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  1. I did go ahead and buy the series...I found an 1937 version on ebay for $63 after shipping. It was slightly more than I hoped to spend but I have to say I am really happy with them! I love the myriads of colored pictures; those always catch my kids' attention and pique their interests.
  2. Thanks! Rainbow Resource seems to have them, but not in stock until November. Wondering if perhaps that's an upcoming edition...
  3. What is the most recent version of the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia? The one on Amazon is 2012, but it only has used copies available and thus I assume is out of print. ?? All other versions that come up under that title search are older publication dates. Does anyone know what the actual story is on this, and if it's worth waiting because another edition is in the works?
  4. @Lori D. THANK you! That was a wonderfully comprehensive answer and hugely helpful.
  5. I am JUST for the first time discovering the series of My Book House and they sound/look really great...but when I look into them I'm wondering if they would be a redundant purchase next to a series I already own, which is a 16 book series called The Children's Hour. Is anyone familiar with both series, and do you have any idea how they compare? Here is a link to what looks to be a generic overview for each book.'s+Hour+Series
  6. Thank you all very much! I think we have a couple good ones to work with now. Hopefully they'll suit the bill. 😄
  7. We live in Montana and my 4.5yo wants to know more about these Lewis and Clark folks who went down the river in boats and cooked their food on the fire. 😄 Does anybody know of some books on this topic that are friendly to such a young age?
  8. Thanks! I think I've decided to forego this program. I've printed out the longer article and am looking forward to reading it. 🙂
  9. Instead of always wondering what books I have on what topics, and how to cross-organize them, I've finally decided to sort them by the four year cycle that WTM outlines, both for history and science. I think I'm going to be really happy with this because even if we want a book on a topic that's out of the current line, at least I know the area to look in. My question is-- have any of you done this and regretted it, and why? I'm strongly considering adding our fictional books into this sorting, but I'm wondering if that's over reaching and might backfire. So before I over haul our [large] home library...thoughts? Thanks. 😄
  10. My 4.5yo will be doing: Developing the Early Learner workbooks (nearly done with #1) Get Ready For the Code A,B,C (he knows his letters cold but can't seem to grasp blending, so we're doing this for sound and familiarity reinforcement. He loves workbooks.) Practicing writing his letters properly on lined paper Saxon Math K and other mathy fun, like Battle or number boards, math storybooks, etc. The 3.5yo will be doing the first two workbooks as well, at a slower pace. Starfall for backup fun and reinforcement on all of the above. I suppose I hardly need state that underneath all this is the basic preschool variety of play things and time. 😄
  11. Had anyone tried the preschool/K curriculums for Easy Peasy? I've always been completely convinced by WTM's argument for teaching phonics and not sight words, so I'm not entirely sure what to make of this lady's ideas, which is basically learning the sounds of all the letters, then a bunch of sight words, then back to phonics. I think the thought is that when they can read a book, then they are more inspired to go back and do the work phonics takes. To be fair, I can skip ahead on these lesson plans and do all the phonics before coming back to the sight words, but I was just curious what kind of feedback folks had on using this program. The simplicity and [free] price of it is definitely ideal.
  12. We have a December and a January, by plan...and hope to repeat that, even though we're in Montana. 😄 Ours is mere practicality-- not of winter issues, but of when DH is free to help out. His summers are insane but winters he can stay home for weeks on end with minimal work, so that's worth it to us. I've never had any PPD but it's possible that that was greatly helped by having him around to ease the load! The babies never had much issue with being sick, but we do keep them home for the first 3-4 weeks. Just seems like a good simple precaution.
  13. I'm not sure where to classify my kiddo, who will be 4.5 when the school year starts...that's technically preschool age, but we'll be doing kindergarten level work since he's plugging away at a few things already. We will likely be through (or on the latter end) of OPGTR by Sept 2019, so we'll finish that and work on improving reading skills from there on out. No real language arts/reading/English program until 1st grade, unless something catches my eye. Whatever read alouds we think look interesting. 😄 Right now the themed literature packs like around the world in picture books from BFB just don't seem to catch my kids' attention, so I'm backing off on formal topics and just reading whatever we want to, in many genres. Handwriting, we're using Zaner Bloser K and he'll likely be into the ZB1 book by then, but essentially we'll just move up whenever he finishes ZBK. Math, we're using Saxon K and that will take us awhile to finish since we don't do it daily. We'll move straight to Saxon 1 when K is completed, whenever that happens to fall. I'm not sure if we'll worry about science or history for Kindergarten- all depends on where life is at that point. I'll be teaching my now 3yo to read at that point, based on his current abilities, as well as starting him on handwriting and math, so I doubt I'll add too much to my big's schedule just to allow me the time to cover everything.
  14. I'm curious...for those of you who do school your 4yos, what does that end up looking like? When I see a post that mentions a K4 or K-er spending 1.5 hours on school before lunch-- what does that look like? A couple long breaks? Continuous plugging along with two minute jumping jack intervals? We do phonics every day, handwriting most days (he's capable and enjoys it) and math on the days we feel like it (because he's capable but less so than with phonics/handwriting). I don't think we could spend 1.5 hours on school at this age if we tried. We essentially do 10-15 of phonics, 5-10 handwriting. And those are usually separate events.
  15. Have you read The Well Trained Mind? She/they go into more detail about why memorizing sight words INSTEAD OF phonics is a poor idea-- there are still some sight words that need memorized in a phonics program, but that's not the basis of their learning to read. WTM has several curriculum suggestions-- we use Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and really like it. It's just an open and go book, very cheap. We pair it with flashcards (my boys love that) and various words games. I can't remember if this is in WTM, but I hear loads of folks like All About Reading.
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