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    Default Hello from Colorado Springs!

    Hi all!

    I'm pretty excited to start interacting with other like-minded parents! I've lived in Colorado for about 5 years now and have been homeschooling for 2. My DDs are 10 and 12. Since starting we've tried a ton of different methods, my oldest being one who prefers to work independently and enjoys the more academic side of learning and my youngest loathes anything seeming like school work and learns much better by being hands-on and playing games (any recommendations for games and hands on activities for 5th grade, especially math, would be incredibly welcome!) Right now our favorite games are Prime Climb and Professor Noggin's card games. My favorite thing about homeschooling so far is that both of my girls are finding passions and interests that they didn't have time for while in public school. My oldest is learning to sew her own clothes after spending about a year constantly drawing and designing them in her sketch books and my youngest loves writing her own stories and has been learning to knit.

    I'd love to connect with other parents, I've found it pretty difficult to make friends here with most of the other homeschooling families I've met being pretty religious and/or not super open to expanding their existing clicks. I'd love to get together with people in my area or share ideas from parents in other places!

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    Welcome! I was going to recommend Prime Climb so you beat me on that one. I actually find that the Game Of Life seems to teach a good amount of math. Just counting up all the money at the end to see who won and then having them write it out is great for place value with big numbers. We also like multiplication war. My Little Poppies blog and the gameschooling site on facebook have a ton more math specific game ideas. Searching this site for games can also add a lot too.
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Hi!
    We live in NZ, but my oldest DD (9.5) will be starting the equivalent of 5th grade at the end of Jan. My younger one is 4.5 and I have just started doing a series of phonics readers with her.

    We love the Prof. Noggins card games too. Will have to look up Prime Climb. I got a chemistry game off Amazon, Valence. So far it has been a little complicated but we are getting there with it and its one that I can use with my daughter for a long time. We also got a cool local card game that is about endangered and extinct birds, introduced birds, pests that kill the birds, and Maori mythology (the Maori were the first people to live in NZ before the Europeans), but I guess that would not be such a great game for you. I have found some good books with activity/game-ish suggestions in. Math Lab for Kids is really great and my daughter loved going through it. There are also lots of other "......Lab for Kids" books in the series

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