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  1. I mentioned Trina Schart Hyman! 😉 Her standard fairy tales (Rapunzel, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.) are beautiful, and many of her others like Bearskin and Comus are fantastic too. @LMD Dahlov Ipcar's One Horse Farm is really good. I need to find more of her books. They're not in our library system, alas. Christmas lists for the littlest ones, here I come! Thank you for reminding me about her! 🙂
  2. I think you're thinking along the lines of art appreciation/viewing rather than art creating, yes? For viewing, the Riverbend Press prints are really nice: https://www.riverbendpress.com/shop-artist-prints Memoria Press has poster sets that have an assortment of images, some of which correspond to the Middle Ages. We also checked out those large-format art books from the library for more pictures. There are lots of good options for Middle Ages/Renaissance art! My goal for viewing art in elementary is to learn to carefully observe (this is true for the art-creating part too), and
  3. Re: pacing, it sounds like you might be able to cut back on the review portion, but I'll tell you what we did, to give you an idea of one approach. We did more or less one lesson per day as suggested, but sometimes I broke the lessons up into two (this was in the first half of the book). We skipped the first 26, as we covered the basic alphabet prior to starting on the book. Also, we rarely did the two review thing unless there was some indication that the prior lesson didn't sink in. When we did a review, it would be more along the lines of me pointing to a line or two from the prior page and
  4. This weekend's reading reminded me of some more (and others that were already mentioned, so I'll keep this short): Gyo Fujikawa Jason Chin -- Island and Grand Canyon fit well into the discussion above of non-fiction Stephen Biesty
  5. I'm going to go with ones that weren't mentioned on the other thread: Ox-Cart Man, Miss Rumphius, Chanticleer, Island Boy, Emily, The Little Juggler, and pretty much everything else Barbara Cooney painted. Many things illustrated by: P.J. Lynch, Edward Ardizzone, Paul Zelinsky, Trina Schart Hyman, Allan Say, Demi, Jerry Pinkney, and Robert McCloskey. I'm sure I'm forgetting some others! Not picture books per se, but books with Howard Pyle's or N.C. Wyeth's illustrations in them are totally worth having, even if you've already got a different edition. Also Gustave Dore.
  6. Oh yes, I totally agree with those too! We're building a (small) boat and naming it The Floating Bear ("Sometimes it's a boat, and sometimes it's more of an accident."), mostly so that I can shamelessly copy Shepard's picture onto the hull. 😉 If there's a separate picture book thread, I'll join in!
  7. To answer the original question, I'd have done the same -- do our own thing for nearly everything -- but with more confidence. I think that's the key thing that tends to be in short supply when starting out, and I wasted too much time feeling like I was missing something. Also, if someone was selling patience in a jar, I'd probably buy some of that. 😉
  8. On the theme of how to find good picture books, my strategy is to seek out things by illustrator. When I find an illustrator who did stories that I particularly like, I track down as many other books they've done as I can, and it's usually the case that they're hits too. The artists I love tend to also do lots of stories I love. Spirin's in a league of his own. 💛
  9. I know this isn’t quite what you asked, but I also highly recommend watching them in the garden. We have milkweed in our garden, and we’ve seen three separate sets of Monarch and Queen butterfly eggs and caterpillars just this year. Finding a chrysalis after they’ve left is tough, but that’s by design. Watching the role the plants play (which you might miss in a controlled habitat) is incredible—the caterpillars strip them clean, flowers and buds and all, and then they grow more. Another advantage of watching them in the “wild” is that you can see how they react to things like changes in the w
  10. @LostCove: Sorry to disappear on you like that (we added a new little Latin scholar to our family in the interim)! You’ve summed up our resident Latin master’s thoughts precisely here: “you really don't need to explicitly understand all the grammar to move through the book, you just want to understand what is going on with the story.” I hear them doing their lessons occasionally and reading and re-reading and working on meaning is exactly what they do. Back before my free time on the computer was taken over by an infant, I did ask him about his thoughts on grammar at this stage, so I’ll a
  11. @mms Sorry for the delay! They’re going slowly and deliberately. Most of the time they do about a page per session. They’re still in book 1 (they started in late fall last year). I think the pacing has to be almost entirely student-dependent if you’re taking this approach. I do think that there is good comprehension/retention, probably largely in part to the repeated readings and discussion, followed by the self-study, and then the follow-up discussion and do-over if there’s not. It could be that we need more time to assess retention. This is still something of an experiment! 🙂 Bu
  12. These aren't in a single room, but are in various strategic places: - National Geographic World Map - other maps (U.S., state, some individual country maps, some marine maps too) ... we like maps! - a frame through which I rotate the MP art posters and some of these: https://www.riverbendpress.com/shop-artist-prints (I like these better than the MP posters because the print quality is superior and they don't have a crease down the middle, but they're smaller and more expensive) - framed art prints from the National Gallery of Art and other art museums. I can vouch for the q
  13. There are a number of comments about how the DIY/design-your-own element of homeschooling seems to be disappointingly shrinking, so I thought I’d address that sentiment from the perspective of a newer HSer. (We’re four years in.) First, I think the posting on these forums might not completely reflect the amount of DIY that’s truly going on in homeschooling today, in part because those of us who are inclined that way are kind of overwhelmed time-wise (I have really young children in addition to my upper-elementary aged child and bathrooms and a kitchen that desperately need to be cleaned,
  14. I don't know about others, but I didn't sign up/comment because I was pretty sure when we were just beginning that I didn't have much to add that others with more experience (you, for example! 🙂 ) hadn't already said well. My approach to commenting is generally to let others go first and then if I still feel that I've got something worthwhile to add, I pipe up. We're into year 5 of "official" HS now, so while our endeavors are still to my mind highly experimental, I do have at least some experience and not just theory at this point. I don't mind a public forum. I'm not convinced that FB o
  15. This is my case! Maybe a less time-intensive/single-platform option would be to try to designate "DIY" or something similar in the title to posts here? Or maybe the admins can set up another board on the forum for curriculum design discussions? I haven't commented until recently, but I've read here for years and I think it would be unfortunate to drive the thoughtful discussions that take place here on designing curriculum over to FB and also to have a more limited group of discussants. I'm probably in the minority, but I'd much rather chat here than on FB.
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