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  1. Such good advice (all of it, not just what I quoted)! I so know what you mean about the notes on the chapter. I started saving keywords too. Made it easier to look things up in the library or online. Sometimes if I couldn't find a book specifically on something, I would find a chapter in a big book of myths or a section in books like "100 Scientists Who Made History." I also used the timeline in the back of the book a lot, for stuffing in little nuggets I found that weren't related to a specific chapter, and kept a notepad for saving links to YouTube videos and other stuff online I wanted to use during each chapter.
  2. No. In fact, it's one of the things I liked about it. SOTW builds review and comparison of cultures into their text. So, when they switch over to a new place, they often have children look at how to get to one place from another on a map. They will remind children of things "Remember how the Persions did this...well, another culture that did the same thing is..." etc. I like how it gives kids the idea that these nations were interacting with each other, not following one after another. I did change the order a couple times though. I moved chapter 21 right after Chapter 17, because I was also incorporating Bible stories chronologically, integrating them in as well as I could with history, and it was just a lot easier to do that with the chapters of Necuchadnezzar and Cyrus next to each other, so I didn't have to split up the life of Daniel. Of course, SOTW isn't completely chronological. She compromises from strict chronology to put together some things by civilization or theme. And usually I agree with her But I did reorganize more chronologically for Rome. Some of this was because of things I wanted to add in, which was easier if it was done chronologically (for instance, I added in some of the persecution of Christians under Diocletian, which doesn't make as much sense if Constantine is covered first). Chap 37 Jesus/Christianity Added info on early church/New Testament stories from acts, and emperors Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius Ch 39 A - B Nero, Christian Persecution...but saved Constantine for later) Ch 40 (Celts, Boudicea) Ch 38 (Jerusalem Destroyed) Masada (added) Ch 40 B (Diocletian Divides Roman Empire) (286 AD) Ch 39 C (Constantine) Ch 41 (Barbarians Attack) Ch 42 (Fall of Rome) For Volume II, again, I changed order of chapters too a little. I moved the parts about Japanese Knights later in the book, closer to when it happened chronology, just because we were busy earlier and I wanted to spend more time on that (cause my son was really interested in it), but also wanted to add a bunch of extra stuff about castles and knights, and it was just to crowded to do both together.
  3. This whole post makes me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing how this helped you. Really made my day to hear it.
  4. I second all of the following... The Ordinary Princess by M M Kaye The Borrowers Anne of Green Gables From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Franweiler My Side of the Mountain (and sequels) And I also suggest these, even though they are more modern , they are fun, and sometimes fun is what you need... Origami Yoda Series(fun, hilarious, and actually kinda deep for a kid book without being a downer) IFunny Series (has some serious sides, but mostly a lot of humor) Wonder definately deals with some dark stuff, but also deals with it with humor, and has a happy ending, and is uplifting.
  5. I agree with others on All About's great for teaching specific rules. As for the letter formations, I suggest some PrintPath (you can search for it on Teacher's pay teachers). I used it to teach my son and it worked really well. "Lowercase at Last" was what I used because he was pretty good with his upper case letters, but needed work with a lot of his lower-case ones when I pulled him out of school. This one is pretty good for fixing letter formations too (it's meant to be done in 2nd grade to sort of address any problems that have arisen): They also have a dinosaur themed handwriting program now which looks like it teaches the same things as their other, but it uses dinosaurs, which might be motivating if you have a dino loving kid.
  6. So, I also did a living history style Vacation Bible School with my church, covering different Bible stories with crafts and stuff from the place/time period, and I can say the following were the biggest historical craft hits... most of these work for any ancient era, and some medieval ones. Weaving on cardboard looms Anything with clay Making Mud Bricks (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley) Making scented oils (olive oil plus whatever smelly herbs were available at the time) Tasting or making food from the time period. Basket making (hard...but kids loved it). Seed mosaics (Greece, Rome)
  7. So, as far as tricks the biggest ones that helped me with my very short attention kiddo were.... Go by sub-section, not chapter. I found early on 2-3 subjection a week was our pace, and later on we could do 4-5. Pacing it by subsection meant we were always reading about the same amount, in stead of trying to do a certain number of chapters per week no matter if they had 2 sub-sections or 5. Supplement with library books DURING THE READING. For my visual learner, if I could find a few color pictures to illustrate what was happening during the chapter, and point to them when I was reading, it really helped my visual learner remember and engage better. (I did a little video that showed how I organized that here.) I used YouTube Videos a lot. Especially Extra Credits History and TedEd videos. Even when the chapter and the video covered the exact same thing, my child liked doing both and I think the repetition in different mediums helped. While he listened to the chapter, I often let him watch a you-tube video, with the sound down, showing something related to the chapter (especially architecture and geography videos of the Nile River, Indus River, Great wall of China, great pyramids, parthenon in Athens, castles, etc.). If it has soft, cultural music, you can sometimes leave the sound on low...I did that for one video and I felt like I was narrating a PBS documentary (and my kid loved it). is also a good one to let your child explore on your phone while they listen to the chapter (they have 360 virtual "tours" of places). Some of my favorite activities were.... Chapter 1 - First Nomads We did a bunch of cool stuff for this chapter, all of which my kiddo loved, including a hunter-gatherer hike with friends. I blogged about it below... Egg Mummies were a hit (and learning about micro-organisms and salts at the same time). All the writing stuff was a hit...cuneiform on clay, Chinese characters with black ink, Calligraphy with real calligraphy pens (cause I do calligraphy anyways) when learning about monks (vol 2) He loved all the writing stuff. Might just be my kid. Aligning Greece and Rome with Science... So, the study of ancient Greece and Rome lined up really well with earth and Space science. I laid out how we did that for Greece on this google doc. While learning about Rome we studied a planet a day (and the Roman god/goddess it was named after). This architecture activity for Greece was one of my son's favorites. For Volume 2, we didn't get that far in, but my son really liked learning about the Vikings. Favorite activities were... --learning about Viking Sunstone (optical calcite...bought one for $5 online and it was so worth it). --making a Viking boat (from a printable online...just pinterest it and you'll find lots) --making a tin-foil boat and learning about buoyancy (we talked about the different types of viking boats...longships for raiding vs wider ones for trading). --making and fighting with boffer swords (could be done when learning about knights too). We got some of the info on Viking sunstones and boats from Experimenting With the Vikings, which is a free curriculum:
  8. I'd love suggestions ones in Spanish for a 11 year old and a 17 year old.
  9. Part (not the main part, but part) of the reason I'm no longer homeschooling my youngest is the need for a 2nd income. My kids want to go to college, and that has to be paid for, and I don't see how we do it with just my husband working.
  10. I saw this article and was wondering your thoughts on this...two different studies found the people with dyslexia have "quick loss of recent implicit memory"
  11. I can really relate. When I sent my child back to school I was so scared of the judgement. My child was behind, but he also has some issues that made it harder for him. They wouldn't see the immense struggle we went through to get him to the place where he was ready and able to learn (not breaking down crying every day like in KG, and like every time we tried to do anything related to school with him for a while after that). They wouldn't see how it took years to build his confidence and help him believe he could do this. I was so scared all they would see is how far behind he was, and blame me and homeschooling for it. And then, his spec-ed teacher told us what a good job we did with him and I just about cried.
  12. As someone who's kids started in public school, who always had some of her children in public school, and who now has all her children back in public school but is still passionate about their education and heavily involved in it....AMEN! Thank you! While I absolutely value homeschooling and the homeschooling community, some of the things I've heard and read things from homeschoolers about public schoolers have made my blood boil. Granted, I'd say most homeschoolers support other parents in however they choose to educate their children (with the exception of course of complete educational neglect). But I have some friends who seriously think you're abusing your child by sending them to public school (we stay friends by not talking about it, and by me ignoring a lot of their posts on facebook). And it really bugs me when I see people telling others to keep homeschooling, often with a hefty helping of guilt trip, when they are clearly miserable homeschooling and have been trying and failing at it for quite a while, or where they have extreme circumstances that make homeschooling extremely hard (death of a spouse, extreme financial burdens, dealing with serious illness, etc.) . Not that in some cases a person shouldn't continue homeschooling in spite of difficult circumstances...but it seems like some think nothing excuses sending your child to public school.
  13. I would base it off sections, not chapters. Count out the sections in each chapter and do a certain number of sections a day. That keeps kids from being overwhelmed if you hit 3 long chapters in a row.
  14. I think for those ages it would be fine. I wouldn't try that with younger kids.
  15. I volunteer teaching art through the Art Odyssey program at our school. They don't have a separate art teacher, so unless classroom teachers decide to add something, this is all the art they get. I really enjoy it.
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