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  1. If your kid admires physics and physicists, there are two very short books you could maybe try as enticement: "What is Life?" by Erwin Schrodinger, and "Origins of Life" by Freeman Dyson. To be clear they wouldn't make much of a biology curriculum. What is Life was written before the double helix was discovered. Origins of Life is 50% a pop-science account of some famous 20th century ideas about how life got started, and 50% about his own crazy idea (which he's pretty responsible about presenting). But they might kindle a little bit of interest.
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    This is an exciting story: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-luxor-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-egypt I wouldn't have know enough to appreciate it even last summer. I learned about Akhenaten along with my six-year-old.
  3. I think Shakespeare uses I'ld a few times.
  4. After what happened over the last year I bet there's even more interest in that now, but from folks without experience. That's me, anyway.
  5. I'm of no help but I'm curious if you've done something very different from this before, or are doing it now. What a pity that it's shrunk. What was like here, once? I've gotten a lot out of the place by clicking around. When I see a post by a homeschooler with a 6-year-old, and notice it's from 2010, I can feel someone walk over my grave. "It's later than you think."
  6. Have you thought about doing readings of plays?
  7. I don't know any 6th graders yet, but I thought of few things: James Gleick wrote a biography of Feynman in 1992 and of Newton in 2002. Graham Farmelo wrote a nice biography of Dirac about 10 years ago. There is a famous book called "The Eighth day of creation," about molecular biology from 1930-1980 or so. It is very long but it's adapted from magazine articles so might be easygoing in parts. It is from 1980 though, a lot has happened since then. Two years ago David Quammen's wrote "The tangled tree," a pop science book about biologist Carl Woese and transposons and horizontal
  8. @caffeineandbooksIs "simple rather than grand" a catchphrase from art history? But it does sound grand, a terrific way to grow up.
  9. Once I thought I would like to do this with a molecular model kit, but they're expensive. I got one and it came with enough material, barely, to make one glucose molecule, which has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year. I'm not sure that I stuck it together correctly.
  10. NotANo. asked for examples. Here are three that are fresh for me, from the last few pages of workbook 2A. 1. Add a little, then take away. "Adding 19 to a number is the same as adding __, then taking away 1." 2. Ones digit. "Circle the two numbers from (243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248) that have a sum with ones digit 4." 3. Adding numbers in a clever order, "What is the sum of five 16s and five 34s?" I worry there's no advantage in having the kid solve just one of these problems and then move on, especially if she needs a lot of help to get through it. I've been improvising a
  11. You might be interested in looking at how Engelmann treats variables. My 5-year old, and his 4-year-olds, learned to interpret and solve 6+B = 7 before they learned about the subtraction sign. One tip for teaching variables to small children, is to not use the letters X or Y or Z or S or T, they look too much like numerals. Whether or not this will make anything much easier down the road, well I only hope.
  12. The author of "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons" wrote a book a while earlier called "Give your child a superior mind." Towards the end he gives instructions for how to teach math to 4-year-olds. They are a little more dense than the hundred easy lessons but still detailed, and I tried them out with my 5-year-old. I typed up an excerpt of how it starts here.
  13. We will be going through their treatment of "expressions" before long, if you remember anything you did to improve it I would be grateful. Is that where your warning about "45 + 10 + 5 + 8 + 9 = 55 = 55 + 23 = 78" comes from? I wrote a little bit about it on a blog, if I paste a link here is it possible for me to remove it later? It's not actually sensitive but I've been hesitating for a few minutes in a row now to press send.
  14. We are just moving on to "Beast Academy 2B" tomorrow, I'm interested to read these takes on it and on its alternatives. My experience with it so far (we finished 2A over the course of about 3 months) is that it's kind of hasty: a child is not likely to read carefully the explanations in the comic book, and the workbook seems to expect a lot of learning to have happened over the course of just 3 or 4 problems when I would have welcomed 30 or 40. But going through the workbook I often appreciate the miniature skill they are trying to teach next (like, locate the number halfway between 43 an
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