I have been doing level 3 with Karis because it teaches sentence diagramming and she doesn’t have a background in it. It has honestly been kind of hard because she is 11 and needs to be more independent (she was pretty much completely independent before G&B). So I asked in the G&B group what they thought about moving to level 4 even though she doesn’t know how to diagram. Everyone said that there isn’t much diagramming in level 4, there is a video on their website, and there is a reference section in level 4 to show how to diagram. Also, I am torn about how much I really even care about diagramming. We’ll see. Karis is a really good reader (about an 8th grade level) so I feel that she can handle a higher level. I know she’s going into 6th grade so level 4 may not make much sense, but the curriculum is very advanced. I have the boys doing level 1. I have looked at level 5 (level 6 isn’t out yet), and I think she could probably do it just fine, but I already have level 4 so I’m going with it!
I downloaded the free pdf of the course book and printed that because it’s black and white. It includes grammar, reading/comprehension (it has whole chapter books with-in it), spelling, and writing. She will do one lesson out of the course book per day. Sometimes two.
She will also read for 20 minutes out of a novel of her choice AND 20 minutes out of a history novel. When she is finished with the history novel she will do a narration/book project of her choice (she has a list of 30 to choose from).
In addition to the course book, she will do one lesson out of the Creative Companion each day. This is my favorite part of this level. It includes geography complete with gorgeous maps, beautiful paintings for art appreciation, art instruction using pastels, and writing instruction. I wish I could show you every single page out of this because I love it so much. And it was only $14!
Then she will also practice the grammar and geography cards for about 5 minutes per day, alternating between the two. These cards only cost $10 and they cover the grammar basics for levels 4-7. For geography they will learn all of the US states and their capitals and all of the countries in Europe. Like the Creative Companion, I wish I could share all of the cards with you :-).
Now that she is doing independent work, I have created a checklist for her to go through each day/week.
We will start this after Family Camp!! Can’t wait!