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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.
  14. My family is planning a trip to Washington DC. We are hoping to be in dc for three days and then travel to a ski resort for a couple of days of skiing. We are hoping to find home school day specials or family rates. Is anyone familiar with a resort in that area that offers these types of specials?
  15. we live in Middle TN and we are reschedule a couple of days of snow skiing A couple of ski resorts have no be able to open this year and others are not fully functioning. It looks like snow is not in the 10 day forecast. We are hoping for cooler weather and snow fall. Patti
  16. There is a ski resort 20 minutes from our house. Every Tuesday they have a $15 all day deal for homeschoolers. It includes lift and equipment. I guess, looking at everyone else's responses, we are lucky! which ski resort thanks Patti
  17. Does anyone have a recommendation for a great world war I book?
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird has been enjoyable. My son knows the outcome so it will be no surprise. I didn't tell him about the ending. It is a classic and he has heard other kids talk about it. I am going to look at this previous thread.
  19. I love Taming of the Shrew. It should be a fun read. I'll add the Twain piece to my list also. I am not familiar with it, but I look forward to reading it.
  20. My son used to love Language Arts. Within the last couple of years, I have seen a sudden turn on this subject. Right now he is reading To Kill A Mockingbird. We just reviewed Julius Caesar , which he also studied in 7th grade. We finished Our Town in December. Our studies of American literature have been limited so I decided to compile several pieces of American Lit with a couple of Shakespeare pieces for 9th grade. Here is the issue. I think my son finds these classics to be "depressing and discouraging". He is not enjoying all of these sad and tragic "classic" books. Here is what I am noticing. Our reading has taken a sad turn. In 6th and 7th grade, most reading was encouraging with main characters finding worth and victory. We devoted all of 8th grade literature to poetry and short stories, Best Shorts. These stories varied but many were encouraging. Now as we begin high school, the current literature and planned literature are sad in plot. Can you recommend any high school literature which is encouraging to add to our reading?
  21. During this last pregnancy Michelle Duggar wore a beautiful maternity top. She and Jim Bob had a lovely picture made while she was wearing it. Anna also wore the top when they went shopping together at a consignment sale. I attempted to ask the Duggar's where to buy it. Unfortunately, automated messages are a necessity for their family right now. I tried another message board, and I tried the forums on the 19 Kids and Counting website. No Success :( Do any of you know where to purchase this maternity top? Thank you in advance for your time.
  22. My son is in 8th grade and he is taking Apologia Physical Science through a tutorial program. If your student is struggling, you can purchase audio versions of newer and older editions on a mp3 type cd. I highly recommend the test and answer book which also gives answers to the module review pages. The audio cd will not play in a vehicle cd player but it will play on a computer or certain cd players. My son reads the chapters and highlights. Then he listens to the cd and highlights more. He pauses the audio cd when answering his on your own questions. I would take the program slowly and enjoy all of the lab experiences. My husband and I have been concerned that the program is lacking a little substance in certain areas, but in general it is good. This is a strict creationist view. It also has large amounts of opinion inserted. I do not consider this science above normal 8th grade level but I have been told it is a 9th grade level course. If the child struggles, I would begin now and count it as a 9th grade science. Our area does not count physical science as a lab science anymore but many places count it. We are able to count this as a science elective through our umbrella school. My son is excited to be earning a high school credit. My son is in Algebra I and has completed Pre-Algebra. If the math is overwhelming, you can always come back to this later. It is not continually necessary as far as I can see. We are in week 7 and metric conversion is not being covered weekly. Good luck.
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