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  1. This might work for the high school level: http://healthyhome-ec.blogspot.com/p/abou-this-curriculum.html
  2. We have had a "homeschool room" for about five years now, ever since we moved into this house. When we moved in, the room we chose was already nicely painted (tan), so we just left it that way. We also had a somewhat middle elementary look to the room -- charts, maps, workbox drawers, and so on -- but after five years, it was time for a change. This summer, I emptied, cleaned, and painted the room. I had read that painting a room a pale yellow helps with concentration. I could use all the help I can get with that, and our winters here (NJ) are long and gray. So I painted the ceiling and
  3. A few more thoughts about CLE Math -- We always skip the #1 book (401, 501, 601, etc.), because it is all review. My kids do "slow math" over the summer, so they don't need the review. By "slow math" I mean that they must complete the #2 book (402, 502, 602, etc.) over the summer, at whatever pace they feel like doing (sort of ;)), just so long as we work through it before we start back up again in late August or early September. What this does is take off some pressure, eliminate the need for the #1 book, and remind them that they really do have it easy in the summer time, LOL. We end up
  4. The levels for 4th grade and below have flash card practice AND speed drills/mastery drills (as separate components, but the reminders to do them are built into the lesson). So those components do take a little extra time. I think the lessons themselves are kept a bit shorter (than later levels), in order to accommodate the time it takes the student to practice the math facts. I'm thinking maybe 30 minutes from start to finish? LOL, that was the year before last, so it's a blur for me. KWIM? CLE Math 500 drops the flash cards, but still has the speed/mastery drills. By CLE Math 600, the s
  5. If that's the case, you might want to take a closer look at CLE Math. We've been using it successfully for years, and it seems to move at the right pace for my three girls. Not too fast, not too slow, but just right. It's also easy to accelerate or slow down, if needed (but we haven't ever needed to adjust it much). HTH.
  6. I am not from the South, so maybe I'm missing something cultural/regional, but this would set off my alarm bells, too. And no, I would not have my child hug that person. In fact, if I witnessed this person doing the same thing to other customers, I would have reported her to management. Seriously. Perhaps nothing would be done about it, but I would still report her. Too weird, IMO.
  7. Summer Science (2018) = [with me] The Elements [Ellen McHenry] Summer Science (2018) = [with Dad] Snap Circuits Semester 1: Group Work = Botany [Ellen McHenry] + How Food Grows website + Hands-On Work Semester 1: Independent Work = Botany [Apologia] + Science Bookshelf (botany books) + Exploring the World of Chemistry [Tiner] + Exploring the World of Physics [Tiner; reading for review] Semester 2: Group Work = Microscope Skills + Cells [Ellen McHenry] + Hands-On Work Semester 2: Independent Work = Human Anatomy & Physiology [Apologia] + Science Bookshelf (cells; mi
  8. Go to your local library and ask a librarian to help you find books on your daughter's reading level that are also available as an audio book (CD). Then check out both the books and the audio books, as a matched set. Your daughter can listen to the story while she follows along in the book. Over time, this will help to build her confidence in using the words she learns. Also look in your library for two books: First Thousand Words in English and First Thousand Words in _______ (your native language). If you can find both books, you can use the "native language" book to compare to the Eng
  9. I have no earth-shattering insight into your line-up, but just wanted to pop in to say that I'm doing something similar for summer reading with my rising 8th grader -- that is, giving her a choice of this-or-that book, plus a write-up. I realize that since all the books will be on the shelf, she will probably read BOTH books, but that's also part of the strategy. ;) There must be something about almost-8th graders that makes us feel compelled to give them choices! :) Good luck with your plans and your final homeschool year.
  10. Lexi, I'm always drawn in, too, but to my regret. Plain and simple, MP is boring. However... We do use some of it. We use it for Geography I, but the textbook is so boring. So we add in other things to make it more interesting. We're still going to use it for Geography II next year, though, because it's a simple way to line up a "spine" for memorizing the countries and capitals, doing some map work, doing review, and taking quizzes. I print out "Big Maps" to go along with the continent we're working on, so that adds interest. And the girls are learning their geography. http://www.yourc
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