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  1. goldenecho

    Mad Libs for parts of speech.

    I just had them pick a random paragraph out of their literature textbook (could be any book) and copy it, replacing some words with blank spaces, and write the part of speech under the blank spot. Sometimes they got it wrong, but when they had their classmates fill it in, it became clear that it was wrong, so I think it made them think about parts of speech more deeply than just filling in a mad-lib.
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    Mad Libs for parts of speech.

    Yes! I love using mad libs for this! I even used this when I was a classroom teacher. I had the kids all do a mad libs together on the board and then get in small groups and make their own mad libs and try them out on each other.
  3. The videos on this site are son was picking up stuff from it immediately. They didn't have a full curriculum when we first found it, just videos and workbooks (the workbooks I wouldn't suggest for a 6 year old). There's a lot of other great Spanish resources online.... From the link above, Perro y Gato was another of my kids faves. Mi Mundo in Palabras I would wait on until you've exhausted some of your other's excellent, but completely in Spanish and not completely things a child can figure out by themselves so I'd save until he's learned a little Spanish.
  4. Not having done a rescue (or any pets save fish for years, cause my husband is allergic), I would say that it's common sense it would go either back to the rescue or to another good home (ie., not to the pound, and especially not out on the street). I would have thought though if the person could find another family to take the pet, though, that that would be preferred to bringing it back.
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    What do you have hanging above your bed?

    Nothing...we live in Earthquake country.
  6. goldenecho

    Great List of Decodable Readers

    I'd add to this list.
  7. There is a series on Church history that has many of these...they share chapter length stories from their life with a quick paragraph bio at the end to fill in details not in the story. The stories are pictures so definitely for kids at the chapter book stage, not the picture book stage. You can get the books separately too... Here's the people you listed in each one: Book 1: Peace and Peril Saint Augustine Book 3: Courage and Conviction Erasmus Martin Luther John Calvin
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    Need advice-pulling out of PS NOW!

    UG. Usually, I like to give the teachers the benefit of the doubt, but it being a first year teacher I'm thinking this is major warning signs going off. If it was earlier in the year I'd say pull him...but it's 3 months, and that's something you can make up in the summer easily in homeschool if he's not learning much and if he actually likes it. But if the social stuff is really getting to him, I'd pull him in a heartbeat.
  9. Teaching math facts was a real weakness with me, until I found Addition Facts that Stick (and subtraction, multiplication, division).
  10. What I would do, and plan to do when we get to that point, is continue with SOTW working as chronologically as posssible once the US history period starts, but also add in a US history. I would get a second spine for US history and line up the chapters chronologically with Story of the World (to fill in the US history that isn't included in SOTW....but where they overlap just decide on one or the other to use). Plan on spending at least twice as long for that period as you would if using just Story of the World. Now, I haven't actually done that YET and so I don't know how well that works since SOTW doesn't always go completely chronologically. But it's important for me to put US history in the context of world history so I think covering both together chronologically would be useful for that. I also plan to add in extra for the history of our state, so this section is going to go super long for us.
  11. So, I've long planned to cover modern slavery when we cover the Civil War. Several years ago I wrote some articles about modern slavery for an awareness event, including a chart comparing modern and historic slavery. I decided today was as good as any to go ahead and make that into a homeschool has two versions, one for younger kids and one for middle and highschoolers. You can also find a short teacher resource at Free the Slaves....
  12. On Netflix I'd suggest the animated movie "The Breadwinner" is about life for a family under the Taliban in Afghanistan. It's excellent. Should be fine for the 5th grader but it's just on the edge for the 3rd grader (ie, I'd show it to some 3rd graders but not other based on their maturity and ability to deal with emotional stuff). If you browse your library, even if they don't have anything specifically about Katrina, I've noticed some recent books about hurricanes/weather have info about that (same for modern earthquakes, sunamis and such...if you can find a recent enough book about those subjects they often cover specific modern ones). And most libraries would have books about most of the modern presidents, and those would usually include major events that happened during their presidency, which would be another way to tackle that.
  13. If you can find it there was a show called How we Got to Now a few years ago, that traced how inventions in the past affected things then and what developments are happening now. It was a really fun watch and got up to modern history (though it ended a few years ago). On YouTube Crash Course US History has up to Obamma, and their World History series has some more modern stuff too...and they are usually very good but I do suggest previewing as now and then (not every video - not even most videos) they have a joke that isn't quite appropriate for kids and I haven't gotten that far in their videos yet to tell you whether the modern ones have anything like that. There's some really great podcasts out there which deal with modern history but all of the ones I love you would have to screen, because while they are mostly fine...there's some stuff occassionally that's not good for kids. Plus some of it might be too dry for that age (the 5th grader might like some of these though). More Perfect and Stuff You Missed in History Class are two of my faves.
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    Reluctant 6 yo boy curriculum help

    You mentioned he likes games? When you get to addition (not like the general concept/number sense type stuff...but down to memorizing the math facts), I suggest Addition Facts that Stick. It's a short scripted visual/tactile lesson followed by a week of playing a game for practice. So simple, I love it. Someone suggested story of the World. Some people just listen to the audio and love it (and then maybe do a craft or something for each culture...not necessarily each lesson). If you have a child who struggles with listening (since it doesn't have many pictures), I've started to blog about this and have suggestions for short attention span and other suggestions for making it more visual (pictures to go with, videos, ect), and ideas for the first 11 chapters (so far). I put way more work into it than necessary at first but the things like videos and links to pictures and such are easy and pretty open and go. If you are looking for a good easy unit study type of thing for science, I love the Small Square books by Donald Silver on different habitats (backyard, woods, cactus desert, cave, savanna, artic, etc.) . The writing and illustrations are beautiful, and there are little activity suggestions (usually with pretty common household objects) suggested every few pages. I've done unit studies with these just reading a section a day, doing the activity if there was one, and then sometimes looking up a related you-tube video or doing something from pinterest (but just the book and the activities in it are usually enough). Some of the activities are meant for doing in the environment (not so much artic and so forth, but backyard, cave, woods, etc.)
  15. goldenecho

    Curriculum through entirety?

    All About Spelling and Story of the least so far. Even though he went back to school this year (after 4 years of homeschooling) I plan to continue to use both of these during the summer (though I don't know if we will finish any of them at this point, but I can see that AAS would be helpful, and I just want to at least try to finish our current book of Story of the World. If we had kept homeschooling I would have continued with both of those to completion.
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