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  1. We are planning to read Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time in preparation for our trip.
  2. The Great Courses has some lectures that might be of interest: Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques Writing Creative Nonfiction I've also been looking at MasterClass: James Patterson Teaches Writing https://www.masterclass.com/classes/james-patterson-teaches-writing
  3. Take a look at italki.com. There will be lots of options for different tutors/teachers with availability throughout the day.
  4. I'm sure there's plenty of YouTube options but Salsa & Destinos are "curriculum" that start from the very beginning level completely in Spanish Salsa is great for the preschool audience with puppets http://www.gpb.org/salsa/term/episode Destinos is a relatively engaging telenovela for adults https://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/ HBO and Disney also broadcasts all their shows with a Spanish audio programming if you are able to switch it on your TV (cable/dish). When my kids were younger, I actually learned quite a bit by watching Dora la Exploradora with them in Spanish. Good luck!
  5. Dave Ramsey's Personal Finance Curriculum is currently on sale from HSBC. My daughter finished the Foundations: High School Edition in a few weeks earlier this summer. The videos themselves don't take too much time but there are other supplemental activities depending on whether you want her to do more or less. https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/dave-ramsey/
  6. Some books, and not necessarily for teaching gifted learners... I found Liping Ma's Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States interesting when I read it years ago. https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Teaching-Elementary-Mathematics-Understanding/dp/0415873843/ Or maybe Maria Montessori's writings/methods or Moebius Noodles? https://www.amazon.com/Moebius-Noodles-Natural-Yelena-McManaman/dp/0977693953
  7. Take a look at memrise if vocab is where she needs more focus. I have my kids do free flashcards for 15 minutes a day and it really helps with retention. Below is the link for JPLT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) level 5 to start. https://www.memrise.com/course/554/jlpt-n5-vocab/
  8. You may already know this... Doing a big CHUNK during summer would work but be careful about having ALL the hours during a "summer week". There are minimum months of activity required. http://congressionalaward.org/program/how-it-works/program-requirements/ Months of Activity Along with the hour requirement, the higher levels of the Award require that your activities be spread out over a minimum amount of months. Please note the following: The minimum month requirements apply to Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, and Physical Fitness. You must accumulate the necessary hours over a certain amount of months. For example, the Bronze Medal requires a minimum of seven months of activity in Voluntary Public Service, seven months of activity in Personal Development, and seven months of activity in Physical Fitness. Months do not need to be consecutive. For instance, if you register with the Award in January and work on Personal Development in January, February and March and then do not work on any Personal Development until October, November and December that would count as six months of activity. Months are cumulative. For example, the seven months of activity you complete at the Bronze Medal level will be carried over to the next level, leaving a minimum of five more months of activity needed in order to qualify for the Silver Medal. Months may only be counted once in the same activity area. For instance, if you play soccer and softball during the same six month period for your Physical Fitness activity, you will only get credit for six months of activity, not 12 months of activity. If different goals overlap in the same month, the month may only be counted once for the respective program area.
  9. Yes, for the few Amazon videos I looked at, I can't seem to find any that have other audio in languages either. Most of Amazon ones do specify being English only, even though other languages would be available on DVD. I definitely found quite a few on Netflix that work though.
  10. Netflix has option to change the audio language track and add subtitles once you start playing the video, usually a pop-up in the upper or lower right corner. I see that option on Amazon Video too.
  11. I had a similar question and was given the response below by our program manager. Sounds like you can just submit for the highest level she qualifies. "Once she has accumulated enough hours/months for an award level, she can submit her Record Book for review of that level. Those hours/months will count towards higher award requirements so she could continue submitting new hours/months once she has enough for higher awards. That being said, she can also submit a Record Book for a higher level, and if it is approved, she would receive that award as well as the lower awards. For example, if she submitted a Silver Medal Record Book and it was approved, she would receive the Silver Medal as well as the Bronze Medal and all three certificate levels."
  12. We've done Homeschool Spanish Academy (HSA) and also classes with Ray Leven. She enjoyed the classes with HSA but progress was erratic and her grammar instruction seems weak. She learned a lot with Ray but also found him to be "mean" (impatient, but not necessarily to her) and speaks with heavy non-native Spanish accent.
  13. There's a whole book of anecdotes and even a "label"... The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late by Thomas Sowell
  14. Anki is a pain to set up but the SRS (spaced repetition learning system) helps retain info better for long term memory. You need to setup everything on the computer then have the option to use as an app on the phone or on the computer. Quizlet is good for preparing for a quiz/test if you need to learn a limited set of info. We've recently started using Memrise.com which is easier & more fun to use than Anki but also implements the efficient SRS method. The free version works well for us but the pro upgrade is supposed to make learning more efficient.
  15. DD really liked membean.com in addition to vocabulary.com.
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