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  1. My 9th grader's plans are here: We haven't started our school year yet, but we are moving to another country this year and may need to juggle when some things are done and what resources we will use. Hopefully, I won't need to change things too much.
  2. I have pretty much stayed away from science curriculum until my children were ready for high school science. Library books, videos, and activities did a good job preparing them for future studies. I organized the resources into unit studies for my kids to use, sometimes they did things independently.
  3. We haven't started yet! I'm hoping that we will start next week. We moved temporarily and have most things in storage and will move again later this school year.
  4. Can you help me out? I did a homeschool philosophies quiz over a year ago. I just redid it with some changes to the classical category based on suggestions from others. If you take the quiz, can you tell me if your classical score came out high? You can find it here:
  5. We take time in the morning for Bible. It is usually more relaxed and not curriculum-based. Sometime we just watch Christian music videos and meditate. On a typical day my older kids have some private time and then we come together for a little Bible study. We are slowly going through a book of the Bible and studying verse by verse. With my youngest we read a Bible story book. For high school, Bible will still be part of our day, but it won't be for credit or graded.
  6. I used WWW and it was very heavy on memorization. We ended up not finishing the book because memorization wasn't an effective method for my kid.
  7. I'm still getting together plans, but 9th grade will look something like this for my kid who has a high interest in STEM : Math: AOPS Counting and Probability 0.5 and AOPS Geometry 1 History: World War 2 - Present (homegrown: text+documentaries+++) 1 American Government and Politics (homegrown: text? and following the election) 0.5 Literature and Composition (Eclectic mix, still deciding on resources) 1.0 French (finish French 1 with Contacts and Mango and start French 2 with Contacts) Arabic (finish Arabic 2 with Arabic for Life and Introduction to Spoken Standard Arabic A Conversational Course) Java Programming (online course TBD) 1 Chemistry (Chang textbook? and lab) 1 Astronomy (homegrown: text +) 0.5 Other electives: Fine Arts 0.5 and PE 0.5

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  9. Not really. I don't have things set up that way through. He is splitting his time between 3 things (Biology, Physics, Computer programming) and every day is different. He also had a big project that took up a chunk of time. However, it would be easy to do a chapter a week if this course was the focus. I'd guess that the outline generally takes 3-4 hours per chapter for the most part.
  10. My 7th grader is using the 9th edition. I am using selected online answers to the problems in the book. My son spends about 3-4 hours a week on it right now and he is on chapter 9 (about 1/3 through our school year). You can see our course outline here: He pretty much does everything independently. I just check his answers to the problems at the end of the chapter.
  11. I put together a list of documentaries and movies to go along with a textbook and posted all the links on my blog. If interested, you can find it here. Most of the videos can be currently found online. We like learning through documentaries so most of our history time will be spent watching them :) This site is also a great place to find a list of movies to go along with a historical period.
  12. I didn't find it necessary for my son, but AOPS Pre-Algebra has been slow going. AOPS is a bit different though. It isn't providing enough practice for automaticity. It is providing hard problems so the child has to learn to think through what he is doing. So it isn't like you are practicing a bunch of similar problems.
  13. So my highly imaginative 4 year old had an idea. She went into the bathroom, took off her bottoms, and stuck toilet paper in her rear end and began to run around the house with the toilet paper flying behind her. When I saw her I sent her back to the bathroom thinking she was in the middle of taking care of business. Once I took her to the bathroom I questioned her if she just went potty. She looked at me with an innocent look saying that she didn't go potty - she just had a tail.:svengo::laugh: I couldn't help laughing at that point.
  14. I think all the recent threads have convinced me to go with AOPS. For my older two who have yet to reach pre-algebra I think it would work for different reasons. Both are whole to part learners and it seems to fit with that paradigm. The wordiness is a plus for my oldest. My oldest ds probably needs a problem solving approach to fully understand, but he would find a standard step-by-step approach easier. He is diligent and a perfectionist so challenge is good for him. My younger ds would probably fit into a problem-solving approach naturally. And the biggest plus for me is the ability to move to online classes when things get over my head. At this point in time both want to head to STEM careers so I want to choose wisely. I found the AOP staff list to be quite impressive.
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