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  1. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. DS decided on Notgrass. More than I was hoping to pay for this but the writing just seemed the most engaging. If he can manage to pump out a couple of lessons per day without too much pain and suffering, and actually remembers something of it after he's done, hopefully it will be worth it! He was actually really close to choosing Stobaugh. He really likes apologetics so he was drawn to some of the chapter assignments like "compare the gods of Sumeria with the Judean God". But when we compared the assignments with what he actually had to know f
  2. Thanks hollyhock2, that was helpful. Now I'm reconsidering Stobaugh. I decided to email Master Books and see what they say about the inclusion of British history. I didn't show that sample to DS, so maybe I will do that. If he likes it then it might be worth using it even if it is Britain-light. Maybe he'll actually even remember what he has learned this time around.
  3. Thanks, I had eliminated Notgrass because of the other components, but you're right, I could just skip them. Narrowed it down to Notgrass, Abeka, and Switched-on-Schoolhouse. Showed my son the previews online to see what his preference might be, and he didn't like any of them! History isn't his favorite subject so I'm not going to find any option he *likes*, just the least detestable. Notgrass seems like it is the most readable. He didn't like the "projects". I'm wondering if just answering the questions in the Student Review is good enough? Maybe make him do a select number of proj
  4. This is my last year homeschooling, if all goes as planned. I work part time, and high school just takes up way more of my time that I had imagined... there aren't enough hours in the day to give both kids the attention they need, so we're looking at our local private Christian school for next year. We had our admissions interview yesterday, and that's when I learned that their ninth graders all take world history, which ds isn't doing this year. It's a very small school with not a lot of flexibility with scheduling, so it isn't going to be possible to work that course into his tenth grade sch
  5. My son is using the MWOB Geometry this year. He is working through the assignments very slowly and is way behind where he should be in order to be finished by our goal of May-end. Part of the problem I think is the same problem that spans all of his school work this year, which is that now that he is a high-schooler he needs to put forth more effort and time on a daily basis to meet expectations. But I also wonder if the workload expected in this course is maybe beyond what is necessary for one credit of high school, as well as mastery of the topics. Maybe I should allow him to skip problems o
  6. I work in college admissions and receive this request a lot. Your letter is good; important to include the name of the college she is attending and what she wants to major in which you did. In addition you may as well include a list of the courses she has taken/plans to take including the course prefix and number, or attach a transcript. They can't answer your request without that information so including it upfront will save the step of them having to ask you for it. It's true that as someone else mentioned, they may not want to answer this for her before she is an applicant. Combing th
  7. My daughter is still nine but I have shamelessly encouraged the collection because *I* like them so much!! All of the sets are so detailed and intricate that it seems to me that adult collectors would appreciate them. I would think that a girl would continue to enjoy Calico Critters even after she has outgrown playing with them.
  8. Sometimes yes and sometimes no... like when she refused to call and arrange medical transport for herself to go to the doctor. Because she wanted my SIL to drive an hour and come pick her up. (I live 3 1/2 hours away for a reason). Finally SIL got sick of it and called and arranged medical transport for her. Then she got sick of it and called me and felt I ought to be helping out by arranging medical transport for her - after all, I am the daughter and she is only the DIL. I said nope, she can make her own phone calls. SIL says true, but - she won't, and therefore isn't getting the medical tre
  9. Wow, reading this thread was so revelatory. I recently came across a printout of an old email from me among her things and at the bottom she had pasted in a short bullet list description of NPD. (Which really ticked me off because at the time I found it my life was on hold while I helped her move...). It never entered my mind that she was actually describing herself!!! Others have described the emotional interplay so much better than I could (and it was so therapeutic to read these posts!!). What I really relate to is the fact that it is so hard to describe these little situations to othe
  10. Oh my goodness, you are describing my life. When I have more time I'll go back and read what everyone else said because I probably need it. A few strategies I've adopted over the years: When it's time to shop, I get up super early in the morning to avoid the crowds. And that's for stuff that I absolutely have to go out and buy, like groceries. We do almost all of our Christmas shopping on Amazon. We've approached several family members and just suggested that we stop exchanging gifts. Or, we've just stopped reciprocating. Eventually they get the message. One person just insists on do
  11. Thanks for this. It had some good insights I needed. I will have to go back and reread when my brain doesn't feel like fried eggs. I need to buy the SWB talk too. I have been giving serious consideration to private school for both kids next year. I'm not sure if I even want to be talked out of it this point, but could definitely use some guidance as to whether I'm just being reactive to stress or whether it is truly the right decision.
  12. My kids had a lot of fun with Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body by Donald Silver. https://shop.scholastic.com/teachers-ecommerce/teacher/books/easy-make-learn-projects-human-body-9780545406437.html
  13. I work in college admissions. While there may be more selective universities out there that care, we don't. As long as it's not offensive or inappropriate I think it's fine. My university is niched and... you'd know exactly what we specialize in just by looking at the personal email addresses of our students. If we offered herpetology we wouldn't bat an eyelash at "lizard". I'll tell you what we DO care about, and that is that whatever email he puts on his application, that's the email that he 1) checks regularly and 2) emails us from consistently. We track communications that we have wi
  14. Boys especially have issues with their hand getting tired very quickly when writing. So if he is okay with giving you oral narrations and only complains when he has to write it down, that might be a clue that that's your problem. I really struggled trying to get my son writing things out up until about grade 5. The only exception was science because that was his favorite subject, so he was more motivated. WWE can feel a little too basic so I understand questioning whether he should be doing more now. I find the introduction to the WWE instructor text to be helpful in understanding what y
  15. I wanted to be able to reuse the book with my second, so with the first I made copies of the copywork pages and just gave him regular handwriting paper for the dictation. Now that I'm on kid #2, I'm just tearing the pages out of the back of the book and then saving in a binder. I was worried that the book would be awkward to handle once a bunch of pages were missing, but it has been fine.
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