Planning Middle School for a Visual-Spatial Learner

Middle school is upon us and I’ve attempted to put together a plan that will suit my strongly visual-spatial learner.  This highly creative kid has dreams of a future working with computers in some way.  Math and art are areas of strength.  Language arts subjects have been a weaker area,…

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Shakespeare for Kids

The first time I was exposed to Shakespeare was in a high school classroom.  The one and only play we read and discussed was MacBeth.  Even though we spent a long time reading and discussing the play, the archaic language made the story line quite difficult to follow.  As a…

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Middle School to High School Reading List for a Strong Reader

I compiled a middle school to high school reading list for my strong reader.  We started this list in 6th grade and are in the middle of 7th grade right now.  Most of the books on the list would be considered classics, but many contemporary novels are included as well.…

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Curriculum to Learn Mandarin Chinese

We have tried many different resources in our journey to learn Mandarin.  Our newest find seems to be the best yet.   Basic Spoken Chinese and Basic Written Chinese by Cornelius Kubler separates spoken and written Mandarin.  One of the major difficulties we have had in learning Mandarin is the slower…

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Africa Unit Study

We are embarking on a study of the continent of Africa this year, focusing on Morocco, Ghana, Sudan, Tanzania, and South Africa.  Our study basically consists of books, videos and activities.  As a mission-focused family, missions are woven into the study using Window on the World, The Gospel According to…

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2014-2015 Curriculum Choices for 7th, 5th, and 1st grades

We have now embarked on our 8th year of homeschooling.   I take a wide and deep eclectic approach to education which works very well for my gifted learners.  Our homeschool is globally-focused so we spend a chunk of time learning about the world, different cultures, and study some of…

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