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  1. You know who else has been walking around the house in circles since 2008? ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Bumping to say I bought the Greece Thrifty Guide because of this thread, and it looks great. Odd as it sounds, I read the preface, "legal disclaimer" etc to my kids over dinner - those are all time travel themed too - and they were in stitches, even my history hater. This will be popular bedtime reading in my house 🙂
  3. Killgallon Sentence Composing for Elementary? I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/Sentence-Composing-Elementary-School-Sentences/dp/0325002231/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=killgallon+elementary+sentence&qid=1618697924&sr=8-3 I've shelved it for now because my 4th grader had not done any grammar and found it too tricky, but hope to come back to it after he finishes a year of Easy Grammar. There's also a newer one in the series that *may* be a level easier - no previews available so I can't be sure: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Started-Elementary-Sentence-Composing/dp/03
  4. Wow, what a lot of links! I'll play: for Latin, though not so much for Greek, there are translations of a number of picture books available. Note that I am not in a position to evaluate how accurate they might be - though I have high hopes for the James Rumford one at least, based on his glorious picture books. I've seen, on Amazon and Book Depository: Green Eggs and Ham / Virent Ova! Viret Perna! (there are other Seuss titles too) Velveteen Rabbit / Velvetinus Cuniculus (translated and illustrated by James Rumford) Where the Wild Things Are / Ubi Fera Sunt
  5. I can't see the ages of your kids, so I looked at some of your other threads. I'm guessing you're looking to homeschool your youngest three, who will be in K, 2nd/3rd, and 5th, is that right? I think I also see you referencing some learning challenges in other threads, and mentioning that you don't want them to do any school on screens. Gently, I would have extremely low expectations of any online program for kids of these ages, and even lower for any kid whose personality or academic ability put them outside the dead middle of grade level. Physical classes often "teach to the middle"; onl
  6. I definitely agree with you and am concerned about this - though to be fair, it has always been my experience that non-homeschoolers have weird mental models of what we do 🙂 The difference the covid "crisis education" experience might make is that the general population will now think they have "tried" homeschooling and can express those opinions from a place of authority and experience, not conjecture.
  7. Agreed. The Well Trained Booty forum is not this one. And how is it that they never ever resurrect an educational topic?
  8. Thank you for the link to your blog. From it I found your links to Open Library books - I had not heard of this before! This will significantly expand my access to books my library doesn't carry. My wallet is very pleased! 😍
  9. If SOTW isn't floating your boat, don't be afraid to switch. But, if you do want to think about tweaking it rather than dumping it, here are some thoughts. We do the "academics" as a family week by week, but get together with another family every two weeks for activities. It's fun for the kids to have friends involved, it's fun for me to get to chat to another parent, I have the accountability of preparing something for more than just my kids, and I am only responsible for finding activities once per month. If it's not practical for you to find a friend to share the load, perhaps you c
  10. A coloring book, or even printed coloring pages with a large format letter and a bunch of related pictures? If it must be a "school" book, you could look at the Explode the Code primers - Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, Go for the Code. They're not aimed at this age group, and some activities will not be age appropriate. They slowly teach kids to recognize consonants, and as long as the child is developmentally ready (or becomes so over the course of the three books). I have an almost 4 year old who similarly asks to "do school" like her brothers and this has satisfied he
  11. While respecting your local requirements, I'd keep in mind that the 180 days / 900 hours rules are designed for classrooms. When I was in school they scheduled in ten minutes between every lesson to walk from one classroom to the next - right off that's an hour a day that my homeschool doesn't need. I also don't need to go on teaching a concept until 30 kids get it, which might easily take an hour - if my kid gets the lesson in fifteen minutes of one to one, we move on. I don't need to have the kids painstakingly write out answers to everything so I can check that they understood - they can
  12. Ten year old thread resurrected by first time poster. Shanti Tharpa, homeschooling parents are awesome, but we're better at answering homeschooling questions than second-guessing your doctor.
  13. Yes, agreed, and that's why we use them - but if the kid wasn't quite solid in the concept to begin with, the CWPs are likely to cause frustration and might do more harm than good. Many of them actually take the concepts a little deeper than the workbook. That's why I've suggested "1-6 months behind" rather than a flat semester: I find a short delay often helps concepts to sink in better, even while we move on to something new. @WTM's suggestion of the intensive practice books would let a kid who was mostly down with the concept but maybe not quite solid keep bedding it down. IMO the c
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