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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?
  16. I just browsed Stories of Childhood from OpenLibrary/Internet Archive. It's similar to the first two books of My Book House - Mother Goose rhymes, famous poems (Stevenson, Rossetti), old tales (Aesop, Grimm), realistic stories (Margery Clark, Kate Seredy) and nature stories (Thornton Burgess). Illustrations are gorgeous - some are full color, others are 4 tone. The front page specifically states that this book was aimed for preschool/elementary age, so I guess the other books in the series (such as Heroes) will target the later ages. I'll join the others in saying it looks good, especially for 35 cents!
  17. Bumping this for you. I only found these images from Amazon and Etsy: OpenLibrary has a couple of books by Esther Bjoland, I'll check if I can borrow one of them. The one you have, People and Great Deeds, is only available in Daisy (not sure how to access). The titles in the series appear to be: Stories of Childhood People and Great Deeds Plant and Animal Ways The World and Its Wonders Countries and their Children Guidance ETA - if this price on Amazon is believable, then I'd run back to the store to get the rest at 35 cents each. :tongue_smilie:
  18. I think I've found another online source for buying vintage books - shopGoodwill, it has a similar appearance to eBay but doesn't seem to be linked AFAIK.
  19. Good eye, Stripe! Here's what Valerie's Living Books says: This was first edited by Eva March Tappan and later by Marjorie Barrows. (The 1953) red and black set was published in both a standard binding and a premium edition. The standard binding is hardback, paper over boards. The premium edition is clothbacked (look closely and you will see the threads) with supplemental color plates.
  20. :hurray: Enjoy! Stripe - I saw this at my library's booksale booth last Saturday, and was reminded of your recommendation of the Provensons as illustrators. I snapped it up - not a hard choice, a hardcover golden book for 50 cents! :001_smile: Helena - if you see this, might you be related to this blog author?:tongue_smilie:
  21. This sounds intriguing! Could you give us a few more clues, such as author or year of publication? :)
  22. Bumping.. hope others like helena and Lori D will see this. The author, William Forbush, is listed on this page which covers many of the anthologies we discussed in this thread, and more (!).
  23. I'm sorry to hear that. I enjoyed reading their autobiography: They had interesting lives, and the book included sketches from their pre-Berenstain Bears period. One story I found interesting was that they kept submitting their work to magazines, only to get it turned down, until one editor told them that their subject material was too difficult for the lay audience (their art style was classical, and that particular submission had been about Shakespeare). So they sent in a comic about a family, which was accepted, and mining that theme provided a steady income for them. It's an inspiring story, to encourage persistence and willingness to adapt, and the comic snippets are an extra bonus. :)
  24. Thanks for all the listings, helena! You have some of the loveliest finds. I'll add a recommendation for one more set of classics - Educator Classics library collection. Hardback oversized books, few illustrations but well annotated which is a great help for archaic vocabulary, and story context.
  25. --------Anthologies---------- Book of (Fairytale collections) by Ruth Manning Sanders #33 - Description and wikipedia link Book Trails #10 - photo from 1928 edition The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls #25 - Description and title list for 1966 edition #46 - Picture links #1 and #2. Also, list of volumes across editions. interview with artist Joshua Field. Childcraft #41 - blog describing Mathemagic, compares the editions. #41 - comparison thread , also see Valeries Living Books The Children's Hour #5 - Description, suggested age range #19 - online books and guide #22 - photo of 1953 edition Collier's Junior Classics #10 - Brief comparison, 1912 vs 1953 #28 - title list for pre-1960 edition #32 - photo of 1962 edition Collier's Young Folks' Shelf of Books, 1962 #5 - Description, suggested age range #28 - Title list and description for pre-1960 and post-1960 editions #39 - Recommendation of 1958 edition Ginn Basic Readers #5 - Description, suggested age range #28 - photo of 1960s edition and title list Golden Treasure Chest #47 - Description and list of titles Golden Treasury of Children's Literature #59 - Recommendation and photo of 1986 edition The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature #87 - 1955 edition. Recommended for elementary to early-middle school aged, as a compact treasury of stories. My Book House #12, 32 - photo of 1971 edition and price at Half Price Books #22 - Title list for 1971 edition #53 - Description for volume 6 ("Through the Fairy Halls") My TravelShip #86 - 1926 edition. More pictures Our Wonder World #62 - online 1929 edition Through Golden Windows #25 - Description and title lists for 1958 edition Young Folks' Library #22 - Compares 1902 and 1919 editions ------ Encyclopedia/Non-fiction collections -- Annals of America #20 - 2005 photo Beacon Lights of History #97 - Photo. Available on Kindle. Book of Knowledge #15 - 1911 online books #44 - 1953 sample topical listing The Book of Popular Science #84 - Reviews this 10-volume set Golden Book Encyclopedia Set #33 - 1960 edition photo and description for pre-1960 edition, Golden Book Encyclopedia of Natural Science #34, 46 - Description and blog link. The Golden Home and High School Encyclopedia #91 - 1960s photo Golden Treasury of Knowledge #47 - Brief description and photo. Disney's How It Works in the City/Country/Home #42 - Link to photo of 1980 edition Makers of History #97 - Photo. Free on Kindle. The Nature Library #51 - Recommendation of 6-volume, 1926 edition Picturesque Tale of Progress #97 - link Wonderful World of Walt Disney Books #37 - 1965 photo World Book, Encyclopedia and Dictionary #18 - 1917-1918 online books/lesson plans Young People's Science Encyclopedia #85 - Link to 1965 edition.. Recommends for elementary/middle school. --- Literary/Great Books collections------- Book of Life #62 - Recommendation of vintage set for Bible Companion Library #33 - Description and photo of 1960 titles Britannica Great Books Collection #42 - photo The World's Popular Classics #36 - photo of 1930s edition ------ Vintage Golden Books : WARNING, lock up wallet before clicking------ #65: Owns/recommends The Golden Book History of the United States The Giant Golden Book of Mathematics Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table PDF for Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies Pirates, Ships, and Sailors The Golden Book of Fun and Nonsense A Garth Williams Treasury of Best-Loved Golden Books The Big Golden Book of the Wild West The Complete Book of Indian Crafts and Lore The Golden Book of the American Revolution The Golden History of the World The Canterbury Tales #67,70: Recommends The Human Body, illustrated by Cornelius deWitt Provensen Book of Fairy Tales The Iliad and Odyssey, see also Golden Book of Mathematics - smaller, maybe fewer pages/topics #72: Wheels Sails & Wings, for train-loving kids The Golden Book of Science Around the World with Koa Koala First Golden Geography #92: Holling C Holling's Book of Indians --- Websites for finding/evaluating vintage books -- -- Our criteria for selecting books Series: * Random House : series of books (ie the Picturebacks of the 70s-80s), * The Children's Choice Club: reprints of the high-quality literature, sturdy hardback format * Parents Magazine Press: invariably beautiful and interesting, hardback format * Old Weekly Reader (60s-70s-early 80s)
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