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  1. Thanks for linking over to my blog post on living books! Glad to know it helped someone. :)
  2. Lichen -- I love lichen! Read an article somewhere last year saying it is quite ignored by science and its exploration is in its infancy! Not much is known about it. The scientist who loves it said it is a field that he thinks will explode, may have medicinal uses etc.
  3. My intro was an in person lecture by the author/doctor in Feb. I found a 2 part video on YouTube that is essentially the same talk I heard. It is 1 hour long I believe. Check it out! I didn't read the book but bought the cookbook which he said for desserts is mainly for occasional use. I have been 90-95% grain free since about March 1 and have lost 16 pounds without changing one other single thing. Good luck on the Wheat Belly journey.
  4. I just started watching Turning Points in American History w DS15 (part of his US History homeschool course I designed) - TTC / Great Courses. Today I am starting TTC course about photography. I just finished reading a nonfiction book on bullying and teen social issues: Sticks and Stones. Last month I finished Salt, Sugar, Fat by Moss and learned a lot about the history of processed food in America and that industry and about health problems causes by food. I have been watching YouTube tutorials on art techniques and finally did some monoprinting using a gelatin plate made with Knox gelatin from the grocery store. I am reading and learning from lectures about gardening in my new zone 9. I have designed and planted herbs, veg, and flowers, and citrus and fruit trees here. So different in Houston than in CT. Glad to hear others are learning things too.
  5. Would love to hear your opinion on why to not do the whole book for Miller and Levine? It is an on level book. Are you saying that there are too many topics? We are half way through with bio using that (started as course in a co-op). Seems like this book will take forever to get through. Thanks.
  6. Want to add that evolution is on the SAT subject test so that is one reason that some will need a thorough coverage of the topic...
  7. My son took chem "on level" and took the SAT chem subject test (grade pending), this year. He used a co-op with a bio-chem major retired medical doctor teacher. He also needed tutoring. More later. 1. A Beka: We hated it, both tutors hated it. They felt that it was too condensed and not enough explanation. If you don't get the concept, tough luck. It is a thin volume. Math gives one example. Teacher felt math was too light and added more of her own design. (Tutor 1 was used a few times before moving. He hated the book.) Mainly we used a tutor who is a bio-chemist now works as a college prof teaching bio & chem & also for a while was a bio & chem teacher at a gifted magnet school ranked 11 in the nation. After working in the text 4 months then looking at the SAT subject test content she said no way would anyone be able to get a decent grade as the book was too shallow and also did not even cover all the topics on the test! 2. Other text: She also slammed the SAT subject test saying that the only books that could address the topic that she knew of was a pre-AP (honors) level book that I do not see on this list. It is Chemistry by Addison Wesley. This happens to be the book that Houston Ind School District uses for Pre-AP Chemistry. I ended up buying that and then my son dove into it and had a ton of tutoring in the month before the test to review and go deeper and learn new topics. I am resentful about A Beka Chemistry to say the least. My son hopes to be an engineer so as a STEM major this class was mandatory and he is trying to stack up the standardized test scores for college pre-requisites. HTH someone.
  8. Wow, your teens are volunteering a lot! My older will graduate with hardly any. He does over 900 hours a year at a 4 season varsity sport. He does 130-250 hours a year at FIRST Robotics team. He is a Boy Scout and will have done his Eagle, hopefully, before age 18. At each of those ECs they do volunteer work projects but not 100 hours a year. He wants a part time paying job but has no time after his ECs. He is starting CC in fall of his grade 11 year and will be adjusting to that, time management balance etc. I am not going to let myself freak out about this!
  9. Thank you for this thread. I have just begun planning DS15's 11th grade year and am going to use TTC for the first time. I was confused about how much extra reading and papers to write to justify a full credit in history and non-lab sciences. (Not doing math either w TTC.)
  10. I was encouraged (and shamed) by some HSers to use AoPS and my tenacity on trying to make it work wasted a year of my son's time and it was a fail for him in the end. My son loved math and is very right brained but when we did AoPS first at home then later with the online class (Intro to Algebra) he developed a serious negative self-esteem about math that then overflowed into everything about himself. The last 7 months has been about trying to dig him out of that hole and I am kicking myself for persevering with it for so long -- why did I let this happen? I was told over and over that all other math programs are inferior and some arrogant statements that AoPS is for smart kids and anyone needing some other program has some sort of lower set of thinking ability that is to be looked down upon. I wanted to use the best of the best program and wanted something interesting and was open to something non-traditional. That's why I kept encouraging my son to stay with it. We started with Intro as back when I bought it Pre-Algebra was not available. We first tried studies at home via textbook then did the online class. If you can afford the textbook buy it and try it. If it does not work for you I say ABANDON IT AND DON'T LOOK BACK. Then re-sell the book to other homeschoolers and move on with your math studies. Do not feel guilty (like i did) if it does not work for you child(ren). Anyone thinking about AoPS should take the online placement test. If it says to start at their new pre-algebra then do it, do not try to skip it as believe me, the Intro to Algebra is hard! I also feel that AoPS is best for who it is was designed for: school kids who are getting a basic math education at school with some other program who also love math and want more math in their life. AoPS provides unique problem solving challenges for kids who (in my opinion) already got the basics by other instruction. I do not feel that AoPS works for all homeschoolers when it is their ONLY METHOD of instruction. Tidbits from our experience: my son wound up so confused doing guesswork to solve problems before he was taught what to do that when it was finally correct he didn't recall what was right and what was incorrect. So he did not learn from even a correct answer. For my son the process of continued failure, and taking 30-45 minutes to do one problem left him so brain fried, confused and annoyed that his mind was shut down to learning. I worked alongside him, I loved algebra in school and in college. However I also experienced the same confusion and negative feelings. My son also used Alcumus. Anyone whose child loved AoPS, I am envious and happy that it worked for your child. I regret wasting a year on a program that wasn't working for my son. I feel so stupid for feeling pressure from other homeschoolers. It does work for some kids but not for all. Use what works is what I say. I knew that before but was not listening to my own advice and for too long I was not doing what my heart was telling me to do. (Thinkwell is working great for that son of mine.)
  11. We use Skype, not for classes, here is how it works. You need either a laptop with a built in camera or you buy a webcam. Webcams range from dirt cheap to about $100. The really cheap ones can have echo or bad distortion on the picture. Of course on both ends there are issues so if you have a great webcam and the other person has a bad system it will be imperfect. You open a free Skype account online for one on one. You can pay a fee to have a group video conference option. Optional is to wear a headset with a microphone so that only you can hear them and so your voice is well captured. You simply call the person via the computer and talk to them. This is just screen talking, you see them and talk to them. I think it is a great idea for 1:1 tutoring. I have never seen group video conferencing in action. The other responder talked about ways to communicate that include writing things down that all on the call can see. That's a totally different thing that may be better for certain types of tutoring needs. Good luck.
  12. It is hard to not compare ourselves to others but we must continue to try not to! It sounds like your decision was made thoughtfully and after prayer. It sounds like you need time living with the plans you have made and seeing how it pans out. I have done the same thing, made a decision then before really trying it, second guessing and worrying it was a bad choice. Putting the cart before the horse, as they say. I would say go forward with your choice and see how it pans out. Maybe it will all be great! Also it may help to stay away from any sources of comparision i.e. stay away from chat boards focusing on HSing with different methods as: 1) it is a waste of time 2) it is not helping you with your current plan in any way 3) it makes you feel bad for doing things differently 4) no good seems to be coming of spending time on that board. How about taking your spare time to do things that lift you up and support you in what you are doing? In the past I have sometimes done what was right for my kids but it was something different than my friends were doing. It was hard to even be around them as casual conversations made me feel bad for doing something different. Maybe it is peer pressure at play? Or feeling odd for not doing what the majority is doing and feeling too "alternative" or that you are doing something sub-par when they are doing something more ideal or better? The truth is that if you are doing what is right for your DD then that *IS IDEAL* for her. Shift the perspective... Parents with kids with an LD go through similar situations, hearing what other kids can do or what they can do easily when theirs struggle, it is hard to hear stuff like that all the time, that is why some parents of LD kids need to be around other parents of LD kids who 'get it". Good luck and hugs to you.
  13. self study, self teaching, not quite a true "class" so am not sure it belongs on this list but: (free of charge) Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ could also help as a supplement to other curriculum or classes math, science, finance, history optional free practice exercises online if you open a google email & log in HTH
  14. Invest $11 in Visual-Spatial Learners by Golem, available on Amazon. Strong visual thinkers are often very right brained learners. This has tips on how to teach them. Also google "visual spatial learners silverman" for a very good comparison of right and left brained learners. The book Study Smarter Not Harder, I am just starting to read. So far it seems the techniques given are right brained learning techniques that the author wants left brainers to use to 'tap into their whole mind'. I am using it for creative study ideas for my right brained learner who is in 8th grade. We are using mind maps instead of plain traditional flash cards. We have used various right brained spelling study techniques that worked great. Also read articles by Dianne Craft on right brained learners, see her website, consider going to hear her speak at a HS conference. She also sells copies of her lectures and some DVD lectures on her site if you can't get to see her in person. Since my son is so very right brained we have had challenges, before I knew about right brained learners. My son thinks in pictures primarily and also 'sees words in color'. I'm not that way. He also has a photographic memory. There is a ton of info out there if you do the research then really try the techniques. If your child is also dyslexic consider using the Davis Dyslexia system or at least reading the book The Gift of Dyslexia. Also IN THE MIND'S EYE portrays dyslexics and visual people as having a special gift that our world needs, a different perspective than just labeling them as special needs and learning disabled. Also the new series on Science Discovery channel INGENIOUS MINDS explains brains and learning and visual learners, the show has been so interesting (it just started running 3 weeks ago). It shows even neurologists understand little about the brain and learning. These visual learners and asperger's and autistic minds really stump them and sometimes the brain scans don't mesh with what they thought they'd show. Very interesting. HTH any questions leave a comment on my blog, I only pop in here occasionally.
  15. Hello, My oldest is in grade 8. For homeschool co-op earlier this year he took a class for gr 8 & 9 using Biology by Miller & Levine (Prentice Hall). We left the co-op at the session end but the course wasn't finished yet, and I plan to follow-up at home using this text since I paid over $100 for it and have it in hand. (I wasn't involved in the decision making process for what text to use since he was taking a course at a co-op.) I do not yet own the teacher manual due to the high expense. Honestly I don't know if it really is necessary to own or not. I also had to buy the student workbook (which is what I used to have as questions at the back of the chapter now it is a workbook and they even tell you what page to find each answer on). I see the publishers are doing this now as another money maker, to have a consumable text and use fill in the blank instead of like we did with "write your answer as a complete sentence". I also own the lab student manual, another consumable workbook. (All that I bought on Amazon at a discount.) A HS mom told me the publisher sells a lab CDROM but I have not looked into this yet. In my town (in CT, our highly ranked high school is using) this text is used for regular biology, a full year course. Honors uses something else and AP Biology uses some other text as well. A relative used this for grade 10 biology and he's graduating near the top of his class this year (in MA). I have never used A Beka for anything let alone Biology, so I can't compare the two (sorry). One opinion I have is they have changed biology since I was in school as there is a lot of environmental stuff in here, habitats, and current events like wanting to discuss stem cell research & if herbal medicine should be allowed for sale in health food stores. I honestly think this text has so much in it I don't know how the whole thing could be taught in one school year at school. IMO this is pretty easy reading level! Seems like middle school level reading to me! Here is the syllabus page for the high school course. See Biology A for the fall semester & Biology B for the spring semester. I figured this would give a very good idea of what the Miller & Levine book covers. The way the high school wrote this up is also helpful for those of us writing course descriptions for our homeschool kids using the same curriculum. We can imitate this or use it as a jumping off point. Click the links to open the PDF files, again see Biology A and Biology B for the Prentice Hall Miller & Levine Biology text's course. http://www2.eboard.com/eboard/servlet/BoardServlet?ACTION=NOTE_SHOW&ACTION_ON=NOTE&OBJECT_ID=1076172&SITE_NAME=barlow&BOARD_NAME=curriculumguides&SESSION_ID=muo8sasqwq2ucxb5036&TAB_ID=261657 I also recall getting more info from the publisher's website about this book. There was a webpage for this specific book. From what I can see this is a very popular high school regular-level biology book (not honors, not AP) in USA. In response to the issue of chemistry info being needed for biology see the link for the course description, this book starts out with some basic cellular biology and chemistry stuff. HTH
  16. With my oldest child who was homeschooled since birth, I chose to gently introduce names of letters matching to sight of them and same with numbers at age 4. I used simple games that my son responded to, Thomas the Tank Engine puzzle thing with one letter on one side and an item on the other. We had a giant floor puzzle train. (He loved trains that's why I picked those.) I talked about the puzzles and the letter shapes and showed them to him in a light fun way. I chattered on and on and he listened. I didn't start phonics until after K started age 5 yr 1 month but he was not ready. But he had all the signs of reading readiness which was odd! I kept taking out Alpha PHonics & putting away then finally at age 5 yr 9 mo (april) it started to click. I used that intensive phonics method abt 5-10 mins a day, broke for summer, then restarted in Sept and he finished in fall of his grade 1 homeschool year. With him it was always slow going but once he got the decoding it was just fine. I tried to end the lessons on a positive note rahter than pushing too hard then having him cry and end on a sour note. At age 12, I realized he had some other struggles and I found he has every other symptom of dyslexia on the lists. He also has signs of dysgraphia. And was treated for an eye tracking visual processing disorder and tests out now at chronological age level (phew) after 2 full years of treatments. (He is 13 now. The issues now are mostly self-organization, time management, and management of stuff like co-op homework, where he left his shoes etc.) In a book published last year The Dyslexia Checklist, they recommended intensive systematic phonics and claim it works for dyslexic kids. My confusion over dyslexia was my son didn't have any of the early symptoms just seemed 'not yet ready to read' at age 4 or young-5. Yet I used that method (Alpha PHonics) and he did learn and did go on to love reading. His blip was with the visual processing disorder that showed up in grade 3 then was diagnosed in grade 5 and "cured" in grade 7. I don't know if I saved years of struggle *because* I chose a systematic phonics method or not. I also note my mother is severely dyslexic and due to the horrid treatment in the schools in the 1950s and 1960s she is still traumatized and pretty much living a life without reading the printed word. Yet she has gifts in other areas, very creative and successful at creative endeavors, like she doesn't just grow AFrican Violets she creates her own hybrids and shows them for prizes. I feel badly for her struggles and was curious about dyslexia and that's why I read the book I mentioned then realized my own son had so many symptoms too! BTW that son of mine had many sensory issues in his early years and when I read Is This Your Child? by Dr. Doris Rapp I changed his diet and most all of it went away. He is sensitive to dairy and then later soy and doesn't fare well with corn syrup either. Now that he's older he's back on dairy and doesn't eat much to be honest. Soy continues to be a problem (i.e. bakery breads with soy flour, soy lecthicin etc.) --- My 2nd kid was teaching himself at age 3.5 to read and on his 4th birthday was given Letter Factory (it was brand new then) and he started sounding out on his own. He has zero symptoms of any LD and was fluently reading at young age 4. He is not a typical kid, he's an early learner. ___ Since I have dealt with LDs I understand where you are coming from. I don't quite know what to tell you other than I'm sorry you are going through this. Whether your 4 yr old has dyslexia or not doing so much to try to push the learning might be just too much for her. I'm a firm believer in small chunks of time in worthwhile work like 5-10 mins of concentrated paying attention learning of letters then that's it for the day. Play bingo and help her find the numbers and read left to right. Talk about the temperature if your car has a digital readout and show the numbers and reading left to right. Do simple ABC puzzles. Do some of those fun Montessori things like sandpaper letters. Make clay letters etc etc But do just a little each day. Some kids just need more time. --- You may also want to check out the website of Dianne Craft for articles & info abt special needs and the biology of behavior and the neurological issues with sensory etc. If you are a homeschooler who is an HSLDA member you can call their special ed hotline for free for advice. Craft is one of the ones who takes the calls. Your daughter has symptoms of what some call an overstimulated neurological system. When they are at the point of tearing their clothes off and wanting to be naked their nervous system is very touchy and sensitive and in a bad hyper-mode, over-stimulated from something, from what I have learned from Craft and other sources. Often changing some things really helps, such as changing the diet or adding in supplements for something they are lacking (i.e. essential fatty acids like Omega 3's) but dont' take my word for it go check out Dianne Craft's site. HTH
  17. Perhaps you should look at Institute for Excellence in Writing which starts with a well written paragraph from someone else then the student outlines it then writes it back in his own words. That then teaches outlining and though practice of that method they kind of absorb the flow of good writing. IMO pursuasive writing essays are different than nonfiction writing. Bravewriter approaches writing in a different way but it is great. We use Bravewriter Arrow for language arts and that includes dictation passages from the book being read that month. From conversations with my friend and the standardized test prep books for testing in my state (CT) what they do in school is a joke and very formulatic, it is nothing as rigorous as what is outlined in TWTM. Also the way the schools teach writing they never find their voice which is a key part of Bravewriter. The way I see it everything is leading up to being able to write decently in grades 9-12, so middle school can be seen as a time that's a bit more loose like "by the start of grade 9 we hope the student can write a nonfiction report, a pursuasive essay, a book report and some creative writing". That's my two cents. I also feel that if we push kids when they are too young it is futile. I feel kids can make great strides if they are taught when they are ready. My older was not ready in grade 5 to write a pursuasive essay but the personality of my 2nd child now in grade 5 -- he naturally thinks and talks like that so I taught him to write a pursuasive essay off the top of my head for the lesson plan and he picked it up immediately, simple as can be. Now he just should practice doing that writing on his own to master the skill. HTH
  18. Start keyboarding skills when you feel the time is right. We use Typing Instructor which was cheap through Timberdoodle. I don't know if it is still available. This program has real lessons then a games section. Ten minutes of the practice then ten minutes of the games after kind of like a reward will probably be welcomed and enjoyed by your son. Just try it and see how it goes. I also want to recommend using oral narration to gauge reading comprehension and also what he reads to himself. Don't use written projects to gauge what he's learning (like schools may do with book reports or other writing assignments at his age).
  19. Not a single person I know who uses and loves SOTW has been able to do the one year plan in one year (including my kids and I). Especially when doing the ancients and medieval the kids often beg to study a subject deeper, like spending MONTHS on Ancient Egypt and then months on castles - knights etc. I say start it when you want but don't feel pressured to jam through one chapter a week. Take your time and do it as you please. Hey maybe by starting at age 5 you will actually finish book 4 before grade 5 begins.
  20. My oldest is in grade 8 and has sights set on engineering. This means this year we ramped up the academics. In 2 cases he is using popular public school high school texts for science (one chosen by a co-op and the other by a private tutor we hired to help prep the kids for science olympiad competition of physics event; it wasn't me pushing for textbook learning this year). I can already see the difference in our old HS methods which at first were unschooling and all fun and hands on and then Charlotte Mason then aa relaxed WTM classical, compared to then a lot of input of info but not much written spitting info back out and no tests. Relaxed homeschooling is what we had and that son was very hands-on learning. As part of ramping up this year to handle a full high school courseload that includes hopefully calculus before college and also bio, chem, physics and some tests either SAT subject tests and maybe even a couple of AP tests....this for MY son means more reading including getting used to using textbooks not just great living books, more articulating thoughts in writing via papers and essays, more studying to memorize and getting used to being tested in 'the school way' not just me having a casual discussion about "oh what did you think of that reading you did"? That's what I have to add to the other very good comments here about time management, strict deadlines etc. Remembering back to my days starting college, I breezed through high school. I was swamped in college with long boring textbook readings and no teacher checking that I did the homework. The readings were unrelated to the class lecture so I could skip readings and no one would know and I didn't think it mattered. With midterm being the first test I was then swamped to realize there was no way I could cram in 1-2 days for all subject readings plus memorize stuff. I also felt there was a volume of info & didn't have a sense for what of it was important or what would be on the test. I also resented the short tests as felt the rest of my studying was "a waste". I was used to "the school way" of "if it mattered it would be on the test". I basically flunked out my first semester and floundered in my second before leaving college. (I went back a few years later when I was more mature and more committed to earning a degree.) I plan to help my sons be better prepared than I was. I am currently looking into study skills tips to see what creative ideas are out there and am trying to match the techniques to my very right brained son's mind for the most chance at success in college.
  21. Hi, We used FLL. If you use a curriculum like that you learn or re-learn as you go. No studying or prep is done ahead of time. I had strong grammar in school and found it fun but forgot a lot of the terms & how to diagram. Don't worry you learn as you go through it...
  22. I'm reading this thread today bc wondering after Art of Argument if should do Discovery of Deduction or Argument Builder. I taught a homeschool co-op class that ended last month using Art of Argument (2010 revised edition) and it was a great class. I loved the curriculum. We had very good class discussions (6 kids aged 11-16 but most were 12-13 years old). SOme things in this thread are just incorrect. First there was never anything about school uniforms in AoA. Second abortion was mentioned only a couple of times. Honestly the examples in the book were pretty tame and to give better examples we inserted real life, more controversial topics. In one place it mentions a belief in God vs. not believing in God. Third, AoA does NOT have them building arguments it is a course in informal fallacies (28 of them). Also I note: AoA was not religious which helped it be a good fit for our all-inclusive homeschool co-op (in which some members are Christian). Anyone using AoA at home could, off the top of their head, insert religious examples if they wanted. I felt each informal fallacy would take about 20 minutes of reading and filling in the questions. The questions are not busywork they truly help the student understand. The revised 2010 teacher manual contains the entire text of the student workbook in full size (easy to read) with answers. Tests are at the back. My one complaint with it is there are no other suggestions for what to do with a class, what else could be discussed regarding that informal fallacy or do a skit or whatever. I needed to add in a bit to not have the entire class be reading off what they wrote in the book for their answer or re-reading the whole passage to make sure the students understood. It was very good to do with a small class and when I use it at home with my own kids it will surely be more boring. We had a lot of laughs in the class and the students seemed to sometimes have it "click" when other students were explaining and discussing the informal fallacies. Well I'm still looking for answers if AB must be done after DoD or not. Also I'd like to know of AoA is writing based (go write this argument) or does it encourage oral presentation of the arguments. Thanks.
  23. No don't analyze every book! If you want a sense for how many to do in one school year check some resources. I have no idea how many you had planned to do but I also wonder if it is way more ambitious than schools do. Look around at what schools do for each grade (3,4,5,6 books a school year plus short stories and poetry and how many plays?). Or look at some online classes for homeschoolers for ideas. HTH
  24. Sounds like a chapter has closed and you are moving on. Don't mean that to sound depressing. We used to do history all together with me reading aloud. Kids listened well while they played or colored in history coloring pages. Those days are over for us. My sons are in grade 8 and 5. They want to read on their own and want different (appropriate) levels. Even Joy Hakim's series should be ok for both but the younger dislikes it. They have different taste. So that chapter has closed for me. Onward and upward. I try not to mourn the good times that are no longer and instead enjoy what it is now which is STILL good if not great! It's just different, that's all. :001_smile: Also I find we connect in other ways, the older they get, like playing more involved board games like Settlers of Catan. Just because reading aloud for history and science is over doesn't mean we no longer relate or have fun together. And we have some good long talks too, especially while in the car with no music playing.
  25. Certain types of brains learn best in certain ways. Call it what you will, Richard LaVoie calls it a motivation style and he discusses this in detail in The Motivation Breakthrough book. One type really thrives on "to do" lists and feels better about themselves when checking off lists and feeling they have been successful at their work by doing it all. I am convinced also through observation of HS kids that certain ones are really independent learners. My oldest was the opposite type that wanted me to sit right next to him and teach him 1:1 tutoring style. He only bridged to more independent work in grade 7 really as he went through developmental changes and wanted more of a divide from mom which I think is a normal thing in puberty. A friend of mine had 2 early readers who were very independent and did 99% of their work all alone from basically Kindergarten up. This has proven true in all the years, one is in grade 11 and the other is in college now. The third child is the opposite and for the first time the mother has to do 1:1 teaching or else nothing is learned basically! It's kind of funny to see her adjust to having to put all that effort into teaching one child when I, and others she knows have been juggling teaching that way with 2 or more kids at once, for years! She now realizes how easy she had it before and how less time intensive it was with the first 2 kids. I think HSing should entail as best it can, giving each student a customized education to meet their needs. Lastly, I think sometimes when working closely with a student we can find deficiencies that workbooks or more distant learning masks. For example in discussing a book that was read for reading comprehension I have found glaring mistakes or misunderstandings but the workbook answer was correct which misled me to think they knew more than they really did. Be careful with huge amounts of independent work. Some things deserve to have more interaction with the teacher. I also learned along the way that I sometimes had to abandon my ideal idea of teaching method to do what was right for the child. Another little thing was I'd hoped my kids would love history and read history books for fun so long as I put good exciting books in their hands. Well one kid is a science kid and the other just doesn't care about history. So I mourned not having one of those history loving HS kids for a little while. I had some idea that all kids would love history and gobble it up if only they had good exposure to it from a young age. Wrong. I had to get over it and celebrate who my kids are instead of feeling bad for what they are not. Do what you think is right for your unique kids is my advice!
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