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  1. I'm wondering how Clover Creek compares to Apologia. I've heard such great things about C.Creek both on here and from irl friends that I always planned to use this. I especially like what I've heard about the way it teaches writing up lab reports. For the past few years we've used Apologia simply because that's what everyone around here uses, and so we've been able to have a lab group that meets together. The kids are all good friends, and also good students so they keep each other motivated to study hard and score well. This is why I've stuck with it even though Apologia isn't my personal favorite. This year we have a lady who has a science background teaching Apologia Chemistry and I'm thinking she will offer Physics either next year or the following (so this group of kids can have it before graduating.) Here's my question: Would CC be about the same level as Apologia? Or would it be more of an intro (since it uses a conceptual textbook) and then we could take Apologia the following year with the lab group? I had always planned to do CC and then Apologia but I saw on the website that there is more math added in than a typical conceptual level course so I'm guessing these are about the same level. I don't want to do both if there's a lot of overlap. Which means, of course, that I have to pick. 😕 ( My son has always done well in math and science, so I'm not concerned about Apologia being too hard.) I know my son will want to be with friends and I do already own the Apologia books, but I just can't help but thinking the Clover Creek would be better. Help me think through whether the benefit of the lab reports outweighs the benefit of a live group with friends. And yes, I realize I'm already stressing about next year and it's only September.
  2. Nevermind. I figured it out
  3. Great suggestions ladies! I also appreciate the "uplifting" ones (because even as I was posting this I was having the same thoughts.)
  4. If someone liked the following books, what else would you recommend? Thanks! The Giver Brave New World 1984 A Separate Peace Fahrenheit 451 Animal Farm Lord of the Flies (I'm not sure what genre these are... some are dystopian, but not all)
  5. Excelsior offers a Beginning Research Writing with Jess Woods. You can email the teacher to see if it would be as in depth as you're looking for. I have not used this particular class, but have used her for other classes and I highly recommend the teacher. Mrs. Woods has given the most specific, in-depth feedback on papers out of all of the online teachers I've used (from a variety of online places) . Plus she's nice and funny.
  6. I haven't read #9 but the rest of the list looks great to me. Some of these were my favorites when I was in high school. And I agree about the survey course being so nice for filling in gaps and helping them understand historical periods and what the views and thoughts of the day were, and how that came through in the writing. We did the same last year (also American Lit., like you) and it really helped my kids understand and make connections. We like digging deeper as well, but really appreciated the foundation last year set for us. Best of luck with your class!
  7. Thanks for this post! I'm taking notes. There are some great ideas here. One thing we've done in the past that worked well was using a version for kids for the first time through so they understood the storyline (Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb, Bruce Coville books or Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit). This really helped in middle school. That usually only took a class period to read, then we used Folger's books to read together and would watch a play (live or movie) either before or after reading the actual play. We haven't always done this however, and actually once they had experienced a couple of the plays, they started getting use to the language enough that they could follow the storyline on their own. Mine really liked Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, MacBeth and Hamlet. We also watched a version of Romeo and Juliet (2013) that was on Netflix at the time that they really liked. (Not sure if it was entirely accurate, but stuck fairly close to the storyline, the costumes were good and we really enjoyed it) I was thinking I might try Taming of the Shrew and watch Ten Things I Hate About You w/ Heath Ledger because my kids are huge Heath Ledger fans (I have to preview this because I haven't seen it in ages. I do know there was teenage partying in it, but can't remember anything else including if there are many connections to the Shakespeare play) I have a feeling this particular play can lead to ALOT of discussion 😂.
  8. Came to see if this was legit since my kid got a letter today (price is now $ 75, by the way.) When I saw it was a scam, I figured I'd bump up this old thread for anyone who hadn't heard of it.
  9. Uh oh. What Algebra 2 concepts aren't covered in TT? I knew it didn't include Trig, but I thought that would be fine since we planned on doing the pre-Cal which includes it. Four to six chapters is a lot.
  10. Senior year !?!? I can't believe we're here already. He's met almost all of the "required classes", which is nice because it gives us room to switch things up if he wants. So far the plan is: Pre-cal TT British Literature/comp. Possibly do some more with writing research papers Government and Econ Spanish 2 Modern History (1900-present day)- He doesn't need anymore history, so we might not end up doing this He doesn't need any more electives but we are planning on: Weight Training (his request, lol) Possibly another elective like Philosophy (because I think this would be a fun one to do together) or an online one that sounds interesting
  11. Ok, this helps a lot. I hear so much about these that I was assuming all high school kids were learning them. Thanks for the advice about the free programs. I'm going to talk this over with my sons and see what they want to do as far as adding these as electives.
  12. Java, coding, computer science..... I don't know anything about this stuff. I basically use Microsoft Word, Facebook and google. 😉 I want my kids prepared for college, but I don't really know which of these types of programs to have them use since I don't what they are. I'm looking for something that they can do without me (live class or self paced classes doesn't matter). I did have my oldest take a Microsoft essentials class at Excelsior that taught Word, Power Point, and Excel. I plan on my younger son taking a similar class. But besides that, what do you recommend? I know they would enjoy computer classes and all of their friends are doing things like building their own computers which makes them feel like they are clueless about them. Please help
  13. We used a Glencoe textbook I bought off of Amazon and we worked through it together. I thought it covered everything well, and since it wasn't the newest edition it was inexpensive. We met up with friends and did reports and presentations/projects throughout the semester which was fun and they learned a lot from. We also found videos to go along with the topics, and had them do some research on current events/issues since the text was older. I also had them pick from a list of "hot topic" issues in health right now and research/present both sides of the issue (one of them chose vaccinations since we have friends on both sides of the issue that feel very strongly).
  14. I agree that Environmental might be a good fit, if you wanted a third science. We are using Holt's Environmental science as our 3rd year of science this year for my oldest (who sounds very similar to your dd, except we haven't done any testing). It's been a good course. We bought it new from Rainbow and it had an online code that included worksheets, quizzes, tests, labs if desired (none required), and some interactive things.
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