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  1. 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.
  2. 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 in captivity. My son also read the young adult version of the other 2 books you mention, but he chose them, not me. He especially enjoyed Hidden Figures. I'm reading through the young adult version of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson right now. The adult version is one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. It is a compelling read about race, inequality, the criminal justice system, the death penalty, sacrifice, determination. These are heavy topics, and again, the characters are real people from the very recent past. And the injustices that they experienced were sometimes brutal (like being raped in prison) and they happened when they were children or barely adults! I know my kid, and he's not ready for that. I haven't read enough to decide if I'll have him read the young adult version now or the adult version later in high school. I think this book would be valuable to read before To Kill a Mockingbird. He ties together life for African Americans since the end of slavery like no author I have ever read.
  3. 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 didn't look like a normal life, but it was to us). My best piece of advice is to have a routine and stick with it. Not a time of day routine, but just a rhythm of things that happen every day. That helped me, our son, and our whole family feel normal. Every day we got up, ate breakfast, got dressed and I read aloud. Then we did some lessons. What lessons looked like each day depended on many factors, but we did them every day. Then lunch, a read aloud, rest time (usually watching shows for an hour), and free time. We even stuck with this routine during our frequent hospital stays! We stuck with math, spelling, and grammar. Writing seemed to be the biggest challenge on days my son felt bad, so we did writing mostly as oral narrations. He narrated and I wrote. Grammar was mostly oral as well. I used FLL as our guide and incorporated copywork a couple days a week. Much of our time was spent reading. Our favorite subject has always been history, so I read aloud from Story of the World twice a week and read lots of books about whatever time period we were studying. Science was just reading as well. On days we had appointments, lessons were canceled. To account for days missed, we schooled year round, taking days off for breaks and holidays. Once we had a rhythm to our days, it was easy to incorporate more during the days and weeks when my son felt well. It can be hard to balance, I know. On the one hand, you want your child to rest and be stress-free, but on the other hand you know that this isn't a short illness that will last just a few days at which point you can get back to things as normal. There won't be normal for months, years, or ever for some families, so you have to find a new normal. Figure out that normal for your family and just live. Incorporate the illness into your world instead of looking at it as something to get through. That's what helped us. I hope it maybe helps you.
  4. 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 and French children's books online. We love history, so it might be fun to read one and discuss it within the context of the time periods. I've found some kid's websites in both languages, each about specific topics my boys are interested in. Also, both boys really enjoyed the layout of Getting Started With Latin. Any suggestions for a similar intro program for French or German?
  5. 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!
  6. 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 he has any idea how to go about finding a solution to any of the problems. I don't have a clue either! I think he would thrive if he had the right instruction or tools or teacher, but I don't know how to make any of this happen. I've searched for inventors/robotics/space clubs and online groups/classes, but I haven't really found anything that seems right. I keep coming across contests that teams can enter, but I can't find information about how to join these teams. Most of them are through schools, and there's no way I can start a group because I have no clue how to lead it! I live in a large city, so I should be able to find what he needs. I'm at such a loss and need help. What does he need to help further his interest and how do I find it?
  7. I didn't think about it a lot as a kid, but it did cross my mind sometimes. I never spoke about it, not because I felt uncomfortable about it, but because it's a strange feeling to ponder being adopted, and it's not something that anyone could really understand. The thoughts I had weren't upsetting to me; they were just moments when I reflected on the fact that my DNA was different.
  8. I have mixed feelings about this. I was adopted almost 50 years ago, so I know things may be different now, but I'm not sure I would have liked acknowledging the day I was brought home. I think it may have made me feel somewhat separate, if that makes any sense. I actually never knew the date until I was a young adult. I've always known I was adopted, but it wasn't something that defined me. It just was. My parents were my parents, and my brother was my brother, even though he was adopted, too. It just wasn't a big deal, and I really liked that it wasn't. That fact made it feel normal. My parents loved me, and that's all that I needed. I didn't need to be reminded that I wasn't the same DNA as my parents. I just needed to know that my life was just like everyone else's. These are my parents, this is my brother, this is my extended family, this is my life... I don't know if I'm making any sense, but I just wanted to share another perspective. You'll do what's right for your family and child.
  9. Is your daughter seeing the general practitioner or an endocrinologist? When I was first diagnosed 21 years ago (I have hyperthyroidism by the way), my general practitioner sent me to an endocrinologist. I saw him for about a year until I was stable and we had found the right dose of medication. Then my general practitioner went back to tracking my levels every six months and then yearly. I've only seen an endocrinologist twice during the last 21 years, only during pregnancy. I also want to add that it took me awhile, but I finally began advocating for myself during blood draws. I have been known to get faint and even pass out. For a long time I insisted on lying down during the blood draw and asking for a butterfly needle. After years of blood draws, I could finally sit in the chair and have them use a regular needle, but even now I still begin every blood draw by explaining what I need for it to be successful. Don't feel intimidated. Help your daughter ask for what she needs. I've never had anyone disregard my requests.
  10. 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 section one day and makes a short outline of another section on the second day. I try to have lots of books checked out from the library about events and people from the time period we're studying.
  11. 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. 😁
  12. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 it was easy to modify for him. I just purchased the Earth Science for the Logic Stage. I just wanted to add that this curriculum aligned with my goals for middle school science: To keep a science notebook To set up and execute an experiment without much parent input To go through the steps of the scientific method, writing them down during the process To be exposed to different science concepts and discover how they are interconnected To come to conclusions about scientific concepts To learn new vocabulary
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