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  1. I think this is a great idea! I had an advanced student once who like your DD had some time (this was pre AOPS) and was on an actuarial track. I suggested a project and encouraged him to branch out. We were working through Kiselev’s Geometry and he decided to study arcs. This was really good for him as it ultimately led to a career in architecture. All that to say, it may be a good idea to brain storm with her what she finds of interest. I get that she is easily overwhelmed but you would not need to have even a formal conversation or even tell her that you are looking for project ideas; more like finding out if there has been anything recently that has sparked her interest that would give you a jumping of point for finding out how to connect it to math.
  2. Eldest loved the Scarlett Pimpernell. Don’t know if I would use it as part of actual lessons though. Definitely seconding the Warren Carroll book. I big puffy heart love Warren Carroll’s books but oddly enough find his wife’s annoying. thanks for the other two, they are new to me!
  3. I wish there was a fireworks “like!”
  4. Once again you have expressed something perfectly that I have been struggling to articulate for myself. Thank you.
  5. What are some resources, curriculum or other, for the parent as editor and for the student to learn to revise one’s own work?
  6. So agree with this. DH works at a little private school where many homeschoolers transfer in for high school. The ones who struggle are the ones who are weak in math. Everyone starts off on the same page for everything else, whether they’ve been classically educated from day 1 or never. Seriously, we’ve had so many crises over the years where we just did math and Latin and I just let eldest read whatever she wanted. She is really well educated for her age! Can discuss history intelligently, very observant and has good scientific understanding. Those booklets I mentioned by Bonnie Landry? Gold mines! Get the one on dictation (all of language arts in a single 15 min lesson), curriculum (content using books you already own) and relationships (What Matters Most). You don’t need a new curriculum to make you feel even more guilty for not getting stuff done, but to simplify and consistently get done what is most important.
  7. Resist! It’s the last trimester panic setting in. You know the one where you feel so done and yet not ready for baby while simultaneously managing children who have a third sense that mom is not operating at full throttle and behave accordingly. Don’t fall in the trap of living under the illusion that what will be the magic bullet for all this is a shiny new system. eta: times like that always seem to flow better when I ditch the schedule and focus on the minimum but done really well. Oh and building relationships. But, ymmv.
  8. Ed-po sort of. Just in case, y'all have been warned. So, is this the reason you are looking for a all-in-one curriculum on the K-8 board? Could you remind me of the age spread of your children?
  9. To get you started: And her books are free!
  10. I’ve got one like that. Miraculously if there is work to be done it becomes functional again.
  11. Well, a unit study will do that. Prairie Primer And Further Up and Further In have vocabulary and comprehension questions and tie in content subjects based on what is being read. But, you will still need other books. For example, chapter 9 of Lion, Witch and Wardrobe will require a Bible concordance, The Bible, D’Aulaires Norse Gods and Giants, a map and clay to do art. But, geography, history (If you count mythology as history, which many would not), Bible and art are covered in just that one lesson. I actually find that unit studies require way more juggling and finding resources than a box curriculum. The unit is more of a mechanism for pulling in lots of resources into one lesson. And for me, it is a little bit too contrived.
  12. Sorry about that! I read your post in a sleep deprived haze and these are things that I’ve been ruminating on lately as I determine which direction our homeschool will take. The result? Not reading carefully and jumping to conclusions about things you did not say! Natural learning is interesting. I think all kids engage in natural learning, it is hard wired, but not necessarily about things that people consider life skills or school subjects. And natural learning can be very inefficient and choppy. Eldest loves to bake and she is an avid gardener. She’s picked up all sorts of math along the way and it’s math she enjoys and doesn’t complain about. Yay, natural learning! But, as nice as that is, it would take her a dozen years at this rate to learn Just elementary mathematics. And when I suggested that we purposefully use gardening as a vehicle for learning math, she politely declined. She didn’t want to get soured on her love, lol. i think any educational philosophy that someone creates out of abstract ideas of what children are like will be problematic to some extent. Especially if it is not based on a tradition (which should at least in theory have experiential results). That’s one of the reasons I like the work of Ella Frances Lynch. It is not a new philosophy per say, but a way to apply a tradition in a home environment. And she limits herself to the ten and under crowd. And at the end of the day her advice is always: don’t listen to me blindly, know your kid and circumstances and use your wisdom! Anyway, if you are into educational philosophy, well worth reading.
  13. Cardinal Sarah gave a homily a few years back during a memorial service. You might find this interesting and the original text in French might be worth including in your lesson plans. Let me browse DH’s bookshelves for anything for this age group.
  14. I would not equate Holt and Mason. CM, despite the nature studies etc is almost the opposite of unschooling. And it’s been a while since I’ve read her works but I don’t recall anything about “interest led” in cm either. If anything, it is very prescribed, but with short, efficient lessons. At least past kindergarten. I think CM has been far too idealized in home schooling circles and a lot of what counts as a CM education is not it. Personally, I am not a fan of CM if only because my children and I like to dive in with both feet and short ten minute lessons where one is forced to switch topics even if one is engaged do not cut it here. There are other reasons, but that is definitely at the top. As for Holt, I am a bit more sympathetic though with major reservations. Eldest and I are reading “Study is Hard Work” together and the forward of the book defines formal education as accelerated learning. I really like that definition. I am a subscriber to idea that children and adults learn most easily that which interests them. And I do a fair bit of leaving my children alone so that they can learn as much as they can in a natural manner. But, I also believe that some things are worth studying even if they do not particularly engage the child’s interest. I believe in accelerated (focused, intentional, prescribed, whatever term one wants to use) learning of some subjects is superior to natural learning. This is because I do espouse tradition in education, which Holt outright rejected. eta as well: I do not believe that modern radical unschoolers are representing Holt’s ideas very accurately. There is a lot to learn from his books even if one rejects unschooling.
  15. Not a book or documentary, but we enjoyed this little production on the War of the Vendee. A bit on the romanticized side but engaging.
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