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  1. While I'm at library booksales, I sometimes see volumes from these anthologies (sample pictures below): The Children's Hour: Young Folks Library: They seem similar - selections of poetry, fiction, non-fiction. The vintage ones are lovely, with the color illustrations and hard covers. I have a soft spot for vintage texts, but shelf space and money constrain me from buying every text that comes my way. :tongue_smilie: Does anyone have one or the other (or both), and want to comment on them? Or, would you recommend another collection? For example, I've seen Collier's "The Junior Classics" too, but not as often.
  2. 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..)?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bumping now that the pass is available, a reminder to print one (We chose the student/4th grader option to print):
  7. Yes, recursive functions are a pain to trace. Is it an option for you to print the current value of the node in your method? I find it easier to look at the printed values to see where the program walked, than to trace call-by-call.
  8. ETA: I missed the "middle school" part of your title when I first replied.. these may be on the young side (the books have pictures) but I hope some of it could still help you. I like the Golden Treasury of Poetry, edited by Louis Untermeyer. He provides some background on the poet or poem, which I find interesting. That said, I'd also like to step up the poetry in our school. Right now, we get poetry through our Language Arts selection - English Lessons Through Literature by Kathy deVore. She selects enough poems from famous poets that my son is starting to recognize them by name and he's learning to appreciate how poets create images through strong word selections or analogies (we spend a couple of minutes discussing the poem after we read it). I was also looking at this collection by HomeschoolFreebie of the Day, they have it on sale at $4 until Friday (normally $15). (this link has the list of items included) (this link has the $4 price) All the best in your search!
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    4_H curriculum sale

    Sorry, I tend to bump threads rather than start new ones :blushing: for recurring events like these. I'm glad this could be of help to you!
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    4_H curriculum sale

    It seems 4-H runs this sale annually, this is what I received in an email: "Through the entire month of April, receive 25% off all 4-H Curriculum books, educational kits, and bundles as part of our annual Pre-Press sale. This is our biggest discount on Curriculum products for the entire year. " Hope this helps someone!
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    Fairy tales for younger kids...

    My DD (also 5) adores the "McCall Storytime Treasury" books - gorgeous illustrations, and the versions are often mild. They presented the stories in mostly dialog form, so it isn't as lyrical to read, but my DD can take the books and go off to a corner to pore over them. We also like The Giant Golden Book of Russian Fairy tales: Not directly an answer to your question, but since many anthologies/collections contain a Fairy Tale volume, this old thread (which lists many of them) may interest you:
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    Swedish help!

    I'm a beginner myself, so please take my suggestions in that context.. I'm listing resources I first used, as well as resources I started using with my children (my husband is Swedish, so we have a cultural reason to learn). I started with a book+CD combination from the library, I think these do the job but young learners may want a more interesting method. Also, Foreign Service Institute's language courses are online: Children's books, 1) Tomten catalog has some picture dictionaries and Swedish books: 2) International Children's Digital Library has some free books: ids=&pnum=1&cnum=1&text=&lang=English&ilangcode=en&ilang=English&langid=315 3) For Swedish culture/geography, this is a lovely recording of "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" by Lars Rolander ( 4) If you can ask someone to buy from Sweden, look for books by Gunilla Wolde (Totte and Emma series), Gunilla Bergström (Alfons series), Ulf Löfgren (Ludde series), Sven Nordqvist (Pettson and Findus series), Elsa Beskow (beautiful nature picture books) and common books like "Barnens första bok" and "Min Skattkammare" series. iTunes has some of the above, but at $5/book, it gets rapidly expensive. In Sweden, has a good playlist). "Svensk barnfilm" also brings back some good hits. Apps, the following helped with vocabulary and just hearing the language - Inkids flash cards, Swedish language: - Apptali's interactive scene, called TTT: - This page contains a huge list of Swedish apps for children, from alphabet to grammar to writing. This webpage contains several links, but you need some Swedish to navigate and use it. Here are some of the links: - Listening practice, pictures with pronunciation: - Reading practice, some interactive webpages: - Writing practice, some grammar exercises: - Online textbooks used in "Swedish for Immigrants" courses:
  13. Sleeping Bear Press has two picture book series which are beautifully illustrated; the writing is of even, thoughtful quality. 1) Tales of Young Americans - stories of American children from different pivotal moments. Some titles fit your criteria - l"Paper Son" (Chinese immigrant experience), "Pappy's Handkerchief" (an African American family's move to Oklahoma), The Listeners (life on a plantation), The Tsunami Quilt (Japanese Americans in Hawaii). 2) Tales of the World - told from the viewpoint of children in different parts of the world.
  14. We had a Chinese au pair when DS was 4, and he had immersion then but he doesn't have fluency that he had then. It was discouraging, but I don't think it was entirely lost, the intuitive understanding is still there. We do Chinese as a subject, and then I lean heavily on Chinese videos, apps, stories to provide more exposure. FWIW, my DD speaks more Chinese than English even though they both have the same time/exposure to Chinese resources, both being with me at home. So achievement is hard to predict, it is very individual. To switch things up a bit, I've also heard of families doing: - Language on certain days, - Language in certain places, e.g. only German in the living room, French in the kitchen.
  15. Yes, thank you so much! It makes so much sense, and I look forward to trying this on Monday. :)
  16. DS isn't actually dyslexic/dysgraphic (AFAIK) but this is our first introduction to grammar and I agree that lessons 6 and 7 are difficult. To be precise, the instruction is very clear and the verbal drills are great. But the copywork/marking exercise at the end seem, I don't know, a notch harder. DS continually gets tripped up by nouns that aren't obvious, e.g. 'cave-dways' (an imaginary animal from the context of the passage), 'unseating' (context is a knight's being unsaddled at a tournament). When he misidentifies those as nouns, he will subsequently label the adjectives incorrectly and the number of errors cascade so he's getting discouraged. 8FillTheHeart, I would love if you added that option in another revision, but I know you are busy and this doesn't detract from the fact this is a wonderful curriculum :coolgleamA: . So I don't know, perhaps I should find a page of simpler paragraphs to label as an optional exercise for those lessons? Anyone have suggestions on how I do that? I would write up my own if I could but frankly, I'm learning along with DS and my only advantage over him is that I hold the teacher's manual. :blushing:
  17. DS is a Bushy fan too! When I told him how cool it was I could email the author of the curriculum with questions, he asked me to check if there was a book of Bushy stories. Perhaps we should form a Bushy fan fiction club. :laugh: On the flip side, we did Lesson 4 Day 2 today, where we looked at a picture (of a forest), took 5 characters + 5 action verbs and created a story from them. Oy, that was hard - mostly because DS wanted to use far-out characters like talking books and jumping fish, which required all sorts of contortions to make them fit the setting. Then, when I wrote down the convoluted storyline and told him it was his copywork, things fell apart. But nothing wrong with 8's curriculum - just a lesson to me to remind him to stay on topic when writing. And to warn him beforehand if he's generating his own copywork, so he doesn't go overboard! :willy_nilly:
  18. Thank you all for your explanations! 8FillTheHeart - big thank you too for this curriculum, since I'm learning along with my DS.:) Rose, that's a great explanation for spotting adjectives and adverbs, thank you! It's plenty deep enough for this 3rd grader's mom, who is *ahem* some multiple of years older (but sadly not proportionately wiser). :tongue_smilie:
  19. *Embarrassed*.. may I get some help with one of the lessons? I'm grammar incompetent - I can usually string sentences together, but never learned the basics like parts of speech. Today in TC's Lesson 4, Day 1, there was an exercise to find the nouns and action verbs in the copywork. There was a sentence similar to this: "The cat's wide eyes sparkled in the dark." The answer identified 'eyes' as a noun, but not cat. Going off the "person, place, thing or idea" definition, why wouldn't it be?

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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.


  22. 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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    Lot Of Elementary Math Manipulatives


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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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    Learning Wrap-Ups


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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!


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