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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
  13. I just stumbled across this resource It looks a lot like what I'm trying to compile -- a list of excellent books, annotated with major themes / literary devices / genres.
  14. Your list is great - thank you! I also hope to fill in my spreadsheet with ISBNs for high quality editions of specific books. I have one child in particular, who does much better with larger fonts and less crowded layouts, so for me, it's worthwhile spending some time to hunt down editions that will be more readable for him. (We are not a kindle / e-reader family). I'm also partial to illustrated editions, whenever possible. I spend a lot of time cross-comparing editions on Amazon, then purchasing from Abebooks...
  15. Thank you @Lori D.! Always appreciate your insight. Thank you for correcting my vague and inaccurate terminology! I have browsed / studied so many book lists over the years, and this spreadsheet is my attempt at trying to compile a "master list" as you mentioned. Many of the books, I recognize, will be better tackled when my kids are older. I'm trying to develop some idea for longer range "must-reads" and options. Part of the rationale for organizing the books under themes / topics / genres was less about designing specific units / courses for the kids and more for me in thinking through what potential connections could be made between various books / time periods / etc. The short story suggestion is great. I will look into that as well. I probably need to just spend a day in a book store browsing and cataloging 🙂 Thank you again!
  16. Would anyone like to help me compile a book list for advanced middle school / high school level? I'm starting to plan for next year, and wanted to think through literature by themes. I'm no longer trying to match our literature readings with our history studies. Instead, I'd like to create lit reading lists based on specific themes. @Lori D. I'm sure you'll have lots of good ideas - I intend to go through some of your old posts to help me fill in my spreadsheet. Thank you!! @8FillTheHeart, this list is partly inspired by your Homeschooling at the Helm. Thank you! Here's the link: If there are specific editions that are especially good (for instance, the 50th anniversary edition of Animal Farm illustrated by Ralph Stead is incredible), please include that info If you choose to participate, thanks in advance!
  17. The Poetry for Young People series has volumes highlighting many modern poets (Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, amoung others). This series usually contains poems from a single poet per volume, though it looks like they have some collections of works from multiple poets (American Poetry, Etc). NB, the series is meant to be an introduction to that poet, so longer works are usually abridged - they may only include the first few stanzas.
  18. We've been using Memoria Press's Classical Composition for the last 2 years. DD is completing Narrative (2nd level) soon. So far with these first 2 levels, it has been very open-and-go. It is not as "fun" as CAP - CAP has a more colorful layout and casual tone. CC has a very formal tone. Take a look at the samples online to compare. CC doesn't teach traditional (school format) essay writing, MLA format research papers, etc. so be aware you will have to add that in separately when your student reaches that stage. I haven't started CC with DS yet, but plan to do so next year when he's technically in 4th grade. DD has done well with CC and we plan to continue the series.
  19. If money is no object, most of the Tinker Crates are wonderful for hands on science. Each kit comes with a "magazine" that explains the science. My kids received it as a gift. If the grandparents don't know what to get for the next birthday, you could suggest this...
  20. The gold standard human physiology text (if you need a supplemental text) is Guyton and Hall’s Medical Physiology
  21. It looks like a solid amount of work for a 6 year old. With a newborn, I’d personally be exhausted trying to add in a different spelling + critical thinking when the other programs you listed are quite mom- intensive. Does he like to read? I’d make sure there are lots of great books lying around and encourage him to read what is of interest to him during the time that is freed up, ....or, just play with his sibs! There is great, great value in playing together as a family. Your current choices look very comprehensive- I wouldn’t second guess things. My vote is for family play and adventures!
  22. G is for Googol was a hit with DD when she was younger.
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