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  1. Thanks Farrar! Appreciate the link also. I had not thought about that since the co-op classes are still being offered that they would be described in present tense. So you are saying it's ok for them to be mixed...stuff I've done is in the past (obviously!) but co-op is still going on for other students. I have written all of them up, it's currently a mish mash of stuff. I just want his info to be presented in the most coherent fashion as I know we are overly scrutinized as homeschoolers.
  2. Yes, it is Kennesaw State in Georgia. They want course descriptions as part of the home school portfolio that has to be submitted. I'm glad they do as it does indeed make me get my ducks in a row early. It just also gives me time to overthink it 😉
  3. My son will be applying for dual enrollment at the local university near our home. I'm trying to get all his course descriptions completed now so I'm not losing my mind in January. When you write course descriptions, what tense is preferred? For example, for Honors Biology, do I say: "This course will cover cellular, viral, bacterial and genetics biology...."OR is it"This course covered cellular, viral, bacterial, and genetics biology"??? I realized that for classes he's taken at our co-op, I had just copied the teacher's descriptions without considering tense. Classes I've taught are written in past tense. I know they all need to be the same. I am assuming past tense since this is stuff he has taken?
  4. I'm using Build Your Library Level 12 for my 10th grader. I bought it mainly for the US history readings. So far, he's enjoying it as am I. I understand it is somewhat based on Charlotte Mason philosophy, therefore there aren't any tests in the curriculum. I'm having him write a short summary each day of all his readings and we are doing the document based assessment book she has listed. I also plan on using The Critical Thinking Co. US history book as well. Is there any "need" to test him if we are doing all this? I feel like he will have a good understanding of the material if we keep this up but then I hear about his friends taking tests in their history class in school and of course started second guessing myself. Frankly, my big issue with the tests is I don't want to have to create them! 🙂
  5. We used TT for the first time this past school year (2018-19). Loved it. I did make my boys (one is high school, one is middle) write out the problems in a separate notebook. There is a thread somewhere on the high school board where I was tearing my hair out because they were NOT writing out the problems. I think that is the downfall of TT, it is so easy for the kids to do the math in their head or guess at it. It is so helpful for so many reasons to have them write it out. If they get a problem wrong, makes it so easy to go back and look at it to see where mistakes were made. Also, it helps reinforce the process. Also, you have a written record of what they did for math if anyone ever needs to see it. Hope you enjoy the program...the self grading feature is absolute bliss!
  6. Has anyone used the textbook America: A Narrative History? I did a search in the forum and it didn't pop up anywhere. It looks to be a high school/college textbook. On the publisher's website, they offer many resources in study guides, quizzes, etc. but you have to be part of a school to order. Ugh. Looks like a great American history textbook but I don't think I realistically have time to create study guides, quizzes, discussion questions, etc. Would love, love, love if anyone has recommendations for this book or one like it. I really wish Susan Wise Bauer would write an American history book for high school. We adored her History of the Ancient World.
  7. Still slowly pulling together course descriptions for my 9th (er, I guess 10th grade now) grader. For his biology class...I am realizing it will probably be overkill to list all the labs he did. But do I put a note in the description "lab list available upon request"? I am seeing based on the comments in the awesome MotherLode #2 pin that a brief succinct summary is preferred to a long winded description. On that same line of thinking...what about book lists for fun and assigned class reading (ie Gilgamesh for ancient world history and gobs of fantasy novels for fun reading). Frankly, I'm hoping that a book list of fun isn't crucial as I did a pitifully poor job keeping a list of what he read this year. So poor in fact, that I have no clue what the child read. I just know that he did read for enjoyment.
  8. Thanks so much everyone! I mentioned to my husband that I'd posted on the board about this and he just sighed and shook his head, "Overthinking again?" he said. Well, yeah, that's what I do best it seems. I was just so worried it would look odd with the honors physics taken at the same time as Algebra I but I guess it is fine. Since he is my oldest he is therefore the guinea pig for our homeschool His younger brother will hopefully have a much calmer mother for homeschooling high school, ha. This freshman year was exhausting, hoping I calm down a bit for sophomore year. He's a good kid with a good head on his shoulders.
  9. OK, please bear with me as this is a long story but I am hoping someone out there has had a similar experience. This past school year, my 9th grader took a physics class at our co-op. Why physics in 9th grade? Well, for many reasons but the main one was that it was supposed to be conceptual physics. This class was advertised as a dual class for both conceptual AND honors being taught at the same time. We have another teacher at the co-op who does this quite successfully so I thought it would be ok. Well, as you have probably guessed from my title, it ended up being only an honors course. The honors kids needed to have a basic understanding of trigonometry. My son isn't super strong in math so he was in Algebra I at the same time. So obviously, he did not have a basic understanding of trigonometry. Against my better judgment, he stayed in the class. Kudos to him, he pushed through, worked hard and made a B as his final grade. It was difficult but he did it. So here comes my question. I'm writing up his course descriptions for the year so I am not panicking his senior year trying to write up 4 years worth of school. Do I say something in the course description that this was way above his skill level yet he persevered? I think it will look odd that he took Algebra I and Honors Physics the same year so I wonder if I need to add an explanation. He made an A in Algebra I so at least his math and science grades for 9th grade are balanced. Am I over thinking this (as usual?)
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.......
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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. 

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