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  1. I think if I were covering ww1 with my current first grader, I'd focus on the idea that people thought this was a war that would end war, but then at the end, the winners wanted things to be "fair" and punished the losers so much that they made people angry and resentful and set things up for the next war. A lot of kids that age, mine included, want stories to have morals, and I think that's one that my kids could relate to (I'm always reminding them that "fair" is not always a good goal) and would help with their broader understanding of history, despite being simplified. Just my thoughts.
  2. Have you tried having him lead an activity or teach you something while you act like he normally does? Or just talk through what it would happen in that situation? Sometimes kids have to be forced to look at things from another perspective. When I do this with my kids, they often walk away in a huff, but then I see them applying what they learned later on. I agree with others about pulling him out of class if he's disrupting the experience for others, but I'd be very clear and explicit about what's going to happen and why, as well as what he needs to do to re-earn entry.
  3. In cub scouts, we paid 100 dollars in dues for the year, which has paid for council and national dues, a t shirt, all badges/other awards, materials for rain gutter regatta and pine wood derby, food for campout, etc. Non-cubs pay about 5 bucks each for food for the camp out. Additional activities, like Space Camp and summer camp cost more, but popcorn money can help defray that. Basically, everything central to the program is covered by the initial dues, which I think helps avoid the "nickled and dimed" feeling. We're new, so I don't know if this is how it works every where or just how our pack handles it. It also helps that the pack is well established, so there's no fear from parents that they might pay in September and then have nothing really happen.
  4. Another homeschool family, the "Smiths" were over one day this week and we pulled out a Magic School Bus kit we'd been given to do together. The Smith children are the same ages as mine, but not accelerated. I was going over the activities, asking for guesses about what might happen, etc, giving some questions to the little ones and some to the bigger. At one point there was a silence after I asked a medium-difficulty question, and finally my six year old said "I know the answer, but this seems like a question for the Smiths. Do you know, Suzy?" Alas, Suzy didn't know. I need to explain to my daughter that she was right, but you don't say things like that in front of other people. Not sure how to do that without accidentally encouraging her to be even more patronizing, so I'm just stewing in it.
  5. That's so awesome! I know it makes planning hard, but having to choose between 2 great possibilities is a fantastic problem to have.
  6. I'd participate, but what information I gave would depend on what more I learned. For example, one reason, but not the only one, that we home school is the school we started in ended their gifted program. So I wouldn't mind the school knowing that if they want to keep gifted students, they need to offer appropriate academics. If I found out the study was going to be an awesome one involving longitudinal studies in a variety of locations, if be more forthcoming because I think it would help the homeschooling world and the world in general to have more data on what methodologies work best in which settings and such
  7. My two oldest are 17 months apart but would be two grade apart in formal school: 1st and pre K. We start off the day together with read-alouds that include history, grammar, health, geography, literature, Bible, etc (not all every day). This probably takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on how well we are concentrating, whether we are in a rush, etc. I expect more from my first grader in terms of memorizing poems, answering questions, but they both participate, and the toddler occasionally does as well. Then one child goes off to play and entertain the two year old while I do skill subjects with the other, then switch. With my December birthday five year old, we do a reading lesson, a handwriting lesson, and a math lesson. I wouldn't demand all that every day (and even "all that" takes 30 minutes or less) except that it cuts down on sibling rivalry and helps things feel equitable. This kid was very handwriting/craft averse back over the summer and he still doesn't love crafts or coloring, but making it a daily expectation has helped him gain enough skill to have more confidence, which means it's now his favorite of the three activities.
  8. In your case, I think I'd try to go, if I could reasonably enjoy it and not feel guilty/worrying about money while I was there. I'd try hard to see if I could find someone to watch the kids one or two more days. It's about honoring a friend and reconnecting with loved ones, even if you won't get to spend much time with the friend.
  9. Thanks everyone for helping me understand. I feel bad that I posted last night, then fell asleep,then have been busy today, but it seems I'm not the only one wondering about this. I'm glad! My interpretation is that since people have different definitions, some involving the spiritual/supernatural, some involving a spectrum of sensitivity, it's not surprising I was having a hard time intuiting the definition from context. I would say I'm empathetic in that I can easily imagine how others are feeling and sympathize with that, but I don't take it on as part of my emotion (though being around lots of negativity brings me down, of course), so I don't fit anyone's definition of empath.
  10. I often see people online refer to themselves or their children as "empaths." When I first saw this, I assumed it referred to those who were naturally very empathetic, noticing people's emotions perhaps too easily, but the more I see it, the more I think they are referring to something more. Are these people likely referring to a kind of esp? I don't want to offend, but I can't remember ever hearing this term used by people in my real-life circle and am very curious whether it's a difference in terminology or in how we understand the world.
  11. In college, a group of us were invited to a friend's "Sunday dinner" at his grandmother's. This was in rural South Carolina, and he told us it was easy to get to. "Just take the first left after the Little Cricket and it'll be the big house on the right." We didn't think this was enough information, but he assured us it was. Cell reception was really spotty, so it was hard for us to reach him to complain that Little Cricket, which we'd never heard of before, was a very well established chain of gas stations in that immediate area. The only things we saw driving were houses, churches, and Little Crickets. Once we finally found the right one, it turned out his grandmother's house was very easy to find.
  12. Sorry, I meant the non-phonics leveled readers are terrible. The ones with titles like "Batman's Amazing Adventures" that don't even tell a good story because they have some weird word-count thing they are going for. I like all the decodable books you mentioned and we use them ourselves, very similarly to how you describe. I should have been clearer.
  13. Yeah, I think one of the phrases my kids will joke about when they are grown is "if you can't find a way to play nicely with it, I'm taking it away!" If it helps boost your morale, my husband and his three brothers were often at each other's throats as kids, physically fighting even, and they are very close now. Even he and his older brother who barely tolerated each other as teens chose to live together for a time as adults in a property they bought jointly.
  14. Yeah, I hate the "leveled readers" for the most part. They are just demoralizing for a long time, then a phonics-learner is all of a sudden past them. Elephant and Piggie and the Fly Guy books are pretty good early readers after the phonics basics are down. Most of the others feel like someone took mediocre books and removed any interesting words from them.
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