I read those too. But, honestly, it has not been an issue for us. We tend to do just about every suggested thing in the curriculum. If you do all the reading, narration, writing, discussion, activities, etc. you will be amazed at the level of understanding and retention.
I imagine that some feel that there is no retention unless there is lots of worksheet type work. It is funny because a friend (whose public schooled child was the same age as mine) said that her child was not learning what mine was in her class. I suppose it all depends on the system and (to a greater extent) the child and their learning style.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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This is not a stand alone curriculum. It is a quick, thorough basic grammar course. If the student is in grade 5 or higher, it can be completed quickly and with good comprehension. This can save many years of grammar workbook exercises. Considering that the main point of grammar is to improve writing skills, completion of this program should eliminate many errors.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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No, I didn't feel I needed to supplement. I do need to say that I did combine 5 days' work down into 3, typically, just for where my child was at. (It is much easier to do that than it is to try and s-p-r-e-a-d material out.) So, if the book was to cover more time, then, yes, I may have thought to supplement. I think it all depends on what the goals are for the student & for the year. Also, on the student's strengths & weaknesses. I chose the curriculum because it seemed to fit the teaching/curriculum objectives & my child's learning style.
That said, some of the topics did seem easy, like some of the initial book reading & such. However, it does progress in difficulty & intensity. The easy topics did help by providing time for more processing occur--to express the things she already knew. Explaining things that we know is much easier than just taking things in or just using what we know. The spelling rules, for example, are worded in ways that made it easier, I think, for the learner to remember them; very explicit. Reading is one thing, but spelling, somehow, can be another thing.
Assessments seemed easy...to me. The first few were rather easy for my child, too, but that's good. It helped to make them not-so-intimidating and scary. The other ones seemed easy. And for the most part, they were easy for my child--but not THAT easy. They did accomplish their objective.
Also, the seemingly easier work provided opportunity to focus on other things (like the meanings of the stories & such) rather than just on the mechanics of, say, reading. And it gave time to do creative work on the projects. My child likes those creative things. Plus, we need them to be able to be creative, and creativity takes time.
On a side note, we did find a good poetry book. (I scanned the material when we got it & saw that we needed it for some of the later lessons.) Soon after we got the book, we just started reading it for fun. I figured, "Why wait?" I want the learning to integrate into life & not be a separate compartment.
Back to the curriculum. It does provide some really good jumping points throughout, though, where one could easily expand the curriculum. (Some are even suggested.) The later lessons introduce researching topics. After my child finished the timeline for Abraham Lincoln, there was an assignment to research George Washington & share (in whatever format desired) what was discovered. She spent considerable time in research and learned quite a lot. (They research about 5 historical American folks in all.) We are in the last lesson of the book, and I am satisfied with where my child is at. She has become more confident in her work, too. We are looking forward to The Yellow Book, Grade 3.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
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I feel like I need a handwriting supplement. Besides that, it's really at the perfect level for us. My son gets it, he feels accomplished at the end of the daily lesson, and he's learning on pace.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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The curriculum is enough to use as a Stand Alone phonics program. For Language I supplement with Spectrum series books. I use Explode the Code 1 and 1.5 to supplement because some pages in MCP are hard for delayed to students to understand. Although there are lots of pictures, sometimes the words are not in their vocabulary and thus they have to come for more help.
answered 2 years ago
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This is a complete language arts program, that utilizes an integrated approach to learning. Students learn the skills appropriate for each grade level in the context of real literature. This creates a deeper understanding and generates greater interest in grammar, writing mechanics, vocabulary, spelling, and other language skills.
answered 2 years ago
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