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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 name@gmail.com 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. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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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