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  1. I hope all is well for you, SIL and babies.
  2. I was searching through my saved threads and found this one... I miss these ladies and these conversations so much!
  3. 🤗 Sending lots of hugs!
  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. 🤗
  5. Hi! I created guides for most of the books by Dorothy Mills. We loved them at our house. 🙂 The guides follow the main principles of a Charlotte Mason education, but with some additional writing elements to it. It probably feels like a cross between CM and classical to many. Each chapter includes narration suggestions and many other chapters have suggestions for additional reading, primary sources, Great Ideas Discussions and writing assignments. Here is a link to my website, which takes you to my Bookstore: A Mind in the Light Scroll down just a bit on the page for Classical Lessons for The Middle Ages and the PDF sample will be here. I linked you here, because the sample I added allows you to see more of it than the previews available at Lulu. 🙂
  6. I'm so sorry for you loss. My thoughts are with you, your son and your family.
  7. I just wanted to offer my deepest sympathies. I agree with previous posters...minimal school is all that is needed for now.
  8. I was curious if these are the ones that you mean: The Great Ideas Program? I have 3 of the books that are on the left in the photo of this link. I've looked at them but have not made use of them yet. 🙂 HathiTrust has a full view file of one of these: The Development of Political Theory and Government, in case anyone else wants to see it.
  9. I'm hoping to finish at least one complete guide per year. I may be able to increase that in the next year or two, since my older daughter is in college now and my younger daughter will be in a couple of years. I will sadly be finished with homeschooling then and will have more time to commit to writing them.
  10. Here is the Facebook Page. There is also a private group with the Facebook Page, which is easy to join if you want additional conversations. 🙂 And here is the Instagram Page. I'll check my email and get back to you soon to answer any questions you might have.
  11. I'd be happy to link you to the Facebook and Instagram pages. It may help give you a better sense of how well the curriculum is liked or not. 🙂 I'm not sure if anyone here uses it. It is still a work in progress, so only Year One is complete. Although, there are separate guides for other subjects and years and there is a great deal of flexibility with the guides as well.
  12. I thought I'd share back what I've learned. If you already own and have used either of these books, then I'm sure you already know whether you had to "edit on the fly" or not, but for those of you who did not own either book or have not seen these books I've included what I've learned below. Memoria Press replied that their edition of Edward Eggleston's Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans had been edited and that "offensive language was removed". Beautiful Feet Books also replied that they "did update and edit the language" in their edition of A Child's First Book of American History by Earl Schenck Miers.
  13. LULU is 35% off of print books, photo books and calendars.
  14. Thanks Chelli, I'll probably just do that. 🙂
  15. I could really use some help with this question. I have already looked everywhere I knew possible to find out more information about these books. I only need to know if they have been edited. I would like to avoid purchasing a book just on the hope that it has been edited. I can already find these books in the public domain as an unedited version, so I don't really want to buy them just to discover they were not edited. Does that make sense? I've also looked at the actual websites (Memoria Press and Beautiful Feet Books) and neither one states explicitly that they were edited. I would really appreciate any help! Thank you! 🙂
  16. Definitely miss your presence here! I'm so glad that Shannon is feeling a little better and that she's finding her way into the writing world. Wishing you and your family the very best in all. 🙂
  17. All of the above suggestions are great ideas! We use narration prompts, but I thought some of those might work for you as well. Most of them require some writing, but not nearly as much as writing out paragraphs and essays. If he doesn't enjoy using a pencil at all (even for drawing and diagrams), then most of these can be adapted into oral discussions. Also, I would not expect him to use the more involved prompts after every reading. These could be used weekly or even bi-weekly. Have your student respond to an event by drawing/painting a picture of it, giving it a caption and then sharing it with you (or another family member or friend). He can describe the event being illustrated and what he hopes others might learn by studying it. Have your student respond to an event by comparing it to another event in history. He can create tables with one table showing the similarities and one showing the differences. Have him clearly label the tables and give this work a title. Have your student respond to an event by drawing a series of small pictures (cartoon style), representing each major turn of the event and in chronological order. Have him orally share it with someone else when complete. Have your student respond to a significant person from the chapter or reading selection by dictating/typing a letter to him/her or as if him/her, responding to whatever might have been happening to him/her in the chapter or reading selection. Have your student respond to a significant person from the chapter or reading selection by answering this question: "If you had been __, then what would you have done differently from him/her with ___ event? Why?" Creating pictures with captions, charts and tables with titles, writing lists and including titles, drawing diagrams and maps and giving them labels are all examples of low-writing type prompts which shift the focus from writing and over to what the student thinks about what was just read-how he connected to it. But, they also are building writing skills at the same time, since they also require the student to organize their thoughts and begin to define what they want to say and how to say it. If your student enjoys dramatizing, he can act out short scenes sometimes. He can do this with himself and props or small toys/Legos. If you really need to keep his response short and low-fuss, then he can also start his work the day of the reading and then finish it the next day (since some prompts are more involved than others). For example, he might start his drawing after the reading and then finish it and describe it another day that same week. I hope this helps a little. 🙂 Best Wishes!
  18. I was wondering if anyone here could tell me if Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans had been edited and updated in the Memoria Press edition? Has any other company edited and updated his A First Book in American History? I'm specifically looking for editions that have been edited and modernized. ETA: Also, does anyone know if A Child's First Book of American History by Earl Schenck Miers, recently republished by Beautiful Feet Books, has been edited and updated?
  19. Happy Birthday Emily! Hope your day is fantastic!
  20. Just in case anyone might be interested... I've completed a guide for a study of Marine Biology based on living books; this is a Charlotte Mason style approach. I'm linking it to my website page, because it has a better sample. Lulu's previews are rather limited. This is a level one guide (ages 8-11) and I will be writing a level two guide within the next year-hopefully. ? CA stands for the Marine Biology Companion Album. The latter book is entirely optional. It is a reformatted book I created based on two of the books used in the guide: Understanding the Sea and On the Seashore-both books in the public domain. The remaining books needed are as follows: Pagoo, Oceans, Karl, Get Out of the Garden! and Who Eats What? Marine Biology One
  21. We're making good use of this site: The French Experiment.?
  22. I think that A Gentle Feast...the Morning Time schedule does this.
  23. I have a free PDF about narration at my website and I include some ideas for scaffolding too. If you'd like to download it, it's titled: Narration: An Art and a Skill and can be found at my website: A Mind in the Light. ETA: Also, all of the guides that I write include narration prompts. ETA2: This file was a lot of work for me, so I usually take the direct link down after a bit. It's still at the website, so you can still access it.
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