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Donna J.

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  1. It's been about three years since I last sold any HSing items, and I was wondering where would be the best place to sell today (besides WTM)? Amazon? eBay?
  2. great ideas, ladies! Thanks so much for your help! Here is what I plan to take along so far: 100 cupboards Book One Author: N. D. Wilson. Read by Russell Horton. Summary: After his parents are kidnapped, timid twelve-year-old Henry York leaves his sheltered Boston life and moves to small-town Kansas, where he and his cousin Henrietta discover and explore hidden doors in his attic room that seem to open onto other worlds. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dandelion fire Book Two. Author: Nathan D. Wilson. Other Authors: Russell M. Horton --------------------------------------------------- "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks†by Rebecca Skloot Summary: Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. -------------------------- "The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society" Author: Mary Ann. Shaffer. Summary: It's a book club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island. Juliet Ashton, a London writer, converses in letters with the Society's members, learning about their lives, their island, their taste in books, and the impact that the recent German occupation has had on all of them. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail to meet these people with whom she has found connection. ------------------ Al Capone Does My Shirts by: Gennifer Choldenko. Moose Flanagan and his family have just moved to Alcatraz Island so that his father can take a job as a prison guard and his sister Natalie can go to a special school in San Francisco. Moose misses his old baseball team, and he struggles for recognition in his new school. Then his sister Natalie, who suffers from autism, is rejected from the Esther P. Marinoff School, crushing his parents' hopes for Natalie's education. Now Moose must take care of Natalie after school while his mother teaches music lessons, and he must find a way to deal with Natalie's screaming fits and constant needs. Complicating Moose's life even more is Piper, the daughter of the prison warden. Piper lures Moose into her scheme to make money by collecting laundry from their classmates with the promise that Al Capone is among the convicts assigned to laundry duty on Alcatraz. --------------------- Al Capone Shines My Shoes: by Gennifer Choldenko What do you do when your neighbors are a bunch of hit men, con men, and mad dog murderers? Well, if you're Moose Flanagan, you ask the most notorious convict of them all, Al Capone. --------------------- The map that changed the world [sound recording] : [William Smith and the birth of modern geology] Author: Simon. Winchester -------------------- Lynn Austin - Trilogy of Civil War -------------------
  3. Has anyone read\listen to "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks†by Rebecca Skloot? I have it on my personal list, of books to listen to, but I'm not sure it would be a good book for the road trip...is it really sad?
  4. Road trips are always a great way to add more literature into the lives of all family members. ;) We are (mom, dad & older teen daughter) heading to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and the Black Hills, driving a total of 40 hours during the trip; so there will be lots of audio book time. On our last road trip we listened to "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett; multiple narrators made the audio book a wonderful listening experience. I had previously listened to The Help and knew my family would enjoy it on the road trip...they ended up loving it, and they are begging for more on this summers trip :D. What are some great "family friendly", audio books, like The Help, you would recommend? TIA!
  5. Your thoughts on this article? "Silicon Valley doesn't create jobs; it's wiping out middle-class jobs Young college graduates are struggling with lack of jobs, yet many still idolize Silicon Valley" http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/18/opinions/wheeler-silicon-valley-jobs/index.html
  6. After reading an article today, (portion below) I wanted to get feedback from you all here on the fourm, as to exactly "how" you provided your high school students with critical thinking skills. Did you use books, videos, etc.? "More on the Skills Gap So we have two problems, 1) a gap in the labor market for workers with a unique and specific skill set, and 2) higher education institutions that need to show relevance and value. Before we discuss solutions, there is more to the story of the skills gap. This is not a new topic of discussion, and one that both sectors have addressed at some level. A good article by Jeff Selingo in Chronicle of Higher Education covers this in-depth. In a nutshell, employers complain about lack of ‘skilled workers’ yet feedback is at times contradictory, as they want workers with strong interpersonal skills, effective written and oral communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to think critically – claim that college graduates don’t have these skills, and don’t have the technical skills either. And at the same time, employers list experience as a requirement. Yet college students question— how can we have applicable experience fresh out of college? Good question. On the other hand, we have higher education with it’s long held value that its purpose is to provide knowledge, expose students to new concepts and ideas, and to teach critical thinking. Preparing students for a ‘job’ or a vocation is not what universities are geared for [with some exceptions like law and medicine]. As an educator, I agree that students need to be exposed to a core curriculum that includes a liberal arts focus, and development of critical thinking skills. But, as a parent of three, with one child that has just earned a four-year degree, at a price of over $100,000, and two more close behind, I would hope that my kids receive not only an education that includes exposure to the liberal arts, [rigorous] higher level courses in their chose major, but also schooling that will prepare them for a career or at least a full-time job upon graduation." http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/the-middle-crises-middle-tier-universities-and-the-middle-skills-gap/
  7. I need help, please! My senior dd is applying to colleges this week. She has filled out the application, written essays and sent in her SAT scores. It is now time for me (as her counselor) to submit her transcript, but I’m not sure how to manage the “senior†year. With the 7th semester not yet finished and graded.... * Do I leave it blank? * Do I record what subjects she is currently doing with an *, saying “Work in Progress [final grades not yet earned/achieved]� * Do I add to the transcript what the plans will be for the 8th semester? * Or, something different? Please advise! Donna
  8. This article sounds a lot like homeschooling. :) ____________________________________________________________________________ The following was taken from the article: Reinvented the High School Curriculum by Marty Nemko http://www.martynemko.com/articles/reinventing-high-school-curriculum_id1246 What might a reinvented high school curriculum look like? Roughly ¼ of traditionally-required high school courses would become elective, replaced by required life skills courses as follows: English/Language Arts Of the four-years of high school English, roughly three are currently devoted to the study of literature. One year of that literature work would be replaced by this course: Language for Life. Using common real-life situations, this course would develop students’ ability to make logical and well-presented arguments orally and in writing. The course would also focus on enhancing reading of crucial material such as newspapers and magazines, voter handbooks, consumer contracts, employee and product assembly manuals, and how-to books. NOTE: Students entering 9th grade would be able to test out of this course and in its stead take a more advanced course in research, rhetoric, and in written and oral persuasive communication. Debating, mediation, and brainstorming sessions would be often used as vehicles for teaching these skills. History/Government One year of the typically-taken four years of history/government would be replaced by: Psychology for Life. Using common real-life situations and extensive use of role-playing, this course would help students develop new understanding and skills in such areas as conflict resolution, coping with anxieties, teasing/cliquishness, self-esteem, drug abuse, and sexuality. Math One year of the typically-taken four years of college-preparatory math (algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry and precalculus) would be replaced by: Math for Life. Many students graduate from high school able to solve the problems in the Algebra 2 textbook yet unable to deal with more common real-world math problems, for example, to address the question, “Can I afford to buy a home?†This requires an understanding of how to set up this problem, calculate likely mortgage payments, estimate likely income (after taxes) over at least the first few years of home ownership, etc. The Math for Life course would use common real-life scenarios to teach crucial math understandings that are lacking in a surprising number of high school and even college graduates. NOTE: Students entering 9th grade would be able to test out of this course and in its stead, take a more advanced math course. Science One year of the typically-taken four years of science would be replaced by this course: Information Literacy. The information explosion provides tremendous power to those who can harness it. This course would show students how to optimally use the Internet, libraries, and interviewing to obtain desired information. Foreign Language One year of the typically-taken three years of foreign language would be replaced by: Career Exploration. Even after college, many people graduate unsure of what they want to be when they grow up. Part of the reason is that they are aware of only a small fraction of the thousands of career options available. Even fewer people have a good sense of what career would best suit them. It normally takes years to identify a well-suited career. High school is the time to begin the career exploration process. This course would not attempt to pigeonhole students into a career. It would expose them to a wide range of options, use various methods to identify each student’s strengths, weaknesses, values, and interests, and show them how to discover what careers might fit them. Non-college-bound students would be exposed to quality non-dead-end careers not requiring a college education. Before recommending wide implementation of such a reinvented curriculum, a pilot test must be conducted with a random sample of students receiving a traditional curriculum and half receiving the high-relevance curriculum. The two groups should be followed to identify differences in 3R skills, attendance, crime, satisfaction with high school experience, college attendance, college completion, career attainment, and self-reported satisfaction with life. CONCLUSION School reform is going in the precise wrong direction. I believe we must reinvent the curriculum so it emphasizes the true basic skills—the 3Rs of course, plus life survival skills such as conflict resolution. Not only would students learn more and become more productive citizens, they’d be less likely to say, “Why do I need to know that?â€
  9. Thank y'all for this wonderful list of Christian colleges!!!
  10. Homeschool Psych: Preparing Christian Homeschool Students for Psych 101 and Psychology: A Christian Perspective Whatever you think about psychology, the time to deal with it is before your student goes to college. Are you preparing your students for the most worldview-challenging class they’ll ever take in college? Dr. Tim Rice, D. Min., LPC has written two distinctively Christian texts to ready students for the worldview challenges they’ll face in Psychology 101 and to introduce them to the study of God’s Greatest Creation -- the human mind.
  11. How are the Landry classes going for your students this year?:bigear:
  12. and do they teach songwriting in college? :confused: AND if they do, WHAT would a high school course need to look like, to accomplish this feat???? I would GREATLY appreciate :) ANY and ALL help you can provide me with on this subject...because I know NOTHING about music, songwriting OR singing! :lol: TIA!! :):001_smile::seeya::seeya:
  13. Hi All! My 15yo starts piano lessons soon and I need to buy a digital piano with weighted keys for her to practice on at home. What are your recommendations for a digital piano with weighted keys? :bigear: TIA, :) Donna
  14. I like this one... 10 LightUnits - 1 Credit This 10-LightUnit course introduces high school girls to skills and knowledge needed to be godly wives, mothers, and homemakers. Many hands-on assignments provide practice in these skills. LightUnits 1-4 cover food preparation from basic nutrition to smart shopping to putting tasty food on the table. LightUnits 5-7 teach sewing from the basics of sewing machine operation to actually sewing clothing. LightUnit 8 discusses how to keep a godly home clean and clutter-free. LightUnit 9 covers child development from birth to the preteen years. LightUnit 10 focuses on the student herself, giving her guidance in becoming a godly woman. She is challenged to understand herself, God’s plan for her body, her relationship with God, friendships, modesty, singlehood, and Christian courtship. (Grade 9 and up)http://www.clp.org/store/by_course/121
  15. Did anyone receive DVD's yet? Do you like VL, for learning latin? Maybe someone could review VL? :)
  16. and, in what date do you place these history periods? Ancient, Middle Ages, Early Modern, Renaissanc, Moderntimes Others? Curriculum company's don't always use the same dates for history...why? :confused:
  17. Tina, Are these books by DeMar? I have these books on my shelf, but haven't used them yet. How do you plan to use them? If you have a 9th grader could you list what you are using? Blessings, Donna
  18. I love that Progeny Press is committed to teaching good cultural literature, examined from a Christian perspective. But, what do you use to study short stories, poems, and drama to round out the english credit? My dd has her heart set on using the Excellence in Literature: Reading and Writing Through the Classics but I'm worried it won't have as strong Christian perspective as PP. I have not read any of the books dd will be reading in HS so it is very important to me that the guides we use have a Christian worldview...I will be learning right along with her as we go on this adventure together. I googled one of the book titles from EIL (Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw) and almost had a heart attack when I read something on Wiki about "b*rlesque"!? :confused: I also see a short story in EIL by Edgar Allen Poe...dd and I both think he is scary. Maybe someone here has used both Progeny Press and Excellence in Literature and can tell me if they are alike? Here is a list of the other curriculum we are using for 9th grade english. Grammar - Jensen's Grammar Windows to the World - An Introduction to Literary Analysis By: Lesha Myers Creative Writing (composition) Wordsmith - by Janie B. Cheaney Vocubulary - Wordly Wise 3000 book 10 Thank you in advance!
  19. Wow! What great ideas you all have provided me with to use to guide my dd in the area of journalism. I cannot thank you enough for the help, web links and books. A BIG thank you for taking the time to type out a reply!! Donna
  20. Hello,:seeya: My dd (9th grade) plans to go into journalism in college, is this possible being homeschooled? It is not as if she can work on the school paper in high school. She has a natural bent for writing, is a deep thinker, and is also very artistic. For these reasons I do think journalism is a good fit for dd. I know we need to be heavy in the english part of HS, but I'm driving my self CRAZY trying to find the perfect program to use. How do I tailor a high school plan for journalism? Thank you for ANY help you can offer me! Donna
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