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  1. The Make It Work series is packed with projects. Many of them are hard too but there's some easier ones also. Most libraries have them.
  2. OOH! There's some spelling tie in to some of these. There are so many Spanish words (not to mention US State names, City Names, etc.), that are Spanish, and Spanish pronunciation is so easy to learn. Unlike English, Spelling of Spanish words is really regular, so if you just learn the different ways the vowels sound in Spanish, and a few consonant conventions (double ll, double rr, and ~) you can easily spell words like burrito, Montana, California, El Niño, etc.)
  3. Susan Wise Bower made a similar "pre-Columbian Exchange" mistake in Story of the World volume 1, but unlike Mesopotamia and corn, it wasn't something where she was just using an antiquated word. Someone else on these forums caught this mistake in a previous post. nmoira said "native North Americans ate wheat, a grain which was not actually introduced to North American until after 1600 A.C.E. This is a big deal because it's a high protein crop that helped make denser population and labour specialization possible in Europe, and for which there was no North American equivalent. I'm surprised this wasn't caught before the second edition." (Previous Post: Story of the World Errors: )
  4. For recipes, I like The Science Chef by Joan D'Amico. I like the Make It Work books for projects. They have books related to history and science.
  5. The Enormous Egg is another funny one from my childhood. And with Christmas coming up "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
  6. The Danny Dragonbreath Books are really fun/funny. They do deal with spooky subjects, but I feel like in a not too scary for little kids way (save for maybe the No Such Thing as Ghosts one. My son was older when he read them but I think younger kids would like them too. Very funny stuff.
  7. My son is reading an Elements book right now, so I bet I can brainstorm a few ideas: Write about how some of the newer elements discovered changed the world (some research required maybe). Write about how you use elements in everyday life. Write a poem about an element (weird but would be totally cool). I could see doing several haikus for this. If he makes haikus for every element, I bet he could get that published! Pick an element and imagine that element never existed. How would it be different? ---- History: Imagine you went back in time and visited an era (any era you are studying). Write a story about your adventure, but cite sources like you would a research essay. For your biography idea, here is an idea I've had for a while. Try to find a person from an era or civilization in history that is the most like you as you can find (your race, gender, religion, education level, interests, whether they were rich or poor, ect.) Pick a second person from the same era/civilization who is the most unlike you as possible (different religion, gender, etc). Compare what life was like for them. (The person can be an actual historical figure, or you could just research what like would be life for "child my age, gender, ect" at that time.)(
  8. I don't know if this will be helpful to you at all but I'll just tell how it happened with my three. So, with my first two I didn't even consider myself homeschooling when they learned to read. With all three of them I pointed out letters wherever we went, we read alphabet books, and played alphabet games like "what animal starts with the letter B." My older two (born 18 months apart) also had lots of electronic toys that said the letter sound when you pushed on a letter (these were broken by the time my third was around). They also played on Starfall.com. And I would draw letters and make pictures out of them (like an A had a head and wings added to it to become an Angel , and B became a bee). There were workbooks with tracing letters we used too. And I played a game where I would let them put magnet letters in any order and I would sound them out for them. Pretty soon my oldest was attempting words. And I read lots of books, from the time they were very little, and when they got older tried to point to the words as I read. My oldest was reading at four. We knew he could sound out short words but he didn't want to try to read, so we got him an easy reader book with his favorite character and told him we wouldn't read it to him but we would help him read it. That was all the motivation he needed. He read the words he could and we sat with him and helped him with the words he couldn't read. His teachers said he was reading at a 1st grade level by the time he was in Kindergarten...but they took it from there. My 2nd didn't read until right before Kindergarten started. We didn't use the Hooked on Phonics program but we had a set of their books and something clicked for him one day and he read all the books in order in one sitting. He's now and teen and reads all the time. He went to school after that too. It didn't go that way for my youngest. The oldest were hard to get to sleep and so asked for more books as a way to stall bedtime. My youngest loved to sleep, and didn't want to mess with a bedtime routine...when he was ready he just wanted to get in bed. Later he just wanted a song, not a story. I tried reading him books at other times but he didn't like to be read to much. Finally, maybe around 3 years old, I could get him to sit for a short story, but he wanted to talk to all the characters and so the story didn't really match the text that much and I didn't point to the letters as much. He just wasn't as interested in letter play as my other two had been, and my mom's health was ailing so I maybe wasn't as attentive. By age five he didn't even know his alphabet, and when we tried to get him to play on starfall he resisted. He cried his way through Kindergarten and made little progress, and when they suggested holding him back we decided to homeschool him instead. I researched curriculum and wanted to buy All About Reading, but my husband lost his job and said we couldn't afford it, and "Why don't you just keep working with Bob books like you did during the summer." (UG...that was a mistakes. Bob books are great little readers but they don't teach HOW to read and I could see that using them. I had already bought All About Spelling and decided maybe we could use it in reverse to cover phonics, which I knew he needed (like I read the first few lessons in the store and it just hit me that that was what he needed). About half a year in I discovered a free reading program and started using it along with the spelling...ProgressivePhonics. I gradually stopped using the Bob Books. We took a long detour when I discovered he liked reading Piggie and Elephant books (I was so excited that he WANTED to read something, but I wish I had stayed consistant with the phonics lessons). A couple years in he was still really struggling to read and I knew more was up...what had come so naturally to my older kids was so painfully hard for him. But we couldn't afford testing (later, we learned he had dyslexia, but I suspected long before). I considered switching to AAR, cause it was OG (Orthan Gillingham...suggested for Dyslexia), but he was already used to the Progressive Phonics books because he seemed to be making progress with them and so I decided to stick with it, and continue with AAS too. But we did add something someone suggested here, to combat guessing, which he was still doing a lot even on words he should be able to read: we added practice reading nonsense words. This helped me see what phonics concepts he really knew, and also helped him to rely more on phonics skills and he stopped guessing. His reading shot up, though he was still behind grade level. We decided to try school again, and I had him assessed, and the tests pointed out something I hadn't suspected but made sense: he had ADHD (they also found signs of dyslexia, but that wasn't confirmed later.) He had some great teachers and worked with a program called Lexia which I think really helped. We continued to work on AAS during the summer. He's 13 now. On tests with no time limit he tests at grade level now (well, when we put him back we put him back a year behind...so a year under grade level I guess), but on timed assessments like he had for his triennial it's shows he's still very behind. But he read his first chapter length book (a graphic novel) on his own, and because he wanted to, earlier this year, and he can read a lot of texts without problems, though he still tires out quickly so we still usually team read (every other paragraph, or on graphic novels, we each take certain character's lines). I am trying to keep up with AAS after school. It's a struggle but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
  9. There are a few free middle and high school curriculum choices here (though I haven't personally used these). http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2016/07/complete-curriculum-for-free.html If the kids have any interest in Marine Biology the marine biology text listed there is good for middle school but will probably not last a whole semester. If you live on the east coast especially, The Seaside Naturalist might be good for both your middle schoolers and high schoolers. It's just text and quizzes but it comes with good illustrations and the writing is good and it doesn't cost much on Amazon. They could look up videos on youtube to go with it. The Marine Biology Coloring book by Thomas Niesen is another good choice (and not a kids coloring book...like it has a page of high level text for every "coloring page" that really could work as a spine, and the coloring pages are scientific diagrams you color as you read. It's really cool, actually.
  10. I made a unit study for my son about caves (it wasn't about mining though). I built it around Donald Silver's "One Small Square: Cave" book. I love his books...the writing and illustrations are beautiful and they have activities you can do in the sidebar. http://wacomom.blogspot.com/2018/08/inner-space-cave-unit.html
  11. I'm not deciding on one issue, but this one is pretty important. Once I weed it down to people who can responsibly deal with covid (and I do think there's more than one way to responsibly deal with covid), I'm looking at other issues. This was originally compiled for some groups related to covid response in our state so I focused on this one issue because other political issues weren't something I could share about there. Since I'd already done that work I thought I'd share it some other places too.
  12. I'm not a one issue voter, but this one is pretty important to me this year.
  13. Hey all. I don't want to debate covid positions here, but just wanted to share a resource I compiled related to California Recall election governor candidate's positions on anything related to Covid, vaccination, masking, lock-downs, etc. There's a few people I'm missing because I couldn't find their positions on that, but most of the candidates are there. (UPDATED: I know this isn't the only issue people will be voting on, but I did think it was useful to look at this one issue in comparison. This was originally something I made for some groups related to covid specifically, so other political issues weren't allowed, and I don't have time to do this for every issue, for every candidate, anyways. ) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gUsiqSjjOYC90SlK6umQo7i6tdrOZm_qwTE4J89otjE/edit?usp=sharing
  14. If you do hands on projects and experiences with your older kids, let her participate in as much as she can. Don't worry about what she cant. Let her looks at the pictures in the books and ask about them. A Child Through Time would be a good resource for her. When your older children are reading about an era/place in SOTW, if there is a "Child Through Time" section for it, than read that to her. Keep it a light playful version of what they are doing.
  15. We have the "slowly disappearing letters" method..."Learn the letters as they rub off!"
  16. A lot of my favorite stuff there (both places...I've done both just not at the same time) is the processed stuff. The milk, toilet paper, and paper towels are a little cheaper. Meats are cheaper but of course you have to buy a lot of it. Fruits are usually more expensive (I usually went to a regular supermarket for those.) Allergy meds were cheaper. We didn't get other non food items enough to really make it worth it. But overall, it was the processed foods that made it worth the membership.
  17. I lost my taste for Pepsi. I went off of caffeinated Drinks when I was pregnant and nursing, and since I had three kids fairly close together, that meant I hardly drank any Caffeine for several years. When I went back to drinking Pepsi it tasted Nasty (it still smelled good though, and when I smelled it I would crave the taste I remembered, but it just didn't taste like I remembered it tasting). Lately I've tried the real sugar Pepsi and I like it again.
  18. I wouldn't worry about it particularly. Kids can get where they know things intuitively without having to think about it, and then they might forget the "rule" when it's out of context (when they aren't actually applying it). As long as you don't notice any problems in his reading, I wouldn't worry about it. And like PeterPan said, when you are teaching him spelling you can brush him up on anything he's forgotten.
  19. I know there were female Ninja, but I haven't read about female Samurai. This video series on the Sengoku Jedai is a pretty good one. It's about an era of warring states in Japan, in which Samurai were very much involved.
  20. I'm thinking using 10 frames might help, and going over place value more. Math U See has a really good way of describing place value, and it's in one of their sample videos, so maybe watching that with him would help.
  21. Throughline might work but I'd preview it. Some would be fine, others would not. For California news, I like "The California Report"
  22. I'm not really familiar with the other programs, but All About Reading is Orthan Gillingham, which is suggested for Dyslexia (the others may be too and that's something to check out). My understanding is Barton or Wilson are even better for Dyslexia, but both of those are more costly, so AAR is a good one to start out with and if it doesn't work, move on to something else. AAR will give a strong phonics base, and it's very easy to use. There's a placement test on the site you can take which will tell you what level to start at.
  23. It's not to offend, it's just that we've had English teachers drill it into us that that's bad grammar...and it used to be. I really wish we had come up with a different pronoun than "they" because it still bugs me to call a singular person "they"...it just feels wrong. If I see it used and I don't know the context I usually assume it's someone who learned English as a 2nd language, and my inclination is to be helpful and correct it. My first through is not "non-gender specific pronoun." Maybe some day it will start to feel normal but this is all still very new. (I really wish the movement for inclusion had gone with something like "ey" in stead, even if it did sound a little like a Cockney accent...something not plural. Cause our grammar is already so confusing and this will not help make it easier).
  24. If you could pick one extra chapter for Susan Euler to write for Story of the World, what would it be about? (Or, if you prefer, if you could add one chapter to each volume, what would it be about?). I would add a chapter on the Han Dynasty in Volume I. The chapter would definitely include the story of how the Silk Road Started. I know the Silk Road is dealt with in Volume II but I don't think they have anything about it's origins, which is just a fascinating story (google Zhang Qian for more on that). It would also include something about the Mandate of Heaven and the various inventions and advances that happened during the Han Dynasty. How about you...what would you add if you could have her add just one more chapter? (Susan Euler was not involved in the writing of this question...but I hope she listens in).
  25. All About Spelling is working for my son, and he has ADHD and Dyslexia. It's slow going (at least the way we do it) but it's working.
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