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  1. You might check out these books, each of which you can find used for under $5. They have a lot of fun ideas for young writers: Games for Writing The Write Start Playful Learning Don't Forget to Write (written for use with groups of writers, but has a lot of ideas to use at home too) Even though both of my kids were capable much earlier, I don't teach formal writing until late elementary (paragraphs) and middle school (essays). They have spent their early years producing lots of text in various forms and developing their own voices as writers without much formal instruction (though we do spend time with handwriting, conventions, and grammar). My goal has been for them to become fluent in getting words out of their heads and onto paper and arranging them in ways that make sense before we turn to the highly structured academic forms.
  2. I'm looking for a written curriculum (not an on-line course or web-based lessons) for beginning German. I have and use BTB French with my DD, and would love to find something similar for German to use with my DS. Any ideas?
  3. I just requested one through ILL -- I won't be able to keep it, but I will have it long enough to copy down some information or scan a page or two, within the limits of copyright law, of course, and for my own personal use. Plus, its free 😀
  4. I haven't head any luck finding it used -- abebooks is the same price as Amazon and none are available on Alibris or the other used sites I checked. I was able to get complete sets of old Jacobs Geometry and Algebra 2 from another homeshcool mom -- I didn't realize how valuable they were! Maybe we'll just have to do the odd problems or whichever ones are included in the back.
  5. Is there an answer key/instructor guide available for MHE? There are plenty of links that promise a .pdf download, but they don't look very reliable.
  6. I found it to be a lot of work, but we all enjoyed it. I am attaching the notes I made for the first book, including the order in which we did the lessons and the images I pulled together. (I made them for my own use, so they are full of typos and things). LessonSummaries.pdf
  7. The Stop Faking It books might work for you. Here is a link to the weather one. They include activities and explanations written to the teacher that go well beyond what you would find in most elementary science books, but the information is still accessible and interesting.
  8. Does anyone have any recommendations for a Level 2 or higher text book / curriculum (not an on-line class) for Italian? We have several of the Practice Makes Perfect books, but DS does not love them. I would love to find something more along the lines of Breaking the Barrier, but for Italian. Does this exist? DS has been studying Italian for several years using a combination of Rosetta Stone (with guidance), Coffee Break Italian podcast, the Practice Makes Perfect books, and some dual language readers for translating English into Italian and Italian into English.
  9. At that age, DD loved the Ramona Quimby books, Ottoline and Goth Girl, Nancy Drew, and a ton of quick reads like the Candy Fairies and their ilk.
  10. If your son is interested in an academic job, he might also check into what the actual work experience is like post grad school. My experience is in the humanities and while I enjoyed grad school and loved my tenure-track job at a well-regarded smallish state school, I have no regrets leaving it. The horrifically low pay (in a very high COL area), the decreasing # of tenure lines/increasing service workload, increasing research/publication expectations with virtually no funding, shift to a business-like mindset in the administration of the college, etc. made my decision to leave an easy one. It's a long way out for your son, though, and in truth, even if I had known these things, I would have still taken the same path anyway.
  11. Any of the major poetry anthologies (Norton, Longman, etc.) have volumes of modern poetry. The Norton anthologies of British, American, and world lit, for example, are all broken up into 6 volumes, so if you just want modern poetry, you could get the last one. The current editions are expensive, but I am sure you can find used recent editions for much less that would meet your needs.
  12. St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wi (near Green Bay) also might meet your requirements. It is a Catholic college, but has a very diverse faculty and an open-mindedness that you might not expect. The tuition is about $10k/year less than Lawrence and they offer generous aid. The campus is small, but beautiful -- new library, new sports facility, new science building, some new dorms, etc.
  13. If your DS has Snap Circuits, you might check out these snap wires that allow you to connect Snap Circuit components to breadboards, which he can then use with an Arduino or other circuits with standard components.
  14. DS10 has the MAKE Electronics book. He got a ton of components for his birthday a few years ago and he has been able to do pretty well with it. He is also working with DH through Elements of Computing Systems (and definitely needs guidance with it), though he has spent a lot of time independently with Inform 7 (interactive fiction programming) and Python. Has your DS checked out the Arduino? It is pretty inexpensive and there are lots of options for that as well.
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