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  1. Earlier in the summer, I bought the full set of SOTW mp3s from the Well Trained Mind store. I just unzipped volume 3, to listen to a couple of relevant chapters on a trip we're currently on, but this volume doesn't seem to have named chapters. I'm just seeing "sotw3ch23", etc., as track titles. Volume 1 did have normal chapter titles as track names, so I'm wondering if I did something wrong in the unzipping process, or-? Barring that, does anyone know of a chapter listing for SOTW vol 3 (and maybe vol 4) available anywhere online? (I know I can use Amazon's "look inside" feature, but I'd
  2. I would be troubled by that line of thinking, as well. My personal feeling is that we're largely in the dark ages when it comes to emotions, mind-body connection, possible interactions between immune system and mind, etc. I don't really believe that science actually has that strong of an understanding when it comes to what certain chronic conditions are or what causes them, let alone how to manage them. It doesn't make sense to me to adopt an approach that demands that a person in pain constantly tough it out. Sure, sometimes everybody has to keep going even through the pain. But to ask someon
  3. A fair question! It doesn't have to be curriculum, but I find that my mind doesn't generate the type of activity that works for him. He doesn't like "make up your own Greek myth" (too broad and paralyzing), but he loves "identify three traits in the monster Zeus just battled, now write about your own monster with three similar traits".
  4. Please bear with me, I'm having trouble articulating this. My child (2nd grade-ish) loves to make up stories and produce his own "content". As an example, we've been doing a unit on Greek mythology, and the most successful parts for him are when I ask him to create his own creature within the framework of a myth we just read. Or right now, we're trying out Moving Beyond the Page, and the parts he likes best are the parts where he answers questions about the text, but in a way that seems to feel creative to him. (i.e. not questions that are looking for specific right answers, but ones that
  5. Thank you for asking this! I've wondered this, too. My child taught himself to read in a sort of explosion of comprehension, and after that I wasn't sure if I should try to add on phonics, or... what. It appears to me that he has internalized some rules on his own, because he can read complex words he hasn't seen before. But he's a pretty bad speller. So recently I've been wondering if I made a mistake not bringing phonics into it, and what I should do to correct it. I appreciate you asking this!
  6. My child (8) is very similar. We haven't done any testing, so I don't have any evidence that he's gifted, but the main materials I've found recognizable and useful are geared toward that population. I definitely relate to what you're struggling with. We've tried a lot of books about anxiety and perfectionism. I wish I could report otherwise, but they haven't really helped very much. I think there's an uncomfortable reality for me to grapple with here, that I myself am anxious and a perfectionist, and if I can't solve or fix these traits in myself, it's irrational to expect that my young c
  7. Thanks, folks! This is great information.
  8. Right now my 2nd grader and I are using the trial membership lessons. My child really likes it, and I'm considering subscribing. I have a couple of questions for anyone who uses it: *How are you planning this out? Do you just open up a lesson and see if you need supplies for the activity, then start teaching? I find the design of the website a little difficult to navigate. Ideally, I want to be able to see what a lesson is about, and what the activity is meant to teach and what I need for it without having to watch the whole thing beforehand. Also, am I missing a way to skip past the vid
  9. Monterey is so lovely! My family did 17-mile drive (it's a scenic drive you pay to enter), and I thought it was going to be sort of silly and touristy, but it was really beautiful. Incredible scenery, many places to pull over and explore, and at least one stop with tons of very loud sea lions. There are some beautiful wild beach options if you're willing to hike in a little bit. We went to Garrapatta beach, it's a little remote and there are no facilities, and the hike down isn't long but is probably best for folks with sturdy knees. It's really beautiful, and faces West if you want to watch t
  10. I have struggled, as a parent, to learn to recognize when I'm having an emotional response rather than an objective one when my child breaks things like kids do. A while ago my DS lost a piece of clothing at the park. Objectively it wasn't a big deal, it was cheap to buy and cheap to replace, we are very comfortable and can easily afford it. But I felt so much fear and such an intense urge to shame him for it. I kept it together, but my goodness, it was a wakeup call to me to notice how often I feel the urge to lash out when something like that happens, when something is broken/wasted, etc. It
  11. Wow, this thread is full of so many relatable things! I grew up really poor, and now my family is very comfortable. You'd think that I would be able to really relish and be grateful for that comfort, but instead I frequently catch myself living in a state of fear, shame, and paranoia about it. I just bought my child rain boots, but was completely unable to buy them for myself. It just seemed so outlandish, like something a rich person would do. I simply couldn't do it. My husband often has to "order" me to buy things like that, or I'll have to ask for his help or permission to do somethin
  12. My 2nd grader and I are doing an ancient Greek study right now! I'd agree with an above poster that the D'Aulaire's collection might be a bit much. I wonder if your daughter might like "Greek Gods And Goddesses" by Geraldine McCaughrean (out of print, but cheap used on Amazon). It has a clear, engaging style, but the language is rich, and the stories are really done as stories, not (as you say) as a series of "begats". I think there's one large illustration per chapter/myth.
  13. I so understand this! I remember googling about this and really sinking into a feeling of anxiety, it seemed that the only people talking about it were discussing pretty alarming issues. This is good to hear! My son was also a late talker who spoke in sentences when he got going.
  14. I find NVC interesting but confusing. I may be alone in this, but I have found the books by Faber and Mazlish ("How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk") to feel like the practical implementation of ideas that seem to me to come from a very similar philosophical angle: all about observing what you see, rather than judging, etc.
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