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About bwdiaz

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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. What about the program makes you think it would be a challenge for a 3rd grader?
  3. 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.
  4. Found this poster bio: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/54780
  5. Color a map of the areas of England he united?
  6. 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?
  7. There are videos online of what English sounded like during that time.
  8. Can I just ask, because I've seen this phrase "whole to parts" with reference to phonics and learning to read, what is a whole to parts learner? How did you know your daughter was one?
  9. 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 mor
  10. What's Athena's Story of Science? Good luck with nursing school. --- I haven't posted yet because I don't know what I'm doing yet. We did parts of Mosdos and parts of MCT for language arts this year and it worked really well so we'll probably continue. We are finishing kit 1 of Shiller and will do kit 2 next. Continue SYRWtL Spanish. I don't want to continue the Shalom Ivrit series because it doesn't mesh well with what the synagogue uses. To be honest, we may just switch over to all readers in that subject. She wants to start Latin so I'm thinking the Big Book. I planned to start that
  11. 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
  12. 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 abo
  13. 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.
  14. 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 c
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