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  1. There are fun looking Minecraft math workbooks on Amazon. You can use CLE to teach lessons and use the Minecraft as a fun way to practice/review. (Only do a handful of problems in the CLE book or just do them orally or on a separate paper so that he doesn't see the overwhelming numbers.)
  2. Another option is to buy used and then resell what you don't want. I rarely buy new. I use the public library to see things, but we also have a homeschool library in our area which is a huge blessing. is a good place for buying used. They have a great search engine.
  3. I am doing the same history with all four that are left. Due to very different ages/personalities I tended to only pair off for subjects rather than doing it family style. But we have soo many good US history books that I want them all to hear and the dyslexic boy won't get around to reading almost all of them on his own. So I and the kids will be reading to each other. Older girls will also read some other books and create some output. Boys will be mostly oral discussion. I am also adding in a lot more videos in all subjects. I think it will be a good year if I can stay consistent.
  4. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaimon Very light and funny, but not animal related.
  5. Roman Numerals I to MM by Geisart is the most visually appealing book on the subject I know of.
  6. I remember seeing the workbooks that coincide with the SU math books. I think the company was Gordonville Press in Pennsylvania. It's an Amish company though, so I am not sure if you can find them online. Maybe write them via snail mail? I recently found an interesting set of workbooks by Irving Adler. Titled Mathematics - Grade X (they go up to grade 6). The way it introduces concepts reminded me of SU. I'm going to use it for my boys next year we needed something we get through all of only working a few days out of the week and have time for games and living math books. I don't necessarily do vintage, but I do like to keep the math topics narrower. I tend to do a variety of smaller workbooks. My oldest three have done fine in Algebra (9th grade), but none of them are mathy either. Edited to add: this might be the store?
  7. I just got word that these two are at the library waiting for me. Glad to hear they are good quality!
  8. I like this company:
  9. I try to sell locally first as the cost of shipping makes selling for a reasonable cost difficult. is a good place to sell. The best part of the site is its search function. You can type in all about spelling and see all that are for sale and anyone looking for them. If nothing else it will help you to see the going used price and whether there is any demand.
  10. The Science 101 series is coming out with a General Science DVD this fall (that is the plan as of now). The labs would be at home though. You might be able to find you tube videos for each lab type? My daughter read through the Rainbow curriculum in one year for her eighth grade. She just skipped the labs. But she does a lot of cooking, tinkering, etc on her own and had done many experiments throughout elementary so I wasn't too concerned for that year.
  11. The Math Art looks interesting. I went to see if it is at our library and found a couple more titles that looked good as well. Thanks
  12. Thank you for the suggestions. I'll have to go take a look at TPT. The Usborne book looks like something she would enjoy. My older kiddos have often complained that all the fun/cute stuff ends in elementary. It seems rigorous = plain/boring lay out or overwhelming amounts of problems on each page or both at least in the higher grades.
  13. My daughter who loves all things art will be doing prealgebra next year in eighth grade. She has done some prealgebra this year but I don't think she is solid enough to move on to algebra so I want to review everything again. I am looking for materials that are interesting to look at - color or layout wise. Some interesting puzzles would be nice, not just rows and rows of drill. I would prefer printed materials and it doesn't have to be a full curriculum. She knows the basics she just needs some time to mature and get confident in what she knows. Any suggestions?
  14. I've had 5 fourth graders (with the last one starting next year). None of them have had a desk that they actually used for school work. That didn't happen until they were older teens. For the most part, any horizontal surface becomes a junk magnet in our house so I try to have as few as possible until they are old enough to actually keep it reasonable. Unless the desk can be placed in her room to use as she desires I would get rid of it.
  15. DragonBox Algebra and Elements (geometry), Monument Valley for Logic. But I agree with SilverMoon - skip math.
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