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  1. If you're not looking to do a holiday related thing, Experimenting with the Vikings might be a fun break. It's a free unit study.
  2. I get this too. I try to always cover my ears with a hat or headbands or ear-muffs.
  3. Hi. I am looking for BOTH fiction and non-fiction related to blacksmithing for my 12 year old. A fictional book with a main character that is a blacksmith would be great, or a book about blacksmithing.
  4. Hey. I'm "sort of homeschooling" a 6th grader through a public school program (paper packet based, not distance learning), and we're doing essays. We've already started a literary essay, and even though they have good pre-writing stuff for it, I realize that a lot of his problem in getting it from the pre-writing to paragraphs is that he's never actually read a literary essay before. The tricky part is it would help if it was on something he's read. Maybe something on Holes (read last year)? Or something on a poem so he can read the poem and the essay in one sitting? I need somet
  5. I'm looking for a short curriculum on essay writing. Should be easy to use, something for kids who struggle with writing. I don't need a whole writing program just something addressing this skill specifically. Suggestions?
  6. Maybe this would be helpful if you're doing ancient history. It's a list I've put together of YouTube videos for Ancient History (if you wanted to start with ancient history). It does give a good overview of ancient history, but it's not really a curriculum (there are no assignments, save a few worksheets I found on Teachers Pay Teachers and added for reference, and the TedEd videos have quizzes). https://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2020/05/you-tube-through-ancient-history.html For hands on though there is a ton out there. It's actually not hard to find projects on pinterest
  7. I liked All About Spelling because I learned from it too, and I thought it was more efficient to learn by concept, and then add in rule breakers after you learned the rules. I also liked that review was built in. I think even if I were doing spelling just by rote memorization by random list (which is a method I don't like) I would build in review (quiz them on a few words from past lists every week and if they don't remember them add them to their week's list). Working like crazy to rote memorize a list of words and then never practising them again after that week seems like such a waste.
  8. So I don't think I have average kids when it comes to reading. My older kids were the type to sit down and read a book all day until it was done, and then they might not read a book for a while. My ADD kiddo who struggled with reading wouldn't even let me read him a chapter book until age 9. By 10 he was starting to read with me. We'd read graphic novels and we would take character parts. Sometimes he would take all of the guy's parts, and other times, he would only take one character's part. We'd read for 20 minutes to a half hour or so. He was not reading anywhere close to flue
  9. How young are the ages? I love the book Treasures of the Snow for an advent book. It's 24 or 25 chapters, starts and ends at Christmas, and has such a wonderful Christian story of forgiveness and faith. It's something that really impacted me as a child and I loved reading it to my children. But I'm not sure if it's "all ages." I think the best age range is upper elementary to early middle school, but I'm sure my mom read it to me earlier, and I read it to my kids earlier than that. (Except my youngest, who had a low tolerance for reading things without pictures until about age 9).
  10. It could be a coping mechanism for feeling stupid. Sometimes it's easier to kids to say they "don't want to answer" than admit "I don't know how to answer." (That explains too the anger. It's jealousy and feeling worse because other kids could get it...especially if the kids are her age our younger. ) She's probably used to blending into the background at school, and not used to this much direct attention. Maybe ask her if she would rather if you asked her questions when the other kids weren't listening, or if she would rather write it down and have you look at it without showing ever
  11. I know you're asking about Curriculum and not just about Columbus resources, but just in case you haven't found one, when you get to Columbus and Spanish conquest, I do have some resources I suggest (mostly videos). The Crash Course ones are meant for older kids but I think a 3rd grader might be able to handle them. I am including the Black Legend one even though I DON'T suggest it for a 3rd grader, just because it does go into so much more of what happens to the natives and might be useful later. (And I've done a LOT of research for Columbus for a fact check article I did, so the rea
  12. I want to hear the good, bad, and ugly about sight words and a dyslexic child. Did you teach them, or avoid teaching sight words and just focus on phonics? When and how did you teach them if you chose to? Do you think it was helpful or harmful (or do you think there are ways to teach sight words that are helpful or harmful to a dyslexic child).
  13. Have you seen the Multiplication Facts that Stick unit study here on Well Trained Mind. It's game based (4 similar games played every week after a short lesson...you can just use the games but the lessons are good too). There's also some printable multiplication game here: http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2020/04/learning-games-for-elementary.html And Kingdomino is fun but generally only deals with smaller multiplication problems.
  14. These books have great ideas for hands on projects. See if your library has any: For History AND Science: The Make it Work Series (like DK books but crafty...has very elaborate crafts). Ancient Science by Jim Weiss (combines science and history with science experiements and projects) A long list of things that combine history and science, which includes a lot of science experiments and projects, organized by historic period: http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2017/08/resources-combining-history-and-science.html And you can also just search pinterest. For Just Hist
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