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  1. @Targhee what do you use to help teach outlining?
  2. Try the book lists for: sonlight bookshark Memoria press other great lists: honey for a child’s heart (this is a book that functions like an annotated bibliography, not a website) And this one:
  3. I'd love to join as well! Any reason why there is a private group as opposed to this accelerated learner group? Is it for privacy?
  4. We recently bought the HomeScienceTools Physics Kit. We (rising 4th grader and rising 6th grader) have worked through most of the experiments this summer, and I have been very pleased. The quality of the materials is very good; the guide is clearly written. I am planning to buy more of their kits in the future. You could easily adapt the experiments to all age / grade levels by requiring more documentation (tables, charts, graphs) and math for the older grades, and focusing on broad concept for the younger grades.
  5. What about Holling C. Holling books? You could study ecology, habitats, geography and history. It will be limited to North American geography, though
  6. If she doesn’t know anyone at the hospital, best would be to contact the anesthesia department and ask. I would suggest she write a letter or go in person, rather than calling. It’s easy to brush someone off or forget about someone by phone, by a well written letter can make more of an impression. If there is an academic teaching hospital in your area, the best bet is to try there first. You could also ask your PCP or her pediatrician for referrals to someone she could shadow.
  7. Unfortunately we haven’t looped back to modern times, yet. For 12 years old, you could try to find a bunch of good biographies- Sun Yatsen, Chiang Kai Shek, Hudson Taylor, etc. for a more holistic approach, This one looks concise but comprehensive, but the reviews say the writing is a bit dry... Rana Mitter Modern China: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
  8. Reviving this thread because it’s fun to see what you all are reading! i just started reading Range, by David Epstein. The subtitle: Why generalists triumph in a specialized world. It’s an examination and deconstruction of the -10,000-hours-to-expertise / early-specialization idea. I’m only three chapters in, but feeling validated in our approach of letting the kids go at their own pace, and attempting broad exposure. I think tiger-parent mentality could easily be applied to this philosophy though, by bending over backwards to expose your kids to as many things as possible 😉 Also on the nightstand: Boundaries (Cloud) secret History of the Mongol Queens (Weatherford) A Praying Life (Powlison) history of England (Arnold Forster) Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Twain)
  9. David Macaulay books - these are best read-aloud side by side so they can look at the amazing illustrations. Jim Weiss has several collections of history related stories on audiobook Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - we are listening to this on audiobook and DD11 and DS9 are riveted. Biographies
  10. This kit comes with all the supplies and a study guide (walks you step by step through potential experiments). We just opened ours yesterday and so far we are very impressed. It does help, as Monica suggested, to have an iPhone or smartphone with a camera that lets you record in slo-mo. It’s much easier for the kids to see and analyze what is happenings I imagine if you have a big group of kids, slo-mo would be even more helpful.
  11. Thank you, Hollyhock and jess 4879. I re-listened to SWB's middle grade writing talk. The Models for Writers books looks like an excellent resource for samples of different styles of writing.
  12. We switched to Singapore from Right Start. SIngapore is mastery, and I find the format easy to teach. The lessons are streamlined. You basically walk the child through the pictures in the textbook, discussing concepts and doing the sample problems together. There is a home instructor's guide if you need added support in teaching the concepts. If you already own the Right Start manipulatives, I don't think you'll need to purchase any additional manipulatives for Singapore. Some people have said that Singapore does not have enough practice. For my children, in addition to using the workbook, we used either Challenging Word Problems or Intensive Practice to help review and solidify concepts.
  13. I have similar questions to the OP. DD is currently going through MP's Classical Composition, Chreia. It is "writing," but it doesn't teach essays, research papers, literary analysis, etc. I feel at a loss for how to teach those other types of writing. (I love literature, but my background is in sciences, so I don't have a a good idea of how or when to teach the various forms/topoi of writing.) I also don't have a good sense for what kinds of expectations to have for writing output. I bought WWS and studied the first third of the program. DD is a strong writer, and I think the incremental-ness of WWS would drive her batty. I would love to find another resource that I could read that would teach me how to teach different types of writing, so I could assign appropriate writing assignments across the curriculum. We tried IEW in the past, but I found it difficult to use. I purchased Corbett's Classical Rheotirc for the Modern Student, and have ordered Engaging Ideas (thanks for the rec, @Penguin). However, those are college level texts, so I will they be of help for me at this stage? If I have limited time, is one better than the other? Should I go back and re-study WWS and figure out how to adapt it to my DD?
  14. DD and I went to Joann's the other day to buy some fabric. Quick 30 minute trip door to door. DS stayed home. DD is an introvert, so there isn't much conversation when we go out. But somehow, after we went, she was so much happier. I think she really did need one on one time with me, even though we barely talked.
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