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  1. 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 Building Thinking Skills Level 2 and Critical Thinking Company Mind Benders Book 5 Fine Arts: ARTistic Pursuits 4-6 Book 1 and Violin lessons He also does fall and spring soccer and Cub Scouts (he’ll cross over into Boy Scouts mid-year next year) and we do a weekly for-fun homeschool co-op.
  2. 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 study with me checking his answers. We are on Week 23 right now and I expect that at some point we will need to do the lessons together but it has been nice to have a break from it.
  3. He was actually a Catholic priest.
  4. 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.
  5. My eighth grader is doing geometry this year and there is plenty of Algebra I review.
  6. 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 homeschoolers. And I must say that that’s been a great thing for my own homeschool because it increases the opportunities for local businesses to offer homeschool programming and for my kids to interact with a variety of different people and ideas. I do get a vibe that a lot of newer homeschoolers aren’t as committed to it as an overarching family philosophy and are more in it for much more varied reasons, and that some are pretty ill equipped to go it alone, whether because of their own educational background, finances, or time. So, I’m thankful that we’ve come to a moment in time when there are so many options to educate our children.
  7. 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.
  8. My state requires a half credit for graduating high school, and our state university expects it of incoming freshman.
  9. 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, etc. He works independently for the most part besides geometry and introducing new lessons for writing. We did grammar together last year, but he seems to remember the lessons so far and has been doing fine working on his own.
  10. 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.
  11. I used both K12’s Human Odyssey and OUP’s The World in Ancient Times and my son enjoyed both of them immensely.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 LfC again since we love CAP products in general. He’s done Minimus, Song School Latin 1-2, and is doing Getting Started With Latin this year. In general, he loves languages (he’s also doing Greek this year just because he wanted to). So, if you’ve used the 2017 revised version of Latin for Children, could you tell me your thoughts on it? And has anyone used both?
  14. 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.
  15. 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/Junior Analytical Grammar Sixth grade: W&R5-6 (no grammar this year as we started vocabulary) Seventh grade: W&R7-8/GftWTM Purple Eighth grade (planned to begin next month): W&R9-10/Teaching the Classics followed by Windows to the World/GftWTM Red
  16. 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?
  17. 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 Level - Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots 8 Math: - Holt Geometry Science: - Elemental Science Physics for the Logic Stage Foreign Language: - Breaking the French Barrier Logic: - Classical Academic Press Art of Argument - Classical Academic Press Argument Builder - Critical Thinking Company Building Thinking Skills Level 3 (second half) - Critical Thinking Company Mind Benders Book 7 Arts: - Artistic Pursuits Grades 6-8 Book 2 - Violin Lessons Religion: - The Incarnate God Extras: - Boy Scouts - Co-op and Field Trips
  18. 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 Math: Singapore Standards: 5A and 5B Logic: Critical Thinking Company Building Thinking Skills Level 2 Critical Thinking Company Mind Benders Book 4 Science: Elemental Science Physics for the Grammar Stage Foreign Language: Getting Started With Latin Keyboarding: Typing Instructor Platinum Religion: Law of God by Seraphim Slobodskoi Arts: Art classes at co-op Violin lessons P. E.: Soccer TaeKwonDo Extras: Cub Scouts Other co-op classes Field trips
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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?
  22. I am getting very confused trying to figure out what I would need to order if we choose to go with Bien Dit. Can anyone tell me what components of the program are necessary? I took three years of French in high school, but that was many years ago, so I’ll definitely need answer keys.
  23. My son’s scores from the testing we did in May at the end of his 6th grade year qualify him to enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search. I see that enrollment runs August to April and that you have to pick a test/location/date when you sign up. Is there an advantage/disadvantage to enrolling and testing earlier vs. later? I was thinking of signing him up for a May testing date so he’d have the whole year of Algebra under his belt before taking the SAT or ACT (also, is there any consensus on which to take?). Does that make sense or am I not thinking of something?
  24. Just wanted to update and thank everyone. We did it! Everything went smoothly. We fumbled a bit at a Tim Hortons far outside the city with a cashier who didn’t speak English very well, but it worked out in the end. Everyone we dealt with in the city spoke English. The city was absolutely beautiful and we had a lovely time meandering the streets for a couple of days. We got into Canada and back to the US without a hitch (though the people in front of us on the way back in were not so lucky). Thank you guys for reassuring me that it would all work out!
  25. You mentioned Sherbrooke, which of these routes would you recommend?
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