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About Maggie2354

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  1. Hi! I have a high school daughter and middle school son. Our typical path of learning is doing Charlotte Mason style up through 8th grade and then switching to a more Classical approach for high school. This has worked well for us so far. My question is about teaching geography. I have read most of the Well Trained Mind and have not noticed whether she recommends doing geography alongside all other subjects or doing it as a separate subject. I may have just missed that part, not sure. Anyway, what's the best way to teach this? Thanks so much for any advice you can give! 🙂
  2. Thanks so much, everyone! Good ideas to ponder before the big purge. 🙂
  3. Do you keep old homeschool books after you're done with them? I'm not really talking about curriculum so much, because those are always being updated with new editions, etc. I'm mainly interested in literature books and readers (history, science, etc.) -the pretty, illustrated books. I have kept most of ours from Pre-K up and would really love some reasons NOT to keep them now that I will have a 10th grader and 8th grader next school year, who will never read them again themselves. Haha! The only reason for keeping them that I can think of is for future grandchildren that may be homeschooled, which seems silly since they will probably be able to find anything they want by then as well, and they may choose not to homeschool at all. I could just get rid of them and give my kids some money to help with books, if they wind up homeschooling later. But, I wonder if you will even be able to find some of these good old books by then? This thought process kind of makes me feel like I'm not trusting God with the future, though. Anyway, I really want to clean out! 🙂
  4. I have a 9th grade daughter who is a naturally good speller. We have been using dictation since the 3rd grade and are currently still doing it. She is in an online English class this year. I am trying to decide if I have her doing too much work on top of the class. Just wondering if there is any reason why I would still want to do dictation with her through her high school years? Thanks for any advice that you can give! 🙂
  5. Does anyone know if there are lab kits that can be purchased to go with the God's Design for Science curriculum? If not, how is the best way to do the experiments that are assigned? Thanks! :)
  6. After posting about possibly doing a World Geography year for my daughter starting 9th grade in the fall, I got to thinking about how to fit that in with world history, American history, government, and economics. So, my question is: Have any of you added American history to Mystery of History volumes 3 and 4 instead of doing a separate year of American History by itself. It makes more sense to me to do it that way, but not sure how. Each of those volumes of Mystery of History are 28 weeks long, so if we do a 35-36 week year, that would leave me with 7-8 weeks to work with each of the two years. Also, how would that be listed on a transcript? Thanks!
  7. Thanks so much, everyone! Thank you, Lori D., for typing out all of that info on the requirements of the AZ colleges. That is super useful info! :) These posts have gotten me to thinking, will ask some more specific questions soon. Blessings!
  8. We will be living in Arizona by the time that she starts high school. From what I understand, they are very flexible with the social studies credits. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. We haven't really had many discussions about possible careers. Her interests up until this point are in music, art, and sign language. I just want her to have a well rounded understanding of the people, places, and events of the world (historical and current) before entering college. :)
  9. Hi! I am loosely starting to plan out high school for my daughter, who will be a 9th grader this coming fall. I noticed that about 1/2 of the curriculum companies that I looked at had a year (usually 9th grade) dedicated to World Geography. From what I have read in the Well Trained Mind, geography seems to be covered mainly through history studies. Is that right? Do we really need to do a World Geography year? Just looking for pros and cons of doing this Here are my 2 options: 9th-World Geography 10th-Ancient/Middle Age History 11th-World History (Renaissance to early American) 12th-American History (covers up to Modern times) *This plan would technically cover the whole 4 year history cycle-it would cover modern times through an American perspective. It would, however, throw off my plan of doing American Literature in 11th grade and then British Literature in 12th. I guess that I could swap them. Has anyone ever done that? OR 9th-Ancient/Middle Age History 10th-World History (Renaissance to early American) 11th-American History 12th-Moderrn History I think that a World Geography study in itself would be super useful, just don't know if it's worth a whole year of work. On a side note my daughter is very interested in taking a year off from history. She has been doing it since Kindergarten. ;-) Thanks in advance for any advice that you can give.
  10. momtofive- Yes! This is the curriculum that always gets done at our house. :) Another Lynn- We are hoping to do an online class for English which uses IEW and covers intro. to literature this next year. So, that part is covered. I am mainly wanting her history assignments to show me that she has learned the information. ;-) Thank you!
  11. Hi! This is my first time posting. :) We have been homeschooling since the beginning (in our 9th year now). We have mainly used the Heart of Dakota curriculum, with the exception of a couple of years that we did our own thing for each subject. I thought that we were going to be Charlotte Mason homeschoolers all the way, but as my children have gotten older, I see that they do well with a more classical style approach. Especially in writing. We have had a ton of success with IEW and applying that to written narrations, making them more of a classical, summary style, as opposed to the more CM style narrations. We will be beginning high school with my oldest this coming fall. We really do love a ton about Heart of Dakota. We love their book choices, and that the daily reading is all planned out. We are not, however, excited about the way that the narrations are handled in history. And, there are a lot of them. My question you think that it would be possible to use the Heart of Dakota curriculum in a more classical way? I feel like a lot of it is already more classical than CM. I'm mainly asking about all the narrations. Have any of you done this? We would only be using their history, science, and some electives. Everything else we easily sub out. ;-) Any advice that you can give would be so appreciated! On a side note, if we decide to go a different route, I am leaning toward the online Bright Ideas Press classes, specifically, the combination Mystery of History volume 1 and 2 combo class. Thanks!
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