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  1. I'll try to answer all questions, but feel free to ask again if I missed something... The AA in agricultural science does not require chem. It requires either chem or physics. Plant science does not require chemistry either. If she were to pursue a BS in ag science, she would definitely need to take chemistry. However, she doesn't want to pursue a 4 yr degree at all as of now. I think she might change her mind about that, but I do not believe she will pursue agriculture. Right now she has a job in an agricultural field. She would like to continue that job for the long term. If that doesn't pan out, I believe she will go a different direction - very different as electrician and writer are her most likely second choices... So at the end of the day, I'm only interested if it will hurt her admission chances in general. I agree with what several of you are saying, though. Taking chemistry makes way more sense than taking physics. I'll keep encouraging her to take chem. However, it doesn't sound like it will hurt her in admissions, so I'm not gonna stress about it too much.
  2. Thanks. It looks like the schools my dd would be interested in require 3 lab sciences - with at least 1 bio and 1 physical science. She will more than have that covered, so I guess I shouldn't worry about it. (Easier said than done, haha.)
  3. My dd will be dual enrolling at the local CC starting next year (11th grade). She has taken physics (Clover Creek) and biology at home. I assumed she would take chemistry at the CC but she is dead set against the idea. Instead her hs science courses would look like this: Physics Biology Plant science (cc) Animal science (cc) Physics (cc) Biology (cc) She will be pursuing an associate's degree in agricultural science. She doesn't plan to attend a 4 yr college as of right now, but I want to leave her options open. In my ideal she would not repeat physics, but would take chemistry instead. However, I'm not sure it's a hill to die on... Would this science line up hurt her at admissions?
  4. FWIW, in SWB's preparing for high school audio lecture, she notes that prealgebra in 9th is okay as an absolute minimum. (Though she points out that you can't count it for hs credit.) This still allows you to get through Algebra 2 by the end of high school which is fine for many students. Algebra in 8th or 9th is ideal, of course. I just mention it because I think TWTM sometimes reads more stringent than SWB meant it to. Personally, I'd keep a normal pace for now. At the end of 7th, you could take CLE's placement test for algebra. If she easily places into algebra, I'd have no qualms about skipping the 800s. If she doesn't, then taking that extra year to work through the 800s will be time well spent.
  5. I'd look at it like this: A student who completes 710 is prepared to start algebra, imo. A student who completes 804 is better prepared... And a student who completes 810 is even better prepared... If your student is doing well with CLE and understanding the math, I'd be perfectly comfortable calling it a year after 805.
  6. Just for fun I can share my own experience... I have had 5 kids use 100 EZL. 2 girls and 3 boys. Neither of my girls have any issue with random capitalization, most of my boys do/did. The oldest outgrew it around 9 yo. My middle son never had a problem. My 3rd son is 10 and still struggles. I put him in ps this year. Every single aspect of his writing got worse, including random capitalization. (I don't know how that is even possible. Whatever my school district is doing to teach writing, they are doing a very poor job...) He is back at home, and this is getting a lot better in a short time. Son 1 went through half of 100EZL before his reading took off and we moved to real books. Son 2 completed the entire book. Son 3 completed through about lesson 75. Lesson 75 is also about where both girls moved on. So my own broad generalization would be that boys struggle more with this issue than girls do regardless of exposure. Who knows though. The lack of capitalization would be my one big complaint about 100EZL. For me it is easily forgiven since that book has worked so well to teach my kids to read, but it is a legit complaint nonetheless.
  7. I like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for kids at that age. We move from there to Phonics Pathways/ETC/ Bob Books in some combo depending on the kid.
  8. Books? I would create a literature, science, and, history curriculum that uses books. If that is in any way not considered an "actual curriculum" I would throw a fit. But that's just me. 🙂
  9. for my 3rd/4th - 8th graders: CLE math review section assigned reading (history, lit, or science) piano practice spelling handwriting grammar and writing assignments (for 6/7th grade and up) Most of my kids like to do as much as possible independently, so they love working from a planner. I also like this because I can be much more focused with my teaching time. My 11 yo, however, needs me at his side for almost all his school, so he is my big exception when it comes to working independently.
  10. My 11th grade dd will be full time DE next year... Fall semester: Engish Comp 1 Physical Geography Critical Thinking (Honors) Plant Science Lab Spring semester: Precalculus or College Algebra - she should take precalc, but it looks like scheduling might be an issue. She'd be happy to have an easy math class and call it done... Great Books (Honors) Cultural Geography Animal Science Life Science Chemistry - only if we think she can handle the workload. We'll decide that close to the end of the first semester.
  11. I am in a similar situation with my dd who is going into 11th next year. The assumption/plan was always that she would go the 4 yr college route. That changed somewhere over the last couple years. She loves music, writing, and farming; she has no desire to pursue a 4 yr degree. I agree with pp, that the goal right now is to keep doors open. My dd will start DE classes next year. I am, for the most part, planning classes as if she will head to a 4 yr college to major in pre-vet. This was what she always wanted until recently. The big exception to this is foreign language. At this point it looks like she won't have any FL on her transcript. That may rule out a couple colleges, but it seems most are flexible on this so I'm willing to let it go. I am still encouraging test prep. We are planning for her to take the ACT and PSAT next year. She definitely has the ability to get some scholarships if she does a bit of prep work. But my dd also has some anxiety issues, so if this needs to go, it will. I am not the type of person who thinks 4 yr college is necessary or ideal for most people. I know many people who make a great living with a 1 or 2 yr degrees/certificates. However, I still would like to see my dd go. She always wanted to, and I'm afraid she'll eventually regret it if she doesn't. I'm trying hard to keep that option open for her, just in case she changes her mind over the next couple years.
  12. Wow, what a unique situation! If I were in your shoes... I would go ahead with the co-op. Any teacher should be accustomed to the fact that kids are all over the place academically. If it turns out that the academics are a complete bust, then maybe you can repeat 7th, thus getting 3 years out of the co-op experience. There is a decent chance, however, that it won't be nearly as bad as you fear. Also keep in mind that depending on the program, prealgebra may look very similar to the 7th grade math you had planned. I think for now that the social opportunities this co-op provides outweigh the worries about academics. As his parents, you guys have obviously weighed the pros and cons of this unique co-op. At 12 years old, I would also take your son's opinion into consideration. If you all want to go forward with this, I would not let his math struggles get in the way. Deal with those, get testing, find out about accomadations, etc., but don't let it be a deal breaker. That is only one aspect of what will hopefully be an overall wonderful experience for him.
  13. My dd watched Writing Great Fiction from the Great Courses when she was 14. She highly recommends it. She tried The Creative Writer (from Peace Hill Press) but didn't enjoy it. She has also checked out a number of creative writing books from the library, but none of them stand out. The Writing Great Fiction course is the resource she has found the most helpful. My dd is 15 now and has completed 3 novels. She is working on a couple others - she starts a lot that never go anywhere. She also has written a ton of songs. Mostly I just stay out of her way... 🙂 I think an outside class with an experienced teacher would benefit her more than anything, but at this point she's going to have to wait for college for that. If you can swing that (financially and/or time-wise) that might be something else to consider for your dd.
  14. Does this look good? It looks like you have a good flow to your day. You are covering all subjects. Yes, it looks good. Too much? Maybe. It seems really full when I read through it. I am not familiar with most of the programs you are using so it's hard for me to judge if it is too much. Am I missing something? I don't think so. Any tips on anything? I can't tell what kind of tips you are looking for, but I'll throw out a couple thoughts. IMO, your day could be done at lunch and you could consider it a success. At that point you have covered religion, math, reading, handwriting, outside time, and composition (covered by dh). This is plenty when your oldest is 7/8 and you have lots of littles to take care of. I'm not suggesting you drop your plans for the afternoon, but I'd keep that in mind. Don't get stuck on have to's. Your educational TV can easily cover science, plus turn some of that outside time into nature study and you are good. Have your oldest read his own history or throw a couple history books into your read aloud cycle. FLL is not necessary - grammar topics get repeated every year anyway. Those are just some suggestions if what you have planned feels like too much. Also, to your son's grade, of course it isn't too late to turn back. At his age he probably won't bat an eye if you say "oops, Mommy got mixed up. This year is ____ grade, not _____ grade." That doesn't mean you don't teach him at his level (move on to 3rd grade math, etc.) but maybe you will feel more peace if you think of him as a 2nd grader next year. It sounds like he will be a 2nd grader by age; that may be important if he ever plays sports or participates in other activities. Now is actually the perfect time to adjust his grade level.
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