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  1. I have had my 9th grade son using Book 1 of "So You Really Want to Learn Latin" this year for his Latin I. He'd studied Latin in the past, using Prima Latin and Latina Christiana so he had some Latin experience. The book has been ok I guess. I have a Latin background as I took 4 years of it in high school (many, many moons ago). I like how the book is set up, no-nonsense, very straight forward. I was worried it wouldn't be enough Latin as it's only 10 chapters, but I feel those 10 chapters are pretty detailed, especially in terms of grammar instruction. Unfortunately, Latin has been the one subject that keeps getting pushed off til later as he's had other subjects that needed more attention. So Latin for the summer it is. But as I'm planning next year, I am undecided as to what we should do. Just continue on with Galore Park for continuity's sake? Is this really detailed enough for high school? He is tolerating Latin but truly just hates foreign languages. He's just doing this as the colleges he is looking at require a minimum of 2 years foreign language in high school. One thing he really doesn't like about Galore Park is the vocabulary: angry farmers, singing farmers, sailors with gifts for girls, etc etc. LOTS of farmers and sailors. Is the vocabulary in book 2 more interesting? What would be a good supplement to Book 2 if we continue? For those who have used this as a high school curriculum, did you get any questions from college admissions regarding it's rigor? Like I said, foreign language is not his strong suit, I hate it but we are really just checking off boxes for foreign language. Ugh.
  2. Is it an option to try a different curriculum? We've never used Saxon, but I've heard it can be on the boring side. A good curriculum but dull. We switched to Teaching Textbooks this year and so far both boys have loved it. They have a free trial option for their online program that gives you enough lessons to see if you like it. The Algebra I doesn't have integrated geometry though. We were Life of Fred people before TT. Liked it quite a bit (more than I anticipated really) but it became a little frustrating for both boys so we switched. Or maybe take a break from Saxon for a bit and use Khan for a free daily math lesson?
  3. I'm seriously considering Clover Valley Chemistry for my son, he'll be a 10th grader next year. He is a science kid, did great in a very intense honors biology class in our co-op last year. This year, struggling quite a bit in his co-op physics class. I think it's because it has been taught at an honors level (wasn't supposed to be) and the math has been more advanced than advertised. He is taking Algebra I with me (Teaching Textbooks) this year. Doing well with it, but we are slogging through it at a snail's pace. Trying to decide if he should go regular chemistry with Clover Valley or honors to keep with all his science classes being honors. He wants to major in biology in college, as he plans to be a herpetologist. I guess my concern is that since his math skills aren't awesome and he moves rather slow in math, will he be overwhelmed in honors chemistry? The advice I've received thus far has been to push him to the honors chemistry but my gut tells me not to push. But my gut also tells me to eat all my Dove chocolate out of my chocolate stash so.......
  4. At the risk of sounding like a grade A worry wart (which I am)....what is the current opinion on emails for students? My 14 yo son has had the same email for years but it has the word "lizard" in it (he wants to be a herpetologist). I am thinking he needs a more mature sounding address of just his but I have a friend who has older kids that says colleges want to see something that describes them like "lizard". Does this really matter? I know I have bigger things to worry about but I'd imagine it's one of those little things that does reflect upon the student.
  5. Thank you so much everyone! Lots of good suggestions here and I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone. I figured I wasn't but it's good to hear it. I do some of this already...the graph paper has been a big help and I used to do the white board thing but kind of let that fall to the wayside this year. All the white board suggestions were a good reminder as the 11 yo does seem to like it better than paper. I'm also learning he just doesn't like to be on his own - I can't just say watch the lecture for lesson 5, then do the problems while I go off to do laundry or such. I need to be in the room with him, guess I jumped the gun trying to make him more independent with his work. I've printed out the lessons before but he prefers to see them on the screen. One thing I'm learning about my boys' generation is they really don't mind reading lots and lots of info on a computer screen whereas I prefer books over laptop/Kindle/iPad any day. Guess I'm just old fashioned but books don't have a battery life!
  6. Hi - It was recommended to me to get in touch with you as you have a child interested in herpetology like mine. I have a 14 yo son who is crazy about reptiles and amphibians, specifically turtles. Since he is a high school freshman this year, I've started the hunt for colleges that would meet his needs. He volunteers at Zoo Atlanta and has already made some great contacts in the herp world. He is going to base his Eagle scout project on herpetology - he's planning on helping build a drift fence at our local nature center. His dream is to go to UGA but they are notoriously unfriendly towards homeschoolers. Do you know of any colleges in the southeast that are homeschool friendly and have great biology departments with herp enthusiasts? By the way, congrats...I saw you'd posted your child was presenting at a state conference today, that is awesome. What a great experience.

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    2. dmmetler


      The SSAR pre-college award information for 2019 is up ?

    3. dmmetler


      Did you see the Master Herpetologist class that the Amphibian Foundation is doing at Zoo Atlanta? It looks really good :). Unfortunately, that would be a long commute for us...

    4. ShepCarlin


      I did see the master herp class. It does look really, really good. Little pricey but we are considering it. My son is getting to know Robert Hill through his volunteering at the zoo. 

  7. OK, so this is our fifth year homeschooling. I really thought by now I'd sort of have this all figured out. The last 4 years I used Life of Fred for math for both boys. It was great up until last spring when nothing seemed to work. We tried out Teaching Textbooks 3.0 in August and TT got 3 thumbs up - both boys and I liked what we saw. So we are about 4 weeks in TT. My 14 yo is using the Algebra I and my 11 yo is using Pre Algebra. I am literally losing hair, sleep and of course my sanity over the fact that they both refuse to write out their work on paper. They insist on doing it in their heads. I'd be sort of ok with this if they got the work done CORRECTLY. However, they are not. Of course, I can't see where they made a mistake in a problem as it is in that thick skull of theirs. I knew this would be a risk using an online program as they much prefer just typing an answer in the box and moving on. However, I'm a firm believer in you need to write this stuff out...when it's there line by line, if a mistake is made you can catch it and work on why the mistake was made. I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I just want to lay out my math beliefs ? I've made them redo entire lessons when they've not written out the problems....doesn't seem to bother them. Where have I gone wrong? When we did LoF, I made them write everything out so this is certainly nothing new. Granted there is more work now as TT is on average 20 problems where LoF was never that many unless it was a bridge (a bridge is a test for those of you unfamiliar with Fred). How can I make them realize they need to write this stuff out? My 14 yo is taking a physics class at our co-op this year. There is more math in it than anticipated but he is doing well with it. Except for the fact that he isn't showing his work! His teacher said the same thing I have said to him. All I get from him is the "I know, I know". I will say this week he has been a little better at it but the 11 yo has me literally at my wit's end. The 11 yo has never wanted to write out his math. Ever. It's been a struggle for a while now but I seem to have come to my breaking point. I just went over today's work and lost it on both of them. The 14 yo's main offense was he didn't date the paper or write down which lesson it was - I know not the biggest deal but I had just finished looking at the 11 yo work that didn't have much work to look it. Or if he did write it out, he just stopped when he got the general idea of what the answer would be (ex. if the answer was 23.45...he stopped at 23.4) I don't think this is a dysgraphia issue. Both will write for history, Latin and English. Many thanks in advance for any advice you all may have. I hope I'm not the only one with obstinate boys.
  8. This is a great list! Many thanks for posting it. Has anyone ordered the PDF from Rugg's? Is it really, really worth the $25? Is it updated often? My son is a freshman this year and wants to major in biology with the long-term plans of becoming a herpetologist. We live in Georgia. In terms of our bigger universities, UGA is notoriously very unfriendly towards homeschoolers (of course that's where he thinks he wants to go). Georgia Tech is very homeschool friendly but he isn't interested...yet. I've been piddling around for the last 6 months trying to figure out some schools for him to look over that have great biology departments. It's not as easy as I thought it'd be.
  9. Oh my...thank you so much klmama! Not only do I own The Well Trained Mind, at some point I had marked the page with for history and reading. DOH! What a Homer Simpson moment. I guess in my panic last night I just couldn't think straight. Thanks for steering me in the right direction!
  10. OK, so I've been lurking here for a while and have decided to beg for help/suggestions/ideas. I'm just now starting to pull together a literature list to go along with SWB's The History of the Ancient World (THAW) (we've been renovating our kitchen this summer...many school plans have been derailed due to a slow-moving kitchen-currently I'm in panic mode as I try to get this all together). How do I best do this? I know to hit the classics like the Illiad, the Odyssey, and Gilgamesh. My 9th grader (14 yo son) loves ancient history and is an avid reader. I tried googling 'reading list for The History of the Ancient World' but didn't have much luck. I have a set of the Gateway to the Great Books so I'm hoping I have a good selection to chose from. I"m trying to coordinate his literature with the chapters of THAW as I LOVED how Susan provided reading lists that went with Story of the World, I'm trying to recreate a similar experience. I hope this all makes sense and that someone out there has been there, done that. I'm not typically up this late as I'm more of a morning person so this post may be a rambling mess....
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