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Black-eyed Suzan

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  1. Travel, travel, travel. And tutors for foreign languages. A few home renovations wouldn't be amiss, either. 😄
  2. I like the suggestions you’ve received so far! Gross motor, fine motor, board games, outside time Oral motor activities for articulation issues is apparently controversial, but for me makes sense as long as it is playful: blowing bubbles, using straws, whistles, pinwheels, etc. After doing therapy for articulation without results for years, we eventually had success with a PROMPT-certified speech therapist.
  3. We’ve never done the on-line classes, but my oldest has worked through several AOPS books. Do they use the books in the on-line classes? If so, I would buy a book you think is the correct level and have her start it before she dives into (and you pay for) a class that may be overwhelming. That will give you a better idea where to place her, too.
  4. I haven't read it, but I wonder if Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson might have ideas. Check her blog, too. I've heard her speak and she talks a lot about how stories help us deal with our emotions and circumstances.
  5. My public school offered bowling as a PE course; I can't imagine that hunting is less exercise!
  6. Sheppard Software website has free geography. There are other games there, too, but we haven't explored those.
  7. I feel like nonverbal reasoning is an area where games, art, and handicrafts can shine. These come to mind: origami, sewing, knitting/crocheting/quilting/etc., "shop" skills like woodworking, tangrams, other puzzles, legos/building sets/blocks, rubix cube, chess, ThinkFun games like RushHour and Chocolate Fix. I'm sure there are more board games, but I can't think of any at the moment. Have lots of different types of maps available to peruse. You may consider just strewing resources and letting them explore on their own. Math Kangaroo tests also have a lot of nonverbal reasoning questions. The Canadian Math Kangaroo website has lots of practice tests available.
  8. My state also requires an annual standardized test - to count here SAT and ACT need to include essay, so check your state requirements. Registering for the SAT was annoying: I ended up having to call the College Board to request a packet to register by mail. But the packet came quickly and it was straightforward after that. We also had him take his passport on test day just in case. I had him line up himself, but apparently they asked him where his parent was. ?? There were talent search students taking the exam who were put in a separate room, but my child was put with the high school kids because of the essay. My understanding is that unless you request that they keep the scores, SAT scores from students under 13 are not kept in the permanent record. I think ACT scores are kept no matter what the age, but check to be sure. He did well enough that we are planning to keep his scores, but now I'm wondering if taking the test each year will somehow be problematic when he applies to college. And what if he slips and gets a lower score one year? So that is at least an imaginary issue with the SAT/ACT. 😂 Have you done the Woodcock-Johnson achievement test? The only issue for high-achieving middle schoolers is that they can hit ceilings. Other than that, it's quick and informative.
  9. Life of Fred elementary placement is tricky. We just started up at the beginning and moved quickly through, but that’s a more expensive option. I recommend looking at/trying a book before you fully commit. Some kids like Fred and some don’t. Here’s what the author says about placement. Questions/1020 Where to Start.html
  10. Especially since you mentioned Charlotte Mason, you may want to consider handicrafts and other fine motor activities to strengthen hands for writing. My child struggled in this area and avoided those activities. I regret that we didn’t work on it more (in a fun way, but consistently) in the younger years.
  11. My oldest is math-oriented and understood many concepts at an early age without being taught. I feel like for those kids, math in elementary school can feel like a holding pattern until other skills/maturity catch up with their conceptual understanding. How did we fill that gap? Life of Fred, math living books (quark has a lovely list linked in her signature, I believe). We did do the Beast Academy 3-5B books (the ones available at that time. Even when they contained information he already knew, he enjoyed them.) For all of those options, I scribed whenever he needed it. We used large square graph paper. We used the white board. Someone once recommended having different math threads: arithmetic, problem solving, conceptual, word problems, etc. so they can work on different skills at the appropriate levels. Eventually he started AOPS PreAlgebra and we worked through it slowly together. MEP is another option to consider. Or Singapore Challenging Word problems, since that is an area of relative challenge?
  12. Can I piggyback on this thread and ask an additional question? How does a younger homeschooled student register for the SAT by mail outside of a talent search? This link says "To register by mail, ask your counselor for the Student Registration Booklet for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. It comes with a registration form and return envelope." Did you call the school where the child will take the test and pick one up? Do I contact SAT as a counselor and request one? The info for homeschooled students doesn't say how to register by mail. Thanks!
  13. If I was in your shoes, I would look into Charlotte Mason's approach to drawing, nature journaling, and artist study (and disregard beginning age suggestions). Strew materials and suggest activities, but don't force/push/etc. Incorporate these activities into the fun part of your day. Visit local art museums. This is even more fun if the museum has a piece from an artist you've studied, so you might do a little research when you are choosing an artist. ? A quick search revealed this information to start. I also like Simply Charlotte Mason's picture study portfolios. Hope that helps!
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