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  1. Sorry I can't comment on Shormann Algebra 2 because my son just started it, but I was very pleased with Shormann Algebra 1.  It is a great program for us because I am not a math person and each homework assignment is graded as soon as the student finishes and submits it.  There are helps for all the problems  and the student can always go back and watch the lesson or parts of it again.  If the student follows the program as intended it works very well, imo.  There is a lot of information for the parent to read through before starting, but I found it very helpful.  It seems like all the bases have been covered, and from what I understand, Dr. Shormann is the same guy as on the DIVE cds.

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  2. On 5/17/2020 at 1:42 PM, JadeOrchidSong said:

    If you plan US history for 10th grade, what will you use! I am still looking for ideas. 

    Ds15 did Notgrass America the Beautiful for 6th and 7th grade. I have CLE 8th grade US history and the older edition Notgrass high school US history. I also have Hakim's A History of US, but probably won't use it. 

    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.

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  3. On 3/11/2020 at 12:15 PM, ByGrace3 said:

     

    She has not done the writing and rhetoric books, but has done the logic classes with Schole.  Have you done Schole classes before?

    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.

  4. On 2/24/2020 at 9:21 AM, ByGrace3 said:

    Tentative Plans for next  year:

    At Home:

     

    Spanish 3 with Breaking the Barrier

    US History Dave Raymond's

    Outsourced:

    Rhetoric 1 with Schole Academy

    American Literature with Schole 

     

     

    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?

     

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  5. 9 hours ago, stacyh270 said:

     

    Mine, too! It is soooo incredibly exhausting!  I've started listening to the Calm Parenting Podcast and it is starting to help me with my perspective.

    It doesn't help that I'm an incredibly strong-willed firstborn as well so when DS and I are at it with each other, neither of us is backing down which sure doesn't make for a peaceful homeschool day.

     

    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.

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  6. 9 hours ago, stacyh270 said:

     

    Mine, too! It is soooo incredibly exhausting!  I've started listening to the Calm Parenting Podcast and it is starting to help me with my perspective.

    It doesn't help that I'm an incredibly strong-willed firstborn as well so when DS and I are at it with each other, neither of us is backing down which sure doesn't make for a peaceful homeschool day.

    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 down, though.  Besides the strong will, we are dealing with ADD.  I took a look at that podcast and thought,  "Yep.  That sums him up to a T."    Not many people I talk to can relate to what I'm dealing with.

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  7. 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.
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  8. 2 hours ago, ChrisB said:

    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.
     
     

     

     

  9. 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.

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  10. 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?

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  11. 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.

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  12. On 2/26/2020 at 5:08 PM, klmama said:

    We did not enroll our dc, but several friends have for reasons like yours.  The results have been mixed and seem to depend almost entirely on the student's motivation to learn and to earn good grades.  Some have found that their dc worked harder for other instructors, but that's not always the case.  Friends who enrolled their ds this year are almost as involved as they were before enrolling him, because the boy won't do the work unless the parents are constantly on him.   

    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. 

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  13. On 2/26/2020 at 3:14 PM, Sneezyone said:

    We sent DD at the end of 8th/beginning of 9th b/c she's a super social kid who was chaffing at the bit at home. At that point, she'd be part of the regular course selection process and not not left with crappy HS classes. She's seriously thriving. She is actively reaching out to teachers when she sees a problem with her grades, studying (unprompted), taking advantage of the many opportunities her school offers, and earning great grades. She has friends, gets invited to (chaperoned) parties, etc. This is my bright but scattered child with reading difficulties. It was the right call for her. She was 100% ready and I knew it.

     

    For both of them, the accountability has helped. They have become competitive (in a friendly way). DS is the more academic of the two and they are studying similar things. He quizzes her and vice versa. They are also accountable and responsible to others which is wonderful and sad at the same time. I'm relegated to 'counselor' only. They are also more independent. They tell me their schedules and I add them to my 'family' calendar.

     

    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!

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  14. On 2/26/2020 at 2:44 PM, Amateur Actress said:

    We sent our current 9th grader back to school this year at his request (to a small Christian school). There was a learning curve but now he is really thriving.  Still homeschooling the 11th grade daughter and graduated one from homeschool last year.  Each child is different.  I would have a conversation with your son to see what he thinks.  Maybe having a say will help with motivation.

    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.   

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