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  1. Thank you for the suggestions, ladies! I'll check them out!
  2. Can anyone suggest ideas or material for an 8th grade boy that wants to improve his manuscript handwriting? Maybe something that shows different forms of handwriting that has worked for your older teens? He's completed cursive but thinks his print is elementary looking.... I've tried to show him different ways of print (slanted, d'nealian style, etc) but he gives me a long stare. It's not quite the same as my girls just wanting to sit around together practicing different ways of writing something. He does want to improve, gotta give him that! Please throw your suggestions at me! I'm at a loss. Oh, and we have cool notebooks, variety of pens, pencils, and what not.... just need some resources or direction. Thanks in advance!
  3. I read on here somewhere that in order to call it a complete Alg. 2 class, the first 5 chapters of TT Pre-Calc needs to be completed. I believe it was a recommendation from someone's cover school.
  4. I realize there is an 8th grade planning thread on the K-8 board. Thought we needed one here, too, for those that pop in more on the Logic Board. We are jumping into a new co-op for 8th grade to spice things up a bit for ds. It's a STEM co-op, so I think he'll enjoy it. I'm also streamlining our choices this year as I hope to have a part-time job. STEM Co-op Fall & Spring classes: SCIENCE: Physical Science with Lab and Aviation class Handcrafting with metal & leather (fun) Beginning Programming/Coding (fun) MUSIC: Guitar I & II At Home: MATH: Mr. D Pre-Algebra ENGLISH: Essentials in Writing 8 with grading/ EIL 8? (there is only one novel scheduled, Night, so we will add more just for free reading, maybe adding in Boomerang guides for discussion: (still continuing with some Bravewriter Lifestyle activities) The Giver, Echo, Night, The Westing Game, Brightly of the Grand Canyon, Lord of the Flies(maybe), White Fang, Basher Five-Two, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Book Club), Navigating Early Easy Grammar 8, Marie's Words, Word Root study HISTORY: Notgrass Civics Uncle Sam & You... D.C. trip and local field trips LOGIC: The Thinking Toolbox or Critical thinking resources BUSH CRAFT Club (organized by husband, 2x a month) PE: YMCA class ART: Masterpiece Art Society Ongoing Projects: '72 Ford Truck remodel & School bus remodel for teen hangout.
  5. We are jumping into a new co-op for 8th grade to spice things up a bit for ds. It's a STEM co-op, so I think he'll enjoy it. I'm also streamlining our choices this year as I hope to have a part-time job. STEM Co-op Fall classes: SCIENCE: Physical Science with Lab Handcrafting with metal & leather (fun) Beginning Programming/Coding (fun) MUSIC: Guitar I At Home: MATH: finishing TT Pre-Alg then move into TT Alg or Mr. D (Critical Thinking Co Middle School Math Games) ENGLISH: Essentials in Writing 8 with grading/ EIL 8? (there is only one novel scheduled, Night, so we will add more just for free reading, maybe adding in Boomerang guides for discussion: (still continuing with some Bravewriter Lifestyle activities) The Giver, Echo, Night, The Westing Game, Brightly of the Grand Canyon, Lord of the Flies(maybe), White Fang, Basher Five-Two, Lost on a Mountain in Maine Easy Grammar 8, Marie's Words, Word Root study HISTORY: Notgrass Civics Uncle Sam & You... D.C. trip and local field trips LOGIC: The Thinking Toolbox or Critical thinking resources BUSH CRAFT Club (organized by husband, 2x a month) PE: YMCA class ART: Masterpiece Art Society Ongoing Projects: '72 Ford Truck remodel & School bus remodel for teen hangout. Looks like a ton, but most is part of our lifestyle.
  6. 11th Grade Dd may be jumping into dual enrollment with CC in which she would most likely take ENG 111 fall (1.0 each), Intro to Computers, spring(1.0). English: Modern American Literature (mix of genres), if not taking ENG 111 & 112, Bravewriter’s Exploratory Essay RC&A & Literary Analysis or possibly Essentials in Writing 11, Fall ENG 111 CC, Marie’s Words vocabulary Khan SAT prep Math: TT Algebra II / Pre-Cal.(first 5 chapters) or back to Mr. D live class for Alg.II (1.0) Science: Anatomy & Physiology (no idea what we’ll use) Most likely use Apologia or PAC Anatomy (1.0) History/Social Science: 2nd half of American History (1.0) & possibly local AP Economics class depending on CC enrollment (0.5) Spanish II: Easy Peasy (1.0) Art: Masterpiece Society Painting/Acrylics & oils (0.5) PE: Track & Field / Cross Country (0.5 each semester) Electives: Nutrition….. (0.5) Loves animals….thinking of volunteering at Vet or Animal Shelter…. Outschool Intro to Veterinary Science possibly ?(0.5) Part-time job at Chick-Fil-A
  7. Thank you so much! I have heard the writing instruction is lacking. We plan to take the 3 part series of the Essay Prep BraveWriter style. So now I'm wondering if OM would be a waste if we are just using it for literature, grammar, vocabulary....?
  8. Thank you Lori D.... we have been putting together book lists for years now, pairing them with literature guides (Boomerang, arrow, Moving Beyond the Page, etc).... I think we still may plan a Bravewriter Writing class but really wanted to stream line all the Language Arts learning as I may be working part time next school year. I'd love something not too worksheet-y or busy-work-e...and something that is easy for my 8th grade boy to follow on his own. Just curious how Oak Meadow's all-in-one English serves others. I have always appreciated your insight and options that you throw out on the table! This big reading list looks right up his alley... He LOVED Hatchet this year and begged for more. I ended up buying all the Paulsen books for him to just read and discuss. Thank you again for chiming in! 😚
  9. I'm considering going with Oak Meadow's Grade 8 English for my son next school year. I really, really need someone to chime in about what you liked about it and what you didn't like about it. Ds likes the previous edition book list with Lord of the Flies, Hobbit, Call of the Wild, etc.... The newest edition looks great, too, but doesn't excite him as much (Echo, Moon Over Manifest, Criss Cross, et). We may just stick with BraveWriter but I'm really wanting something that he can follow on his own when I'm unavailable for him. If you used/use Oak Meadow English, could you pretty please talk to me about it! Thanks in advance!
  10. It is very competitive! They only take 12 people each year from our county. She does have all the basic courses out of the way (psychology, English, etc...) She will only have the dental courses to take. The program is based on a point system and I don't see anything about extra points for ACT or SAT scores or that they even look for that. Thank you for the advice!
  11. My 12th grader will be taking the ACT again in October to see if she can score higher in math (she is taking her 4th math at CC this year through dual enrollment & was proficient in math on Accuplacer, but she is bothered that she scored 4 points less than she wanted). She did really well with the English & essay portion last April. Should I have her take the essay again or skip it? She is applying, in December, to the dental hygiene program at our local CC. So, she won't necessarily need the essay portion scores. She has taken Eng 111 and Eng 112 to satisfy the prerequisites for dental program. Also, when the time comes to send ACT scores, are you able to choose the best scores out of the two times she took the test..? Hope this makes sense. This is my first of three kids, so I am still learning the ins and outs of college & testing. Thanks in advance!
  12. We are using and will continue "Annotating Literary Elements" by Rooted in Language. Once you go through the lessons, you can apply it to anything you read. We incorporate the lessons in with our Brave Writer Literature. https://www.rootedinlanguage.com/shop/annotating-literary-elements https://store.bravewriter.com/products/annotating-literary-elements
  13. Right, there is no printed book to purchase. You can either print out the worksheets or jot problems/answers down in a spiral notebook.
  14. My ds placed a year behind when we began CLE a few years ago. We don't really stress the "grade" level as much as the "level," if you get my drift. That way he didn't worry so much about thinking he was behind. (We jumped the Saxon ship) He is where he is and we go from there! We work about 45-60 minutes a day on math (math drill, board work, lesson, practice... math game days)... 4-5 days a week. If there are back to back lessons that are pretty easy, we do those lesson portions together then only do review problems from the last lesson we worked on that day. I also go through and highlight the problems I want him to complete. Some days I'll have him do them all, like before a test, but most days I pick n choose. I do utilize the "board work problems" from the teacher manual the next day for independent work to see if he retains topics from the previous day. This helps me determine what we need to touch on more often/less. There are two quizzes and one end-of-book test for each light unit. If he shows me daily that he gets what he is learning, we skip the quizzes. (So, that can actually speed up the pacing per book) If we have gaps between lesson days due to vacation, sickness, etc., I will give him quiz 1 or 2 before moving on to the next lesson. CLE Math has been the best move for my ds because of how flexible it can be. Ds actually finished 1 1/2 levels (grade level) this year. He has a goal to hit Algebra I in 8th grade, but we are seriously taking one day at a time with math. Not to mention, ds's attitude about math has improved greatly since we have moved to CLE. Good luck to you!
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