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  1. History? Question mark because I don’t actually teach it because I was never really taught it myself. (I mean, the standard dry, names-and-dates, Great White Men and no one else version, but not anything that actually involved anything of interest.) I’m constantly surprised at how much I like learning it alongside my daughter!
  2. I’m looking for books featuring 2e characters. For the purposes of the request, I would define “twice exceptional” as any level of high intelligence along with any learning difference or disability. Middle grades books would be the sweet spot right now, but others are welcome. Examples to get the list started would be This is Not the Abby Show and Out of My Mind, both of which my kid absolutely loved. Tanaqui, you can consider this a request for a booklist if you have one!
  3. My 9 year old and I have loved many books, which led to great discussions, and few of our most loved books are on the lists of classics. I’ve really wrestled with the reverence of classic books over the last few years, primarily because the vast majority at least normalize racism and sexism, and those aren’t concepts I want to have normalized. Yet I want her to be well read, and that’s usually defined as including a heavy amount of classic books. Some that we’ve especially lived in the past couple of years are The Girl Who Drank the Moon, several books by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Graveyard Book by Nail Gaiman, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship or Her Own Making.
  4. Homeschooling is my full time day job. His day job is something else. In theory, we split the housework, errands, and driving the kid everywhere in the evenings and weekends. We did try him teaching one subject that he has expertise in and I do not, but he and DD clashed horribly as teacher/student. He does sometimes pitch in as parent-tutor, same as any parent of a schoolkid would if their kid needed help with homework for topics he has more knowledge in.
  5. If you google search “Great Courses plus $10 for life”, you should get a link directly to the deal. I’d link it here, but I’m on mobile, so if I click on the link it just opens the app. It charges once every three months, so it’s only $30 at a time, with no annual commitment.
  6. I don’t make any attempt to fit it all in. DD likes to go super-deep and super-fast on 1-2 topics at a time. When she’s doing that, we drop nearly everything else. Will it really hurt them to simply not do history, science, or English this year?
  7. We’ve had that $10 deal for a couple years now, and love it. We’ve gotten more than our money’s worth out of it.
  8. We’ve used Homeschool Spanish Academy for a few years, and I see us continuing to use them. Popular teachers can definitely be difficult to schedule with. When we first started, I had my daughter try several teachers to find ones she really likes. We’ve ended up with one very popular teacher, and if I don’t schedule six months in advance with her, we won’t get her at all. The other two teachers she likes have much more accommodating schedules, and I have little trouble finding times that work with them, as long as I schedule at least 2-3 weeks in advance. I would never expect to be able to scheduled within a few days and get one of the teachers she likes, though. I treat it like signing up for any other online class - in spring or summer, I sit down and schedule out for the following year, at the same time that I’m signing up for any other online classes for that next academic year.
  9. The variation I hear on this is something along the lines of “woah, she’s going to need to go to college when she is 12!” when some people learn anything about how accelerated DD is. I find it comes from people with a very “traditional school” mindset. For them, if a kid did algebra at 8 or takes physics at 9, they count up how many years of school they had after that benchmark and assume that’s all the years of schooling left for her, and then she’ll go to college. They don’t think of the possibility of moving sideways into topics not normally studied in school, and a rare few don’t see it as completely valid when I point it out. They don’t understand why someone might study at a college level at home, without expecting (or even wanting) to earn college credit for those studies. Some think she’ll then learn too much, and college will somehow be ruined for her.
  10. We’ve only done a few of these, but I’ll help with those. Secrets of Mental Math: can be done as soon as kids have a grasp on arithmetic with the four basic operations, or any time after that to strengthen math skills Math and Magic: more magic than math, but fun. Can be done any time after a person has learned arithmetic, though exposure to modular arithmetic (usually covered in a Number Theory class) would make the math come easier. Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes: the first several lessons were accessible to a kid with good problem solving skills at an elementary/middle grades level, but many of the later lectures assume familiarity with higher math, including at least calculus
  11. I’ve started avoiding labeling my child any particular grade level whenever possible. She is 9 years old. Her answer to what grade she is in is, “I’m 9 years old, and homeschooled.” As she has started taking a couple classes that would earn high school credit if she was a high schooler, I keep records for those classes. I don’t know that we will ever need them, but I’ll have them if needed. I have no plans to graduate her early, but I am open to the possibility if she wants to at some point.
  12. For the class to be called AP, it has to have had it’s syllabus approved by the College Board as meeting the standards for the course requirements. I’d still expect a number of younger students, but the work should be the right level for AP.
  13. I generally agree with the suggestion to look at Build Your Library’s Book list for sixth grade, when they start using the Hakim books. However, their books regarding the Native population are known to be pretty troublesome, and BYL is going to work on replacing those books for a future edition. Someone on the Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers Facebook group is helping BYL with this and has put together a fantastic list of replacement books; if you join that group and search for the name Kelly Reagan Tudor, it’s easy to find.
  14. If you don’t already know, National Geographic Kids has piles and piles of books like the one in your first link, and they all fit this description. Many DK and Usborne nonfiction books fit this category as well. You Wouldn’t Want to Be... books are an excellent choice.
  15. My kid loved manipulatives until she hated them. They are a tool, and once she could do the math easier and faster without the tool, she did it that way. We moved from RightStart to Beast Academy at that time.
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