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About ma23peas

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  1. Hi all! This is my last year to homeschool! Wow! So thankful to WTM and all the resources through the years! The past seven years I have taught English comp/lit at a co-op..classes grew from 24 students to over 100 the past two years. The last four years I compiled lessons for 30-32 week schedules. All are free on my website This year, I was asked to do online classes since my husband's company moved us to Houston 3 weeks ago. I am holding Skype classes for 7th-10th and 10th-12th starting Monday in World Literature. You can review this year's course at my website. I charge $100 per semester and grade assignments..anyone can try it out first before committing. It is heavier on reading the first semester (Les Miserables unabridged but we will skip sections in the senior class) but less in the second semester. You can contact me via website :) Kind regards
  2. We are starting a new co-op just for high school students, the response has been great and we need to get organized...I have always used Engrade for my own classes...but now am thinking of creating a school site, where I enter all the instructors/students in for ease (20 teachers, 120+ students)...rather than have each teacher manually enter duplicate students...can I just create the 'school' then the teachers would have a master database from which to add students to their classes? Will parents of 3-4 students then just have one access code per student? I'm worried if we all do it singly, the parents could have upwards of 12-15 emails of codes to wander through...just trying to streamline this for ease. Any help you can offer would be great! Thanks! Tara
  3. I can make some recommendations. I had a niece who excelled in public school, took every AP class had a ridiculous GPA and scored a 35 on the ACT...she was accepted at every University she applied to except the one she really wanted, Duke University. Her key drawback was she was sooo strong in academics, she had little else to offer to compete for coveted spots at certain universities. She went on to complete her undergrad at Boston University in 2 years and her Master's in two, so she didn't 'suffer' but if your heart is set on a specific school you need to stand out. Speech & Debate (compete and place...great for so many skills) Community Involvement (Beta Club, Volunteering etc.) Athletic commitment (offers opportunities to show commitment/skill/leadership) Start an event for local charities (get proactive in being a leader) Musical commitments (the arts provide many wonderful opportunities) Scouts (Eagle and others show commitment) In other words, academics will get you considered, but it's the 'extra' that gets you noticed and ultimately a spot. My son had dual enrollment his last two years, did fairly well on GPA (unweighted 3.8) and average on ACT..mid 20s...but he was in competitve sports where he was elected Captain his senior year, he competed in Speech & Debate for four years, he could write well/speak well and that's what put him over the edge for his liberal arts college he's attending now...I would say focus on 60% academics and 40% extracurricular/leadership opportunities.
  4. ma23peas

    Favorite Lit/comp

    Just added the senior and intro materials...last year's is up there...will upload the 9th/10th when I get back from vacation :) Hope they can be of use to families! I have a blast teaching them to our students...the last assignment of the year for the Intro is kind of cryptic...I didn't want to reveal to much and do not have time to lay out ideas for each lesson, I'm a kind of go with the flow teacher. I plan on doing an Amazing Race wrap up by pairing students up and going through all the 'locales' we visited during the year (sentence structure/vocabulary/literary devices) and having them compete for the Amazing team award :) Can't let it out or my students will be cramming for it for the competitive edge :)
  5. FYI, I just received my son's Columbia Rain jacket from Sierra Trading Post (XLT) he's 6'3 and it will rain where he's going...I used a special 40% additional off and it only cost me about $20! :) Always check there but always use a code, they will mail it to you if you join their site or check their FB site...also bought waterproof running shoes for those wet days :)
  6. Okay...only putting this out there because I've honestly forgotten what I still need to get...uh, my first born son would go with a napsack...he has no clue what all his sisters and I have pulled together :) We drop him off in 2 weeks and plan to set up his room for him...whirr whirr whirr helicopter mom complex :) Pillow, comforter, personalized throw that has pics of the family (Groupon deal), two sets of sheets, mattress pad, mattress cover, bedside organizer (to store his phone/etc.) Power strip protector, pen holder for desk, file holder for drawer, over the chair organizer, rain jacket (sale at Sierra Trading Post), rain hat, waterproof running shoes (he's an athlete and apparently it rains a lot there) grooming tote (has a hanger to use in community bathrooms) shampoo, body wash, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, floss, mouthwash, toenail clippers, unibrow shavers (he will use these! :)) hand salve for blisters towels (three), washcloths (he will NEVER use these, just wait!), shoe organizer clip on lamp for his bed, notebook paper, folders, pens, pencils, calculator (financial one since he's taking Economics courses) mini-stapler, no remover he'll just have to rip those pages apart. power cords. stamped addressed self envelopes so he has to write us once a month :) Air conditioner (medical excuse), laundry hamper, waste basket, laundry detergent pods, 4 under the bed storage bins (one for winter clothing, one for towels/miscellanous, one for extra school supplies (if they don't fit in desk), one for extra sheets/bedding) Push pin board, that special cloth tape to make frames for pictures on his wall, Command strips/hooks to hang damp towels to dry. I think I'm just done...he can wing whatever we have forgotten :) OH and some arrow thing that I got at Pottery Barn Outlet, has about 10 hooks on it, figured he could always hang a hat or medals or something on them...done done and done!
  7. ma23peas

    Favorite Lit/comp

    I know your pain :) I have taught English Comp/Lit for 5 years, the first two years I used solely IEW products (recommend them but it just wasn't something I could continue after 2 years) so I started creating my own yearly lessons for my co-op classes. This year I am creating specific ones for 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12..the last can be for 10-12 if a student is a strong writer. I include a number of assignments to keep it 'fresh' and fluid. Precis writings, rhetorical analyses, short stories, literature (usually 6 novels a year), essay construction, research paper helps, MLA helps, note taking helps, poetry, etc. This can be used at home but is easy for me to use in the co-op setting, it has just enough direction/instruction for the student (lesson assignments etc.) but also is geared to let the teacher add in their own's a free resource and I should have the remaining lessons for this year loaded up in the next two weeks...hopefully, one day when I have time I can list them by assignments so people can just pick ones they might like, but my time is highly limited :) Hope this helps!
  8. ma23peas

    Best Latin program for high school?

    I like Cambridge Latin, but all others are good! I took Wheelock's in college, just prefer Cambridge method for learning the intricacies of Latin.
  9. :grouphug: It's amazing how many warnings there about the mystery of lawlessness, the twisting of Paul's scripture, people claiming to be Christians that bring false teachings, teaching that Christ is a license for immorality, and then disparaging those that follow Him... yet, people still go with them :(

  10. We loan ours out to other RS owners, we started out with German, loaned it to a guy who gave us Italian....when we're finished, we'll get our German back and hopefully loan it out for Spanish or French! :) Tara
  11. Merry Christmas***~

  12. Happy Thanksgiving!


  13. Hi. I was wondering if you could come back to the illegal downloading thread to let me know what the name of the "vault" service you use is. It sounds like just what I'm looking for.


    TIA :)

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