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  • Birthday 10/24/1974

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    I'm a Philly area homeschooling mom of two daughters. I like to drink coffee, knit socks, and watch Doctor Who. I consider us Charlotte Mason influenced eclectic homeschoolers. I'm on Instagram, Periscope, Facebook, and Twitter @bwdiaz or /bwdiaz so feel free to connect with me in those places as well.

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  1. I see the OP has already decided to go with Quizlet. However, I wanted to put in a plug for Tinycards. I put it on my 3rd grader's iPad for Getting Started with Spanish flash cards and it's by the makers of Duolingo so it's both easy to do and visually appealing. There aren't any games but there is a spaced repetition system for cards they get wrong. I like it a lot. Edited for spelling. "Reputation"??? Really???
  2. You can google pictures of Winchester - both the cathedral and the statue are there. The cathedral might have a site of its own with more pics.
  3. Found this poster bio: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/54780
  4. Color a map of the areas of England he united?
  5. I'm considering it for my kids next year too. If I don't have a color printer (laser b&w) is it worth going off to a printing place to do it in color or will b&w be fine?
  6. There are videos online of what English sounded like during that time.
  7. What's "La Pata Pita Vuelve"? I'd love to know if there is an elementary Spanish curriculum that doesn't have the writing requirements of a middle school curriculum but assumes the student needs to learn more that greetings, colors, and food. It's weird. My husband is from Honduras and he has relatives where we live in the US. But my older daughter, going into 4th, is trudging through Spanish like I'm torturing her. My younger daughter, going into 2nd, loves it. She listens to gossip, tries to speak, happily watches tv in it. She's advancing much more quickly than my older daughter but more grammar intensive or writing intensive programs just won't work for her age/ability. We take a lot of fun classes on Outschool too.
  8. I used Draw the World last fall with my 3rd grader and we've started Draw Asia book 1 last week. I'm hoping we'll continue on to book 2 after this because the Draw Asia books are complimenting our reading of Komroff's Marco Polo. We sit together, my daughter and I, and we each have our own map. I set a timer for ten minutes and we just stop when the time is up. We do ten minutes once a week. I read the instructions, though she could read them, I do it so I can give further explanation or so I can direct our pace. Sometimes we google pictures of places. This is separate of our other memory and map work where we are also working on learning the names and capitals and major geographic points of the half of Asia west of India and towards the Middle East, as well as mapping Polo's trip. I spend five to ten minutes on each of those once a week as well. I feel like with the drawing books she gets a better sense both of where places are and how they connect, and it's really helped with body of water recognition. I feel like this is more observation and drawing practice than actual geography. I do think she's too young to use it by herself and she isn't naturally artistic (and neither am I). We haven't done the USA book but maybe next year when we do more US history.
  9. I'm not there yet but I'm curious about what to explore when a student finishes Kit 2 of ShillerMath. I'm going to share some background about my kids but I'd also like to know generally what others did. My first grade 7 year old is happy mid book 2 in Kit 1. She's mathy though and sometimes I supplement with Critical Thinking Co stuff and math games. When more of the BA2 books are out I think she'll like them too. She thinks Life of Fred is stupid. I have a 9 year old who struggled more with Math. About a year ago I posted a thread asking for help and you all gave me great advice about her issues and I feel like she is now pretty close to an average third grade math student. Shiller was really perfect for her. She never spends so long on stuff that gets frustrated though we always get back to things, there are multiple approaches to similar ideas, and it just helped her feel so much less pressure. She will finish book 3 of Kit 1 sometime in June or July. When she was behind still I did do Addition Facts that Stick and Subtraction Facts that Stick last summer and those both helped a lot. She also likes Life of Fred, I read a chapter a week and we are finishing Edgewood now. I don't know that it's actually teaching her much math but she likes the stories and has no trouble with "your turn to play" exercises. She likes math games too but it's about playing and not about math. Anyway, I ordered the Fractions Kit recently and I'm working that into the plan. And I'll be ordering Kit 2 as soon as conventions start near me because that's when the best deals are. But what will my 9 year old do when we finish Kit 2. Presumably she'd be ready for a pre-Algebra or Trig type program but I'm not sure what that means for her personality and learning type. Obviously, I can't know what she'll be dealing with in 3 years but at this point it would not do to switch her to a more normal type of math. I'd like to do some thinking and research. Is there any sort of mid-level Montessori style (or similar) Math programs? I'm less worried about the 7 year old. Thoughts or opinions?
  10. I agree. Although I read that email to mean they were making BFSU the spine of their whole pre-high school curriculum so not just 6-8 but that the 6-8 portion is what they are close to releasing. I've said it on other threads on this forum that I don't get why others find BFSU so difficult to manage, but since so many others find it so then I'll be glad they are making it more accessible. It really is a quality science education. I used the whole K-2 book with my older daughter and she's doing 3-5 now, and my younger daughter is a year into the K-2 book.
  11. Nadine from the Up Above the Rowan Tree blog just posted about this new secular CM resource in one of the FB CM groups and I'm impressed and wanted to share over here. It's called Ursa Minor Learning and it's for kids who need a bigger STEM emphasis in high school than some of the other CM guides provide. It seems like it's very creative about tying its upper level science living books in with the MIT open courseware programs. https://ursaminorlearning.com/ One thing that bugs me about a lot of CM programs is a lack of inclusion of people of color, as if nothing ever written by a POC could be considered a classic or a living book, but this curriculum has much more diversity while still adhering to both what I think counts as classic and living. The literature section itself isn't diverse but scroll down to the free reads to find it. It seems to still be a work in progress, they have grades 9-12 posted and are working on their middle years stuff now. I'll be interested to see how things go.
  12. This isn't cheap but the money I used on the Yesterday's Classics e-books bundle has been money well spent. My kids are asking for the second bundle from the grandparents for the holidays. Get on the email list for sale notices. I got the first bundle for $69 so the sale prices tend to be pretty good. http://www.yesterdaysclassics.com/treasuries/index.php Does your library participate in overdrive? Checking out e-books would be completely free.
  13. I have a few questions. I know it's October but I'm thinking of switching. Is there an option for a January start? Do they just use the Science program from Nicole at A Sabbath Mood in form 2 and up? I love her work. How does the community respond to people who swap things out? I don't mean make significant changes. More like "we've read that free read (or history bio or whatever) 100 times" kind of swaps? Are they ok with changes related to doctrine? For example, we are Jewish, we aren't going to use J. Paterson Smyth, we'd use something appropriate to our tradition. What are the free read lists like? In years 1 and 2 my older daughter did read the whole AO free read lists. My younger daughter though really isn't getting into some of them though. Thanks for the input.
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