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  1. Can anyone recommend a study for boys which might be similar to Portraits of American Girlhood? Any recommendation of a study for boys would be appreciated?
  2. Can you share this previously posted organized spelling program? I am starting reading reflex. I used a portion of spell to write and read with my older children. They learned the rules and used the Wise Guide to Spelling. The system did not work for us. I have attempted to implement the entire system and it is extremely difficult. The teacher prep is difficult. My son, who is 13, appears to be dyslexic. He reads at a grade level of 4.5 to 5.0. His spelling is at a similar level. I want a program which encourages him and equips him to improve his spelling and reading levels.
  3. Thank you for the reply. HOTMW sounds like an excellent choice. The students in our cooperative meet on Mondays as a group. A syllabus is provided for all high school classes. The students complete four hours of work during the other days of the week. I am specifically concerned about a publication date for a teacher guide. I do not want to create 34 weeks of home work assignments. I am glad to know the cd's are available.
  4. My family participates in an academic coop where high school and middle school classes are taught. My sons LOVED Story of the World. World History is one of the classes being considered for our academic cooperative. When will a teaching guide be available for this book? Can anyone with experience with this book give me advice on using this with a group of 8 to 10 high school students?
  5. North Carolina is the location to recommend. Look at specials for home school students at www.riderschoice.blogspot.com Cataloochee is wonderful. Sugar Mountain is great but lodging is a little pricey. Beech Mountain has specials for 2 or 3 days in a row. Riders choice is a home school ski group which coordinates rates for all home school students. Your kids will enjoy skiing.
  6. WOW My family lives in Tennessee. We have taken advantage of home school day rates at: Catalooche in North Carolina, Sugar Mountain in North Carolina, Massanutten in Virginia, and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. We are now looking at Beech Mountain in North Carolina. Our family started skiing 5 years ago. We try to go on two day home school packages. Our lowest rate has been $25 a day for lift tickets, equipment rental and a lesson. Typically, we ski on Mon and Tuesday or Tuesday and Wednesday. I would love to find more home school specials in other areas. Our skiing experiences do not compare to the Colorado mountains. We hope to plan a trip to places in Utah or Colorado. Do any of those places offer home school specials?
  7. My son will be taking the ACT on February 8th. He has tried a practice test and he is not happy with his scores. He is working on taking the test more quickly. Do any of you recommend a specific course? I am willing to purchase an online class. I have been encouraged to be careful as many test prep programs are not helpful. My son has the 2013 edition of Cracking the ACT. Additionally, he has the ACT prep online practice. We purchased this when we signed him up. thanks
  8. Our family is taking a trip from Knoxville Tennessee to Boston Massachusetts. We will stop in Roanoke, VA and Philadelphia, PA. My sons are interested in the Natural Bridge. Are their any coupons available? I am considering purchasing a coupon book like an entertainment book. Any suggestions?
  9. thank you to all for clarity, I am looking for literature "set in" these time periods.
  10. I am considering My Indian Boyhood by Luther Standing Bear.
  11. I will be teaching at a home school coop. I will be teaching 5th - 7th grade students literature. I am hoping to focus on American literature. Can some of you share your suggestions for books and short stories? Right now I have: Adventures of Tom Sawyer setting 1836 - 1846 - St. Petersburg (southern town) Mama's Bank Account setting 1900 - San Francisco, CA I would like pieces set during colonial america, the great depression, and exploring west. Short stories would be nice too.
  12. I have a son who is entering 9th grade next year. His older brother will be entering 10th grade. My plan is for the older son to study Apologia's Human Anatomy. Would it be too difficult to place my younger son in this course? I looked on Apologia's site and it encourages that students need to have completed Biology I and Chemistry I. Looking at the units in Biology I, I am seeing no human anatomy completed. I am not understanding these prerequisites. If anyone has a student who has completed this course, please give me your opinions. My thought was simply that my boys could work together and encourage one another in learning this material. They tend to work well together on subjects. Thank You Patti
  13. looks like this is the best option Our family plans to go to Massunutten to enjoy some skiing, tubing and a little time in the water park. After a few days at this resort, we will drive to Washington DC for our first family visit. We found a nice ski and surf package for our stay at Massanutten. Now we need to plan our 2 1/2 days in DC.
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