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  1. The Singapore Dimensions 6 series often shows alternate ways of solving problems. This is the first time I’ve used Singapore dimensions, so I can only speak to level 6.
  2. I had a crock pot for years that didn’t get much use- DH felt it made meats too mushy. We are now vegan / whole foods plants based and I use the IP several times a week, mostly for soups and stews. I think my plant based meals would get way too mushy in a crockpot. I don’t know if the IP saves us money, but I do think being vegan does!
  3. Since Singapore is master rather than spiral, I find that it does help DS to have a separate “review” portion of math everyday. DD did not need that, but DS definitely does. We use the Intensive Practice book a half year behind and do 1-2 pages per day for review. Then we do our main Singapore lesson. Review usually takes 5-15 minutes. It has been helpful for solidifying concepts and skills.
  4. I don't think the Shackleton book has a Young Reader's version -- I meant the original. It might not be super accessible for a child who isn't fond of reading, but they could try the audiobook. And yes, the David Macaulay books are awesome! My kids also enjoyed Diane Stanley's biographies.
  5. Here are some ideas off the top of my head... Jim Murphy has a series of history books that are very engaging. These might be a little on the "easy" side - they are late elementary - middle school. level. Sugar Changed the World The Cod's Tale (Kurlansky) - picture book, but very well done. The Story of Salt (Kurlansky)- picture book, but very well done. Scientists in the Field (series) Omnivore's Dilemma (Young Reader's edition) Endurance (Alfred Lansing)
  6. Time Left: 12 days and 7 hours

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    This is a wonderful resource for middle grade history. I have a complete set of the books comprising the “Ancient Times” series, including the Primary Source and Reference volume. Books are in gently used (very good) condition with the exception of the Ancient Greek World, which has copious pink highlighting. That book is included free with the other books. —- Books include: Ancient South Asian World Ancient Roman World Ancient Egyptian World Ancient Near Eastern World Ancient American World Ancient Chinese World Primary Sources and References Volume for Ancient Times And, (Free, due to highlighting) Ancient Greek World —- Selling as a set. $75 buyer pays shipping


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  7. Time Left: 12 days and 6 hours

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    This is a wonderful series that is popular for middle school history. I have a complete set in excellent condition, ready to pass on to another family. —- Oxford University Press The Medieval and Early Modern World, 7 book series + 6 study guides Gently used - books are in “very good” condition 7 books include: Age of Empires European World Age of Science and Revolutions African and Middle Eastern World Age of Voyages Asian World Primary Source and Reference Volume - this is a fantastic collection of primary source excerpts that really bring a rich dimension to history 6 Study guides - 1 for each of the above books (except there is no study guide for the Primary Source and Reference Volume) —- Selling as a set, $140 for all 13 books. Price includes cost of shipping by media mail.


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  8. @lewelmaI hope you had a great trip! Apologies for the delay. We are in the middle of a cross country move and my head basically feels like it has exploded 🙂 . I read this thread awhile ago but couldn't sit down to reply until now. Thank you for sharing your perspective. It's really helpful to hear that the days are not easy for you (though I'm sorry and I commiserate!). They are not easy for me. It is easy for me to feel like I'm failing, or doing something wrong, even though DH always says the kids are thriving. Back in the winter, pre-COVID, I had this pretty pervasive feeling tha
  9. ThankYou for the suggestion! I did try that and it kind of fell by the wayside. I could try that again and see if I can make the rhythm work for the flow of our day.
  10. I had never seen that chart! We are doing the purple book over 2 years (6-7th) with DD. She does two lessons per week. She seems to be retaining the concepts. I may have her do one more book next year to solidify the concepts, then stop formal grammar.
  11. @lewelma this is a spin off from the rigor thread started by Æthelthryth the Texan. I really appreciated you sharing how you do things with your son. You spoke specifically about the collaborative aspect of his studies - how you work together and go in depth in fewer subjects. I've been following your posts for awhile, so I know your son has dysgraphia. (I didn't want to derail the original thread by taking a tangent to focus on 2E kids) DS10 has just been diagnosed as 2e, with severe dysgraphia (8th percentile?) and moderately severe ADHD. I'm still processing this - we just met
  12. Wait, it’s not required to be taught in homeschools, is it? We are relocating to TX and I have a rising 7th grader. I was under the impression that there were no specific curricular requirements in TX. Is that wrong?
  13. I tried both and found MCT difficult to implement. There were so many different books. It looked like an amazing program and I wanted to love it, but I couldn’t figure out how to integrate it into our homeschool. The FLL/ WWE method was more straightforward, and highly effective for my kids. That being said, my 5th grader is now using Growing with Grammar because it was important for him to have pieces of school to do on his own, things that did not require mom. If you can figure out how to implement MCT, I say go for it! But know that there is an excellent open-and-go option that is also muc
  14. Agree - GFWTM is too much for a fourth grader. I wouldn’t try it until 6th or even 7th grade, depending on the child. If your 7th grader doesn’t like grammar, he might really hate it even more with GFWTM. GFWTM is kind of like grammar for grammar enthusiasts. I say this even though we love SWB’s books. There are samples online that you can look at to see whether it might be a good fit for your DC
  15. actually we ran out of metal fasteners so I used a pony bead and a twisty-tie.
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