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  1. I am a retired homeschooler who has gone back to work. My coworker is concerned about her 2nd grade daughter’s reading levels. Specifically, my coworker says her daughter has trouble recognizing different forms of a word. My guess is that the public school is not teaching phonics, which I think would help skills like that. Schools in our state are now closed. With all the turmoil, I’m suggesting to my coworker that an online phonics game might be the most palatable way to improve skills. What say ye, hive mind? Am I on the right track? What are the best online phonics games? I’ve been out of the loop for a long time. I’d appreciate your wisdom. Thanks, WTMCassandra (a blast from the past)

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    All of the below listed titles are from Jeff Baldwin's website www.thegreatbooks.com. These roughly 30-page-each stapled booklets are all in new condition from a smoke- and pet-free home. Each title separately is $5.50, shipping included. I will give discounts of $0.50 per title if two to five titles are purchased, and $1.00 per title discounts if six or more titles are purchased. I would be willing to consider further discounts if someone wants all of the titles. NOTE: I am not selling the literary works themselves. The items listed are only the discussion guides. . . . On Christian Liberty by Martin Luther . . . The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin . . . City of God by Augustine . . . Paradise Lost by John Milton . . . Selected Poems and Prose by John Donne . . . Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington . . . Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe . . . Inferno by Dante . . . The Federalist Papers by James Madison . . . The Federalist Papers, #10 & #51 by James Madison (this has a couple of black lines on the cover, but it came that way when brand new) . . . The Prince by Machieavelli . . . Paradise Lost by John Milton . . . Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford . . . The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis . . . Oedipus Rex by Sophocles . . . Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare . . . Beowulf . . . Sir Gawain and the Green Knight . . . Selected Writings by Thomas Aquinas . . . Odyssey by Homer (this one is longer, about 60 pages)


  3. I have given up on trying to be polite to telemarketers. Most of the time I try to edge in by saying "Not interested" and immediately hanging up (inevitably while they are still talking).
  4. I'm in the "pay for half" camp, or possibly "pay for 1/3."
  5. I have had an iPhone 2, 4, and now, 6. I have had just a silicon case, but with my newest phone I treated myself to a Pad and Quill case that looks like a book. I also typically use screen protectors--on this one I have a glass one. I am careful with my phone, so perhaps I'm not the best person to ask, but I have never had my glass crack or shatter.
  6. Another good book, from a Christian perspective, is Foolproofing Your Life by Jan Silvious.
  7. There is one definitive internet article that has always stood out as a huge help. It's posted many places, but here's one: http://parrishmiller.com/narcissists.html It also has a good book list in a red window on the right side.
  8. I, too, am finding myself trending more toward minimalist tendencies that war against my staunch bibliophile state. I have waffled on what to do. I have culled homeschooling K-8 books and kept only favorites (although that is still a couple of bookshelves worth *sigh*). I have culled picture books down to one shelf that I hope grandchildren will want. I culled fiction a long time ago but ended up buying some of it back (favorites). I have a Kindle Paperwhite and use it when I don't have access to a paper book, but it's still, by far, my second choice. I was about to do another big round of culling about a year ago when I discovered that you don't actually own Kindle books and that they can rescind them any time. This gave me pause and caused me some consternation. I've felt kind of stuck, since. So, I'm currently in limbo. I think I need to do some more culling. But it's painful. I'd rather cull almost anything else (and have).
  9. Numb3rs Foyle's War Midsomer Murders (BBC murder mystery cop show) Call the Midwife
  10. I joined the boards around 1999, I think, shortly after they started. I found WTM at the 1999 HEAV convention when it was in publication, with just one proof copy on the table, and a string of covers above the booth, and SWB sitting there, alone. People, she was alone and had time for my incessant questions! Now at any given convention, the line at the booth is 20 people deep, LOL. These boards have been my lifeline (sometimes my only one) through three different moves, two coasts, and a zillion confusing life stages. I can see the finish line now on my homeschooling journey, but I still need these boards as much as ever. Curriculum, handling life, child discipline, knowing I'm not crazy because someone else out there has similar experiences, how to handle learning differences, bOOks, tEa, and little things, even down to comparing the number of bookcases we each have. I don't post that much these days, but I always read, almost every day. I guess I'm a WTM voyeur. I know what threads to avoid posting on because they're just going to go south, LOL. But if someone has a question and I know the answer, I do my best to take the time to do so, because so many have done so for me. Thank you, SWB, for allowing the space to create an enduring community. Through all of the banning of posts and people, this community has stood strong. Hosting this site for almost twenty years? Expensive, I'm sure. Creating a true community? Priceless.
  11. I'm thinking of using this for this coming school year, and the study guide isn't out yet. Does anyone have any essay ideas for this book yet?
  12. My daughter wants to take some CLEP tests. I am ordering the overall study guide from College Board, but it sounds like one should go third party for preparing for specific tests. Are REA guides any good? Some people recommend Princeton Review, but I'm not a fan of their SAT guides. Are the CLEP ones better? I'm a little dubious of online study monthly resources. Are these truly better? Any experience with SpeedyPrep or InstantCert? It's hard to find objective reviews. What am I missing?
  13. Um. I would get in trouble at your house daily. :leaving: I guess I'm a member of Walking-While-Reading Anonymous. (But I don't really want to quit . . .) :huh:
  14. In the realm of "ones SWB said were great but drove you batty," I respectfully request that Writing Strands be removed. I bought and sold various volumes three separate times, a couple of years apart each, and one year sat myself down in my used homeschool bookstore and looked through every. volume. trying to see how many lessons I would actually use. When I went through the whole series and found I would only want to teach 2-3 lessons per book, I gave up for good. Inclusion of this series has always been a puzzler for me. In the early years, I know that separate writing curricula were an elusive species, and I remember that Norton didn't allow you to put R&S in the first edition. However, Writing Strands does not at all mesh with the overall strategy for writing that you have so articulately written about (and that framework has been of way more value to me than any curricula could have been). Writing Strands focuses so much on creative writing, which you so (rightly, I think) discuss as something either your student will like or not, not something required to be taught formally, like expository writing needs to be. I had always HATED creative writing, and I had one child that hated it even more than I did. And my other child would do it on her own and the Writing Strands exercises were fun but provided very little to no expository writing instruction. So, I have never understood how Writing Strands fit in with the overall philosophy of the WTM, and after repeated tries, it was a complete no-go in my homeschool. I used Classical Writing for a while, and the Lost Tools of Writing fit a niche for a while (the absolute best on teaching the canon of invention, IMHO), but over the long haul, it was your framework for writing instruction in the various versions of WTM (I own all three) that was the most successful for us. Almost everything else you have ever recommended has been good fits for us, but Writing Strands was the only sour note. In other news, I now have a graduating senior and a rising junior who hit their writing milestones just when you said they would, even though I was nervous sometimes because your framework seemed so "non-standard." But it works terrifically, and I am tremendously grateful. Thank you for all you have contributed to the homeschooling community!
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