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  1. I only quoted a couple, but your post had so many helpful suggestions - thank you Merry! About the self-control tool box and nipping things in the bud, those sound very promising and I will certainly try those. Were your dc soon able to recognize their frustration and pick up an alternative (rather than you telling them)? I also wanted to agree about expectations and keeping things "do-able": I tend to start the day with all the subjects which need alertness: Math, Chinese, piano but I finally realized that each subject was difficult in its own way: Math because of word problems, Chinese is always challenging, piano when he started a new piece (since he hates to make mistakes) and when those three happened back to back, well, it was a recipe for disaster.
  2. Yes, yes and yes - they sound like twins! When he hits the frustration stage, he gets so entrenched that it is exhausting to get him to just do the things that calm him down, let alone pick up from where we left off. I've been looking out for triggers, e.g. word problems in Math, new/difficult piano piece, he didn't have a good night's sleep, but some days I feel like I'm walking on eggshells around him. Sorry I don't have any helpful advice, I just wanted to commiserate and hope the other posters' suggestions help - there are some really good ones.
  3. Thank you - the book looks promising! I'll also keep in mind that 20 mins is OK.. Yes, this sounds like us - once I sent him out to dig a hole in our yard. Another time, I stumbled into playing with him - kicking a balloon indoors and seeing how long we could keep it up. But catching it soon enough is a challenge - we spent quite a bit of time before we could continue with our routine.
  4. Lately, when DS (almost 10 yrs) gets frustrated or stressed, he has taken a long time to get over it. He can sit down and sulk for hours, or have physical reactions like an itching sensation over his body which he has to step away and cool down for 20-30 minutes before continuing. It's not that he has an actual deadline or pressure (no test prep, competitions) - just the usual school work. When I ask him after he's cooled down, he said it was the thought of so much work (which hasn't changed), or today he was hoping to get to do his computer time but was afraid he would get stuck in math. This was even before he started doing anything! This doesn't seem right - he's not dealing with stress like in a regular school environment, and I frankly don't know what to do other than a few fortuitous distractions. Does anyone want to share how it looks like in their home, and/or how your dc grew out of it (please tell me they grow out of it..)?

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    Hi, New copy of Kathy Jo deVore's English Lessons Through Literature, Level 3. This was printed at Lulu, product page here: $24ppd (media mail). Comes from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Please email if questions - thank you for looking!



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    Hi everyone, The following items are FFS (free for shipping). They are in generally good condition, and I hope they will be a blessing to your family. If you are interested in any of them, please PM me a list and I will let you know the cost for Media Mail shipping ETA: All items are pending/promised - I will contact those who PMd me in turn. Thank you! SWR DVDs - PENDING 1. Modified Teaching Reading at Home - Training Video + Notes, by Elizabeth Fitzgerald 2. Hidden Secrets of Language Success Vol 1 and 2, by Wanda Sanseri 3. You Can Do It! by Brita McColl 4. Audio CD Young Folks' Guide to Josephus Vol 1, by William Shephard. Read by Jim Hodges - TAKEN 5. Teaching the Trivium, by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn - TAKEN 6. The Little Giant Book of Optical Illusions, by Keith Kay. ISBN 0806919698 - PENDING PS: Our home is smoke-free and pet-free.


  7. Just popping in to link a set I read about in another thread: Journeys to Bookland And an anecdote about owning anthologies: my toddler learned number sequence because she kept watching us put them back. I've seen her standing in front of the bookcase, muttering "1, 2, 3.." to herself while pulling out books that were out of sequence and putting them in the right place. So there you have it - anthologies can double as math manipulatives. :tongue_smilie:

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    Hi everyone, Here is a large collection of math manipulatives, mostly from an elementary school teacher and some of my own. They include : - counters (different shapes, sizes) - bingo cards - colorful beads (a student favorite) - lacers - cubes (large and medium sizes, natural and multicolored) with 2D and 3D activity diagrams - 6 number dice - 12 number lines - 8 graphing boards - 3 geoboards (two faces: clock on one side, 25 pins on the other) - a fraction chart and - a pocket chart Pictures can be seen here. Items range from used to like new condition. This is a good opportunity to get a lot of material (at least 25 lbs) at a reasonable price. Price does not include shipping - PM me and I will get a quote.


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    Hi everyone, I have the following for sale. Prices include shipping. Products are from a smoke-free, pet-free home. 1) 4 Learning Wrap-Ups - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division. $5 pick-up/$10 ppd Good/Acceptable condition - subtraction is missing a board (1s), the plastic boxes for addition and subtraction are yellow. Unfortunately I have to ship this First Class and the cheapest price for the weight (19.6 oz) was the Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes. So I added the lower price as an option if you live in Northern California and can pick-up. 2) 4 Holling C Holling Books - Minn of the Mississippi, Tree In The Trail, Seabird, Paddle-to-the-Sea. $25 ppd - SOLD Good condition. All are hardback books, dust jacket may show chips or small tears but books are clean and sturdy. Please PM me if you have questions or if you are interested. Thanks!



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    Hi everyone, It's time to clear the shelves for next year's curriculum! :) Prices below don't include shipping - I put the weights below and the Media Mail quote, but I am glad to combine shipping. Books come from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Please PM me if interested - thank you! 1) Singapore Math Standards Level 2 lot : $21 : SOLD Includes 2A text, 2B text, Intensive Problems. Like new condition. 2) Singapore Math 1B (New Syllabus) lot : $11 Includes 1B text, Workbooks 1B-1 and 1B-2. Like new condition. Weight: 22.2 oz / $2.98 Media Mail This was purchased in Singapore in 2011 (so it includes local fruit and coins). The workbooks provide plenty of problems for practice! 3) RightStart C set: $50 : SOLD Includes lesson book, worksheets. Weight: 54 oz / Media Mail: $3.88 Text is in very good condition, worksheets are in good condition (first 3 pages had been written in. I erased as cleanly as I could). 4) Singapore Chinese Grade 1 set: $15 Includes texts 1A, 1B and workbooks 1A, 1B. Weight: 33.3 oz / Media Mail: $3.43 Like new condition. 5) Story of the World Activity Guides: $16 each or $60/set : SOLD Volumes 1-4. Like new condition. Weight (respectively): 37.2 oz, 53.5 oz, 48.9 oz, 53.2 oz. Total weight: 192.8 oz / Media Mail: $7.81 6) Edward Zaccaro's "Scammed by Statistics": $7 : SOLD Good condition. Weight: 17 oz, Media Mail: $2.98 If the photos above are too small, you can view the original photos here. Thank you for looking!


  11. Great find! And free too.. many of NASA's educational materials aren't. Thanks!
  12. Just wanted to say that I remember when you posted this, Jackie, and others also chimed in. Here are the threads I read, they contain more details on the plagiarism and unprofessional behavior.
  13. Hi Ruth, Sometime back there was a thread discussing science options and I compiled a spreadsheet of K-8 curricula and resources. It's not to the level of detail you've asked, but I hope it can help fill in some blanks.
  14. About culling some of the threads, I suggest: - FSOT posts that haven't been updated for more than a month - Posts with no replies over a period (covered by what you mentioned - Posts older than 4 years with 1 or less replies). These threads should probably not be culled, at least not in an automated way: - Tagged threads - Threads with subscriptions - Sticky threads
  15. Kubiac, these are a great find. Thank you for updating the thread with them! As a side question, it's probably cheaper to source these books individually at thrift stores than to buy as a lot, isn't it?
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