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  1. I'm wondering what is available that begins mid-year? I will be pulling my 7th grader out of PS after the semester. She has been HS up until this year. We have not been thrilled about the lack of academic rigor at school. DD has not done any literary analysis previously other than us discussing read-alouds. She has a 12th grade reading level so I think she should be able to reasonably handle a 9th grade literature class. I have seen the Veritas Press self-paced, but I don't like how they cram in more books than my college literature classes. She will be using Cover Story for writing as well as BJU Writing and Grammar for skills review. I appreciate your input!
  2. Thank you all for your responses. I'm not so much concerned about the legal aspect. I am already a registered child care. I'm pretty sure it is legal no matter what I call myself: http://www.thsc.org/homeschooling-in-texas/state-requirements/texas-education-code/ I was looking more for anecdotes.
  3. In Texas, home schools are legally considered private schools already, so I think I would be safe there.
  4. I'm curious to hear other mom's experience in this area. I'm considering privately educating 1-2 students in addition to my own. So my questions are: How did you find your clients? How did it work out for your family? Did it interfere or add to your own children's educational experience? How much did you charge? TIA!
  5. My sister has the Flour Water Salt Yeast book as well and it is really awesome. We made the pizza dough while I was visiting, and it was INCREDIBLE! The best pizza I've ever had short of a brick oven.
  6. This one by DK looks pretty good too: Get Started Baking I haven't used this myself, but thought it looked pretty good when I was looking into cookbooks for next year.
  7. My girls started at ages 7/5 with Power Glide Latin. Last year and half of this year we did Song School Latin. And now we are doing Prima Latina since I already had it. So far we've only done it as a fun extra. All the programs are on about the same level so they have just been reviewing the same material over and over again. I would definitely do it the same way again. They have developed a love of the language and can't wait to start a higher level in July. Depending on how they like PL, we will do either Latina Christiana or Latin for Children next.
  8. What I'm planning to use next year when put together comes close: Evan-moor The World Reference Maps and Forms Kingfisher Maps and Mapping Rand McNally Classroom atlas I'm also using the Carson Dellosa World Gepgraphy workbook, but is a 4th-6th grade book. Forgot to add another book I love: What is a Biome? by Bobbie Kalman
  9. So many wonderful options! You may want to skim through a "5th grade schedule" thread to get an idea of what curriculum is out there. I would start at the beginning of the cycle with ancients and biology. Have you thought about adding in a language? Since he is already working at an advance level in LA, Latin may be a good fit. Memoria Press has a lot of good options for rigorous Latin,composition, literature, and classical studies. Their material is challenging, but age appropriate. This curriculum is mildly christian. You didn't mention whether you were looking for secular or christian curriculum, which makes a huge impact on your curriculum options. If my 5th grader were reading at that level, I would consider starting on the Veritas Press Omnibus series. But some of the books are a little heavy for a 5th grader, so you would have to hand-pick which ones to cover. I believe the first 3 books in this series are still written for the logic stage (I'm not positive).
  10. Wow...I've never seen this curriculum before. This would have been perfect 2 years ago!
  11. Technically by age I will have 3rd/5th graders next year, but since I'm burned out on teaching everything twice they will be combined into 4th grade. Only math will be taught separately. So here are my tentative plans: Latina Christiana I Horizons Math 3/Horizons Math 6, LOF G.U.M. Drops 4th grade MP 3rd grade literature guides MP Intro to Composition Christian Studies II, Christian Heroes Unit Studies Geography/Science/Music/Cooking - I'm making unit studies similar to MFW countries and cultures. Adding Master Books Weather unit and Steck-Vaughn True Tales science/geography readers (we love these!) Karate I'm really excited about this! Hopefully our days will run much smoother.
  12. I just wanted to say thanks again for recs. After more research I ended up going with Horizons 3 after all. So far so good! I feel like I have a better handle on where DD is at with this program.
  13. Looking into CLE. Thank you all for the suggestions.
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