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  1. Math Singapore / In All Probability: Investigations in Probability & Statistics by Celia Cuomo History/Literature Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith George vs. George: The Revolution from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Bulla The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Penner Katie's Trunk by Ann Turner We the Kids: The
  2. We plan on schooling Monday through Friday, year-round during 46 weeks of the year (they get a week-long break every three months, plus an extra two week vacation that can be scheduled anytime during the year). Through fourth grade, schooling only takes two hours per day; for the logic and rhetoric stages, it takes four hours per day. This doesn't include any breaks they might take in between or independent reading assignments.
  3. By Year 4 you mean the years 1850 to present day, right? We're using Joy Hakim's History of US volumes 5 through 9 as a spine, with these supplemental texts: Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert A Nation Torn: How the Civil War Began by Delia Ray Two Miserable Presidents by Steve Sheinkin The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Watership Down by Richard Adams Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (illust. by R
  4. Band instruments are extremely expensive (even renting them costs a pretty penny), so I'd be wary if she is already demonstrating a ho-hum attitude to practicing with the piano. I know what I would do, but I understand if you're not comfortable with our philosophy. She's getting old enough where she should be able to take on more responsibility that mimics what she will be experiencing once she's out on her own, so this could be a good opportunity to instill in her a sense of work ethic and goal setting. Explain to her that money is tight and that while you'll be more than happy to support
  5. I'm not familiar with all the programs your daughter has been using, so I'm afraid I won't be the best of help in being able to spot the major gaps you're concerned with. Here are our major plans for eighth grade, using the WTM method of teaching the years 1850 - present day and physics: History/Literature Sherlock Holmes by Sir Author Conan Doyle A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert Volume 5: Libe
  6. I'm interested to hear other what other people are doing, as well! Here is some of what we're doing by grade (excluding what has already been suggested): First Grade The five senses of the human body 8 systems of the human body (skeletal, immune, etc.) The parts of a plant and flower (phylem, stamen, etc.) Types of trees, types of clouds, types of animal habitats Characteristics of mammals, reptiles, fish, insects Second Grade The first paragraph of the Magna Carta The four cardinal virtues of Stoic philosophy (wisdom, courage, justice, temperance) Third Grade The beginning o
  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on that! RS4K was what we were initially planning on using, but one of my major concerns is the same as yours, that it's much too short. I didn't even think about how much it'd add up to when buying the lab book, teacher's manual, etc.
  8. Paige, how would you compare Elemental Science to the Real Science 4 Kids series? I think I saw on your blog at one point that you didn't like RS4K, I'm interested to hear your critique.
  9. If you're feeling burnt out, no matter what curriculum you try, it's going to seem like it's not working for your family. Take a deep breath and introspect about what the real problem here might be. We have a saying that no science is better than bad science. If you're feeling impatient, frustrated or just plain too tired to do science in an engaging way but you try to do it anyway, your energy is just going to rub off on your kids. It will make them more likely to misbehave and cause you to become even more irritable. They probably won't retain much of what you're desperately trying to te
  10. The Worst Jobs in History with Tony Robinson is a fantastic series that begins in the Dark Ages and moves up to Victorian times. You can watch it on YouTube. :)
  11. For early grades, we're mostly using direct or indirect re-tellings of classics for children. :) First Grade: Psyche and Cupid by Charlotte Craft (and Craft's other books); Pesephone and the Pomegranate by Kris Waldherr; other illustrated myths and legends for children Second Grade: The Lady and the Lion by Jacqueline Ogburn (and Ogburn's other books); Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault (illustrated by Fred Marcillino); The Viking Tales by Jennie Hall; Midsummer Night's Dream retold by Bruce Coville (and Coville's other Shakespearian stories) Third Grade: We the Kids: The Preamble t
  12. We're planning on using Elemental Science: Biology for first grade and supplementing with these books and projects: Human Body: Hidden World by Claude Delafosse Predators: A Pop-Up Book by Lucio Santoro Grow-A-Frog Live Bug Garden Transparent Ant Farm Grow A Lily Pad Eye Like Stickers: Animals (and other sets) My First Weather Kit My First Science Kit: The Science of Color Solar Print Kit
  13. Our rule of thumb is to spend three weeks per book. Some books are going to take longer, other books are more akin to long essays and could take as little as a week, but three weeks appears to be a good estimate. The average number of total books we're planning for high schoolers per year hovers around 18. Around four of those will be of purely literary value (fiction without historical overtones), four of those will be science focused (e.g. The Age of Wonder or The Story of Science), and the rest will consist of literature that is historical.
  14. Up until high school, we're not forcing them to finish a book they truly dislike. We want to foster a love of reading in those early years without associating unsavory experiences with books. For high school, however, things become a little more regimented because they are so close to becoming adults. What sets adults apart from children is that adults exert the willpower to do things that might not be particularly fun or which they might not most want to do at that moment. If they go to college or get a job without having regularly been challenged before to do things they dislike, they are go
  15. It might be a good idea to specify what kind of political theme you're looking for. The Handmaid's Tale was required reading in public school when I was 14, and I found it to be very sexually graphic, contain a lot of foul language, and it conveys extremely anti-religious and anti-conservative messages. I'm an atheist and even I think it's way over the top. Of course, if you know what you're getting into before you start reading it with your kids and you make it known that it's more of a "case study" of ideas, it could be useful. I think it's important to discuss political fiction with your ki
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