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  1. The Facts that Stick series (sold right here on Well Trained Mind) is specifically for addressing the math facts. My son, who struggles with rote memory, did well with it after trying and having mixed results with various other methods/curriculum. Its very easy to use. There's a scripted lesson that helps kids visualize what is happening when something is added/subtracted, followed by a week of games to help practice the facts focused on that week (I assume that's also the case for multiplication/division...we used this before those versions were published). ( We extended the practice to two weeks for some of the harder math fact sets.)
  2. Island of the Blue Dolphins also comes to mind. (Just a warning though...it's sad).
  3. My son read "Born a Crime" and loved it (but then he's a teenager).
  4. A Wrinkle in Time (and rest of that series) - I think this one checks all your boxes. It's a great story with modern sentiments and a strong main female lead. It's got aspects of sci-fi and fantasy, and some really deep philosophy and complex vocabulary...but, it's still very much a book for kids. I read this to my son when he was 9 and he did fine (though they say it's for 10-14). It starts a little slow, so get her through the first couple chapters and it will speed up from there. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia M. St. John - This one is a Christian book and possibly my favorite chapter books for Children ever. My mom read it to me as a child and I read it to my son recently (it's a little older - published in 1952). It has two primary characters, a 12 year old boy and a 12 year old girl, and it is told from one or the other's viewpoint (not in first person, but the focus changes from one to the other). Both are equally heroes and villains in this at various times and you get to see them change through the story. I love how you get to see the WHY in what they do. It's exquisitely written (just beautiful prose). A lot of the adventure is internal but there's a good deal of traditional adventure too (literal cliff-hangers). I don't recall anything racially insensitive as I don't think race came into the book at all. (Some of her other books have a few instances that made me cringe...though overall I thought it was worth reading with my child and explaining those places. But this particular book didn't seem to have any instance where that came up). There was some stereotypes about gender, BUT...the main female character is a strong character (even mentions that she wishes she could do some of the things boys do). She's strong in that she's fully fleshed out too. (BONUS: The main girl character is homeschooled for a few years...even though most of the book takes place after that.) The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye- Such a fun read (and plenty of good vocabulary). A fairy tale where the fairy god-mother blesses a princess with the chance to be ORDINARY. It also involves a love story, but one where the two meet and become friends first and like each other for themselves before they love each other (and of course it's totally kid appropriate). The illustrations are amazing, the humor is great...I loved this as a teen but would have loved it at 9 too. This one is older too...I actually didn't realize it was published in 1885 until right this very minute when I was looking up something about it for you. I always thought it was written recently (like, during my lifetime! It definitely has some modern sensibilities in spite of when it was written.
  5. UG. I subbed in a school like this and it was bad. Just too much noise.
  6. I'd start him on a phonics program, but just not work on writing until later. But because of his age I would be prepared to step back if he balked at all at the program.
  7. So, full disclose--a lot of the of the links below are to my blog posts, but they contain a lot of other links and it was easier to just send you there than copy all of them. Round-me - there are tons of places in Egypt you can explore including the Pyramids at Giza, the Nile River, various temples, etc. Just scroll in on Egypt and start clicking on blue dots. Ancient Egypt for Kids (many of the sections contain free printable worksheets too). Free Egypt Lapbook Egypt Homeschool Freebies - a bunch of free printables History + Science - the second on Egypt contains a lot of great free online stuff related to science and Egyptian history. Egyptian Mummies - has videos (the first about mummification, the second about decomposition in general), and links to an online game in the activities section, and instructions on how to make an Egg mummy. Hieroglyphics/Hieratics/Papyrus - There's an online hieroglyphics game in the activities, and a good video on making papyrus (I also talked about Mesopotamian Cuneiform here but you can skip that part). Hatshepsut - I have a bunch of good information about this woman pharoah...and in the activities there's a fun animated video on her and virtual tour of her palace. Nubian Pharoahs - Most of this is more about Nubia than Egypt, but it does have a good video and I plotted the minutes to make it easy to find the part about the Nubian pharaohs (when Nubia took over part of Egypt for a while). Ancient Egyptian Recipes & Food How to Make Egyptian Mud Bricks
  8. So, we need a new printer. I'm wondering about everyone's experience with their printer? If you were buying a printer, would you get the same brand/type you have again?
  9. When I was homeschooling I handled most of the day to day. My husband was taking contract jobs, and when he was out of work I would get work as a substitute teacher, and he would become my substitute homeschool teacher during those days.
  10. So, I've never gotten a chance to use this one, but there is a free curriculum for high school and middle school age kids that I think would be great for a child who had been through an overview of history (like your kids have). It is NOT an overview, but more of a way to teach critical thinking about the world through history, and it uses original source material (translated of course to English). It's meant for a classroom but could be easily adapted to a homeschool setting, especially since you have two kids near the same age who could discuss things and work on projects together. It has both American and World History and the World History. https://www.marionbrady.com/ If I was using that, along with it I might use something like Crash Course World History (on YouTube) to summarize and remind them of what they had previously learned about history. And, where I could fit it in, I'd use Extra Credits History (also on YouTube...not a broad overview like Crash Course) just because it's my favorite and it's fun. I'd also supplement with some literature books from and about the period.
  11. I think it's more not being able to keep up with the pace the child can learn at. It's not that you're going to run out of knowlege or things to teach...but say the child really developed a love of a certain subject...it's worrying that their ability to understand that subject will quickly outpace yours and you won't be able to help them grow from there. Also, with friends I have with gifted children, it's the ability to make the higher level stuff age appropriate. Like, my friend has a daughter who can do 7th grade math at age 6, and understand science concepts that are way past her age. Doesn't mean she's not a 6 year old in other ways. Doesn't mean my friend can just hand her a 7th grade math or science book and let her have at it. She can do the 7th grade work but doesn't find it interesting unless it's presented in a fun way, like a game (does that make sense?). Now, she's good at tweaking the 7th grade stuff but it takes time and she's struggling to give her child as much as her child would be happy to do. And she's looking ahead to when her child will be doing stuff that maybe is passed what she herself understands how to do, and thinking of how slow the process will be if she still has to tweak things but she has to learn those things first to properly tweak them since she's not at quick as grasping things as her child is.
  12. I would get her a subscription to ZooBooks. They are very much like those books she chose, only sort of like a magazine where each episode features a different animal or type of creature (like sharks, spiders, cheetahs, birds of pray, etc.) You could also find them used on ebay or something because the ones they print now are basically updated reprints of their older ones...but on the other hand getting a new one every month in the mail might be fun for her.
  13. I love Progressive Phonics and it worked really well with my son, but the child I'm tutoring now did not like those, unfortunately. Getting to take turns was motivating for her...but it was the dialogue aspect and getting to play a part that I think was motivating to her specifically. I'm thinking readers theater type things might work too.
  14. A great place for real life estimating is the store. Take her with you shopping (for groceries, for something fun, really anything)...and tell her your budget for that shopping trip. To stay in budget, you don't need to keep exact tabs on the price of things to the last penny. Rounding up the prices to the nearest dollar and keeping an estimation in your head of about how much the things you've gathered cost together. (You can discuss whether it would make more sense to round up or round down the original price of each item.) You can start with a smaller shopping trip (where you get less things), and work up to a larger trip. You can also estimate by size whether a certain size will be enough to feed everyone. Cooking is also good for estimation. Estimate how many cookies can be made with a certain size lump of cookie dough. And you can do estimation when reading. How many words do you think is on this page? Well, how many words are in the first line? How many lines are there?
  15. Does anyone know of any other good easy reader books with speech bubbles, like Piggie and Elephant? Could be comic books...could be books that had a script with two parts (like a play). The main thing is that the child I'm working with really likes the back and forth where I read some and she reads some. I'd LOVE to find leveled readers like this too!
  16. I haven't personally read more than a few pages of these (cause I pre-bought some of these to go with our history lessons and then realized my child wasn't up to chapter books at the time)...but the Ranger In Time books feature a dog and are set in different parts of history. They look fun.
  17. ProgressivePhonics.com is FREE and you can either print it (in one big binder) or just access the readers with an Ipad or phone or other device. I have not tried this but I think you could save the readers to an ipad. I really like the program. Depending on how far along she is though she may be past it.
  18. For that age, Duolingo and Memrise....and then when she's been doing it a while get her somewhere she can use it (visit a Spanish speaking church, join a Spanish club, plan a little trip to Mexico, find someone who speaks it and ask them to come play uno with you and speak only Spanish...something!). I've taken Spanish myself for a long time so I wasn't aware of how it was for a newbie, but I just doubled up on those two before a trip to France and two months of doing those nearly every day, and I could get by (not fluently speak it by any means, but I got enough that I could use a little...and that's made me motivated to stay with it now that I'm back. Nothing like actually getting a chance to use it to motivate you.
  19. Print Path Raise The Roof is good. It's meant really for kids working on moving from 3-lined to 2-lined paper, BUT really that's only a small part of the program, which you can skip. That package of printables also includes stuff that they have in there to correct letter placement and letter formation problems that may have cropped up, and to improve speed, and thats what would be helpful. I used it with my 7th grader during the summer and it did improve his handwriting some (there were some letter formations he was fighting me on...but it really helped for getting things to sit on the line and so forth). With a more willing participant I think it would help a lot. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Handwriting-Practice-3rd-4th-grade-Handwriting-Without-Tears-STYLE-FONT-1423658
  20. My kid sometimes does it with spelling words (makes pictures out of the letters and such). I just let him because, even though it takes forever, I think it helps...it's massive amount of brain attention on the letters and something he can remember.
  21. For your Kindergartener I know of a resource that combines practicing handwriting skills and learning about Dinosaurs. It's something I kinda wished I had when we were studying dinosaurs around that age so I thought I'd pass it on: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dinosaur-Handwriting-Instruction-or-Practice-Lowercase-at-Last-HWT-Style-Font-4040695
  22. If you don't mind using videos, I would also supplement with Extra Credits history where applicable. They have great videos my kids have enjoyed from age 8 to Teenager. They are funny but respectful too. It's deep dives into certain topics though, not an overview of general history. Crash Course World and American History is more of that broad overview. So, while Extra Credits might have five 10-minute episodes on a particular person, topic or incident in history, Crash Course covers a whole era in the same amount of time. It's covered pretty well for the time restraints though, and does give a good overview. It's also funny...and USUALLY pretty safe for kids now and then there's a joke that you might want to skip (so you will probably want to preview....but it's short enough thats not hard). TedEd is a third one that is really good. I haven't found a chronological list of their yet but I'm working on one (if I remember I'll get it up soon). If we are planning to learn about a specific topic I usually just search YouTube under TedEd and the topic to see if they have anything on it.
  23. The Joy of Signing is the book we used in our sign language class in college and it's excellent...though there are sign languages dictionaries online now which are better (or at least better for the words they cover).
  24. If Level 1 is making her groan though, I've also heard advice to start at Level II for older kids starting out, and I think that makes sense. The first chapter reviews most of the more challenging things in Level 1, and so if you find they need more work on any of the things covered, you can always go back to level 1 and do more work on it, but otherwise you could skip a lot and just move forward. If you decide to start in level 1 you could also do the 5 word test method once you get past the first few chapters on letter sounds and such and into actually spelling words. You just test your child on 5 of the spelling words (random...not the first five since some of the last words are harder). If they get all 5 right, skip that section. If they don't, go through the section.
  25. I taught my son handwriting and he has excellent, readable handwriting...but worrying about whether things were written correctly was slowing down his writing too much. I would like to help my son write faster and more easily without worrying about being perfect. He's 11. I'm also now tutoring another child in, among other things, handwriting. Her handwriting needs serious work, but she enjoys writing and writes quickly. I would like to help her writing become more legible, but without squelching her enthusiasm or causing her to focus so strongly on handwriting that it slows her regular writing down too much. (She's a very gifted 5 year old who has already been through kindergarten and entering 1st grade. I'd say not to worry about handwriting at all at this young age...but I also know that writing habits learned early tend to stick and are hard to break later). Any suggestions? Methods? Things to say? Ways I can handle practice that might help keep more of a balance between neatness and speed?
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