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  1. The book finally arrived. Here's DS' rewrite for lesson 1. He gets a little carried away with extraneous details, especially near the end of his stories. The Mouse and the Spider A mouse lay asleep in his mouse hole resting his little head on his paws. A spider crawled up on top of the mouse's back fur and settled down to sleep. Awoken from his nap, the mouse seized the spider and got ready to devour it. The spider pleaded for mercy. "Oh, please don't eat me and some day I'll help you." The mouse laughed so hard that you could hear it in every room of the mouse tunnel. But since he was a kind mouse he let the spider go. One day the mouse was stealing a bit of cheese from the pantry and saw a little more on a mysterious wood plank. As he raced for the cheese the second he put his paw on the cheese a horseshoe-shaped metal object slapped over his back. Up above on the ceiling the spider was watching all the commotion. He slid down by his web and spun two strands from the corners of the mouse trap to the plank, forcing it open. "Now you know even a spider can help a mouse," said the spider.
  2. I don't think the format is similar to CC but we use Living Memory: A Classical Memory Work Companion. It's one big book divided by subjects but it is not scheduled out by grade/age. I don't see spelling rules in it but it does cover grammar, history, math, geography, science, religion, literature, Latin, and Greek.
  3. My DS also works primarily left to right but in his head. When I make him write his work down he doesn't notate anything besides partial sums and final answers. Is it necessary for your child to notate? Perhaps show a few ways and let your kiddo figure out whatever makes sense.
  4. Oh, there are samples on the Royal Fireworks Press website. It's just a list of questions for each book, but it does look like the grade 3/4 level is all chapter books and the questions are not for each chapter. The books all look high interest, though, so maybe that would still be ok.
  5. It has about three questions in each of six (IIRC) categories for specific book titles. The questions range from simply reciting what happened and showing comprehension to extending a theme or providing an original creative response. I only have the K-2 one and that one is easy to do completely orally after reading aloud a story. I usually only do one, occasionally two, questions from each category. There are not questions for each chapter, however. The K-2 book has a lot of fairytales and myths so we mostly do all the reading and questions in one sitting. I don't know what length of books the higher levels have. If that doesn't work you may be able to find questions for longer books or story collections but then it would be harder to squeeze the questions on a bookmark. Maybe you could on a sheet of paper that stays with that book. Has he read the D'Aulaires myths books? You might be able to find questions for each myth as the books are used in several programs.
  6. I just bought W&R Fable (haven't received it yet) and I'm looking forward to replacing most of our LA pieces with it. That's part of the appeal for me. We'll probably end up rotating about every three weeks between Fable and our pieced-together LA. Maybe do both on a loop?
  7. I wonder if you could print a bookmark with discussion questions for literature books and keep the bookmark with each book? It would take some upfront work but then be open and go for whoever is reading. Suppose the Wolf Were An Octopus would be easy to do this with but might be a little young for a nine year old. Maybe someone could suggest a lit discussion guide with concise questions for books a little higher level.
  8. It sounds like you're dealing with fairly extreme picky eaters. Have you tried serving disassembled meals? I do this cooking myself but basically you cook the parts separately, serve everything on the table, and let them assemble on their own. So for instance for a stir fry I might serve the spicy veggies, green veggies, meat, tofu, noodles, eggs, and sauce in separate bowls. Pasta dishes like parmiagiana or Swedish meatballs are easy to keep disassembled. Then they can choose how and what to eat as long as they have at least one protein, carb, and green veggies. It gives them a similar feeling of ownership over their meal. Might help on the nights they aren't cooking with you. Great job cooking with them three nights a week!
  9. You may suggest having one or two characters pursue a craft or business back at the village while the other characters are on the quest. It might allow him to write/do more with the characters while waiting for the next turn with you if you get a little creative with the passage of time for each character. You could also have him write back stories and draw maps for each character's background before meeting each other, and perhaps for important NPCs.
  10. Thanks! I will try it. I use Cera Ve right now which is a decent cream most of the time but I still have uncomfortably dry areas between my fingers when I use yarn.
  11. Anybody find any workarounds for crocheting or knitting with yarn if you have chronic dry skin issues? The dry skin is being treated as much as possible but is caused by chronic, incurable dehydration so that problem isn't going to be fixed. Gloves and fresh cream make the yarn stick.
  12. I've found my 7yo seems to understand certain parts of grammar better in a foreign language, either Latin or Spanish. It comes too naturally in English that it's harder to discern the rule, I guess? Anyway, he asked for Latin. I had no intention to do it early but there are fun programs out there for youngers. However, we don't do it "right" and aren't aiming for memorization any time soon.
  13. He's 7yo and is working on any level, grades 2-5 of BA Online. Honestly I just let him do whatever he wants on there anymore and review the weekly status report. He gets about 20-30 stars a week working about twenty minutes a day, 3-5 days a week. So I figure he's keeping his math skills up at least. He's gone through LoF through Jelly Beans and just recently picked up Penrose again. I have Lives of the Mathematicians but haven't made it a priority yet. Something he will do independently and is fun and engaging long term would be great.
  14. I don't think I've ever said that but I sometimes feel like that even though I know it's not true. DS learns and masters new concepts, especially in math, so quickly but then sometimes isn't ready for the next conceptual leap for a few months. Even going sideways it's all gobbled up and it feels like a lot of the time he's sitting in this space between way too easy material (and therefore uninteresting) and not quite ready yet material (or perhaps just intimidating at first). But he's very young. Older kids have a lot more variety of resources they can explore. Maybe parents just get tired and are unwilling to find and buy more, more, more. I know I do for long periods of time.
  15. I do all the daily maintenance housework throughout the day. When my 7yo is sitting at the kitchen table doing schoolwork I can clean counters and sweep after getting him started. When my toddler is in the bath I can scrub the floor and walls and tidy in there. Your 6yo can be doing chores as well. My 7yo often handles the dishes, weeding, vacuuming, sweeping, windows, folding towels. He will sometimes help cook and make simple lunches or snacks for everyone. My 4yo can clean tabletops, dust, scrub walls and cupboards. He requires a lot more assistance though. If I get behind on the heavier cleaning I'll use weekend time, get up early one day, or cut back on teacher intensive schoolwork a little.
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