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ereks mom

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  1. I've decided that I want to do some mini-units as we do SOTW (Volume 3 in the upcoming school year) so we can include some topics that SOTW 3 doesn't cover. So far, I've come up with the Salem Witch Trials and Pirates (especially female pirates). Can someone help me add a few more topics not included in SOTW 3 that would be of interest to teenage girls? The time period would be roughly 1600-1850.
  2. Do you know anything about any of these? Would you recommend any of them? Time of the Witches by Anna Myers (reading level 5.3, 208 pages) The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble (reading level 5.1, 211 pages) I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (Dear America) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (reading level 6.4, 243 pages) Salem Witch by Hermes (reading level 5?, 192 pages) Beyond The Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky (reading level 5.3, 272 pages)
  3. I had this one on the list, but it's a little above the girls' reading level. It's 6.9, so about a grade level above where they are.
  4. I would like my students to read a novel based on the Salem Witch Trials. I would prefer it to be realistic fiction--something that could have happened during that time. I would like it to be 150-200 pages long, maybe slightly more.. My girls are poor readers, so reading level should be in the range of 5.2 to 6.2. Thanks!
  5. Yeah, I love the online version myself, and they all say they use a dictionary app for their homework. But I do not allow them to bring their phones or tablets to school, so we have to look up words the old-fashioned way while they're here. I'm just mean that way. LOL! ;p
  6. I want each of my students to have her own paperback copy of a combination dictionary-thesaurus. I looked for an American Heritage dictionary-thesaurus, but didn't find one available in paperback, so I guess it's Webster's. So, which of these Webster's volumes do you think sounds best for middle schoolers? https://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Websters-Dictionary-Thesaurus-Newest-Merriam-Webster/dp/0877797323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467409737&sr=8-1&keywords="dictionary+thesaurus" https://www.amazon.com/Websters-Dictionary-Thesaurus-Students-Second/dp/1596951079/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1467409915&sr=8-8&keywords="dictionary+thesaurus" https://www.amazon.com/Websters-Dictionary-Thesaurus-Merriam-Webster/dp/1596950854/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1467409915&sr=8-4&keywords=%22dictionary+thesaurus%22 https://www.amazon.com/Websters-World-Dictionary-Thesaurus-Paper/dp/0764565451/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1467409915&sr=8-2&keywords=%22dictionary+thesaurus%22
  7. I'm compiling a list of all the different history-related fictional diary-type books/series I can find for my girls (4th-6th grade reading level). What do you know of that's out there besides these series? Dear America Royal Diaries American Diaries Liberty Letters Journey to America My Side of the Story (not a "diary," but first person perspective) Do you know of others?
  8. I looked, but this is for the Apologia high school Chemistry course. I didn't see a kit for the Young Explorers Chemistry & Physics course at the Sonlight website. Maybe I looked in the wrong place?
  9. I've searched online, and the only thing I can find about what is included in the Creation Sensation kit is a paragraph that says "You will get ___ and much much more. You will receive the necessary chemicals like ___ and others. Of course you will also get items like ___ plus many many items we do not have time or space to mention." I emailed the company, but I haven't received a response. I want a really complete kit, not just the most essential items (so I've ruled out the kit from Home Science Tools). Creation Sensation http://www.creationsensation.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=555&idcategory=84 FWIW, I'm also considering this one: Nature's Workshop (at CBD) http://www.christianbook.com/apologia-chemistry-physics-lab-kit/pd/641200?item_code=WW&event=CART Have you used kits from either or both companies? Your observations? Recommendations?
  10. I've searched online, and the only thing I can find about what is included in the Creation Sensation kit is a paragraph that says "You will get ___ and much much more. You will receive the necessary chemicals like ___ and others. Of course you will also get items like ___ plus many many items we do not have time or space to mention." I emailed the company, but I haven't received a response. I want a really complete kit, not just the most essential items (so I've ruled out the kit from Home Science Tools). Creation Sensation http://www.creationsensation.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=555&idcategory=84 FWIW, I'm also considering this one: Nature's Workshop (at CBD) http://www.christianbook.com/apologia-chemistry-physics-lab-kit/pd/641200?item_code=WW&event=CART Have you used kits from either or both companies? Your observations? Recommendations? Thank you!
  11. Which of the kits below is the most complete? I'm looking for a kit that has pretty much everything except the perishables. I went to each vendor's website and printed off the available contents lists, but one was arranged alphabetically, one was arranged by lesson, and one was vague: "You will get ___ and much much more. You will receive the necessary chemicals like ___ and others. Of course you will also get items like ___ plus many many items we do not have time or space to mention." So I'm needing some help here! :huh: Thanks! Creation Sensation http://www.creationsensation.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=555&idcategory=84 Nature's Workshop (CBD) http://www.christianbook.com/apologia-chemistry-physics-lab-kit/pd/641200?item_code=WW&event=CART Home Science Tools http://www.hometrainingtools.com/apologia-chemistry-and-physics-science-kit
  12. Which of the kits below is the most complete? I'm looking for a kit that has pretty much everything except the perishables. I went to each vendor's website and printed off the available contents lists, but one was arranged alphabetically, one was arranged by lesson, and one was vague: "You will get ___ and much much more. You will receive the necessary chemicals like ___ and others. Of course you will also get items like ___ plus many many items we do not have time or space to mention." So I'm needing some help here! :huh: Thanks! Creation Sensation http://www.creationsensation.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=555&idcategory=84 Nature's Workshop (CBD) http://www.christianbook.com/apologia-chemistry-physics-lab-kit/pd/641200?item_code=WW&event=CART Home Science Tools http://www.hometrainingtools.com/apologia-chemistry-and-physics-science-kit
  13. Thank you for your comments! I'm actually thinking about looking at my Apologia high school level Physics and Chemistry books to see if any of those experiments will substitute for some of the ones in the Young Explorers book.
  14. Yes, I can relate, and I felt exactly the way the OP feels while my DC we're growing up. And when my firstborn went away to college, I dealt with clinical depression for months. The sweet ladies on the WTM board helped me get through it. Many encouraged me when I would post on the boards, and several sent me PMs just to ask how I was doing or to say they were praying for me. That was almost 8 years ago. My firstborn completed college (honor grad, yea!!), got a job, and got married to a wonderful girl whom we love dearly. They just celebrated their third anniversary last week. :) Now there are hints that they might be starting their own family soon. YEA! GRANDBABIES! My younger/youngest child is in college now and will graduate next May (4.0 cumulative GPA so far). She has lots of friends and a delightful boyfriend, and I expect that they will get engaged within a year from now and marry within a year after that. It's so satisfying when you get to this stage and you're able to look back on all the tough things you went through with them--2:00 AM feedings, potty training, long division, broken bones, broken hearts--and realize that you weathered the storms and not only survived, but THRIVED! From this perspective, you get to see that there were more successes than failures, more good times than bad. And you realize that you had a part in shaping your child into who he/she has become, so you feel PROUD, and also BLESSED. It was hard when I began to realize that my babies weren't babies any more, but now I have (mostly) learned to embrace the changes. They are bittersweet, but they bring new blessings I could never see from the other side of them. I definitely miss my children being babies, toddlers, preschoolers, etc. But I love where they are in life now because our bond has strengthened over the years, and now I'm not just their MOTHER, I am also their FRIEND. Best wishes and many blessings to you OP, as you travel this path.
  15. I think I've decided that I want to use Apologia Young Explorers Chemistry & Physics with my group of 5 girls who are all working on about 7th grade level. I think this book will be exactly right for their reading abilities, but to enhance their interest, I would like to purchase a fairly inexpensive chemistry set to supplement/substitute with experiments using real chemicals. (Read: They'll be more interested if they get to make something dramatic happen--a flash, a pop, or color change--by mixing some stuff together.) Do you know of adecent quality chemistry set that would pair well with this Apologia text?
  16. I've used it before and actually still have it on my shelf. I'm thinking it will be too difficult for most of my girls, but I'll keep it on my short list.
  17. I looked at it, and unfortunately, the chemistry and the physics are separate programs. The grammar stage chemistry looks more on their level than the logic stage chemistry, but they're actually probably somewhere in between. :(
  18. I've never been a fan of ABeka, and I think the 9th grade text will be WAY too much for these girls. One is an 11 year old, technically a 6th grader, but can probably manage 7th grade level with my help. The others are older but also working at about 7th grade level. I will look at the AOP materials you suggested. Thanks!
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