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  1. Resurrecting another planning thread to add mine. 😏 My rising 8th grader is a little behind what my older boys were, so I'm leaving a lot of "the usuals" for Grade 9. However, he may surprise me during the year, in which case, we'll speed up. That being said: Math - Key to Percents (after that we'll do a bunch of placement tests and see where he's at, might start MUS pre-algebra by the end of the year) English - Daily Grams 7, R&S Spelling 7, narrations, outlines and rewrites Science - he really wants to do Apologia Botany, after that I'll probably have him do at least part of Apologia General Science History - finish Middle Ages with R&S text, then start SOTW 3 Logic - various puzzles, Perplexors, etc.
  2. This is what I've got planned for my youngest: LA - Easy Grammar, R&S Spelling, oral and written narrations Math - TT 3 (just the book with me teaching) Science - interest-led (she reads books and keeps a science notebook of drawings and narrations; currently she is very interested in zoology) History - finish R&S text about Middle Ages, then begin SOTW 3, and keep a timeline Geography - one or two Canada Map Books Extras - art from various sources (probably let her pick mostly), Scripture memory, piano lessons and hymn singing
  3. This is for the kid who wants to be a farmer and isn't going to college. He might do something trade-ish like welding or CAD. Math - Mathematics for the Trades English - homemade, focusing on grammar and technical writing, but still with a few essays, literature and one research paper History - Canadian History for Dummies + extras Science - Conceptual Physics with or without Physics 101 DVD as supplement Electives - homemade health, and I'll probably give him some kind of work experience credit
  4. A little late to this party but this is what I've planned: Math U See Geometry Homemade CM/SWB-style literature and composition Apologia Biology Notgrass world history part 2 with extras Python programming A Rulebook for Arguments
  5. I need recommendations for an online intro to computer science course. I have used the free one from Stanford Online but for whatever reason, I no longer have access to it. Would anyone be able to suggest something? It needs to be a beginner course for someone with little prior knowledge (except for general computer use), probably a 9th or 10th grade level. Thank you for any ideas!
  6. Yup, all the time. Always making little tweaks so that the subjects fit the kid better.
  7. I agree that so many online classes are very expensive! The only things I outsource are online courses for things I know nothing about - computer science, programming, etc. And even there, I find pretty cheap options on Udemy or other similar platforms, like my 14yo is doing a Python course now that cost $23.99. I use math options that have video components like TT. I use sciences and history from homeschool providers but they don't have to be that expensive (for Apologia Biology, I just have the textbook and none of the extras). I make my own English courses, so all I'm buying are the books to read. There are definitely options out there that are fairly independent.
  8. Outlining and narrative summaries are definitely upper elementary skills, but at least in SWB's audio writing lectures, rewriting from the outline doesn't happen until 7th grade. I haven't checked my WTM book, though! In a way, it doesn't matter. Sometimes it's more about what the child is ready for.
  9. Well, considering that SWB only recommends rewriting outlines in 7th grade and up, and that she has 5th graders doing one-level outlines (I'm assuming you are doing more than that), then I would say she is ahead. I would have no problem camping out where you are for a while and just enjoying it. After a while, she could work on adding more details to the outlines so that each paragraph is fuller/longer, or make the rewrites longer (not sure how many paragraphs you are currently doing). Sounds like she's doing great. :)
  10. He did Automate the Boring Stuff with Python by Sweigart, and now he's doing Learn to Code in Python 3: Programming Beginner to Advanced by Gomes. It's much the same as the first course, but he wants to keep up the skills and learn the few new things. Maybe the one you mentioned would be a good next step. He needs a step up from beginner, I think. Thanks!
  11. Misses: - Trying to learn math by reading out of a book with no teacher. Unfortunately, there is no video teacher option with this particular course, and he doesn't want to wait for me to be done with his younger siblings before I can teach him the lesson. But so far, he is getting through it and he is actually improving at this method. Got a very good mark on the chapter test today. - Any course that asks questions like, "What do YOU think about it?" or "What did you find exciting about this lesson?" 16yo boy hates that. 🙂 - the free beginner computer science course I was going to have my 14yo do online says I no longer have access to it, so now I don't know what to have him do. He just finished a beginner Python course at Udemy, but there were no suggestions of what courses to take next. Anybody have any suggestions? Hits: - TT Algebra 1 is working fabulously for 14yo - CLE Agriscience Everything else seems to be working out well. No complaints, except for the above.
  12. Agreeing with everyone else's posts, especially Lori's. A couple of thoughts: - the samples of your son's work look very good to me. In 5th grade, I had to MAKE my boys write at least 4 sentences in a summary. - if you wanted to leave WWS for a year or two, you could have your son keep making outlines and writing summaries on his own (like from his science or history lessons). I believe SWB says 4-5 sentences for a summary in 5th grade. - I don't have WWS, but I've looked at the samples, and the passages to be read and summarized are not easy. They are long and complicated. There would be no harm in using easier books or shorter passages to help him summarize more effectively. - as far as mistakes go, yes, there are going to be mistakes at this age. Pick 1-2 things to point out to him from each summary he writes, so as to address the errors but not overwhelm him. - if it helps, you could have your son type his summaries. For one of my boys, typing greatly improved the quality of his writing because his hand would get too tired holding a pencil. I'm not sure if that is an issue with yours, but just a suggestion in case.
  13. I would just skip those exercises and wait for WWS in Grade 5 to begin outlining. It's not necessary for Grade 4, and also, I think I read somewhere that SWB doesn't recommend outlining from SOTW anyway because it's too narrative/hard to outline. So I would just forget it and wait.
  14. I like your 11 on, 2 off plan. That would be a nice break pretty often during the year. We do a pretty typical year, September to the end of May, with one week off each for fall break, New Year's, and spring break. We also take off a single day here and there occasionally.
  15. With kids that age, I generally do history M-W-F and science Tu-Thu. That will work well for MOH but I'm not sure of the scheduling in Apologia. If they get really into it, you could just do more at a time on those days. I'd be doing math and LA every day, but you probably already are. Not sure how I would fit in the geography. If it's fun and they love it, you could maybe do a little every day, which might work well if you are doing something different each day. That's probably how I would do it, but everyone's different. 🙂
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