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  1. We're doing CC this year for the first time - 11year/6th grade boy and 9yr/4th grade girl. I know I'm registering them both in Foundations and both in Essentials. Could someone who's been down this road before give a rookie CC-mom a shopping list please? What do I need to kick it off? Guides? Science Cards? HIstory cards? Audio cd? Subscription to CC Connect.
  2. A telescope! Yes! That just may be the purchase! Great suggestion (now I need to research some options for that). Another contender is a cool rock/gem collection. And microscope with slides. And some great arts/crafts (Waldorf felting, anyone?) Keep the ideas coming...you guys are awesome!
  3. Wow, these are so awesome! I love the fantasies of private instructors, cooks, pools,etc. A girl can dream... Maybe I should clarify and ask for realistic wish list items -- like a pricey microscope, rock/gem collection, or science equipment? Or expensive museum memberships? Unique educational camps? Any ideas in the $300 - $500 range?
  4. I love the Evan-Moor brand, too, for the reasons you list above. It's a little "workbook-y" but I like that because it keeps it to a bite-size lesson. Very good for ind work, too. I used the word-a-day -- great content! I need to revisit E-M. Thanks for reminding me of those. Keep the ideas coming....dig up those treasures for me...
  5. I'm familiar with most of the curric mentioned on the boards -- solid, "mainstream" stuff like Saxon, R&S, WWE, SOTW, and so many others. All great choices I use. But...suggest a little-known curric I'm missing out. What's under that radar that I'm overlooking? What gem is a secret find that's worth a try?
  6. If you didn't have to worry about budget, what's on your wish list? Online classes? High-end curriculum? Pricey equipment or supplies? Help me think and dream big. BIG!
  7. My DD9 3rd grade and DS11 5th grade could use a little geography help. I'm not looking for a huge, in-depth curric, but a little enrichment to help them with continents, states, Euro/Asia countries, etc. They play the Stack The States/Countries apps and Scrabbled State of America board game. I know coloring books are a little juvenile for this age, but any suggestions on little trivia books or workbooks? Something that takes just a few minutes to provide a little enrichment?
  8. These are awesome! So many titles I had forgotten. As usual, the Hive kills it! Thanks to all.
  9. My DD8 in 3rd grade loves her "girly" fiction. But I'm running out of titles. We've read: Heidi, Little Women, Rebecca of Sunnybrook, Ann of GG, AG fiction. Any suggestions for "girl" classic fiction (contemporary titles, too, as long as they aren't too "fluffy")?
  10. My DS10 is a great reader and a natural speller. He's in 5th grade and is burned out on SWO book F. I know in our ps they drop spelling in 5th grade as an "official" subject and incorporate spelling work cross-curric. Is it time to intro some Greek or Latin roots/spelling? Any other suggestions for quality spelling work rather than busy work?
  11. I posted on logic board, I'll post here, too.... My 5th grade son just finished WWE 3. We started a lower in WWE because the format was new to us, so I thought I'd get used to it and begin there. He blazed through it writing all his own summaries after reading the passages. He very rarely narrated anything to me. He even went back to proof/revise his summaries. They have all been spot-on with the provided samples and his sentence construction and word choice are very well done. So, I think he's writing at above the WWE3 level. WWE has been a wonderful option, But... He's bored of the WWE formula and how it limits his writing to summaries/dictation. He's a very capable writer and has asked to do more "creative" writing, which means anything other than reading a passage and writing a summary. I know there's WWE4, but I think the 4-day format and more summary will turn him off. I think there's value in continuing some WWE, but I need something else to complement the summary formula. Any suggestions for a writing curric for a capable and eager 11-year-old writer that has some assignment structure like WWE, but gives the child freedom to bust out of the summary mold and be a little more self directed?
  12. My 5th grade son just finished WWE 3. We started a lower in WWE because the format was new to us, so I thought I'd get used to it and begin there. He blazed through it writing all his own summaries after reading the passages. He very rarely narrated anything to me. He even went back to proof/revise his summaries. They have all been spot-on with the provided samples and his sentence construction and word choice are very well done. So, I think he's writing at above the WWE3 level. WWE has been a wonderful option, But... He's bored of the WWE formula and how it limits his writing to summaries/dictation. He's a very capable writer and has asked to do more "creative" writing, which means anything other than reading a passage and writing a summary. I know there's WWE4, but I think the 4-day format and more summary will turn him off. I think there's value in continuing some WWE, but I need something else to complement the summary formula. Any suggestions for a writing curric for a capable and eager 11-year-old writer that has some assignment structure like WWE, but gives the child freedom to bust out of the summary mold and be a little more self directed?
  13. I always considered "real books" to mean books about a subject rather than a text book about a subject. So...want to learn about oceans, kids? Let's check out a bunch of books from the library and read about oceans. To "show you know," we can do lap books, or write a summary, you can narrate, draw a picture, etc.
  14. My 4th grade DS used... Hwot Growing with grammar Wwe I just bought No More "I'm done!" for creative writing supp. Search for some good posts about that resource Reading - anything! Classic kids' fiction plus whatever he wants to free reading. Currently we're reading the Shakeseare for kids series and he loves it!
  15. I'm new to the WTB and FS board. I have WTM curric that is brand new, like cover-barely-creased new. I also have other new curric that seem to be in-demand pieces. I want to sell and share my resources so someone can be blessed by them, but, it's brand new so I'd like a fair price. What's the protocol for discounts?
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