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Jackie

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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.
  16. Are you in SoCal, by any chance? I recognize all but one of those charters from living in that area. If so, there’s a Facebook group called something like So Cal Homeschool Charter School Info Group that has the information you are seeking.
  17. The CE books are the one part of the program I buy the student books for, but the teacher books don’t get used. The teacher books have the quizzes, but I don’t care about those. Most of the exercises are more discussion-based, or they’re stuff like word searches, which don’t work in the TM. Plus, I spring for the color versions because those books are full of photographs and my daughter loves the photos.
  18. I’ve had a couple of careers now. I’ve been really drawn to them, and did very well in them. And when I took these types of tests afterwards, the careers I loved were specifically listed in the lists for people with opposite profiles from mine, and definitely not in my profile. Most the ones listed in my profile sounded miserable to me. So I’m seconding the thought that kids should be guided to accepting the information from these tests as a single data point, and not a guiding light.
  19. We used BA 3-5 books before the online version was out. I think my daughter probably would have preferred the online version, with one problem on the screen at a time and teaching videos to watch, but she still loved the offline version. If you do use the books, I would definitely get the guides; they’re the fun, colorful teaching part. Plus, the beasts are great at modeling getting problems wrong, trying different approaches, and continuing to work through hard stuff.
  20. She might like the online version of Beast Academy. I believe that also has stars and trophies, as well as the online guides and videos. You could try signing up for just one month and see how it works for her.
  21. Here’s this year’s planning thread for Accelerated Learners: That thread includes kids of all ages, and all all levels, but you’ll see some common themes in the approaches and materials chosen that might give you ideas what to look at.
  22. The group I had in San Diego was a mix of homeschool, public school, and private school kids. I’m going to be starting a new team now that we’re in NoVA, and I’m hoping to make it a homeschool team because that would make scheduling meetings so much easier for me!
  23. We’re looking at having a fully unschooled year. I’ve always been pretty child-led, but required at least some particular stuff. DD is accelerated by several years at this point, we just moved to an area full of great field trip possibilities, and she and I are both comfortable with a very extended break from her usual academics. She is electing to take an online science class, a weekly day of enrichment classes locally (art, music, PE, chess), a weekly day of forest/survivalist education. She’ll add in other things as she chooses, and she’s a pretty academic kid so her unschooling will probably still cover a lot of academic ground.
  24. My kid still didn’t write anything down for BA5, nor did she need to. It wasn’t until Algebra that she started needing to do this. At that point, I modeled problems from every section for a while, showing exactly what I would be writing down to do the problem so that I could follow along in my own work when the problem was done. I would then scribe for her as she talked the problem aloud. Then I would sit with her for a couple problems, gently pointing out issues that were making her life harder (many related to dysgraphia, like not using the lines on the paper to guide where to write the numbers). Once she successfully wrote a problem out, I’d leave her to work independently. After a few chapters, she had gotten the hang of it, so I was able to let her return to being independent. That said, we also switched to her writing most problems on a whiteboard, because the lined paper was actually making things harder for her in most cases, as keeping things on the lines required so much of her due to the dysgraphia that it was difficult for her to focus on anything else. She’d write it all out, check the answer. If correct, she’d erase and move on. If incorrect, she’d call me over and walk me through the work on her board to find the error. We’ll attempt to move back to graph paper or regular lined paper in the future, but that was not a hill I was willing to die on.
  25. It was plenty for my kid. She did need more practice with the algorithms for multi digit multiplication and division, so I bought Kumon workbooks for those specific topics, but that was it. She transitioned into Algebra 1 this past year without difficulty.
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