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  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. Girls Will Be has wonderful shorts .... but you might have outgrown their sizes. 😞
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. If your theory holds true, you might check thrift stores & goodwill for older, thicker inserts. I've seen them more than once.
  10. That's a great idea! I was just coming around to the idea that a 10-hr period may require a "heat up leftovers" game plan rather than "walking in to a hot meal." Thanks for challenging me to think outside of the box!
  11. @Seasider too Is this the carnitas recipe you're talking about? Apparently there are two websites with the words damn and delicious in it. 😄. I was only familiar with this *.net one before this thread.
  12. I'm looking for some new crockpot recipes for those days when I'll be out of the house for 10 hours straight. So far we've tried Cowboy Beans or Ham 'n' Beans Black Bean Soup (using a timer to delay the start of cooking as there's nothing that needs refrigeration), Pork Shoulder to make Pulled Pork Sandwiches Can you help me with some ideas, please? ETA: another recipe: "Baked Potatoes" (using a timer to delay the start of cooking)
  13. OP, have you done anything since the last post about the homework? Have you talked to the teacher yet? I think that you could use these last 6 weeks to your advantage by staying at the school as long as you set boundaries with the teacher. If you say DD only has to do 2-15 minute increments of homework, then work towards getting those time periods whine-free and full-focus ... the habit of attention. I think this will set you up well for homeschooling in the fall. And for the handwriting, perhaps you can take a sample now, find goals to work on, and then see at the end of 6 weeks if she's improved her handwriting by meeting those goals. Then, assuming she does, give her a BIG bag of candy! The goal is improvement not perfection.
  14. I think the 3rd edition TM are easier/cheaper to find than the 2nd or 1st edition. So if the TM is important to you then limit your search to 3rd edition (red cover) student books and not the white cover books. (But if you want a white cover edition, I have one to sell ... cough, cough ... because I wanted a reasonably priced TM too 😄. )
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