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  1. For really young kids: Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies For the immune system and germs: Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger Germ Zappers by Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph Not sure if you want to incorporate videos, but there are a bunch of TED-Eds on good microorganisms ("The beneficial bacteria that make delicious food" and "You are your microbiome"), germs ("How do germs spread and why do they make us sick?") and the immune system ("How does your immune system work?") And Hank Green has a new YouTube video series called "Journey to the Micr
  2. If you're studying Chemistry, then definitely the Theodore Gray trilogy – Elements, Molecules, and Reactions. For Modern History, we really enjoyed Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution.
  3. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately as my kids are moving into higher math ... On the one hand, I'm often wondering whether they need to commit a new formula or equation to memory, or whether it's better that they just really understand the underlying concepts. On the other hand, I'm seeing how certain concepts, facts, and formulas come up again and again at every level of math. To answer your question, then, I think that it is really helpful for kids to have these facts and concepts really nailed down as they progress through the levels (many of these won't be relevant until the
  4. For science, one of our all-time favorite nonfiction read-alouds is Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg. It's not specifically for kids, but it's a really great story that teaches a lot about parrots, animal intelligence, and scientific research.
  5. Since you're looking for a textbook and you don't mind doing the teaching, I might recommend Brown's classic Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II & Trigonometry sequence from Houghton Mifflin. You can find used versions of the textbooks and teacher's editions on Amazon. We turned to these when we hit the wall with AoPS and we've been really happy with them. Algebra 1: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0395977223/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used Geometry: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0395977274/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used Algebra 2 &a
  6. If you want to focus on presidential campaigns, you could check out this free module from Ithaca College's Project Look Sharp, called "Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns." https://www.projectlooksharp.org/front_end.php?kit_id=5 You have to register to download the material, but there's tons of interesting visual content (historical cartoons, campaign songs, print ads, commercials). It could be a good, relatively text-light Government option for your daughter.
  7. Smarthistory is a great high school resource, and the material can be easily integrated into your history studies: https://smarthistory.org
  8. Thanks to everyone for the feedback! Yes, right now most of our resources are for Elementary and Middle. We're working on building a separate section of the website with in-depth high school content. The big goal for this spring is to create our first two High School modules, starting with Biology and Chemistry. For each subject, the idea is to create a collection of topic pages that correlate with the chapters of a standard HS textbook. Then, a student doing an independent study at the high school level could consult the chapter-specific topic pages to find tons of useful content (videos
  9. Thanks for the feedback – very helpful. Yes, my instinct had been to avoid such a statement because our philosophy is to be welcoming to homeschoolers of all stripes. You're absolutely right, though, that it would be frustrating to spend time on the site only to find such irreconcilable differences (particularly on the science pages, which recommend secular resources). I've taken your advice and added an About Us page that clarifies our position.
  10. Thank you! Yes, additional resource recommendations would be very much appreciated at this time. I just added a "resource recommendation" field to the Feedback form on the website. Or you could just add them to this thread.
  11. Hi – I'm looking for help from some resource-savvy homeschoolers! For the past several years, I've been working with a few homeschool friends to build a website that recommends great resources across the main subject areas (Math, LA, Science, World History, and US History). This has been a long-term project, but with the recent influx of new homeschoolers, we've decided that now is the time to roll this resource out. We need fresh eyes on the site and would love to get some honest feedback from this community about the content, design, and ease of navigation. If any of you would be
  12. This sounds lovely to me - just the right amount of time per subject for this age. I like how you have plans for the other two kids to stay busy while you're working individually with one. Do you plan to have DS7 do one-on-one reading practice with you in the fall or does that come during the evening reading time?
  13. I'm a big fan of the Bozeman Science videos. Here's his AP Chemistry series: http://www.bozemanscience.com/ap-chemistry/
  14. My education was science-based and humanities-deficient, so I also wondered about instilling literary awareness, having passed over many of the classics myself. I liked ED Hirsch's Cultural Literacy and Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, which address this issue. All of the suggestions on your and HomeAgain's lists are great. The Greek and Roman myths come up a lot in literature, so definitely those. The Mensa book lists cover a lot of the classics that HomeAgain mentioned and more.
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