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  1. Time Left: 11 days and 4 hours

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    Alg. 1, 2011: DVDs with automatic grading Answer key and Tests Spiral-bound textbook no writing, corners slightly turned up on answer key


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    Discovering Design with Chemistry – Wile + Answer Key and Tests Like new.


  3. Perhaps a musical topic not easily or usually covered by many music programs. A webinar held by John Hodges of Circe Institute. When: Thursday, September 27, 4:00-5:30pm EST. Where: Online Cost: Only $10! There is a division between popular and art music in the 20th century, and the division grows larger as the century progresses. How did this come about? What are the roots of today's popular music? How does it compare with the music of past generations? Conductor/composer John Hodges will lead us through the history of popular music in the 20th century, touching on jazz, blues, rock and roll, and the various categories that follow. https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/events/popular-music-20th-century-webinar?mc_cid=252c8afa15&mc_eid=fbe980169b
  4. Yes, I do that myself, at least 50% of the time. My medicine also makes me very drowsy: Lyrica and muscle relaxers. I wouldn't mind his napping if he awoke earlier, but he wakes up after 10 as it is. I'm working on his vitamin and herbal combinations to get his best focus and calm through the day and a better night's sleep. Obviously, exercise has to start. I'm going to create, with his commitment to and cooperation with, a daily schedule which sets specific parameters on time spent on academics, a couple of breaks during the day, and alternating between subjects to lessen brain drain and computer time. He finally found his blue-light filter for his computer. A big problem he has is he waits too long to eat. Drives me nuts because his lack of schedule is a cause for many migraines, specifically, sleeping and eating schedule inconsistencies. We've talked and he's approved a new yearly schedule for him. It's 36 weeks long, but it allows for 4 weeks on, 1 week off, in addition to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Passover. This also allows his history to to be done in 3 days, instead of 4 and stretches it out to having 2 weeks to complete a chapter, instead of 1.
  5. Thank you so much. Everyday requires extreme effort. I'm trying. Overwhelmed. Emotional pain makes my neurological pain worse. That should improve in time; hopefully. There are other areas of my health - and his - that have been neglected over the 4+ years which need attending to. It will take awhile for me to climb out of this pit she, and her adult enablers, have dug without any sense of consequence for her or us. But, I have to. Thanks again for your kind words.
  6. I forgot to write it in my original post; I wrote it in a later one when i noticed. It's for this year. Once a week. It's low-key (no pun intended).
  7. I'm just not sure his chess class qualifies. When I asked a veteran homeschooler mom and co-op teacher, I was informed it was only extra-curricular. If he finds something, that'd be good. Frankly, he needs a paying job. Yes, we are going to be cooking together. I'll make a syllabus. I'm a Nourishing Traditions person. I have teaching cookbooks by Sue Becker and reading material by Food Renegade who created a NT-based food "curriculum" for middle and high school. And, yes, I will include food docs and maybe some of the GC lectures re: food prep. I guess I would just use the time-clock version of what qualifies as a credit. Thanks for nudging me with this, as it's something I wanted to do, but it's been on the back burner. It will help both of us.
  8. Thank you for all your effort. The Personal Finance and Accounting class at Classes by Beth is categorized as a math class, worth 1 credit. Plus, I can get the "Recorded" option for him which is not only cheaper, but moves at a much slower pace; giving him over a year to complete the material and the teacher still grades his work. Awesome! QUESTION: Since I'm doing a subject-based transcript, and he's completed subjects out of order, can I omit the dates on his course descriptions?
  9. I just canceled his Biology Lab Intensive coming up in November. It would've required that he get across Atlanta by 8:30 and go till 5pm; and then stay at a hotel close by and get there again the next morning by 8:30 till noon. Additionally, he would've missed his co-op day AND his Latin class. Which would stress him out even more. Not worth it. There's no way he can handle that right now and I'm not comfortable with pressing him to BE ready in two months. I'd signed him up in June, when he was feeling better, during a lull in our drama. I have the Apologia DVD which has all the labs completed by the teacher. So, he can watch and write up a lab report. Plus, he can do it at his own pace. Yeah!?
  10. I was looking at that as an option. Another is Classes by Beth recorded or live version of Accounting and Personal Finance Recorded classes allow students to take up until one week prior to the next school year to complete the class. He can contact her via email and she still grades his work. Sounds like a winner! This would prepare for handling his own business affairs if he would prefer to be self-employed for whatever reason, more options. Plus, it's a math credit.
  11. I'll need to double check on what part he covered. He devoured the H.A. Rey books on Astronomy as a little boy and the Wonders of Creation series, up till Ecology. GA requires 4. I want him to be prepared to handle real-life finances and maybe be an entrepreneur, so to understand business. His personality will demand more choice in his life; he gets it honestly. I'll take a look. Thanks. His gut is messed up due to his experiences with his dad when his schizoaffective disorder was ascending. It flares up. That sounds interesting. We definitely feel "bullied" and emotionally abused by her (she was physical, too; he had to hold her down at one point before I took her to the hospital). Then the mental and emotional abuse continued as I had to battle with the facilities she was in to hold her accountable for her actions, to have family therapy (I was denied by two of the three), and recognize that she was being abusive towards us. But they didn't see it that way; she was the victim, not us and they took that, and her false accusations, to you-know-who; even though her accusations had already been investigated by another county and found false, but that didn't matter. So, then, the attention was taken off of her and placed onto us; exactly as she always liked it: blame others, no personal responsibility, and no remorse. But she's got lots of charm!
  12. I shouldn't have been so absolute with my migraine-personality statement, as it is controversial and kind of a pseudo-science and for good reason. Migraine sufferers come in all shapes and sizes and temperaments. Sometimes it seems which came first, the chicken or the egg syndrome: behaviors first or the migraine causing the behaviors? He gets so much neurological junk from both sides. I have syringomyelia and hormonal migraines and my mom has myasthenia gravis, depression, anxiety, and migraines. I mentioned his Dad's problems, but also his side is littered with very serious mental illness (narcissism, borderline, sociopath, along w/anxiety, bipolar, and depression); that's where my dd got it from; she is my husband's biological great-niece. So, son and daughter are biological cousins. My husband's seizures were likely caused by a hit to the head as a football coach, not birth, though he was born at 28 weeks, died 3x in 1961, so, pre-disposed, definitely. So, ds learning to manage his emotions is high priority. We're going to watch and work through Who Switched Off My Brain? by Dr. Caroline Leaf. He's better on boundaries than I am, but he still needs work on controlling what he dwells on and making healthy decisions for himself, regarding activity and food. The latter is vital since he'll likely have a sedentary job. Which is what I like about the Apologia Health curriculum.
  13. I'm using Apologia's new Health. It is very good in the areas where he needs: lifestyle habits, mental health, food safety, and also goes into sexual health and relationships. I can take it slower and cut out projects. He knows how to do a few things, but not enough. I will be working with him more in the kitchen: knowing the names for tools, when to use what, basic dishes. I lost all of my joy for cooking through all of this, unmotivated, and our appetites have been inconsistent; and so we've been just like two single people, unfortunately. So, it will help us both. I don't know all of what his therapist has required. She's been working with him weekly, or biweekly. He tells me the basics of what they talk about and anything he fills out or does.
  14. I moved Physical Geography to science since the text they used is a Geology text. So, after his Chemistry this year, he's fine. Tech (I assume you're referring to 3D Modeling?) is considered an art form. Am. H., Economics, Gov., are next year; and (hopefully) Personal Finance as a 4th math.
  15. Thank you. I had written it all out before, but that was before he had another downturn. In GA its 4 sciences, 3 soc. studies, 2 Foreign Lang.; 1 Fine Arts; Health isn't an elective here. 23 minimum credits I meant to put in Am. His. above post; slated for his senior year. The book used for the Physical Geography class was Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, 6th Ed, so I moved that into the science category as Geology on his transcript. If he'll find something of interest to do as an elective that would work I'll go with that. I have your post about a homegrown film course that he found a couple things of interest. So, we'll look at that again.
  16. Yes, ours, too. His dad, in addition to his downgraded mental illnesses (5, himself), he has Complex Seizure Disorder and 2 aneurysms; has headaches daily. My late MIL had them. My mom and I do (mine are hormone and stress-related). His temperament fits the migraine-type; intense, deep-thinker, wants to complete something; has trouble organizing himself. If he were involved in other outside things, I wouldn't do the co-op. Also, I can't teach math or foreign language; I don't do labs, plus, he gets to socialize. He has no other socialization right now. His friendships and our congregation were shaken up after we moved 2x in 4 years and the latter's relationships fell apart, plus it reminds us of my dd, as we spent 15 years there; they had their Bnei Mitzvah there. And we both feel weird around people now. Like we're damaged goods after all we've dealt with. We believe it will pass, but it's still very real. Yes, definitely this. Yes, we're going to work on this in the next week. I have some ideas to share with him. I'm trrying to communicate the necessity of taking a break after a computer-based subject from 45 m to an hour and alternating between book-based and comp-based. He'll go to sleep, but then wake up frequently be it for a minute to half an hour. Because of that, it's difficult to get him up before 10am. I've instituted some requirements re: his computer and not watching exciting movies late. He likes to analyze, so he gets riled up. I'm glad to hear she's finding her way. That's encouraging. Yes, the wacky sleep schedule contributes to the headache, but then he has to go to bed, usually late in the day to get rid of it. He sleeps for 6-8 hours and wakes up after 1am. Then, he's back to a messed up schedule again! Thank you for the book recommendation.
  17. Thank you. He only made it through 1/2 of Earth and Space (falling under "Earth Systems") before breaking down. I'm thinking it was the Space part. I thought about using that half and combining it with the physical geography (it was the science-leaning version) for Astronomy and Geology. Does that sound legit? Would I just name it separately like your suggestion? One was an online class, the other was not. I'll double check the English credits. I will talk with him about Logic. I guess Rhetoric won't happen. Thankfully, expressing himself and knowing why he believes what he does is NOT a weakness for him! Yeah, the Health is the Apologia, hence the full credit. It has very valuable material about lifestyle habits, mental health, etc. I think the extra half is due to the Notebook. I could nix most or all the extra projects, of which there are quite a few, and spread it out more; analyze the questions for unnecessary ones, schedule for less than 1-2x/wk (starting in Feb.), he finishes when he finishes. EDIT: GA requires 4 electives.If I nix Logic, I could possibly put 3D Modeling as an elective, instead of an Art, which it is considered w/in that category in GA; he'll have Western and American music appreciation courses, which more than fulfill the Fine Arts category.
  18. Thus far, with its credit amt: Debate, 0.5; Speech, 0.5; American Lit., 0.75; Writing ER, 1.0; Writing Elegant Essays, 0.5; The Write Shop, 1.0; Lord of the Rings, Lit. Analysis, 0.75; Latin 1A and 1B, 1.0; Physical Science, 1.0; Space and Earth Science, 0.5; Biology (1.0, in process); Chemistry (1.0, in process); Phys. Ed, 0.5; Physical Geo., 0.5; W. History (1.0, pending this year); W. Lit (1.0, pending this year); Alg. 1 (1.0, pending this year); Geometry (1.0, in process); 3D Modeling and Animation, 0.5-1.0 (in process); Discovering Music, 1.0 (this year); Latin 2 (in process, 1.0); Trad. Logic I (0.5, in-process) Total complete: 8.5 Pending or In-process: 9 - 9.5 Subjects left, not mentioned above spread this year and next: Health, 1.0; Trad. Logic II, 0.5; Material Logic, 0.5 and/or Rhetoric, 0.5-1.0; British Lit., 1.0; Continue 3D mod, 0.5-1.0; America's Musical Legacy, 1.0; Anatomy and Physiology, 1.0 (4th science or a non-mathy Physics); Cultural Geography, 1.0; Economics, 0.5; Gov., 0.5; two-or three 8wk classes at Lantern, 0.5-0.75 Continue Chess, he loves it. His math got all screwed up, I'm not even going to try to explain. Suffice to say, he'll finish Geometry - he has until March 2019 to finish two chapters and a final; leftover from Mr. D this past summer. He'll take Alg. 1 this year with myhomeschoolmathclass and next year, Alg. II and Personal Finance to equal 4 credits of math. He's not interested in college, but I hope that changes as his bouts diminish and he gets stronger. His main interest lies in editing and modeling (computer), but he doesn't know what he wants to do, yet. I said he doesn't need to know to get a couple years under his belt, and he could do most, if not all, online. There's also a big movie industry in GA, if he wants to strengthen his talents and pursue that, but he can't even think that far. He's just trying to get through each day. I am trying to get the basics covered so he's presentable to a decent community college and/or tech/art school for computer arts (?) I'd like to get a few CLEP done before he graduates, one each of the SAT and ACT. I have decided to continue our year-round schooling, instead of only a 32 wk schedule. I will just spread things out more that I do with him and shorten his days and schedule more breaks. I appreciate your help.
  19. Yes, the stress, trauma, and pain from his Dad's situation in 2014 when we left, to this last year and a half, has been his high school experience. So, I want these last two years to be manageable and reparative. That's why I need ideas from others.
  20. Thank you. I altered it. Yes, there's some things you just never think are possible...now you know better and you're damaged goods. I appreciate that. That's good to know. Yes, therein is the most important piece.
  21. That's good to hear. I got the idea to use it from positive reviews here. I found the teacher's edition to go with it. I would take the more obscure readings out of it so I can add in a few novels as you and Lori recommended.
  22. Yes, I have an exercise DVD for him to start and our plan to walk, his riding his bike; get Vit. D. He gained weight during this time period: emotional eating. Didn't think about scheduling downtime, Duh. Working on his appetite and choices. I'm struggling, too.
  23. The adopted sibling can't come home, due to untreated mental illnesses (my husband and I live separately, though still married; she can't live with him, either). We had to make the determination that we would not be safe and secure in our homes were she to come back. You're correct in the latter, but not because I'm pretending. I'm trying to get him graduated; and yes, I'm in a conflict with my hopes and dreams and the reality in front of me for what's best for him. My son turned 18 Monday. He's already a year "behind" from his breakdown of 2015 (which was due to our having to leave due to me husband's descent into schizoaffective disorder - but, he's doing better). As you can see, mental illness has ripped our family apart. I don't want to lose him, too, by expecting too much from him. Yes, he's receiving therapy. He won't have enough credits if I follow this suggestion. If I drop Math and Chemistry, he won't have any credits in those subjects for last year. (He can go at his own pace with Biology: modules 1-6, may spread all year; and Geometry: last two chapters, spread till March) I can drop: Logic; Grammar/Spelling (not a remedial student); Health (I will have to pick this up at some point b/c it's required) Re: Writing - he's already done 3 years of writing courses (Writeshop I & II in one year, Elegant Essay, Writing ER). He just needs more practice on Research, Persuasive. and Lit. Analysis. Those I was going to put off till next year. Not BJU; maybe Notgrass. SOS: we're trying to get away from unnecessary computer usage. I'll take a look at Pandia Press. The Penguin book was on my short list, but I had some concerns based on some reviews, so I'll double check. Right now, he doesn't want to go to college, at least not too soon. Which I understand. Everything has been so hard. He's had to put forth so much effort. I expect he'll take a year off, but I think in two years from now, his views will be different. I'm not pushing. Thank you.
  24. Since my son's nervous breakdown in 2015, he's easily overwhelmed. He's also migraine prone and struggles with insomnia. I'm having a hard time making his schedule for his subjects with me; I don't want to overwhelm him. He will tell me, but I'd rather it not get there in the first place. He's also catching up in two subjects, so there's that hanging over his head: Geometry and Biolgy. So, he'll have two maths and two sciences concurrently during his 1st semester. Given, they are AYOP (at your own pace), but still lingering. This is what I have so far: Online/Co-op classes: Math, 2 hrs/wk in class-Mon, and Wed. Latin: 90 min/wk in class - Fri. Chem: 90m/wk Co-op - Thurs Chess: 1hr Co-op - Thurs 3D Modeling: 1hr/wk co-op - Thurs All Subjects broken down by how much time he SHOULD take (minus co-op and online time): Math: 4x/w, 30-45 m/day Latin: 4x/w, 30-45m/day (this seems to always take him longer than 45 m.) Chemistry: 3x/w, 30-45m/day History: 4x/w, 30-45m/day Lit.: 4x/w, 30-45m/day Logic: 4x/w, 20-30m/day Grammar or Spelling: alternate-5x/w between the two of them, 15-30 m/day(only thing scheduled on Co-op day) Health (Apologia): 3x/w, 30-45m/day This doesn't include the two classes which he has to finish, nor our morning time together materials. I haven't even decided what to do about Literature, yet. I can't decide how much to require. I'm worried he won't be able to maintain a full schedule like this, due to his headaches and that he starts late, due to not sleeping well. Yes, we have rules about being off the computer 1-2 hours before bed, he takes melatonin and herbs for sleep. Much of it is stress due to issues I'd rather not go into, but hopefully will begin to lessen here soon. He'll do well, then he have a day or two of a headaches and it will get him "behind" and then he's feels overwhelmed. Any suggestions for World Lit? I have America Reads: Classics in World Lit (Scott Foresman) and Stobaugh's W. Lit. I was going to piece these together, taking chunks out of each, but it still seems to be too much. World History: I have Western Civilization by Chambers So much of what I had hoped for him is not working out due to outside (and internal, i.e. adopted sister's RAD and other mental illnesses) influences/stress damaging our family. And I'm going to have to get a part-time job, since my disability isn't enough, so there's that, too. Thanks EDIT: BTW, he's not interested in using The Great Courses for anything.
  25. Here's my course description I made for Center for Lit.'s American Literature. It was only worth .5 because he didn't do any writing for it. His writing credit came from elsewhere. Mine isn't as widely spaced as this turned out to be. All of my descriptions follow the same format. Course Description American Literature: Online Academy Student: Jacob White Instructor: Adam and Missy Adams Prerequisite: None Resources Used: Center for Lit. Online Academy Class Description: In this course, CenterForLit instructors use the Socratic method to conduct online discussions of classic books. This method involves asking questions that force them to think carefully about their reading, and then to think carefully about their thinking. Using the author's theme as the goal of the discussion, instructors encourage students to understand his message by discussing the structural and stylistic components which make up his story. Next, students are drawn by further questioning to critically examine their own assumptions about the author's theme. As a result, students gain a deeper understanding of the book, and also of themselves as readers and thinkers. In addition to the Socratic discussions, a story chart is worked out and graded by the parent; plus, students make regular contributions on a Discussion Board conversation about the last book discussed, where each month, further discussion questions are presented; answers are submitted and evaluated by the insttructors. A (90-100+) B (80-89) C (70-79) D (60-69) F (Below 69) High School Credit: 0.5 in American Literature Scope and Sequence: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain American Poets: Anne Bradstreet Edgar Allan Poe: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Emily Dickinson Robert Frost Carl Sandburg William Carlos Williams The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor by Flannery O'Connor Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
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