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  1. For geography, we really enjoyed taking a "world trip", including recipes, music, and art from different countries around the world. I have a list of books that we used for 20 countries; let me know if you want a copy of that. Also, these two books are absolutely AMAZING: tons of full-color photos, and really memorable: Hungry Planet - What the World Eats Material World - A Global Family Portrait
  2. My kids, 9yo and 12yo, really like, and it is free!!
  3. My kids (currently 9yo and 12yo) have done well with read-aloud based science units. I try to keep it all light and engaging, rather than rigorous and forced. We just a unit for Earth Science, and there is a free full book list here (plus field trip and project ideas): I also have a free list of books and simple projects for Astronomy here: I hope this helps!
  4. My kids (currently 9yo and 12yo) have done well with read-aloud based science units. We just finished one for Earth Science, and there is a full book list here (plus field trip and project ideas): I also have a list of books and simple projects for Astronomy here: I hope this helps!
  5. Chapter books that we've enjoyed that show American culture and sites: Stuart Little by E. B. White The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee The Brooklyn Bridge by Elizabeth Mann My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Dr. Beaumont and the Man With the Hole In His Stomach by Sam and Beryl Epstein (great for both history and science) Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Rascal by Sterling North (C, Y, YA) Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (with a warning that there will be death and loss in the book) The Story of My Life (Unabridged) by Helen Keller Flying With the Eagle, Racing with the Bear by Joseph Bruchac Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney Black Gold by Marguerite Henry Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron Indian Boyhood by Charles Eastman (this is the original book upon which the picture book version was based) Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry Hoover Dam by Elizabeth Mann Little Britches by Ralph Moody Man of the Family by Ralph Moody I have also found that there are many great, more advanced picture books for that age. For the USA, besides history (which you've already got covered), I like to include books about Native American culture as well as folk tales. Here are some of the ones about the USA that we've enjoyed: The Blue Hill Meadows by Cynthia Rylant Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant Muskrat Will be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale by Nancy Van Laan When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger and Susan Katz Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey Island Boy by Barbara Cooney Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney The Star Maiden by Barbara Esbensen From the Land of the White Birch by Shirley Neitzel The Legend of the Lady Slipper: An Ojibwe Tale by Lise Lunge-Larsen The Story of Light by Susan Roth Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford The Opossum's Tale by Deborah Duvall Dancing Drum by Terri Cohlene Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom by Tim TIngle Iktomi and the Berries by Paul Goble Indian Boyhood : The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing by Charles Eastman, edited and adapted by Michael Oren Fitzgerald
  6. I like to follow the WTM 4-year science cycle, but I use it in a more relaxed way by focusing on inspiring my kids to be interested and engaged, rather than requiring them to do specific academic things. In this way, I'm working on creating a love of learning in my kids. We recently finished our unit on Earth Science, and it was a lot of fun! In case any of you are interested, I posted about how to do an Earth Science unit study here. My kids (9yo and 12yo) loved this unit! The post includes a book list for lots of read-alouds, plus project and field trip ideas.
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