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  1. With my first preg, I tested early and had the FAINTEST line for positive. I called the company who manufactured the test, and they said that it didn't matter how faint the line was as long as it appeared within the time frame listed on the box. (The rare false positive from an evaporation line occurs after the time frame has passed.) I'd say you must be preg!! Congrats!:)
  2. So I'm STILL trying to figure out our first grade history plan. :confused: So many choices!! I've been reading raves about the Veritas Press History Cards. Are these just a "tickler" system? I've checked several websites that sell them (including the VP website) and this is the best pic I can find of them: http://www.veritaspress.com/prodinfo.asp?number=000100. Is there more info on the back side of the card? If you use these with your history curriculum, how do you use them?
  3. Thank you all for your input! I think I'll stick with the BP and SOTW plus some age-appropriate living books on the subject. :001_smile:
  4. I'm trying to figure out our 1st grade history plan. We plan to use either SOTW or Biblioplan or both (haven't decided this yet either!:001_huh:). I need either Kingfisher or Usborne reagardless of whether we do SOTW or BP, right? Do you mind giving your preference between Kingfisher or Usborne and why you prefer it?
  5. Oh boy! So many things for me to look at! I'll definitely look at each and every suggestion this week as I have time. It is such a challenge to find things at the "right" level for him, but you have all been so helpful! He still loves books with a lot of diagrams and pictures, so I can see how a higher level book with small font and no graphics would be a turn-off. Math is another challenge. He started memorizing multiplication tables this weekend but I would not consider math a strong subject for him at all. I plan to get him started on a math curriculum soon. I think he might really take off with it if we do a little bit every day or every other day. My goal is to try to even out his skill level across subjects a little better while catering to his love for science. Hopefully I can get his math up to speed, work on spelling, and find some interesting history books so he will be ready to start homeschooling full time next year. Pongo, are you in Boston? I would LOVE to get ds in a school for the gifted! The one closest to us is $11K/year and would mean 2 hrs of driving every day to get back and forth. It's just not workable for our family. If we could get involved in some type of distance program, that would be nice. Right now he's in public school kindergarten and I'm planning to start "afterschooling" him (haven't gotten started yet!) to get ready for homeschooling full time next year. Kindergarten has been a good experience for him, but I just don't see public school working for him when there isn't so much play time.
  6. I guess I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, which is probably part of the problem. Ds is 4 but he's profoundly gifted. He's been reading encyclopedias since age 3, and because he absolutely loves science and has a seemingly limitless attention span, his knowledge base is pretty amazing. (Reading through our state's dept of education guidelines, he already knows through grade 6 in science except electricity/magnetism and eco-systems. In most areas--biology, earth science, physics, etc,--he's beyond 6th grade level.) I want something that might help me identify some gaps in his learning since we've basically done encyclopedias and living books instead of a curriculum. And I would like him to learn more--particularly in the areas of chemistry, physics, electricity/magnetism, and simple machines. We may do the reading together or he may do it himself (his reading level is 4th grade level, but he's read so much science at higher levels that he can easily read higher level science texts). Experiments would be nice, but I think I can find some supplements for more hands-on work pretty easily. (Though suggestions for hands-on stuff are definitely welcome also!) As far as religion, we are a Christian family who believes in creation but not young earth. Honestly, the degree of religion in the text isn't as big a concern for me since I've already had to explain inconsistencies in the scientific material ds is has been reading. I'm just really looking for something very in-depth for the learning so he can glean some new info.
  7. I been reading old threads about science curriculums and am so confused about what would be a good fit for us. Ds has completely exhausted the living books and scientific encyclopedias at our public library, and I think it's time to get a very challenging science curriculum for him. He absolutely CRAVES learning about science. What do you consider the most rigorous, in-depth science program?
  8. My son has been begging me to teach him mulitiplication for about 9 months now, but I think he needs better mastery of addition and subtraction first. Basically, he just needs enough repetition to memorize the addition/subtraction facts. Is there any way to make this fun for him? We do some with flashcards, but it would be nice to have another fun way to get lots of repetition in. Any ideas?
  9. I've seen a couple of these on Amazon.com. What one do you recommend?
  10. Just curious if anyone from the Cincinnati area is here. (I did a search and found some from other parts of Ohio but no one from Cincy.) I'm in Milford and BRAND NEW to classical education and homeschooling. Excited about getting started!
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