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About carrierocha

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

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    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. Meteorology would be great to do with kids that age. You can probably pick up a simple meteorology unit study from Teachers Pay Teachers. Or, if I remember correctly Elemental Science had something decent for weather in the elementary years...but it was many years ago when I used it!
  2. This older book could be decent for that age. Since it was written in the 1950s it is outdated a bit - especially in the last part where they talk about how mountains form, but this was written before the theory of tectonic plates was accepted so there is a different theory included. I actually thought it was interesting to read those older ideas. https://www.amazon.com/Rocks-Rivers-Changing-Earth-Geology/dp/0486782018
  3. My kids are taking a writing class taught by a local friend who is a CM-inspired friend of ours. They are using Michael Clay Thomspon's Essay Voyage alongside Lively Art of Writing. They have complemented each other quite well and my kids are thriving AND don't hate writing essays like they have every other time we've attempted essay writing.
  4. Just adding in my experience with MEP math, like someone else added. It is conceptual math, but FREE (why not try it?) and very visual in that the kid learns using concrete examples time and again before they move to abstract use of numbers. Their website is busy and intimidating, but please look past it and look at the lesson plans and worksheet pages. https://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/primary/index.htm#year1
  5. I know the OP is solved, but in case someone comes across this in the archive... We use a number line with right and left movement from 0 as addition or subtraction. But, we use a car and the car faces right or left depending on whether it is addition or subtraction. Then, the car itself goes forward or backward depending on whether the number is positive or negative. 2 + (-5) = the car faces to the right since it is an addition problem The car starts on +2 (facing to the right as I said), then goes in reverse 5 steps because (-5) means (reverse 5) This was *super helpful* for my kids. I let them make their own number line and pick a car, yes even in late elementary they loved that, then they could use it until they had internalized the concept.
  6. My family has participated in this fully virtual co-opfor three years now, even pre-COVID it was a virtual co-op, and it has been just what we've needed at logic and rhetoric stages. I wanted to share this here as an option for next school year. Online co-op using Y4 for the 2021-22 school year has openings at the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels. Our virtual co-op, Virtual Threads, has been in existence for more than 14 years. For 2021-22, we will be meeting on Thursday mornings for Dialectic (D) & Rhetoric (R) literature classes and Friday mornings for D & R history classes (exact times detailed below). On Thursday mornings we also offer an Art Appreciation class for member families. It is not a requirement that students participate in all classes - a student may be in just history or just literature, but Art Appreciation is limited to families who are in one or more of the core classes - but we do encourage participation in both history and literature, if possible. We encourage students to turn in written homework to that week’s teacher, but we support individual family’s leadership as the homeschool parent for their student. We prefer that new families have at least one year’s experience with Tapestry of Grace, but if you are new to Tapestry, please apply anyway and let's talk about your situation. We share the teaching load among the moms and/or dads. We use a team-teaching approach with multiple parents assigned to each unit (one unit = one quarter). This helps provide continuity from week to week as the unit team splits the actual teaching duties and works together to make decisions about which themes to emphasize, which assignments to reduce/add to, which resources to cut, etc. We are not an online class, but a co-op. Our families get to know each other - online and in real life, where possible. We support, encourage and pray for each other as our kids grow up together walking through the dialectic and rhetoric years with a group of friends. We use Canvas as our free classroom platform, Google Drive for sharing necessary documents, plus the GroupMe app for communicating in text message-like fashion. If this sounds like something that you could commit to and would benefit your homeschool, please complete the attached application or email our leadership team with any questions at virtualthreadscoop@gmail.com. Class times: **Dialectic Literature (Thursdays 9-10 am EST) **Dialectic History (Fridays 10:15 am-11:45 am EST) **Rhetoric Literature (Thursdays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) **Rhetoric History (Fridays 10:15-11:45 am EST) **Art Appreciation (Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am EST) https://forms.gle/hKh8UKGzJYNUkjy56
  7. My family has participated in this fully virtual co-opfor three years now, even pre-COVID it was a virtual co-op, and it has been just what we've needed at logic and rhetoric stages. I wanted to share this here as an option for next school year. Online co-op using Y4 for the 2021-22 school year has openings at the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels. Our virtual co-op, Virtual Threads, has been in existence for more than 14 years. For 2021-22, we will be meeting on Thursday mornings for Dialectic (D) & Rhetoric (R) literature classes and Friday mornings for D & R history classes (exact times detailed below). On Thursday mornings we also offer an Art Appreciation class for member families. It is not a requirement that students participate in all classes - a student may be in just history or just literature, but Art Appreciation is limited to families who are in one or more of the core classes - but we do encourage participation in both history and literature, if possible. We encourage students to turn in written homework to that week’s teacher, but we support individual family’s leadership as the homeschool parent for their student. We prefer that new families have at least one year’s experience with Tapestry of Grace, but if you are new to Tapestry, please apply anyway and let's talk about your situation. We share the teaching load among the moms and/or dads. We use a team-teaching approach with multiple parents assigned to each unit (one unit = one quarter). This helps provide continuity from week to week as the unit team splits the actual teaching duties and works together to make decisions about which themes to emphasize, which assignments to reduce/add to, which resources to cut, etc. We are not an online class, but a co-op. Our families get to know each other - online and in real life, where possible. We support, encourage and pray for each other as our kids grow up together walking through the dialectic and rhetoric years with a group of friends. We use Canvas as our free classroom platform, Google Drive for sharing necessary documents, plus the GroupMe app for communicating in text message-like fashion. If this sounds like something that you could commit to and would benefit your homeschool, please complete the attached application or email our leadership team with any questions at virtualthreadscoop@gmail.com. Class times: **Dialectic Literature (Thursdays 9-10 am EST) **Dialectic History (Fridays 10:15 am-11:45 am EST) **Rhetoric Literature (Thursdays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) **Rhetoric History (Fridays 10:15-11:45 am EST) **Art Appreciation (Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am EST) https://forms.gle/hKh8UKGzJYNUkjy56
  8. My family has participated in this fully virtual co-opfor three years now, even pre-COVID it was a virtual co-op, and it has been just what we've needed at logic and rhetoric stages. I wanted to share this here as an option for next school year. Online co-op using Y4 for the 2021-22 school year has openings at the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels. Our virtual co-op, Virtual Threads, has been in existence for more than 14 years. For 2021-22, we will be meeting on Thursday mornings for Dialectic (D) & Rhetoric (R) literature classes and Friday mornings for D & R history classes (exact times detailed below). On Thursday mornings we also offer an Art Appreciation class for member families. It is not a requirement that students participate in all classes - a student may be in just history or just literature, but Art Appreciation is limited to families who are in one or more of the core classes - but we do encourage participation in both history and literature, if possible. We encourage students to turn in written homework to that week’s teacher, but we support individual family’s leadership as the homeschool parent for their student. We prefer that new families have at least one year’s experience with Tapestry of Grace, but if you are new to Tapestry, please apply anyway and let's talk about your situation. We share the teaching load among the moms and/or dads. We use a team-teaching approach with multiple parents assigned to each unit (one unit = one quarter). This helps provide continuity from week to week as the unit team splits the actual teaching duties and works together to make decisions about which themes to emphasize, which assignments to reduce/add to, which resources to cut, etc. We are not an online class, but a co-op. Our families get to know each other - online and in real life, where possible. We support, encourage and pray for each other as our kids grow up together walking through the dialectic and rhetoric years with a group of friends. We use Canvas as our free classroom platform, Google Drive for sharing necessary documents, plus the GroupMe app for communicating in text message-like fashion. If this sounds like something that you could commit to and would benefit your homeschool, please complete the attached application or email our leadership team with any questions at virtualthreadscoop@gmail.com. Class times: **Dialectic Literature (Thursdays 9-10 am EST) **Dialectic History (Fridays 10:15 am-11:45 am EST) **Rhetoric Literature (Thursdays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) **Rhetoric History (Fridays 10:15-11:45 am EST) **Art Appreciation (Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am EST) https://forms.gle/hKh8UKGzJYNUkjy56
  9. 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
  10. 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 Literature (Thursdays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) Rhetoric History (Fridays 9-10:30 am EST) Art Appreciation (Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am EST) It is not a requirement that students participate in all classes - a student may be in just history or just literature, but Art Appreciation is limited to families who are in one or more of the core classes - but we do encourage participation in both history and literature, if possible. We encourage students to turn in written homework to that week’s teacher, but we support individual family’s leadership as the homeschool parent for their student. We prefer that new families have at least one year’s experience with Tapestry of Grace, but we encourage you to apply even if you are new to the curriculum . We share the teaching load among the moms and/or dads. We use a team-teaching approach with multiple parents assigned to each unit. This helps provide continuity from week to week as the unit team splits the actual teaching duties and works together to make decisions about which themes to emphasize, which assignments to reduce/add to, which resources to cut, etc. We are not an online class, but a co-op. Our families get to know each other - online and in real life, where possible. We support, encourage and pray for each other as our kids grow up together walking through the dialectic and rhetoric years with a group of friends. We have been using CourseSites as our free platform, both for sharing of information and for classroom meeting space, but are looking at new options for the upcoming year. If this sounds like something that you could commit to and would benefit your homeschool, please complete this application form. In his grace, Carrie
  11. 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 Literature (Thursdays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) Rhetoric History (Fridays 9-10:30 am EST) Art Appreciation (Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am EST) It is not a requirement that students participate in all classes - a student may be in just history or just literature, but Art Appreciation is limited to families who are in one or more of the core classes - but we do encourage participation in both history and literature, if possible. We encourage students to turn in written homework to that week’s teacher, but we support individual family’s leadership as the homeschool parent for their student. We prefer that new families have at least one year’s experience with Tapestry of Grace, but we encourage you to apply even if you are new to the curriculum . We share the teaching load among the moms and/or dads. We use a team-teaching approach with multiple parents assigned to each unit. This helps provide continuity from week to week as the unit team splits the actual teaching duties and works together to make decisions about which themes to emphasize, which assignments to reduce/add to, which resources to cut, etc. We are not an online class, but a co-op. Our families get to know each other - online and in real life, where possible. We support, encourage and pray for each other as our kids grow up together walking through the dialectic and rhetoric years with a group of friends. We have been using CourseSites as our free platform, both for sharing of information and for classroom meeting space, but are looking at new options for the upcoming year. If this sounds like something that you could commit to and would benefit your homeschool, please complete this application form. In his grace, Carrie
  12. 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 Literature (Thursdays 11 am-12:30 pm EST) Rhetoric History (Fridays 9-10:30 am EST) Art Appreciation (Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am EST) It is not a requirement that students participate in all classes - a student may be in just history or just literature, but Art Appreciation is limited to families who are in one or more of the core classes - but we do encourage participation in both history and literature, if possible. We encourage students to turn in written homework to that week’s teacher, but we support individual family’s leadership as the homeschool parent for their student. We prefer that new families have at least one year’s experience with Tapestry of Grace, but we encourage you to apply even if you are new to the curriculum . We share the teaching load among the moms and/or dads. We use a team-teaching approach with multiple parents assigned to each unit. This helps provide continuity from week to week as the unit team splits the actual teaching duties and works together to make decisions about which themes to emphasize, which assignments to reduce/add to, which resources to cut, etc. We are not an online class, but a co-op. Our families get to know each other - online and in real life, where possible. We support, encourage and pray for each other as our kids grow up together walking through the dialectic and rhetoric years with a group of friends. We have been using CourseSites as our free platform, both for sharing of information and for classroom meeting space, but are looking at new options for the upcoming year. If this sounds like something that you could commit to and would benefit your homeschool, please complete this application form. In his grace, Carrie
  13. 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.
  14. 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 experiments I pulled together myself from the Royal Chemistry Society website. I do think of science as being about exposure to concepts and ideas and experience doing labs and making observations.
  15. 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.
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