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  1. Hi all, I was recently "gifted" with a TON of new books. Not kidding - they probably weight in at nearly a metric ton. I'm trying to figure out the best way to keep only what I need and hopefully make a little money on the side (for curriculum costs of course!). What's been the best way for you to sell books? Ebay? Half.com? Here on the sale/swap board? Thank you in advance (and my husband thanks you for helping me get rid of all this clutter!!) Katie Bio mom 2 - 12yo ds, 10 yo dd A/P mom 1 - 10 yo dd H'sing for four years and still lovin' it!
  2. So I have destroyed 3 rolling carts now from lugging my books back and forth to the library every week and wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for something more durable that has worked for them! I really need it to be on wheels but want it to last! Anyone have suggestions? Thanks much!
  3. I can think of three books that transformed my views on education: 1. WTM, which I read a couple of years, introduced me to classical education. I haven't wavered at all in my decision to provide DD with one. 2. The Latin-Centered Curriculum (second edition) by Andrew Campbell fine-tuned the definition of a classical education. 3. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma opened my eyes to the way math should be taught at the elementary level. I was rushing through fundamental arithmetic operations with DD until I read the book and started from the beginning again to give her a solid foundation for higher mathematics and a different way of viewing numbers. If you have any books that shed light on the way you teach, please share them with me. I'm new to homeschooling and would love to have a list of books that transformed the hive members' way of approaching education or even child-rearing.
  4. The "must-read" books for beginning home schoolers are.... (obviously Well-trained Mind :) )
  5. I get my boys one or two books each Christmas. I need some suggestions. He tends to be like me in that he reads by author. When he finds an author he enjoys, he immediately reads ALL of them. Here are the authors/books he has enjoyed in the past. I am looking for something at about the same reading level as Lord of the Rings or at least no lower than Redwall. He has read: Everything by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson, etc...) Tolkien: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit All the Redwall books Some Alex Rider books All the Erigon books that are available. All the 39 Clues books. All of Narnia. Any ideas? I'm leaning toward C.S. Lewis's Time Trilogy. Thanks!
  6. There are times when it feels like I'm really swimming upstream with the amount of reading I want my kids to be doing in school. And from the posts people make here about feeling out of place around workbook orriented homeschoolers or unschoolers, I'm probably not alone. I just read the best book review, 1648 and All That by Roger Kimball, which is a review of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order by Charles Hill (the review, alas, is for NR subscribers only). The review would be well worth finding a library copy of the Sept 20 edition of National Review. Since I can't link to the full review, here are some snippets. After asking what you should look for in a well qualified diplomat, Kimball answers, How about a deep acquaintance with the mountain peaks of literature, from Homer, Aeschylus, and Thucydides through Montaigne, Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Milton, and Lock, and on to Madison, Schiller, Dickens, Bismarck, Dostoevsky, Kipling, and Hermann Broch? [ snip] ...this last qualification may be as important as all the rest, not least because, if truly accomplished, it argues possession of brains, discretion, etc. [snip] The questions "What kind of society should we endeavor to make?" cannot be answered, cannot even be seriously entertained, in the absence of the questions "Who are we?" and "What do we want?" And those questions, Hill argues, have been entertained in the most sustained and penetrating way in imaginative literature - understanding "literature" in the large sense that embraces the works of philosophers and historians as well as novelists and poets. In brief, as Hill writes in his prologue, "statecraft cannot be practiced in the absence of literary insight." at the end of the review, Kimball has a long quotation from Henry Kissinger: We have entered a time of total change in human consciousness of how people look at the world. Reading books requires you to form concepts, to train your mind to relationships. You have to come to grips with who you are. A leader needs these qualities. But now we learn from fragments of facts....Now there is no need to internalize because each fact can instantly be called up on the computer. There is no context, no motive. Information is not knowledge. People are not readers but researchers, they float on the surface. This new thinking erases context. It disaggregates everything. All this makes strategic thinking about world order impossible to achieve. Yesterday I was on the phone with the supervisor of the local personal property office trying to explain to him that we really in fact did actually have thousands of books that fell into military professional gear because of the areas that my husband works with. I always find it so amazing that there is no problem thinking of a specially fitted flight helmet as pro gear, or musical instruments as pro gear for a member of one of the Navy bands, or of medical or legal books for a military doctor or lawyer. But as soon as a more general military officer starts to amass a library of much beyone the Navy reading list and Fleet Tactics you get weird looks. I've had packers threaten to quit over how many books they were having to pack. I've had moving inspectors tell me that they'd never seen so many books in their entire military and civilian career scheduling moves. It gets so tiring to seem like a freak because we think that the world of literature and non-ficiton writing has some purpose beyond the NY Times best seller list. Anyway, I'll be ordering Hill's book and probably clipping Kimball's essay for future encouragement. If you can get ahold of the 20 Sep edition of National Review, you should look up the review (pg 50). And it encourages me to pull out my copy of Pilgrim's Progress and start tackling the Well Educated Mind reading list again.
  7. I just finished a book that would make a great read for any Mom looking for something for THEMSELVES to read for a change :) I've blogged about it here: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/11/book-review-art-of-racing-in... Believe me, I'm all about finding great books for my little ones to love, but every once in a while, I really need something just for me. This would actually work well for an older teen too. The story is told, oddly enough, from the perspective of a dog and his insights on the human condition, both practical and philosophical, are endearing and thought-provoking. Take some time for yourself and have a look. Besides, there's no better way to encourage your kids to read, than to sit down with a good book yourself and model the behavior :)
  8. Reading magazines and books often suggests other books to read. I can put those books in my shopping list on Amazon, but I wish there were a site that let me make notes on books, describing where I heard about a book and/or why I'd like to read it (or have my children read it). Ideally the book site would let members share their current reading lists and comments with others (if they so chose). Is there already such a site?
  9. I agree that the offerings in big box bookstores are frustrating. I can remember going to Borders or Barnes & Noble when they were new and incredibly satisfying. I would walk out with big handled bags full of hard back Wizard of Oz books or reprints of Frances H. Burnett books or Louisa May Alcott books that I'd never heard of. You could even find great older Newberry books like Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze or Carry On, Mr. Bowditch right on the shelves. The last time I was in a Borders was right after Christmas 08. I had a big coupon for some great discount and I wandered the children's section and had trouble finding anything worth buying. Now I will say that part of my perception is probably colored by having so many books in my home library. There might be good books that I just browse right past because I already own them. But there are so many more games and toys and cartoon related books than I remember 10-15 years ago. And books are divided up into such odd categories as to make it hard to find the good stuff. One thing I really dislike is having girl and boy sections in fiction. Is Carry On, Mr. Bowditch a boy book? Is Understood Betsy only for girls? What about Homer Price or Raggedy Anne and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees or Redwall. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has ever chatted with the manager of their local big bookstore about the offerings they have out? Maybe taken in a listing of some of what you've spent on Amazon in the last year (that's easily several hundred for us in a year). Maybe talked to them about homeschoolers and shown them the home school resource booklet that Peace Hill Press put together. Our base exchange has a small book section. A few months back, they had a number of homeschool related books. Several from PHP, the new edition of TWTM, and some good DK and Usborne books. I sent the head of the Exchange system a feedback comment saying how much I appreciated the books and hoped that they would carry more like them. I think that there have been more educational titles show up over the spring. I was wondering if anyone else has had interactions with bookstore managers about kids' book selections.
  10. Besides Amazon used books, Ebay, this swap forum of this board, and yard sales, two of my favorites sources of inexpensive books are Dover Books http://store.doverpublications.com/ (they republish many out-of-print books and "classics") and HamiltonBook.com (They sell new publishers' overstocks online, and a paper catalog is available. The selection is extensive.) What are some other good sources for American residents? Reading TWTM, I've occasionally wondered how people afford all the books listed :001_smile:.
  11. Someone from Nebraska sent me a package of some wonderful books that my dd would love for Christmas, and I have a feeling it was someone from the Hive. Whoever you may be, I just want to say thank you. The books were a great hit! Blessings, Lucinda
  12. How do you do it? I'm starting to have a large number of books, because I visit the thrift shop and they've got 'em there and they're so cheap and you just can't beat the price. I got the Usborne Internet Linked History Encyclopedia for half price a while back. The most recent trip I got a Kingfisher book about the universe that's hardcover and practically brand new, plus a bunch of DK books, and some books about snakes & things. Just kids' paperbacks, most of them, but still informative. They're multiplying. Like rabbits. It's getting obnoxious to try to keep track of them, to figure out what I have, what I don't have... So what do you guys do? Are those websites like Library Thing or Shelfari worth the time? How do you remember WHERE the books are, or WHICH books you already have? DH keeps saying that I should give up on the library, because the amount I keep paying in fines would buy several books. I don't know that I'm ready to quit them entirely, but we do pay a good chunk to them from time to time in fees! But either way, I rather suspect that with homeschooling the whole my books are mulitplying and replenishing my shelves thing is not going to go away!
  13. bra? My mom used her bra as a pocket for cash!!! :lol: Please tell me I'm not the only one whose mom did that! :D
  14. Campers sent packing after first visit to swim club quote: "The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately." Saw that in a tweet this morning. :mad:
  15. Frederike in Persia mentioned that we might do a separate thread on literature suggestions. I'll admit that it is a little frustrating to try to find German books for my kids because so much is either way over their heads or in translation (often from English). So what books have you read/used/liked in German? What books do you think would be common to the literary background of most German (German speaking) adults? I'll start with two kids series that I enjoyed as a German learner. Ich habe einen Freund . . . This is a series about a bunch of different professions from trashman to train engineer to ship capitan to race car driver. One of the things that appealed to me is that the illustrations actually show German scenes rather than generic scenes. The book Ich habe einen Freund der is Busfahrer may be one of my favorites because it actually shows how to read a bus schedule (and because it uses the Berlin bus system, which was our system). Looking at Amazon, it seems that there may be a way to do MP3 downloads of these books as audiobook. (I'm not sure about restrictions for downloading outside Germany.) The other one that I found helpful was the Conni series by Liane Schneider und Eva Wenzel-Bürger. Conni has all sorts of adventures like baking cookies, celebrating Christmas , going to kindergarten, or going to the doctor. I think the stories are fun, introduce good idioms and introduce cultural situations like Schultuete and kids getting totally undressed at doctor's visits (which tended to be stumbling blocks amongst the American expat community I was in in Germany). [There is also a Conni series that follows Conni into higher grades in school. I think that Conni was starting Gymnasium as we were moving out of Germany a couple years ago.
  16. I learned about Mosaic (http://bringinguplearners.com/mosaic/) from a post somewhere one these forums. It looked really good, so I printed it out, 3-hole punched it, and put it in a binder. Now I'm starting to really look at it, and I have some questions. I did search the forums, and sort of found some answers, but have some more. 1) From what I've read here on the forums, Mosaic uses SOTW out of order, that they do one civilization at a time, then move on to the next, instead of going in chronological order...Did I read that right? Is there anyone who has used Mosaic who switches it around to SOTW's order? 2) Mosaic lists several non-historical books. Mosaic says "Interwoven along the way are dozens of new and classic works of children's literature. Many of these poems and stories tie into the history periods studied, others are more modern. All will help to encourage a love of reading, and an appreciation for the impressive human tapestry to which we are all heirs." So my question is, if I want to stick to the books that tie into history periods studied, which books are those? We're going to be reading plenty of other books, outside of our Mosaic/SOTW time, so I don't really want the extra books Mosaic lists. Some of those we will read at some point anyway, I just don't need it in our history lessons. For the "other" books, Mosaic lists: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Winnie-the-Pooh The Whipping Boy Misty of Chincoteague Beezus and Ramona Understood Betsy The Stories Julian Tells The Tale of Despereaux A Family of Poems Half Magic (this is not in their list in my print-out, but it is in the daily/weekly lesson plans, and on their list online) 3) Can anyone tell me anything about the book Sacred Myths: Stories from World Religions, which is an optional book Mosaic recommends? 4) Does anyone have anything to add about your experience with Mosaic? I'm going to start nice & easy with Mosaic/SOTW, since dd is just entering K. I figure I'll either go through it twice, maybe just lightly in K and a little more in depth in 1st, or take 2 years to go through the whole thing (SOTW 1).
  17. Honestly, I was going to post this a few weeks ago after reading Fahrenheit 451 and ask what was stuffed in your attic, but the CPSIA (did I get that right?) thread changed my inspiration. I was on the verge of culling out my personal library, taking the "Halving It All" approach and deciding to rely on the library for favorites, but the current state of affairs is causing me to reconsider. I want to cull very selectively, and make truly significant additions. Anyway, what titles would you consider vital? What titles do we need to hold onto old copies of, in case the lead-ink-free reprints are significantly edited? Let's make a list! As well as the title and author, try to include a category (ie, American History, World History, Classic Literature... you get the picture). Anthologies that would include someone's complete works would be appreciated, to have more stuff in one volume; add a publisher's name if you have a preferred edition. Let's try to come up with 100 titles as a basic goal (anthologies could count as one title - but they CANNOT contain abridged editions of the original works!). I'll throw up a few to get started, and I'll be cut-n-pasting into a word document as the list grows. And I think it goes without saying that each person's final list would vary, so know that you are free to rearrange said list according to your own preferences. Numbering the titles is for counting purposes only. The purpose of my thread is help me not overlook what's important for my own personal library; I hope it would help you in the same way. Here goes: 1. The Bible, King James, New American Standard and NIV editions - guess that would technically be 3 but I will count it as 1 title (Theology/World History) 2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Classic Literature) 3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Classic Literature) 4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Classic Literature) Okay, I could keep going, but I will let the rest of you have a turn! And because some of you are probably capable of posting a list of 100 all by yourselves, let's restrain ourselves to 5 new titles each post until we hit 100, then we'll add any must-haves that were left out of the first round (see how optimistic I am?!). And while each of you, like me, would have sentimental favorites, let's try to keep this first list to "important" books, kwim?
  18. I love to use picture books to read aloud to my kindergarten daughter and my 2nd grade daughter. I love to teach them history, science, literature, fables, fairy tales etc... this way. What are your favorites? Not necessairily the ones you see posted all over, the lesser known favorites would be great! I am putting in requests at my library, and the more the better!!! Michelle
  19. Hi all, My girlfriend is giving me a book voucher for Valentine's Day and I'd like to use it towards a good history book. I know that some people here recommend Spielvogel as their 'spine' in teaching history, but I believe it only contains a small number of chapters on the ancient world. Can anyone recommend a good book for the study of history beginning with the ancient world? Is Spielvogel worth the money? What other authors/books would you recommend? I already own the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, which gives a one page spread on each civilisation/period, but I want something with a little more meat on it. I think I could use the Kingfisher as a brief introduction to different periods, but where do I go from there? Thanks in advance for any recommendations, Yabusame.
  20. I am looking for some books for my 3rd grader. He is a slow reader and easily discouraged. He probably reads on a late 2nd grade early 3rd grade level. He has been reading Magic Tree House books for almost a year now (not exclusively) and that seems to keep his interest and it's the right level. Now I'm trying to plan for the next level or stage of his reading, but most books are too big/intimidating. Interests: magic, adventure, travel, animals, and other boys things. We lived in rural area and he and his brother spend a lot of time in the woods, climbing trees, finding treasure and building forts. Any suggestions?
  21. I need some advice for my struggling third grader. He has had great difficulty learning to read and I don't know where to go from here. He was in public school in K and 1st grades, the school wanted to hold him back, but we had already decided school was not for him. I started homeschooling him in what I classified as 2nd grade. He is an extremely bright boy, and was advanced in math and science. Of course, his reading and writing skills were poor. I worked very hard with him last year (often times doubting my decision to homeschool) and he has improved. He went from barely reading simple "leveled readers" with a lot of mistakes and reading very slowly to reading more fluently and with accuracy. He loves books and makes up his own stories all the times. It's just so difficult for him to read. Now we are in "3rd grade" but I feel that his reading level is still in second grade. He loves the Magic Tree House books. We are working through reading most of them because they are high-interest and somewhat educational. (I know WTM says not to read these, but we do what we can) He is always picking up new words when he reads. He still works at sounding out the words he doesn't know. He does guess at words a lot when he's tired or distracted (which is 80% of the time). I just don't know where to go from here. I can't find much information on what he should be doing at this age. So here's the list of my questions: How do I know what "level" he is reading? How do we progress in his reading, now that he has the basics down? Is there some type of reading instruction I should still be doing? How much time should he spend reading daily? How much longer do I need to sit with him while he reads and help him along? What are some good books for boys that are struggling with reading and REALLY need coaxing to get it done? If anyone can answer one, some or all of these questions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
  22. I'm thinking something newer that I may not have heard yet (not the fav. classics like Goodnight Moon, etc). Any ideas?
  23. I thought I would put this on the GB rather than the High school and Self-education because I think more people look here. My knowledge of American history is patchy at best (1. I grew up in Europe and 2. History wasn't seen as all that important in school :eek::ack2: so I know a lot about the last 100 years or so but patchy before that) and I would like to remedy this. I would like to start reading biographies about the different presidents and use that as my spine I suppose, and then branch out from there. Does anyone have any suggestions for good biographies of the different presidents for an adult? I have a very good book for Swedish history so I thought I would do US next and then come back to Europe. Thank you!
  24. We are looking for some great summer reading books that do not fall into the history rotation. What fun books have your children read? My boys are going into 4th and 7th grade. Thanks, Dorothy
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