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  1. Which online mentor program are you going with? I've been thinking about going this route for German. Thanks for your updates!
  2. Off topic, but in case you want more book suggestions to add to the list 😄 my son also read Refugee by Alan Gantz. It's a fictional book written for middle school students and tells the stories of 3 refugee children from different modern-era time periods. They each experience harrowing journeys of survival. Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink tells the true story of 3 WWll soldiers who were shot down and lost at sea.
  3. I gravitate towards the young adult version. I guess my reason is because I can. Although many of the topics in these books are ones my son, 13, is familiar with, reading them in a narrative form is a whole different experience because the characters are real people from the recent past. I read the adult version of Unbroken , and I chose for him to read the young adult version because it was much more appropriate, simply because there is a lot of detail in the adult version that just isn't needed to understand and appreciate the story. The man has a colorful childhood and suffers greatly
  4. I'm so sorry you're experiencing this. It's very stressful to have a chronically ill child, and I imagine it's even more stressful as you don't have a diagnosis yet. Our son, now 13, was chronically ill from ages 2-10 (each cycle of illness and treatment lasted about 3 years). I knew we were in it for the long haul, so I tried to approach it by thinking that this is just our new normal, not something to get through. This process was going to take years, and I didn't want my son's childhood to be missed. I didn't want years to go by with illness being our focus. So we lived life (it sure
  5. I've been so inspired by this thread! We've decided to drop Latin and grammar for the next 6 months at least and set some goals for learning our preferred languages. 11yr old is learning French and 13yr old is learning German. I'm refreshing my Spanish. Both boys are excited to read in their languages, so I've started looking for resources to support this. It's harder than you think! Any suggestions for places to find easy articles about basic science concepts in French or German? I'd love to find a simple encyclopedia written in each language. I've found many free older German
  6. Thank you so much for all of the advice, Lori! My son is exploring Tinker CAD, and he's loving it. You also helped me step back a bit and think about if these feelings are about what I want for my son or what he wants. My son and I have had some good conversations these last few days, and now I have a better understanding of what he wants. It looks like space camp is in our future!
  7. My 13 year old son loves all things space. He reads books and watches documentaries about all kinds of topics relating to the universe. He also loves to learn about how things work. I give him plenty of time during the day to follow his own interests, but I'm having this nagging feeling that he needs more. I'm not sure what that more is, though. He might need more direction and instruction. For example, he's talked about entering a contest for inventors, but he's never really invented anything. He talks about solutions to really big problems that exist in space travel, but I don't think h
  8. I read it out loud to my kids, reading about half a chapter at a time. I've been reading out loud from a history spine since my oldest was in kindergarten. My boys love it, and history is their absolute favorite subject. After I read it loud, my 7th grader writes a short 4-5 sentence summary about it. Sometimes these summaries are written in foldables that I've printed out. We're currently using some great ones about US history that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Twice a week he picks a book about a topic covered in the reading, reads a section, and then writes a summary of the sectio
  9. If she likes sentence diagramming, she'll love Grammar for the Well Trained Mind! It's an all encompassing grammar program with the same conversational style as FLL (we did all 4 years of that program, too). My 7th grader started it in mid 6th grade, and he's just now on lesson 92. We take it slow because most of the concepts are new to both of us. 😁
  10. I picked up a used copy of Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Character Education by Susan Hall on Amazon a few years ago for $5. It covers about 20 character traits, listing and summarizing books that deal with each one. It also summarizes how each book explores the specific trait it's been selected to teach. There's also a section in the back that ties each book to subjects and historical time periods. Well worth the $5!
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    I agree with Lanny. My mom was just diagnosed. At her regular eye appointment, the optometrist saw the signs of macular degeneration and told her to make an appointment with a retinologist asap. She went two days later where she was diagnosed. You should see an MD (retinologist or opthalmologist) for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
  12. We just started Tops chemistry. My boys are enjoying the hands on experiments and self directed aspects of the curriculum. They're 7th and 5th grades https://topscience.org/collections/chemistry
  13. We've just finished Biology for the Logic Stage https://elementalscience.com/collections/biology-for-the-logic-stage I liked the order of study, and the experiments were fairly easy to set up and do. Each week included an easy to label diagram and many supplemental readings and assignments. I added my own readings and videos and didn't follow the reading/writing suggestions, and we did our own summaries and outlines. I still thought the curriculum was well worth the money (I bought both the teacher and student e-book guides). My now 4th grader did the whole unit with us as well, and
  14. Just an aside... My library has many of these magazines for check out through the digital library. Maybe yours does, too!
  15. I agree with this. We used it this past year along with our history of ancients. We tied it in with math and geography, too, as there are chapters about longitude and latitude as well as the Pythagorean theorem. My boys, ages 9 and 11, both enjoyed learning how the human knowledge of science grew. There are no hands on experiments as this really is a history text. It's well written, and the chapters are pretty short. I think the text makes more sense when read in historical context, but you certainly could still gain a lot just reading it on its own. I guess one could use the book as
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