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  1. Can anyone suggest a Bible survey course for 8th & 9th graders? Looking to make sure that my crew has a good overview, basic Biblical timeline, etc. I feel like they know all the common Sunday School stories, and have done lots of devotions and so on, but I just want to be sure they know how it all fits together. Looking for something structured like a class - tests and so on, not just reading through the Bible in a year. We are mainstream Protestant and I can work around minor theological differences.. THANKS!
  2. The in person biology class that I was counting on for the upcoming school year fell through, so I am trying to find a replacement. I can teach my kids anything, except science. That's not on the table. I can of course supervise labs, I just can't teach the whole thing. I have triplets who are going into 9th grade. The boy is very mathy and hopes to get into the state's governor's school for science and math his 11th & 12th grade years, so I need a biology that will prepare him for that. The girls are less mathy and not super enthusiastic about biology. Thoughts about Shormann / DI
  3. Don't count down - count up. "Do this 100 fact sheet - try to finish in less than 20 minutes!" Start the timer. It takes the child 13 minutes. "Try to beat yesterday's time of 13 minutes! Yay! You did it in 12!" Keep on working until you are fluent!
  4. I have one kiddo whose natural gifting is NOT math. We have taken a PreAlgebra class this year at a university model school, but I think we need to do some review before starting Algebra. I am looking at Derek Owens for this summer. Some of the topics she definitely knows and should breeze through. Others, though, she is shaky on. How easy is it to personalize DO PreAlgebra to speed through some topics and really focus on others? I am having a hard time figuring out what exactly the course looks like. You watch a bunch of short videos, then do the week's work? Is she going to need
  5. I would hit it from a couple different angles. Name them different things so she doesn't think she is doing all math all day. It's all in the perception. 🙂 - Math Facts - math is going to be awful from 4th grade on up if you don't have the facts down cold. Apps, games, and such for five minutes a day, and a speed drill (100 problems, mixed operations) once a day. We time the speed drill and then try to beat the time each day. Every missed fact adds 3 seconds to your time. One of my kiddos started at 18 minutes because she was working every one. She is now down to 2 minutes, but it
  6. How long would you expect a 7th grader to take to get through Getting Started With Latin? Let's assume 20 or so minutes a day, 4 to 5 days a week. Is this a one month thing, or six months, or a full year?
  7. My 7th grader is taking First Form Latin 2 days a week at a university model school. She is getting a decent grade because we work the recitations a LOT and so everything is memorized cold. But she doesn't truly understand the translating due to some minor learning challenges. I would like to do something (somewhat fun if at all possible) this summer to shore up the understanding before she goes into Second Form next year. She won't care if the book is too young for her if it is fun. Can you suggest something that really clearly explains HOW Latin conjugations and declensions work, and pr
  8. Can you recommend a good book or a documentary about Versailles? (I found several that were painfully boring - need an interesting one!) This would be for upper elementary / middle school. Thanks!
  9. We just did IEW as it's own separate thing. It kinda went along with our history, but anything that they learned history-wise was just a bonus.
  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
  11. We will be doing Mystery of History Volume 3 (The Renaissance, Reformation and Growth of Nations) this year. What are your favorite movies related to this time period?
  12. Each summer, I delete my kids' Khan Academy accounts and have them start fresh with a new account and work from the very beginning up. It took my kids 1.5 to 2.5 hours (spread over a week) to get it done from Early Math through about 3rd grade. It's a good review, and points out to me anything they are struggling with. They keep working 20-30 minutes a day through the summer, and just get as far as they get. I quietly hope that they finish next year's grade before the school year starts, just because that exposure makes the next year easier, but I don't say that out loud. I just want them
  13. Can you suggest an easy-to-understand version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for a child with minor learning challenges? Best friends have it coming up this school year, and she will want to know what it's about so she can participate when they are talking about it. This is for a kid who just finished 6th grade, but has some minor delays, so is more like 4thish.
  14. Even kids who do great up until then will often start struggling in fourth grade math if they don't know all their math facts cold. The problems become more than one step, and having to hold your place in a problem and go over to the side to figure out a fact, then go back becomes cumbersome. Fractions are a nightmare for kids who don't know their facts. If you know them, the concepts make sense, but if you don't, it is confusing where those "random numbers" are coming from. I would do math year-round for a while. I would do math facts separately from math curriculum. Call it somet
  15. Key To Fractions - quick little booklets meant to be a supplement / remediation. They explain everything perfectly, so that even my non-mathy kid has totally mastered fractions. You can fly through those, then go back to Beast and it will make much more sense!
  16. Pros and cons to Touch-type Read and Spell? This would be for a voracious reader who is the world's worst speller. She does already know how to type, but isn't the world's fastest. She is NOT enthusiastic about doing a spelling program with me, and is defensive about the spelling, so I thought I could present it as a new typing program for the summer. :) Thoughts? Assuming she works at the recommended pace of 10-20 min per day, 4-5 days a week, how long would it be before we saw some spelling improvement?
  17. I have been looking for the same thing. I think I am going to try Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) this summer.
  18. Interesting that you should mention that. This kid was a preemie and had vision issues, and has been through VT with a developmental optometrist. Maybe I need to get a recheck there. She has also had full evals from an educational psych, but there wasn't anything really significant on the language arts side. (Math is another story!) It's been probably 4 years since we have checked any of that though.
  19. Lots of good places to start investigating - thanks!!
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