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About Melinda

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  • Birthday 12/15/1980

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    Happily married, with 4 kids.
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    Homeschooling Mom!

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  1. Thank you, thank you. I am finally in. I was able to join by clicking through the invite in my notifications.
  2. Thanks for letting me join. I have looked and looked and cannot figure out how to access the group, though. Is there a link or listing of private groups somewhere?
  3. Thanks for the responses. I just wanted to say that we don't have that program yet. I just put it down to buy when we got to this point. Anybody who has used REAL science odyssey, is a labeled specimen tray of rocks important to have? Any other important items I might not have already?
  4. What would be a good choice for us? We are ready to start earth science and astronomy. My kids are 7, 6, and 3 1/2. We just finished NOEO biology I which I thought was okay, but didn't go deep enough. I'd like something with lots of hands on activities. Any ideas? I have R.E.A.L. Earth and Space Science I down as the program to buy at this point, but I haven't looked at that program in a couple years.
  5. I've been asked to write a K-8 music curriculum for a local classical charter school that plans to open in the fall of 2012. At the moment, I am just working on what areas of music to cover. I know some of the things on my list are redundant, like dynamics/theory as separate areas. Just looking for more ideas. So far, I have: Music Appreciation Music History Orchestra Opera Reading Music/Theory/Composing Playing an Instrument Singing Dynamics/Tempo Rhythm Creative Movement Performance Music Therapy How Music Affects Growth and Mood What else would you add if you were
  6. I am not adopted, but we hope to adopt when our biological children are older. What a beautiful post (I have tears in my eyes). You are an emotive writer. Thanks for being so brave and sharing your feelings so openly.
  7. We have tried OPGTR, Phonics Pathways, Hooked on Phonics, 100EZ, Color Phonics, and on and on...and on. What has worked best for us has been to use The Reading Lesson combined with BOB books and Reading Eggs. http://www.readinglesson.com/ http://www.bobbooks.com/ http://readingeggs.com/ For math, we have also jumped around a lot. My son was zooming through Saxon and several people here suggested switching him to Singapore, so now we are doing a combination of that and Right Start math. They also use the Flashmaster and things like Timez Attack sometimes. http://www.alabacus.co
  8. Well, here is what happened to me. I was one of these gifted kids. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. Gifted education used to be considered special ed. I even had an IEP. Even with the IEP, I would have been better off being taught at home. My K teacher was wonderful and seriously advocated for me. I can remember being in first grade though, and being given all of my work for the week on Monday morning (I was in a program that focused on personal accountability at this point, so everybody did their work at their own pace throughout the week). Anyhow, I would have my work done by Mo
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