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  1. My daughter (11) started violin at 6.5, fairly late by Suzuki standards. She begged for a year before I gave in. We did a Kindermusik program for two years before starting Suzuki violin. Within a couple of years she she caught up with peers who started at two or three years old. At 11, she is still very enthusiastic about violin, loves playing solos and performing with her orchestra and string quartet. I am not a musician, and my focus as a Suzuki parent has been on happy relationships with music and within the Suzuki triangle (child-parent-teacher.) I would let the child take the lead in in this journey, but not push. My favorite book on this topic is Helping Parents Practice by Edmund Sprunger.
  2. If you are looking for depth, you could enrich any math curriculum with 6-grade Singapore supplements such as Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems.
  3. At that age, my daughter loved Violet Mackerel by Anna Branford (had to order the last two books from ebay in Australia since only the first six were published in the USA) and Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Ryland.
  4. DD is finishing up Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 5A (Standards edition) Textbook + Workbook. Occasionally we supplement with Intensive Practice. Textbook+Workbook alone are too easy for DD, and we do not have time to work out all the problems in Intensive Practice on a regular basis. I am wondering if in the future we could replace the workbook with Intensive Practice; i.e., work through Textbook+Intensive Practice in entirety, and use the workbook only as a supplement for chapter reviews. Any opinions or advice? Many thanks in advance.
  5. Another delightful not-a-Christmas book that happens around Christmas time -- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  6. Great thread. My sweet 5th grade girl reads well, but strongly prefers large-print, well-spaced, illustrated editions for independent reading. Read-aloud editions usually work well, if we can find them. Any recommendations (as well as suggestions how to alleviate the transition to "normal" books)? Our library system doesn't have a good way to search for "unabridged, illustrated, large print". And regular large print editions tend to be awfully crowded with non-existent margins...
  7. Many thanks for the awesome recommendations! Please keep them coming! ?
  8. My 10-year-old daughter would like to learn about the history of the Universe (Big Bang and on.) My first thought was to start with George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. Perhaps someone in the Hive has a ready-made list of resources suitable for a curious fifth grader? Many thanks in advance.
  9. We purchased Listen to This textbook on Amazon last year, but we were not able to access the online component for listening. Even though the textbook came with an access code, we needed to be enrolled in an actual class and have a code from the instructor. JoyfullyNoisy, do you have any advice? Many thanks.
  10. Dear creative math teachers, I am looking for resources (ideally, open-and-go) connecting music and fractions for a 4th grader. I would like to breathe some life into fractions. My daughter is at grade level in math and a passionate musician (a strong player and a fairly advanced violin student), but I am not sure that she sees and appreciates the connection between her math and music studies. Many thanks in advance!
  11. American Players Theatre produces engaging study guides for their student matinees.
  12. Another plug for Kindermusik or a similar relaxed, group-based program for a four-year-old. My daughter started asking for violin lessons around that time, but I was not sure if she would have the attention span for private lessons, so I signed her up for a Kindermusik program. Kindermusik Young Child, in addition to being lots of fun, motivated her to practice daily and independently, which she did happily and for a lot longer than the recommended 5 minutes a day. After a year of Young Child both of us were convinced that she had the stamina for daily, focused practice and the intellectual maturity for a more rigorous approach to music. At 6.5y we joined a Suzuki program, where my daughter progressed in leaps and bounds with pure joy. After watching hundreds of preschoolers over the last three years in the Suzuki world, I am still not convinced that an earlier start is better.
  13. Thank you, everyone, for your awesome ideas! Kneyda, how does one sign up for the MET Opera learning program?
  14. I am looking for recommendations of classical operas that a musically-minded 9-year-old would enjoy. (We saw Mozart's "The Magic Flute" live recently, and my daughter loved it.) Ideally, we would like to read a story of an opera in an illustrated children's book and then watch a production on DVD. Our public library has readily available resources for Verdi's Aida, so we are planning to start with that. Perhaps the wise WTM minds have more suggestions? Many thanks in advance.
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