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  1. Thank you! So did you do any written assignments/essays, or just read the chapter and do the questions?
  2. I have a kiddo in 9th this year, and we plan to use History of the Ancient World by SWB. Can anyone provide an example of how you've scheduled this out over the year for your HSer? I'm hoping to save myself some planning time if at all possible. Thanks!
  3. You can read details about what's in the books at Common Sense Media. Inkheart is rated for age 9, and Inkspell and Inkdeath are both rated as age 11. If you've never referenced it, CSM is a great site that outlines what might be worth noting as a parent under several different categories, including language, violence and sex. I refer to it all the time to decide if something is suitable for us, or to make note of what I might need to chat with the kids about. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/inkheart https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/inkspell-inkheart-trilogy-book-2 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/inkdeath-inkheart-trilogy-book-3
  4. Thanks for sharing! Just signed up. I love Coursera! They have some really great courses.
  5. I have been chatting with a friend about starting a Latin Club for our girls (11-14 age range), who will be new to studying Latin. We're thinking the girls will do most of their study independently at home, and then we will bring them together monthly for some fun supplemental activities. Us parents will be learning alongside the girls for the most part, so we will need ideas that are easy to implement and do not require expert level Latin knowledge on the part of anyone present! Does anyone have suggestions for the types of things we might do with them? Any experience with such things? Links that might be relevant? Thanks in advance for any input!
  6. Mr Q is currently hosting his annual 50% off holiday sale. If you've been considering purchasing his curricula, now is the chance to get a great deal! http://www.eequalsmcq.com/HolidaySale2015.htm I'm so thankful to the person that mentioned this here on the forums last year. I signed up for his mailing list so I'd be sure not to miss it this year, and just purchased Elementary Earth, Chem and Physical. Yay!
  7. Yep, this. The books don't even need to be focused on money, and in fact, it's probably better if they don't. But the message should be that having money is a perfectly fine thing, with none of that baggage around wealth that many people in our culture hold onto. No guilt around money, or having to prove they're still good people in spite of their money, etc. Just good people that happen to be wealthy, and positive representations of wealth. :) Thanks for the great discussion and suggestions!
  8. Awesome!! Thanks for all the great suggestions! To answer a couple of questions... For adults, not kids. Though kids books would be fun too! This came up because a friend was saying that it's difficult to find fiction that represents wealthy people in a positive light. So we're looking for books that celebrate wealth (even indirectly) rather than presenting it as something negative. Also, Fifty Shades was one that came to mind for me as well. So you all are not alone. ha!
  9. Thanks for all the suggestions! I still haven't found *the* book, and am now thinking I may have dreamt it! There are some interesting ones on this thread all the same, so thank you!
  10. Does anyone have suggestions for fiction (or non-fiction that reads like fiction) that features wealthy people in a really positive light, doing amazing and fabulous things? All genres welcome. I can't seem to find much, so I thought I'd ask the hive -- a place where all questions have answers!
  11. Ok, I just had a memory of something about sleep habits, and how people would go to bed at sundown, then wake in the middle of the night, basically splitting their sleep into two segments. It's possible I'm mixing two books here, but I'm thinking this is all the same book... sound familiar to anyone?
  12. Awesome suggestions, thank you! It might very will be At Home by Bill Bryson. The title sounds familiar, and whether it's *the* book or not, it sure does sound interesting! I'll check out Edward Rutherford's books as well. Thank you!
  13. Browsing through Amazon, and found The Victorian City. It might be this one, so I'll check it out and see if it seems familiar. If anyone has other suggestions, please do let me know!
  14. I love it when this thread comes back around! There are so many wonderful suggestions here, and always something new I haven't read yet. I'm actually reading the newest Dresden book right now. Yay!
  15. Once again I'm trying to remember an intriguing book that was recommended here on the forums years back. This is an adult history book that contains interesting facts about everyday life. I am not sure what time period it covered... It may have spanned a large scope of history, or it may be focused on a specific period. I remember being especially interested in an example that referenced Victorian England. Any suggestions?
  16. How wonderful! I adore every word I've ever read from Julie, so I'm not at all surprised to hear that she was wonderful in person. I hope that some day I'll get to hear her speak! Thanks for sharing your experience. <3
  17. Grilled or cold meats with a few cold sides (green salads, pasta salad, potato salad, etc.) can be lovely, especially for summer entertaining. Make your own taco/fajita bar is always fun, and you can chop most of the toppings well in advance. Baked potatoes with lots of serve your own toppings can pair well with lots of different meat dishes, and also make a filling veggie side. Lasagna can be made well in advance, and goes very well with a side salad and a nice baguette. Stew, soup or chili is easy to make ahead.
  18. We just got our Makey Makey. Can't wait to play with it! Does anyone have any cool beginner project ideas to share?
  19. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
  20. Thank you for all the fabulous posts! I am assessing my reasons, my kids' personalities, and we're going to work through sample lessons at various levels to see how the kids respond and what they retain. I really appreciate all this great feedback!
  21. Is he interested in reading and wants you to show him the rules so he can do it, or do you mean he's ready but isn't doing it because of disinterest? My oldest son (now 9 yrs) was not really all that interested in reading until this past year. We did some OPGTR, read lots of books together, and he had a set amount of time that he was supposed to use for independent reading each day. He did all of this without too much complaint, but he surely wasn't loving reading, or even all that invested in improving his skills. Then one day a friend came by with a graphic novel to loan to him, and suddenly I had a reading machine on my hands! The kid who shuffled his feet about going to read quietly for 20 minutes was suddenly disappearing to his room to read for two hours! So all that to say... if your kid isn't really in love with the idea of reading, try to work with him to find something that he is really engaged with and wants to read. I think that will get you further than any curriculum ever could. Other than that, I do think that OPGTR is a really wonderful resource. Probably more helpful for me as teacher-facilitator than for the kids, as it helped me to brush up on the rules and be sure didn't miss opportunities to point things out. But even to do the exact lessons with the kids is relatively painless, so thumbs up from here. I also think copywork and dictation are wonderful ways to foster a better understanding of language. Actually, I'd put this ahead of a phonics curriculum in most cases.
  22. You shall have all the chocolate you could ever want, and I'll even have the little cutie (who is now almost 3!) tell you funny jokes and dance for your amusement! :laugh:
  23. Oh wow! So many great suggestions here, thank you! And that Primo game looks so awesome!
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