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  1. Our public library sorts fiction like this: board books easy readers children's fiction (chapter books) YA fiction adult fiction but only sorts non-fiction into children's (anything from little picture books about a seed growing into a plant to fairly lengthy biographies, but many more of the former type) and adults' (which is sometimes DS's interest level and appropriate in topic, but often above his independent sustained reading ability level and frequently littered with language I don't want him picking up). Right now I often use the latter as bedtime read-alouds, simply improving language if needed as it comes up. However, I'd like any suggestions you'd like to throw out about making the transition to adult NF without my having to pre-read every book or waiting until he's mature enough that I'm not worried about profanity as a discipline issue. Advise me, wise Hive!
  2. I finished reading a book last week that has been on my shelf for just over a year. I wanted a little down time and began reading. I thought it would be like the four other books I've started and haven't completed, but I couldn't put it down. Then very chance I had for the next four days, I spent reading this adventure book. Adults and students alike can enjoy this one. If you have some time, pick up The River by Michael Neale. Happy reading!
  3. Does anyone have any good ideas on some really good science curriculum or living books or even, heaven forbid, a boring text book with which my 17 can peruse in order to prepare for the ACT? We have already done all of the Master Books and we have apologia books as well. Still, the practice ACT tests are throwing her off. We would really appreciate any and all suggestions as she is getting frustrated in the area of science. Thanks, momto12
  4. Jane here, reporting for duty while Robin is away. Amy and I are just minding the store though. Robin graciously took time out from her family to submit the following: I'm out doing the family thing, my father and all my sisters gathered from near and far to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, while we tramp together, here and there and everywhere. Today is the anniversary of Robert Frost's birthday and since he is one of my favorite poets, I'll leave you with you with one of his poems. A Prayer in Spring By Robert Frost Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfill. ****************************************************** Story of Western Science, Chapter 8 (I just realized that this was skipped last week in Robin's absence) *********************************** What are you reading this week? Link to Week 12.
  5. Hello! Welcome! I am a temporary stand in for Robin while she enjoys some time with family. (So don't ask any hard questions until she's back on duty!) I'm glad you could all join in for another week of reading. **** Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~ Albert Camus Spring is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern side of the world. Nature's paint palette, combines rich, deep and bold colors with brilliant hues to entertain the eye. Just imagine the synergism as we blend the seasons to enrich our reading as well as our bookshelves. Dive into your trusty thesaurus to look for words that speak to you of either autumn and spring. Mix them together to discover a new read or revisit an old friend. A random pick of cozy earth on Amazon brings up P. Bodi's Mountain Earth's Kitchen Cozy Mystery Series. Hope orange resulted in Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series as well as RaeAnne Thayne's Hope Crossing series. Blue leaf resulted in Lynn Truss's fabulous and fun book - Eats, Shoots and Leaves: A Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. If you haven't read it yet, now is the time. Add another layer to include our theme of the month with mystery or nordic authors and see what comes up. Cozy mysteries are always fun to curl up with when you need something light. Spring brings to mind Debbie Macomber and her Blossom Street or Cedar Cove series. Check out Cozy Mysteries Unlimited for Spring themed and Fall themed reads. Try something completely new and delve into the symbolism or magic of the Equinox with Danu Forest's Magic Of ebooks. While you are having fun following rabbit trails, don't forget to check out Goodreads Best Books for Spring reading as well as PW's Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017. Happy Reading! Link to Week 11
  6. I need some book suggestions! What are some middle grade (between 4th and 7th grade reading levels) fiction books (bonus points for book series) for kids who LOVE nonfiction? And.....GO!
  7. Have you ever heard of the Life of Fred books?!? They are an INCREDIBLE resource for homeschool math books! My kids LOVE them. I've been trying to find the BEST prices for months and believe I finally found it! You can buy the complete set (10 books - that are durable and have hard covers) for only $139 + FREE SHIPPING! http://www.educents.com/life-of-fred-elementary-math-sale.html If your kids are older, I believe the same site offers intermediate series, high school series, college series and more. I need to look into that next but for now I'm getting my younger children excited about math :-) Anyway, I hope you find these little gems useful for your family too. God bless!
  8. We will be using (some of) SOTW 4 for history this year and was wondering if anyone has some good book suggestions for 3rd graders for the Modern History time period. The activity guide seems to have suggestions for slightly older kiddos. My girls read well, so I'm not so much looking for books on a 3rd grade reading level, but books with 3rd grade content. :) Any suggestions for any books in general for this time period would be great (even for the 6th grader)! :)
  9. Can we start a list of not just any book on tape, but specifically, paid Audible.com account books worth getting each month for a elementary age audience. In other words, I think I've been throwing my money away with the Audible account I've been paying for the past two years. I almost never get any titles because I'm paralyzed by the thought of paying for a title that is already available for free as many classics are, or cancelling my account and losing all the book credits I have accumulated! I also constantly throw in the paralysis of --I can't get audible books that would be better experienced by my kids as a book they read themselves. So, within that context, what books are really worth getting with your paid Audible account? (For me, I will probably be using them a lot in the car where K'er, 3rd, and 6th grader will be listening).
  10. There are so many posts on children's books and so many of us that are obsessed with book lists. Can you consider breaking out books into a separate subforum? Members could post lists, read aloud recommendations and search for long forgotten favorites.
  11. Looking for any good Latin books or music CDs on tape or DVD for my children to be immersed by listening to the language more. I know there are some apps but we don't have access to many of those. Thanks for any suggestions!
  12. Hi, We're getting an eval. done for ADHD. Just a basic first run thing, but when I've read up on it, the books/ articles/ blogs echo what I've experienced with my son. It's like they are reading our mail :) Anyway, I've checked out a few books from the library, The Gift of ADHD, The ADD & ADHD Answer Book, and The Family ADHD solution. I just wanted to ask, what are some books that really helped you understand ADHD or that gave you helpful tools in dealing with ADHD kid(s) in the home so things are not always in an uproar. Thank you! -mommaklee
  13. Do you have any good recommendations for FIRST read aloud chapter books? I never would have thought to read chapter books to my almost four year old, but then I read about it in a book (either WTM or a Charlotte Mason tome, I can't recall which) and saw My Father's Dragon touted on another thread. We just finished reading that one, a chapter a day, and DS loved it! Looking for similarly awesome recommendations. Wondering if he's be old enough for Roverandom by Tolkien? I'll have to go back and re-read it to see (I pre-read everything) Thank you! <3
  14. As some of you know, Google has vowed to digitize all the books and magazines ever written. As of 2014, there are over 130 million books, and Google has digitized roughly 25% of them. Google's aim is to make the "world's knowledge" more accessible to anyone in the world. Yet, I was wondering whether books really contain the bulk of the world's knowledge? As a whole, do they contain more information than other mediums--like journals, databases, magazines, or videos?
  15. I'm pondering next year. Or possibly this summer. And I'm musing about putting together a list of biographies, histories, historical fiction for two of my sons. My thought is that instead of handing them a textbook, I could assign this list of books. Maybe we've done this before? If so, please link. But I'd LOVE to have a list here without extensively searching the web and I'd love to know what YOUR favorites. It can cover any time period. I may re-organize according to time period based on responses. So, I'll start: John Adams, McCullough The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill Covenant, James Michener (I really like Michener. Add to this list: Poland, Centennial, Chesapeake) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown I Will Fight No More Forever (loved this one!), Merrill? , about the Nez Perce indians Night, Elie Weisel The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  16. Diana Gabaldon just announced on twitter that Tobias Menzies has been cast as Frank/Black Jack Randall. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0580014/
  17. Has anyone ever heard of a book-swap co-op or is there one on this site? We are using Tapestry of Grace Redesigned, Year 1 this year. I was telling an lady that it's too expensive to buy all the books recommended just in the primary resource list for one level, let a lone two or three. She said that when she lived over seas there was a book-swap co-op. The way she described it was that one family would agree to buy a particular year plan/unit, and another family a different unit of the same year plan and then they would all swap books through mail to share expenses. I can think of a few different ways to do this, besides what she mentioned. If there is not a book-swap co-op that anyone can tell me about, how could we use this site to get one started? (Sorry, I'm not real familiar with how to use forums and this is my first time on TWTM.) TOG shares similar resources with several other curr. such as VP, MFW, and Sonlight. It would not have to be a book-swap co-op specifically for TOG, just a general book-swap co-op. If anyone knows how to use this site to set one up or can recommend a way to set on up online via another site, I can put together policies/rules.
  18. So I'm sure some variation of this thread exists on here, but I couldn't find it. So I'll ask- what books do you consider "not to be missed" for 4th/5th grades? I'm thinking of putting together a structured lit program for next year, and I'd love to hear what books you all think are the best of the best for that age group. Thanks!
  19. A few years ago someone had posted a reading lit that was set up by time period. It was the list that I worked from for historical reading but now that my computer has died and we got a new one I have been trying to find this list again and have yet to be successful. So does anyone remember a premade list of historical fiction and non fiction. Thanks!
  20. Heard an interview with the author of this book today (Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno) and thought it might be a good intro to logic / computer programming concepts for dd8. (listen to the interview on CBC radio here- click on Download the MP3 for the whole show or this link for just the clip) Does anybody have any experience with this? I thought it might be somewhat analagous to the Life of Fred books for math, at least from his description of the storyline. Am I way off-base? Is this really helpful for a kid who's never programmed before?
  21. Where to order large selections of books or book "packages"? I see Rainbow Resource has some for FIAR and the Let's Read and Find Out science book packages. Are there any others I've missed (their product list is massive!) Also, there's ebay. Any other sites I could order large selections from? Even sites that may cater to schools?
  22. My child is now 9 years old. Struggling reader and reading under "grade level." My kiddo refuses to read anything on her own, pick up a book and sit and read, read aloud without me right next to her, read a sign, read a package, refuses to READ anything. If she does read she will know some of the words, she may guess at some words, she may make up a word, or she will just get to a word and look at me as if awaiting for me to tell her the word. Reading has become a chore in our home. Its frustrating to all parties involved and I am stuck not knowing how to help her. We have continued with phonics, grammar, and now spelling and reading 1st and 2nd level books. She enjoys anything I read to her. We have tried by getting books she will enjoy and partner reading-this is what gets the most accomplished reading. I am at the point of thinking about pushing all subjects to the side and fully focusing on reading? But then will all of our other subjects suffer? Any advice anyone would give will be taken as helpful! - Mommy with a frustrated reader!
  23. Does anyone have suggestions for good videos/documentaries about the Crusades? I am pretty sure none would be suitable for my 7yo student (but be so happy to hear of any that are suitable!), so I'm mainly thinking about my own education. For these purposes, I was hoping documentary-style and not official lectures (a la Teaching Company); I hope to hit the Official Lecture route when we cycle 'round to the Logic years. thanks in advance! I have requested from our library, for self-education, three books and I'll put them onto the thread FWIW The New Concise History of the Crusades (supposed to be a good introduction, gives insight into both the noble goals -- which is what I myself need more of -- & the unfortunate realities) The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Lands (very strong editorial reviews; apparently the author is outstanding) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (also excellent editorial reviews & authorship; considered relevant to understanding the contemporary Middle East)
  24. Just found this and wanted to share: Why the Internet is No Subtitute for a Library
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