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  1. So I'm trying to create a class for my 12th grade artist daughter. What I'd like to do is create a class that can count as a science class on the transcript, but is strongly geared towards artists. I already have a subscription to Aaron Blaise's classes (creatureartteacher.com), which are for artists. From what I've seen so far, his animal drawing classes definitely get into anatomy including showing animal skeletons. I'm thinking maybe I should add another resource or 2 that could be a little more science-y. Any ideas? 

    Science-wise, she has already taken Biology (8th grade), Physical Science (9th grade- I know we flipped the standard 8th/9th classes), Chemistry (10th), and Human Anatomy & Physiology (11th). So maybe she doesn't really need a science class in 12th, but I'm thinking it would look good to colleges to have a science in 12th and if I can gear it towards art it is working towards her future goals.

    I'm open to your thoughts/ideas on this!

  2. My senior is not a math girl, but got through Alg 1, Geometry, and Alg 2, which is the minimum requirement for her top choice for college (looking at an art major). She does need to take a math class this year because our state requires it. Our state is not picky about what will count as math for homeschoolers. I'm looking for something that is not harder than Alg 2 (she would prefer easier, of course), but also won't look terrible to colleges. 

    I bought a 1 semester personal finance class that I want her to take either way. I can count it as math for our state, but I'm guessing colleges would see this as an elective (And maybe that's ok?). If I use this for math, is there another 1 semester math I could use for 2nd semester? I looked at a consumer math class, but it looked pretty much the same as the personal finance class. 

    I have seen Integrated math floating around out there, but I don't know much about it. Would that be a good fit here? If so, do you have a class/curriculum recommendation?

    Any other thoughts/ideas?

  3. 12 minutes ago, zibby3 said:

    My friend (and fellow homeschool mom) is a physical therapist and she loves talking about posture! She has a YouTube channel and a bunch of the videos are teaching about posture. She started working on a whole class for kids with worksheets and everything, but I don't think it's finished yet. Here's one of her videos to check out:


    Actually, I just saw that she has a link to get the worksheets in the descriptions of her videos.

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  4. My friend (and fellow homeschool mom) is a physical therapist and she loves talking about posture! She has a YouTube channel and a bunch of the videos are teaching about posture. She started working on a whole class for kids with worksheets and everything, but I don't think it's finished yet. Here's one of her videos to check out:


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  5. My 5th grader is behind in math partly due to her dislike/struggle with math, partly due to too much jumping around to different curricula trying to find the right thing, and the resulting overall lack of consistency.

    Her skills are a little all over the place. She has gaps we need to fill. I do believe she will be able to catch up.

    I think I have finally figured out that she does better with paper/workbook style math, and with no computer/screen component at all.

    I am now mainly looking at CLE math or Learn Math Fast. Or maybe both?

    For the diagnostic tests for CLE, she did not "officially" pass the level 200 test, but that was mainly because of failing an entire section on measures (1 yard=____inches....).

    I think CLE level 300 would be best and i think she won't mind one bit if some of it is too easy, but I am struggling with the idea that she is 2 years behind. I think I need to swallow my pride on that one. 

    How easy is it to "catch up" using CLE? Can we easily work at a faster pace or skip if she already has certain skills? 

    Should I consider Learn Math Fast to catch up, and then move to CLE? Or use both at the same time? 

    Is there anything else I should look at? It can't be anything crazy expensive or teacher intensive because I have 4 kids and 3 part-time jobs at the moment.

    Things we've done in the past: 

    Started in private school for k/1, then a little Singapore, Teaching Textbooks, Easy Peasy/Khan Academy, and most recently just an Easy Peasy printables book we had that is meant to go with the online program, but she has been doing better just doing it on her own/with me.

    I would love to hear any advice!




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  6. We really like the online live Latin classes through Veritas Press. They go through Wheelock's Latin (a college level textbook) in 2 years. I tried to do it on my own and it just wasn't working. The teachers are engaging and it provides the expertise and accountability that we needed. The only downside is the $$. If you want it to be 3 years, I think they also have a Latin Transition class that would be taken before Latin I and II.

  7. Hello!
    I would love some curriculum help/ideas/resources for 10th grade history. School is starting and I need to decide! 

    My daughter went through classical-style history cycles starting in elementary, and then in 8th we jumped to high school US History. In 9th she did World History. I'm planning American Government for 11th grade. Not sure about 12th grade yet, but here's what I'm debating about for 10th:


    -British History

    -Medieval History (This is what she would have done in 8th grade if we hadn't jumped to US History)

    What do you think? Or is there something else I should consider? I prefer a curriculum from a Christian worldview, but that's not a deal-breaker. Any high school curriculum for these topics that you have loved? 

    Also, I need something laid out in a way that she can do it mostly independently. I don't have time this year to pull a curriculum together on my own!

    Thanks for any and all help!




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  8. I also just remembered that you can do e-courses through our public high school and algebra is one of the courses. Would that be a good option?

    E-courses through the public high scbool could work. It just depends how they are done and if you think that would match well with your kids. I would definitely look into it!


    I was going to say that Teaching Textbooks has worked out well for us for Pre-alg (and 6/7). Just make sure you get the 2.0 or the new online streaming version (prob. officially coming out next month).


    The big positives for me and our situation:


    - They rarely need my help

    - Immediate feedback for each problem (This is huge for my not so mathy girl)

    - The computer grades it and keeps a gradebook.

    -price is not crazy


    I think the new online version will be $60 for the year per kid. If you don't mind working with CDs, you can get them used and use them for all 3 kids.










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  9. I started using W&R mid-year this year. I started my 5th grader on book 4 and my 7th grader on book 7. That has worked well for us. I think you could start at a lower level and go through 3 books in a year if you wanted. And you can definitely skip things if you don't think your student needs that particular activity. Or some things can be done orally instead of written.  I wrote a little more in a response to this post:



    Let me know if I can answer any questions. 

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  10. We just started homeschooling in Jan. coming out of a classical private school. I started my 5th grader in book 4: Chreia & Proverb and my 7th grader in book 7: Encomium & Vituperation. This has worked out well for us. I think you could do one book all together if you wanted, but I agree it isn't really necessary. 


    I would say I spend 5-15 min per kid and they each spend about 30-45 min working on the writing. 

  11. Thank you. Do you think it is necessary to buy the teacher manual?

    I asked the same question (on this forum) and based on the answer I did buy them. I do think they are helpful and I think I would buy them again, but I don't think they are absolutely necessary. I find having the answers (or sample answers) very helpful. They also include sample paragraphs which help give my son a better idea of what they are looking for in the assignment. And I almost forgot about the dictation, but that is not a large part of the program as far as I can tell so far (and you could just use something else).

  12. I might be able to help a little because I have a 5th grader and a 7th grader and we just started using Writing and Rhetoric. You might get better info from someone who also has experience with IEW, though.


    I get the impression IEW is much more structured and does a more traditional type of writing instruction. (Not sure if I am correct on that?) I'm pretty sure I heard that they have a list of "banned words" and I have never been a big fan of that method, personally.


    I just started homeschooling in January and have only been using Writing and Rhetoric for maybe a month. Before that, my kids were in a classical christian school. 


    So far we like Writing and Rhetoric. The author is very engaging and not dry, which is always helpful.


    I started my 5th grader in Book 4: Chreia & Proverb and my 7th grader in Book 7: Encomium & Vituperation. I chose these levels mostly based on what I knew they had already learned in school and what I knew the rest of their class would be doing for the rest of this year (although their school does not use Writing and Rhetoric). 


    We all enjoy reading the books. Book 7 has a decent amount of reading involved, mainly in the form of passages from historical writings that the students then use to do their own writing. This is not a terrible thing except that my 7th grader has a pretty heavy reading load already right now, so we are going a little slower in the composition book than I might like. But I think we will be able to pick up the pace soon (some of this is me just figuring out the homeschooling thing). 


    Book 4 might be a little too easy for your 7th grader, but it is great for my 5th grader. It definitely has a creative flair, at least so far. If your 7th grader doesn't have experience with writing chreias and proverbs, it might be a good place to start and you might be able to fly through it and do 3 books in a year (at least that 1st year). Each book is meant to be 1 semester. 


    They do often say in the teacher's manual that you don't need to do every single exercise if you don't think your student needs it. Or you can easily change some things to do orally instead.  


    I hope that helps! I'm looking forward to what others have to say.




  13. We pretty much have a check list. Every day you have to check off the various subjects when completed. You are allowed to get ahead, and even behind. But if you get to far behind you start loosing privileges, such as computer time.


    This is pretty much what we do, too. I do have end-of-year goals and if we have not reached those goals we will likely finish up in the summer (that might be a couple of subjects for us). I'm new to homeschooling, though, but this seems to work so far. 

  14. I agree with CMama that book 6 is a very appropriate starting place for 7th grade. We've been with Writing and Rhetoric from the beginning and they are very reliably putting out books. I'm not worried at all that we will run out of books before they finish. If you get W&R for your writing curriculum, you will have to worry less about incorporating writing with the Illiad since W&R focuses a lot on writing about shorter pieces of literature. You could have her practice note taking with the Illiad.


    We are using the Book of the Ancient World set from Memoria Press. I think that it is a solid history program, but it would be a lot to try to do all three books in a semester, especially if you use the study guides. I have the study guides, but I don't require my son to write out all of the answers (he's dysgraphic). Instead, I use them to quiz and discuss what he read.


    Typing.com is online and it's free. Definitely not "kiddy" either!

    Thanks freelylearned!


    I was all ready to order book W&R book 6, but then I realized that she already wrote a thesis confirmation essay this school year, and she needs to learn how to write an Encomium, so I'm pretty sure I should go ahead with book 7. I think I will also get W&R book 4 for my 5th grader, because he needs to learn to write a Chreia. 


    I'm planning to get the student edition, teacher's edition, and audio files. Do you find all of those useful?

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  15. Thank you, CMama! 


    -For the Writing and Rhetoric, do you think book 6 or 7 would be appropriate?


    -Can you tell me why you prefered OWC over VP omnibus? It sounds like you like separating the Bible out a little more? Any other notes on differences between the programs? Can you share which history text you added?


    -The Latin - I would say it's ok. I don't think she would say she likes it, but she doesn't hate it either. I can't really learn along with her at this point because I have too much on my plate. Maybe next year? I have picked things up along the way since she has been doing Latin since 3rd grade. I started trying to have her do 1 chapter a week of Wheelocks, but that seemed to be too much for her, so we are now doing 1 chapter over 2 weeks. 


    Thanks for your input and advice! 

  16. Ok! I'm officially overwhelmed. I would really value your input and advice!


    Our kids had been attending a private classical school up until December (7th grade, 5th grade, and 1st grade, plus a toddler at home). Our financial situation is not good right now, so we had no choice but to pull them out. We decided to homeschool the rest of the year with as similar a curriculum as we could to give some consistency. I have no idea what next year will look like. I'm just trying to do the best I can to finish this school year. I'm reading The Well-Trained Mind right now, which is helpful.


    I have been able to gather a bunch of curriculum through friends who have given it to me or allowed me to borrow things. But I still have some gaps, especially in 7th grade. I had my older 2 kids doing a free trial of the Monarch Online Curriculum for the last month so that they would have some work to do while I figured things out. Monarch was definitely helpful, but it's not really right for us. 


    So here's what I have for 7th grade. I would really love input and ideas especially if they don't involve a lot of money and aren't terribly teacher intensive. (I know that is asking a lot!). My 7th grader is a strong student and works diligently, I just need to know what work to give her!


    Literature: She read Gilgamesh earlier in the school year and they had started The Iliad. I have a few books from the library to help and I think we can listen to the Vandiver lectures free online. I feel like I should be giving her more assignments along with the reading, but feeling a little lost.


    Composition: Not sure! Thinking about getting Writing With Skill 2? Or is there something else that would tie in well with The Iliad?


    Grammar/Spelling: The school just integrates this into Literature and Composition after 6th grade. She had Shurley Grammer 1st-6th grade as well as the school's own spelling curriculum. She is strong in these areas. I do have Rod and Staff Progressing with Courage English 6. Should I use that or focus my efforts elsewhere?


    Math: Pre-Algebra, An Accelerated Course (McDougal Little/Houghton Mifflin) - This is the textbook she was using at school. I don't have the teacher's manual, but I think I can get through it with the answer key in the back of the book helping and with Khan Academy online.


    History: Ancient History/Egyptian Civilization - Not sure! I was looking at The Book of the Ancient World Set from Memoria Press. Do you think that could be enough to get us through the rest of the year? If we could swing it, I would love to do the Veritas Press Omnibus and have that cover history, Literature, and Bible. Good idea if we can do it? Something else?


    Science: Not sure! She was doing Earth Science at school. I have several science textbooks, but I'm not sure that any of them is quite right. Some that I have: Apologia Astronomy (I think more for elementary, but I like their books), Scott Foresman Science 6th grade (Maybe I should use this for both my 5th grader and 7th grader?), and I have Archimedes and the Door of Science to supplement (Just lacking assignment ideas for this).


    Latin: I have Wheelocks Latin, which is what she was doing at school.


    Bible: They were doing Old Testament at school. Not sure what I am doing with this. Someone from school recommended the book Christ of the Covenants by Robertson.


    Art: Books from the library? Free online classes on You Tube? Anything else?


    Typing: She wasn't doing this at school, but I am throwing it in - we started with Dance Mat Typing (BBC) free online, good lessons but too kiddie. Need to look for something else.


    Home Economics: Also not from school, but we'll focus on cooking and I think we can pull this together pretty easily.


    Thankful for any input you have!


















  17. Hello!


    I am new here. We are just starting homeschooling this month. I will probably be back with more questions! 


    So for The Iliad, is there a preferred translation or does it not really matter? The one I just got from the library is translated my Richmond Lattimore. I was also looking at listening to it free online, so if you know of a good version for that, I would love to hear it.




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