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  1. I added an update to my opening post. Looks like we’ll be cruising on the Rhine and spending some time in Italy before the cruise!
  2. Thanks for the tip! Are all those 25 listed in the guide, or just a collection you came up with on your own? I think time in France is likely so I’d love to hear what your favorites are!
  3. My parents are hoping to take our family on a river cruise in Europe next summer, though they haven't decided on which one yet. Options will be portions of Seine, Rhine, or Danube. Next school year my kids will be in 8th, 6th, and 2nd. I'd love some suggestions for a curriculum to follow or books to read together as a family in preparation for our vacation. I think it would be great for kids to recognize or already understand some of the things we'll hear/learn/see while we're there to be able to make all of those interesting mental connections! Does anybody have suggestions?? Thanks!! UPDATE (kind of!): We’ve narrowed it down to a cruise on the Rhine, starting in Basel, Switzerland and ending in Amsterdam. Also considering a week-ish in Italy before the cruise. I’d love some suggestions or tips for these, and also a recommendation on what time of summer would be best! Obviously, we’ll focus some learning on Ancient Rome, as well as the Renaissance. And then focus on France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Read-aloud suggestions would be great!
  4. Thanks, this is very helpful! My kids are currently binging on the Percy Jackson series and using D’Aulaire audiobook to brush up on their Greek myths. This should help is go forward!
  5. Years ago there was an awesome thread about helping kids work up to reading the great classics incrementally, suggesting specific books and the order to read them in. Then more recently (but still probably a couple years ago) I asked on here about that thread because I couldn’t fine it. Well, here I am again. 😆 I’ve tried various searches, and even don’t see any activity in my account. It’s likely the site has been upgraded and things have changed while I’ve not been here. Does anyone remember this thread? Or can we start a new one? Obviously learning to read the classics starts with lots of read alouds for young kids, but my oldest is now in 7th grade and I’d love to have a plan for her going forward. I’m also happy to read these types of books alongside her.
  6. My kids have used CLE math for years and it works really well for us. HOWEVER, my ADD 5th grader is constantly losing his workbooks. I’m considering switching to a math I can print out at home and hand him one lesson at a time. Can anyone suggest a spiral math program that is available as a PDF? We supplement with BA Online, but he really needs the review of other topics in each lesson. Thanks!
  7. Thanks! I also thought I’d add that we’ll have our small dog with us on the trip. So I suppose I need to look up rules for having dogs in some of the national parks if we’re going to stop at some.
  8. Our family of five was planning to fly from SoCal to the Midwest in August, but we’re now considering borrowing a friend’s RV and driving the 25+ hours. I’d love some tips from those who have done this before. How do you plan overnight stops? Meals? Ideally this trip would be as budget-friendly as possible. Also, we’re going there to visit family, so while we’d like to see some sights on the way (and back), this is primarily just to get us there and avoid air travel. Thanks!
  9. I use paper surgical tape along the top of my mask if I’m going to be wearing it longer than ten minutes.
  10. It’s been ages since I’ve posted here, but I have a question and the search function isn’t working for me right now. My daughter is finishing up 6th grade and is asking for Latin, which we haven’t done at all. I don’t know any Latin, but she’s showing interest because her friends are learning. What can you recommend for her to try? She’s a pretty independent worker when it comes to school work. I’d love some ideas, and I knew you all would be able to help! Thanks!
  11. It’s been ages since I’ve been on here but I was thinking tonight about a route to work up to the classics. I admittedly don’t personally read very challenging literature (working on that!) and my older kids are in 4th and 6th grades. I remember reading a while back a thread about working up to reading the classics, and several people had sort of creates classifications of books to get there. For example, Winnie the Pooh, Secret Garden, on up to Jane Austen, etc. Does anyone happen to know how to find that thread? Or can we start a new one? Specifically I’m thinking for read aloud suggestions right now. I’m reading them A Christmas Carol and they’re struggling (though starting to get into it). Many of our read alouds are simply fun and enjoyable (we read at bedtime and don’t like to read things that might lead to bad dreams) but I think it’s time to alternate with things that are going to push us a little. I’d love some thoughts! Thanks!
  12. Cute!! I usually like to keep my shoulders out of the sun, but I might need to get a couple of these. Thanks!
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