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carrierocha

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About carrierocha

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    Hive Mind Worker Bee
  • Birthday October 17

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    https://www.particlezoo.net/
  • Biography
    Entrepreneur, scienc- and math-minded mom who is learning to love English and Literature.
  • Location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Occupation
    Owner of The Particle Zoo + Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

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    Female
  • Interests
    Reading nonfiction books. I especially like to read things that dovetail with what my kids are learning. I love travelling and scheduling freedom is one key reason we started to homeschool. Cooking dinner is (usually) a therapeutic end to my homeschooling day. I am also a recovering overachiever and over-doer who is working hard to not cram too much into our homeschool because, you know, all the shiny things.

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  1. I am building an earth/astronomy/meteorology course for my high schooler and middle schooler for next year. This on classical astronomy is fantastic: https://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Understanding-Elements-Classical-Astronomy/dp/097922110 We are going to use Eric Sloane’s book on weather as it is meaty, for a non textbook, but visually engaging. We are also going to get a Roadside Geology book for our state. That’s what I have so far
  2. Online co-op using Year 3 of Tapestry of Grace for the 2020/2021 school year has openings at the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels. Our virtual co-op, Virtual Threads, has been in existence for more than 13 years. For 2020/2021, we will be meeting on Thursday mornings for Dialectic & Rhetoric literature classes and Friday mornings for Dialectic & Rhetoric history classes. On Thursday mornings we also offer Art Appreciation class for member families. Exact class times: Dialectic Literature (Thursdays 9-10 am EST) Dialectic History (Fridays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) Rhetoric
  3. Online co-op using Year 3 of Tapestry of Grace for the 2020/2021 school year has openings at the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels. Our virtual co-op, Virtual Threads, has been in existence for more than 13 years. For 2020/2021, we will be meeting on Thursday mornings for Dialectic & Rhetoric literature classes and Friday mornings for Dialectic & Rhetoric history classes. On Thursday mornings we also offer Art Appreciation class for member families. Exact class times: Dialectic Literature (Thursdays 9-10 am EST) Dialectic History (Fridays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) Rhetoric
  4. Online co-op using Year 3 of Tapestry of Grace for the 2020/2021 school year has openings at the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels. Our virtual co-op, Virtual Threads, has been in existence for more than 13 years. For 2020/2021, we will be meeting on Thursday mornings for Dialectic & Rhetoric literature classes and Friday mornings for Dialectic & Rhetoric history classes. On Thursday mornings we also offer Art Appreciation class for member families. Exact class times: Dialectic Literature (Thursdays 9-10 am EST) Dialectic History (Fridays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) Rhetoric
  5. Have you ever looked at Tapestry of Grace? My strong readers just LOVE how the history and lit reinforce each other. They find both history and lit so much more engaging that way. Plus, there are online co-ops (translation: free if you teach some weeks) for TOG as well as online classes since it is a discussion rich curriculum.
  6. We have enjoyed Real Science Odyssey. I tried Elemental and find it to be too much book and too little hands on. I prefer a structured curriculum for science. I love science and we talk about it all the time. Just yesterday we were on an airplane and I started thinking about Bernoulli's principle. My 6th grader and I started talking about it and imagining what it would have been like to be an early pioneer in aviation. Structured curriculum helps me introduce ideas and topics that are like seeds that come up in conversation over time. I did use Ellen McHenry for Chemistry along with
  7. My daughter loves to make things and I did that making models of history-related things really cements stuff. We are on ancients and doing biology so this year she has made a replica Tabernacle including hand making all the altars and pieces, a cell model from oven bake clay and plaster, a Trojan Horse fit on top of a wagon. Dioramas are another option or clay maps showing the land where history happened. I know you didn't want crafts, but just wanted to mention more complicated models go beyond "babyish" crafts like color sheets and the like.
  8. The chapters are relatively short, but certainly readable. There are two types of activities that this text calls labs. The first are what I'd call science-themed activities. Things like building models, making posters and other activities that help the student use and/or process the info they learned in new ways. The second are actual microscope labs. I mention those two types in case your student would be interested in the first type if not the second. The instructions are pretty clear and they are written with the intent that a student would/could follow them independently.
  9. My 6th grader reads Real Science Odyssey Bio 2 on her own. I love science so I do the labs wuth her, but the labs are written so the student could follow the instructions with minimal guidance. To me, that seems pretty open and go.
  10. If you are looking for titles you might want to join the FB group called "Homeschooling with Netflix." Even if you don't have Netflix you could find titles there and then try to get the films at the library. It is a HUGE and active group that has always provided me with great recommendations.
  11. A friend taught my kids art (I taught gets science) and she based drawing lessons on "Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain." It teaches readers (or is geared towards adults) to draw what they see versus instructions like "now draw a circle, then put a line here." Super, super, super valuable.
  12. I am a fan of Real Science Odyssey and am using their Bio 2 this year with my 6th grader and will have my 4th grader tag along.
  13. This is a little different take on geography, but if he would like to learn to draw certain maps of the world by heart I've always thought this looked amazing: http://ellenjmchenry.com/product/mapping-the-world-with-art-hard-copy-cd/
  14. For video and movie ideas I regularly search the Facebook group called "Homeschooling with Netflix." They share lots of ideas and they go beyond Netflix. I use the search function and look up key people or events that I might want to expand on via video.
  15. Can you please share the titles of the books on your shelf? Pretty please ?
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