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Jane Elliot

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  1. Apologia Science for middle school and high school is the only curriculum all my kids have used -- or will use. My 12th child and last student is in 6th grade, so he hasn't started it yet. He's been using the elementary Apologia science, which (like most of the curricula I use now) wasn't even available when I began homeschooling 26 years ago.
  2. I'm looking for a biology text that includes a basic overview of human anatomy and physiology (hence not Apologia). It needs to be written from a creationist perspective. From what I've seen so far, BJU and Abeka meet those criteria, but I'm open to others. Can anyone compare the two or make another suggestion? This would be for a 10th grade capable science student who is considering going into engineering. He did chemistry in 9th grade.
  3. Thanks, MamaSprout, for that information. Maybe I'll just go ahead and ask over there.
  4. Bumping this in hopes that somebody somewhere has experience with this.
  5. I went with Memoria Press this year for several of my son's subjects -- Logic, History, Literature, Geography, and Greek. It's been a great fit for him. He works very well with MP's format and has really progressed as a student this year. I'm thinking ahead to next year and wondering if anyone has thoughts on MP's Concise History of the American Republic for high school US history. I've never seen it discussed anywhere and a search didn't pull up results (but maybe I'm not searching the right terms). The text itself has only a few mixed reviews on Amazon.
  6. Looking at your lists and considering this is a Christian co-op, I recommend you use this American Literature course. It includes many of the selections you have in your lists and fills in some of what might be missing. (You can download the TOC at the bottom of the page to see the works covered.) It's easily the best literature course I've ever used, and I've been homeschooling for 25+ years, graduated 8 with 4 to go, and my degree is in English. I've used it with my own children, but it would be ideal for co-op use.
  7. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea is excellent (published 2016, 336 pages). My son enjoys historical fiction and narrative history (slightly preferring the latter) and he loved this book as a 14 yo. My husband and I also read it and learned a lot from it.
  8. Absolutely right! This is very well-said, Shinyhappypeople! And if you need some encouragement, read The End of Average.
  9. This might work for you. I've not used the streaming option, but the course is of outstanding quality, by far the best I've ever used, and I've used a lot.
  10. I like Lori's list. A few I've personally enjoyed: Born a Crime. His observations on the relationship between language and belonging are profound. (Caveat: this book has a lot more bad language than I'm used to reading in a book. It wasn't gratuitous, but a parent might want to know it's there. Because of thematic elements, I wouldn't hand this to one of my own students before high school.) Cry, the Beloved Country and Things Fall Apart are modern day classics in my opinion. A lot to discuss and wonderful for high school literature studies. Facing the Lion - excellent for middle school and up. (Caveat: I remember one harrowing chapter on circumcision. I would have had my kids read it, but parents of more sensitive children may want to pre-read.) The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is pure fun. Love it. A couple not mentioned by Lori: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China - (High School and up) Covers three generations of the author's family in China. Beautifully written. The final third covers the same history and time period as Red Scarf Girl. I would use the former for upper high school (because it covers a longer history) and the latter for middle school/early high school (because it doesn't cover some of the more adult themes in Wild Swans). Every Falling Star - very highly recommended for middle school to adult. A true story of a boy who escaped from North Korea after living life on the street for years. If you want your child to have a window into North Korean culture, this is perfect for that. The book is beautifully written and remains hopeful throughout, even while addressing the harsh realities of current day North Korea.
  11. I have Chalkdust's SAT Math Review, which I used for my older kids who took the SAT before CB made changes to the test a couple years ago. My next student will be the first to take the new SAT. Should I look for something different for her to review SAT math? What are you all using for SAT math preparation?
  12. I very highly recommend Apologia's online American Literature course which is taught by the author of the textbook. He has a Ph. D. in English, has been a college professor for decades, and has homeschooled his own children.
  13. Thank you so much, everyone! There are many I've never heard of here.
  14. We play and like tons of games, all kinds, but most of them are somehow not conducive to 8-person play. DS and his wife recently moved back to town, and so 8-person play is a change for us. We've been having success playing Terra as teams, but the two youngest keep dropping out when we do that. I'd have all kinds of options if we split up into two game tables, but I was hoping for group play.
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