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  1. He also does it while playing with his siblings, watching a movie or at the computer. He does it with all subjects and even when he is in a very happy-go-lucky mood so I don't think it is anxiety driven. It's really difficult when I am trying to teach him a lesson or have a conversation with him and he starts to do it and goes into his own little world. This is confirmation to me that homeschooling really is his best situation, I don't think any public school would really be an option for him.
  2. My son does this quite often. I am not sure exactly what it is or if it could possibly be related to autism. He is also very emotionally charged, but overall quite a happy kid. I posted an unlisted video of him doing some school work to hopefully get some insight -
  3. I am not trying to sell you a book of "how I did it" type of thing, just sharing my plans. You can take them or leave them. I am not preaching that my way is the "way to go". If I cannot share my plans and thoughts on this board, what is the point of coming?
  4. My oldest (who is going through this first) doesn't want to do any CLEP. He wants to take independent study courses through BYU independent, LSU and other regionally-accredited universities. What he likes is that he will be able to work at his own pace and cherry-pick the courses and schools he wants to take them from. We are doing some ACE credits for general ed courses, but not for any "major" courses.
  5. That is why I go this route. It is extra light, but gives us that "paper". That way we can focus on our own classical studies. I am also having them do Teaching Textbooks math through Algebra 2. We like doing our own thing for literature, Latin, Greek, lectures from the Teaching Company etc... all of which is not accelerated but done along side the American School.
  6. They do read aloud to me during our daily scripture study, and those words can be quite big. :)
  7. We enjoy it! The kids aren't complaining and love the challenge. Our goal for them is to have a bachelors degree completed by the time they are 18. Not all of them will be that accelerated since we are going at their pace. We are LDS so our sons will go on a 2 year mission when they turn 19. So if we went the traditional route they wouldn't really be able to start college until they were 21. Doing it this way they will be done with college, go on their mission then they can come home and start a career and get married. If I had a child who did NOT want to accelerate I wouldn't push the issue. We are not accelerating our Latin and other classical studies... we are taking it nice and deep in those areas.
  8. I wanted to share my latest blog post. We do accelerated classical homeschooling, which means my kids start High School and then College a lot earlier than normal. They are not "gifted" kids, they are average learners, but the way we do things allows them to accelerate without getting overwhelmed. This is how we accelerate Language Arts - http://www.acceleratedhomeschooling.com/accelerating-language-arts/ I am more than happy to answer questions. :)
  9. I let my daughter read her own. It is easier on me. ;)
  10. You need to realize that Writing With Ease is skill based and not content based. There is a lot going into your child's head that doesn't always show as output at this time. However, once the output reaches a certain level your child will take off!
  11. I never knew that! We always had them repeat every single word when doing Writing With Ease. My poor kids!
  12. Writing With Ease 3 (WWE3) and First Language Lessons 3 (FLL3) and Grammar Land Also Killgallon - Sentence Composing for Elementary School: A Worktext to Build Better Sentences and Story Grammar for Elementary School: A Sentence-Composing Approach: A Student Worktext
  13. We are going a completely alternative route to college. In fact, my kids should all have their bachelors degree well before their 18th birthday. http://www.acceleratedhomeschooling.com/
  14. What about doing half-days instead of trying to do full school days during the summer?
  15. I don't have a 7th grade list completed yet, but this is our 6th grade list - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Von Trapp Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew and John Sherrill Mysterious Island by Jules Verne Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein Yearling by Majorie Kinnan
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