...I was wondering about Math in Focus. Can it be self-teaching?
No experience with it, so I can't help there.
Some possible (??) ideas for self-teaching math:
- Teaching Textbooks (secular) -- however: spiral; video instruction
- Horizons (Christian)
- Alpha-Omega (Christian)
An aside: I don't think Math (at this young age) can be completely self-teaching, I think you could work out something with DS where he goes over the instruction part solo, then has a "minute math meeting" with you before doing the exercises (so he doesn't spend an entire lesson off-track) where he explains the concept to you and how to do it. OR, if that is likely to lead to conflict, then DS does math at night when dad can be available to oversee. Or hire a tutor to teach (as needed) and touch base with DS 2x/week, and you just do the grading... Just brainstorming some ideas.
This is one area he has zero choice of Mom teaching him. We are doing WTM grammar and writing. However, getting him to read and discuss is a fight. Any ideas? Like BJU Lit studies but without the BJU?suggest a way. This kid is a box checker.
Well, eventually students still need to discuss literature. BUT, at 6th-7th grade though, just reading and touching base 1-2x/week informally with you would work fine, esp. if you can spin it like it is a special adult-style "office meeting" with coffee and doughnuts (or whatever snack works for you guys) to discuss the lit. Just brainstorming!
- Lightning Literature might work
some of the books in LL7 have old language and are written in dialect, so that may not fly too well for a future year to do it entirely solo -- perhaps have an audio version for listening to while reading
- CLE? -- it has worksheets and teaches literary elements and could be done independently (I think)
- Memoria Press? grade 6 or grade 7
also worksheets and might be able to be done independently; starting at grade 8 it makes a big jump up in level
sounds like the teacher book is needed for student/teacher discussion, so don't know how independent...
No ideas. I am not fussed about experiments at this age and would rather not do them as we live in a small space right now with a 16 month old who likes to get into everything. I would really prefer somewhat secular or at least a balanced view. We don't care about old/young earth arguments. We have done the interest-led for years. I want an actual planned out program.
- Nancy Larson -- probably level 2 or level 3
those would go with DS's interests; and if you go with level 2, then you have 3 programs (it goes up through level 4) to carry you through all of middle school
- Rainbow Science (Christian)
Expensive, but complete, with 2 full years (for grades 7 and 8), AND designed to be completely independently done by the student.
Currently, he is doing VP Self-Paced but as it was written for much younger students, he is not doing any output. Of course, he loves it. I am thinking to keep it as he doesn't fight me on it, and it gets done.
Sounds great! If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you feel you need to beef it up a bit, you can always add a book or documentary here or there.
... Can Megawords fill both of these?
Yes. It is designed for grades 4-12, so it would carry him for a few years. He likely does not need to start with book 1 or even book 2. You may need to get the Assessment Book (alas, it is expensive), to place him. Or, look at the table of contents of each book (see them at the Christian Book website) to decide for yourself where to place him.
He wants to be an architect. How about some technical drawing ideas?
- Introduction 2 Architecture Creativity Set and Book (gr. 3-8) -- hands on
- Young Architect Experiment Kit (gr. 5+) -- hands on
- Creating Line Designs, book 3 and book 4 -- uses a ruler and following directions
- Practical Drafting Workbook (gr. 6-adult) -- once he does the Creating Line Designs, he could move on to this
- Glencoe textbook: Basic Technical Drawing (gr. 8-10) -- again, for later on, but maybe get it now to have on hand as reference?
- ArchiDoodle -- probably too free-hand for DS
- Drafting & Design pencil set and Student Architect's Triangular Scale
What did I miss?
If there is a box with lesson plans that might fit what we need (not Calvert!), suggest a way. This kid is a box checker.
Because every child is unique, and because you're using a variety of materials -- not all from the same "publisher" or "box" -- I think you'll need to create a template. Super easy: use a pencil and ruler to make your own to exactly fit your needs, use that as your master and photocopy enough copies to last you all year. Or, download a pre-made template, and work with that; each weekend, write in (or type in and print off) the week's assignments for DS to check off as he goes. Here are some printable template ideas:
- Mission Minded Mothering blog: 2 homeschool planners
- The Homeschool Mom website: numerous planners
- Amy's Wandering blog: big list of links to free printable homeschool planners
Sounds like you are definitely moving into the pre-teen boy thing of pushing away from mom and wanting to assert his independence, so wishing you both all the very BEST of luck as you work to figure out how to navigate these new waters! Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 23 January 2018 - 04:04 PM.