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  1. There is no more gob-smacking math than Art of Problem Solving. What about Introduction to Counting and Probability or Introduction to Number Theory? Both are shorter courses. For writing, what about asking him to write a novel? Check out Nanowrimo - he could write through November then edit in December. Here's the page with the free middle school workbook to get him started .
  2. Second vote for Ramayana: Divine Loophole recommended by @Sammish. Great for a 10 yr old and good introduction to Hinduism. The fantasy series mentioned by @Farrar might be Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions. My dd15 read this for 9th grade world literature, and also the graphic novel Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni. Great reads for older students, but I wouldn't recommend them for 10-11 yrs. The graphic novel doesn't have anything younger kids couldn't read, but Rama is presented in a rather less heroic light than usual.
  3. This. Although DD15 is a solid math student, it really helped her to repeat prealgebra and algebra with a more challenging program after her first go-through. I was glad she had the time to do so in 8th/9th grade. It's good to have some flexibility built in in case future math levels need more time.
  4. Thanks - I am finding that these less commonly taught languages are a big limiter, and that is not necessarily bad 😄. I appreciate hearing about your post-exchange experience too. Do you have any advice about representing the exchange on the transcript? Dd's exchange country does not do high school transcripts at all - everybody at the school just takes the same course of study, and for them university entrance is based on external exams - so there will be no outside validation available. Maybe DD writes a special circumstances letter to go with her apps?
  5. I really love UW-Madison, the more I look at it. BUT it will now be a long way away and out of state, as our move to Eau Claire fell apart at the last minute. Everyone is spot on in your advice about unusual languages, though. Korean is rare, and DD's other Asian language interest, Thai, is extremely rare. It looks like U Hawaii-Manoa and U Washington will be on the list along with UW-Madison. Cornell, Berkeley and UCLA are out of reach.
  6. Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: the calamitous 14th century (Europe - an excellent book by a well respected historian) David Howarth, 1066: the year of the conquest (Norman conquest of England - relatively short and very readable book by a professional history writer) Gavin Menzies, 1421: the year China discovered America (Ming Chinese treasure fleet - fascinating speculative history by an enthusiast) For your 6th and 8th graders, Oxford University Press has a very readable series the Medieval and Early Modern World, including Hanawalt, The European World 400-1450, Pouwels, The African and Middle Eastern World 600-1500, Des Forges and Major, The Asian World 600-1500 and I think there is an Americas volume too, possibly part of the World in Ancient Times series.
  7. Another resource: Prufrock Press has Fighting Fake News: Teaching Critical thinking and Media Literacy in a Digital Age, a curriculum aimed at 4th to 6th grades.
  8. Anyone else going to hear SWB this week?
  9. Seconding Red Scarf Girl or Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, both good for middle school IMO. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is more mature in its themes - my DD15 would not have appreciated it at 12 yrs. She read it and also the Making of Modern China comic series as part of Farrar's GPS East Asia Unit. She enjoyed Adeline Yeh Mah, China: Land of Dragons and Emperors in middle school. The last 2 chapters cover modern China.
  10. Build Your Library has some interesting unit studies, including an 8 week study on evolution. Moving Beyond the Page has a literature unit on My Side of the Mountain co-ordinated with a biomes unit. What about picking some literature studies with an animal theme? For example, Bravewriter's Arrow guides for My Side of the Mountain, The Wind in the Willows, Just So Stories, Redwall. A more unschooly approach: Sarah Janisse Brown's Funschooling Journals - she has two designed for 4 months for boys (Winter, Spring) as well as animal themed journals. A more writing approach: Clearwater Press Cover Story - great for 6th grade, teaching via video/streaming; your son would create his own magazine with a theme of his choice BUT this is a full year program.
  11. I was diagnosed a couple of months ago with vestibular migraines. I had similar symptoms to yours - a not-right, light-headed feeling (which had become so frequent and noticeable I was afraid I'd pass out while driving), sometimes nausea, sometimes visual disturbances, only rarely the acute pain and nausea I recognized as migraine. Cleaning up my diet and having just a little caffeine daily (I'd given up caffeine a year before) has helped. I was offered meds but am trying diet stuff first.
  12. Yes - buy for yourself 😁 to read. No - probably not for 7th grade. We used History of the Ancient World for 9th this year with the accompanying student guide. This is an excellent high school level program, with map work and a good amount of writing. A student using it will be working on history for about an hour each day.
  13. There are some solid retellings of Malory for children that worked well for my dd (who also was a strong reader) at that age: Roger Lancelyn Green, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table; Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights; and Geraldine Mccaughrean, King Arthur and the Round Table. TH White, The Once and Future King is a wonderful British literature classic, with fabulous imaginative prose. It was too dense for my dd to read herself at 10 yrs, but made an excellent read aloud. I would say that any student ready to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy could read TH White's trilogy about King Arthur.
  14. Also, another question: SAT or ACT for north central LACs/privates? Does it make a difference? I haven't looked at the ACT because everything here is SAT. Dd took the PSAT10 as a sophomore (can't remember actual score, just that it was "on track for college admission", neither awful or stellar), and is registered for the August SAT. I'd love to hear about options for more average stat students too in north central.
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