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  1. PS. It can be hard for kids to adjust to the idea of being taught at home. For 4 years teaching my son never questioned me teaching him, but he did after I put my son back in public school a couple years (long story). Our 2nd year back I noticed some of the homework wasn't helping him and asked the teacher if we could do something different that I thought would work better (and it did end up working better). The teacher agreed but my son resisted...not because it was harder (it was actually less work...just more hands on for me), but because "that's not what the teacher said" (even
  2. As someone who has both taught in the classroom and homeschooled I can say a few things... 1. Passion is great but it isn't everything. You can be passionate about something and not know how to teach it. That was me when I was a classroom teacher. If I had had a scripted curriculum that first year in stead of having to figure it out myself I might still be classroom teaching (I crashed and burned after a month and a half). Now, after homeschooling 5 years, I can say that I do tweak the curriculum now (now that I know my kiddo and how he learns and know how I teach better), but it is
  3. I really liked the Addition Facts that Stick series sold here on Well Trained Mind. Really short, good, visual/tactile lessons followed by playing printable board games for practice (printable if you get the PDF...which I suggest so you can replace the game boards/pieces if they get messed up).
  4. I just saw a transformation I didn't realize had happened. Last year around this time I set up a minecraft game party for my youngest, then turning 12. We set up a short meeting on zoom before the game so they could all talk and so people who couldn't play the game could say hi. It was beyond awkward. Everyone had to be prompted to talk. Things got better once they got in the game...they knew what to do. But this year I considered skipping the zoom part because it had been so awkward the year before. I decided to keep it though, just so everyone could see each other's face before th
  5. Two questions: 1. Do pretty much all OG (Orthan Gillingham) spelling curriculum teach through spelling rules, like All About Spelling does? (Maybe not same order or methods, but use spelling rules to teach, and don't rely solely on memorization)? 2. What are some other OG spelling curriculum (love AAS, but just am curious what other OG spelling curriculum there are).
  6. So agree with this. So much gore, so much un-necessary additions to the plot that actually take away from it. I liked the LOTR movies and thought overall they were well done (and the scenery is just gorgeous), but he butchered the Hobbit. There's an old anime version of the Hobbit that isn't bad if you want to do a movie for this. Might fill in gaps if you start with LOTR. But, I agree, do NOT watch the Peter Jackson one.
  7. Extra Credits History has a great series on WWII. They also have a series on the start of WWI, which is a good precursor. If you have Netflix, Churchills secret agents are really good. It's a reality show where modern people go through the same training that agents went through before going into Nazi occupied territory to spy, organize resistance, and sabotage. It switches back between documentary style video about the war and what the modern "recruits" were dong. The only part I think you might want to skip is the episode on resisting Nazi torture (or at least preview it) as it cou
  8. I disagree with those who say you have to read the Hobit first. I liked the Hobit ok...I LOVED Lord of the Rings. The Hobit is sort of a serial travel adventure, save for the end part. Meet another monster/creature/people, get into trouble, get out. It would make a great TV series because each "episode" in it is sort of self contained. Lord of the Ring is more sweeping epic fantasy and while it does has a few parts that feel episodic, it has a seriousness to it from very early on. The Hobit feels more like a children's book and Lord of the Rings feels more like a book for your kids
  9. I'm a homeschooler, but sending my kiddo back to school next year, so can I chime in? So, what I KNOW were going to do is do some weekly math to try to catch my kiddo up (he was in Special Ed in school, took him back out for a year this year, and made a lot of progress so I'm hoping to make just a little more in summer). And he wants to learn sign language. And both my teen boys need to learn to drive. And my oldest just got accepted to a graphic design program and will be doing that this summer. Camps...oh boy, haven't even planned that out. I still need to ask my youngest what
  10. Is it still extra work on his math facts? The Math Facts that Stick series here on Well Trained Mind is pretty good for that. But I would not stop doing the higher math while you do it. It could be an extra thing but not a replacement thing.
  11. Not sure what level he's at as we've never done LofF, but if he needs work on basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division - under 10), then I suggest the "Math Facts that Stick" series sold here in WellTrainedMind. It uses games for practice (this isn't independent...he will either need you or a sibling to play with), but its pretty fun. The lessons between the game-play are really well done too...really gives them a sense for the math. For extra fun math (not really a curriculum), I suggest this free book: http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/hate-maths.pd
  12. Stuff You Missed in History class is one I like. Throughline is another good one. Both are for adults but I can't think of anything I couldn't share with a middle schooler in those.
  13. Two questions: Is there like a "lunch time" or "play time" at the co-op, and can you go to that without going to the classes? Or would the kids that your Autistic son has made friends with be willing to meet for a regular weekly play day? You also might want to make sure that they have decided to go again next year.
  14. So, I'm using a program through the school because we plan to put him back in public school next year and I figured this will help him out. I'm allowed to substitute and tweak things but I try to keep things as close as possible, so yes, there is a lot of writing (but since my son most likely has undiagnosed dyslexia, I scribe for him a lot, though he's writing more depending on the workload). I am seeing the value of having him answer more questions in written form. It's definitely improving his writing in general. But still there are times where just discussing stuff seems to do well
  15. I'm trying to do the same thing with my son (move through math at a faster pace to catch him up). For us it involves less practice but building in review. If you look ahead in the book and see that upcoming math uses that same concept, than at the first point they seem to get it, move on, because those upcoming problems will act as review. That's my only tip so far. Early on I spent too long practicing things that didn't need a lot of practice because they would be practice by more use later.
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