Thank you for sharing this. I hope others will adopt the approach of continuing with SC 2, even if supplementing with an alternate dyslexia program. We want to KEEP the love of words, love of writing, and love of literature.
      On that subject. I'm having a hard time deciding how to proceed. We will finish AAR Level 2 and AAS Level 1, likely this semester. I am not sure where to go next. AAR has been such a blessing, I hate to quit in the middle of the program (there are 4 levels). However, doing Storytime Treasures and the FULL AAR program is a little redundant. I wish AAR only taught phonics, but is a fairly extensive Language Arts program. It also teaches: Comprehension

      Connect text to one's own experiences
      Make predictions
      Compare and contrast main characters
      Skim for specific information
      Make inferences from the text
      Discuss character motivation, main conflict
      Identify the main character

      I don't need this part of AAR, if I am also doing any of the Literature guides. I prefer the "real" literature, but do feel the readers are a necessary part of the program. I kind of want to skip all the comprehension stuff. I know this is not an area of struggle, so overreaching this for us, is well, overkill.

      In looking to the future, at the end of Level 2, she will have the following skills: Decoding (Phonics)

      Learn phonograms WH, EE, ER, AR, OR, ED, OY, OI, AW, AU, OW, and OU
      Read words containing the new phonograms, such as whale, sheep, herd, farm, horn, toy, boil, saw, haul, flower, and found
      Read words with long I or O before two consonants, as in find and gold
      Read words with soft C, as in race
      Read words with soft G, as in gem
      Learn the first four jobs of Silent E
      Decoding (Structural Analysis)

      Identify base words
      Read contractions, such as they’ll
      Learn syllable division rules for reading multisyllable words
      Read words with past tense ending ed, including all three sounds, as in wanted, snowed, and chipped
      Vocabulary

      Discuss new words in the context of the story and one’s own life
      Understand homophones
      Understand synonyms and antonyms


      I do credit AAR to building her reading stamina, so that aspect of the program I like. The long reading lists were cumbersome to begin with (tears daily!) but now she sees them, doesn't love them, but reads them. I do think part of her problem before was the stamina.....

      At this point, I'm sure we'll just see how Level 2 goes and then ask again, but if you had any suggestions on melding the two, I'd love suggestions. I'd love to move back to the full SC3, but also don't want to regress either.
      Christine

      (2019/2020)
      DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
      DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
      DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

      Previous Years
      DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
      DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
      DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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        #4
        Re: Thank you SC2!

        If you and she are seeing clear progress with AAR, and you do not mind teaching it, then stay with it. In SC 3, you have the option of omitting SC More Storytime Treasures. Do this, if you stay with AAR.

        Our SC More Storytime Treasures inserts many phonics skills from Mrs. Lowe's Phonics for Reading & Spelling. Your daughter may not need these. You could still use the storybooks that we use for SC More STT, but if she can read and understand them without the SC More STT guide, AAR may be sufficient.

        But I would keep SC Writing Book Two. As your daughter gains strength in her reading and spelling, writing is next! She is already interested, which is just where you want her to be.

        Keep up the good work. If you wanted, you could order SC 3 as a full set, because you will eventually use SC More Storytime Treasures with someone! Or you could (guilt-free) omit it to avoid overkill and streamline your teaching.

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          #5
          Re: Thank you SC2!

          Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
          Our SC More Storytime Treasures inserts many phonics skills from Mrs. Lowe's Phonics for Reading & Spelling. Your daughter may not need these. You could still use the storybooks that we use for SC More STT, but if she can read and understand them without the SC More STT guide, AAR may be sufficient.

          But I would keep SC Writing Book Two. As your daughter gains strength in her reading and spelling, writing is next! She is already interested, which is just where you want her to be.
          Thank you! That was extremely helpful! The only decision sort of left now is what to do with the boy (SC1 phonics or AAR). I'm inclined to use SC1 and see how things go. I know things could get hairy in book D and if that is the case, I can "fall back" on AAR. I really do like AAR, but it's totally overkill, if you don't need it! I think he'll enjoy the moment activities scheduled in SC1. I can use some of the word flippers we already have from AAR! :-)

          Incidentally though, we started FSR A, as scheduled in SC-C, and he sort of flipped out. "I'm not old enough for this!" (P.S> - that little problem he was having with "c" is gone.) We've only completed the letter "m" so I don't really know how it is going to go! I guess time will tell. It really is ingenious how you are coordinating the Alphabet books and FSR A, btw! :-)
          Christine

          (2019/2020)
          DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
          DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
          DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

          Previous Years
          DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
          DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
          DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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            #6
            Re: Thank you SC2!

            So, we started Little Bear today. Immediate tantrum, drama, etc. He was immediately sent to his bedroom.

            Upon exiting timeout, he agreed to come and give it a try. I have 2 copies so that he can move around as needed. He sat right down with his copy and we tandem read each page. When he was done, the look on his face was priceless. He was so shocked, and proud all at the same time.

            I asked, so was that worth a tantrum and loss of free-play time? He says, no. When do we get to read the next story?

            Haha.

            We'll see how tomorrow's writing activity goes. But he'll probably be disappointed he only gets to read one story a week. Who would've thunk it?

            I've seen such tremendous progress with this curriculum. Christine, can you just omit those aspects of AAR or just use their readers? My kids use Pathway Readers as supplement on days no new reading is assigned in SC.
            Married to DH for 13 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

            DS10- Simply Classical 4 / Grade 3 Classic Core,
            DD8- Grade 2 Classic Core,
            DD 6- Classic Core Kindergarten

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              #7
              Re: Thank you SC2!

              Originally posted by Colomama View Post
              So, we started Little Bear today. Immediate tantrum, drama, etc. He was immediately sent to his bedroom.

              Upon exiting timeout, he agreed to come and give it a try. I have 2 copies so that he can move around as needed. He sat right down with his copy and we tandem read each page. When he was done, the look on his face was priceless. He was so shocked, and proud all at the same time.

              I asked, so was that worth a tantrum and loss of free-play time? He says, no. When do we get to read the next story?

              Haha.

              We'll see how tomorrow's writing activity goes. But he'll probably be disappointed he only gets to read one story a week. Who would've thunk it?

              I've seen such tremendous progress with this curriculum. Christine, can you just omit those aspects of AAR or just use their readers? My kids use Pathway Readers as supplement on days no new reading is assigned in SC.
              Love this. My oldest is very similar. Little Bear is sneaky goodness. Can't wait until we get there! We are on the third story of Moose Moments, Silent E. Making progress, one tantrum at a time
              Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
              Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
              Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
              Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

              “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
              ~Pope St John Paul II

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                #8
                Re: Thank you SC2!

                Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                Christine, can you just omit those aspects of AAR or just use their readers? My kids use Pathway Readers as supplement on days no new reading is assigned in SC.
                Actually, if I was going to omit anything, it would be the readers (from AAR)! LOL She does enjoy the stories and I really think the whole program is necessary. However, we spent an entire lesson learning about the Swiss Alps one time. (the story was about the Alps and they were trying to provide context). I do think it is still good for vocabulary building, so we just do them. Another entire lesson we learned how to address and envelope (the story in their readers was a letter. The first part of the lesson was explaining what a letter was, and then the various abbreviations you might find in a letter (P.S., State abbreviations, Mr. Ms., etc and they explained some have periods after and some don't) and then the last part was addressing a letter. Then, the next lesson was the story. Their standard system is a phonics lesson (with some sort of activity to reinforce it) and then a word list (in same lesson.) The next lesson will be a story using those words. Occasionally, we have those extra "random" lessons. I see why they do it though and since she can read, she sees my teacher's manual and wants to do them! :-)

                We have literally have been working on blends since we started AAR (October). We also learned about syllables and how to divide them. Incidentally, "I" can read the word frozen, but I could have never told you why the "o" is long! Now, I know! I still wonder how I learned to read and if she'll remember, when she is 40+ why the "o" is long! :-) (You break frozen up into fro and zen - the o is an open syllable, so it is long!)

                Just for fun........my oldest goes to Religious Education classes and while she is there, I attend Mass. One night, the priest asked if I wanted to do the readings. (I did not want to.) I replied that my reading level was only at first grade, so I couldn't possibly! He and my friend got a chuckle! :-) It's hard to believe that I was in "gifted" classes sometimes!!
                Christine

                (2019/2020)
                DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
                DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
                DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

                Previous Years
                DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
                DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
                DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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                  #9
                  Re: Thank you SC2!

                  Originally posted by howiecram View Post
                  The only decision sort of left now is what to do with the boy (SC1 phonics or AAR). I'm inclined to use SC1 and see how things go. I know things could get hairy in book D and if that is the case, I can "fall back" on AAR. I really do like AAR, but it's totally overkill, if you don't need it! I think he'll enjoy the movement activities scheduled in SC1. I can use some of the word flippers we already have from AAR! :-)

                  ... (P.S> - that little problem he was having with "c" is gone.)
                  Christine,

                  Your P.S. is good to hear! It does make sense to move through SC 1 with your son after he finishes SC C, with AAR only if needed.

                  You're going to have a houseful of children who are readers!

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                    #10
                    Re: Thank you SC2!

                    Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                    So, we started Little Bear today. Immediate tantrum....

                    He sat right down with his copy and we tandem read each page. When he was done, the look on his face was priceless. He was so shocked, and proud all at the same time.

                    I asked, so was that worth a tantrum and loss of free-play time? He says, no. When do we get to read the next story?

                    Who would've thunk it?

                    I've seen such tremendous progress with this curriculum.
                    Excellent, Colomama. I love that you read together -- with two books.

                    And this, "When do we get to read the next story?" Outstanding.

                    So happy for both of you --

                    Cheryl

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                      #11
                      Re: Thank you SC2!

                      Originally posted by Colomama View Post
                      So, we started Little Bear today. Immediate tantrum, drama, etc. He was immediately sent to his bedroom.

                      Upon exiting timeout, he agreed to come and give it a try. I have 2 copies so that he can move around as needed. He sat right down with his copy and we tandem read each page. When he was done, the look on his face was priceless. He was so shocked, and proud all at the same time.

                      I asked, so was that worth a tantrum and loss of free-play time? He says, no. When do we get to read the next story?

                      Haha.

                      We'll see how tomorrow's writing activity goes. But he'll probably be disappointed he only gets to read one story a week. Who would've thunk it?

                      I've seen such tremendous progress with this curriculum. Christine, can you just omit those aspects of AAR or just use their readers? My kids use Pathway Readers as supplement on days no new reading is assigned in SC.

                      Congratulations!! Can't wait until we get to Little Bear!
                      Jennifer
                      Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

                      2019-2020 Plans:

                      DS16
                      MP10 Lit, MP-Holt Biology, Light to the Nations II, Spanish
                      MPOA: Algebra I, High School Comp II

                      DS15
                      As above, plus:
                      MP Greek Tragedies; no Spanish
                      MPOA: Fourth Form Latin

                      DS12: 7M subbing Sea to Shining Sea for American history

                      DS11: Simply Classical Level 4

                      DD9: 3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

                      DD7/8: Simply Classical Level 3

                      DD 4/5: Simply Classical Level C (NT using SC for two-year PreK due to January birthday)

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