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  1. Anything by Erik Larson or Bill Bryson.
  2. Maybe this (it has a lab kit available)?: https://elementalscience.com/collections/chemistry-for-the-logic-stage
  3. We used Fable and Narrration I this year (4th grade). Fable went well but Narration I was a bit slow for my DD because she writes copious stories already. In fact we stopped before finishing the last few lessons. Narration II looks much more advanced as compared to Narration I, so I think it will be fine to use at least some of it for 5th. If it starts to drag we will stop. I don't think Chreia (Book 4) or Book 5 (Commonplace?) will appeal to DD yet as a 10 year old, so I'll wait and see what happens. We will also be going through IEW Level A, Level A Continuation, and some Kilgallon sent
  4. Oh, and we may use Debra Bell's Readers in Residence for some literature study as well (www.christianbook.com). I was given a free copy.
  5. I also want to mention this provider since maybe something here will appeal to you: https://www.rootedinlanguage.com I have not used any of their materials yet, but they look interesting to me so possibly I will try something in the future.
  6. I'm sorry but I have not read all the above posts (lack of time issue) but this is what I am doing next year for ELA with my rising 5th grader fwiw. I will add that ELA is a strong suit for my DD—she loves stories and writing and seeks a challenge: Literature: 1) Several beloved books for gentle discussion/analysis of literary terms and concepts such as Charlottes Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cricket in Times Square, etc. I have some interactive notebook materials from LovinLit (found on Teacherspayteachers.com) that I plan to use alongside. DD is very crafty and loves to
  7. Here ya' go! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rhetoric-Through-Cinema-Bundle-Engaging-SOAPSTone-Appeals-Devices-Analysis-4145045?st=6b107e0218a458dcc74745426e6fff77
  8. Hits this year: Funda Funda Personal Finance (online). I can't say enough about how valuable and substantive this class was for my DS (11th grade). It's asynchronous which is not ideal for my son, but the quality and scope of content, and sheer variety of assignments, is amazing. The price is very reasonable, as well. I've been recommending this class/vendor to many people. The only nit-pick I would have is that the late policy grading is somewhat harsh (10% off per day) but probably necessary for upper high schoolers. The teacher/director(?) is on this forum, so if you are seeing this co
  9. I used CLE Algebra 1 for my DS because we had used Saxon Pre-Algebra and he needed the spiral approach. It was a very solid and easy to follow/teach curriculum for me. With one of my DDs (who is now taking Algebra 1 in 7th grade) we are using a variety of materials. I really like the Lial text Introductory Algebra. I have the student textbook which has answers in the back for 1/2 the problems and then I purchased a solutions text that has worked out solutions to problems. You could also purchase a TE for not that much money. I also use a basic HS type textbook Algebra Concepts and Skills
  10. My daughters changed studios after seven years because their "old" studio was only doing the week on Zoom, week off in studio rotation type of classes. And they are requiring masks for all classes the entire time starting at age 3. To accommodate any trouble with dancing and wearing masks they are purposefully slowing down and reducing all dance movements as much as 75%. I had to read that twice in their policies to believe what I was seeing. There is no reduction in the price of classes, however. We switched studios because Zoom classes in spring were more than enough for both (they hated the
  11. I don't have all my IEW materials in front of me, and I haven't taught with them for a few months because I am waiting for IEW Level C SSS to be available so I am not totally sure about this, but as I recall, the level B materials go more in depth with units merely introduced in Level A. For example, Level B students spend more time with Unit 6 then Level A students do. I also think they spend more time and effort with Units 7 and "super" or longer essays (I don't remember the unit # but probably 8??) In fact, I am not sure if Level A even gets into those areas all that much. By level B and e
  12. Also Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors. There are three books total.
  13. My 12 yo loves The League of Unexceptional Children (series also the title of Book 1). Here's a synopsis of book 1: What is the League of Unexceptional Children? I'm glad you asked. You didn't ask? Well, you would have eventually and I hate to waste time. The League of Unexceptional Children is a covert network that uses the nation's most average, normal, and utterly unexceptional children as spies. Why the average kids? Why not the brainiacs? Or the beauty queens? Or the jocks? It's simple: People remember them. But not the unexceptionals. They are the forgotten ones. Until now!
  14. The Sisters Grimm is a popular series around here. Has lots of literary allusions, adventure, mystery, action, and creative, funny characters.
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