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Subject: Tell me in your opinion THE BEST book you have listed for homeschooling...
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 6:37 PM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2006
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Because I might want it!

I'll start...

HISTORY   Age 8-10     And THEN What Happened Paul Revere?

I've got a lot of books, but this one is perhaps the one that my son enjoyed the most and got the most out of.  It is thin, with pictures, and very kid friendly.  I paired this with the Paul Revere Official website and lesson plans, and he FINALLY enjoyed something about American History. 

Science Ages 7-10  All About Deer

Another thin book, but FULL of pictures and facts about deer.  I learned stuff I never knew about deer!  When we recently went to an animal conservatory and saw deer, my son remembered about the velvet antlers and how to tell what type of deer they were, so this book STUCK, and that's important!


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Date Posted: 9/15/2007 6:41 PM ET
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Well, the only one I have listed is A Beka Footprints 3.2 reader.

I keep most of my books, because my kids are five years apart.

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 6:51 PM ET
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I only have the one child that is 11.  He's growing too fast! 

We have especially loved the GOOD APPLE books but we write in them so I toss them.  My son likes Goosebumps and the DOOM books, but he learns really well from the thin, really informative books.  (Like the deer ones.  Wish I could find some more of those!  Also DK & Usbourne, but he wants to keep all of those.)

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 9:57 PM ET
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I think the best homeschooling book I have on my list is the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood from Ed-Con. My girls loved these, with short chapters, and puzzles and comprehension questions to go with each. I wouldn't be getting rid of this except I ended up with two. :-)

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 1:26 AM ET
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Well, we keep most of our favorites but when we ordered our curriculum this year it included a copy of A Question of Yams (a missionary story based on true events). We already had a copy. Its 3rd grade level, 1992 edition with different cover art but identical inside, and nearly new condition.

This story highlights a father's faith that God will provide for him. There is a severe drought , the father is also persecuted for his belief but he through everything he remains true to the Lord. So the son watches all this and of course questions whether his father is right. I won't give away the ending but it is good.

Funny thing is, someone had this as a WL book and I had to decline it because of their very specific requestor conditions, but it still hasn't shown back up on my shelf. Anyone know how long it takes to reappear on my shelf?


Date Posted: 9/16/2007 2:26 PM ET
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Oh, I want that Question of Yams book!  Just added it to my wish list in hopes of getting it.  One other member was wishing for it - maybe it was the one you turned down.  Here's hoping I get it! 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 6:17 PM ET
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It won't post back onto your wishlist, if it hasn't already. But you could go to Susan's profile and from her wishlist click "post this book" to offer it directly to her. I think that is how it works to offer a book to a specific person. She may need to be added to your Buddy List first. Or you could post it and right away go to it in your bookshelf list and click "post this to a friend" before it can get WL'ed. Add Susan to your Buddy List first for that one. New books posted do not get offered to the WL for about an hour after they are posted. After offering it to Susan, you might want to check that it is not being held for WL on a tab on your main account page. If so, just cancel that request. If it's within the hour. it doesn't count against you, but it should clear automatically when you offer the book to Susan.

I've had a book that I accepted and then the requestor conditions came up. Because it came up separately afterwards,I had to cancel the request. It didn't give me the choice "Book does not meet requestor's conditions". Because I had to cancel the request, it was removed from my bookshelf and I had to repost it. Usually the special conditions show up on the request hold tab, along with a tab for it not meeting their conditions...

As for my answer to the forum topic here:

Meet Kaya is a great introduction to the Nez Pierce tribe. Even though it is an American Girl book, our boys have enjoyed reading all of these books.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a young Black girl's story of growing up in the South. Your son may be too young for it. All of my kids read it in about 7th grade. We love this book, but in reorganizing our shelves found I had picked up an extra copy.

All of the Story Girl books are a great look at life on Price Edward Island, Canada in the early 1900's. Several of the cousins are boys, including the narrarator, so they are not  "girl" books. If you have ever seen any of the Avonlea series on tv, these books are about the King Cousins, and Sara Stanley is the Story Girl. These are from the original L.M. Montgomery books, so you will find some relatives that the tv series chose not to include.

Maybe we should start a topic of favorite children's authors?

I usually search for new books by seeing if there are any by authors that I know I like. For boys, I would put Lee Roddy, Robert Elmer, and G.A. Henty at the top of the list. My son also just finished the entire Amarican Biography series published by Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Benge is the author's name.

Hopefully you've got enough ideas from everyone's replies to get you started!



Date Posted: 9/17/2007 10:10 AM ET
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My Side of the Mountain is one of my boys favorite  books. 

I also have listed some Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books and one Magic School Bus book. 

I have Ruth Beechick's little booklet A Home Start in Reading (this is a fantastic book)  

And I also have a nice hardback Children's Atlas. I only posted this one because I am out of bookshelf room and I realized I have 3 atlases.  So I kept one childrens and one adult.  I almost didn't post this because it is a big hardbound copy and postage will be a bit more but...... oh well. 

Much more is there! 

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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 2:58 PM ET
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We have two chess books for children that my son really enjoyed when he was competing in tournements.

Opening Moves the making of a young chess champion

Mensa Chess (which is a book of chess puzzles to improve your game)



Date Posted: 9/17/2007 4:22 PM ET
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I have several Singapore Math books listed. Several have been requested, but I still have some left.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 7:44 PM ET
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Someone really should grab those Singapore math books.  We've used those -  we are now on level 5B - and they've all been really great.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 10:38 PM ET
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I would if they were US editions. We use Singapore here, too, but I only buy the US editions. There is enough of a difference to matter to me. I am always on the lookout for US edition Primary Math books.