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  1. 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!
  2. Yup, all the time. Always making little tweaks so that the subjects fit the kid better.
  3. 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 t
  4. 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.
  5. 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. :)
  6. 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!
  7. 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 goin
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. 🙂
  12. I haven't done it, but I think it would be possible. The lessons/chapters mostly line up (some are combined and some names have changed - for example, the chapter about Pluto is now just called something about dwarf planets). I looked through the sample pages at CBD of the 2nd edition notebooking journal, and I was able to find all the same activities in the 1st edition text. So I think it's doable. It might not be exact, but it looks pretty close. Of course, you could just do without the notebooking journal, as there are notebook suggestions in the text, and some of the journal sort of l
  13. Either The Runaway or Twice Freed. The Runaway is out of print, I believe, but I think it's a better fit for a 12yo. Twice Freed has more mature themes in places, as far as I remember. I adore Patricia St. John's books.
  14. It's optional at my house but all of mine have ended up doing *something* for those subjects, whether that is just participating in science experiments/demonstrations, or listening in to history when I read aloud, or whatever. I do not require any kind of output, unless we get to narration time and I ask, "Hey, what did we read about in that science/history book today?" Or maybe I'll find a sentence out of a science book for copywork. But that's not really part of science or history time, that's writing time (if a distinction can even be made).
  15. I always combined in elementary with the idea that for anyone younger than 3rd grade, it didn't really matter if they participated or not. It was their choice. I didn't really require formal history or science until 3rd. So the little ones would often come watch experiments, or do the other "fun" stuff, but then run away and play if it got boring or over their heads or whatever. So that would be another option to try - do the subject with your older child and let the younger participate as desired. That way there's no pressure and no extra work for you. Maybe if you give it a year, it will be
  16. I want to start back Aug. 31. I think our local schools are only starting after Labor Day, so that's like Sept. 8 or something, but I didn't want to wait that long.
  17. One of mine has done two Apologia books in a year in 7th, and I will have another doing the same thing this year. It works pretty well. I do add some writing to it, too.
  18. I believe the Easy Grammar TM is actually the student text plus answers and tests all in one volume. So if you want answers, I'd get that one. If you don't need answers, you could probably just get the student book, but you don't need both student book and TM.
  19. I might be wrong, but I was pretty sure that Easy Grammar Plus (the 7th grade book) is supposed to be a stand-alone, learn-all-the-grammar-at-once kind of book. You don't need to do previous books and the Ultimate books that come afterwards are more like review.
  20. I do it by following someone else's recommendations and then adjusting to fit my child. I really like SWB's and Karen Glass's approach to writing, so I sort of mash those two together. I schedule three or four days of writing per week and then my kids pick the subject they want to write about for those assignments. They can choose from anything they've read in other subjects, like science, history, literature, and sometimes we also make up topics on the fly (especially when learning to write essays). What ends up happening then is that I don't actually schedule a certain amount of writing into
  21. I don't think there is anything wrong with W&R writing programs. Although I have no personal experience with them, they have been very popular on these boards and I don't think I've seen anything negative posted about them. I wouldn't hesitate to use them. If your daughter loves it, I would let her use it. I like LLATL Green, but there isn't much for writing in it, so if you are looking for an all-in-one English, this might not be it. I have my kids do other writing on the side, so you would still maybe want to add W&R to it. Also, the grammar coverage is basic. Out of the whole s
  22. I don't think anyone started a planning thread for 11th grade for this fall. Does anyone else have a rising 11th grade student? These are our plans, all classes at home: Math - Applied Math (from our province) - will have to add in another half-credit math when this is complete English - homemade CM/SWB-style literature and composition Science - CLE Agriscience Economics - Notgrass World Geography - A Beka (so tempted to try the new Notgrass but maybe not yet) Bible - Bible Quest study He's only doing one elective this year because the Bible Quest s
  23. I guess it depends on what you think a lot of reading is. Most Notgrass World History lessons have the lesson reading, then an original source document to read, plus a Bible reading (and sometimes 5 chapters of the Bible at once). If you only count it as history and not Bible or English, you could cut out the Bible reading and that would cut it down. My boys have sometimes found it to be a lot, but on the other hand, if you count all of that for three subjects, it makes sense to me.
  24. Honestly, if MUS is working for her, I wouldn't switch. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? I would also be cautious about wanting to be "hands off" about math. Math is one of those subjects to keep an eye on, because you don't want your child taking shortcuts or gaming the system, as the PP mentioned. You will want to at least check in with her every day and talk her through problems she's missed, etc. That said, it is possible to adjust TT by skipping problems or lessons, or backing up if needed. But it will probably take her longer each day than MUS (at least that is my experience)
  25. 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.
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