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    *All Products are generally in “good” condition, unless otherwise noted. I can’t guarantee that I didn’t make a couple marks or that edges won’t be scuffed. Non-smoking home. *1 free item per person, please *I use Paypal. Media Mail shipping. Price includes shipping. Math Real World Math Blue Level (K-3rd) - $6 each *Ocean Giants *Zookeeper for the Day *Dinosaur Dig *Jungle Treasure *Rocket to the Moon Real World Math Orange Level (4th-6th) - $6 each *Zoo Vet *Fly a Jumbo Jet *Solve a Crime Life of Fred ($12 each) *Apples *Butterflies School Zone Flashcards (free by request with other purchase) *Numbers 1-100 *Addition Singapore Math (US Edition) *1A – Home Instructors Guide ($10) *1B – Textbook ($8) *2A – Home Instructor’s Guide AND Textbook ($15 as bundle) *3A - Home Instructor’s Guide AND Textbook ($15 as bundle) *3B - Home Instructor’s Guide AND Textbook ($15 as bundle) DK Publishing Number Puzzles (free by request with other purchase) Language Arts First Language Lessons (Levels 1&2 combo) – $8 Star Wars Phonics Set (#1-5 & 7-10, missing #6) – $2 All About Spelling – Teacher’s manuals only ($10 each) *Level 1 *Level 2 SOLD *Level 3 SOLD *Homophones All About Spelling Phonogram CD (free by request with AAS purchase) Wise Guide to Spelling (spiral bound, no cover, but all pages present) - $10 Spell to Write & Read Teacher’s Manual - $10 Writing Road to Reading - $5 Doodling Dragons (Logic of English) - $8 Five In A Row Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3 - $15 each Story Cubes – Voyages (free by request with other purchase) SOLD Writing Strips (paper) – 30 ct pastel variety (free by request with other purchase) Science Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology ($20 each) *Flying Creatures of the 5th Day Textbook *Land Animals of the 6th Day Textbook Mudpies to Magnets ($5) More Mudpies to Magnets ($5) History A Child’s History of the World ($15) Five State Rummy Game (free by request with other purchase) Art Artistic Pursuits (K-3 Book 1) - $25 Usborne *First Book of Art ($10) *I Can Draw Animals (free by request with other purchase) *Big Book of Playtime Activities (Cover more worn. Pages are fine) - $5 Muppets Big Book of Crafts (torn corner of cover) - $5 Easy Origami & Birds in Origami (free by request with other purchase) Other Usborne Write & Wipe Activity Cards – Logic ($5) The Art of Raising a Puppy (hardback) - $5 Tales of the Defended Ones (free by request with other purchase)


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  2. Has anyone tried the Child's History of the World online interactive tool? It's $30, and sounds interesting, but I see no way to preview it or anything. I'm exhausted by trying to come up with complimentary resources for each chapter to enhance retention, and this seems like it might be helpful. Any thoughts?
  3. We've really enjoyed using the Real World Math (a.k.a. Math Adventures) by Wendy and David Clemson. But I can't find anything as interesting for our middle-school boy. He's 11 and it'd be nice to have something fun like that to do just once a week to break the monotony for him. Any ideas?
  4. We don't use SOTW. It's honestly been a little tough to keep my confidence in my choices when others around me are all about SOTW or CHOW and memorizing all sorts of amazing stuff. That's awesome for them, but in the area of history, I'm a little more unschool-oriented. I don't know if you're coming at it from a Christian perspective or not, but what I've used with my 7 and 5-year olds for social studies this year (and will continue through next year) is God's World News. Here's a free download sample issue. It's not quite a magazine, not quite a newspaper. It looks at a variety of areas of social studies from around the world and spanning topics from the beginning of time. It also includes a few puzzles/activities. But what I love most? My kids are CURIOUS! They want to know more more more, so off we go to the library! *Note - please don't rule it out if you're interested in the concept but have a secular approach. Take a look at it because it's really not that hard to work around the "religious" information.
  5. I love this job!

  6. Thanks, gals! You've given me some GREAT resources! If I ever go back to "big school" teaching (that's what my kids call it), I'll probably use more homeschool resources than "regular." I can't believe all the alternatives and great info! Example - I had never heard of Deconstructing Penguins until your posts, but it's being ordered now! And I don't know HOW in the world I forgot about my "Honey For a Child's Heart" resource. @Meena, thanks for the parent input. Having a "take-away" for the parents is definitely part of my plan, as is having at least a basic session outline. @underthebridge & Erica, I do hope to do a blog. Hope. Hope. Hope. There's always hope... ;) (Oh goodness, I just said that with a Pooh-bear voice in my head!) @Hellen, Great books! And even though you're drawing a blank on global, that may actually be my strength, though the credit really goes to FIAR because that's their strength. I've just grown from it!
  7. I'm a former school teacher who misses classroom setting sometimes, but I LOVE homeschooling my littles. So, I am SUPER excited to be starting a book club for gr 1-3 homeschoolers at our local small-town (but chock-full of homeschool families) library, with full backing from our awesome children's librarian. Looking for input, advice, and ESPECIALLY book recommendations. Here are some things that might be helpful to know: -My hopes: 1. Build enthusiasm about reading and all that can be learned through a book's contents. 2. Encourage curiosity to turn into motivation for learning to read & explore independently. -Book Criteria: Great "meaty" picture books (not chapter books). FIAR has been an awesome resource for us, and we'll be using some of those books. -Tentative Schedule: *Each 6-wk session will meet Tues mornings 10-11:30. *Five of those meetings are led by me, the last is a "presentation" week, showing parents what we've learned/done. (I hope to run 5 different themed sessions through the school year, but for now we're only scheduling the first to get a sense of participation interest.) *Each meeting will include at least a read-aloud, a round-table discussion, and a hands-on activity. -Other Info: 1. Parents drop-off kids, thus... 2. Class capped at 10. -Themes: IF the first session, called "Imagine Reading" (focus: the awesome power of creativity) goes well and we continue, then I'm looking at the following as theme ideas: *Time Travelers (great historical stories) *World Travelers (stories from each continent) *Picture Framers (great stories deepened by great illustrations) *"Active" Readers (stories that inspire us to play, build, etc) Anything you'd like to add? Thanks!
  8. Swam competitive, taught lessons, coached ages from 5-18 in summer rec leagues, year-round teams, and high school. But I can't give you some of the answers because there are variations in all those. For the details of age grouping and such, you'll want to ask your coach or someone who's been on the team a while. As for the basics of helping, usually volunteer timers are needed, helping kids be in the right places at the right time is awesome (love it when a little one starts from the wrong end of the pool with a passion!), and some teams have to set up and tear down their facility. I will say this, though... Great parents are the ones who are encouragers of all, initiate helping, ask questions, and carefully walk that fine line between commitment and obsession. Of course, I never met a coach who didn't appreciate a good cup of coffee or tea... :-)
  9. Putting in my vote for MEP math, too. Loved it, for the most part. But oh my goodness, I'm adoring the Wee Folk Art deal, too. Thinking of ditching FIAR's overload of activities and going to Wee Folk. You know, even if you don't pull her out, just doing one activity each day with her can make such a world of difference, too. Just my 2 cents :)
  10. We're dairy-free too. My daughter is 5 and was just diagnosed with the allergy/sensitivity, and it's been an issue for me since childhood. My son & hubbie are dairy friendly :-) We're finding that using other things that are flavorful, such as hummus, can make a meal flavorful without the cheese. We're big fans of homemade almost anything, so that helps b/c we find substitutes to make a giant variety of our faves. Rice milk bakes super-well... We prefer it really. And if you miss ice cream & like bananas at all, peel and freeze some ripe (we prefer beginning to brown, but not mushy), then toss 1 in a blender w/ some almond milk or coconut milk (vanilla or chocolate), some peanut butter, & maple syrup for a deeeeeelicious shake.
  11. Oh man, this is exactly the thread I needed to read! Thanks for all the input, despite the fact I didn't ask the original question! I think I'm going to go with Pursuits because I WANT to do this WITH the kids. I mean yippee for math and reading and everything, but art levels the playing field! It's just beautiful fun and I want to be part of that fun!
  12. I really want our kids to have a head start in Mandarin by starting young, but it is soooo intimidating! My handsome and I are going to use Rosetta Stone to learn it just for a mind challenge and the ability to support the kids as they learn. I'm not guessing that will be quite what our littles (5 & 3) need, though. The "Better Chinese" home school sets are an awfully big cost commitment... Then to add a tutor on top? Yikes. Going to have to do some serious praying over this!
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