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  1. Bumping this old thread in search of more elementary-age, nonfiction audiobooks. We recently listened to Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Sheinkin; it was so-so and probably better for upper elementary.
  2. yes! I've been pre-reading Magic Lens, and whew! I think it's going to double as a "learn-how-to-learn" course. Thankfully the jump for the other kiddo from Island to Town won't be much. It's good to hear that running 2 levels of MCT is doable. I was wondering, originally, if anyone combined the different kids and let the lowest level kid drop off before you dig deep (sort of how it's like to do Moorning Time with a large age spread). But it seems like no one is doing it this way. I think this combination-method might lose the simplicity and clarity of MCT's presentation.
  3. You could try massaging your sinuses like in this video:
  4. Another idea for you .... Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is great as an audiobook. (Similar to the Little House audiobooks, there is music in the background that makes it more special.) Or... what about podcasts? DH will tolerate listening to Smash Boom Best, Brains On!, Forever Ago, and Circle Round with us. Noodle Loaf is a bit wacky for adults, but sometimes you need that on a road trip.
  5. Peter Nimble by Auxier (and the sequel Sophie Quire) Bark of the Bog Owl by Rodgers (and its two sequels) Call of the Wild by London was a surprise success Green Ember by S.D. Smith Homer Price by McCloskey (and the sequel Centerburg Tales) Freddy the Pig books by Brooks The above have all worked for our family. Perhaps Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place? My kids love it, but DH hasn't had the opportunity to listen to them.
  6. Bumping this thread to see if there are any updates, advice, or lessons learned. I'm looking at having one in Magic Lens I and another in the Town level.
  7. There are lots in that time period. I'd prioritize from looking at the booklist and then see what's available via audiobooks. (Don't forget your library may have some options too.) Here are a few ideas to get you started ... Witch of Blackbird Pond The Hiding Place Seaman (OK, but not great) Fever 1793 Rush Revere books Johnny Tremain Extra Credit by Clements ETA: The following are EXCELLENT as audiobooks: Echo Little House series
  8. Has anyone done multiple levels (elementary, middle school, high school) of the Killgallon books? Is it worth it to do it at each level? We've done nearly all the elementary books; is there much to be gained by doing the middle school books, too? (You can get 30% off + free shipping on the Killgallon books at their Publisher's site. Use coupon code TAW19. Good until 5/12/19, 11:59 PM ET)
  9. There's a interactive Percussion Instrument Museum in Indianapolis. It's by no means a "must-see", but if you wanted to stop in the Indianapolis area, it's something. The St. Louis Botanical Garden is nice. Perhaps search for other botanical gardens along the way?
  10. Another vote for the City’s Museum for the ONE thing to do along I-70 But another suggestion would be Connor Prairie near Indianapolis; similar to Williamsburg, it’s a living history museum set in the 1800s.
  11. Girls Will Be has wonderful shorts .... but you might have outgrown their sizes. 😞
  12. Or have them enter it into her phone directly - either as a Note or into her address book --- or just as a voice recording/memo. To practice, perhaps google "dictation practice" and choose a site.
  13. Maybe bring the reading level down a bit for read-alouds so that you can build her confidence and her stamina? It sounds like it's hard work for her to read .... and nobody, especially a kid, likes to work hard for a long period of time.
  14. If I recall correctly the reading comprehension part of the DORA was at the end. And my DC, by that time, was bored/tired of the whole thing. I saw DC just answering quickly to get the whole thing over; so I stopped the test for the day. But then when we restarted the next day there were just a few questions left. So I justified my DC's low reading comprehension score as due to boredom. BUT I also had DC do one of ElizabethB's programs (Syllables Spell Success or the longer Phonics program, I can't remember which one), and promised myself I'd retest DC with the DORA upon completion of the program. I am not discounting anyone else's advice, just wanted to point out that boredom/fatigue could be playing into the results. Other ideas: have her read aloud to you more often so that you can monitor her accuracy, a typing program that has the phonograms built into their teaching approach, teach cursive so that she will think in chunks more.
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