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Shannon in TN

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  1. I'm just curious - why do you not believe in teaching social studies? Your comment has intrigued me. Thanks for your responses!
  2. Thanks, Audrey, for the info! That definitely helps. Does anyone else have something to contribute?
  3. I've been looking for the red and yellow student books used. I have copies of the TE that I have either bought or borrowed, but I'm seeing some older editions for sale that are combined. Are the older editions that much different from the newer ones where the TE and SB are separate or are they still teaching the same information, just in a different format? Thanks in advance!
  4. I picked up a book from a used store yesterday and it's basically a list of what they call "trade books" that can be used to teach to the ten thematic standards of Social Studies. I found this to be very interesting because the lists are very large and have varying ways to categorize the books (primary topic, secondary, age group). http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/Childrens_Literature_in_Social_Studies-Teaching_to_the_Standards/0879860766/ http://tinyurl.com/dhwf6q The first link is what the book looks like and the second book has a good description of it. My questions are, how would you go about teaching and testing something like this? Is there a curriculum that I can pull from to go along with this? Or should I just hang onto it as a reference and keep looking for a curriculum for 2nd grade? Thanks in advance!
  5. Would anyone be able to tell me a little more about this curriculum? I'm interested in the Earlybird Start-Up Science. Thanks in advance!
  6. So what do you follow? Do you have a text book or are you following a curriculum? I'm trying to cover the same topics for my 2nd grader and found a couple of textbooks for level 2 at a used book store. No TE, though, so I'm not sure what I'll do with them other than use them for reference.
  7. OK, So I'm really liking what I see with the RS4K but I'm wondering about grade levels. Those of you who are using this curriculum, what grade/age would you call the Pre-Level, Level 1 and Level 2. It seems like the level 1 biology covers the same thing as the pre-level, just a little more in-depth and technical so with a 7yo/2nd grader, would you just jump right into the level 1 or still start with the pre-level? Thanks!
  8. Wow! Thanks for all the input, everyone. This is definitely helpful.
  9. I'm thinking of adapting to a year-round schedule when I start teaching my 2nd grader next year and I was wondering what kind of schedule you use? Do you make your own or do you follow a public school's year round schedule? Another consideration is that she'll be in an enrichment program that won't start until the fall (two days a week). Would I totally mess her up if she started her school weeks before the enrichment? Thanks for the input! S
  10. Israel is in the book, but considering today's world and what's happening now, I would really like to include some of the other mid-east countries. Thanks for everyone's input! It's still on my "possible" list.
  11. But I noticed online that their table of contents doesn't have anything about the Middle Eastern countries. Did you do anything with those?
  12. I'm still researching history unit studies for my 2nd grader and came across this. Does anyone use or know anything about it? Thanks in advance...
  13. Thanks for all the input! As for why I'm home schooling for next year, I don't feel like she's being challenged at her school. A lot of the stuff she's doing now seems to be so simple and basic for her. I want to challenge her a bit without taking the fun out of learning. She picks up math very quickly, she's an avid reader, has good handwriting for a six year old and her spelling is almost always correct. Those tricky words that are the exceptions to rules are usually what stump her because they haven't been taught to her. However, since this is my first year home schooling, I'd really like a curriculum that spells it all out for me, which is why I was looking at LLATL. She loves art and doing things hands on, so I want to include an art program (I really like what I read about Artistic Pursuits). Any additional input anyone else may have on any of these (WP- children around the world, LLATL-red, science, health), I would greatly appreciate. Thanks so much! S
  14. I just finished reading several pages over at homeschoolreviews and many complained that the all-in-one concept of LLATL was great, but lacking in details. Several had to supplement spelling and grammar. Does anyone else here feel that way? Now that I know this may not be the answer for teaching Language Arts, what would you recommend for a 2nd grader reading on a 3rd and 4th grade level?
  15. Hi everyone, I'm trying to put together what I'll be using for my DD 2nd grader for the fall and I'm looking for some advice. I'm wanting to do the red book LLATL and was wondering do I need to add a different spelling program or is theirs pretty comprehensive? Also, I've been seduced by the WP's Children around the world theme pack. Does anyone have any feedback on that particular program? I know it's expensive, but on paper it seems worth it and has a lot of information. What would you recommend for science and health?
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