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From: Julie in MN (
Subject:         Hello, not a big help here but some random thoughts
Date: March 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm PST

In Reply to: What do you think of this cirriculum? posted by Jolene on March 1, 2010 at 1:25 am:

Hi Jolene,
I'm just saying hi because no one else seems to be hanging out. I haven't actually used much of BJU or SOS. But I firmly believe that you can succeed in teaching your children no matter what you use. Folks did it using just the Bible and a slate, and created some of the great men & women of history. And you need to start somewhere, so start with what makes sense to you, and change later if you need to.

As far as an all-in-one program for language arts, my personal feeling is that you can use the materials but you may need to work with them to make them truly work. Or you may need to add to them as you see a gap in what your child is getting out of them.

For example, sometimes using literature for vocabulary/spelling words is a great way to make them relevant -- but sometimes it just means that the lesson goes in one ear & out the other, because the spelling wasn't connected to understanding the rules of spelling, or the vocabulary word was never used again.

Another example is writing, which can be connected to what you read, but may not actually hit on the specific skills your child needs to work on. Writing has many components but I'm a believer in writing as communication, which requires human feedback (from mom) in order to truly succeed.

These are things that you can add as you see a need, though. Sometimes there is no need, such as a child who is a natural speller, so to some extent you just wait and see. But again, whatever materials you use as a base are going to be fine because she has one-on-one tutoring from someone who really cares!


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