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  1. Hi! I am on the hunt for a great science curriculum for both my 3rd and 5th grade students that we can do together (if possible). I recently purchased Chemistry for the Logic Stage, but it looks way too hard for their ages. Any recommendations? We are starting our 3rd year of homeschooling, so I am still trying to figure it out a bit (especially with the logic stage thrown into it now). Thank you so much! Heather
  2. Hi, Roy! Thank you for your thoughtful response. I couldn't agree with you more! Independent reading is crucial. I have a writing background, as well (majored in English, wrote for a living as a lawyer, taught legal writing in law school). I definitely agree with you that it is important for kids to read. Absolutely. Thankfully, my kids read a ton. They each read at least 120 books over this school year, and collectively we read over 450 books. I just wanted to see if other's would agree with me that continuing to read our literature-time books out loud would be ok, since we enjoy our read-alouds so much. It is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. We just finished our 2nd year of homeschooling, and I have really relied on the WTM for recommendations. I am happy to see that others on here think it is fine to continue to do it this way. 🙂 Thanks again for taking the time to respond. Have a great day!
  3. Thank you all so much! This makes my heart happy! 🙂
  4. Hello! I have a rising 3rd and 5th grader. Over the last 2 years, I have treated our literature time as read-aloud time. Basically, I would use the literature recommendations in our history activity book and read them aloud to our children during "literature" time. Honestly, these are some of our favorite times during the school day. The kids ask for it, even when it is not "literature" time. According to the Well-Trained Mind book (that I am going through again to prepare for next year), both 3rd and 5th graders should be reading their literature books themselves. They will already be having 3 periods of other "fun" independent reading throughout the week, in addition to history books, science books, etc. I am wondering if it is ok to keep reading our literature selections out loud together, since we enjoy it so much. Is there any harm? Thank you!
  5. Hello, friends, We just finished our first year of homeschooling with our 1st and 3rd grader. For history, I started at the beginning for both of them by studying the ancients. For next year (well, next month), we are moving on to the middle ages. I am planning on having my 4th grader learn about the middle ages, along with my younger one (with some extra work, of course). My question is about memorization and geography. We do not have the requirement in our state that he learn a particular subject in history for 4th grade. Would you have your 4th grader stick with memorization work relating to the historical period that we are learning (middle ages), or have him learn the memorization work recommended in the book (which relate to the modern era) - learn the 50 states, Preamble to the Constitution, etc. What about geography? Should we start geography this year and count it as part of his 3 hours of history, or make it an additional time? I noticed that it recommended that 4th graders spend several weeks studying the history of our state. Is this still recommended, even if we have not made it to the modern era, yet? I know this is a lot of questions! Hahaha! In a nutshell, how would you tailor this 4th grader's history time? Thank you!!
  6. Thank you all so very much for your advice. My plan is to continue to teach him the way that we have - moving at his pace. It has been great. Although he started with 3rd grade level books, we moved on to 4th grade level when he was ready this year. I thoroughly believe that homeschooling is the best option for him. My real question, I guess, is if anyone has used any programs like Duke TIP, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, or another such program that really helped them in giving their gifted little ones some extra fun challenges with kids similar to them. I think programs like this may be a helpful supplement to homeschooling for a lot of reasons. Does anyone have any experience with a particular program? Any that you would recommend? Thank you, everyone!!
  7. Hello, fellow homeschoolers, I just finished testing my first year of homeschooling (using the Well-Trained Mind), and we decided to give our children a standardized test to see how they were progressing. Our rising 4th grader took the IOWA and CogAT. He tested in the top 4% on the IOWA and in the top 1% on the CogAT. I was floored, but not shocked. I feel that I now have a new challenge to figure out how to teach this gifted child in a way that will challenge him the way that he needs. We live in the Atlanta area, but I am looking for programs here or online that may give him some new challenges (like Duke TIP). Does anyone have any advice?
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