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  1. I agree it’s not academic, which is why I struggle. He spends 8-10 hours a week creating, researching, and facilitating the sessions. I have a hard time justifying that every week when there are other things he needs to be putting time into. However, he shows significant leadership and organizational skills to pull it all off. As well as mediating arguments and disappointed players. He has shown tremendous maturity.....after talking it through, I guess that kind of character development is valuable in and of itself. In public school I know they have classes for video game development, etc. Personally I think what he is doing is much more impressive!
  2. After much resistance on my part, my DS is obsessed with D&D. He has organized two different levels of games at our local Co-op. He does all the communicating with his peers and adults about using the space and providing supervision, as well as extensively writes the story, as he is the DM for both groups. I struggle with how much time he spends on this, but the skills he’s learning are valuable skills. However the time commitment is competing with other responsibilities, and ‘for credit’ school work. I don’t know whether to limit his time, try to give him a creative writing credit, or chalk it up to just a big time sucking interest. Oh this sounds horrible as I write it, mainly because I fail to see the value in D&D. 😕 Am I being unreasonable? TIA
  3. I ordered two of the ones they recommended, we couldn’t get them to work. My son ended up using my Fitbit HR, worked great!
  4. My DS (15) is going on a three week service trip with GLA this summer to Peru, any good ‘must have’ reads or resources to familiarize himself with the region/culture/history? TIA
  5. In regards to your original question about squeezing it all into one semester. Even if you were to drop the fitness part (lab). The work itself is quite extensive. I think you would have trouble fitting it into one semester, without dropping a bunch of the activities and research.
  6. My DS 15 has been working through this for the past year (spring semester last year and just finishing up now). He does it on his own and he loves the activity and research parts, it allows him to engage with friends and family in an interesting way. Initially I was nervous about him not finishing in a year, but realistically for us, it doesn’t matter. He is only getting 1.5 credits for it, regardless how long it takes him. He has some rigorous classes, so allowing flexibility here has been helpful.
  7. Posting here to see if anyone has had any experience with this sequence or with both programs. My kiddo has finished RS E and we aren't interested in doing G. We filled in some gaps and reinforced some concepts with Key to Fractions, Decimals and Percents. Would he be missing any big concepts if we started Videotext Pre-Algebra?
  8. My kiddo has finished RS E and we aren't interested in doing G. We filled in some gaps and reinforced some concepts with Key to Fractions, Decimals and Percents. Would he be missing any big concepts if we started Videotext Pre-Algebra?
  9. I'm just starting to plug through it now and I was wondering if anyone has used this for HS Lit? I'm putting together a book list for next year, and would love some ideas if someone has done it.
  10. Yes! This is what I was looking for! Thank you!
  11. I thought I saw a thread about AP approved syllabi, where members posted the syllabus they had approved, was I mistaken?
  12. My HS student has been doing a year long "survival skills" class, which focuses on primitive skills. He attended Rabbitstick, a week long primitive skills gathering. Some of the other HS parents are calling this Native American Studies. He asked me about this, and I told him no, unless we added history and literature to it. He has spent approximately 100 hours in class this year, and another 35 hours working on skills at Rabbitstick. What do you think? Any good Native American Studies syllabus? Recommended readings/books?
  13. We are part of a great co-op in our area, they are relatively new, but have loads to offer. We are trying to put together a more cohesive Highschool program that will satisfy our more advanced students. What co-op classes have you seen offered or taken part of that were successful? We are going to try and concentrate on core classes to satisfy HS requirements?
  14. He has taken both of the elementary lit courses, he's just in 9th grade now. When they first started you could sign up month to month or maybe we did the half year. It was discussion only. I was unsure if a single two hour discussion a month would be fruitful, but it most definitely was. This year he is doing the discussion forum and writing portion. The only issue he has run into with strong Christian perspective is in the forum when interacting with other students.
  15. This is great! He actually takes a year round survival class, which covers a bunch of these topics (tracking, bird id, tree id, edible plants, etc) Now to decide if I should let it stand as an extra curricular or combine it for a science credit.... Thank you!
  16. My DS has taken Center for Lit classes for 4 years, he has thoroughly enjoyed the classes (as a self-proclaimed Humanist) until this year. He is taking World Literature, and even though the discussion points are typically led by the students, it is mostly from a Christian perspective. Not all students that attend are Christian, but most typically believe in a higher being. The class and the Andrews Family (who we LOVE) usually engage in a respectful manner, but he has come to me upset a couple of times in regards to the discussion and discussion board. Some of this back and forth is good for him, as we teach our kids to always question and continue to search and evolve their own personal spiritual 'truth', but he has felt dismissed at times by students in the class. I think, partly, it is due to the content of the books they are reading this year and the perspective from which they were written, so I'm not sure that will be an issue with the class your student is looking to take. That being said, we are pretty strictly secular, and my younger two kids will definitely be taking classes at Center for Lit. The foundation in literary analysis they have given my DS, has enabled him to more fully engage and interact with everything he is reading, which is a beautiful thing. The learning is tangible, gives me goosebumps! They all truly LOVE what they do, and it comes through in every class. Hope that helps!
  17. Our local Natural History Center offers a Master Naturalist Program. It consists of approx. 36 hours of lecture/labs, 24 hours of field work, and 12-15 hours of homework. Totaling 75ish hours. They offer this as a University class for 3 credits (it's Environmental Studies 391). Here is a sample syllabus: x Introduction + Nature Journals Class overview and the Nature Journal x Winter bird ID, topography Lecture + Field x Winter bird ID + Riparian Ecology In the field: Council Groves State Park x Saturday Field Day: Winter Raptors Brian Williams Birder, Naturalist In the field: Ninepipes NWR x Local Geology Lecture + Field x Nature Journaling + Herpetology Lecture + Lab x Gymnosperms + Fungi/Lichens Lecture + Field x Saturday Field Day: Biogeography Greg Peters Missoula College Professor Lecture + Field: cross section of the Bitterroot valley x Insect anatomy, physiology, order ID Charles Miller Missoula College Professor Lecture + Lab x Butterflies Families + Field Notes Lecture + Lab x Saturday Field Day: Tracking Adam Lieberg Northwest Connections In the field: Swan Valley x Mammal Skulls Lecture + Lab x Flower anatomy and family ID Lecture + Field x Flower families Peter Lesica Botanist In the field: Mount Jumbo x ID practice naturalist walk In the field; Final Journal + Final Project Due x Celebratory dinner Final Project Presentation and Dinner I was thinking about rounding it out with some of the Highschool level 'trunks' that you can borrow - complete with curriculum guides (each is 3-4 weeks of material): AQUATIC INVERTEBRATE MONITORING FIREWORKS - FIRE ECOLOGY GLACIAL LAKE MISSOULA PRAIRIE ECOSYSTEM RAPTORS OF THE ROCKIES THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES Would this round out an Environmental Science credit? Or Ecology? TIA
  18. My DS is a military strategy/war buff as well. He has really enjoyed the Great Course lectures: History of the Ancient World (Aldrete) & Great Battles of the Ancient World (Fagan). He's read "The Art of War", and we are using a pretty light spine...but it's not in front of me right now..
  19. My DS (9th grade) is working through this program this year. It takes him a solid 5-8 hours a week if you count the work-out time which is part of the program. I only plan on giving it one credit. He does it mostly independently, and is still enjoying it. He is a health and exercise conscious, so it is something he enjoys. He likes the information he is learning and that the questions aren't too extensive. On week 5 they create and implement an exercise plan, so this would be considered the 'lab' part, which is what I imagine they are accounting for the extra .5 credits. It is a little bit of health, anatomy, nutrition, fitness, etc. We have had some good discussions around some of the material. I will say, it's not a hard credit for my DS, but that is partly due to his enjoyment of the material. He doesn't feel like there is a lot of 'busy' work. Hope that helps a little.
  20. I've never heard of Online3g before!! This is great! He is pretty solid in lit analysis as he has been doing it with Center for Lit for three years.... I was hoping to do Composition with Bravewriter and dystopian lit at home, but I see Online3g offers just that class! Win-win!! Thanks
  21. My DS is doing Center For Lit w/ writing for 9th grade (World History Lit). He also took Kidswrite Intermediate with Bravewriter and really liked it! When I asked him about 10th grade, he wanted to know if he could make a full English credit out of Bravewriter classes. For this to work, he would need to take 6 - 6 week classes (totaling 36 weeks)? That seems like a lot of classes and money. What Bravewriter classes would you use to make a 10th grade credit? My other option is Blue Tent Honors English for 10th grade (which is what I would prefer). He has recently started writing a short story and would love to delve more into creative writing. He has a strong foundation (reading/writing/etc). TIA Vanessa
  22. My DS (14) has been playing for several years, and it is an optional class for HS credit at our local school, but what do you use to measure progress or assess a grade?
  23. Thank you all! I am also finding that after coming out of public school, where he was used to a lot of busy work, the classes he is taking now do not! The assignments are meaningful and in-depth and he is required to give his best work every assignment. They are specific in what they require and he can't get away with just throwing something together.
  24. He has participate in the Center For Lit online book club for a couple of years, but this is the first year he has been graded on anything online. We meet every Monday morning and lay out his schedule for the week, but he isn't great about scheduling time for his online assignments as they come in through the week, and sometimes he ends up scrambling on Sunday night and therefore not handing in his best work. My kiddo likes to play youtube music videos in the background, while he is doing computer work, which drives me crazy!
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