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    For those who are interested inthe books:

    The handbook gives 24 lesson (6 per season) althought they are more like prompts for lessons. It gives 2-4 pages of text and illustrations per lesson and then a short suggestion for a task. For example for lesson 1:Western Wizards the task says

    Wizard Work: An apprentice wizard ought to be inspired by wizards from the past. He should find a book about King Arthur in a bookshop or library, and read about how I (the book is supposedly writen by Merlin) managed to help that mighty king from so long ago.

    From that then you have o constuct your own detailed lesson plans. I added in reading the Kalevala and we have been making wizard cards (like the ones you would get in chocolate frogs) of Merlin, The Lady of the Lake and Vainamoinen (we will add others as we come across them). We have also spent some time comparing these characters and disussing their differnet approaches , the ethics of Magic. We also watched a documetary looking ath the truth behind Arthurian legends and marked the events on out timeline.

    The leaaons cover all sorts of normal subjects (literature, poetry (haiku spells), nature (trees, animals, herbs, weather), star constelations & moon phases, history, geography) but ties them in to Wizardology. As with everthing some of the lesson prompts are better than others.

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    You should totally keep a record of what you do and sell that curriculum online (minus the text books of course)! I would buy it. It sounds really awesome!
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    I think it's a great idea, provided it's not technically a "school supply", but something the child is interested in that will lead to further inquiry and discovery (i.e. microscopes, books, pocket pet, etc).
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    I am all for "school" gifts. I encourage family and friends to do that for my kids to. Although, I will say for the most part any gift, used for school or not is free for playtime too. Of course my kiddos are little and most of our school time is play anyhow.
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    I would give them something overly "educational" if they had already expressed desire for it, but not if I just wanted them to want it, know what I mean? It's never nice to have to receive a gift that the giver really just transposed their desires for you and your life onto, without regard for what YOU like.
    I wouldn't give my kids a stack of notebook paper and pencils, but if one of them wanted a really fine, expensive microscope, we could make that their birthday present.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    My birthday is in early September, so I've gotten school supplies as birthday presents my entire life. When I turned 13, I got a graphing calculator as a birthday present! Because what girl wouldn't want a TI 82 to help her into her teenage years?

    I love the Wizard stuff--I know my kids look at gifts like that as a double present. They get the present and they get extra time with Mom. This year, my son is getting a membership to the science museum for his birthday. That's totally a school supply. Last year, his entire birthday party was tied in with his summer curriculum--he adores chemistry, so we learned all about the periodic table and basic chemical reactions, then had a periodic table of cupcakes (that he helped make from memory) and T-shirts with our names spelled out in elements. All the kids get book boxes for Christmas presents--every time I find a book I think they might like, I'll get it and throw it in a box for them. By December, they've got about 20 new books to flip through whenever they want. One of the things I like about HS is that there's no distinction between when we learn and when we have fun or relax together. It's all related and can happen whenever we're open to it--gifts like that help emphasize the message well.

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    [ One of the things I like about HS is that there's no distinction between when we learn and when we have fun or relax together. It's all related and can happen whenever we're open to it--gifts like that help emphasize the message well./QUOTE]

    Yes! This! We give educational gifts but that's what DS likes and wants. Nothing wrong with that!
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    I think you should find the chapter on potions and brew yourself a spell that makes the guilt vanish. This is a great gift! Tell your conscience to take a chill pill.
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    Oh yes, but we try to keep them fun. He gets lots of art supplies, fun computer games that are also educational, dinosaur books, etc. Once we got him a science experiment kit that did 12 amazing things; he loved that. We also make sure he gets plenty of regular toys.

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    I don't see a problem with it, for my dd birthday this year we are going to the museum for a program they run on Knights and Warriors (her choice).
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