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  1. I enjoyed Verbal Math Lessons for working on mental math.
  2. My oldest is 7th grade, and I think that determines a lot of how things work. For instance, I have a feeling, 7th grade will be different for him than in 3 years for my youngest. Anyway, We are doing: Math: Principles of Mathematics 1 and moving to 2 soon. Science: Read information from a Science Encyclopedia (this is because the science we started with wasn't working, so we're in the midst of figuring something out) LA: Megawords, 7 Sisters Lit studies, Poetry Study (mixing MCT and Grammar of Poetry), writing prompt, reading from a list of approved options, LOTR cursive, History/Geog: Notgrass Adam to Us (not loving this, but we're sticking it out) & Sheppard Software/Seterra combo Logic: Fallacy Detective/Thinking Toolbox Latin: GSWL Coding: mom made As to our schedule, we start right after breakfast with couch time-read aloud, and the other reading and together topics. This usually lasts 1 1/2-2 hours. Then move to table work for another hour. Then lunch, chores and our 1 hour of free screentime (which mostly includes watching fun but educational videos on youtube). After that, he finishes up school however long that takes-usually another hour, then has free time-plays inside with his brother or outside with friends including brother. We're pretty light on rigor, because once he's the type of kid-once he gets it, he gets it. However, he's behind on writing, so I'm trying to challenge him without frustrating him. So, for this time period-however long it lasts, we're just focusing on spending time writing, and increasing that to get more output. We also only do 4 days/week, on Fridays, we do fun projects with friends-sort of a co-op. Hope this helps.
  3. We've been doing Math Lessons for a Living Education for about a year now with my 4th grader. For various reasons, I'm researching new options for him. He's great at math, picks it up quickly and understands it fine (though still complains about having to do it). Some of those reasons being it moves too slow for him and the stories have nothing to do with the following worksheets (like it's advertised). It does have about the right amount of problems per day for him, the problem is, I feel like we go weeks with nothing new taught, but doing the same thing over and over again. I really like mathematical reasoning, and have used it in the past, but mostly for a supplement. I always thought it wouldn't work for us as the main math curriculum, but I'm seriously considering it now. However, there are a few things I didn't like about it previously, one being all the concepts were grouped and unrelated (Granted, that was a younger grade level-probably 1st, but that's what stuck with me.) Do you know of anything more like Mathematical Reasoning, but not puzzles? Thanks!
  4. I'm finding this also. So far, I got the EE for my 7th grader and it's way too easy for him so far. But my 4th grader loves it because of all the hands on stuff. We're giving it another week before I make a decision, but I think I may need to find another science program for my 7th grader.
  5. We really enjoyed Seaman's Journal by Eubank which is a picture book from their dog's point of view.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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...
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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???
  15. Christianbook.com 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, thriftbooks.com 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.
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