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  1. Yes, we may listen to the audio for All Quiet on the Western Front. We've read Dracula already... He is just not into BIG books... 🤪
  2. Hey there dazan! I'm in the NC Piedmont area with dual enrollment kids. No, you do not have to finish the Transfer Pathway during high school. It's actually quite challenging to do so, though I know some that have. I would suggest looking at classes that you know will transfer to wherever your student will be heading to next.
  3. You are absolutely AMAZING, Lori!!! Thank you so very much for lining up my resources with story/book selections! I'll pull off the ones I have on my shelf... let ds look through... and schedule in those short stories & poetry. I totally agree that Shakespeare should be listened or watched, not necessarily read. We will add one or two in. Maybe Julius Caesar being one of them. He did cover American Literature this year for 9th with US History... We might get more creative in 11th by creating a detective/mystery/ or dystopian list since he is wanting to go into law enforcement to become a detective. Possibly British Lit for 12th. I've been reading some of your older threads with creative book lists! Thank you again for your help and your time!!
  4. Yes, we'd like the literature to match up, but may be somewhat hard with the history book he chose (Masterbooks World History: Stobaugh). I'm planning on fleshing it out a bit, but the key this year was to spend less time on reading history because of the amount of reading in his other subjects. Masterbooks World reads more like a "regional" flow of history and not fully chronologically. It is chronological, but there are chapters that are: "Japanese History," "Indian History," "Persian History," "Chinese History," and so on. It begins with Gilgamesh (Genesis then moving towards Mesopotamia), which is one epic we are going to be reading. Ds definitely wants to read Robinson Crusoe this year... so that will be going on the list, too. On my bookshelf I have: LLAtL World, Prentice Hall Literature World Masterpieces (NC Penguin edition), and a Spark Notes 101 Literature book. I think I just feel like I have too much in front of me to solidify my plans. I know I want him to read some classics, short stories, poems, etc. Preferably shorter reads. A solid boy friendly book list would help! Thank you for responding.
  5. I have a rising 10th grade son who is not a fan of reading. He can read well, but it's like pulling teeth. We read together mostly... He does pull free reads off the shelf from time to time. I need suggestions on World Literature to go with our survey of World History this year. Literature devices are a must! I'd like for him to read some of the usual classics, but I also want him to enjoy reading.... Please list your ideas, book lists, or literature programs down below! My older, graduated girls would read anything thrown at them... my son has been a challenge in this area. He'd rather make model boats all day! Thank you!
  6. Lori! It is so fitting that you would mention the report writing/police reporting/court.... my son is currently in the Explorers groups (ages 14-20) through the police department. At one of his meetings, they had a DA visit and staged a mock court. One of the explorers was questioned like he was on the stand... he had to remember all the details of his report. Lots of memorization comes into play here, too! ** Edit to add: they actually had to write a report for homework based on a situation they were given. I do have the teacher book for "Power in Your Hands" sitting on my shelf that I didn't even think about. My middle child used this at co-op 8th/9th grade, but someone else taught it. I'll see if I can get my hands on the student workbook to look through, or let him look at it to see if this will work. I'm still in that weird choppy route if I go with Power in Your Hands... writing book, grammar book, literature guides..... Trying to consolidate the best I can for him. He has quite the load this year! Thanks a bunch!
  7. Yes, I have spoken with them and they suggested SSS-C Part 1 even though he has gone through the EE and Research writing with an IEW instructor. I will look into your suggestions a little more. Thank you!
  8. Bumping to hopefully get a response... I'm leaning toward IEW at this point.
  9. Hello! I am trying to narrow down English 10 .... My son completed the Elegant Essay and Research Writing with Co-op for 9th grade. That went very well for him, but he needs more of that sort of structure. We also completed Fix It Book 2 Robin Hood and American literature at home. It all seemed a bit choppy, which took more time. I'm wondering for 10th grade if I should stick with Fix It Grammar and let him work through Level C of IEW Writing Intensive OR go with something like BJU Writing & Grammar... adding in our World Literature separately.? This is my last high schooler.... he's not overly academic... Super hands on kid. He's also pursuing law enforcement in the future. I want him to write and read well AND be articulate before enrolling in CC for junior year. Please help me! Any advice for a not so choppy English year would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance. 😉
  10. Hey ByGrace3!! Not meaning to de-rail this thread; apologies OP... (We are Mr. D users as well. Ds is happy with it, but I feel like next year for Geometry he would benefit more with a live online class opposed to the AYOP that he's been doing) For the live classes once a week, is your student able to re-watch the live lesson? My ds does like to refer back to lesson videos throughout the week. Thanks!
  11. I'm still fumbling around with 10th grade right now. I'll come back later to update as we solidify classes with Co-op. For now: Math: Geometry online (built in Alg. I review) with Mr. D English: (This year he is using IEW Elegant Essay & Research Writing at Co-op) Maybe IEW SSS 1C to keep him writing? World literature book list.... not finalized yet. Maybe Fix It Grammar because he doesn't mind it, short & sweet! I do have ENG 111 book from CC that we might look over to prepare for dual enrollment English. Spring Semester (before ACT) I'll have him take Bravewriter online ACT/SAT Writing- 4 week prep to prepare for timed writing. Science: Chemistry (Co-op) History/Geography: World History... Masterbooks (we need something short and not time consuming) Adding in documentaries/movies and projects. Foreign Language: Spanish I (Co-op) fall/spring Electives: Wood Carving Club (Co-op), Health/Fitness (Oak Meadow), Art: Mixed Media (Co-op), Mechatronics 2 (Co-op), Advanced guitar (co-op), Logic Ds is still working on his long-term project with Dad on turning a school bus into his hangout. He is interested in Law Enforcement so he joined our local Explorers program for teens through our police department. It has been awesome so far! Possibly FBI Camp in the summer after 10th.
  12. We are discussing the same issue with my rising senior. She is wanting to pursue Early Childhood Education and will need at least Quantitative Literacy (taken at CC) to fulfill her AA in Applied Science degree in ECEdu. I would check with the college she is wanting to attend to see what math credit is transferable. At our CC through dual enrollment, Quantitative Literacy counts as a 4th math in the college transfer AA pathway. Mr. D has a Consumer Math self-paced class available that looks pretty good. My senior will be taking this as her 4th math and hopefully Quantitative Literacy at CC in spring. Mr. D also has short semester summer classes for those that need to play catch up or just need review in certain areas. https://www.mrdmath.com/consumer-math/
  13. Guesthollow has created a Part I and Part II of US History. I believe she has a study guide for the student to use as he/she reads. I've not used her schedule, but we did use some of her book suggestions. https://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/curriculum.html#history
  14. I did get a reply back about the Study Skills class offered through Mr. D Math site. We are rethinking about taking it now and waiting until next year or closer to college courses at CC. Here is a summary of his response in a nutshell. Feel free to inquire with Mr. D Math for more detailed information. Study Skills class is to prepare a student for his/her college journey. You have up to 18 months to complete the course. Time commitment: Each lesson includes two lectures; one for he study skills course (this teaches the study skill) and one for the success course (this helps the student practice the new study skill). Lectures vary; average 20-30 minutes each. Each week, the student will read approx. 50 pages in one of the books used for the success course. In addition, they will watch a YouTube video lecture (20 min) and take notes to practice new skills. Other assignments in the week reinforce both study skills and success habits. Depending on reading speed, expect to spend 40-60 minutes on lesson videos, and b/w 3 to 4 hours on assignments. It is a rigorous class, but will prepare student for success in a college environment. This information was from Michael Lourdes, Administrative Assistant. Hope it helps with your decision making as it did for us.
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