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  1. He likes straightforward humor and high level of facts. He's pretty deep into the American Revolution, and when his book club assigned The Thrifty Guide he was horrified. Not what he was expecting and it ruined the rest for him. However, he likes the Catastrophic Science series, Time Traveler Guide, Horrible Histories, Newspaper series, You Wouldn't Want To Be.. Sometimes he's just a weird kid. 😄 We don't often have the same ideas of "fun", so I'm always on the hunt for something we'll both like, or at the very least something decently interesting for me that he'll love.
  2. I don't know if it would suit, but Ken Jennings writes Junior Genius Guides and has one for Ancient Egypt. My kid hated the Thrifty Guides but loves Ken Jenning's work.
  3. Don't feel guilty. If you really want to work some in, I have ideas like: -watch historically-set movies together -find some local sites to go to. -watch Mysteries Of The Unknown, which is just a repackaging of Mysteries at The Museum. I can turn on an episode here and we end up with discussions about it or other connections. It's a corny show and sometimes the connections they make are far-fetched. Like, the one episode I had to do a double take because I knew the event referenced and I knew where the artifact was, and it certainly wasn't where they were filming. They ended the seg
  4. Sure. Here you go: L'Annee De CP J'Apprends A Lire Avec Sami Et Julie (the stars at the top tell what level. We began at the beginning with red stars) Fluency Matters - these are carefully curated chapter books that have a specific number of unique words each. I think the easiest, Edi L'Elefant, has 70-ish. Worksheets/printable readers: http://soutien67.free.fr/francais/francais_exercices.htm There are others, but mostly I just search up the French version of what I am looking for along with "fiches", "activites" or "maternelle". Like right now, we're doing a unit on going to the zoo
  5. I remember this. It's why Hardee's made such a big deal about their ThickBurger, showing how much bigger it was than a quarter-pounder. They didn't want a repeat of before.😄
  6. We have been enjoying the puzzles from Arithmetiquities , Pre-algebra With Pizazz, and a book called Perfectly Perilous Math.
  7. Fifth grade this year. Science: He requested chemistry. We did Ellen McHenry's books: The Elements and Carbon Chemistry. Our routine was like this: Day 1. Read the text. Highlight main ideas and important information. Day 2. Activity, organize highlights into outline. Day 3. Activity, summarize orally Day 4. Activity/game/video Day 5. Summarize notes on paper Day 6. Game or video Day 7. Chapter comprehension check. Day 8. Story of Science chapter (to go along with history) History: we are using Human Odyssey (like SOTW). I put together my own lesson plan of task cards f
  8. We ended up with Nallenart for a few years. I bought the download version because I wasn't waiting for it to come from Canada. It worked well enough, paired with First Step En Francais (Knowitall.org) the first year and then Telefrancais (youtube) the next two years. At that point we added Getting Started With French because Nallenart was a little slower than we wanted. There is a mostly accent and colloquial difference between Canadian and Parisian. DS is terrible at speaking so it doesn't matter. 😄 Plus, all beginners start with the same vocab and grammar, really, so I wasn't going to s
  9. I think the easiest way is to temporarily ignore it with the pencil, but work on the tripod grip in art: short crayons, pastels, paintbrushes...and then bring it over to handwriting when you switch to cursive and add in calligraphy pens or a spirograph for more writing fun practice. I will say that it took me FOREVER to retrain my grip as an adult. I still have to be conscious about it or I will slip back into bad habits.
  10. I own Cambridge 1 and 2, and the Forms, so you might take this with a grain of salt. I think she'll be fine, I really do. Cambridge is gentle. My kid loves it when we pull it out because he calls it his "easy" Latin. He'll sit there and read an entire chapter in one sitting, laughing over the stories. I think a kid who has finished Henle 1 would be fine in IV. If you are unsure, you can usually get older versions of the Cambridge books on Abebooks for a few bucks, and just pick up III to look through/get used to the new format.
  11. You hit on what my single sentence tried to express. This is what I wrote: And had 8 not been so combative in her reply, I would have explained it sooner, but I see no point in trying to have a conversation with someone wanting an argument. It isn't a direct teacher-student relationship. It's the community aspect of having trusted people to talk about things with. All of us have grown in our processes, and it didn't happen in a vacuum. It wasn't because I went to the library and read everything and could do it. I had a community, people who had walked before me and those
  12. Honestly, in my vision it's a little blurry. :) I mean, ideally I want a set up where students are all on IEPs. In the morning, when they get there, there would be some sort of opening task on their work space, something different for everyone, relating to practice at their specific level. That's the time of day when they also take attendance and 3 teachers are in the room with 12-15 kids. It's a time maybe with a little bit of chatter and saying hello. Then, the children move into groups and focus on their lesson for the day. As they finish, they put away their materials and walk to the ne
  13. I understand this, but it's not my experience. Admittedly, it's anecdotal, lol, but.... I grew up in a poor school. Quite a few kids were ESL. Many were at the poverty level or below. A lot came from unstable households. Now I live in an area that is highly affluent. The average house price here is insane, though most would consider themselves middle class (it's quite on the upper end of that) and the community is stable, very few ESL, very few transient kids. Highly educated parents in an area where education is valued and prized. The demographics are starkly different. Recentl
  14. Oh, goodness, what wouldn't I? For the structure itself: I LOVED the way my elementary school was set up, and it was actually named after the architect who designed it. Many years later I had the opportunity to read more about him and his design elements. He was very into making sure it was holistic: whole person and whole community connection was the point of making the school in a circle, with "backyards" for each classroom and a center meeting ground in the middle. Every classroom faced each other, with end points being community-areas. The little backyard areas opened to the larger p
  15. I can speak for my area here. I'm taking the education-concentration classes at our college right now, meant for eventual teachers of K-6. I think a lot of the problem stems from right there. Math is everything Liping Ma warned of, what, 30 years ago? Our school district loses about half the potential students to other private or charter schools, but they're not sure why. Editing to add how to fix. Because our district seems to rely more and more on teacher-created-resources, I'd love to see educational-concentration classes focused on getting into the weeds and learning how to br
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