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Missouri Okie

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  1. There's a book called Moonwalking with Einstein that chronicles how an average Joe became a memory champion using the memory palace and other techniques. I don't think it's a how-to book more of a memoir, but it may give you some ideas.
  2. John Audubon lived in the early 19th century. I bet you could find some birds or other animals referenced in Wilder's books among his art work (turkeys and prairie chickens, for example).
  3. I enjoyed Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. I'd also recommend anything by David McCullough.
  4. Yes, the answers to the textbook and workbook are in the HIG for the Standards edition.
  5. We're in Level 5. I haven't purchased the supplements since Level 3. I do not regret not having the supplements. I've been able to effectively work around the missing material.
  6. I remember reading that John Adams thought Benjamin Franklin was lazy when they were both assigned as ambassadors to Paris.
  7. Yes, I do. I seem to be getting more and more socially awkward all the time, too.
  8. My son (9 yo)read/listened to the Mysterious Benedict Society many, many times. It is a great book.
  9. I agree that it's useless to speculate....however, I'm going to do it. I tend to be the same way as this lady. In theory, I always want to make new friends, and so I reach out to people. However, when they get too close (merely coming to my church would qualify for me as getting too close, sadly) I get rattled because I'm such an introvert. I pull back in my shell. I agree that small acts of kindness that don't ask anything of her would be the best approach. She'll warm up.
  10. Language Arts: Finish FLL 2 and start FLL 3, AAS 3 and 4, WWE 2, memorize poetry using Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization Math: RS C, Singapore CWP 1, and Dreambox History: SOTW volume 3 Science: Science in the Beginning PE: Basketball and softball Music: continue Suzuki and Irish violin lessons/performances She will complement the above with Classical Conversations memory work/activities
  11. The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame is short but filled with GREAT writing. There are many illustrated versions available.
  12. It's a beautiful blog. I've never seen it before. Thanks for sharing.
  13. I'm not familiar with CLE, but we use AAS, FLL and WWE. I think it is perfectly fine to wait on FLL. One thing to know about FLL is that the lessons for Level 1 are extremely short and very repetitive. Also, if you're doing or have done WWE, you can skip the dictation and narration lessons in FLL. If you waited until second grade, you could easily accelerate through Level 1. You probably could even fit Level 1 and 2 into the same year.
  14. We go year-round, doing six weeks on and one week off, so it will be business as usual for us. We will take, however, two consecutive weeks in May.
  15. When did it get interesting? I started with the first season and watched 3 episodes. I was so bored I could not stand another minute of it. Sounds like I should have given it more of a chance.
  16. I asked an ophthalmologist this about my then four-year-old, and he said it does not hurt children's eyes to read at this age.
  17. My son is a few lessons from finishing D. Boy, I know I'm going to be ineffective putting this in words, but I love how they teach fractions. Although fractions are introduced in earlier books, it ratchets up in Level D. It ties fraction with division so that the child sees that fractions are a type of division. It also has them think through many word problems using fractions instead of teaching algorithms. It incorporates rulers--using fractions of inches and centimeters to help teach fraction concepts too. I also like the fractions chart. I was talked into purchasing the plastic fractions chart a few years ago at a convention. I've considered it a very good investment. Level D has been my favorite level so far.
  18. My kids 9 and 7 have used them a lot. After introducing handwriting to my then 5 year old, we preceded to DRN. One she drew the picture, the next day she did a picture. We both loved it. The kids also randomly pull out these books and draw whatever strikes their fancy. I don't know if it will benefit their artistic ability long-term, but they are a much-used resource for now. Keep an eye out for the 50% off coupon from Mardel! Otherwise, it does seem very expensive.
  19. Right Start D uses it. There is a lesson on it, and the student is subsequently asked to check their work using this rule (often not always). I had not heard of it previously.
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