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  1. I would recommend Catherine Vos' The Child's Story Bible. We also own Long Story Short, it would work well for a 10 and 12 year old. It is, however, geared to be used as a family,
  2. We used FLL 1-4 Rod & Staff for 5 I loved the rigor, but got tired of the repetition. I felt it was a lot of busy work in R & S. We now use Analytical Grammar, and love the simplicity, reinforcement, and rigor! (Also, it is a lot less teacher intensive!)
  3. I'm working with my third child on reading. Previously, we used Alphaphonics and Explode the Code. My third loves The Reading Lesson by Michael Levin and Charan Langton.
  4. That's it! It took all of 3 minutes for my question to get answered! (I should have posted the question first, before even attempting to find the article. Now I will know what to do next time.) This board is AMAZING. Thanks!!
  5. I am looking for a journal article about science and natural learning. It was posted here a few times in the past, but I can't seem to find it:confused: It discussed how science is learned best through natural experiences. (ie: going to the zoo, gardening, taking care of a pet). Any ideas?
  6. I don't know if this was addressed previously, but an interesting article. I also read A Mathematician's Lament, to the right of the article. http://joyfullyrejoycing.com/academics/math/senselessschoolmath.html Thoughts?
  7. Critical thinking company's Mindbenders or for a better deal grid perplexors by http://www.mindware.com Anyway, that is what we have used.
  8. A fellow home educating mom had this to share with me: "I didn't like Singapore when I looked through it, but was also influenced by my fil, a professor. He says he (and other professors at the university he worked at) could pick out the kids taught with Singapore. He said they had trouble transitioning to college maths. He was dean, so it's not anecdotal. He had to go over grades with professors and students, so had facts to back it up. Singapore is the only program he specifically mentioned; he didn't seem to mind other ones as much." We have used Singapore Math for 5 years. I see the beauty in the program, but I can see how transitioning to higher math programs could be a challenge. There is not enough explaination or drill/review in SM, in my opinion. I have my kids learn the SM approach and traditional approach, especially getting into the higher levels. I was wondering what others have experienced, specifically those of you who have used the SM for 4 plus years?
  9. I third BFSU (Building Foundations in Scientific Understanding). We love it! I would also add just great living lit books....check Sonlight, Amblesideonline, Living Books Curriculum for ideas that you can get from the library.
  10. We chose to call this time "Morning Basket," instead of Circle Time. We use a lot of the ideas from previous posts on here. Here is what we do daily: Pledge Bible/devotion Singing (Biblical or folk song, historic, etc…) Calendar Weather/Seasonal Poetry Memory work Picture/Composer Study (alternate weekly) Here is what we do on a weekly basis: Week's Alphabet, Number, Theme intro. (for 3 yr. old) (Mon.) Menu planning (each child picks one meal a week) (Mon.) Chore review/shared thoughts (Mon.) Exercise yoga (Tues.) Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding by Bernard Nebel, Ph.D. (BFSU) (Wed.) Journal (Thurs.) This takes us about 1 hour. (Of coarse, when the 3 yr. old wants to be done, he is done.) Storytime takes place at a different time.
  11. We bought the DVD. It is similar to how a board book is put to DVD. Pictures with minimal animation. It IS A BIT CHEESY, but we liked it. MOST IMPORTANTLY, the children have their facts down now! Even my 5 yr. old has some of the facts memorized.
  12. Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0915801841/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1325507602&sr=8-1 We love this book with pictures. Very appealing to children.
  13. We like using BFSU (Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding) both K-2 & 3-5. There is also one for middle grades. There is a great yahoo! Support group, which the author and others support you. The younger children like watching/learning along with the older ones. We also like living literature books on science.
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