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  1. For historical fiction my similarly aged daughter enjoyed Saba Under the Hyena's Foot by Jane Kurtz about life in Ethiopia in the mid 19th century. We also read African Princess: The Amazing Lives of Africa's Royal Women, which covers royal women across the continent. It spans a few centuries and is more of an overview of each rather than an in-depth bio, but several would fall into the 'early modern' period.
  2. I found myself stuck on one of my daughter's math problems. I mean-- I can solve it using square roots, but she hasn't learned those yet so I know there is another method. This is from the 4a intensive practice Singapore book. Bonus points if you can show me how to use the bar model for it... "The length of a rectangle is four times its width. If the area of the rectangle is 196 cm^2, what is the perimeter of the rectangle?"
  3. So I wrote a few months about about my younger daughter having trouble really getting the whole idea of base 10, and I received some great suggestions. I ended up making a bunch of colored circles for her for ones, tens, hundreds, and we spent numerous math times pouring over them, trying out different problems, and starting to get how base 10 worked, and the system worked! So thank you! Now I am back with a related question. So when I had asked the question, we were mostly dealing with the ones and tens columns. As I said, she seemed to really get this and was able to start doing pr
  4. So I am putting together some resources for our early modern history class next year (doing ~1600-1870) (not full on lesson planning, just compiling so I can see how the year will fill out). I would like to spend a little time covering the Ethiopian Empire that followed the Kingdom of Axsum (which we covered this year) but I am having a lot of trouble finding books/lesson plan ideas/etc. Can anyone help point me in the right direction or give me some ideas to start playing around with?
  5. I seem to have this problem more often with my 7 year old, but she sometimes just decides she doesn't want to do something and just straight out refuses to do it. It comes out in a "I caaaaaaaaaaaaan't" whine along with 'flopping'--- melodramatically laying down on the floor or putting her head on the table, etc. Mind you, this is all stuff she can, in fact, do. Most often it happens with math-- stuff we have gone over, stuff she did perfectly fine the day before. It is typically in response to something she finds tedious. For example, she is working on going from feet to inches and
  6. To make a long story short, my husband was not completely on board initially with homeschooling, he thinks kids need more structure. Joining a co-op where they would have some group learning experiences was our compromise.
  7. So we have belonged to a great coop for the past few years, but for a variety of reasons we might not be meeting next year. If we do not, the only other option in my area would be Classical Conversations. If you do CC is there any room for your own curriculum? I admit that I am very reluctant to join them because it seems so restrictive and I love what we are doing right now in our homeschool. I have a second grader and a kindergartener this year. Unfortunately I have to do a co-op so just not doing one isn't an option. I know that generally CC the program gets mixed reviews on here
  8. My 2nd grade DD recently got into the My America books. She also flew through Magic Treehouse books and has gotten into historical fiction after reading the American Girls books (originals as well as the mystery books). The My America books are like the Dear America books but written for slightly younger kids (I think it is targeted 3-5). I loved the Dear America books myself as a kid, but some of the content is just a little too mature for my DD, but when we discovered the My America books she took to them immediately. Mary Pope Osborne actually writes some of them too, which can be a go
  9. My younger daughter seems to be struggling getting the whole idea of base 10 to really 'click'. She can do basic addition and subtraction of like 6+4 = 10, but the whole idea of: 6+4=10 so 16+4=20 26+4=30 etc. Seems to confuse her. She will see a set of problems like 6+4= 16+4 = and 26+4= and she will quickly right in 6+4=10 but then start counting on her fingers for the other ones. We spent time going over it with base 10 squares and she seemed to get it, but today it came up in a book review and we were right back at square 1, so I am looking to see i
  10. Definitely Singapore Math Intensive Practice. I remember my daughter doing ones with much larger numbers in 2B IP-- something like if a papaya + orange + apple+ banana = 354 and then would give you like two other clues where you had to plug in and create similar substitutions to how you solve your example problem (sorry the book is in storage and I don't feel like making up my own 😊) but I remember her doing it the same way. They also did similar problems with weights-- if 3 triangles weighs as much as 2 circles.... etc with substitutions Anyway, since 2B had those types of prob
  11. For my 2nd/3rd grader (according to age should be 2nd grade, but she had been eager to 'start school' a year early and I let her call that kindergarten, and she knew 1st grade came next, and thus, here we are going into '3rd grade'). Math: Wherever we are in Singapore, my guess is we will be somewhere in 4a at the start of the school year. Have found this year that using the Intensive Practice books instead of regular workbooks work well for her. Science: Real Science Odyssey Chemistry History: ~1600s to ~~1850. Usborne Book of World History as a spine with a ton of supplements.
  12. I am starting to casually look through my book/curriculum options for next year and my older DD will be hitting chemistry (3rd grade). My younger DD will be doing the coursework with us (she will be 1st/2nd grade). What have you found to be the best ways to teach chemistry in elementary school? Science was not one of my strongest subjects (though I did fine, I do not feel as confident in my teaching abilities in chemistry as I do in say, history), so I am looking for something pretty self-explanatory. Both DDs also love hands-on activities in all subjects (our homeschool days are filled w
  13. So I posted this last night in the Writing Workshop subforum, only to realize that forum is for actual writing samples... so sorry about that. I am new to the forums so unsure if there is some way to get that thread deleted. Anyway, I am hoping someone can help me here: So my daughter is a young second grader. We are using Writing Strands 2 this year and I have been feeling a bit ehh about it so far (of course, my feelings might change as we progress through the year, haha) but I was hoping people could help fill me in WRT some of the writing curriculum they have seen their children
  14. So my daughter is a young second grader. We are using Writing Strands 2 this year and I have been feeling a bit ehh about it so far (of course, my feelings might change as we progress through the year, haha) but I was hoping people could help fill me in WRT some of the writing curriculum they have seen their children thrive with. I keep seeing people discuss different curriculum options and honestly have trouble tracking which ones are middle school vs. elementary school, what all the acronyms stand for, etc. Background: Elsewhere for language arts we are using English Lessons Through Lit
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