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  1. After reading through older threads, it looks like Lial Algebra I was a fine course, but it’s the Algebra II that is lacking for someone who is considering a mathy career? He should be okay moving to Foerster for Algebra II having done well with Lial Algebra I? And it looks like there is some discussion of what amount of the Foerster book needs to be gotten through for Algebra II. I think I saw generally people on old threads here saying chapters 1-12, but I also mention of the Kolbe schedule. The Kolbe sample of their schedule shows their standard Algebra II scope as chapters 1-10 while
  2. What would you recommend for a student who wanted to do an honors credit for Algebra II? What would need to be covered that Lial does not?
  3. High school maths: what makes a course honors vs. standard? My son is going into 9th grade/Algebra II and saw that his other core courses are labeled as “honors” for the work he’s assigned, but for math, I use a college textbook (Lial), so there’s no designation of what one would do to make the course “honors” level. As a homeschooler, I’m wary of designating a course “honors” without some outside source confirming what level of work is required in order to do so. He would like to have the honors designation if he can. So, my question is if possible, how?
  4. I tried that. It just got me even more confused :(
  5. This was in the nobility rolls for my family and relates to why my 3x great-grandfather was stripped of his title in the 1830s (in present-day Ukraine, then Austria-Hungary). I can see that it had something to do with violence and Jews, but was he committing violence or inciting them to violence or what? Can anyone tell me what happened? I know just enough Latin to be thoroughly confused!
  6. My middle child will be in 5th next year. He’ll be doing exactly what his brother did: History/Geography: Tapestry of Grace Year 1 – Dialectic Stage with Oxford University Press Ancient World series and K12 Human Odyssey Language Arts: Kolbe Academy Elementary Literature, Classical Academic Press: Writing and Rhetoric 3-4, All About Spelling Level 7, Junior Analytical Grammar and Mechanics, and Growing Your Vocabulary A and B Math: Singapore Standards: 6A and 6B Science: Elemental Science Biology for the Logic Stage Foreign Language: Lively Latin 1 Logic Skills: Critical Thinking Company
  7. I did the purple book last year with my seventh grader. We just did it as scheduled in the book. I wanted to be done with grammar after that honestly. As others said, it was far more grammar instruction than I received in my seventh grade year in which I had an entire class devoted to grammar and mechanics (the last such instruction I received). However, my son said he really wanted to continue so I got the red book. He’s actually been doing it on his own this year and is doing much better than he did last year. We’ve done a couple of the lessons together, but overall it’s been an independent
  8. He was actually a Catholic priest. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Wasner
  9. My son took it last year at age 13 as part of Duke Tip. I don’t think we got something from ACT in the mail. I think it was from Duke Tip. I’m pretty sure the only thing from ACT was online results.
  10. I’m 10 years in at this point. I have no idea how the homeschoolers around us school, besides those who loudly pronounce their unschooling, because I frankly don’t care. I know what works for us and that’s what we do. I don’t outsource any actual subjects, though we do attend a weekly co-op. It’s purely for the “socialization.” I used to spend a lot of time on here when I was less sure of what I was doing (and here I am again as I am freaking out about my first high schooler). The biggest change I’ve noticed locally in the past ten years is an explosion of secular and minority homeschool
  11. I definitely think it’s a worthwhile program. My son rolls his eyes at the first-person style and he does not consider himself Christian and there’s a bit of Jesus-talk that annoys him. But, overall, I think he’s doing well with it. He did Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings last year and we started this year with Teaching the Classics. When we finish Windows to the World later this year, we’ll go straight into selections I’ve made from Excellence in Literature which he should be well-prepared for by that point.
  12. My state requires a half credit for graduating high school, and our state university expects it of incoming freshman.
  13. I have weekly schedules, one for me and one for him. He checks his off as he does his work; I check mine off as I check his work. This is an example. In the top row, I write the date. In the bottom row, I write any activities for that day (like Scouts, violin, library volunteering, co-op, and robotics club that he does weekly, and any field trips). In the rows for Duolingo and Typing Instructor, I record how many minutes he spends that day. For history, he has a separate binder where I’ve listed his reading assignments for the week, questions he needs to answer for our Friday discussions, maps
  14. My husband just interviewed for a job yesterday. It was with a panel of three and they gave him a choice of last Wednesday or this Tuesday, both at a certain time. ETA-he was informed of the choices one week before the first time slot, so there was a 1-2 week notice.
  15. I used both K12’s Human Odyssey and OUP’s The World in Ancient Times and my son enjoyed both of them immensely.
  16. I looked at both and chose Art of Argument. My son actually just took the final exam on Friday. He really enjoyed it. Actually, my middle enjoyed listening in and joining in at times. I’m actually teaching a class at our co-op based on it. Some of the examples could be considered controversial (Birth control, prostitution, existence of God, politics, etc.), but there aren’t a lot of that sort. I’m fine discussing those topics with my own child, so we went over them, but I just skipped over those examples in my presentation during co-op.
  17. I know there have been many threads on this very topic, but I can’t find any since LfC was updated in 2017. I was hoping to hear from people who have used both or at least the latest version of Latin for Children. My oldest used Lively Latin 1 in 5th and LL2 in 6th-7th. He liked it okay, but he had a difficult time with LL2 (and I must admit that I didn’t go through it with him and I don’t have experience with Latin past Song School Latin 2). I chose Lively Latin because I’d heard that LfC was a big jump back then. My middle will be in 5th next year and I’m wondering if I should consider
  18. This is what I’m like. I buy everything and schedule everything for the whole year before the school year starts. But, I do all the scanning, copying, printing, booklists, supply lists, etc. for the whole year. I arrange everything into 36 weeks with a master copy for me that will go into their portfolio and one for them that they consult and check off themselves. I’ve only ever felt the need to switch what I was doing mid-year once. And I’ve only had to change the scheduled pace once.
  19. I know this is an old thread, but I don’t know how far in advance you were planning and I’ve actually used all the materials you mentioned twice now (my oldest just finished 7th and middle just finished 3rd). This is what I’ve done for writing and grammar so far: Kindergarten: WWE1/FLL1 First grade: WWE2/FLL2 Second grade: WWE3/FLL3/MCT Island Third grade: Killgallon Elementary Sentence Composing followed by Treasure Conversations/FLL4/MCT Town Fourth grade: Writing and Rhetoric 1-2 followed by Killgallon Elementary Paragraphs/MCT Voyage Fifth grade: W&R3-4/Ju
  20. I'm starting my planning for next school year when we'll be using Holt Geometry 2007. Remembering back to my own high school and college math courses, there were always sections or even whole chapters that my teachers skipped. How did they decide what was okay to skip?
  21. I love seeing what everyone's doing! My oldest will be in 8th for 2019-2020. The plan: History/Geography, combination of: - Tapestry of Grace Year 4 – Dialectic Stage - K12 Human Odyssey - K12 American Odyssey - South Carolina: The History of an American State Language Arts: - Teaching the Classics & Windows to the World - Selections from Excellence in Literature Book I and 2 - Classical Academic Press: Writing and Rhetoric 9-10 - Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Red
  22. I love seeing everyone’s plans! I’m mostly just doing what I did for older brother, besides the arts/P.E. additions. Here’s my plan for my next-year-fourth-grader: History, combination of: Tapestry of Grace Year 4 Upper Grammar Story of the World 4 America’s History: Land of Liberty At Home in South Carolina Language Arts: Kolbe Academy Elementary Literature Killgallon Paragraphs for Elementary School Classical Academic Press: Writing and Rhetoric 1 & 2 Michael Clay Thompson Voyage Level All About Spelling Levels 6 and 7 Ma
  23. Thank you both so much! I think that’s exactly what I’ll do. We’ll spend the beginning of the school year focusing specifically on literary analysis and then I’ll choose which units of EiL to complete the remainder of the year.
  24. Thank you so much! You always give such wonderfully helpful and detailed responses! May I ask what your high school literature courses looked like for your children ? Did you continue with LL or do something different?
  25. Looking to decide which to use for eighth grade. DS is using Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings this year. We’ve also been using Writing and Rhetoric and are on Book 8. I’m looking at Lightning Literature 8 or Excellence in Literature Introduction to Literature. Can anyone tell me about experiences with each? Also, for Lightning Lit, is the student guide consumable or only the student workbook?
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