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  1. I have so enjoyed reading this thread! I haven't posted in years, but I still pop back in every once in a while when I need a good book recommendation. I'll just talk about my kids in one post, since there are only two of them and they used the same books. -- What led you to homeschool? We homeschooled for academic reasons. -- How was your child homeschooled in the high school years? (Did you use WTM as a guide? Did your child take out of the home, online classes, or college classes?) We did use WTM as a guide, and it was just right for us. We did not use outside class
  2. Greek is our issue, too, and I think it takes longer for me to grade it than it does for him to do it! I have no suggestions for you because we're in the same boat, but I do think all the hair pulling will be worth it in the end. My son is translating Xenophon's Anabasis this year, and that has been relatively painless.
  3. I find that the composition is what gives my children a better understanding of the grammar. Slogging through the difficult composition now makes translating Cicero easy later.
  4. I voted 4-5 years, but I see that I should have chosen 1-2. I taught my kids with Latina Christiana 1 and 2 and the first book of Henle. After that, they study Latin independently. My son is in the fourth Henle book now; he also uses Legamus readers and Excelability in Advanced Latin. My daughter hated Henle, so after the first half of the first book she started over with Wheelock's. She began working independently after I walked her through the first five or so chapters. All the books we use have excellent support materials, so I've had few problems grading their work. We've had the occasiona
  5. My son took all the tests in Barron's SAT (one section at a time), then worked through Barron's SAT 2400, then took about half of the tests in The College Board book under test conditions. We were very pleased with his PSAT scores. Barron's SAT has full length tests. The questions are more challenging than what you'd find on a real SAT, but there are explanations for all test questions. Barron's SAT 2400 does not have full length practice tests, but the entire book focuses on the hardest questions on the SAT. Again, all questions are explained. This book was by far the most helpful to
  6. I just go by age. One 14 year old could be in calculus and another could be in pre-algebra, but they'd both be 9th graders.
  7. My son raised his score 35 points, from a 199 in 10th to a 234 in 11th. After we received his 10th grade scores, he started taking one practice SAT a month, usually just one section at a time. About six months later, he worked through Barron's SAT 2400. Then he continued on with the practice exams, this time under test conditions.
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  9. "Do the next thing" has worked well for us in textbook subjects like math, science, Latin, and Greek. I look over papers once a week or so. History and literature require more of my time because of the writing involved.
  10. My junior received his scores (234) today in Hawaii. What a relief. He's been a bundle of nerves for days now! Congratulations to everyone!
  11. I'm sure they would be helpful for some students. I don't know what your daughter knows, so I can't tell you whether she would benefit or not. In our case, it makes more sense to prepare for the SAT using SAT prep materials.
  12. I think of R&S as "grammar plus writing," and Kane as "writing plus grammar." We ended up dropping R&S 9. I haven't regretted that decision, but my student is very solid in English grammar. (He also studies Latin and Greek, so he still wrestles with grammar every day.) The Weston book is helpful, but I don't think it is a replacement for a formal logic program. My son completed all the logic books from Memoria Press.
  13. I think that schedule looks just fine. My son did something similar in 9th grade, only he had no outside classes. We did everything at home. Pre-calculus: 1 hour Latin 2 (Henle): 1 hour Greek 1 (Athenaze): 1 hour English/Logic: 30-60 minutes Great Books: 2 hours Geology: 1 hour Piano: 1 hour Drama: 4 hours per week He did have a few years of Latin before beginning Greek, and he did Elementary Greek in middle school before beginning Athenaze. That definitely gave him an easier time of it! If she really wants to take on both languages at once, you might try doing the Greek (her re
  14. How much do you pay for your DC's ballet lessons? How long are the lessons? How many lessons per week? About $700 per quarter. (At least, it was $700 for this quarter. I think it was closer to $800 during the school year, but I don't remember.) Her classes are two hours long, six days per week, but she can take as many classes as she wants. Currently she dances 22 hours per week. Is there an annual registration fee or something similar? How much is it? No. Who teaches the early levels (say about 10 yo and younger) - older students or a trained adult? Trained adults wh
  15. We received our packet (in pretty lousy condition) on Friday. My 10th grader earned a gold (39) on the Latin 3 exam, and my 7th grader earned a silver (35) on the Latin 1 exam. Both use Henle independently.
  16. My son spent grades 1-7 doing informal nature study - no textbooks, no lab write ups. We spent his 8th grade year doing a survey course in general science. He read Science Matters (the book written by the Joy of Science professor), outlining each chapter, then writing summaries from those outlines. He also read Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything that year. Occasionally he'd write an essay about a topic that caught his interest. This survey course, along with his studies in math, prepared him well for high school science. We didn't have the Joy of Science lectures back then,
  17. We didn't use the lower grade books, but my son started Saxon 5/4 in 3rd grade, and my daughter started 5/4 in 2nd grade. We skipped Algebra 1/2. They both use Saxon for self-study; I don't teach the lesson, but am available if they have questions. Neither child is particularly "mathy." My son had some trouble with algebra, but it turned out to be a hormones/discipline issue. He was just fine by December. Also, he ended up doing the Advanced Mathematics book twice - he'll start calculus next year as a junior. He didn't make bad grades or anything; we just thought he needed more time to dig
  18. Congratulations, everyone! Such great scores! We haven't received our scores either, but we registered a few days late.
  19. We use the textbook, the workbook, and the teacher's handbook. They're all available at Rainbow Resource Center. ETA: We also have a Greek/English dictionary, but we rarely need it.
  20. We can't afford online classes, either - we're on our own! My son did the Elementary Greek series over two years in middle school, then started Athenaze in 9th grade. He's in book 2 this year. If he had started EG in high school, I would have had him do all three books in one year, and I would have given him one credit for Introductory Greek. Then he'd have gone on to Athenaze for Greek 1 and 2.
  21. We're first generation Latin scholars, too. We used Latina Christiana and the "disappearing line technique" to get us started. I do not have my kids recite the cases, but I do give them oral quizzes in which I say "accusative plural of (insert noun here)" or "passive subjunctive genitive plural of (insert verb here)," and they supply the answer. I'm not as quick as they are, so I have to make cheat sheets for myself in advance. ;)
  22. We started with R&S 4. We didn't have any problems.
  23. We used the Wiley book as a quick, no-credit introduction to physics before starting an astronomy course. Regentrude is right; it is short on explanations. But that really wasn't an issue for us. When my son needed more information, he looked in another text or did a quick google search. He worked on it once or twice a week and finished it over the summer, and it was just what we needed at the time. (I'm just not sure how it would work with a more apathetic student. Take my daughter, for instance - I would be shocked--shocked--if she went looking for additional physics homework. :tongue_smilie
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