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  1. This thread has slowed down, but it took me a few days to put together what I’d like to add to this discussion. There are very good reasons to teach science logically and sequentially with the expectation that knowledge will build every year. This short video (three minutes) by Dr. Rebecca Keller of Real-Science-4-Kids explains her philosophy very well. (OP, I’m not trying to push you back to RS4K since you’ve already looked at it, but Dr. Keller does make some very good points.) To say that science is taught like grammar may be pushing the analogy, but in my school I do teach chemistry and physics, the two fundamental sciences, as “scientific grammar” - in an entirely age-appropriate way, of course. What that looks like is that we are always trying to look for what chemical bonds are doing in an experiment, or what forces are acting on an object. Dr. Keller makes the point that every other scientific field is simply the application of chemistry and physics to a specific system, so in that sense, chemistry and physics are the “grammar” of science. (I have a science and engineering degree, so this makes sense based on my personal experience, as well.) This is what works for us!
  2. Thank you, SusanC! Here, I'll try it out right now: This is the opera DVD I'm hoping to get for Christmas. Yea! It worked! Now I feel like I'm a "real" member of the Hive!
  3. Hello all. How does one embed a link in the text of a post? So many of you write posts with "this thread" or "this book" with an embedded link, and all I can do is copy in a long ugly URL. Surely I can learn this! Thank you!
  4. We are in the middle of SotW4, and have always discussed the questions together as well. This has been a very good thing, too, because the discussion (and rabbit trails!) that the three of us have had always deepened our understanding of the content.
  5. The shoes that Pen pictured look perfect. If your daughter has the hair, dress, and poise nailed, and then can get shoes like Pen's, then all she has to do is play her heart out. I'm cheering for her!
  6. I completely agree! Also, make sure that whatever the heel type, it's not slippery and will stay put. If your piano in your home is on carpet, you might want to have her try "air pedaling" on a wooden floor just to make sure. Classy dress flats should be formal enough. People will be watching the performer's hands and face, not the feet. Good luck to your daughter in her performance!
  7. This is a link to a very old thread, but it has been very helpful to me in making up booklists:
  8. @Slache What is a burpee? And, more importantly, what do you do if your kid gives you a snarky "No" when asked to do one?
  9. Nobody has yet mentioned my favorite: Classical music appreciation. I teach it formally about once a month at our co-op, but informally at home. I love it! Teaching any subject is fun, though. Count me as another mom who enjoys learning right along with her kids.
  10. Hello, Ordinary Shoes. Fourth grade is a wonderful year for introducing girls to the rich selection of quality literature available to them! May I gently encourage you not to worry too much about the grade level? My own kids (10 and 8) read far above their grade level and they read far below their grade level. They are falling in love with classic children’s literature, and that’s more important than following a grade-leveled list. What you may want to do over the course of the next few years is to think about what books are important to you to have your daughter read. This will probably be classics and the books that delighted you when you were a child, the ones that you can’t wait to share with your daughter. If you at all have room, then make sure that those books are in your home library. You never know when your daughter will be looking for something to read and will just go and pick out a book for herself. I am a life-long Louisa May Alcott fan. Little Women breaks naturally in the middle, if you would like to do just the first half and avoid Beth’s death. You may also want to start with Little Men, which is a lot more about kids and the fun and adventures they get into. I started with Little Men myself as a kid, and it opened up all the LMA books for me. Eight Cousins is also a nice choice. It's not "older", though it does have a sequel for older girls. You may also want to look into her lesser-known books. We just did Under the Lilacs as a family read aloud to introduce my kids to the LMA children’s canon for the first time. Other books and authors that my now fifth-grade daughter recommends are: Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink Anything by E. Nesbit All of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum The Wheel on the School, by Meindert DeJong A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Wind in the Willows,by Kenneth Grahame (an annual favorite in our house!) And yes, when the time is right, all of the L. M. Montgomery books are wonderful. Also, don’t discount the value of the read alouds that you do with your daughter. Sometimes the older language is much easier to grasp when it is heard, rather than read. It’s also fun to add your own expression. We are reading Howard Pyle’s The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood right now, and the archaic language, rather than being a hindrance, becomes a source of fun when Mom or Dad has fun pretending to be “jolly Robin”. It takes a couple of years of to get your homeschooling “sea legs”, so don’t get discouraged, and give yourself time to figure out what school looks like for you and your daughter. Have fun! You may discover children's books that become your new favorites!
  11. Thank you both so much! I'm sorry I forgot to include their ages. They are 10 and 8. @PeterPanI love the idea of the projects at the big box stores. We live about an hour away from those stores, but sometimes we do go to the city on Saturday mornings, so I will check that out the next time we are in the area. @Lori D.What wonderful ideas you have given me! I will look into them. Yes, a kit is just what we need. My poor kids are getting so frustrated when they see projects they want to do that depend on help that Mom and Dad can't give them or tools that we don't have. And thank you especially for the reminder to get cut-resistant gloves. I appreciate your suggestions!
  12. My kids love to practice at building things, and want to do more "real" woodworking such as hammering and whittling. I am a sewer and needleworker, but I have no skills with hammers and nails, and we have only very basic tools around the house. Is there some curriculum that doesn't depend on having a well-stocked home wood shop that will also teach basic safety skills? We live in a small town that doesn't have a current makerspace, at least not for woodworking, and I don't know of anyone who would personally instruct my kids in this subject. Our 4-H is limited to just a few other focus areas. Many thanks!
  13. My kids really enjoy this book/CD combination of Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals: I will second @HomeAgain 's idea of using the Maestro Classic's CD of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel with your own storybook. As HomeAgain said, all of the Maestro Classics CDs are excellent. We have most of them and my kids (10 and 😎 ask for them all the time.
  14. Thank you, MerryAtHope! I will try your tips for adding in the visual cues with him. The article that you linked was very helpful. I think that you and Sweet2ndchance are right - it seems that there is some sort of auditory issue going on. I had not been thinking along those lines, but he definitely fits some of the signs of APD that the article mentioned. The audiologist that I contacted this afternoon prefers to have a referral from the pediatrician, so I set up an appointment with his pediatrician for next week. Hopefully this will get the ball rolling. This makes me feel so hopeful that there may be help out there available for my son. Thank you!
  15. Thank you, Sweet2ndchance! It was just the simple tone test that was done in his last physical at his pediatrician's office. What you described about your son may very well be what's going on with mine as well. I will definitely look up a pediatric audiologist. That wasn't even on my radar. I really appreciate your suggestion! I'll make sure to update with what we find out.
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