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  1. 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.
  2. I'm very encouraged by everyone here and so glad I posted the question. I enjoy reading about the various experiences. Keep them coming!
  3. Do you mind telling me what some of your courses were?
  4. I see this with my nieces. My sister pushed to have one of them who has serious dyslexia into algebra early because all her friends were taking it and she didn't want her daughter to feel badly about herself. So then my brother-in-law spends umpteen hours of time helping her with homework every night. It's insane. They also push, push, push for her to make honor roll for her "self-esteem".
  5. I see this with my nieces. My sister pushed to have one of them who has serious dyslexia into algebra early because all her friends were taking it and she didn't want her daughter to feel badly about herself. So then my brother-in-law spends umpteen hours of time helping her with homework every night. It's insane. They also push, push, push for her to make honor roll for her "self-esteem".
  6. Thank you. I think my kid could handle AP courses, but I can definitely see him not wanting to do the work. He's not motivated as it is.
  7. Yes, all these posts are making me feel better, especially hearing your daughter is really lazy. My son is pretty lazy, but is motivated to learn any instrument he can get his hands on.
  8. I'm finding that in my circle of homeschoolers, the majority of high school kids are taking the typical courses as well, especially for science, so I begin to think I should be doing the same. Did you find that colleges were impressed or intrigued by your childrens' atypical transcripts?
  9. My oldest is in 9th grade and is probably college-bound. My mom, who does support our homeschooling, keeps mentioning to me that my kids need to be able to compete with their public schooled-peers, which makes me second guess what I'm doing. She sees how hard my nieces are pushed at ps and worries my kids will be behind somehow. For instance, my 8th grade niece has to do chemistry computations I don't remember doing until high school. I personally think they are pushed way too hard too young and they have hours of homework to do almost every evening. But, I guess I would still just like m
  10. Can those who have used this tell me about their experiences?
  11. He actually did do the majority of labs in Rainbow Biology last year. Is it possible to count that towards high school biology?
  12. My son has asked for chemistry instead of bio. He's in algebra 1 this year, so I don't know if he'll be ready for it. My dad is a retired chemistry, ecology, and physics teacher and oh how I wish he lived nearby. Why don't you want to teach biology?
  13. What are the sciences you have your kids take and why didn't your first two take biology?
  14. Great ideas! Thanks, I'll look into those.
  15. Yes, definitely more of a humanities kid. Science is more of a struggle.
  16. My gut feeling is the same, but thought I'd throw the question out there to see what others have experienced.
  17. Good idea. It's not the first book I've had to apologize for~😀 He liked all the other topics in Rainbow, though. However, I won't have child #2 do Rainbow year 2 since it was such a disaster for my guinea pig.
  18. Thank you. Do you have any specific books or curriculum to recommend?
  19. These are good ideas I will discuss with him. What are you going to call the course on his transcript? Would environmental science count for biology? All my kid wants to learn about in science is the weather and oceans. I would have him take marine biology, but don't know where to begin with that, except for Apologia, which I don't think he would like.
  20. We are using Breaking the Barrier French 1 this year and so far so good. My son also likes Duolingo, which is more for fun.
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