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  1. We're spur of the moment here, too, depending on what we're studying. My kids generally choose what they want to write about, but in high school, I begin giving them more directed options. The only thing I really plan is what kind of writing we're doing when - like how many written narrations per week, how many outlines, rewrites, when we'll do a history research project, etc.
  2. Take a look at Simply Charlotte Mason if you haven't already. I think they offer just about everything as a PDF.
  3. I have the speech and public speaking course, and it looks really good. Unfortunately, none of my teens so far has wanted to do it. Here's hoping one of them will at some point!
  4. Thanks for this! It does look really interesting. I'm going to see if my 12yo is interested in doing this next year or the year after.
  5. I did some more digging in various sample pages and reviews on different sites and I found a Q & A at Rainbow Resource about the experiments. The answer only says, "The Applied Engineering Teacher book has pages 101-188 for experiments/applied learning. It lists what science it is covering, the focus, materials needed, the experiment and what the take away is." That sort of makes it sound like every worksheet for the Made in Heaven book is an experiment/lab, but I could be wrong about that. All the labs in the sample pages I've seen are for that book. I think I'm right about that, because the description at RR partially reads: "As students read Made in Heaven, they'll also explore God's design through hands-on activities." The examples of what kind of labs are included: Discover how the orientation of material determines a structures overall strength Explore light waves Observe the limitations of man-made camera lenses compared to the human eye Investigate the complexity of the human brain So that's maybe good and bad. There are lots of activities for that book, but maybe not many or none for the other books.
  6. I have not used it but based on my experience with other Master Books' science courses, I can tell you that this one looks like a pretty full program. All of their courses follow a "read this and do this worksheet" format, and it looks like this course has kids reading and doing the worksheet on the same day. Their other courses spread it out more so they read and do the worksheets on separate days. There are hands-on activities built into the schedules and worksheets - there's one in the sample pages - but I can't tell how many there are overall. From looking at the sample, it looks like one of the more well-done ones they have. It looks pretty interesting, too.
  7. What are you working on during the summer in order to be a better teacher this fall? It could be courses you're previewing or designing, books you're reading, whatever. I am working through a Grade 11 Applied math course. I feel very accomplished because it's not easy but I really wanted to be familiar with the content before my son tackles it. No one else in my life gets excited about me doing math. Haha. I thought you all would at least understand. 😄 So what are you working on?
  8. Good: organizing, planning, staying on top of everything, and consistency. Bad: I've had a habit of jumping ship on curriculum too soon rather than sticking it out and working through difficulties. I'm getting better at it though. Also, I can't multi-task at all. If I'm working with one kid, the others just have to wait. Juggling multiple things at once frustrates me.
  9. finish doing Gr. 11 math course so that I am familiar with the topics and have a sort of answer key make sure TT algebra is installed on a computer somewhere print courses that need printing buy first day of school candy and presents complete notification forms for province I have until September so I'm not really in any rush, but I am working on the math currently.
  10. We do pictures and I also give my kids presents. Not big stuff, but usually t-shirts and school supplies, maybe books they want, and a bunch of candy. 🙂
  11. I think LA is an area where a lot of people do their own thing, because hardly anyone (that I know of anyway) loves every aspect of a "boxed" LA curriculum. It's a good subject to talk about. Probably the answers to the questions you posted are very individual, depending on the family and the child, but I will answer for my own family. When they're young, and especially with boys, I try not to require too much. Reading every day, copywork or narration (alternating days) and some written phonics work (like 2 pages of Explode the Code for example). Once they get to doing formal English or grammar and spelling, then I alternate spelling and English and keep requiring the narration and copywork/dictation. I've never felt the need for anything more than that. I embrace the "bitsy" approach. I've never liked a single English program enough to use it exclusively for every aspect of LA. I'm not sure there are even many LA programs out there that cover everything in one package. If I use spelling from here and grammar from there and writing from somewhere else, I can tailor it to my kid much more easily. I've done a mix of classic and modern literature, but probably more classic. One reason for that is because I didn't read many classics as a child, and *I* wanted to read them, plus I find the language of older literature to be more complex. I like that brain stretching.
  12. I really like it. I only use the workbooks up until Algebra 1, and then we use the computer component as well (I need help teaching high school math). I want my elementary kids to learn math on paper with my supervision. I've used every level except geometry and pre-calculus. For the area I live in, it is not only adequate, but it's actually more advanced than what the public schools are doing at the high school levels (can you believe that? Probably no one has ever said that before). Yes, at the elementary levels, it is somewhat behind other curriculum. For example, I own all of Math Mammoth, and TT is 6 months to a year behind MM. But, in my opinion, it really catches up about halfway through the 7th level, and from pre-algebra on up, I feel it is right on level. Also, I am not required to do testing with my students, so it doesn't bother me if it's a little behind. In fact, I have a few students for whom the slow pace is perfect, which is another reason I've chosen it for some of my students. My kids are average at math (at least compared to what people say on these forums), and a couple of them are maybe slightly below average. Perhaps for an advanced student, TT wouldn't be the right fit. I have not used enough of the 3.0 version to be able to say if it's really the same as 2.0, so I can't help you there.
  13. So far I have: Math - TT Algebra 1 English - homemade CM/SWB mix of literature and composition Science - Survey of Astronomy (Master Books) History - Notgrass Exploring World History Book 1 with some things added Electives - probably Computer Science 101 with Stanford Online plus some other things, and he's doing a beginner Python course from Udemy
  14. There is maybe some busywork, but we'll skip all the written work (fill in the blank stuff). I might do some of the questions orally, but we'll mostly just read it, colour any pictures, and do projects. It's really cute. I wish R&S had more levels of science like this one.
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