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  1. My DS10 is very similar. He grasps math concepts very quickly, but gets very bogged down in computational errors. The result is that if he were to take a test, he might get half the problems wrong, even though he knows how to think about the problem. DS was recently diagnosed with moderate - severe ADHD. It was like a lightbulb for me. He hates math because he thinks he isn’t good at it, but he’s actually quite math-minded, just inattentive and therefore inaccurate. When he was assessed, the psychologist advised me to just let him use a calculator (DS also has pretty bad dysgraphia). DH and
  2. Back with another question -- If you homeschool high school, are you committing to homeschool all 4 years of high school? I heard that TX public high schools will not accept homeschool high school classes, and thus, that you can't move your child into public high school unless they start over at 9th grade. If you wanted to move your child into a brick and mortar school mid-way through high school, would you have to do private school? Or would even private schools require the child to start over at 9th grade? I couldn't find info about this on the TX Home Educators website.
  3. This book is not for kids, but GK Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man might be a good read for you.
  4. You can get full text translations of many classic texts at the MIT classics site : http://classics.mit.edu/index.html In terms of “appropriate for middle school,” I think that really depends more on which play— Greek tragedies can have very mature themes. Antigone was fine for mine, but we read it in isolation (we did not discuss the other two Theban plays) and did have to talk specifically about suicide.
  5. @EKSI just wanted to come back and say thank you for this. I think this idea of the ZPD is basically what I've found that is working best with DS. He's grown a lot in confidence this year. I also realize I was being unfair to myself. I spend a lot of time curating material for DD customized to her interests and abilities. It is less one on one teaching time, but probably not less total time overall. I do not spend much time at all curating stuff for DS because he can use the stuff I originally curated for his sister (or I will be familiar with alternatives because I researched so much
  6. Rosie mentioned that there is a politics board. Where is it?
  7. We chose SM, mainly because my chid has ADHD and dysgraphia, and the closely spaced words and lack of space to write (in MM) would be too distracting and too frustrating for this child. For SM, I personally think the problems in the Workbook are pretty easy and straightforward. (We used Standards). For my child with ADHD, this is not a bad thing - we still do the "easy" ones so he can feel confident. I use the IP OR the CWP half a year behind to challenge him to solve harder problems and to review prior concepts. We usually do about 20 min of "review" from IP or CWP, then the lesson for
  8. https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/biden-trump-electoral-college-certification-congress abc news live says shots were fired
  9. @Not_a_Number have you seen the Usborne Time Traveler book? Your kids might enjoy it. It’s more like a picture book, but it’sa fun way to learn ancient and Medieval history
  10. I don’t know why I didn’t think of Duolingo, but it looks like Duolingo has Arabic. I might have her start there, as the Brusted textbook is pretty pricey. (It looks like the CLRC class uses the Brusted textbook, so if DD ends up taking a formal class, we’ll buy it then). There’s also a site called Babbel (I’m guessing the Hive probably already knows about Babbel, but I just heard of it today) that looks promising.
  11. We are staying mostly home right now. But that’ s a great suggestion that I will keep in mind for post-pandemic!
  12. I bought just the digital download: https://ellenjmchenry.com/product/the-elements-digital-download/ You can print everything out from there. It comes with the answer key. Th description says it comes with the audio files (I don’t recall us using audio files — I don’t know whether they were recently added, or whether I just missed that part of the curriculum 🙂 )
  13. Thanks for these resources! One book not directly centered on the Haitian revolution, but which provides a lot of great socio-political context, is Sugar Changed the World (Aronson and Budhos). We did it as a read aloud over the summer, and my kids were riveted.
  14. DD covered the Protestant Reformation this past fall. I think Enlightenment would be good, but I think I’ll do it as part of the French Revolution. Yes, we’re going chronologically. We’re in our 2nd 4 year history cycle, and roughly covering the renaissance - early 1800s period. She’s been through SOTW once, so we’re going topical on this round. We used OUP’s books in the previous 2 years but really did not like that series, hence the shift to Lucent history (and other) books this year. I’d be interested in hearing about your approach to history after mid-elementary!
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