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  1. Hi, I'm wanting to put together a reading/read-aloud list for my upcoming 6th grader. We have tons of historical fiction and a good collection of lit overall, but I am hoping to find a resource for more modern titles. Any genre would be great. My daughter especially loves animals/nature/adventure stories. Thanks!
  2. Brambleheart by Henry Cole...here's the description from Amazon: "In the Hill, animals work as Weavers, Smelters, and Carvers—but Twig doesn’t know who he wants to be. He tries very hard in all his classes, but his imagination wanders to his favorite books or the delicious mayapples growing beyond the scavenge yard . . . and then he loses his focus. After Twig makes a big mistake in front of everyone, he sets out on a secret journey to discover himself. But as he wanders deeper into the Yard than he’s ever wandered before, Twig finds a curious colored globe. A dragon’s egg—which
  3. She has used sooo many math programs....my fault! Some Saxon, BJU, TT (and more). She's now using No-Nonsense Algebra, and it's working okay. She was using TT Algebra just prior, but made the switch to No-Nonsense because she felt TT was moving way too fast for her and she was overwhelmed. She is now feeling like No-Nonsense is moving too quickly. We've come to the realization that she really needs a mastery-based program that will allow her to sit with a concept for a good while before moving on. I am also realizing that she probably needs to step back to pre-algebra before working on
  4. Yes, this does help! I'm thinking Jacobs would likely suit my younger daughter, but not my "just the facts", older daughter. Thank you, Lori D.!
  5. Lori D, what type of learner/kid do you think would jive well with Jacobs style/format? I don't own a Jacobs text, but have considered it for my daughter. Thanks!
  6. Hi, I'm interested in seeing what books others are using for 9th grade-ish reading and/or lit. study. If you have a list of what you are using/planning to use, or links to lists, that would be great : ) And if you have specific lit. study guides or methods you use I'd love to hear that as well. Thanks!
  7. And by the way, my daughter just dropped out of a program mid-year, so something that's pick-up-and-go would be really helpful as we scramble to get the rest of her 8th grade year up and running!
  8. My daughter (almost 14) wants to study modern history via books that are mostly non-fiction as opposed to historical fiction. I'd need a good schedule/program and would love if it included writing related to history/literature, and discussion helps. I am considering TOG, but really want to look around more. I've looked at Sonlight, but it's just too much historical fiction for my daughter's liking. What else is out there? Thanks!
  9. Lori D. is such an encourager! Makes me feel bad for being such a downer in my post ;)
  10. I don't think you are crazy. The workload is kind of ridiculous. We started Ch. A this year and I am so far feeling like I probably made the wrong decision. I mainly enrolled my daughter because she wanted to. She wanted the organization and the community time. I would imagine the student eventually gets into a groove and learns how to keep up with the weekly schedule, but I think the joy of learning is pretty much lost in the process. For my daughter, anyway. My daughter feels like she is just making her way through a checklist and most days she's just wiped out and unmotivated. Anyw
  11. Makey Makey Kit... https://www.amazon.com/Makey-Invention-Kit-Everyone/dp/B008SFLEPE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492141994&sr=8-1&keywords=makey+makey
  12. I've never used this, but thought of it when I read your post... https://winterpromise.com/science/human-body-forensics-for-7th-12th-grade/
  13. Yes, my daughter uses the notebooking journal. I can't imagine not having it! It really helps keep her organized with the daily schedule and helps keep her on task through each module. It's nice to have one book for her to enter all her work neatly into the various categories....the lab/data sheets, study guides, On Your Own pages, etc. It's formatted nicely and visually appealing which I think helps it to be even more engaging.
  14. Yes, the answers for the Module Summaries are found in the Solutions and Tests guide.
  15. Hot Fudge Monday by Prufrock Press/Randy Larson is a fun, engaging one.
  16. You might like the updated versions of America's Story series (3 volumes) by Angela O'Dell. She partnered with Master Books to revise and update the series. It looks really nice. You can see samples on the Master Books website. Looks like CBD will also be offering the books when they release this March. The grade level is elementary, so might work for you.
  17. Maybe CLE...They have a new American History text Changing Frontiers for 8th grade. It looks well organized and seems really user-friendly for a kid that wants to work independently. There's the light units to go along with it that would include quizzes, if needed. I'm contemplating getting it for my daughter for next year.
  18. Thanks, Ellie. Do you have any thoughts about Wordsmith and LLATL? Those are programs I'm looking at for writing/grammar. Brave Writer is our base and its philosophy of education dictates how things are implemented around here. I do like having lots of resources around as I am a picker and puller from a variety of programs/educational tools. Anyway, looking at Wordsmith/LLATL as possible resources. Thanks!
  19. Thank you! I didn't realize EG was so despised, lol. My daughter is 13, has had some grammar instruction in the past, so was thinking EG might fit for a more focused year or so of grammar.
  20. Wondering where Daily Grams fits in as far as Easy Grammar goes. Is it meant to be used along with EG or on its own at some point? Thanks!
  21. I think it can be used either way. For my 4th grader it is perfect as a stand-alone. Between the video presentation, hands-on activity, suggested supplemental links, and optional assessments, it is well rounded and plenty. My daughter happens to love science, so we have lots of books here that can be used along with any of the topics.
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