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  1. FOR HELP WITH CURRICULUM: The Cathy Duffy reference and book (with notes that you can find it used but it's had different names), and the advice that whatever curriculum you use it will move your forward, and give you a better idea about how you learn and how you teach. I would include a link to a site with state rules of whatever state they are in, and if they are local to you include links to any homeschooling groups you know about. And I'd include information about how you can get much more done in a shorter period of time in homeschool...and that, most homeschoolers don't try to fill a full homeschool day. I'd share about what a day looked like for you at the ages their kids are at, and add to that "but every homeschool varies some on this."
  2. I have a really short attention span kiddo who doesn't do well with rote memorization. Jumping on the bed while doing math drills worked better for addition than what we were using at the time (Math U See...which was great for place value but didn't work for us on helping to memorize math facts). But eventually even that didn't work (he got really good at addition to tens and doubles but we sort of hit a wall after that...not literally, though he literally did put a hole in our wall once trying to do a trick move on the bed. LOL). After that we used Addition Facts that Stick (and Subtraction Facts that Stick) and that worked wonderfully! Short scripted visual/tactile lessons that really helped my son think about the math and why things worked like they did, followed by a week of games for practice after every lesson (so easy). We ended up taking two weeks on most lessons, but still, it worked for my kiddo.
  3. If you're doing world history, I really like "Children just like me" for bringing in culture. (There's a book called "A Child through Time" which is similar but focuses on historical children that you can pair with it). You can read a story about one of the children (sometimes a child from history and a modern child who lived in the same place if you're using both), and then look up the place on the map, see how far it is from other places you've studied, etc. You could do something similar with the 50 states. Here's a list of kids books from all 50 could read one and then find the states on the map. You can also make a personalized map in google maps. I started one for my kids where I plot places where different family members live, or used to live, or places we'd visited.
  4. I don't know if there are books about any of these that would be appropriate for a child, but here are some other historical events that created religious refugees. The Jews (and I believe other religious groups believed to be heretical) were "purged" from Spain during the inquisition. Because of missionary work in Japan, in 1587 there were more than two hundred thousand Japanese Christians. In 1588, Cambacundono, the emperor of Japan, commanded all the Jesuit missionaries to leave his dominions within six months. Many missionaries remained in secret, but a time of intense anti-Christian persecution had begun. Christian converts were tortured by burning or flaying of their skin until they renounced their faith. If they refused to renounce, they were usually put to death by burning, beheading, or crucifixion. I'm not sure how many of the Christian converts tried to leave Japan because of this. Catholics set up the colony of Maryland to avoid persecution in a similar same way that the pilgrims did. And I found this picture of Chinese Christian refugees of the Boxer Rebellion. Under Communist China and in the USSR, there was persecution of various religions, which lead many to try to flee these countries. In modern times I've heard of Kurdish refugees (Kurds being a religious sect of Islam).
  5. Hmm...what comes to mind right away is stories about Jews that came to America during WWII. I don't have specific suggestions but I'm sure there's at least some children's books about this. I also think you might be able to find some on Christian asylum seekers by asking at Christian bookstores. You could even just call the stores and ask if they have anything like that which would be appropriate for a younger elementary age child. Hmm...there's probably Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and other religious bookstores too! Wouldn't hurt to look them up call some of them and ask about this.
  6. Some books I liked that would make good supplements... The Horrible Histories series. They are funny, but informative and good for that age. Tales of the Dead series by DK Books (they have Egypt, Greece, China, and Rome). Don't let the name fool's not morbid or horror stories. They have a comic book story on the egdes of the pages and information sort of like regular DK books about the culture in the center. Magic Treehouse Books - I have a guide on how to combine them with SOTW here ( I actually have not done this with my kids...but I thought up a way to and thought I might as well share). Adventures in Odyssey (like Magic Treehouse, only Christian). If your would like to study more about Christianity, Peace and Peril by Mindy and Brandon Withrow is good. (It's part of a might want to get the whole thing if you are going through SOTW again.) What Really Happened in Ancient Times is another I'd suggest (again, its from a Christian perspective). I haven't actually read that one but I have the one for Mideival times and it's made a good supplement. Science in the Ancient World by Jay Wile is a Christian curriculum combining science and history in chronological order, and it would not be hard to align it to SOTW. The Story of Science by Joy Hakim is a similar curriculum, but secular. It's designed for kids 12 and up, but the samples I've read don't see that hard for a slightly younger kid. The Science of Ancient Egypt is a smaller resource that combines science and history. It's very readable and aimed at around that age. You can buy it as a bundle or buy units separately (on topic like mummies, animals, pyramids, metals, etc.) I also suggest checking out your library's graphic novel section. I noticed last time I did they had a lot of things related to history and mythology.
  7. My 5th grader is into this too! Let me introduce you to my pinterest page.... So, up at the top it's all fun facts cause I just stumbled on a whole bunch of those I want to show my kiddo (and I'm gonna be pinning a lot that others have shared just scroll past the top part). But below that there's some really awesome science experiments, projects, and printables about marine life and the ocean. One of my favorite ones that I didn't figure out how to pin there is a buoyancy experiment about whales that you can find here: Materials/ACTIVITIES/LS-BLUBBER VS BUOYANCY.pdf I really like the DK books on whales, sharks, the ocean. There's a book with a 3D model of the insides of a shark that's really cool (would make a good Christmas present for a budding marine biologist...I got it for my son last Christmas). Inside Out Sharks: Look inside a great white in three dimensions! by David George Gordon When/if she decides to go to the next level and learn more, The Seaside Naturalist is good. I got it but my kiddo isn't there yet with the reading, and it's mostly in black and white (but with good illustrations even so). It has an east coast focus though and we're on the west coast (but still will probably use it later because so much works anyways). Wherever you are, if you are near enough to an ocean to visit frequently, find a guide book to identifying sea life in that area. I'm in California and love "The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life of California"
  8. My ADD son sounds a lot like yours in many ways, only usually tears were often involved). Also, rewards did not work. He could not see past the task at hand to any reward. I could offer him ice cream, cake, a new puppy and in that moment of "I can't/don't want to do this" it wouldn't have mattered. So I made the learning itself more rewarding. For him, imagination was the key. He loved playing pretend, so at first I had stuffed animal encourages (hey, it worked for potty training). Sometimes I'd even have the pictures on the worksheet pages talk with him (If there was a picture of a cat I'd make the cat say "Can you spell my name?") But what really did it was when I realize that while he didn't like doing school, he still wanted to PLAY school. So I just moved real lessons into play school, with me as a dinosaur teacher and him playing some of the students (and me playing others). Extreme, maybe, but it work. We did that for YEARs. It wasn't as effective as it was at first, because he figured out that it was school and not just play after a while, but he still wanted to do it, so it was basically our little "getting started" ritual after a while. Other things we did: I let him jump on the bed while doing math drills. I had an alien I drew on a white board write him messages, and got him to write replies (told him the alien couldn't talk except in writing) Math practice was 90% games (used the Addition Facts that Stick/Subtraction Facts that Stick curriculum, which uses games for practice) We had snacks during lessons, not as a bribe...I told him it was brain food (which is kinda true...your brain takes energy) When frustration set in or he was getting really distracted, we would go out and do something active like tag for a few minutes So, eventually he started making progress...and I stopped having to do as much to get him to do stuff. Last year he went back to school and he's done great--he found his motivation. They say ADD kids are on average 3 years behind in their "executive function" skills (ability for self control, planning, motivation, etc.). But the things we did to help keep him motivated helped him move forward in the meantime.
  9. Also children with ADHD (which I didn't think my son had because he wasn't hyperactive...but a child can have just attentive ADHD). Also, SOME kids just find it easier to do work if there is someone else present, even if they aren't really "helping" with the work. Present, but not distracting. So, I can be in a room and be quietly cleaning and my son does fine doing his work. I'm near if he needs me, but not distracting him (I couldn't teach another child, which makes noise, or be doing anything intersting...but I can type on message boards like this or clean or listen to a podcast while he works independently).
  10. This one is short and actually a novel in poem form, but it pretty hilarious... HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech The Ordinary Princess (sort of like a fractured fairy tale...I read it as a teen and loved it. Moderate length. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (slightly dark but very funny and short if I recall) Don't recall the length of these.... Spaced Out by Stewart Gibbs Both of these are set in middle school I think, but I enjoyed them so maybe a teen would too... iFunny (series) Origami Yoda (series)
  11. Amen! Before I was homeschooling or even considering it, I remember being confused when everyone asked me where I was sending my child 4 year old to preschool like it was expected. I had a newborn at home and they knew I didn't work so I was just perplexed. It breaks my heart when I hear things like "Kindergarten Prep" too...or when I see people on some of the homeschool forums talk about how people in their life don't think they are qualified to teach...their 3 or 4 year old! And even more come searching for preschool homeschool curriculum, with the same "nervous newbie" trepidation about whether they can handle this thing (something I understand and expect from homeschoolers taking their first steps into homeschooling elementary and later--but that seems so wrong when it's moms of preschoolers feeling this way). I don't have anything against a good preschool or daycare for working parents, but where did society shift so that it stole our confidence that we are enough for our little ones?
  12. I hope this is ok to post here, because it's my own post. This is the result of months of work and tons of research involving multiple biographies and original translated sources to fact check some really bad history that keeps getting spread around Columbus. I finished it last year and can't remember if I shared it here, but I just updated it with some extra information, so... And, I want to ask a question. If you've read this, do you know of any good, kid friendly resources (books, videos, etc.) about Columbus that... 1). Don't contain any of those errors I mentioned in my article 2.) Manage to teach about Columbus in an interesting way without making him into a hero or a villain 3.) Don't totally ignore or trivialize what happened to the Native Americans under Columbus AND, any resources on Columbus and Spanish Exploration/colonization for High School age things that also.... - Adequately cover what happened to the natives not just under Columbus but in the generations afterwards - Don't vilify all missionaries or proselytizing, but do address some of the ways that the way the early New World colonists/priests handled this harmed the natives (and definately deal with both the religious and political reasons for proselytizing, which were often contrasting). - Also talk about the priests who were helping as well as the ones who were joining in the oppression (since there were groups of priests speaking out about the injustice going on) - (Bonus if any of these are Christian resources that actually deal with these questions Biblically, ask hard questions, and deal with ways that Christians sometimes have been misguided) And...really, if you know of any resources about Bartolome de las Casas that are suitable for kids I'd love to hear about them to. One of my favorite historical figures!
  13. I get it about KG expecting kids to be way past where they need to be at that age. Its a pet peeve of mine too. But I don't think teaching reading to a kid who is excited to do it is how we got into that mess. I really think it was when we started pushing preschool as a need. I think there's always been kids who read early and that's no big deal so long as they aren't pressured to.
  14. Agreed! Thats part of why it's in quotes. 🙂 All kids have gifts. My oldest two happened to be in the gifted program at their school and academic things came easily to, rigor looked different for them than for my youngest who struggled academically. My youngest I consider emotionally gifted though...he has a natural compassion for others and sensitivity towards the needs of others that just fills me with such pride. That doesn't show up on IQ tests...but it's just as much a gift.
  15. Yes...but, it can be SOMEWHAT like it (a little). I just talked with my child's teacher about his spelling list and asked if I could do the practice for it in a different way that would be more helpful for my son (a way much more similar to how we did it in All About Spelling when we were homeschooling). He said yes and now it's feeling a lot more like what we did in homeschool (or a part of homeschool). And he's doing better on the spelling. Except that now my son is fighting me on it more (GRRR). Even after I read him the e-mail from my teacher he's worried that if he doesn't do spelling practice exactly like assigned he's gonna be kept in at recess. So, there's that. 🙄
  16. I will be honest and say I've never been a fan of the word "rigor" applied to elementary school, especially the younger grades. I feel like school should start with the word "gentle" and end with "rigor and challenge"--though any challenge that a child WANTS to face should be allowed as early as they want to face it. And I think what is rigorous or challenging depends on the child, too. (Rigor is not going to look the same for a child who reads easily as for a child who is dyslexic, for example). I have two kids who are "gifted" and one who has a learning disability. But in all cases, whether you have a child who struggles or a child who gets things easily, if you start with building love of learning, and then work towards applying rigor, it will go better. If they don't have the love of learning, the rigor can backfire. If they have a love of learning, they will eventually accept the rigor. If you push rigor on a child that hasn't learned that learning is fun, interesting, exciting, useful...than you will just end up with a child who hates to learn. So, what you're doing with history...not testing her or worrying about if she remembers names or battles...that sounds just right for elementary school. Because, at least for me, the goal with history in elementary was mostly to give my child a sense of how deep and wide and interesting history was, and that there have been cultures that are different from ours, and that even OUR culture has been different in the past than it is now, and to give my child some general sense of "how we got to now." As for geography...I've done it as part of history and even though my son struggles with rote memory...he's slowly built up a sense of where things are. Just every time we learned about a civilization we'd find where it was on the map, and then I'd review by relating that to places we'd always visited (For example, when we were studying Mesopotamia "Remember where Egypt is...No? Well, remember the long river? Can you find it? Yeah. Well, if you go up a little and to the right from there you will see two rivers next to each other. Can you find them? Yes. Well right between those two rivers is Mesopotamia...the place we're going to learn about today). So we would do that with nearly every lesson, and gradually he'd start to pick up the places. It helped that our curriculum (Story of the World) talked a lot about how the different civilizations interacted, so we got to revisit a lot of them a lot.
  17. Hi. I started with everyone in public school and then homeschooled my youngest for four years, and then starting last year sent him back to school. It was harder for me before he started than once he did start (just cause of all the worry over whether this was the right choice). I was ok with the time he was at school...but I've really missed teaching him. I ended up getting a job as a tutor of a little girl which felt right and wrong at the same time (it gave me a way to use all these skills I've been building up for 4 years, but sometimes when I'm teaching her I feel like, this is what I should be doing with my son...though I know that right now he's in the right place and doing well there). I tried doing some interest based summer schooling with him that he wanted to do but it didn't work out (we had a big anniversary vacation right in the middle of summer, and relatives visiting after that, and it chopped up our time to much to get much done.). Anyways, started a club here for homeschoolers trying out or going back to public schooling, or doing both. I went ahead and invited you. 🙂
  18. iFunny might fit that category. He is in a wheel-chair, and wins comedy competitions (another way to be exceptional though it's not directly about his intelligence, though I think he was characterized as being smart, not just funny.
  19. 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.)
  20. Island of the Blue Dolphins also comes to mind. (Just a warning's sad).
  21. My son read "Born a Crime" and loved it (but then he's a teenager).
  22. 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.
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