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  1. I'm finding conflicting updated information in several new books- does anybody know the definitive answer on whether the continent of Australia (and associated areas) is now only referred to as Oceania, or is Australia still acceptable? My kids are memorizing them and I don't want to handicap them. 😊
  2. ...what do you tweak? Specifically, do you cut out anything, and what? My main wondering is about the very detailed lesson teaching. Is this necessary, or can you just go through the worksheet at their side and that's entirely sufficient? My kids aren't super into manipulatives and so I'm quite tempted to ignore the actual "teaching" of the lesson, but I'm wondering if that's a novice decision that is not the best thing to do long term, or perhaps that it works fine in the lower lessons but not so much as you progress through the book. Thoughts?
  3. We pushed through on the words-on-the-whiteboard plan, and...I'm just totally laughing, kids are such nuts. He insisted on writing out the words HIMSELF (he's 4; I dictated the spelling to him) and THEN sounding them out, and he had no problem getting excited about it in that context. Now he's all thrilled he can read, and I'm just over here like-- aren't 4yo boys supposed to STRUGGLE with writing?! And this is your preferred way of processing phonics?! Kids. Always something up their sleeve. 😅
  4. I heard on a podcast (I think it was Literary Life by Angelina Stanford and Condy Rollins) that a lot of the mentalities feminists are fighting against nowadays were actually heavily endorsed and disseminated by Rousseau! I am over-simplifying what I heard because it was just in passing, but does anybody know of any books or resources on this topic?
  5. Great, I'll think more along these lines! I guess I was thinking if he's ASKING to read a book, then it's not a great idea to hold him to boring 'ole text and cause his interest to wane, but I think I'm worrying more than I need to about that.
  6. Okay, thanks! I am definitely wanting to avoid any temptation to use pictures as tools for guessing the words, which is why I asked. Sounds like I just need to put readers away even if he is interested in them, until he gets a little further along! (We're using OPGTR, so will be easy to do if we ditch readers for now.)
  7. My almost 5yo is starting to sound out words, but he is really bad about looking at the pictures and trying to use those as clues. I don't think it's conscious avoidance of the work involved, because he'll sound them out just fine if I write them out plainly on a whiteboard or whatever, but just that he gets distracted by the pictures, and without even trying he'll see the letters he's working on and jump to a conclusion about what word it is. Bob readers in particular, because the pictures are so obviously relevant to the words on the page. I don't mind doing a lot of sounding out via my writing out black and white words on a plain surface, but how does one combat this? Knowing him, this will be a problem even if I carefully look for other books that aren't quite as self explanatory in the pictures (which I will be doing). Any ideas? I do cover the words as he sounds them out one letter at a time, but he'll sound out "M-A-T...Mat sat!" just because the picture already illustrates the rest of the sentence that he hasn't even seen yet.
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks! Rainbow Resource seems to have them, but not in stock until November. Wondering if perhaps that's an upcoming edition...
  10. 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?
  11. @Lori D. THANK you! That was a wonderfully comprehensive answer and hugely helpful.
  12. 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. https://www.librarything.com/series/The+Children's+Hour+Series
  13. Thank you all very much! I think we have a couple good ones to work with now. Hopefully they'll suit the bill. 😄
  14. 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?
  15. Thanks! I think I've decided to forego this program. I've printed out the longer article and am looking forward to reading it. 🙂
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