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  1. I agree with "many." Workbook identifies "books" as the subject which did not make sense. I wanted to check with other homeschoolers. Thanks again.
  2. What is the simple subject? Many of the books are small. Thanks in advance.
  3. Does anyone have a link for MicroChem Labs Conceptual Chemistry textbook and workbook? Thanks!
  4. Does anyone know how much geometry is covered in RightStart Math levels D, E, and F? Is it about the same amount of geometry as the other levels such as level C? I like the geometry tools and coverage in RightStart Math books, so I refer to it for geometry only. Also, does anyone know of other hands-on geometry books that involve the use of geometry tools?
  5. The abacus became boring very quickly for our child. So we switched to Mortensen Math blocks which is like MathUSee. RightStart is useful for geometry, but the abacus is limited and boring. Blocks seem superior for teaching concepts (like algebra) - and more fun to use.
  6. I agree with others - these are innocent, normal questions that most people ask. I prefer people who like to engage in a little friendly talk - as opposed to homeschoolers who don't even want to talk to you when you meet them.
  7. For those who are familiar with sailing, what would you recommend? Should a family rent a boat? Are boat clubs useful for those who do not own boats? Should a family enroll the child in sailing lessons? What sites offer information about types of boats and sailing for beginners? Our family does not own a boat, and it seems too expensive for us to purchase, maintain, and store. I know that there are stories of homeschooling on a boat, but we do not intend to sail the world.
  8. Which foreign language has been the most useful?
  9. It sounds wonderful that this young girl has aspirations! A research into family genealogy may reveal black ancestry in your family.
  10. Exactly - fractions are challenging! I found the same gdaymath website a while back - they did a wonderful and funny job of presenting the complexity of fractions (Professor Aharoni's Arithmetic for Parents also mentions that fractions are "complex"). Linear divisions of chocolate do help ease us into the number line. The reducing of fractions is easy to see visually, but it's more complicated to prove in written expressions. We use a lot of manipulatives to explain, draw the number line, and write decimal equivalents of fractions.
  11. We also buy as we go along (for the most part). However, apart from future need for microscope, chemistry equipment, physics equipment, robotics/computer parts, etc., I'm growing more concerned about extracurricular activities. So homeschool educational materials are cheaper for us than sports and fine arts. Granted, private school is costlier, but I prefer to save money if at all possible just in case something arises.
  12. Does anyone have suggestions of websites or books (and workbooks) that can help a student learn about law or legal studies? Thanks in advance!
  13. I appreciate all the feedback! I wanted to reduce costs as well as consider the advantages of various sports. I decided to cut back on some fitness class hours (not eliminating classes but reducing hours) to save money. While hiking and running are great, we need extra money for other short-term sports interests that we need to outsource.
  14. Does anyone have feedback about fitness classes for children? Were martial arts lessons useful? Has anyone set up a homemade parkour gym in their yard (with professional gym mats) to save on costs and time?
  15. Brilliant idea! Hands-on activities like pouring fractions of liquids during bath time sounds great! Love those cylinders!!!
  16. I'm wondering whether a bar of chocolate will help, too. Break chocolate bar into parts Examine the fractions of chocolate Sweet foods have been highly effective for us in learning fractions. Our child doesn't want 1/100 of a sweet treat. The Montessori-like conceptual fraction tiles from Learning Resources (bar, square, circle) are also useful. Best of luck!
  17. Does anyone know which RightStart homeschool 2nd edition level uses the Safe-T Compass? Is it level D?
  18. We used RightStart and Singapore (but 2 math books consumed time). RightStart is good for geometry (level C has more geometry). Singapore is good for word/logic problems. I highly recommend Mortensen Math blocks to everyone (Anna's Math Page and Crewton Ramone sell blocks; or you can use MathUSee). There are some free Mortensen Math videos to try. Crewton Ramone's website is cluttered, but there is a lot of great information. Blocks are better for us - more fun to use than an abacus.
  19. Does anyone have recommendations for picture books with sophisticated language? I think that I saw a post a while back, but I couldn't locate the old post. Thanks in advance!
  20. If your state requires a certain number of hours per year, do you record such hours per day or week as a homeschooler or unschooler? Would a state ever audit homeschooling/unschooling hours? Our state requires 1000 hours for the year. Thanks!
  21. Professor Aharoni (Arithmetic for Parents book) stated that division is "the most interesting" and "complicated" of all the operations.
  22. We used RightStart and added Singapore. But now I use Mortensen Math (blocks from Anna's Math Page and video lessons from Crewton Ramone) and supplement with geometry and word problems. I learned that workbooks and worksheets are not critical for younger ages. Concrete manipulatives like blocks are more helpful. The blocks (Mortensen or similar MathUSee) have demarcations to denote quantity. Crewton Ramone shows how to build a number wall which is easy and fun. RightStart was useful for the geometry elements, but the Mortensen blocks made math simpler such that a little child can
  23. Ditto. We don't focus on black holes or dinosaurs. Seriously, I don't see a lot of employment opportunities that require such knowledge.
  24. Is there a comprehensive book that lists all known Greek and Latin roots, Greek and Latin affixes (prefixes, suffixes) with brief etymology, pronunciation (of Latin and Greek), and all known derivatives (of roots and affixes)? I've found William Swinton's New Word-Analysis, Or School Etymology of English Derivative Words, but I'm wondering whether there are other more comprehensive resources. I'm asking because my current books/resources have scattered information. It shouldn't be this difficult. Thanks in advance.
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