Curriculum for 6th grader

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My oldest daughter will be going into 6th grade next year. We planned on homeschooling her starting next year, but with the way school was going for her, we pulled her out in the middle of the year.



B/c of this the only curriculum that I could use was Lifepac. I think that it's a wonderful curric. She seems to flourish getting done and having a sense of accomplishment with every unit (workbook) she finishes. There are a few things that I wish were a little different...I wish that it came in an easier translation, ie NIV, NKJV. I don't have a problem at all with KJV, it's just harder for her to comprehend that text. It doesn't keep her attention very well...which is something that we struggle with for everyday things, but I would like something that would help keep her focused!



Any ideas? I really like Switched On Schoolhouse, but don't know if I like the idea of being at the coumputer in front a screen all day...I don't know........

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Anna - posted on 05/12/2010

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Cara, sorry your question has become a "rabbit trail" for you. I truely hope you find something that works for you. There is such a plethora of curriculum out there (I use A Beka for K through 2 and then go to Bob Jones with a little sonlight styled supplementing)
I really feel that no matter which one you choose, the book They Way They Learn will help you understand better what your daughter needs.
Anna

Virgina,
I never heard that the KJV was a translation of a translation...what professor/scholar/ resource book told you that?

The NIV and all other modern translations use the Westcott/Hort text that is a compilation of texts to translate from. They used agnostic sources. Why would I trust my Bible to originate from seance attenders who did not believe my Savior was truely God and that His mother was not a virgin?
"I reject the infallibility of Holy Scriptures overwhelmingly." (Westcott, The Life and Letters of Brook Foss Westcott, Vol. I, p.207).
"Our Bible as well as our Faith is a mere compromise." (Westcott, On the Canon of the New Testament, p. vii).
"Evangelicals seem to me perverted. . .There are, I fear, still more serious differences between us on the subject of authority, especially the authority of the Bible." (Hort, The Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, Vol. I, p.400)



The KJV is the only English version that comes from the Hebrew Masoretic text and the Greek Textus Receptus.

http://www.1611kingjamesbible.com/westco...
http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/hort.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textus_Rece...

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Virginia - posted on 05/11/2010

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I guess after all that I should say my favorite is the Amplified as it gives multiple other possible translations. Anyone who has studied a foriegn language knows the same sentance or phrase can have multiple meanings and more than one translation apiece. I like to use the amplified to help my kids discern what was actually said in a passage and what different ways that same verse may apply. You could stick to the curriculum you already like with the KJV enjoying it's literary prose and use the amplified for clarification or you could just switch gears alltogether. If your daughter loves predictability you might want to stick to the same curriculum and just adjust to help her understand archaic shakespearian english. It's really up to you and isn't that the whole beauty (and pain) of homeschooling. In the end it's all up to you.

Virginia - posted on 05/11/2010

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Further Cara: many words in the KJV do not have the same meaning anymore (Gay = Happy not homosexual anyone?) which makes it's reading level more advanced than many adults today are cabale of.

Virginia - posted on 05/11/2010

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Cara:

however KJV is not copywriten because it was writen before 1925. Therefore one can conclude the NIV (one of the first of newer versions) did not have to find new words to replace those in the KJV. Furthermore, the NIV was translated directly from the hebrew, arahmaic, and greek source documents whereas the KJV was translated from the Latin translations or the origional source text. The living Translation was created from prior english translations and is therefore very suspect, because everytime a translation is further translated or reworded for readability the less acurate it becomes. And there is the real stinker for many KJV diehards as it is a translation of a translation and NIV is just a translation. Guess which is more accurate?

Anna - posted on 05/09/2010

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I would read The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias to figure out what she needs to be able to focus her attention better.

Anna - posted on 05/09/2010

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My soap box:

KJV actually has the corner on easier reading level.

In order to copyright a work, 80% or so of the material has to be new. So since KJV was first, it got the choice of simplest/best/easiest to understand word. NIV had to come up with a new one a certain percentage of the time, and therefore has to use multi-sylable and more complex words because the KJV already used them...

Yes, there are a few vocabulary words to learn with the KJV, but that's what we are all about: learning!

The KJV book of Matt. is at a 5th grade reading level....

Does the NIV "you" mean one person or more? KJV uses "thee" and "thou" if its one person...

Ease of understanding is a point of view.

(I could go on and on about the text behind the NIV not being the same and was actually compiled by occultist who didn't believe in the virgin birth or the deity of Christ...)

Karen - posted on 05/05/2010

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I have used Sonlight with my children and it has been wonderful. The book choices are excellent and it really helps with the bonding between parent and child. Next year my 6th and 8th graders will do "Core 5" which I have done with the older 2 and learned together and even cried some over the books. A Christian curriculum and well-worth the $.

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