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  1. Just took a peek at your blog...and I love it! Your photos make me want to travel everywhere! I did notice you haven’t hit Utah yet and I’m thinking you would really love Goblin Valley State Park if your family loved Badlands. Just wanted to mention it, as it is lesser known and another of nature’s playground. 🤪
  2. I had never heard of this before and I love the idea. I downloaded the free app and have been scanning some of my books. But the most I’ve gotten is $.88...with many offering $.12 or none at all. Obviously we do not have the right type of books. 🤪. Do you mind sharing what type of books you’ve had that have gone for a higher value?
  3. Wow, pretty amazing that the math PDFs will be free...and free access to the videos. I think the videos look great!
  4. I’d guess there are quite a few crisis schoolers here who are a bit hesitant to speak up very often, because this attitude is quite prevalent here. Not all crisis homeschoolers just buy Costco workbooks. 🤪. To the OP, I think time management/organizational skills would be one area to consider. Study skills/how to prepare for an exam would be another.
  5. I’d suggest Hake Grammar and Writing for 8th grade. http://www.hakepublishing.com/sample-lessons.html You can look through the entire grammar book at that link and also sample lessons in the writing book. I notice it also includes a bit of vocabulary study, but I didn’t look too closely at that. I think the Hake looks very clear, concise, thorough....and if you are looking to fill gaps, it would be perfect. You could skip things that he already has mastered. I had looked at this at the beginning of the year and now wish I had gotten it. Instead we went the WWS and GWTM route...and wh
  6. We’ve been using Explorations in Literature by BJU Press this year. It has short stories and lit analysis. Not secular, Bible references abound. We kind of skim those parts.
  7. I’d probably have a hard time with it, but I suppose I’d tell myself it could always have been worse...and then I’d do my best to go along with it.
  8. I didn’t add in anything for the Revolutionary War or Civil War. Actually, I didn’t know about the add ons. I will have to look on the website to see what they are. I’m actually using it in two different ways this year...essentially I am using it as our spine for American History. With an older student, we are pushing through all three volumes quickly; with the younger ones I just focus on the highlights. For my 8th grader...we are doing a quick American History year...she reads the chapters independently (it is not at an 8th grade level for sure...but it covers what I want to cover
  9. Yes, I understand it would be *one more thing* to add to the list. 😉 I’m toying with the idea myself for my daughter that quite often doesn’t want me to help, but does need instruction. I’ve been having success working with my tutoring students over zoom and realized I could do a similar thing with my daughter...it wouldn’t have to be in real time, but could be viewed later and more than once, if necessary. Anyways, I thought I’d throw it out there as an out of the box possibility.
  10. This is what I’m using this year...actually all three books and kind of condensing a bit as we go. I didn’t buy the teacher’s guide, just the three volumes of America’s Story. I like the way it is woven together as a narrative. We keep a binder and we add a narration or a related activity or coloring page. We are also making a timeline on the wall.
  11. Could your husband make videos of the math lessons that you show to your kids each day? Then you could watch them together and work through the assignment with your kids throughout the week. It could even be audio recordings, actually.
  12. We’ve had success this year with ScienceFusion worktexts that I bought on Amazon. They are more of a public school textbook type of thing...but what I love is how they provide a bit of a scaffold for how to read a textbook. You read a section of text, then it asks a question or two, encouraging you to stop and think about what you just read. (And that is exactly what I wanted, we weren’t needing experiments or labs). My 8th grader enjoys the format and works independently on them. You can get different topics; my dd has done Space Science, Dynamic Earth, the Human Body and Forces & Motion.
  13. Sometimes I assign just part of the problems and tell my dd if she gets them all correct, she doesn’t need to do the others. It motivates her to be more careful. Another idea is to give him a few completed problems with intentional errors and have him find the mistakes and correct them. This is kind of an outside the box way to see if they truly understand how to solve the problem but also trains them to correct their work. My dd likes it if I say she’s the teacher and even give her a red pen.
  14. After reading the whole thread, I’d like an update on the original refuse-to-wiper. Did he master the skill? 🤪 To the mama that resurrected the thread, maybe schedule a potty time where she has to sit down?
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