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  1. Im using I chose the physical geography course and will supplement classes from the two geology courses (I and II) after completing to get a complete year credit for Earth Science. Im also adding in complemetary lectures from The Great Courses Plus Geology course. The Geology course has an included lab component.
  2. They are very pricey individually! We have a yearly subscription, i found a deal thru a himeschool page for 3 mo free then $10/month for life 😬.
  3. Thx! I did find a recorded Geology course with lab online that would work too and was going to supplement with a few Great Courses Plus lectures. Ill look at this too, good to know i was on the right track. 😃
  4. We need to pick a text for high school Earth Science, any suggestions? I’ve found a couple on Amazon which are likely fine but would prefer accompanying materials like a teacher’s guide, labs, etc. not looking for online for this course.
  5. Three ideas! One, try the RECORDED Saxon Alg 1 class, its an actuallive class that has been recorded so it has complete instructions...and yiu can add grading and/or tutoring by an actual teacher 😃for additional fees. It’s $30/ mo for unlimited classes so not to much to try and its $1 for the first week so yiu can try it out. They've been beyond helpful and responsive to me. She could potentially join a live class midyear, but they start back next week and thats a lot more $. Two, try for the AYOP Saxon Alg 1 class. This is the integrated geometry Alg 1, the Homeschool Connections is the newest version where Alg is separated from geometry Three, if Saxon is giving her too many difficulties, I read great things on multiple sites about Jacobs Algebra (geometry too). It’s also a spiral curriculum but has more flash and real world type of app,ication problems. Homeschoolconnections may have that option as well, they have several for math.
  6. Given her very obvious ability and the need for a scientist to solve problems, what about AOPS? They offer several advanced classes alternatuvely she can look into a University offering online classes to high schoolers like U of Missouri which offers lots of high level math for $250.
  7. I can see where that would come across that way...both were correct though 😜. AT THE TIME he completed Alg 1, he wasnt as solid as id have liked but tutoring for the last semester 3x/week changed that. His Use of Alg 1 skills in Math 2 solidified those skills more but the quick and dirty Math 2 objectives werent enough to breach the Alg 2 topic barrier. So, no, he doesnt need to repeat Alg 1 and is familiar with many Alg 2 topics (radicals, quadratics, etc) but in no way versed in them. Graphing and equations and applying the quadratic equation are ok. He either needs to repeat math 2 then do Math 3 or go back to geometry then Alg 2 which is what he’s chosen to do preferring geometry now. His luck was getting an A due to the weight of hw in his class, he would have had a B in most classes due to his less than stellar performance in the first semester. The teacher didn't use Saxon tests either, but made her own which were significantly different than the homework problems. He made significant strides with the tutoring, even his teacher remarked on his fluency on his final report card. Then, he had 8 months of no math and switched to Integrated Math 2 in Spring of his Freshman year in public. Thats the reasoning for me going back to Saxon, plus he knows the flow of the text and with the recorded classes and teacher support should be able manage. I’m sorry my ramblings were less than clear and appreciate the hand-holding as i figure this out.
  8. Thanks for the suggestions Pen. I think it’d be fairly easy to cobble together a unit on Greek Mythology or WWII to fit the bill for English this year using the Great Courses along with associated novels, etc, maybe I can get him to read Unbroken finally. I’ve found a Saxon Geometry course that is block scheduled but AYOP so he could finish early summer if he starts next week. I’d like to slow him down for Alg 2 in the Fall and do the usual yearlong course...another benefit is his brother will being doing the same next Fall. Thankfully, my older son doesnt begrudge his brother his ability in math, just wishes he had it too. Any suggestions for Earth Science? I’d tackle that at an accelerated pace this Spring rather than Physical Science and i’m hoping to convince him to give Conceptual Physics a try instead of skipping it altogether next year. He’s so afraid of the math in physics and chemistry, he wants to avoid both. And chem is just plain fun! Or was when i took it and I don't recall a ton of math in it.
  9. If it gets deep in religion, both of us would be too distracted by that to continue with a course. He’s interested in the book to film analysis class (reading 5-6 books and analyzing the film counterparts aling with the books) which i could add The Odyssey 6 wk course (his choice) and a short writing course to for a full year of English credit. At this point, im looking for things he’s interested enough in to use as a way to kindle the internal motivation. Potentially, we could try unit studies a la Great Books but of my own derivation to cover lit/history/writing in one fell swoop using The Great Courses and books he’s interested in...then, I’d be needing science and math as separate classes which may be overall less overwhleming for us both. He has finally decided he needs to drop Integrated math and back uo to geometry then Alg 2. As he used Saxon Alg 1 in 8th and I think needs the spiral plus cogent text materials along with videos, we’re going with that. My younger son is taking Saxon Geometry now in 8th grade at his school...with a 98, so is an additional resource to us. My son recounted today that he has YEARS of poor math instruction (ie 6 teachers in 6th grade in public since they kept rotating subs, an inept prealg instructor, etc) and just feels completely incompetent in math. He has always been much more succesful with geometry and trig topics in the integrated math so starting with his strengths. Thoughts on the unit study idea? How to ascertain correct credit hours, etc? Go big or go home, right? 🙈
  10. Thx RootAnn, I’m interested in the recorded sessions but open to one live per week and i’d definitely want the teacher grading version so would pick based on availability. My son has been pretty clear he’s not interested in live classes but trying one cant hurt if its something he’s interested in. Deadlines havent helped us, very likely have hurt us so doing at our own pace I think will net better results as long as im not the grader. He says i’m way too hard, which is probably true, but regardless, he needs feedback from outside. I know its non-secular but doesnt seem hellbent on inserting a Godly worldview into everything they teach with many classes seeming wholy secular. We live smack in the Bible belt snd i’m agnostic so i’m fairly sensitive to any non-secular inclusions and this just seems educational rather than prescriptive. Pretty much in order to study ancient times until about 1850, there’s little way to not discuss religion. Catholicism, etc. along with Greek and Muslim contributions are our historical academic roots and I recognize that.
  11. Hey Pen, He doesnt have ADHD, his 1st grade teachers thought he did, but testing proved us right and them wrong, just gifted. If i can get him to read again, i will. Its crazy how overnight it changed from 7th -8th grades! He has had some other problematic behaviors this year that encouraged homeschooling, all addressed now, just still dealing with the results of poor choices and influences. I wish i coukd implement most of these suggestions, but its a slow feed. Having him laugh and joke again and not be isolated from family is such a huge win when school was a backburner while trying to find my kid again. Public high school was such a bad move for him. I had no idea and feel so much regret for that I let him lead. Anyway, im thinking providing him with choices is the way to are 3 options for an English credit, which appeals? I pretty much know what he likes as well as what he needs and will opt for a combo of both. The incredible classes on look pretty much perfect for lit and history esp with the info on how to award credits and teacher grading options. He’s always liked mythology and ancient/medieval times in addition to WWII and slavery issues. Do any of you have experience with these classes? And, i’ll 2nd and 3rd Richard Wright, i still think about his book 30 years later. Absolutely stunning. The emotions he raises and spotlight on what is was to be a black boy in the South and in Chicago precivil rights is just unreal.
  12. GeoKitty...where is the Essentials in Lit 10 from? Thx for the Hillsdale info, those courses look great!
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