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  1. My kids broke my ancient ThinkPad-turned-makeshift-Chromebook a few weeks ago and I am in the market for a new laptop. I am drawn to Chromebooks as everything *I* do is web based AND we don't have a ton of money (budget is under $500). However, my oldest will be 8 soon and I think this will be the year that I start teaching her use the computer herself, start learning to type, and play around with a few games. This is the place where I am lost. Can Chromebooks do these things? I literally havent played a computer game since I was a kid, when games were a CD you put in CD drive. I
  2. so everything is app based on a chrome book... That is so helpful to know! Thanks!!! I'd love to hear from others more specifics if they have any!
  3. My kids broke my ancient ThinkPad-turned-makeshift-Chromebook a few weeks ago and I am in the market for a new laptop. I am drawn to Chromebooks as everything I do is web based AND we don't have a ton of money (budget is under $500). However, my oldest will be 8 soon and I think this will be the year that I start teaching her use the computer herself, start learning to type, and play around with a few games. This is the place where I am lost. Can Chromebooks do these things? I literally havent played a computer game since I was a kid, when games were a CD you put in CD drive. I h
  4. I am going to mull this over because I really think I agree with you for the most part. When it comes right down to it I really do think that even if we just went to the library and got science and history books as interests or holidays come up and watched some videos on interesting science things that it would be "enough" history and science. BUT I find these subjects the most fun to teach and the part of the school day where I feel the most excitement from my kids as well. I know education isn't 100 percent about excitement and believe me, I spend a majority of our school day in exactly w
  5. I have the catalog for this and I don't know why I didn't really consider it much. So is it like Sonlight in the sense that the History is wrapped up in the readalouds? I love that about Sonlight. It is so hard without actually seeing it to really understand how it works and what it comes with. Can 2 grades be combined in a level, as in a Sonlight Core? Because that is also important to me with my girls only a grade apart! Literature readalouds I totally could just get a booklist and read a little every day - but its the History and Science that I feel like I truly do need it a
  6. This is my second year of homeschooling, we are doing Sonlight Core A with my Kindergartner and 1st grader. I picked Sonlight years ago when my kids were tiny, because I loved the idea of it and it seemed so true that it was "the way I wish I'd been taught!" so while I did do some research here and there and looked at other catalogues, Sonlight was the obvious pick for my first try at this. We use it for History/Bible/Literature/Science. I picked a different LA and Math and supplementary Bible. We don't do electives except a sprinkle here or there and they do an enrichment co-op.
  7. Hi everyone! The parents over on the K-8 board recommended I cross post this over here, I'd appreciate any wisdom! I have been searching around and coming up with some good info already from old threads but thought I'd post my exact situation and see what you all think! I have a 7 year old first grader who is during Math U See Alpha. We made it though approximately lesson 10, which is adding 8. She hasn't "mastered" all the facts before that but she can always do them with the blocks. She has no problem with the blocks in front of her and she's asked to add two numbers.
  8. Thank you all SO very much. This is all very helpful. I will cross post this on the learning challenges board and see what turns up. My inclination is to try Addition Facts that Stick for a while as so many of you recommended that, and then reassess from there if I need to switch up curriculum entirely (in which case I'll look at the ones you all recommended such as CLE, Rod and Staff, Right Start) or if it seems like she is struggling to the degree that I need to seek further help and start looking into Ronit Bird, etc. I also appreciate all the wisdom about ways to approach math with
  9. Hi everyone! I have been searching around and coming up with some good info already from old threads but thought I'd post my exact situation and see what you all think! I have a 7 year old first grader who is during Math U See Alpha. We made it though approximately lesson 10, which is adding 8. She hasn't "mastered" all the facts before that but she can always do them with the blocks. She has no problem with the blocks in front of her and she's asked to add two numbers. We have gone painfully slowly through this lesson because all along the way I have tried to get her to memorize
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