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  1. We will be using Dave Raymond's American History. I also bought American's Founding Fathers and The American West from The Great Courses as a supplement if my son wants more.
  2. Yes! It is feeling monotonous here, too. We don't do all the discussion and my son will not refer to his cards when he isn't sure about something, so I think we need something different. He wants to keep going with the series though, which I find strange. Hopefully someone will chime in to help us out!
  3. We've been using Fix It Grammar since my son was in middle school, but I am looking into Easy Grammar book 10 for next year. Has anyone used both who can compare them for me? If we stick with Fix It, he'll be in book 5.
  4. I'm pretty sure next year is the first year they are offering chemistry.
  5. Does anyone have their kids take French with Sally Barstow through Aim Academy? My son wants an online class and this one looks promising.
  6. I'm considering it a lab science since there is so much observation.
  7. I'd love to hear about this, too. I'm planning on using it eventually, but my son really wants to take their astronomy course next year, so that's the plan.
  8. Yes, two years of W & R and I was very pleased. I've signed my second son up for it for next year and am trying to figure out which class to sign my oldest up for because we can only choose one.
  9. We are similar to you! We'll be doing Breaking the Barrier Frecn 2, Dave Raymond, and I'm thinking about SA Rhetoric 1 and American Lit. Has your child done all the Writing and Rhetoric books?
  10. Same here. Two strong-willed people in the house is two too many! I remember telling him when he was challenging me at five, "You are not going to win. I am always going to win." He's really wearing me out now, though. Besides the strong will, we are dealing with ADD. We've never had him tested, but it runs in my family and 99% sure he has it, too. I've always thought so. I took a look at that podcast you mentioned and thought, "Yep. That sums him up to a T." Not many people I talk to can relate to what I'm dealing with.
  11. This has been our experience with our son since he entered the world.
  12. Competition has been very valuable for DD as a motivator. She's found how she "places" in the intelligence pecking-order. It's been eye-opening to her. This would be great for my son since he thinks he is super smart. 😳 It's been good for her social life, too. There aren't many homeschoolers we know in the area that are her age so going to a b&m school opened up more opportunities for friendships. It's not a panacea, but it's better. The good thing about where we live is there is a large homeschooling community, so the available activities and social opportunities between school and our church's active youth group are plenty. I appreciate your detailed response. It's helpful to hear other people's perspectives and experiences.
  13. Janeway, I completely agree, but it is a Christian school and we know other families from church that send their kids there, not that that is any guarantee.
  14. I'll ask if the school uses planners when we visit. My kid is very competitive and we are hoping that if he is in a school environment, the competitiveness will kick in there as well. I read in the book, Boys Adrift, how many boys thrive in a competitive environment, especially the alpha males like my son. The most ideal environment for him would be an all boys school, but that isn't a possibility for us.
  15. Lori, BTW, I have heard of the Smart But Scattered book, and realize the planner I bought for my son that we went through and he refuses to use, is by the same author. I might go ahead and buy the book now.
  16. Lori, thanks so much for your helpful response. I definitely think my son has lost his brain somewhere. He'll turn 15 this spring and I wonder if his mind will return then? I see benefits from both school and home, so really don't know what to do! It kind of saddens me that if we send him to school, we won't be able to pick courses for him to suit his needs and interests, but at the same time, he doesn't appreciate it and complains that everything is so boring and he hates school. He's my firstborn, so maybe this is normal?
  17. I would like to do that, but he really doesn't like online classes, so a full schedule of them isn't a good option. Plus, the temptation to switch screens and get off task is too strong, even though I've blocked all the websites he likes to visit. I catch him emailing friends when he should be working. The battles are never ending.
  18. Right, this is a bit of a concern, but he does like to do well for others. He takes an online writing course and makes sure he submits papers on time, and he is always checking for new grades. I think he's just too comfortable at home.
  19. My child is also "bright, but scattered", and I don't know what is left but for us to send him outside the home so he will learn to be responsible and accountable without my constant reminders. He has a bulletin board and planner and refuses to use either to help himself. I also write reminders on the board and he still doesn't pay attention. However, for the past three years he has taken one online class, and he is able to remember when those assignments are due and constantly checks his grades!
  20. I talked to him about it and he doesn't want to go to school (also a small Christian school where he knows a few students), but we are still going to visit in a couple weeks, anyway. I told him the reasons we are considering sending him, but he isn't on board. He is very social and I actually think he would truly benefit from being in school in order to have more structure and accountability.
  21. For those who have sent their kids to public or private school, what made you decide to do so? We are thinking about sending our current 9th grade son to private school next year so he can be accountable to someone else. He just isn't motivated at home and me being a constant task master is really beginning to wear me out.
  22. I'm very encouraged by everyone here and so glad I posted the question. I enjoy reading about the various experiences. Keep them coming!
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