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  1. I agree! My 11th grader is using Apologia A&P with the Apologia Health and it has been somewhat of an overload with Anatomy.... but it's been a great combination and we've altered the work. She particularly likes how the Health book throws in different medical careers/professions. It's sort of like a "Career planning" class, too. Since she is thinking of a medical career, she has been researching the ones specified in the Health book. She's been pleased. I'm thinking of using Apologia Health with its Biology for my ninth grader next fall. I think it will mesh well together.
  2. I'm getting the wheels started in thinking about 9th grade planning. This is my last high school kid! 😥 Our co-op's plan won't come out until early March so I'm waiting on that to make final decisions. I'll post our tentative plans below and come back later to make adjustments. Anyone willing to share what they are planning? English: American literature & Composition: possibly IEW's Adv. US theme book for writing or back to online Bravewriter, The Bluebook of Grammar History: Notgrass American History Exploring America; adding projects, videos, movies, etc to keep it light & fun Math: Algebra I with Mr. D.... (We might try to work through first half of TT Geometry along with Alg. I OR take a summer Geometry class with Mr. D after Algebra). Science: Biology; most likely at co-op which uses Apologia...Would like to incorporate Apologia Health in with this. (1/2 this year, 1/2 for 10th) Elective STEM Classes at Co-op.... (for 8th he is taking Coding, Aviation, Leather & Metal Art, Process Art) ..... hoping to get a Robotics, computer class, and Spanish in for 9th. Continue with Advanced Guitar Maybe enroll in our local Civil Air Patrol club or JROTC at local high school? His interests are centered around building model boats, planes, & cars from wood.... he likes welding, designing/architecture, and aviation. Need to find more opportunities to create with others instead of creating at home alone. I'm thinking "team building" activities.
  3. Thank you for the suggestions, ladies! I'll check them out!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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....?
  10. 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! 😚
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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
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