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  1. My 7th grader has gone through several introductory Latin books. He will finish GSWL soon. What are good suggestions for curriculum or classes to move him forward? I don't know Latin and don't want to learn, but my husband had a semester in college using Wheelock's. I need something that is going to do a decent job teaching. He likes reading Latin in GSWL but doesn't feel there is enough instruction to figure out why he misses sentences.
  2. Is it helpful for kids to do Fallacy Detectives and Art of Argument? Is it repetitive?
  3. I'm supposed to teach Apologia General Science to junior high kids at a Christian co-op next year. I don't love Apologia; it's long winded. The experiments seem not great. These kids have been using the Young Explorers books and Real Science for Kids. What would you suggest for alternatives? The leaders are young Earth, so it needs to be YE or not mention dates. Thanks!
  4. I'm trying to help my new freshman deepen his interests and make them into something worth some high school credit. He is currently wanting to repair some old computers. I can see lots of potential in this, but I'm having trouble finding resources on the hardware and repair part of computers, not so much on coding and programs. Even our library system had very little. Any ideas? Also, any feedback on using Raspberry Pi would be welcome.
  5. You may have decided what to do by now, but I thought I'd give my input anyway. Ten years ago at the CC where I teach, we requires College Algebra and Trig OR Precal. Since then, what we can cover in CA and what students come in knowing has dropped. It is not unusual for students to need (think STEM majors) CA, Trig, AND Precal to get ready for Calculus. This is one reason many universities do not teach College Algebra. The university I adjunct at has students take a non-STEM math class (ideas in math) or Precal, unless students are ready to start in Calculus. If they aren't ready fo
  6. Next year, the boys will be 2nd, 6th, and 9th. 2nd - focus on finishing MP first grade reading, cursive, spelling alternating subjects between husband and myself 6th-has had FLL 4, some spelling, some IEW; narrates very well; needs to get narration on paper with increasing length and accuracy; quick learner, but dislikes writing by hand 9th - very low processing speed and attention level, but dictation and writing speeches for his co-op class are most helpful this year; He doesn't learn well with a dvd; he needs to hear it a thousand times. I think the middle one could most
  7. Lori D and Farrar, thank you for your thoughts. I think I would like to do what Lori said, but for one of my son's and my husband, it's difficult. Maybe I can do curriculum I'm comfortable with between semesters. (I teach at college). Then better choices for my husband.
  8. We are having trouble getting all of LA done - spelling, writing, copywork, grammar, etc. Dad homeschools and has difficulty with lists, but he is literally blowing up chem lab with the 5th grader. The kids read lots and listen to lots of audio and take history and other classes at a little co-op. I need something simpler for LA that the kids can more manage themselves. For my 6th grader next year, I want to try AOPS prealgebra. I'd like to have one thing for him to work through for LA + a reading list and free reads. Ideas?
  9. We are having trouble getting all of LA done - spelling, writing, copywork, grammar, etc. Dad does homeschool and has difficulty with lists and all the parts, but he is literally blowing up chem lab with the 5th grader. The kids read lots and listen to lots of audiobooks and take history and other classes at a little co-op. I need something simpler for LA that the kids can more manage themselves. For my 6th grader next year, I want to try AOPS prealgebra. I'd like to have one thing for him to work through for LA + a reading list and free reads. Ideas?
  10. A friend and I would like to offer a logic class for our high schoolers at a small, local co-op. The students have had little logic - games, chess, Building Thinking Skills, a few fallacies, Chocolate Mystery Logic book. I looked at Art of Argument, but that would really be 3 courses to finish the sequence. Is there something that would be shorter or better for this age?
  11. I want to add something that is in the guides and forum, but unclear when looking at samples. In the Highland Latin School where MP was created, students do the literature guide together. They do NOT answer every single question in writing. They do NOT do those alone. The teacher discusses with the class. Also, they read the passages TOGETHER, so the work load can look like a ton for one child. You need to help them in the younger grades. The teacher will pull the answers out, write the sentence on the board, discuss if it's a well-written sentence, then have students copy it into th
  12. I used pieces of 2nd and all of 3rd with middle DS and JrK and now K with third DS. Last year, when we did MP3, was the best homeschool year as far as stuff getting done. It was manageable. I did combine my oldest in Greek Myths and Latin. I loved the plans; they made school manageable. Here are pros and cons. I think you can get the same thing piecing good programs together, but I finally had to admit that it wasn't getting done. Pros: 1. I work and needed something to take my decision fatigue away. I've pieced together for years and just needed a break. 2. We were dealing with
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