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  1. The Lost Kingdoms of Africa videos are good (I'm having trouble linking to the one on Ethiopia directly for some reason, but here's the playlist with all of them and Ethiopia is the 2nd one). Can't remember though what era this covers (whether it covered past Axsum).
  2. The Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication/Division Facts the Stick series has short lessons followed by a week of games. You can play against your child because, while the games require using the math facts, they all have elements of chance that make it just as likely for you or your child to win. I've listed some other educational games I like. You could get together with other homeschoolers at his age or level to play these. Silly Sentences Kingdominoes (when he gets to multiplication). Zeus on the Loose (mythology and math) Monopoly (it's long, but very competitive, and good for money math). Race to a Dollar (free game) Prince Padania has a lot of fun learning games, many free ( Pokemon card games have a lot of addition/subtraction in them. And of course anything can be made into a game. I use dice and gameboards like the ones below and I put tic-tacks and small coins (pennies, nickles, dimes) on some of the spaces. Then I made cards for all my kids (each kid has a different color of cards, and the cards have questions that are at their level, so they can compete against each other but it's not unfair). The kids can only move on by answering the cards correctly (so they answer a question before moving). If they land on a candy or coin they get to keep it, and then there's a slightly bigger prize for the first one to reach the end (maybe a quarter, or two candies in stead of one...but everyone who reaches the end gets something). My kids love it. I got them to play it in summer before we were even homeschooling.
  3. Mind if I ask what state? Just curious. Might be useful to know at some point.
  4. For those ages, I like the videos on . You'll have to follow it up with something more but its a great starting place.
  5. Thanks for clarifying. Hadn't answered earlier and I'm glad I read this first. Being by themselves most of the time is very different than for a few hours 2 days a week (might help stave off other misunderstanding comments to go back and edit your original post to add that). If the child's autism is mild that doesn't sound too bad (I've known some kids with mild autism that could handle that at 9, and others with more severe Autism that couldn't). I would suggest asking for free/cheap recommendations for writing curriculum that would be easy for a new homeschooler to manage in the the Learning Challenges board on these forums. I started writing late with my son and was still looking when he returned to school this year so have no recommendations there. If spelling is also an issue, I loved All About Spelling for my kiddo who struggled in nearly everything. It is not "cheap" but it is easy to find the books used (and are not too expensive), and all the words on the cards are also listed in the chapters so they can make those themselves, and the letter tiles you only have to buy once and they'll even replace I think up to 5 of them free if you loose some (or they could get the letter tiles app in stead, since he likes doing things online). It's hands on but easy to use (pretty open and go...not a ton of prep). Here are two places with lists of free curriculum, but I can't say which would be easy for the parents or good for him. I've only used, on the 2nd list below, Progressive Phonics (which he's likely to be past) and the Experimenting With the Vikings unit study (which is great, especially if he likes science or Vikings, but is hands on), and Kahn Academy for math, which is great but I feel like at that age maybe not enough on it's own. and Another thing for them to look into is if there is any way that he could continue to get services. Sometimes it's possible. Here in California it's sometimes possible to homeschool through a charter, and get both services and funds to use for tutoring and curriculum. That's not available everywhere but I have heard of some states where if you are homeschooling a child with a special need you can get services for them without having to send them to school.
  6. This tracks a little with my own experience. When my youngest was struggling in school, and I knew he needed something different, the first thing I looked into were private schools. I didn't feel confident enough yet to try myself. But they were more expensive than we could afford at the time. If I were here in California I MIGHT have gone the full time charter school route (MIGHT, because working with him over the summer to "catch him up" built up my confidence that I could teach him, and convinced me only one on one teaching would do, at least at first).
  7. If I was homeschooling year round and not just in the summer, I would absolutely buy the Charlotte Mason STEM and HISTORY bundle. "California Out of the Box" I've heard is a good curriculum, I've ALMOST bought the Explore Medieval Kingdoms curriculum before to supplement Story of the World. The graphics from the Nature Science website would be useful, I've been curious about Math Mammoth, and I've supplemented with Mystery of History before (it was my second choice to Story of the World, and I used something from their free sampler to cover the Maccabees, something SOTW skipped, in Volume I). BUT, even though I'm doing some afterschooling and homeschooling during the summer, and we're going to keep doing SOTW and are in the middle ages, I am really having to cut down on supplementary stuff if I'm going to get very far at all in just 2 months, and we already have a math curriculum I can use, and they covered California history in school this year, plus I have a free curriculum that would be fine just for adding a little CA history to SOTW, so I'm resisting the temptation to buy a bunch of stuff I probably won't be able to use.
  8. That is really interesting! But I do think that NOW Texas is friendly to homeschooling. I rarely see proposals to restrict or regulate homeschooling there, but since I've moved to California I've seen homeschooling restrictions hit our state legislature constantly (though we've done well in thwarting them). Meanwhile, in Texas, there were moves to try to make it easier for homeschoolers to participate in sports (there's an acronym...UIL or something like that, for the body that governs most school sports, and their rules make it hard for homeschoolers to participate). It was the HOMESCHOOLERS (or a good portion of them) who fought against this bill that made it fail because they wanted to keep the "no help/no interference" status of homeschooling in the state, fearing that it would lead to regulation on homeschoolers. That's more understandable now, actually, considering what you've shared about the state's history. I always thought it was a bit paranoid at the time. Still, I think overall Texas is, TODAY, extremely friendly to homeschoolers...even if it wasn't in the past.
  9. Loved these. The light-switch of Motivation: Can't Stop or Can't Start. Yeah! (That's me, not just my ADD child, big time). And The doors where "minimal effort" and "overly ambitious." MY KIDDO ALL THE WAY. Like, for science fair project it's either "learn how animals talk and figure out how to communicate with them" or "well, lets not even do a project then." UG.
  10. One Small Square Backyard by Donald M. Silver comes to mind. It's about the whole backyard habitat, but covers the plants (and earthworms, as well as snails, common bugs, fugus, ect.) in a very child friendly way. And even though it's a picture book (beautiful illustration) it has activities builtin. I've used one of his other "Small Square" books as a spine for a unit study.
  11. Hm... I'm not sure if Story of the World would be too young for a 6th grader. I know some who do it but they usually have younger siblings doing it to or started when they were younger. But it does have very good audio CDs of the material, and I know people who mainly use just that. It doesn't cost that much.
  12. So, I've gone from homeschooling full time to just homeschooling during summer, since he's in school now. My son loves marine biology so in addition to a week camp, we're doing marine biology from library books and other books we have and I have some experiments I found planned out. I really want to try to do a little bit more of SOTW...we ended right after the Crusades in Volume II so I'll keep going in but probably won't get too far. Well also just continue in All About Spelling...just do a lesson a week, so however much of that gets done. Will review Multiplication/Division with the "Facts that Stick" books. He's still iffy on those. Reading will be a mix of progressive phonics/ and a little Explode the Code to help with multisyllable words. Not doing any writing...I'll let him take a break from that.
  13. It's funny, where I am now in California has some of the opposite reasons for a large homeschool community than Texas. 1. Lots of charters that do "independant study"....we call them "homeschool charters" even though technically they are public school. They range from programs that choose your curriculum and where kids go to school part of the week and sort of have "homework" the rest, and charters that give you funds and nearly complete freedom teach how you want (so just like regular homeschooling, only with state money and the requirement to submit work samples to a teacher regularly). I think this has opened up homeschooling to many people that wouldn't have considered it usually, but with that extra support decided to try it. Once they've been introduced to homeschooling through a charter, some of these eventually try the PSA route (declaring yourself a private school...and getting rid of the support but also the reporting requirements of a charter). 2. Independent spirit (ok, that's the same as Texas, just in a different way). In Texas it was more of "rugged leave-me-aloneness" and in California it's more of a culture of individualization and everyone wanting to take their own path/do their own thing. 3. There's not as large of a Christian community out here, but the schools are much more liberal, so that pushes many Christians to homeschool. 4. Anti-vaxxers and CA state law about public school and vaccinations. 5. Just a lot of people in one place (at least where I live) so it's not hard for a homeschool community to become "big."
  14. Actually, not seeing why the "border thing" would have much to do with it. In Texas I think it has a lot to do with a few things: 1. Strong Christian culture in Texas, which is why many people homeschool (that wasn't our reason, even though we are Christian...but we homeschooled for non-religious reasons). 2. Strong independent spirit in Texas. Granted, they like their traditions...but they do like the freedom to do things their own way too. They are big on "leave me alone and let me do what I want." 3. LOTS of farming communities in Texas. For some reason, farming and homeschooling seems to go together (not sure why...maybe the need to have kids help out and therefor have a more flexible schedule). 4. Not a lot of alternative options for schooling in many communities (so, if your local public schools aren't great, or you have a child who doesn't do well there, there may not be a charter school or private school to try to get them homeschooling is the ONLY other education option in a lot of places).
  15. So, I started tutoring a little girl who just finished Kindergarten recently. They said she was "good in math, a little behind in reading." (No, she really wasn't) Whoa, what a difference from working with my son who has ADHD + probably an additional learning disabilities we're still figuring out. I was worried about how she was going to do with an hour of tutoring (brought lots of fun stuff and games at first). She BLEW through that hour...felt like she could have done a second EASILY. My son, at a year older than her, would have had to have several breaks during that time, probably would have been in tears at least once, and before half the things we did I would have to spend time encouraging him and nudging him to start. And usually, even with big long breaks, he seemed to burn out if I tried doing more than an hour a day. It's like his brain just said "done, no more" and if I kept trying to make him continue after that point it was tons of prodding and encouraging and trying to get him to focus for very little learning sinking in. I mean, I know some of it is that I'm someone "new and exciting" right now for the girl I'm tutoring, but still. WOW.
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