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  1. We are taking a month off from grammar, or maybe the rest of the year.....
  2. knitgrl

    Teaching properties of numbers.

    I have only been homeschooling our dd for five years, so I don't know how it compares to other programs, but MEP is what we use. MEP will use letters in place of numbers, though I can't remember quite when that happens, perhaps Year 2? We didn't use all of Year 1, so I'm not sure. At any rate, you can look over all the materials here: You really need to look carefully at the lesson plans, as that is where all the teaching is laid out. It is fairly teacher intensive. I'm not sure if it is what you are looking for, but we are finding it to be challenging in a good way.
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    Music Appreciation

    This is what I did too! I was able to find piano music at the library for a lot of the folk songs they suggest in primary school, so we could sing around the piano. We haven't done it this year, but it was fun when we did.
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    1st edition of WTM

    Hunter, who I haven't seen on the forum in a long time, said she really liked how the 1st edition discussed writing.
  5. I agree the original quote was poking fun at oneself. I think the worry was all the non-NASA folks pointing to it, and saying, "See! If a NASA scientist has to look it up, I don't have to know it, either!" But I bet the NASA scientist could recognize the formula for the volume of a sphere without having to have it labelled, because he/she would understand what it means just by looking at it.
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    curricula busts: 2018 edition

    We loved SOTW AG for the Ancients. We did lots of things from it. But as we went through the series, we ended up doing fewer and fewer projects. Somehow they didn't grab me like they did for Vol. 1. Or maybe we did all those activities because it was our first real year of homeschooling and I was all gung-ho. I'm not quite sure at this point. I will probably have a better idea a few years from now with the next go round.
  7. I am blanking on the specifics, but I have run into an instance of a school teacher basking in ignorance because it meant nobody had more knowledge in a particular area than anybody else. I guess you can't argue there isn't equality in ignorance, but I fail to see it as desirable. It reminds me a little of the phrase, "I'm just as good!" in C.S. Lewis' essay "Screwtape Proposes a Toast."
  8. This is so, so important. I am a history person, and dh is a science person, so we keep each other in check on the subjects in which we are less knowledgeable. Every now and then he will make a statement based on something he saw online (where he tends to hang out in technical circles) about some historical event and it is just totally wrong because he didn't know that x happened before, or y was happening simultaneously. Of course, I am corrected on science topics where my knowledge is a bit fuzzy. The fact is, we can't know everything. It was interesting a pp mentioned something about info that "feels accurate." Information can't "feel accurate" unless you have some background knowledge. Otherwise, you will just go along with whatever happens to align with your worldview, whether it is accurate or not.
  9. I found something from New York State. There are three pdf's at the bottom of the page. I have not read all 466 pages of the first pdf, but in skimming it, it looks like there may be some useful things there. It's not a curriculum exactly, but does give an idea of what kids should know in grades K-12, as well as worksheets.
  10. Thanks for the bump, OKBud! I changed the title because maybe it looked too technical? I think it is an interesting topic. I think it is a tremendously important topic. After all, it is one of the reasons I homeschool. I don't want my kids to swallow the 10,000 things the Internet and TV want to tell them, because a lot of it isn't true. Almost every first hit on a google search is a paid ad. Since there was so little response, I did some poking around and found It has a little bit of what I am looking for and a bunch of other stuff that I am not looking for, but I tend to shy away from programs that want you to take a workshop.
  11. Short background: A friend of mine wants to give us an old encyclopedia set which is probably 25-30 years old. I have been looking closely at History Odyssey Ancients for dd who will be in 5th grade next year, and it occurred to me that it might be handy to have an encyclopedia set around for that particular curriculum, as it assigns kids to write definitions and brief summaries of people, places and things. I think in this particular context, ancient history for a 5th grader, an old encyclopedia set works. It will be a tactile way for her to experience one way of organizing information. I'm not quite ready hand her over to the internet. All this got me thinking about how to teach kids how to judge what information is reliable, and what isn't. I got a handful of tips when I went to college, but that was when Google was in its infancy and money talks a lot louder on search results than what it used to. What do you use to teach kids what is good information?
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    3rd grade reading/literature

    You are a better person than I am. 😁 My kid would have to read super hero novels on her own. I am not reading that stuff out loud.
  13. knitgrl

    3rd grade reading/literature

    Dd is a strong reader, so we didn't do any formal reading instruction in 3rd, aside from Wise Owl Polysyllables by Don Potter. Otherwise, we more or less followed the WTM and she read a bunch of Illustrated Classics, which she loved and read multiple times. And I read aloud to her.
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    Advice for elementary math I can stick with!

    Thank you, Jess & Fireweed! There are days when dd would really like to use colored pencils with MEP.
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