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  1. I've never used this but something to look into... https://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/art-and-music/exploring-americas-musical-heritage/
  2. What a great suggestion! You've given me a whole new idea for Spanish for my 8yo next year.
  3. https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/031271/ArtK12-Draw-the-World.html? We use that. There's a whole series and its focus is solely drawing a map by memory.
  4. I can't help for your older but consider mini books for your youngers. My kids like to illustrate them and we keep them together in a binder so it's still easy to flip through for review.
  5. This is something I'm going to miss so much. Mine are still little but I have siblings much younger than myself so I may be lucky enough to have nieces and nephews to snuggle while waiting for grandkids.
  6. Look at How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method, or the Snowflake Way, something like that. It's available on Kindle. It's a creative nonfiction book in which a character is writing a story. She attends a seminar and develops her story while learning about plot and character organization, pacing, and all the essentials. This provides a big picture idea of the novel writing process. Also included is step by step "procedure" for actually starting to organize your novel. The author stresses that different writers work in different ways, but it's useful to have mini "assignments" that break things down into manageable chunks. It's perfect for someone who has an idea of what their novel is about but who "doesn't know how to start." The author also has (at least last time I checked) a free download of his software for organizing a novel. This software has tabs for entering info, starting with broader ideas such as "write a one sentence summary of your novel" to "expand to a paragraph" to "expand each sentence to it's own paragraph." It has character tabs and a scene list, and it can all be exported to a Word document as the novel outline. If your son is serious he may be interested in participating in critiques. Look at Critique Circle. It's free to join and you're not under any commitment obligations (unlike a standard critique group). He can post his own excerpts for critiques and critique others posts. You would need to assist him probably in critiquing others. I'm not sure how often minors participate. I wonder if there's any critique sites catering to teens?
  7. We usually school a little more heavily in the summer because it's too hot to go anywhere. Would Draw Write Now be enough handwriting practice for your kids? Usually kids find that fun. Or perhaps Pictures in Cursive? My art-loving 5yo likes this one. I think there's a manuscript version too. You could also look at those big grade level work books. They are usually mostly basic reading, writing, math stuff with activities sprinkled throughout. My younger kids will sometimes fiddle with these on their own.
  8. I'm reading How Music Works so I can understand what my kid is talking about after his piano lessons.
  9. We don't keep a schedule. I do switch up some of what we're doing about every three weeks. I just take a school break whenever. No worries.
  10. It's useful to have a sense of where it's hot, cold, what states have deserts and mountains, etc and important features like the redwoods, stuff like that. A general sense of production of some states would be useful for an older kid, especially depending on career paths the kid might be interested in.
  11. I have an 8yo ADHD boy and a 5yo boy. Both kids were early readers and so probably learned to read by sight and phonics simultaneously. I've taught them phonics and they can sound out unfamiliar words by syllable, but that was mostly after they learned to read and mostly for the purpose of spelling while writing. Ok, the 8yo was a late talker and doesn't pronounce all his sounds correctly. He often spells the way he talks. For instance, he'll write "sis" instead of "this." He will usually go back and fix such things; he always will if it's for school and is directed to review and edit. He also sometimes can't hear the second sound in blends, I think again because his pronunciation isn't great. On the other hand his spelling is pretty good for words like "unfortunately." So what do I do regarding spelling? I'm considering Apples and Pears because it looks like it really forces the student to listen for each sound in words. Much of Book A looks much too easy, but perhaps he needs to start there? And if so, any reason I shouldn't combine my 8yo and 5yo? My 5yo seems to be a good speller for his age but he would probably find the program fun and two birds with one stone and all that. Or might my 8yo be ok in Book B? It looks like Book B still has the lessons forcing the student to fill in the missing sound which is what I think will help him most. He has completed the second year of Dictation Day by Day, which I did have to sometimes help him sound out words, and is currently doing Spelling Workout C with no issues. What do more experienced folks think?
  12. Creative nonfiction PBs are huge in children's publishing right now. They are often about historical scientific events (moon landing, first computer program, etc) and are often biographical. I sometimes use these to introduce a subject matter in a big picture way then find online resources, project/experiment books and ideas, or kits to delve into the science principles. I don't have an extensive list (I should be more organized) but here are some off the top of my head. If you look them up on Amazon you'll find more recommendations. Also, some of these are more historical than scientific so the science parts would really need to be pulled out. Charles Darwin's Around the World Adventure Gregor Mendel: The Friar who Grew Peas Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box Mr. Ferris and His Wheel Counting on Katherine Moonshot Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine And there are much more in that vein, including ones about ancient and medieval scientists. You also might like Beautiful Feet's History of Science. Some of the books are short chapter books.
  13. Could she use a touch screen and a digital program so she could stand? You can buy desks that raise from sitting to standing to do paper schoolwork. She could stand on a balance board for additional movement. We have a big exercise/yoga ball as a "chair" at our dining table. Sometimes my kids sit there and it let's them wiggle around while doing tablework.
  14. Wow, you guys do a lot of work! I only plan handcrafts, field trips, projects as we get inspired by stuff. When kiddos want to do something they add supplies to Alexa shopping and I order them.
  15. The Good: Teaching on the fly, incorporating different subjects together, thinking of fun projects, patience, breaking concepts down, being silly The Bad: Not enforcing routine skills practice, forgetting artists and composers names but remembering their work, allowing probably too much "interpretation" of assignments, dropping instrument practice too often The Ugly: Not providing strong, enduring social environments with same age peers.
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