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  1. Thanks to Harriet and Attolia for varied responses. It is Core 630, the British Literature package, that I am looking at and they have starred off specific books as AP lit. This particular Sonlight Core has two writing exercises per week in addition to doing a research paper. I think my student is more like Attolia's and has read so much literature that Sonlight will be a good fit. And we are looking forward to the added extra writing. I will take a look at Essential Literary Terms (Norton). I put it on hold through the library already! Thank you for the reccomendation. I would be interested to find out if anyone on the forum has successfully used core 630 for their AP English and Literature course. I do plan to substitute some of the books on the list. We have read the two you mentioned Harriet and would agree with Peter Pan. Also, Sonlight requires Perrine's Structure, Sound and Sense which I am very excited to use.
  2. It is very "light" ON chemistry. Not nearlt enough coverage for SAT II. Just an extra reader. Love all LOF math, though.
  3. Does anyone have experience using Sonlight 600 for AP literature? How did it go? Also, I'd like to submit a syllabus to the CB incorporating core 600. Has anyone done this? Willing to share? Would be grateful as it may be something I could gently modify but also it would save valuable summer time. I know I love the core - just takes time to correlate to CB criteria. ANd getting access to the teacher community is of great value.
  4. AP English Literature Anyone using Sonlight Core 600 Fall 2017/Winter 2018? Does anyone have a CB approved syllabus for this core? I am looking to not have to recreate the wheel. The core looks excellent! I have spent time analyzing each week. Lot's of literature and excellent reflective writing exercises. Thanks!
  5. We are using: Sonlight Core 600 for AP English Lit. and composition. Val what are you using? I am looking to "borrow" an already approved AP syllabus based on core 600. Anyone willing? I love the core! LofFred Calculus, have loved his other math books; want to correlate to an AP syllabus Apologia Physics Not sure about history - maybe a mix of Great Courses and library books Music Foreign Language-Spanish
  6. I was not allowed access either. I wonder if the school counselor where my ds took his exam would prodide the details. Anyone know?
  7. OK ...fast forward to Fall 2017; I am considering Matter and Interactions(and I do see they have an improved VPyton) interface. Did you use it? and di you like it? ANyone else want to comment? I want Physics to have modern useful meaning, I'd like to find good recomendation for a first time programmers as wll.
  8. We are using Shepherd's biology this year and we absolutely love it! Wyle's book would be easier if you want easy. Your student should enjoy reading as the prose style is very entertaining but not for everyone. The additional anatomy at the end makes it easily an Honors course. There are 20 labs.
  9. You might want to read a small book called project based homeschooling perhaps from the library. Also, consider Great Courses classes as she gets older. I have many of the CDs through our library and that way you can see which ones you like. the top professor's in the country teach the courses. Also, if income allows consider the gifted program through North Western or at least a few classes.
  10. if she is gifted then Saxon will become a bore. I found myself skipping a whole year of Saxon w/0. Loss. in fact we skipped two years worth over a two year time period. we now use LOF which keeps things moving at a faster and more interesting pace. try all the science wiz kits except Inventions. inventions had failed experiments in it and they no longer produce but you can still find It. Chemistry and chemistry plus were lots of fun. Do them with your daughter but let her lead you! You won't regret it.
  11. I like using utube videos , type in 5th grade human cell and you tube or 6th grade atom etc. and you get some nice songs written by a science school teacher. He covers many science toipics.
  12. I recall a seeing a teaching friend of mine a few hours after open teacher parent day. I asked why she looked frustrated and she said every single parent that visited that day said that their child was gifted! Therefore, it is hard to get taken seriously when you really do have a gifted child. I agree with the private testing idea but most schoold won't do anything special until the child is older.
  13. Abook call outliers, also, briefly mentions giving math some meaning. The content of the chapter really discusses why Asians are ahead of the US in math.
  14. Good point. We are already "entering" years on paperwork for various contests and particular outside classes so I wonder what happens when I enter the same year twice.
  15. Good to hear! I am in the same situation where the course work would be spread out. Ahead in some subjects and on par in others.
  16. Thanks! I read the book last night! Great resource and it re-affirms my position.
  17. My dd is a good student but lately I am thinking I'd like to stretch out the year over two years. Going with the philosophy that she'll be more mature upon graduation and have an extra year to learn things. I am thinking about doing the same with my ds. Both would be 18 right after graduation if I don't make the change and 19 if I do. I want them to be as mature as possible for college and I'd like to give them an academic boost before they have to take SATs and ACTs. Do you know if colleges penalize the older student? would they be less likely to get a scholarship? We would be careful not to call this holding back but an opportunity to go deeper into subject matter. ANy suggestions for presenting this idea in the best most convinving way?
  18. I wonder why you put an advanced child in preschool. It is nothing more than a training ground for how to get in a line and follow a regiment. I feel so sorry for pre-K's I see ordered from one spot on a play ground to another all day long. They need time to just be "kids' free to explore. Consider bringing her back home, add exciting books from the library and go outside often. It sounds like gymnastics and Sunday school are plenty for meeting socialization needs at this age. My friend's child did not start kindergarden until he was 6 and it has not effected him socially whatsoever. We choose to homeschool and I can say socialization is an issue in that there is too much of it already at a 6th grade level. HS parents actually have to limit all the activities inorder to accomplish academics. It really is a misconception to think the kids can't do theatre, music, etc. We have been doing plays for the last 7 years. Our friends kids go to the public school just for band. You can use the library and interlibrary loan system (to get books from other libraries) for free and of course there are a multitude of online sources. But if you really want your child in preschool don't expect it to be more then standardization of what the "average" kid must know - as in where to put your coat and shoes. You'll need to do the enrichment at home which is the route another friend took. Her 8th grader has been taught by her after school, and in summers, for the last 8 years so that he is not bored and he does place in 9th and 10th grade classes. But he is mighty young to be mixed with "mature and bigger" teens. Lot's to think about. Good-luck!
  19. I agree with so much posted. Skip counting definitely helps prior to memorization. You can do this while tossing bean bags, balls, yarn balls, etc. Some Manipulatives are great - try flat marbles (the type that go in vases) ,group them and then count the groups. The little groups are beautiful to touch and appeal to boys and girls. We call them pirate treasure. Use cuisenaire rods and Miquon puzzle books. YOu could try Rudolf Steiner Waldorf stories about the squirels that collect the groups of nuts and then lose some groups. The stories can be drawn and colored and it helps create memory hooks. Or create stories about King Minus (with holes in his pocket, King Plus (always has an abundance), King Divise(likes to share with others), King Multiply (hangs on to what he has) - again drawing and illustrating help. It all depends on the childs learning type. My ds and dd are great mathematicians but they did not understand why they needed to memorize things when they were younger. Give it some meaning.
  20. We did a lot with fractions in the kitchen while baking in 3rd grade. My ds really enjoyed cuisenaire rods and a crossword puzzle type book that you used to solve the math problems which ranged in grade from I think 1st thru 6th. He completed all of them in no time because it was fun! We, also, practiced the multiplication tables while throwing bean bags back and forth; under arms and legs, etc. It was a nice way of adding a physical element. We learned Roman numerals with sticks outdoors. I agree with monopoly and yahtzee as great ways to keep an interest in numbers. Later on you can add The Farming Game and STone Age. With yahtzee, my son was calculating averages of the games to see who's overall score was best - never with a calculator. I don't care for teh games that look just like a math book. However, with regard to math books - singapore math has nice story problems. If you like Halloween, you can bar graph the candies. We have been doing this for years.
  21. I posted a similar question about shifting a grade without getting a response. Our family has decided to go ahead and shift a grade, we don't like the terminology "hold back", by declaring we will take two years to complete 6th grade rather than one. It allows us to be more ready for high school oriented studies which seem more goverment controlled while also allowing us to study the things we find interesting. We agree with the maturity benefit and the cerebral cortex isn't really fully developed till your 25 so any extra time before having to make "big decisions" or being bombarded by peer pressure is of value. y concern is in declaring grades for things we are involved in - For instance how to you do Math Counts for two years in a row as a 6th grader? We may need to just opt out of being involved in certain things for the second year and find alternatives. We pont out that we can go deeper into academics. Good-luck!
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