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  1. We used this as a spine (and added other books, videos, experiments, and field trips as interest demanded): https://smile.amazon.com/Earth-Science-Easy-Way/dp/0764121464
  2. Not to toot my own horn, but that's exactly why my lit classes are asynchronous: every student deserves to engage with the material and not just go along for the ride. I will be teaching three high school lit classes next year: *one is a class that teaches literary analysis through the prism of short stories https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/bite-size-literature.html *one focuses on science fiction literature: https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/comparative-science-fiction.html *one involves plays as literature (Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, etc.): https://www.learnin
  3. Some of the classes from CTY and CTD are self-paced. Both organizations have test-in requirements, though. (Because my older ds didn't care for the self-paced class he took, we never went looking for more.) https://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/online-honors https://cty.jhu.edu/online/open-ip-courses.html
  4. I home schooled two PG kiddos from early elem school through high school and for the last six years have offered outside-the-box, content-rich classes for other families home schooling gifted students. Because I offer more classes than I can teach in a given semester, I solicit parental input when creating my teaching schedule. You can “vote” now through February 27 on what I teach when in the fall: https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/preview-fall-2021.html If there’s a class your student would like to take in the fall, you can indicate which class and when you would prefer it is tau
  5. You can “vote” now through February 27 on what I teach when in the fall: https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/preview-fall-2021.html If there’s a class your student would like to take in the fall, you can indicate which class and when you would prefer it is taught. This early voting matters enormously. Classes that don’t get enough early interest are trimmed from the final schedule. For those with high school students, the big news is that I have decided to add a revamped live online version of "Mission Possible: Global Issues, Leadership Choices" in the fall. Both the onli
  6. @Plum Not sure if this might be of interest, but there are some good podcasts series on Irish history, including https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/category/podcast/
  7. Given that you asked about a one-semester elective, @fourisenough, I am now teaching my high school finance and investment class online: https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/stock-market-challenge.html (If you'd like me to keep you in the loop re: scheduling for next year, you can send me an email <keenteam (at) live.com> or a note through the contact form on my website.) I also teach a one-semester philosophy class, if you might be looking for an alternative, and two one-semester literature classes.
  8. If your dd would like to try Russian again, I have heard nothing but glowing recommendations about Julia Denne's Russian language and Russian literature classes: https://bytheonionsea.com/
  9. Neither of my two favorite resources necessarily have questions to match, but these are interesting enough that you may enjoy doing U.S. history with your son: Joy Hakim's History of US is rich in detail, incorporating primary source snippets and many lesser-known stories from U.S. history, but is presented in short student-friendly chunks. You can start with Vol 3 if desired and do several chapters each day if you are planning on completing the series in a year. If your son is looking for college-level material, Prof. Edward O'Donnell's "Turning Points in U.S. History," from the Great Courses
  10. Does he not like the chemistry? Or just doesn't care because he is not accountable to someone else? Is he interested in college post-high school or is he planning on the trades given his enjoyment of the construction class? For us, doing most of the high school science dual enrollment was perfect because my kids got real labs, classmates, and instructors with advanced degrees in their field (and often research/industry experience prior to teaching). But it's not a route I would necessarily recommend for a student who is not interested in science or not interested in college. If your son is
  11. Much of the "right" answer will depend on your school. In some cases, private schools can be much more flexible than public schools. Given that you're both working, I would suggest you (1) look into a few (maybe three?) self-contained online classes and (2) try to follow his interests in other areas in order to make it easier for him to want to learn (and not waste time playing games, watching YouTube clips, etc.). Classes should either be in areas he definitely needs for school or in areas he won't do on his own. If he's an avid reader or able to use a textbook to teach himself the r
  12. I teach a couple of semester-long high school literature classes that would be appropriate for senior English: "Who We Are & What We Dream: Comparative Science Fiction" and "'The Play's the Thing': A Study of Modern Drama." Both are heavy on the reading and thinking but relatively light on the writing. Because these are both accelerated, honors-level classes -- paced more like a college class than a high school class -- either one can be counted as a full English credit if so desired. You can find descriptions here: https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/comparative-science-fiction.html
  13. This may not satisfy your need for a book, but it does provide some of the historical context: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unraveling-mysteries-tituba-salem-witch-trials-180956960/ I often share it with my students when we discuss The Crucible. (FWIW, I also recommend the movie Good Night, and Good Luck to better understand McCarthyism.)
  14. Early on we separated writing into two different but related tasks: writing mechanics and expressive writing. Writing mechanics were spelling, grammar/punctuation, penmanship/typing, and vocabulary. Expressive writing was the task of trying to express oneself in writing. I received relatively little pushback from my kids on writing mechanics because that material is pretty straightforward and they could see their progress for themselves. Expressive writing was harder because it is more open ended: not only does one have to decide what one wants to say and how one wants to say it, there is no r
  15. I will be teaching two semester-long high school literature classes in the spring: "Who We Are & What We Dream: Comparative Science Fiction" https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/comparative-science-fiction.html "'The Play's the Thing: A Study of Modern Drama" https://www.learningoutsidethebox.net/modern-drama.html Both are honors-level lit classes. Both involve a generous amount of reading and thinking with a substantially lighter quantity of writing. Best, Christine K. (long-time home schooling mom now teaching others)
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