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  1. My recommendation would be to stop a writing program temporarily and work with her on taking notes. My dyslexic 9th grader is the weakest student of all of my kids. Last yr I really worked with her on note-taking. She prefers Cornell Notes bc they really help her visualize what she is trying to remember and they force her to organize her thoughts. At the bottom of her notes, she writes at least 1 paragraph summarizing what she read. These notes have really helped her take what she has read, know how to study, and get them into her long-term memory. Since note-taking forces them to
  2. You have a lot of different ideas floating around in your post. How much do you understand about the application process? Is this your oldest or have you been through the process before? What is his intended major? (I'm assuming engineering/tech based on MIT/GT.) Do you understand the financial aid process and have any cost limits? In terms of #1, MIT should be considered unlikely by every student who applies. Perfect SAT scores, high GPAs, and most ECs do not give a student a good shot. The "other factor" will weigh heavily in admissions. MIT will meet need, so if you have fina
  3. You do not need to plan high school around testing or outsourced courses. My kids rarely use textbooks. Most of their courses are designed around their personal goals. Your whole book approach is most definitely a viable one!! Don't abandon your vision! In terms of testing, first, who knows what the future holds in terms of the importance of testing? The landscape is in a state of flux right now and it will be a couple of yrs to see how this yr shakes out and influences the future. Second, prioritize tests. At this pt, the SAT or the ACT scores are still the most important ones. O
  4. I have added another to the series. This one is on why CM's "“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life,” reflects all homeschools whether parents deliberately opt to consider that perspective or not. The title is From Shire to Rivendell: Our Family's Academic Culture. 🙂
  5. No, I cannot fathom 4 hrs per week on just grammar. But, 4 hrs per week on writing and grammar, yes. In terms of history, we spend more than 3 hrs per week. How can it take that long? I guess it depends on what you are doing. We read history for about 45 mins per day. So that is close to 4 hrs without any other activities.
  6. Not anything to add to your adventure list, but I just wrote a blog post on how the Shire and Rivendell represent my idealized homeschool. 🙂
  7. You might want to look at Paul Johnson's History of the American People. It is an enjoyable read and my kids have scored high on the 2 American history CLEP exams after using it.
  8. I am unfamiliar with Hirsch beyond the Core Knowledge series. How does he define "child-centered pedagogy" and the decentering of knowledge. I considered our approach very child-centered but equally I can't fathom taking a similar approach in a classroom, nor do I see what we do as decentering knowledge.
  9. I have used it multiple times. I like it. It has really prepared my kids well.
  10. This is probably stating the obvious, but in terms of the bolded, why not just assign more pages? (I assign pgs for my 5th grader. I estimate how much time it should take and assign accordingly.) FWIW, I agree about not adding MODG or Kolbe. THere is no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Just try tweaking what you are doing until it feels more balanced. Another FWIW, I personally think 5th grade is too old for just strictly copywork. I see that as a more appropriate approach for up through 3rd or possibly 4th. But, by 5th grade I would expect simple report writing.
  11. I have my last 5th grader this yr. I agree that what you are describing sounds too light. I'd try assigning by time vs pages. 30-45 mins each for science, history, and lit. You could add geography related projects. Research current crops, diet, some recipes, traditional dress, typical home, music, religious buildings, language, entertainment, sports, etc. She could create research booklets incorporating pictures, examples, brief descriptions, maps, etc for the different areas.
  12. Foersters alg 2 book is alg 2 and trig. [Quote]The text is divided into 15 chapters, beginning with a brief review. Chapters 1-8 cover topics that are considered intermediate algebra, 9-12 are advanced algebra, and 13-15 cover trigonometry. Chapters include functions & relations, linear functions, systems of linear equations & inequalities, quadratic functions & complex numbers, exponential & logarithmic functions, rational algebraic functions, irrational algebraic functions, quadratic relations & systems, higher-degree functions & complex numbers, sequences &
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