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  1. All About Spelling I think would be a good choice. Even if he's reading he'll need phonics for the spelling. It's helped me, and I have a an English degree 😉 .
  2. Possibly start them up with All About Spelling. Spelling is a slightly different process and going through the phonics for spelling is usually necessary even if they pick up reading quickly. And if they are missing any phonics concepts, it's likely to be caught through teaching the spelling concepts.
  3. Oh my...if it's Franciscan Desert Rose a relative of mine has those (just looked it up). They are lovely though. Maybe you could use the plates under other plates (find smaller plates that match). And the cups could be used to serve wrapped candies or something.
  4. I would also ask this question in the "Learning challenges" section of this board. The people there have a lot more experience (not that they aren't here too...but you will get more answers from other families with kids with dyslexia).
  5. For History, if your child has already had an overview, Marion Bradley's free US and World history courses may be a way to dig in and learn how to interpret original source documents (you could combine it with a general history textbook or Crash Course World and American History on YouTube or something similar if you thought they needed the overview again). The Marion Bradley curriculum is meant for classroom discussion and group work but all the chapters I've looked through I think could be done as individual projects or writing assignments in stead. http://www.marionbrady.com/ I have not looked through the following free high school level history curriculum in as much depth, but since you need something inexpensive they are worth a look. Reading Like a Historian
  6. At 10 History of Rome would probably be a little long winded for him, unless he's just really interested in Rome. Stuff You Missed in History Class he might like though and I think the content would generally be fine (sex is mentioned but I don't remember anything explicit...same for violence. But then I haven't listened to every single episode).
  7. Children Like Me is a great book, and I think both the KGer and 4th grader would enjoy it. Its fun to find where they live on a map. Also, I suggest looking up the places the children live on AirPano.com or Roundme.com (places with 365 degree views you can explore).
  8. How old are your kids now? I know of some good history podcasts, but they are aimed a little older than Story of the World. The History of Rome podcast by Mike Duncan is amazing, and is something that would get you through quite a few car trips. I also love Stuff You Missed in History. But in both cases it might not work for younger kids.
  9. So, said is a true rule-breaker, I've read. But still, what you say is true even about some words that are rule followers. If more than one rule applies you sometimes just have to know. And it's different for spelling and reading too. With reading if there are two or even several ways it can be read according to rules, than at least in those words you can try all the ways and you can usually figure out which is right, until you do get used to that word and just know. Spelling is more difficult, because if there are multiple ways to spell the same word, you can't just pick one (not since the middle ages at least)...you have to get the right one so memorization is needed. I do often wish English were as simple phonetically as Spanish (it's like Russian...if you know the rules you really can read nearly anything correctly. And I say "nearly" just because it's possible there's a few exceptions out there I haven't come across.) But even in words in English that can't be fully phonetically sounded out, that are rule breakers or are tricky words because more than one rule can apply, it really helps to have the phonics base because there are very few words that you don't use phonics for. Take "said." In that word at least the s and the d are ones you can sound out, and so you just have to remember the middle part is different than normal. That's still easier than memorizing a random symbol, even if it's less easy than a truely phonetic language.
  10. All About Reading has a video about that, where they showed all the words on the list that followed the rules and left the true rule-breakers at the end. a I wrote down the words from it... a one where what once does said pretty any walk many the there could been very two was of buy laugh are This site goes into more detail about the different words on the list and what rules apply to them.
  11. I really like the Action Bible for that age and up.
  12. I agree with others that I wouldn't wing it too much for a poor speller. But, if you notice him missing any words that he should be able to do from previous lessons, I might add a quick review of that concept right after you finish your current lesson, and then add that word to the words he reviews during the next week. I also sometimes add a few "challenge words" that he is having to write anyways for other subjects. Like if my son is writing a research report on elephants that week, and is already probably going to have to write elephant a dozen times in his paper, I might add that word to our spelling this that week, even though he hasn't hit the concepts for it, because he is doing so much work around it anyways and is probably on his way to learning it. But I usually only add one challenge word to the list and don't add them every week. Sometimes these are things like names of family members and so forth. And I make sure to write these down and throw them in for review now and then. But I want his main focus to be on the current concept.
  13. My son picked it up pretty quickly, and the boy I'm tutoring is picking it up just by letting him play with them and without any explicit instruction on the colors. I imagine in any class there will be some children who are color blind, though. Two of my boys (but not my youngest, who is the only one I homeschooled) are partially color blind but they can usually tell shades of things. I haven't tried with the blocks to see if they can tell the color differences between say, light blue (#5) and light purple (#6).
  14. I love the way Math U See describes place value, and if you go to ChristianBook.com they have that video in their sample for their primer (probably have it on the main Math U See site too). You couldn't use it exactly of course but it might give you some ideas.
  15. I'm not as familiar with the ones from TWTM, but here are some you could add if they aren't already on the list. A lot of these I learned about through watching Extra Credits History videos on youtube (just to give credit where it's due). These are sort of in order. ANCIENT HISTORY Egypt/Africa Imphotep (pyramid builder...he may have been in SOTW but can't remember) Taharqa (sometimes spelled Taharka) - Nubian king who took over Egypt, first ruler of the Taharqa dynasty Greece (at time of Rome) Hypatia (mathematician...one of the only women among the Greek philosphers) China Warring States Period Sun Tzu - Wrote Art of War, still used for military tactics today Han Dynasty - the whole dynasty is totally skipped in SOTW but it's amazing. Zhang Heng Chinese mathematician and astronomer who made, among other things, the first seizmometer. Emperor Wu sent and his emissary Zhang Qian - Together they basically started the silk road MIDDLE AGES/AGE OF EXPLORATION Middle East/Africa (most of these are Muslim) Al-Khwarizmi - Mathematician. The reason we call our numbers "Arabic Numbers" (though he got them from India) Samuel HaNagid - Jewish scholar/administrator in Cordoba who helped shape a Muslim nation, even though he was Jewish. Saladin (around time of crusades) - Ruler/Military Leader, respected even by his enemies Mansa Musa - King of Mali, Africa. Richest man in the world ever possibly (some debate about this, but still) Suleiman the Magnificent - Islamic Ruler Ibn Battuta - Scholar and world traveler Europe/New World Bartolome de las Casas (yes, he's European and Christian, but as my favorite character in history I have to include him here. He was a priest who came to believe that the enslavement of the indigenous people of the new world was wrong, and spent his whole life fighting to end their oppression). RENAISSANCE TO MODERN (Approximately) I don't have as much for here, as we haven't gotten there, but... Queen Nzinga - 17th-century queen regnant of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola Hiawatha - Native American who united the Iroquois. The famous poem about him is pretty much not accurate at all, but his real story is amazing. Admiral Yi - Korean naval admiral, who invented a new type of ship (if I remember right) and pretty much is responsible for Japan not taking over Korea in the middle ages. Catherine the Great (yeah, she's probably included...but just in case) Simon Bolivar - Hero of hispanic independence movement Shaka Zulu - African leader Kamehameha the Great - Hawaiian king
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