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  1. We've just finished 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
  2. Preach it! And original poster, stand your ground and fight it. Keep asking for managers and go up the chain of command if you need to. Don't expect the doctor to change the code as he's not the one who inputs it. Ask for the manager of the department. I have dealt with this for years, and I even got the VP of the hospital involved for one issue.
  3. Just an aside... My library has many of these magazines for check out through the digital library. Maybe yours does, too!
  4. 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 a guide to create science lessons/experiments based on certain chapters, assuming you use the term science broadly. There could be hands on experiments/projects about math theories, building design, geography, etc. The quality of a course like this would really depend on the teacher and his or her skill at designing something like this. You really need to decide if you want your child to take a structured, traditional science course or something that may be a bit more unconventional and not technically a science experiment focused course at all.
  5. My library has a page on its website listing all of the electronic resources they offer to patrons. I just clicked the site from there and used my library account number to create an account. Both kanopy and hoopla have apps you can download for free and install on your phone or tablet. We have them installed on our tablet, and that's how we watch.
  6. Yes, very similar to hoopla. I just discovered it about a month ago. There are some amazing titles on it, including documentaries of all kinds. We use both hoopla and now kanopy for tv since we don't own one. Billy Nye and Inspector Gadget are on hoopla. Love it!
  7. The book began a little slow for me, and I kept wondering where the story was going to go. It picked up for me after Nishioka realized he had changed. I guess that was the aspect of the story that I liked so much, the ability for people to be changed forever by something or someone that they didn't even realize was altering them. The work to create the dictionary and the time spent with others in that environment impacted everyone in different ways. I always enjoy reading about how people's lives are impacted by others, even in a fictional story.
  8. Good advice. We're just starting sixth with the oldest, and Rethinking School couldn't have come out at a better time for me. It's an easy read with such great little nuggets that remind me to reevaluate and think about the overall goal of learning and education. We've continued to homeschool because of the freedom it allows, and her book reminded me how different educational choices can be, and how we can continue to educate at home without being afraid to do it outside of the box.
  9. I make a review page that my kids do each day outside of math time. I write 2-5 problems they need extra practice with in a notebook for each child. I've been doing this for about 2 years now, and it's working pretty well to keep concepts in mind. Also, slow down if you need and take longer to cover the material. There's no rush to finish. Understanding the concept is key. Fractions and area and perimeter come back around in level 5 of Singapore.
  10. At first I just thought it was the obvious river he crossed in the dark to get to China, but I guess it could be more. Maybe his life is like a meandering river trying to make its way to the sea where something less oppressive and bigger might exist. He wants so much to break free of the confining "banks" surrounding his life, but he cannot. His life was shrouded in darkness, despair and hunger. And even after he escaped, his life still continued to be shrouded in darkness and meander like a river. He never made out to the sea.
  11. This quote spoke to me as well. He truly had no power to change anything for himself or his family. And the desperation to just survive was ever-present in his life. He tried so hard to provide for his family when there just was little to nothing to provide.
  12. Yes, this exactly. The writing style was just as his life. It's like the words were simply tools to tell his story, just like he was a tool of the society in which he lived. He had no free will; he wasn't allowed to make his own choices. He was just a cog in the system, a tool whose sole purpose was to perform a function intended to benefit the whole.
  13. I was wondering about this, too. And I also wondered if things have changed at all for those who are living at the bottom of the social structure like the author. Have things changed at all in North Korea with the advancements in technology or are things still the same for most people? And what about the work camps. Weren't the three detainees who were just released from North Korea in work camps? It seems to me the author wouldn't have much hope about talks because they seem so irrelevant to bringing an end to any of the suffering of regular people.
  14. I have always tried to differentiate between writing and the physical act of writing. My 5th grader "writes" (dictates to me) long narrations, but he physically writes 3-4 sentence summaries. He's now working on physically writing full paragraphs. I follow TWTM, but I've modified the actual physical writing over the years. I think my almost 12 year old is now ready to do more physical writing, and I think he's mentally ready, too. All the oral narration, dictation work, note taking, grammar practice, and outlining has prepared him well.
  15. This was my thought, too. I wanted so much for him to be reunited with his family, but I sort of knew that once he crossed into China, there would be no reunion ever with his family. He had so much hope, but as his story unfolded, I began to see how impossible it was going to be for him to do anything to save his family. Are people ever allowed to leave North Korea? (I'm showing my naivete about this here.) I was struck with how difficult his life was once he returned to Japan. He was a citizen of nowhere, with no family to give him support of any kind. I just couldn't believe that he lived such a sad life, risked so much escaping, and then went on to continue to live a sad life. He suffered so much. I honestly don't know how he found the mental strength to go on.
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