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  1. I also encourage including a selection from a different culture like: - A Long Walk to Water - Refugee - Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
  2. I use Canvas which is free. It is a full learning management system so you can keep it as simple as a course to do list with or without due dates or as complicated as turning in all assignments, giving online auto-graded quizzes, and grade tracking.
  3. SciShow Kids Fun Science Bill Nye the Science Guy CoolPhysicsVideos TheBackyardScientist There is another series with a kid and his dad.
  4. I took a comprehensive Strong Interest Inventory test and Myers-Briggs test in high school and it was spot on. It was administered by the military (meaning it is also what they use). But it is the same test you can get from their website. I took some free tests and they are just not as comprehensive (meaning they don't ask as many questions) and thus not as accurate or as complete (meaning the results were not as informative and they didn't completely capture 'me', some results were just wrong). If you want complete, valid results, go ahead and pay for the real test.
  5. People look at me crazy when I answer their question: 'So what made you go get a Ph.D.?' with 'Oh, I did it for the personal challenge and reward.' Why is it seemingly foreign that education doesn't need to be a career-driven choice. This is the reason so many people are in their middle ages and unhappy in their career choice. Teach your kiddos to love learning for the joy and challenge of the experience. Educate them well and whatever the future holds, they will be prepared for it. People who are educated (skilled) and love to and are able to and seek to learn, will be better able to ad
  6. After I have decided what will be taught and what curriculum will be used, I: - take each curriculum and chose what each lesson will cover. Place each lesson into Canvas (used to use spreadsheets). Include any needed supply lists, youtube links, web links, supplemental material on the lesson page in Canvas. I do this for the entire curriculum over the summer. It takes me a couple hours per day for about a month to get everything done. But when the school year starts we are open and go and I know that each lesson is thought out and we aren't missing anything important. It also gives m
  7. Math - Glencoe Pre-Algebra History - MOH 4 Science - Holt Physical Science supplemented with lots of reading and experiments about physics (will skip chemistry chapters because we did Chemistry this year). Spanish - Spanish for Children B + RAZ Spanish book + Rosetta Level 3 + iTalki tutoring for conversation Reading - Read classical literature and discuss using Progeny Press Guides or similar + self-guided reading + Figurative Language Language Arts: Writing - Writeshop 1 + The Creative Writer Grammar - Fix It Level 3 & 4 Spelling - Megawro
  8. My competitive boys like Quizlet. Another thing is to get him to internalize his competitiveness...compete with himself...his best. So, for example, let's see if this handwriting exercise can be better than your last where better means neater, not faster. ... You made a 90 on the last spelling test, now shoot for a 100. ... Can you get 2 in a row ... How long can this 100 streak last ... Let's see if you can finish this spelling test with a 100 and its neat and within 3 minutes. So just keep adding layers of him competing with his prior efforts.
  9. What I am trying to wrap my mind around is this: even if that is what you were teaching, why would that have been the response? Given the nature of the course, is the expectation that you are going to agree with everything taught? I would think that - in signing up for a course like this - the goal is to learn how to evaluate and discuss different perspectives, respectfully, even when you strongly disagree. Thus, strongly disagreeing with what she thinks the message was, is the opportunity to learn and practice standing in your beliefs, arguing your side, and respectfully listening to the
  10. "Mom, what state is Texas in?" "Texas is a state." "Then what is Dallas?" ...There is now a huge map in our homeschool room.
  11. let him decide. ds10 still goes back and forth and we have realized that he is even-handed. He does everything with both hands except basketball where he can ONLY shoot with his left --- weird! My mom is a lefty and she said that I showed signs of being even-handed, but when I started school, the teachers forced me to be a right-handed writer. But it shows up in other areas like I can bat with both hands and I am left-footed (track and field thing). My husband writes right and does absolutely everything in sports as a lefty ... bats, shoots, throws. I can tell you that in sports a lo
  12. If I think back to when my kiddos were in public school, I would say that notebook paper was a vintage supply that I love. They had us buy spiral notebooks and they all came home unused at the end of the year. Imagine a year of no real written output. It was all click an answer or bubble in one. Now that we homeschool, that 'vintage' notebook paper is used daily 🙂
  13. IMO, for the ages of your children, MOH is sufficient and the Levels will be appropriate. Remember you will go through history again. The second time through I would not use MOH because I don't consider it high school level. It is written so that younger students are in Level 1 - which is why it is easy - and those same kids are older once they hit Level 4 - so it gets more mature and lengthy. There are details that it glosses over, but I believe that is because it is considering the age of its target audience. The audio has two options in some cases --- one for youngers and one for olders, no
  14. Whatever you get, make sure he knows how to use it. You'd be surprised. But you don't want him using test time to figure out how to do a square root (for example).
  15. Oh, well I think you should definitely look into doing MOH for history. You can buy the audio cds and just sit and listen to the lessons. The yahoo group has listening guides, timeline figures, and coloring pages. The older can fill in the listening guide as he listens and the youngers can color the appropriate page while they listen. Then you all can put the lesson on a timeline with a date and a one-sentence summary. I do not believe that the MOH gets into the age of the earth much. It starts with Creation and goes from there. It interweaves the history of the world with history as written i
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