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  1. My visual guy likes Marie's Words, though he's 9, and out of the box of 1,000 picture cards, there are a few he hasn't come in contact with yet, but I was able to go through and pull out about a hundred or so that I consider him needing to know and we started with that. Basically, I have 10 at a time (on a single binder ring), and we look at them, then read the definition. Another day, we look again, and he makes up a sentence using that. Another day, I show him the picture and ask him what it means (approximately-just an adequate interpretation of the definition on the back). You could go through them as much as you want. I usually do a group of 10 for a week or two, then a new group of 10, and then after a 3rd group of 10, put them all together and go back and review. But, really, you could do whatever worked for you and him, and review as much as is needed.
  2. Sometimes I write with sharpie on the bag/box, or whatever saying "DO NOT EAT" or something like that. Sometimes, I keep it with other non-perishables in their shopping bag near my cookbooks, (I've also had a bag of stuff in the fridge, and either wrote on that or just rolled it in the bag really well.)
  3. We also have been all over the place with Science, but this year we're trying Exploration Education for my 7th grader (The advanced level is for 7th and up, so I figure we'll go as slow as we need and it'll probably take over a year, but older kids might do better.) It's where you read information online or via CD (kind of like a book), then there are hands on activities for them to do. I'm really looking forward to it, we start on Monday.\ Just something to look into...
  4. Thanks everyone! This is SO very helpful, I've already put a bunch of books on hold at the library, and will keep the list to continue exploring! Thanks!
  5. We tried that for a Read Aloud about 4 years ago and it didn't go well, so now they're afraid to begin it again. It's in my plans to re-try soon, but at least start it as a read aloud, so we'll see. Thanks!
  6. Hi Everyone, I'm looking for fantasy series' for my sensitive middle schooler. He's going into 7th grade, but isn't able to read books with a lot of suspense, evil, death, things like that (we're working up there, but...). He loves adventure stories, and recently finished the first Lord of the Rings book, but he only finished it because he knew the story and knew how it would end, so that got him through the tense-ish parts. He doesn't want to continue the LOTR series-yet, so I'm looking for other options for him. He is reading at or slightly below grade level, and generally gravitates toward things like Dragon Masters Series in order to stay away from the tense stuff. He has requested key words such as dragons, magic, wizards. (if this helps) Everything I can find (Book of Three by Alexander, Percy Jackson, Ranger's Apprentice by Flanagan) seem not only a little over his head, but too much suspense and bad things going on. Anyone have any suggestions for me? I prefer series, so we can keep reading once we find something that works before we have to go searching again, but give me your suggestions either way.
  7. I've found that while the review is useful, it's more useful for me to move ahead to a chapter (we have done MM 1-5) where new concepts are taught so he has something "exciting", and then if needed go back and do a quick move through on the review part of the first chapter. (meaning not everything, but maybe only a couple problems within each section). Otherwise, we get bogged down with the review and math STARTS out boring--which is not how I want him to view math.
  8. We LOVE Jim Weiss audio books here. At first, I didn't want to do anything abridged, but then realized that my oldest is a tad sensitive to peril, suspense, mean people, that sort of things, so it helps tremendously if he knows the story and how it will end beforehand. Therefore, listening and reading abridged versions has helped him be able to stick it out for the unabridged versions. Granted, he's only going into 7th, but we've had a few like that. I like how Weiss adds extra info at the beginning, and changes voices for different characters (I hate to do this), and his overall telling really makes the story make sense because of the small changes and inner explanations he adds.
  9. We did the estimation jars also when they were younger. I bet that would go over pretty well again for you. For time, you might say, how long do you think it will take you to x (ex. jump 10 times). The more you do it, the better she'll get. For prices, it's more of a quick issue, and I haven't figured out how to do that because mine would just rather add it up specifically. If I say, "quick, about how much...." he gets nervous and can't do it. Maybe have some items in another room with prices on it, and by the time they get back to you they have to estimate how much it would cost. Or???
  10. has the best samples, it and Rainbow Resources have the best prices. But I've found that the return policys are often best directly with the publisher-they often have a try it for 30 days type of thing-usually if they are a homeschool mainly store. But it really depends on what exactly you're looking at. If it's a basic book, has the best prices IF they have it in stock, but they're a thrift store, so don't always have the book to sell you.
  11. I'm having a hard time finding many options for 9th grade World History. First, I'd like non-secular, which means either neutral or christian, just not beat me over the head christian, please (which I think rules out Holt and Pearson, and other public school textbooks). I also know I don't want a teacher's manual, I want things written directly to the student (which rules out BJU and Abeka, and I think Diane Waring). I would also prefer something with minimal writing as that's his weakness. I don't mind adding living books into it, I just don't want each day to be 4 pages of this book, and 5 pages of this other book, and 2 pages from this 3rd book, etc (like it appears Biblioplan, Pandia Press and Tapestry of Grace do). It doesn't have to be all in one year, either, but I don't really want a 4 year cycle like they do in the younger grades. I also think I would prefer a chronological approach, rather than a biographical (Gruber Series or Famous Men series). And I don't want the authors opinions. I know I'll get some, but the Master Books Stobaugh are heavily authors "observations and assessments"-not what I'm looking for. Notgrass seems the most promising at this point, but I'm still not sure. Does what I'm looking for even exist? Thanks!
  12. I recently found this website ( that is helping me plan the topics of history. It's sort of linear, but more topic oriented.
  13. I generally don't re-read, it goes back on the bookshelf, and in a year or two (or more) when they're at the correct reading level, I can say, remember this book-you loved it. It was about.... and you begged me to read it again. And leave it at that. More than half the time, they'll eventually pick it up to read themselves because they remember enough to remember they enjoyed it. And rarely, when my older gets to its reading level, he'll read it to my younger.
  14. Has anyone used the Giant American History Timeline book? I recently found it while doing another search, and Cathy Duffy has reviewed it, but looking for some after-use reviews. 1. Would it be a supplement or full curriculum for Middle School? High School? 2. Where did your kids get the info to fill out the sheets? (I know it says books you already have, websites, library books, etc, but wondering what actually worked) Thanks!
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