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  1. Just a few ideas to jump start people suggesting titles for you: Pick 3 to do with lit guides (1 every 12 weeks): - My Side of the Mountain (George) -- boy living in the wilderness with a hawk - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Kelly) -- girl and nature - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien) -- fantasy/talking animals adventure - Pax (Pennypacker) -- a fox and a boy struggling to survive a war - Sounder (Armstrong) -- warning: dog and dad die Classics with animals: - Black Beauty (Sewell) - The Reluctant Dragon (Grahame) - Just So Stories (Kipling) - The Jungle Book (Kipling) - The Velveteen Rabbit (Williams) -- toy rabbit that becomes real - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll) -- Alice encounters talking animals - Redwall (Jacques) -- fantasy/talking animals Medieval-type setting - Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls) -- warning: BOTH dogs die Enjoy as good books: - The Incredible Journey (Burnford) -- 2 dogs and a cat travel cross-country to find their family - Daughter of the Mountain -- Nepal girl travels into India to regain her kidnapped dog - The Black Stallion (Farley) -- teen boy shipwrecked with a wild horse - Kildee House (Rutherford) -- gentle old man/naturalist lives in the woods, and animals move in with him - The Great Turkey Walk (Karr) -- just before the Civil War, a teen boy drives a flock of turkeys across country - Gentle Ben (Morey) -- human and bear adventures - Big Red (Kjelgaard) -- human and dog adventures - Rascal (North) -- misadventures with a raccoon - Summer of the Monkeys (Rawls) -- misadventures with escaped circus monkeys - Because of Winn-Dixie (DiCamillo) -- girl and dog in a small town - Hoot (Hiaasen) -- kid misadventures saving endangered owls - The One and Only Ivan -- or -- Crenshaw (Applegate) - Poppy (Avi) -- talking mouse adventures - One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Smith) - The Rescuers; Miss Bianca; The Turret; Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines; Miss Bianca in the Orient (Sharp) -- adventure with humor; talking mice - The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Cleary) -- talking mouse - Ben and Me -- or -- Mr. Revere and I (Larsen) -- talking mouse & Ben Franklin, or talking horse and Paul Revere - Trumpet of the Swan (White) -- humorous; talking swans - The Horse and His Boy (Lewis) -- or other Narnia book (all have talking animals) Nonfiction as good reads -- or to go with Life Science/Zoology as your Science: - Oh Rats: Story of People and Rats (Marrin) - Moonbird: A Year on the Wind (Hoose) - Mercy The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASCPA and Friend to Animals (Furstinger) - The Girl Who Drew Butterflies (Sidman) - Usborne Internet Linked Animal World - a book on dinosaurs - a book on marine animals - Zoo Book magazines of interest to your DD
  2. Well, not in support of alphabet/phonograms, but years ago, a friend of mine did Five in a Row (maybe it was Before Five in a Row) with the 4-5yos in a co-op, and it worked well. 🙂 How long is your class? I'd plan for one activity per every 10-15 minutes as the minimum, plus have some group games (like Duck Duck Goose) that you can teach them and pull out as time-fillers, if needed. I'd also plan for making the activities of different kinds (some quiet, some active, some listening, some thinking, some working fine motor skills, some working large muscles, etc.) of activities ready to go for each class. Ideas: - read them a short book - have them learn/sing a common pre-schooler song (and learn the hand motions) - make a craft - make and eat a snack - do a science demonstration - fine motor skill practice: cutting, coloring page, using big plastic tweezers or clothes pins, etc. - large muscle activities: relay races, skipping, hopping, walking backwards, walk on a line, stretching, etc. - explore/discovery play -- water table, bubbles, shaving cream, sand, marble run, sidewalk chalk, build with a construction set, etc. Topics that would be good to cover other than alphabet/phonograms: - practice recognizing and memorizing their full name, phone number and address - safety topics - calendar, seasons, and holidays/traditions activities - people/homes/food/clothes/living in other countries - patriotic activities (learn and say the pledge; learn/sing patriotic songs; read about our country's symbols, flag, landmarks, etc.) Alphabet/Phonogram resource ideas: Letter of the Week is a free series of lesson plans from Brightly Beaming Resources ABC Games and Activities from Preschool Inspirations 50 Alphabet Activities from Hands On As We Grow Bright Beginnings -- curriculum/lesson plan book by Tammy Shaw
  3. If he's just lazy and picky, then I'd keep doing some of the reading aloud together, but I'd also let him know that you've done a load of research to try and find books to suit him, so now it's on him to "suck it up buttercup" and complaining is no longer allowed, lol. I love the idea that one mom on these boards did: She lined up a row of M&Ms or chocolate chips (I forget how many), and let the child know that the child could have all of the treats as a reward for NOT whining/complaining at the end of the period of time of working on that school subject -- BUT, each time the child whined or complained, MOM got to eat one of the treats. The key is when child whines/complains, without saying anything, take and eat one of the treats, but in a way where the child sees what is happening. It is a quiet visual reminder to help the child become aware of their attitude and words. (And a treat for mom during the process of having to endure child learning to have self-control over attitude/words (:D )
  4. Robert Newman wrote the original book (here's a paperback edition), and went on to write about 5-6 sequels. Years later, other authors have added to the "world" with additional books. My DS#1 who loved mysteries loved the first book and some of Newman sequels. We never saw the other author books, as it looks like those were published when he was beyond that series and was in high school/graduated. :)
  5. Check out this past thread for more ideas: "Recommendations for narrative nonfiction true books for grades 4-7". Also: DSs enjoyed nonfiction books like this one and Great Escapes of World War II (by Sullivan) and fictionalized nonfiction like Behind Rebel Lines (by Reit), Heart of a Samurai (by Winged Watchmen (by Van Stockum), or fictional realistic survival stories like The Big Wave (by Buck) or Heart of a Samurai Also, A Long Walk to Water (by Park) is fiction, but it is a mix of a fictional story interspersed with the true survival story of Salva Dut. My 7th graders last year found it absolutely riveting, and it is a fast, easy read. A little harder to read because of the Caribbean accent, but equally absorbing is The Cay (by Taylor) -- a shipwreck survival story -- also really loved by my 7th graders last year.
  6. From your post, it sounds like your DS strongly prefers nonfiction to fiction. You might try including more nonfiction; realistic or adventure fiction; science or nature-based fiction, and detective/mystery fiction in his assigned school reading. Things like: - Bomb (nonfiction) - My Side of the Mountain or Hatchet (realistic/adventure) - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (science/nature based fiction) - The Baker Street Irregulars (detective fiction) Magazines can be a great way of keeping a non-reader reading -- the articles are short, there are lots of photos/illustrations, and the topics are usually high interest. Perhaps consider subscribing to several different magazines. Ideas: - Muse (science) - Zoo Books (animals) - Dig (archeology/history) - Cobblestone (history) - National Geographic for Kids (many topics) - Kids Discover (many topics) - Boys Life (outdoors) - Time for Kids (current events) You might also do your own reading incentive/reward program at home. For each book read (without complaint, lol), he gets to add a sticker or check off a box, and earn the reward. Start off with each book read (without complaint) gets a small reward (gets to choose what's for dinner or pick the movie or game for the family game or movie night; trip to get ice cream or pizza; earn $2; etc.). After a few books, have it take 2-3 books to reach the next prize, which is a slightly bigger prize. Etc. Another idea to help increase the possible books he might like is to have DS make his own reading challenge (could do this in conjunction with the reading incentive idea above, or as a separate idea). Have him start by compiling a big list of book types/genres. Then, for each month, he picks one genre, and he chooses 2-3 books out of that genre at the library, and once home, has to finish one of those books (checking out several gives him some options in case 1-2 of the books are real duds). Over the course of the school year, he'll read through a variety of types/genres. Perhaps he could give a slideshow presentation at the end of the year about the different types/genres and what was enjoyable/not enjoyable about each. (:D Book types/genre ideas: - nonfiction - historical fiction - detective/mystery - science fiction - fantasy - myth / fairy tale / folktale - western - horror - adventure - realistic - poetry The "books are dumb" comment is probably just a normal younger brother reaction against anything older sibling likes, LOL. But there's always a slim chance that the comment might come out "masking" -- if he's not able to read very well, he may disguise that by scoffing at or dismissing the entire activity of reading. Another thought: if Hardy Boys books are a little above his comprehension level at age 11yo, he *might* be delayed in reading, or even have a slight disability (vision convergence, low comprehension / processing / memory, stealth dyslexia, etc.) which would make reading uncomfortable or frustrating. If you suspect that might be a possibility, then it could be good to get him tested to rule that out -- or if he does have an issue, then you can get the helps for him that could make reading an easier activity for him. Finally, he might just not be a big fan of reading as an enjoyed activity -- lots of people (students and adults) fall in this category -- they would just rather do other things. I'd encourage you to come alongside and together read out loud "popcorn style" ("you read a page, I read a page") for some of his assigned books with him (esp. fiction or other titles he thinks are "dumb"), as that can make the reading go faster and easier and a bit more enjoyably. (Sounds like he enjoys doing this with dad and together reading Hardy Boys.) It would also help you see if he has any reading struggles, and you can also do some vocabulary learning and very gentle literary analysis/discussion "in the moment". I'd encourage still doing read-alouds and having a solo reading time from choice of book basket books, but perhaps keep those sessions shorter (maybe just 20-30 min), to accommodate if he just has a lower preference for reading as an activity. And free-reading is just that -- child chooses -- or NOT -- to read during free time activity, at bed time, etc. And if choosing to read, child chooses *what* to read. For example, my DSs were not big readers at that age, but enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes and Foxtrot comic collections, at that age as frequent bed time reading. I was just happy they were choosing to *read* something, lol, and Calvin and Hobbes actually has some pretty sophisticated discussions in it from time to time. Just my 2 cents worth. BEST of luck! Warmly, Lori D.
  7. We have Fiestaware of all sizes/shapes and in multiple colors (great for mix and match entertaining AND for everyday), and plain clear glass Anchor plates/salad plates. Both are heavy, so not good for the very young or frail elderly people or if you have weak wrists. But both are microwave and dishwasher safe, and the Fiestaware can even sit in a warm oven with no problems. Both are made in the U.S., so no lead in the mix. Both do get hot if microwaved for awhile -- it seems like the dish gets hot before the food in it does, so you do have to stop and stir, and use a towel or hot pad for taking it out of the microwave. As far as breakage... A shelf gave way in my cupboard and dropped a stack of 10 Fiestaware bowls -- they hit the counter and then 8 hit the floor. 😫 The two that hit the counter survived (so sturdy they put a small gouge in the formica counter top!) -- in fact, no chipping, cracking, or any sign that they had undergone such trauma! The 8 that hit the floor all broke into pieces, the way ceramic does -- several larger pieces, and a number of smaller shards of various sizes for each bowl. Yes, they were sharp, but not a zillion pieces, and not microscopic pieces, and easily swept up. Otherwise, I have had NO problems with chipping, cracking, breaking of Fiestaware -- it is heavy and durable. So far, only one of the Anchor glass plates broke, and it was because I was stupid and used it as a weight to hold down grape leaves while they were steaming. It snapped across cleanly in 2 pieces. I don't want to test out dropping one on the floor to see if it shatters or not, LOL!
  8. Yes, even SWB lists different progressions for her WWE and WWS series, depending on the student's needs: 1st progression: 6th grade = WWS1 / 7th grade = WWS2 / 8th grade = WWS3 2nd progression: 7th grade = WWS1 / 8th grade = WWS2 / 9th grade = WWS3 3rd progression: 5th grade = WWS1 (half) / 6th grade = WWS1 (half) / 7th grade = WWS2 (half) / 8th grade = WWS2 (half) / 9th = WWS3 4th progression: 8th grade = WWS1 / 9th grade = WWS2 / 10th grade = WWS3 I'm sure you could start a progression even later with no problems, if that was when the program best "clicked" for the student. Writing with Skill series is very formal, structured, and thorough. Not sure if I would call it "gentle", but it would be very step-by-step incremental. Check out the table of contents, which has a very complete break-down of what to do each day and each week: level 1, level 2, level 3 to see if that would be a fit for your DD. Perhaps in 11th grade she could do level 2, and in 12th grade do level 3? Or, start level 1 now, and go through the summers, which should allow you time to complete level 3 by the end of 12th grade. From what I can see of the table of contents / daily schedule, all 3 levels of WWS teach literary analysis and writing different types of essays, and all three practice research, note-taking, and writing from the notes (process needed for a research paper. Level 3 teaches citations for a research paper. Just my rambling thoughts: I have been teaching some homeschool high school Lit. & Comp. classes, and always have several remedial writers. What seems to help is starting off by making sure students understand what a complete sentence is, and then what kinds of sentences need to go into a paragraph to make it a complete paragraph. From there, we practice lots of 1 paragraph "essays" of different types, and then build up to doing some 3 paragraph essays, a few 5 paragraph essays, and then a multi-page (3-5 page) essay. Getting students comfortable with all the parts needed for a paper in the small scale of 1 paragraph first seems to help them then take the next step of expanding into more paragraphs. I also have found that giving them a very specific checklist or rubric of the writing process for each assignment, plus an example to look out (with the different types of sentences labeled so they can see what it looks like), helps as well. When I teach the research paper, we take about 10 weeks to complete the process, and I have students turn in things at each stage for feedback, so they complete one stage of the writing process before moving to the next stage. And have them turn in the Works Cited page (MLA format) as a separate assignment for one of the weeks towards the end of the process. BEST of luck in finding what best helps your student! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  9. It looks like English that is written in dialect (an accent). I read it as: "Do ye have some more". (Du = do) ('ee = ye) ('ave = have) (zum = some) (more = more)
  10. Things that homeschooler's need help with for high school that can attract them to a co-op: - science labs - writing class (essays, research paper with citations -- both instruction and grading/comments) - math or math tutoring - public speaking - quality art / music instruction - class that knocks out the required 0.5 credit of Gov't or Econ Having a few specialty or "enrichment" classes for variety is nice, too: - computer coding - sewing - drama - robotics - Speech & Debate team - Mock Trial or Youth & Government
  11. I would NOT throw a middle-schooler who hasn't done online courses into an all-online situation. And Veritas Omnibus is quite stout in the workload, so doubling down on "I don't think that's the best idea", LOL. Agree with previous poster -- I'd work on getting a schedule that allows you to work with everyone as needed, and maybe outsource just the 1 course for the 12yo that would be the most time-consuming for you to do with her -- Writing or Math, perhaps. Because you're still going to need to help the 12yo through the learning curve of scheduling time. for getting online class assignments done, and carving out a quiet space/time regularly for actually doing the online class if it's live. Perhaps a self-paced set-up like Time 4 Learning might work for a year? It's not rigorous, and wouldn't challenge your 12yo or perhaps be her preferred method of learning, but it might be a way of moving her towards online courses in an incremental way while you are still so time-challenged with the demands of the younger 3 children. Self-paced/self-grading like Time 4 Learning would allow DD to learn how to work more independently, and require little of you, except to check in with her several times a day for short periods to answer questions, and to encourage her to keep up the good work. Perhaps also schedule some 1-on1 time with her either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day to do some special subject together for 30 minutes? (Veritas Omnibus does have a self-paced option, but I'd *only* give it a try if you *know* it's a perfect fit for your 12yo's abilities and interests, AND if you can have the option of doing a reduced amount of material if needed -- I believe you can talk to the company about that possibility so that it doesn't mess up the grading aspect by skipping some books.) But if the different ages/needs are too big of a spread to juggle for you, then I'd consider putting the Kinder child into a morning-only kindergarten class -- maybe something very hands-on and Montessori-based. That's a great age for children to actually go to a school setting -- they get loads of fun hands-on activities that you likely don't have at home, start some very basic/short seat work, learn some basic self-control and beginning classroom skills, get to learn/play group games, and get to interact with other children. That would give you a few hours of intensive 1-on-1 with your high needs 9yo. Meanwhile, your 12yo could do her self-paced program, or if not going that route, she could do her independent reading, typing, instrument practice, Rainbow Science (or other solo-working Science program), and whatever else she can do solo. Meanwhile, toddler is strapped to you, or plays with toys only brought out at school time or does high chair time. Then go pick up the Kinder, everyone has lunch, everyone has a 1-hour quiet time after lunch (naps, or audio books, or quiet on-your-bed activities), and then the 9yo plays with the Kinder and toddler (sometimes you could put on educational videos or educational computer games), and you use that time to work 1-on-1 with the 12yo. If more time is needed with either the 9yo or 12yo, then dad could do it when he gets home, or it could be a short evening session with you while dad puts the Kinder and toddler to bed. If sending Kinder to a kindergarten isn't an option, then I'd highly recommend seeing about bringing in some regular help -- a grandparent or other relative to either take the toddler and/or kinder child a few mornings or afternoons a week, or hire a "mother's helper" or a retired homeschooler or a neighbor or friend, to oversee the toddler and/or kinder child for several hours on several days a week. Finally, you might research to see if your special needs 9yo is eligible for any special helps or tutoring or an outsourced program several times a week, which would free up a few chunks of time to oversee the other children. BEST of luck in finding what works for your family in the coming year! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  12. Perhaps check out LLATL: Gold: World Literature -- esp. the lit. choices in the first 3 units. However: it looks like Worlds Collide is a pretty full year of Lit all on its own, with 8 novels... so that makes it hard to suggest titles that wouldn't overload him, as most of the classic World Lit that I think of tends to be LONG and HEAVY: examples: ancient epics (Greece and Rome), the Ramayana (India), Don Quixote (Spain), Les Miserables (France) or War and Peace (Russia), All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany), Cry The Beloved Country (S. Africa)... Just a thought: to give added feel for the cultures/times and NOT do as extra Lit to study, perhaps instead of 5 classics of World Lit, just do some short stories. Or a few YA historical fiction works. Or even easier: watch films made in different countries of the world and set in different times. If that sounds of interest, I'd be happy to help brainstorm ideas.
  13. I was thinking of things like: pattern blocks: Math Discoveries with Pattern Blocks; Pattern Block Book or Advanced Pattern Block Book; Task Cards geoboards: Primary Geoboard; Geoboard Activity Book for Primary Grades; Flip and Draw Geoboard Patterns; Activity Cards multi-link cubes: MathLink Cubes Activities (gr. K-2) or (gr. 3-6) cuisenaire rods: Alphabet Book; Picture Puzzles; Addition & Subtraction Or, do a quick search for free printable pages of activities to do with the manipulative of your choice. I used this sorts of resources and manipulatives as a supplemental short math time later in the day, or in place of the "spine" math program if one of our DSs "hit the wall" with a concept and needed to set it on the back burner for awhile and do something completely other. But if it's not your thing, and not of interest to DD or quickly lost/discarded, then disregard the idea. 🙂 Hmmm... my suggestions were all things that we used to extend our academic time and develop critical thinking skills, but it sounds like you are looking for more formal/traditional school curricula. If that's the case, then perhaps something like Miquon Math workbooks and cuisenaire rods as supplemental academics. Perhaps have her just use them discovery-style, along with the Education Unboxed free online videos?? Although that will probably still require some involvement by you for guidance or answering questions or making suggestions... Or, perhaps of the "Complete Book of..." series: ... Time and Money (gr. K-3); ... Math (gr. 1-2); ... Maps and Geography (gr. 3-6); ...Science (gr. 1-2) or (gr. 3-4)... BUT, those are workbooks, and you said in your first post that she's not the type for worksheets, AND you want it to be something she can do solo -- so I'm pretty much out of ideas for you now, lol. Hopefully someone else will chime in with what is a good fit for you and what you're looking for. BEST of luck! Warmly, Lori D.
  14. Similar to previous posters -- not a lot could be done independently at our house in 2nd grade Things that our DSs did solo at that age where mostly supplements, NOT core schoolwork: multiple subjects = 30-minute turn for an educational computer game or educational TV show Reading = 10-15 minutes of solo reading from choice of book from the book basket (all books were BELOW comfortable reading level) Read-Aloud = listen to an audiobook Math supplement = a manipulative + go-along booklet (although I was needed to get them started) -- geoboards, pattern blocks, multi-link cubes, cuisenaire rods Science = exploring with a kit or project-based activity (some still required time/help from me) Logic/Critical Thinking = mazes, hidden picture puzzles, extremely simple word search puzzles, and other beginning level critical thinking puzzle pages Art = page from the Big Yellow Drawing Book -- or, a page of Mark Kistler's Draw Squad (although I had to read the info on the page to get DSs started); also popular with DSs were the Freddie Levin 1-2-3 Draw! series; other children really like the Draw-Write-Now series What about hand-crafts? Very basic learning to sew projects; loom weaving; pony bead projects (make animals kit, or projects, or jewelry kit). Learning to do Calligraphy? Make her own comic book?
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