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Lisa in the UP of MI

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  1. DD wants to prepare for the AP English Language and Composition test this year, but does not want another online course. What materials would you recommend? Thanks!
  2. We have the rest of dd's subjects decided, but not what materials we'll be using. She will be taking the three classes at Kolbe Academy (AP Calculus, AP Biology, and Spanish III). She wants to prep at home for the AP English Language and Composition exam, but not take an online class. Government & Ecomonics, 1 semester each Drawing & Painting, 1 semester each Religion 11
  3. We're still working on planning for my 11th grader. So far we know: AP Calculus AB: Kolbe Academy Online AP Biology: Kolbe Academy Online Spanish III: Kolbe Academy Online Probably American History, either a one year course, or the first half of a two year course Possibly Government English 11, though no idea what we will be using Art, but not sure what we will be using At least one more elective
  4. My oldest dd is taking AP courses and would be taking DE, too, if we lived closer to a college. These classes are a good fit for her. I'm guessing that most of my other kids won't take them.
  5. I'll have 4 kids using AAS next year. They each do their own level. I usually do level one 4 days a week, but the other levels we only use 2 days a week, completing half of the lesson each day. I've never tried combining them, but they all started level 1 in kindergarten or first grade.
  6. My 9th grader will take a 0.5 credit government course next year alongside the first half of American history. I haven't planned for my 11th grader yet. She'll take it either next year or in 12th. She'll also take American history at some point during the next two years.
  7. She has not. I had not even thought of these. How much of the books cover internal anatomy?
  8. My upcoming 7th grader will be studying life science next year. She is less interested in the insides of animals and more interested in the outside, especially animal behavior, habitats, etc. (No dissections here!) Any ideas for resources? Note: She'll probably use at least part of a life science text, but I would like to include more about animals in a way that interests her. She is considering a career with animals, though not a veterinarian. Something more like a zoo keeper, dog trainer, boarding horses, etc.
  9. No ideas, but I'm also looking for a 1/2 credit general ecology course for my dd.
  10. My dad was around that age when he got his current job. He had retired from 30+ years at a paper mill (had worked his way up and had been a superintendent for the last 10+ years) a few months earlier. That job was stressful and had very long hours. At his new job, he is only doing the part of his old job that he loved the most. He now works for Focus on Energy and helps paper mills save energy and money. A lot of people at his job are older, I think partly because it receives its funding each year and offers no insurance. He is just happy to be doing something that he loves and making some money while doing it and will continue to do so as long as his health and the funding holds up.
  11. My 5yo loves the online lessons and worksheets from Progressive Phonics. He also really likes the letter and word dry erase cards from Usborne.
  12. My kids have used Scratch and Scratch Jr. You could take a look at each and decide which would be the best level for her. They can both be downloaded for free, but I'm pretty sure that Scratch Jr. needs to be on a tablet or phone. There are lots of books with project ideas and we also have a set of task cards for Scratch Jr.
  13. We have PE at our weekly enrichment classes. For Bible, I just pick a children's Bible and read it to my kids two times a week.
  14. We'll probably subscribe to Homeschool Connections unlimited access soon to try it out. If we like it, this will likely be our plan. If not, I'll have to fill in some holes. English 9: HC grade 9 writing courses and a few literature courses (or The Power in Your Hands with a Lightning Literature course), if the literature courses we pick do not cover American literature, I'll pick at least a few American novels, short stories, and poems to go along with history, Rod & Staff English Geometry: probably Jacob's Geometry using the HC recorded course Observational Astronomy: Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy with field journal, plus some tbd supplements Early American History (probably 0.5-0.75 credit): Lands of Hope and Promise (first half), possibly with HC recorded course, with some tbd supplements Government (probably 0.5-0.75 credit): 2 HC recorded courses, possibly with some supplements Religion: Bible readings & a few HC recorded courses Logic: if we don't finish it this year, we'll continue The Art of Argument Spanish I: most likely either a HC recorded course or Spanish Now, possibly a live course?? Computer Science (0.5 credit): HC course or have dh teach him Now that I write that out, I see that I'll have lots of holes to fill if Homeschool Connections doesn't work out. Luckily, several things will stay the same, I'll just have to provide the structure and assignments. I'm glad I was already planning on trying it out soon, so I can make changes sooner rather than later, if needed. Even if we do like it, I'm not sure if I want to use it for that many courses.
  15. My 6th grader has been asking to try French. We've dabbled with Spanish over the years. I took four years in high school so it seemed like the obvious choice. I have no experience with French. For now, I'd just like some fun things for her to play around with, either free websites or books or software that we might borrow from the library. If she is still interested by next school year we might try something a little more formal, then I'd probably sign her up for a class in 8th or 9th grade.
  16. Math: Singapore Math 1 Language Arts: AAS 1, copywork, finish OPGTR if needed, read alouds, and read books to his siblings and me History: maybe American History for Young Catholics Science: probably science encyclopedias, possibly tagging along with his older brothers while they do hands-on projects from a kit Spanish: tag along with older siblings using La Clase Divertida Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories Not sure what else, but probably something as this kid needs lots of project suggestions to keep him busy.
  17. Math: Singapore Math 5 Language Arts: AAS 5, Rod & Staff English, something for writing, The Treasure Trove of Literature 1 American History/Geography: Our United States of America Science: probably half of Harcourt Science 6, with hands-on projects with his 3rd grade brother (I'll probably buy a kit for them to complete together). Spanish: La Clase Divertida Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories Logic: Mindbenders For Fun: He spends a few hours or more every day using his Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and various electronics parts to make all sorts of cool projects. I might have him do a recorded course on computer programming through Homeschool Connections, too, if he is interested.
  18. Math: Singapore Math 3 Language Arts: AAS 3, Rod & Staff English, Dictation Day by Day, something more for writing, lots of read alouds and books for him to read History/Geography: Our United States of America Science: not sure, maybe half of Harcourt Science 4, hands-on projects with his 5th grade brother Spanish: continue La Clase Divertida with siblings Religion: Bible, Catechim, saint stories Other: Mindbenders, lots of Snap Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi projects with his 5th grade brother
  19. Would he be interested in computer programming? Scratch would be good for a 9yo. My boys learned from project books that we got from the library.
  20. Do you need a class or does he just want to learn to program on his own. My two older boys have been learning programming from books. My 10yo loves electronics and is teaching himself Python from his Arduino books. His dad is a computer programmer and can answer questions and help debug programs when needed.
  21. These are my current ideas for my third seventh grader. Language Arts: AAS 7, still unknown writing, grammar, and literature Pre-Algebra: Fundamentals of Algebra History: Story of Civilization volume 2 or Light to the Nations volume 1 Life Science: not sure if I'll use the book we have or something else (She's more interested in animal behavior than anatomy, so we'll probably focus on that.) Spanish: maybe tag along with younger siblings using La Clase Divertida but probably something else to go along with it Religion: Bible, Catechism, saint stories
  22. Our interests are less space specific, but our two older boys have enjoyed computer programming (Scratch and Python), Snap Circuits, Lego Mindstorms, creating projects using a Raspberry Pi and Arduino (along with various electronics components that we bought in a kit), Tinker Cad (then making their projects using our 3D printer), and just taking old toys and gadgets apart to see how they work. We have several books with project ideas and borrow others from the library. Sometimes they will follow projects from these books, other times they will change them around or make their own project with ideas they have learned.
  23. I start with word building using a movable alphabet and a few of my kids were that age when they started. We orally sound out words, then pick the right letters to go with it. After they have been doing that for a while we move on. I used Progressive Phonics for the first time with my current 5yo, who was one of my 4yo word builders. He loved the online books and worksheets.
  24. Not a curriculum, but my kids have learned a lot of programming by using project books. We own a few coding books and borrow others from the library. Our 9yo is very interested in Raspberry Pi and Arduino. We bought a few kits from Amazon with lots of parts for him to use. Sometimes he completes projects exactly as the books say and other times he changes things to do something else that he is interested in. DH is a software engineer, so he can answer whatever questions they have.
  25. DD will be taking an AP exam with the students from Verona Area High School in Verona, WI. They have been very helpful.
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