This is the time of year when I go overboard researching every possible detail of curriculum. It seems that quite a few of the 3rd grade programs have assignements like" student reads Farmer Boy to himself. My son cannot read at the level-at all. If you look at SL readers-he would need 2nd grade. We didn't really do formal phonics-I think he learned most of his reading through R&S Spelling. And while he can read a word, it doesn't mean he can spell it. So, he could read friend, but he wouldn't know how to write it and probably coudln't even guess by sounding it out. Today I asked him to spell crab-I got card, and then, "I mean b." My son can go to the dining room table to pick up his bowl, which then needs to be put in the kitchen sink-and he forgets where he's going in less than 10 steps! He's 8 and I have a slight feeling he has some ADHD/ADD-not sure which. He still writes some of his letters and numbers backwards too.
My DD is going into 5th and still doesn't know multiplication or division. These last 2 years have been full of curriculum changes. We jumped from one thing to the next-mostly because my DD hated everything and so I kept switching to find something she would like. (BIG mistake!) I can't teach math worth beans and when I try, she doesn't get it. We've done Singapore, TT, Horizons and CLE. CLE was by far the best one so far. I've looked at RS and MUS, but I don't even understand what they are trying to teach in the sample lessons All of this change has made my DD feel like she isn't learning anything. She requested we go boxed this year because then she knows it all works together and everything is all planned out. I don't have a problem with that, but Good Heavens it can be way too expensive! ( I won't be combining the kids this year.)
Both of my kids have to Benchmark test next Summer and I feel like I have done them a huge disservice, by being incosistent in SO many things.