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Subject: Reading curriculum?
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 2:49 PM ET
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This will be the third year of homeschooling my son and I have yet to find a reading curriculum he likes.  He is not a lover of books so dry curriculums don't hold his attention at all.  I have looked for just a list of books that are being read in the 6th grade and have had trouble finding any.  Can anyone reccomend a good reading program that comes with a workbook?

Thanks,

Ann Marie

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:32 PM ET
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What kind of program are you hoping for?  Just basic reading comprehension or something that includes more language arts?

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:49 PM ET
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Mainly reading comprehension and writing some paragraphs from the reading excerpt.

I am using Abeka for the rest of our Language Arts, but I just don't care for their reading part of it.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 10:01 AM ET
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This may not be what you had in mind, but we just started using Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).  IEW helps with comprehension by having you make key word outlines.  You have to pick 3 important words from each sentence.  It also is great for teaching writing with step by step instructions and check lists.  You could kill two birds with one stone.

I hope you find something that works for you.

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 11:34 PM ET
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very interesting, thank you for replying.  I will look into it, we can always use new ideas or writing and if it ties in with other core subjects than that is even better.

 

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 8:55 AM ET
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My son used Hewitt's Lightning Literature for 7th, 8th, & 9th.  I absolutely love it.  You still need to add other parts of Language Arts.  For those I use Michael Clay Thompson's LA.  They mesh together very well.

http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/book/blight.asp

http://www.rfwp.com/mct.php

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 3:30 PM ET
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I had the same problem with one of my children.  So, because his passion was in the science and technology areas, I just used science books for his readers.  Many of the activity books that go with these science books have comprehension questions, etc. that go with them.  As a sixth grader, I still do this, using books like BJUP Science textbooks, and the "Exploring the History of....." series from Master Books (like the "History of Medicine" and "World of Chemistry," and the Apologia science textbooks, for example.  In the lower grades, he read all the Christian Liberty Nature Readers (there are four in the series), and easy biographies.  I used Easy Grammar, and Editor in Chief software for language skills.  Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 3:33 PM ET
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I had the same problem with one of my children.  So, because his passion was in the science and technology areas, I just used science books for his readers.  Many of the activity books that go with these science books have comprehension questions, etc. that go with them.  As a sixth grader, I still do this, using books like BJUP Science textbooks, and the "Exploring the History of....." series from Master Books (like the "History of Medicine" and "World of Chemistry," and the Apologia science textbooks, for example.  In the lower grades, he read all the Christian Liberty Nature Readers (there are four in the series), and easy biographies.  I used Easy Grammar, and Editor in Chief software for language skills.  Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 8/17/2010 4:01 AM ET
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Hi - may I recommend Learning Language Arts Through Literature?  It is a really good program that encompasses all language arts as well as some fantastic reading choices.  Have you ever considered getting some "pleasure books" that might encourage his love for reading?  Books like, "Hank the Cowdog" and "Tiger and Tom" are fun.  Also,  read alouds in the morning with drama and suspense (historical fiction my fav!) are a great way for children to have books come alive.  I do a read aloud every morning and my girls look forward two it - begging for more than two chapters.  Some of my favorite read-aloud titles have been "A Cricket in Times Square", "The Bronze Bow", and "The Golden Goblet."  G.A. Henty is an excellent source of literature for boys - and are available (due to their age) free at google books.  Hope this helped!

Date Posted: 8/21/2010 9:40 PM ET
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check out ....robinson curriculum ... they do have a website . its a complete [ as in all subjects covered ] curiculum , but you can adjust it . all books that are requiered are on the CDs and you can print them out or try to find them . in the lower grades they have nice chapter books and the reading level is defenitly advanced . but again , you can adjust .

 

if you have questions , feel free to email me . i used this program with all 3 of my kids and starting granddaughter . but then  , i am a lone maverik [ as our pastor called me ] and i made some changes that worked better for us , but in the end , did not produce the rsults so emphasised by dr robinson .

 

the book selection is more along the line of living books so loved by charlotte mason and others . many biographies , history and science ....

Subject: Reading Curriculum
Date Posted: 8/27/2010 6:15 PM ET
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Hi Ann Marie,

I used copywork from the Bible with my children and it has helped them tremendously.  What we do is take the Proverb for the day (there are 31 Proverbs); for instance today's copywork would be Proverbs 27.  I then take approximately 7 verses that I believe to be applicable to them (enough to fill a page) and it not only helps with reading and writing but most important, their character - wisdom!

 

Debbie