Well, my oldest is doing fine with Applications. Some of the lessons she needs some limited help. She is the type of learner who wants to just grab the book and go for it. Not all children are like that just because they reach jr. high.tiffany wrote:How much hand-holding have you had to do with the 8th grade grammar program? I thought it seemed straightforward and simple enough to do independently, but my daughter is struggling with the subject. I thought Applications was better written and offered more explanation than All In One, so I thought she would catch on this year, but so far not really. We are continually having to redo entire lessons, which is frustrating for both of us.
While we are on the subject, my oldest son will be ready for All in One next year and I must confess I am not crazy about the resource. I feel it is fairly weak in instruction and examples. I do not feel this way about Applications. Does anyone have substitute ideas for All in One? I would like some other options at the same level to look at.
If grammar is just a weak subject for your daughter, or if she just isn't ready for reading all of it on her own, don't feel pressured to have to hand over the book to her just because she is 8th grade age. You can take the 5-10 minutes to teach the lesson out loud to her by reading through it with her and discussing it. Then let her practice the lessons on her own. Then go over missed problems. But I would try to find 5-10 minutes to spend studying the material together, then let her try on her own.
Same thing with All in One. Some children are not ready for full independent self teaching just because they are in jr. high school. You can take the 5 minutes to go over those lessons and let him try. Or take 10 minutes (5 to go over the info just before the exercises. 5 minutes to do a few problems together. Let him do the rest on his own and then go over missed stuff.)
I've heard All in One was updated/edited very recently and MFW might even be selling the newer version. Haven't seen it to verify that. just hearsay.
I don't think of "hand holding" as a bad thing if a young student still needs some direct instruction. We do that with things like Saxon math with DIVE CD (and/or other math programs for jr. high and high schoolers that have a video teaching component). It's just that Applications and All in One don't have a ready to sell teacher to help guide through the text. The good thing is that those lessons are huge time consuming on mom to talk it out loud for a student who needs it.