He hasn't taken any AP or honors level courses as I specifically avoid any classes with those in the description. He hasn't done DE. I've mentioned his online classes and I think that may have come across as if it was DE.
Oops! Apologies. My misunderstanding.
He takes only US history and is doing only 6 classes this year:
Hang on! I just re-read my sig. The Egyptian History is a half semester class he'll start in January as an elective. He chose to do that. We'll watch the Great Courses lecture and do a few activities for output: like write our own obituaries, go to a museum. etc. For an elective I'll keep it fun and light. It'll replace Photography.
...Alg is 1.5 hours a day.
... Chemistry takes about 2 hours a day.
... We're using Hakim's History of the US for American History [and] the American history lectures from The Great Courses. There are 84 lectures (half hour each), and every 10 lectures I'll have him... write an essay/short answer to it. So, 8 essays a year.
... Spanish is ... about 30 minutes of homework a day
... Photography... taking walks and taking pictures while he walks... No writing or testing.
... English... He can get through his English class in about 1 hour and 15 minutes a day...
Just saw these newer posts on your course load, so revising my suggestions above:
1 credit = English: Writing + Literature
1 credit = Math: Algebra 2 (outsourced class)
1 credit = Science: Chemistry (outsourced class)
1 credit = Social Studies: US History
1 credit = Foreign Language: Spanish
0.5 credit (spring) = Social Studies: Ancient Egyptian History
0.5 credit (fall) = Elective: Photography
accruing hours in summers:
Elective: Home Ec
How that might that look in a weekly schedule:
1.5 hour = Math
1.0-1.25 hour = Chemistry**
0.5 hour = Spanish
0.75 hour = English: Literature
0.5 hour = English: Writing (time spread over LAofW, WttW, lit. writing, and History essays -- so budget yourself, which may mean doing some things orally in WttW, or reduce some history to short reader responses rather than full essays, and when doing longer essays in a week, don't also be trying to do other writing)
0.75 hour = U.S. History (GC have 84 30-min. lectures; at 3 lectures a week, you finish in 28 weeks; however, if in 8 or your weeks you do an essay, then in those weeks just do 2 GC lectures, and you spread out to 36 weeks AND give yourself 30 more minutes time for writing an essay that week; finally, read Hakim to finish filling up to your 4-5 hour weekly total for History and you're good -- that would be about 2.5- hours of reading a week)
0.5-0.75 hour = Photography
5.75-6.0 hours total
** = hours for Chemistry
See if you can read aloud, or prep for tests orally with DS to speed this up each day; but my guess is that your best option for this is to just plan on shorter daily bites so that the entire credit is spread over more time -- so plan on finishing this as summer school, OR, do 2/3 of Chemistry this year and finish the rest next year and then start your 3rd science next year when finished with Chemistry, and finish the rest of that 3rd science in 12th grade.
I know you mentioned that Chemistry is an online class -- Is it a self-paced? If so, can you contact the teacher and explain your situation of needing to move at a slower pace, and see if you can pay to continue access to the teacher explanations into the summer? If not, can you drop the online and hire a local tutor to meet once a week with you and DS and walk you all through the concepts at a slower pace (so, tutoring through both semesters and into the summer)?
Quite honestly, more than 1.25 hours a day is sucking too much time away from everything else, and most colleges don't require more than 3 lab science credits for admissions -- some only require 2 credits, esp. if the student is going into a non-STEM field. Honestly, it will be okay to have 3 science credits instead of 4, if it means that during high school, your DS has a life, develops personal interests, and learns how to have balance in his life.
...English.... Lively Art of Writing and Windows to the World PLUS we are reading some novels... LAW and WW are each half semester courses. [For the American Lit.] There are 12 works total to get through, but remember that 3 are short stories, 2 or 3 are novellas, and the rest are short.
Well, my math says:
0.5 credit = WttW
+ 0.5 credit = LAofW
+ 1.0 credit = DIY of 12 works (6 novels, 3 novellas, 3 short stories) + lit. guides)
= 2.0 credits English
But what do I know. (teasing!)
Big hugs, Garga, as you wrestle through everything. Lots of great ideas from everyone! Warmest wishes, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 02 October 2017 - 02:10 PM.