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  1. My son loves this idea of "policy research". Any other suggestion for quality sources along the same lines as The Economist, foreignpolicy.com, and the Supreme Court blog? I'd like to make a big list and then narrow it down. Still thinking how we might like to organize his studies.
  2. So many great ideas here! Thank you all so much! This past year, his civics class was just a broad overview of the US government (3 branches, etc.). I'm going to sit down with ds and use these ideas and see if we can make a plan. Thanks again! 🙂
  3. My son loves everything political. He watches C-SPAN every moment that he can. He is truly interested in the entire process, and enjoys reading articles about issues from different points of view. This year, he did a civics class using Notgrass. Next year, he is requesting as much history (I have that covered) and politics/government as I can give him. I'm trying to come up with a class that is different than civics. I have several resources that I think he would enjoy (a Founding Fathers Great Courses class, a workbook that he wants to work through about applying the Bill of Rights to Su
  4. Thanks for the responses everyone! I am still reading them and thinking about what to do (if anything). It's nice to know it's not that odd of a problem to have a high school kid who is a poor speller!
  5. Ds15 has done years of spelling workbooks. Last year, we used Spelling Wisdom to see if another method might help. He always gets great scores on his spelling tests, and he reads for hours at night before bed, but it just doesn't transfer! I'm trying to figure out if I should be trying to do something about this, and if so, what? Is there a spelling bootcamp-type program for high school? I see IEW has a spelling program for this level, so maybe we should try this?? The other day, ds spelled certain like "curtin". His 9 year old sister told him how to spell it correctly. I feel like I d
  6. So, we decided to switch dd back and do Math Mammoth 4. Dh will do it with her 2 times per week and I will do it twice. On the fifth day, she will do a MM review sheet. Thanks everyone for the help!
  7. Ha! For some reason teaching MM and helping her with problems she doesn't understand or gets incorrect completely drains my (limited) energy like no other math program ever has! I enjoy teaching R&S and CLE! I think it's because it is hard for me to wrap my brain around Math Mammoth. 🙂
  8. So, today I put the first few pages from MM4 in front of dd9 and she was back to her old self, enjoying math, chatting about the problems as she solved them mentally, etc. This is a real problem for me because i don't want to teach MM 🙂 I am trying to think out of the box a little (and I haven't given up on the Horizon idea) because she was like a different kid with her old friend MM today! I am going to talk to (math loving but busy) dh and see if maybe he can take over at least a day or 2. I feel like I could pull off teaching MM a few times a week, but not often enough to get through
  9. Thanks everyone! I will also take a look at Beast Academy and Mathematical Reasoning. I love R&S for 1 of mine, but I think it would not be a good fit for this kid. I appreciate all of the suggestions!
  10. When I ask her, she says she "hates it all." 🙂 I will look at Horizons 4 right now. Thanks!
  11. Yeah, I pulled my CLE 4 out and I think we will have the same problem..
  12. Thanks! I saw that MM had a few on youtube, but I didn't know there were so many! This might solve the problem, though I wish there was a video for every lesson.:) Thanks so much!
  13. I used CLE with my now-14 year old, but I'm wondering if I might run into the same problem since it seems similar to Saxon.. I guess it is a workbook, though, so she might like that better. Teaching Textbooks I'm not sure about. Thanks for the input!
  14. DD9 has always been pretty strong in math. She did Math Mammoth grades 1-3. I decided to switch for 4th because I needed something easier for me to teach (I have 3 other kids, 1 with special needs, and I have a chronic illness, so easy is a must for me this year). I bought the DIVE DVDs and put her in 5/4, which looked perfect for her, if a little easy, at least at first. She absolutely hates it. She has cried almost every day. I feel like I have tried everything. I have her only doing evens or odds. I am sitting with her for the entire lesson and independent work part of it. I have c
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