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Rosie Q

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  1. We bought a graduation cap through Amazon. We were in a hurry, and they offered next-day shipping. The cap (with a 2015 tassel) was delivered quickly and was just fine for what we needed. A link to the one we ordered: http://www.amazon.com/Newrara-Graduation-Unisex-Matte-Tassel/dp/B00X9PQ3W2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1434739162&sr=8-4&keywords=graduation+cap We used a gown we already had and so did not need to order one. The diploma came from the umbrella school with which we were registered and looks great.
  2. Look through college texts and find one you like for Government. I find they frequently do a better job in the critical thinking department than high school level texts. We used Understanding American Government by Susan Welch, et al.
  3. Our public schools also would not give an AP exam that they were not already giving to their students. It turns out that AP Human Geography is not an easy exam to find where we live - wish I'd investigated a bit more before investing all of the time and effort (not to mention the cost of materials) to create a College Board-approved syllabus and teach the class. If your child needs any accommodations to take the exam, it can be even more difficult to find a school willing to administer the AP exams, and the College Board was not particularly helpful when I contacted them for assistance. Not to
  4. Shorter, fun-to-read selections from some of the classic authors: Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" or "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie; Translated short stories by Goethe or Kafka - German classics that might appeal to her (we bought a dual-language book of German stories for the German version, but she could read the English version).
  5. We're doing Econ right now - one semester, non-AP. We are using Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt, The Wordly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers by Robert Heilbroner and excerpts from ECON: Microeconomics by William McEachern to cover basic concepts. For a fun explanation of some terms, we're watching "EconMovies" on Youtube by Jacob Clifford (a link to one: "EconMovies 1: Star Wars [scarcity, Choices and Exchange] is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np-dZSdzymk)" So far, DS (a high school senior) is enjoying the class and has actually started usin
  6. "He understands and remembers well. But his stamina is very poor. I watch him disintegrate after one or two exercises. He starts off ok, but after 15 or 20 minutes, he can't hold onto his pencil, sit in his chair, keep his eyes on the paper, and so on. He's up wandering around, getting into other people's business and just generally disorganized. I can correct him to a point, but really, his fuse just burns out so quickly." DS was never able to sit still for long, either, at that age. We found it helpful to let him move as much as possible while working. One thing that really helped was a
  7. 4-H has a curriculum called "Horse Science," which includes diseases of the horse: http://www.4-hmall.org/Product/4-hcurriculum-horse/4-h-horse-program-horse-science/CO-201.aspx
  8. It may depend on how you are registered as homeschoolers, but in general a 1-credit English course for high school includes literature, composition and grammar. You may not need to continue with formal grammar instruction if your child is strong in these skills, but she should continue to receive feedback on grammar usage in her compositions. If your daughter is considering writing as a career, I would think you would want to be sure all of her bases are covered in English each year so that she has no gaps to cause difficulties in her college years.
  9. The accommodation of extended time does not show up on the score report for the ACT, and I would assume that other accommodations would not show up on the report, either. I agree that contacting the ACT folks is the best way to get the information you need. Contact and other info is available at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/chart.html
  10. The National WWII Museum's website contains lesson plans on the war that might be helpful: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/lesson-plans/
  11. Thanks, Apryl. That sounds great! We will plan to apply, as well.
  12. Are we sure the TN Promise scholarship will be available to most homeschoolers in TN? Since a LOT of TN homeschoolers are not registered with local school districts but instead with private schools (as satellite campuses), it looks as though they would not be eligible. I hope I'm wrong about this - we would love to apply for this scholarship for DS!
  13. We used The American Pageant by Kennedy and Cohen. It was very thorough, and DS enjoyed reading it.
  14. We are using the Learnables series for high school German (they also have programs for Spanish, French, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian). We've tried Rosetta Stone and a private tutor. DS did not like Rosetta Stone at all and did not seem to learn much at all, either. The tutor was great but not something we could keep up for four years (we are doing a half-credit course each year, rather than cramming it all into two years). Learnables has been a pretty easy curriculum to fit in to our schedule, and it does not require that I know the language. DS has a fairly good grasp of conversati
  15. Take a look at Analytical Grammar. DS did a little each day in this program for 9th and 10th grade. I was worried that this would not be enough, but his English score on the ACT was very good.
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