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  1. Hmm... I actually taught my kiddo a lot about Government while doing ancient history. We compared various forms of government we encountered to our own. It was on an elementary level, but still, my son had no American history and that did not hinder him from understanding things like the difference between a Monarchy and a Republic, Representative Government, Balance of Powers, etc. If you felt you'ld like him to have some understanding of the history behind our government beforehand though, I would have him, over the summer or next year, watch Crash Course American History. It's 48 roughly 10 minute episodes (8 hours total) and gives a nice overview of American History. And it's entertaining enough that one of my kids (who was not homeschooled) watched it for fun in his spare time. Then, you could just continue on US Government from there, reviewing it by comparing our Goverment to the various government systems you encounter in World History.
  2. How do you feel about doing history in summers too, so you can progress through it a little faster than usual? Especially if you started THIS summer when so much is closed and traveling is tricky. That way you might be able to get through all four years in 3 with your family doing it all together. When he gets to the modern age you can add in extra material for him for American history (I suggest podcasts or books on tape). Economics should be covered with him separately.
  3. What about sign language? People could certainly sign along with songs, with music playing along. That could be beautiful actually. Churches would have to teach the signs, because it can be hard to follow signs just by watching if you're not familiar with them. (I find signing a song to be a powerful way to sing without words. I took sign language my first year of college...and our chapel had an interpreter who signed the songs. Hers wasn't a bland interpretation but a very powerful whole body singing in sign. I started following along and have occasionally signed along to songs ever since.).
  4. I've been enjoying the online services from my old church in Texas (we're in California now), but of course I don't want it to be like that forever. What I'd love to see is churches first open outdoors, weather permitting. I just feel a bunch of people in a room for an hour sounds like the LAST thing that should open (so no movie theaters either). But outdoor church sounds better. Sermon on the mount style...only with good microphones.
  5. Now the movie...that is a different matter. I would not let a 7 year old watch the movie.
  6. Every child is different. One of my kids would have been fine with that at 7 (might not have had the attention span for it...but the content wouldn't have bothered them), while my other child would have still struggled with the content at 10.
  7. I used Raise the Roof by Print Path with my middle schooler with illegible writing over the summer, and while it didn't make his writing perfect, it did improve it (I could read it!). It's actually meant for helping kids move from KG lines to regular lined paper, but it addresses other handwriting issues on the way (I just skipped used that stuff), and is not babyish. It's made by an occupational therapist and I love everything she does for handwriting.
  8. OOh. I'll have to check those out! Another one you might want to check out is Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers. My son loved it so much he actually asked to read it for a bedtime story, which never happens with those types of educational books.
  9. If I remember right, the Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer series by John Grisham are like that. My son really liked them at that age.
  10. Little House on the Prairie is another that comes to mind. Island of the Blue Dolphins (she is stranded due to saving her sibling, but he dies, so most of the story is without him).
  11. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John is a historical fiction that takes place in the Swiss mountains (a Christian book). The book features a girl from, who, after the death of her mother, helps raise her little brother (and homeschools to do it in spite of this being, though this is only really dealt with in the first chapter if I remember). Her brother features prominately in the story and their relationship does too, though the story is really about her and another boy, who is also a main character in switches between her and his perspective (but something that happens to her brother drives the action between them). Try to get the older version of the book if you can. There is a re-edited version and I've heard it's not as good as the original, which is excellent. One of my favorite stories from childhood, and re-reading it to my own children I was really struck by how well written it was. Beautiful imagery, a story that has adventure but doesn't have villains and heroes, that really gets the internal conflict right, has such a beautiful message, etc. One of my favorite books ever.
  12. I agree with others about Ellen McHenry's science kiddo is just reaching middle school but I've looked through her stuff and it's amazing. Sometimes also it's fun to combine science and history. I did this with Greek and Roman history (if you haven't gotten to these sections in Story of the World, I have a chart I made that showed how we aligned science topics with that...Greek history and earth science lined up really well). But there are some curriculum that also combine science and history (unfortunately my kiddo wasn't the right age for most of these at the time, but they looked really cool). The Science Through History Curriculum by Jay Wile (a Christian curriculum) The Story of Science (a secular curriculum...for 6th grade and up but I feel like it would work for a 5th grader too. I know someone who did it with their daughter in 4th grade). There's also some good shorter unit studies on science related to specific eras/civilizations that would work well for your child's age (I've used parts of both of these).... The Science of Ancient Egypt (you can buy the whole set or just get individual chapters on subjects like Pyramids, the Nile River, Mummification. Those are listed later on in the page). Experimenting with the Vikings (This one is free...and amazing.)
  13. Our general plan that has worked for us. As the school year ends evaluate...are we feeling worn out or are things going strong? Are we behind, ahead, just where we want to be on our goals for the year? Going strong...keep going until we feel like we need a break (but if we're good on our goals just do easy/3 days a week). If we're worn out, but behind, we break for at least a month and then start up again early. If not behind, plan a full summer.
  14. You can also see if anyone of the books are available online here. (Or try your local library website...they still offer online books sometimes).
  15. Oh, tons! Make spelling words and other things you want memorized your computer password (works great for phone numbers, address, etc. too). Also, if any of your kids play the annoying "I'm gonna repeat everything you say game" start saying math equations, spelling words, or anything else you'ld like them to memorize. Either they quit repeating you or they learn, win! With little kids, if you have a spinning office chair and you spin them in it, always count out loud as you do it. They will pick up counting really quickly that way. Let them jump on the bed while doing math drills (or a trampoline if you have it). Have a struggling reader who likes video games. Get a text heavy game. My son would put more effort into reading that than anything else. Do they like playing school? You can do real lessons in play school. (This one got my kiddo past the crying every day over school stage).
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