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  1. Highly recommend the Number Pieces app by The Math Learning Center. They have quite a few other apps that are so helpful, too...number line, money, clock, fractions, pattern blocks. I've used them for years in tutoring and they helped immensely during zoom tutoring sessions this past year.
  2. Oh, sorry. I didn’t see a subject specified so just wanted to share. Each book has about four units, with maybe 3-4 lessons per unit. My 8th grader completed three modules for the year...she typically read one lesson one day a week and on a second day she would complete the Lesson Review pages. When she was more interested in the unit, she would move a bit more quickly and do two lessons a week. I was a bit more relaxed with science, so she did these almost entirely on her own, but she really loved the structure of them and I love that it guided her to read for deeper understanding. Kind of like I was questioning her as she read, but she could do them on her own. The only con is that I couldn’t find an answer key, ha, so I had to actually do the reading as well so we could have discussions. But it worked out pretty well.
  3. I have liked the middle grade Science Fusion “worktexts” that I purchased on Amazon. I love the format...it is a combination of a workbook and textbook. You read and then it asks questions as you go, guiding you to read back through the section to focus on vocabulary or summarize a section. I see it as a great ‘learn to study a textbook’ resource, which was what I was specifically looking for. There are several different topics you can choose from. The Human Body, Space Science, Dynamic Earth, Force & Motion, etc. I just noticed there are other grade levels, as well. https://www.amazon.com/ScienceFusion-Student-Interactive-Worktext-Science/dp/0547589417/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1&keywords=Science+fusion&qid=1621014973&sr=8-23
  4. I just wanted to add that you may find some helpful supplemental videos on MathAntics.com. These would be great for the student to watch on his own...they are enjoyable to watch and teach things in a pretty visual way.
  5. I think it sounds awesome for a kid that age to earn that much and save for the future, so I would probably feel similar to you in wanting him to continue. On the other hand, I can’t imagine doing such a job...the pressure and stress from contentious parents and coaches would really bother me. So if he has said as much, I think he has a right to not continue. At that age, our teens are either mowing a few lawns a week or babysitting to save money. I’d say he needed to spend a specific number of hours either working or volunteering....money may not be the main purpose, but in my mind the goal is having a responsibility, commitment, using time wisely, etc.
  6. Which muscles contract for you? All over or specific one/s? I have a similar muscle contraction to what you are describing. Mine is only in one muscle—shoots up from my back through my neck and into the back of my head. Happens at least once a day, some days several times, and it is so so painful. It is very hard to get the contraction to release.
  7. 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. 🤪
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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 while I think they are getting the job done, I love the “cut to the chase” look of the Hake.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 in an interesting narrative.) On Fridays we discuss and she works on her timeline book (adding key events, a paragraph or two or important notes and adds in some timeline figures I found on teachers pay teachers). I also assign historical fiction and a few informational texts/historic speeches around the same time period. Then I try to add in American artists, musicians, movies as we go. I had a great plan that I was very excited about but my dd has been less excited about it, so it hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. I’m also working with another homeschooling family (twin 3rd graders and a 5th grader) and I teach them using America’s Story. I print off coloring pages for the kids to color while I read because it helps them pay attention better. I also check out picture books from the library to go along and they usually read those on their own outside of our history time. We use the same timeline pictures and hang them on the wall. I also have them write a narration, usually it goes with the picture they are coloring. I am not covering every chapter in America’s Story, but can easily find parts from each chapter to read to highlight the main events in history. I also have Hakim’s History of US and we started with that, but it was just a lot (volume wise) and my dd complained it was boring. She did like when I read it aloud to her, but I needed some independent work. I also bought Notgrass’ America the Beautiful (older edition) and felt it was okay...but also kind of boring and a lot of text. I really wanted a Story of the World American History volume actually....
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. We add in documentaries from Curiosity Stream. May not be what you are looking for, but also may be worth a look. https://www.amazon.com/ScienceFusion-Module-Interactive-Worktext-Student/dp/0547589409/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=science+fusion+gr8&qid=1611876873&sr=8-6
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. Or it could be the vaccine itself... I’m not anti-vaccine...but surely this possibility is valid.
  21. An idea I’ve seen on Pinterest is to send a box of “sunshine” with a bunch of unrelated yellow items inside. Or a little card that says, “just a little something out of the blue” and it has blue things. I also think mailing handwritten notes to her every once in awhile would be a meaningful act of kindness. Actually, the more I think of this, I’m going to do this for a few people I know as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
  22. Oh, it helps to hear this! Thank you for taking the time to reply! I keep asking myself where the warm fuzzy times are? The ones I was hoping for....🤪. The ones that make this all worth it, right? I keep telling myself that as long as she is ready for HS math and can write an essay, then everything else will work out okay. So we do Jacob’s Algebra, WWS and Grammar everyday. I work part-time, so she is on her own in the mornings M-Th (sometimes she has another Covid homeschooling friend come over; she does online schooling so they are basically just in the same room together) and will usually get through some reading assignments and her viola practice. The plan is for us to eat lunch and then spend an hour together on the essential 3. For the afternoon, I had visions of doing US History with a timeline and historical fiction and art history and music history and it could be so awesome...but. It. Is. So. Not. Anyways, I struggle to know if it’s just the age, if it’s part of adjusting to homeschool, if it’s that she’s dealing with the emotional toll of Covid (she is a huge extrovert and I am not), or if I just need to be more insistent and make her do what’s on the list. Given the situation is most likely temporary (if this was going better, I would continue in a heartbeat), I just don’t know how much of a battle to create. Ultimately, my goal is to have a good relationship with my daughter and this doesn’t feel like we are accomplishing such a thing!
  23. As I read it, I assumed they were looking to hire someone to do this. Maybe you could message and find out how much they are paying. 😉
  24. My vision of how this year was supposed to go is not matching up with reality! Background here: I’m homeschooling my 8th grader due to Covid, most likely only for this school year. I am a teacher and for years I have wanted to homeschool but I needed to teach full time (and my husband has not been on board with homeschooling; although a few years back, I did keep my older son home for a semester and we have always ‘after-schooled,’ kind of always a literacy-focused home, etc). I have followed these boards for years and I love so much about it here....I’ve always said I’m a homeschooler-at-heart. I have learned a lot over the years by reading of the dedication and efforts from all of you. I have great respect and admiration for what I read about here. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I didn’t just jump into this year thinking I could grab a workbook and call it good. I know so much more goes into homeschooling than that. I’ve researched curriculum (one of my hobbies, apparently) and feel really good about the plans I have set in place for the year. My dd is highly capable and at grade level in all of her subjects. She is a good kid and typically pleasant to be with. But she is making this all so difficult! She complains about everything, tries to get out of every assignment. Sometimes she’s in a great mood and I feel this glimmer of hope...and then the next minute she is grumbling and complaining. I’ve tried switching things up (even buying different curriculum trying to find something she will like better), I’ve tried giving her more ownership. She does work well with a checklist and doing things on her own, but if I have to actually teach her, there is bound to be some conflict. (And I should actually be teaching her, right?!?) If we are working together on something (say a timeline project or even doing art), she asks Can we be done yet? Is that all? Is this normal? Is it just because she’s 13? I’d appreciate any suggestions!
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