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  1. So far I have: Math - TT Algebra 1 English - homemade CM/SWB mix of literature and composition Science - we need to talk about this yet. Possibly biology with Apologia but I need his opinions on this. History - Notgrass Exploring World History Book 1 with some things added Electives - probably Computer Science 101 with Stanford Online plus some other things, then he needs to pick another elective
  2. 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.
  3. This is what I've been thinking for my daughter: Math - finish MM 1B and complete 2A. I'm not sure if we'll get further than that. English - R&S English and spelling 2, WWE 2 (loosely) and Pathway reading 3 (just reading practice aloud to me) Science - Patterns of Nature (R&S). I think she'll love this because there are lots of little projects and most of it is nature topics so we can find things outside. History - probably MOH 1. Not sure if we'll do this just with her, or her next oldest brother as well. Extra - Canada My Country (just a cute intro to Canadian stuff), and all the usual hymns, piano lessons, art and Scripture memory.
  4. Well, that's okay. You don't have to agree with me. But I've been using it this way for 4 kids from 3rd grade through Algebra 1 and it's been great. Soooo.... different strokes. 🙂
  5. Read alouds past the age of about 10. I have felt guilty for this in the past. I know it's good for me to keep reading to them, etc. etc. but once they can read well, they just want to read their own books and they have so many other things they want to do than sit around and listen to Mom read. I do catch my 11yo listening sometimes while I read to my 6yo, but that's it. Science experiments. Most of my kids don't enjoy them, and I don't really care. I make the older ones do some since they can do them without me, but I just don't care if my younger kids don't want to. Unfortunately, my 6yo LOVES them. Outside classes. I know I would hate them and the time commitment required to go to them. I have never been interested in being part of any kind of co-op.
  6. I'm not disagreeing, because I know this is very possible, but if this is a problem, TT can also be used with just the book so the lessons are read or taught by the parent, and the problems done on paper. That's how I use it with my kids until they hit algebra 1.
  7. Agreeing with Merry. Especially if your kids are older(ish), it's doable to get through one book in a semester.
  8. I would suggest Math U See or Teaching Textbooks. I have only ever used TT for pre-algebra with my kids, and I've been happy with it. It's spiral, and has video teaching and someone else teaches. 🙂
  9. Yup, it's something. Yesterday I was in my school room/office looking at all the spaces where his school stuff is stored and thinking he won't need all that come fall. He doesn't even have his plans after grad nailed down yet, but even so, he won't be a part of our homeschool anymore. It IS weird. Homeschool parents do deserve their own diploma!
  10. As far as I know, there is no daily writing component about books read. It's just weekly (like the literary essays she talks about from 5th grade up), or after the book is finished.
  11. This is pretty preliminary, but I've been thinking about it lately, too. Math: TT 7 English: Easy Grammar Plus, Spelling Workout, WTM writing (written narrations, 3-level outlines, rewrites, lit. essays) I was going to have him do LLATL Green like I've done with his older brothers, but I think he'll find it confusing and scattered. I think EG will be much clearer and systematic, plus he'll do well with all the repetition. Science: undecided. I want to do at least one more year of interest-led, but I'll show him Apologia General, too, and see what he thinks. History: we're back to Ancients and I'm really tempted to use MOH with him and his younger sister because of ease of use, but I'm still deciding. I might also give him the option to do history independently, which would definitely be a first for us, and then he'd probably use the R&S 7 text. We need to start the timeline over again and I'm still unsure if I want to do it the same way we always have. Canadian geography: Geography, Province to Province Logic: probably just once-a-week puzzles like Mind Benders or something. I am looking at Building Thinking Skills, too, but it's way longer and I'd have to schedule it more often. Other stuff: piano lessons if he chooses to continue, Bible memory work and singing hymns
  12. Of course, this will absolutely depend on the student, their interests and goals. My kids are more than likely destined for trades. With that in mind, if I had my way, I would: drop math higher than geometry, unless one of my kids needed more than that. I do not foresee any of mine going into a math-heavy career totally avoid literary analysis. Actually, I kind of already do this. I just want my kids to enjoy good books and tell me what they thought of them. Is that analysis? It's definitely not like what I see in lit. analysis curriculum. focus on practical things more, like health, cooking, financial or small business math, geography, basic understanding of economics, etc. I already do some of this. have them do science in high school that interested them - no biology, chemistry, physics sequence unless that's what they wanted. But the biggest one of all is that I would drop all testing and study skills that focus on studying for tests. But, in order to go on to post-secondary learning, they need to know how to study and take those tests and exams. I don't know how to drop this and do a more "learning without assessment" thing like what @lewelma has been talking about recently, and still prepare my kids for college.
  13. CLE emailed me back and told me that the student materials consist of a schedule, questions that are not in the text, instructions to do some of the questions in the text (I'm guessing that means the end-of-chapter reviews), an answer key, and tests. They feel that this material is enough to equal high school credit. I also noticed that the text contains projects at the end of every chapter so there is definitely potential to add hands-on stuff.
  14. I found a few old threads about this. Here's one I thought was helpful:
  15. Wow, that is dedication! On the bright side, you're a biology and anatomy expert by now. 😄
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