What do you recommend for Science and / or History?
Check this site out if you need a good Christ-centered Bible curriculum which includes science and history. (No additional or supplemental books are necessary to purchase when using this program other than the Bible itself, which is a big "plus" for me.) I encourage you to consider Bedell Curriculum. It's VERY CM with short, snuggle-on-the-couch-together lessons that your children will enjoy. (http://www.bedellcurriculum.com)
What's so special about the Simply Series?
Some special features of the Simply Series are:
No Lesson Planning *No Teacher Directions to Study * Very User Friendly * No Lengthy Manuals or Resources * Proven Methods that Work Easily & Quickly * Use as a Complete Curriculum or supplement for public school students * Available in Spiral Bound-or PDF for printing at your convenience. Join the SLB Yahoo Email Group and get instantly connected! It's informative yet "non-chatty". Individual posts go to all members and are archived at the site. Enjoy!
If you like the methods of the Robinson Curriculum or Accelerated-Achievement, (RC or A2), you will love Shoelace Books. Like the Robinson Curriculum and A-Squared, SLB focuses on the simplicity of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic with the ease of teaching our children to learn to think independently and work on their own without being strictly teacher directed. Independence and self-study are not taught in the public schools, or with pre-packaged home school curriculums. Too much teacher planning and an over abundance of busy work leaves our children bored and the parents burned-out.
Would I be able to slot into SLA 3, from SE A?
Yes, you will immediately be able to move into SLA 3-A from SE A. You will not need Simply Spelling if you purchase SLA books. They are all inclusive. Simply Poetry is being discontinued because I am including Poetry in SLA. That is the reason for separating the years into part A and part B. They are all inclusive and I did not want the books to be overwhelming in size.
Yes, copywork is included. Cursive writing is not. I recommend Beautiful Cursive Writing for Life by LFBC. www.landmarkbaptistchurch.org
What are some types of selections for Simply Spelling?
Here is a sample of some of the material used:
3rd grade -- Short verses, AESOP Fables
4th grade -- "America", AESOP, short verses prose, Scripture, poetry
5th grade -- Short verses, sayings of Benjamin Franklin, AESOP
6th grade -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, John Ruskin, The Star-Spangled Banner, Daniel Webster, The Village Blacksmith, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, AESOP, Robert Browning, Theodore Roosevelt, "Paul Revere's Ride", Washington Irving
7th grade -- Ruskin, Roosevelt, Irving, Dickens, Bacon, Mann, Goodrich, Carlyle, Robert L. Stevenson...
I can not possibly list all that is included but I have tried to choose the best material for each grade level.
Why are some of the Language Arts Books in A and B format and others are not?
Grades 3 and 4 are books which include large print and large illustrations for the young learners. The books also include word scrabbles, crossword puzzles and word searches of vocabulary words. Each puzzle is on a separate page to ensure the puzzles are large enough for young writers and as not to crowd. Each lesson has a daily check list. The books are divided also to give the student a sense of accomplishment BEFORE the end of the year.
How can I avoid shipping charges?
THERE ARE NO MORE SHIPPING CHARGES BECAUSE THESE BOOKS ARE ONLY PDF FORMAT -- Printing and Shipping costs are continuing to rise and most people have printers at home to print out the material they need for the week. It is not necessary to print the complete book at once unless you wish to do so.