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  1. Thank you! Perfect timing for me as my 2nd grader has been asking for more chemistry books, and I have not been coming up with a lot.
  2. Thanks everyone for the great ideas. It is reassuring to know that we aren't the only ones who found this manipulative tricky. Thank you for all the alternate manipulative ideas and the books. On Fridays, we play math games instead of doing our regular schedule. I think she would like that Ronit Bird book, thank you for the suggestion. My daughter is 5, so we are not doing this program early. Overall RightStart A has been the perfect pace for her, and she hasn't had any major issues. This is the first time that she has been totally thrown by something. I think it was the combo of a new ma
  3. This may be too specific of a question but has anyone else had a child who struggled to understand the math balance? We have been using Right Start math. There are specific instructions in the guide to let kids struggle with this. They repeatedly say how important it is for them to discover how it works on their own...otherwise I would probably just skip it and come back later. She was able to figure out that if you have a weight on the 7 on one side, you have to balance it with a weight on the 7 on the other side. It took a lot of work but I think she mostly understands if you have a wei
  4. For those of you who are using it, did you find any good reviews? I am interested to hear how other people have used it. I have downloaded the sample at least 3 times! I am trying to put together a beginning American history for my K and 2nd, but I think we are just going to read books in roughly chronological order because I can't find what I am looking for already put together. The idea for this curriculum sounded so good, but I was concerned that (at least for the youngest grouping), there seemed to be only 3 spines, 2 of which were activity books. I know there are more books recommended in
  5. Our math curriculum (RightStart) also has calendar sections, and we sing the RS songs as well. It may be yours has a section too. I don't find that we naturally talk about time/the calendar much in our daily life. We aren't that scheduled of a family in the best of times, and of course now we are going nowhere. But I find intensive calendar/weather projects to be very dull (to me at least, I don't know about my kids!). So all I do is print out a monthly calendar (there are a lot of free options here and one of my kids really likes all the quirky "holidays" on this one). I write events/bir
  6. I had a similar experience with Classical Conversations' memory work program. I am not sure if MP's recitation work is similar to CC's, but after trying for 2 years to understand the approach and work with it, I decided not to continue with CC for next year. I hear "young kids like to memorize" in classical circles all the time, but I think the idea behind that is somewhat deformed when it turns into "children like to memorize lists of facts (which are total nonsense to them right now)". Your mileage will vary depending on your child's compliance (mine was not) and their ability/will to make
  7. OP-- I could have written your question myself, down to the math teacher friend recommending Singapore! I had a "good" (if defined as "got good grades and did well on college entrance exams") but completely procedural math education myself. I did not feel confident teaching math the way I wanted to. I have enjoyed slowly reading through the WTM math book recommendations for parents! I ended up with RightStart, mostly because of Kate Snow's math curriculum reviews. It has been a good program for us; our only problem is that is moves soo slowly at the beginning of each book that both years
  8. A lot of people I know use Sage Oak, so that is the only recommendation I have. The charter I use is not accepting any more students for 20-21. I would recommend getting applications in as soon as possible. The state education budget that was just passed based school funding on 19-20 attendance, and that had left charters (and other schools that are growing) scrambling.
  9. I apologize that this doesn't answer the original question at all, but if anyone finds this thread hoping to study Old English with their kids, I just found a textbook. I was curious if there was an Old English course for children! https://www.oxbowbooks.com/dbbc/learn-old-english-with-leofwin.html A far cry from Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Primer! 😉
  10. Thanks for the tip! I tend to forget audio, but I could be using my walking time so much more efficiently! 🙂
  11. I am not sure yet. I ordered a used copy, and it hasn't arrived yet. I can let you know.
  12. I'd like to read a general history of the United States. Any recommendations? I have looked around a bit and it seems like the Paul Johnson book might be what I am looking for, but I'd like to know if there are others you or your high schoolers have enjoyed. I haven't done a lot of history reading since school textbooks. If I read history, it is social history or biographies. My goal for this is to find something that is a bit more big picture, to force me to read and think about areas of history that I am not naturally interested in.
  13. I usually order things like that from Rainbow Resource.
  14. I do a first day of school interview and a last day of school interview. My kids love being interviewed. And they do seem to enjoy seeing how their favorites have stayed the same/changed, how they have met some goals, and how some of their wishes have come true. We also eat fairy bread (buttered toast with sprinkles) with our eggs because I want to be the kind of person that does a fun first day of school breakfast, but I never have had the wherewithal to get that part of the day together. Fairy bread is a good tradition because it is both "fancy" and I always have the ingredients on han
  15. I have the Nesbit version, and I wanted to like it! I can't exactly put my finger on why it didn't work for us. The retellings are maybe just a little too straightforward and flattened. My kids were little, 4 and 6, last year, so maybe they were just too young for it. (I think Nesbit's version is easier for young children to understand than Lamb's though.) They loved the Bruce Coville picture books and the Illustrated Usborne Stories from Shakespeare. For audio retellings, I like the Naxos Junior Classics one, I think it is also called Stories from Shakespeare.
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