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    Illustrated Dictionary of Math, boys have enjoyed looking through and figuring out new concepts that haven't been introduced yet by their curriculum.
    World History Atlas, this one! Global historical perspective of how political lines and world views constantly change.
    Smithsonian Natural History encyclopedia, of my sons loves having random stats/facts in his head like, "how much does a blue whale weigh?" "what's the difference between a polar bear and brown bear?"
    I broke down and bought timelines for the glad I did. My boys are constantly checking what else was going on in the world while ...fill-in-the-blank.... was happening. A concept my adult mind took for granted. I bought Parthenon Graphics Classical Education Timeline Series (4 of them)
    My active boys found SOTW quite boring....thankfully we borrowed it from the library, so back to the shelf it went. Gotta love a library card!!
    Look into a good set of binoculars before the telescope....increases your field of view and makes things a little less frustrating for a novice. IMO

    BTW: for what it's worth my boys are now 12 and 14 and homeschooled from day one.

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    When buying reference material, keep in mind how quick our kids grow, so don't shy away from books that are "too mature" for your munchkins. Try to pick ones that they grow into and with. Over the years they will keep finding new things that they hadn't seen before. When they are little interests change like a light switch....this is when I found the library indispensable.
    Of course all of this depends on quite a few far away (convenient) and what is the quality of your local library.....what is your budget for a home much space have you got at many siblings will get in line to make use of the goods....etc...
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    About telescopes - DH has a really nice, expensive telescope (10" somethingorother). Its alright.
    Really, though, the most inspirational telescope events Ive been to have been on Astronomy Day - coming up in April!
    Looking through the *real* telescopes at the planets - breathtaking! Seeing the rings on Saturn, the bacon of Jupiter*... seeing Venus looking like a moon because it goes through phases... I will keep those with me forever.

    *Maybe just because I was hungry - but it really looks like Jupiters surface is made of very large rashers of bacon.

    eta: Heres general information about upcoming Astronomy Day

    You can search for your local observatory / clubs events. Lowell Observatory had free admission, lots of telescopes, and gave away a lot of cool stuff.
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    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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