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  1. DD will be 11 and I just signed her up for her first online class next year - Intermediate Latin I through CLRC. I'm also wondering how that transition will go, so I appreciate reading these perspectives. She prefers self-teaching, but I couldn't keep up with her in Latin, and I couldn't find good resources for self teaching after GSWL. I'm thinking that in the first few weeks, I may need to sit down with her after each online-class to go over the homework assigned and help her figure out how to divide up and "schedule" it during the week. Once she learns how to do that, I figure she'll be good to go. (?? Hopefully??) Up until now, I've given her a weekly schedule. It has a checklist for daily tasks, and a list of readings for each week. This year, I asked her to divide the readings up on her own, choosing which to do on which days, and that's been good practice for her in learning time management.
  2. DS did not qualify for an IEP because he was functioning above grade level. We were told they only do IEPs if the child is falling behind. He did qualify for speech therapy because his speech evaluation showed that he had significant articulation disorder.
  3. I tell my DD to mark them up. I read an essay by Mortimer Adler where he essentially said that you don’t really internalize a book unless you own it, and marking it is a way of owning and interacting with it. I’m taking about literature or history. Of course, I buy a lot of used paperbacks for this purpose. Ironically, though I give the kid license to mark her books, I’m usually the only one who does it. dS is not yet allowed to write in books. This is because if you give him a highlighter, he’ll literally end up highlighting the entire page... Many times, I “write” in the book on post-its, so it doesn’t mar things too much for the kids when they get to the book. With math stuff that I might donate or sell, I make them write lightly in pencil. For myself, I’m with Hunter - sometimes I chop off the bindings of books so I can carry around a chapter at a time. I’ve done this not with literature or history, but with guide-type books - like BFSU, or the SOTW activity guide. edited - I found the essay! Here it is
  4. Me too! I'm starting to make my own study guides for next year. I love this part of homeschooling, but I also feel totally overwhelmed. My stack of books to read is so tall...
  5. Another vote for self teaching using Getting Started with Latin. DD10 has been able to work through it on her own and has really enjoyed Latin.
  6. DD will be 11, hard to believe! This is a preliminary iteration, probably too much, but still awaiting further input from DD: Math - continue AOPS Intro to Algebra Science - continue BFSU with younger brother. She'd also like ot read through David MacCaulay's The Way Things Work, and to go in depth into human physiology. We'll choose 1-3 body systems and use Guyton and Hall's Medical Physiology. Grammar - Grammar for the Well Trained Mind Purple Writing - Classical Composition - continue Chreia and Maxim, possible learn format of 5 paragraph essay, if I can get around to it... Continue copywork and weekly written narrations. Spelling / Vocab - Wordly Wise 9 - I proposed that she drop this, but she likes it and it doesn't take much time, so she'll continue Latin - CLRC Intermediate Latin 1 or MP ONline First Form Latin, not sure which... Chinese - continue with chinese school 2 hours/week American history thread: Joy Hakim's History of US, books 3-5 World History: trying to narrow things down from thsi list: Genevieve Foster's World of Columbus and Sons, Winston's Churchill's Birth of Britain, OUP Medieval Times Africa / Middle East, OUP Medieval Times Asia, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Twain). She prefers narrative histories, and thus doesn't really like OUP's style, but I haven't found good narrative sources to use for the study of Asia / Africa in Medieval times.... Literature to discuss with mom: trying to narrow things down, current iteration: Beowulf, Ivanhoe, Black Arrow (Robert Louis Stevenson), Watership Down, Joan of Arc Poetry: Idylls of the King (though with Beowulf, that might be too much epic poetry...) Books for free reading: Adam of the Road, children's version of Canterbury tales, children's Don Quixote, 1001 Arabian Nights, Esperanza Rising, Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Wonder, other... Other: Piano, gymnastics, guitar, art, Maker Club,
  7. David Macaulay has a wonderful series of books on architecture and engineering. Start with Pyramid or City - those are most accessible for a younger child.
  8. Oh! And Oliver Twist contains anti-Semitic references. My DD picked up on that quickly and it was an opportunity for us to discuss the issue. She actually would ‘edit’ the reference to herself as she read, substituting Fagin’s proper name in place of the offending reference. I can imagine that ‘hearing’ that reference in an audio book over and over might be really jarring and upsetting - I think my kids would be upset. You might want to screen the audiobook and see how they handle it.
  9. DD (5th grade) read Oliver Twist this year. There is a murder scene, so I read that chapter to her and (don't throw tomatoes!) edited the parts I thought would be disturbing. Kidnapped was much loved by DD, and I plan to read it with DS next year. N.B., There is some violence and not a small amount of drunkenness (it's a pirate story). I went through the book before hand and translated all the Scottish words by writing in the margins for her. That helped with comprehension a great deal. It also helps A LOT to learn a little about the history of the time (Jacobite revolt), otherwise the story doesn't fully make sense. Kim may be quite difficult for the average 10 year old unless they have some basic knowledge of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and the Great Game. There is a great chapter in SOTW 3 or 4 (I'm sorry I don't recall which book) that explains the Great Game. As with Kidnapped, I pre-read the book and annotated the margins with definitions / translations of foreign words. DD is enjoying the book. Many of the books you listed use archaic language or vernacular language that won't be readily understood by the average 10 year old, unless they have been reading that style of book all along. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but many of the books look like they come from the Ambleside online list. If you have already been doing Ambleside with your child, the language may not be a problem. Since your child will be listening to the books, some of the language issues may work themselves out if the narrator is skillful. I've found that a skillful narrator bring the story to life in such a way that you can sometimes infer the story line despite unfamiliar language. Even so, a little background knowledge will be helpful for the more complex books. Kidnapped, Otto, and Children of the New Forest would be my top picks for an adventure loving boy 🙂. Treasure Seekers is fun, too, though the story is more a series of mini-adventures with a weaker overall plot line - my kids found it a bit dull.
  10. Following - I have a similar question. Thanks for posting
  11. All the time.... or DS will add the first column then subtract the next column and get upset if I try to point out the mistake 🙂
  12. Tentative plans. Math - Singapore 5 / Beast 3 Classical Composition Fable Kidnapped / Robinson Crusoe / Incredible Journey / Rip van Winkle / Paul Revere (Ambleside year 4 literature) Spelling Wisdom copywork daily / written narration weekly Gymnastics / PE at Co-op, family hikes, family running program (we set goals with a family prize when we everyone achieves x number of miles) History / Geography: SOTW Medieval (World History) / This Country of Ours (US History), history co-op Science: BFSU (we do this in the summer as a family), David Macaulay's Castle, Cathedral and either Ship or Mosque and / or How Things Work Biographies: Thomas Edison, others undecided Other: he wants to continue learning HTML / CSS and making movies Cursive with New American Cursive. He only does 3 lines a day 🙂 Art: pictures studies, Creating A Masterpiece Continue Chinese school ETA: FLL 3 forgrammar
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