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Donna T.

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  • Birthday 02/02/1968

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    FS: MFW Creation to the Greeks 2nd edition Teacher's Guide, two sets of Student Pages (one set is unopened, second set is in good condition - only a few pages from the first few weeks were used), Celebrating Biblical Feasts, Pyramids, Ancient Egypt, Ancient World, Patricia St. John 3 book set, The Children's Homer. All books are in very good condition to new, unused condition. Teacher's Guide was lightly used, small amount of checkmarks written in *pencil*. MFW Price is $208.55. Asking $125.00 including media mail shipping.



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    I am selling the Instructor's Guide for History and Literature plus the Student Guides for History and Literature. They were purchased new directly from Sonlight last fall. The Instructor's Guides are in unused, excellent condition. The Student Guides are in very good condition. Retail for these items is $140. I am asking $95, including media mail shipping. I prefer pay pal and will ship within three days.



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    I'm looking for a Sonlight schedule and books for the High School Chemistry course that uses the 2nd edition of Apologia Chemistry. I need the guide and the books. Please let me know if you have the guide and/or any of the books available! Thank you!


  4. Hello! I am looking for suggestions for reading material for a 9th grader who is studying Year 4, Modern Times. I am looking at the book lists in TWTM and would like to choose eight of these titles for him to cover over the remainder of this school-year (9th) and the summer months. It feels quite awkward for him to be covering Year 4 at the beginning of High School and I'm not sure which titles are most appropriate for a younger High Schooler. He has covered a lot of modern history this year. He has also read a lot of literature but only a few titles that I would consider to be a "great book". So far, I am thinking he will read Democracy in America, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Walden, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, The Red Badge of Course, and Mere Christianity because I already have copies of those. He has already read Great Expectations, the Gettysburg Address, Huckleberry Finn, and Animal Farm. Thanks for any suggestions!
  5. My 9th grader is using it. He is earning a full Intro.. to Logic credit this year. He has completed The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox, both by the Bluedorns. Now he's working through The Art of Argument book and listening to the DVD that goes with it. We watch the DVD together and discuss each fallacy. He works through the book independently. He does all of the writing. Yes, it is mostly short answer or short paragraphs, but in the next month or so he will finish that and work through the Argument Builder book. That book will have him applying what he has learned and at that point I will assign lengthier writing projects if needed, but I'm not sure yet if it will be needed as I haven't looked through it very well yet. My 6th grader has enjoyed The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox as read alouds. He could do them independently but I think he benefits from the discussion. He really loves both of those books. He also sits in on the DVD for The Art of Argument. I am going to wait before having him use the text but he could probably do just fine with it now. I think he is going to love it.
  6. My 9th grader has been studying Biblical Greek since 4th grade. He uses Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek. I don't think it's very popular here on TWTM boards but he loves it and has made great progress with it. He likes that it is easy for him to use without waiting on me to help him as it is written to the student. It includes a lot of repetition in the early books and delays grammar until book 4. I think he will be well prepared for his college Greek classes. He will be attending a Christian college, so the Biblical Greek was an appropriate choice for him and he was especially interested in it since it's the Greek of the Bible. He has been almost completely independent with it.
  7. My sixth grader is using that Sonlight core now. We are only a month into it. I had planned to have my 9th grader sit in on it, beef up the reading, and have him do ALL of the Eastern Hemisphere Explorer pages. We have the old pages and they are quite detailed. But, I just wasn't sure if even all that was enough for a half credit. He is also studying Modern World History now and there are quite a few topics that he is studying or will be studying that would fit in to the focus of that Sonlight Core (like all the isms... communism, socialism, etc.) but I'm still not sure if it is "enough". I will need to find higher level reading material for him. The books are GREAT but not high school level. I think the Explorer pages are though and he does read ALL of the accompanying articles from the World Book Encyclopedia. Still not sure if it is enough for High School.
  8. Thanks! I think we may get it. We haven't used many textbooks over the years. I think it may be good to use one for this subject though. I need something that is easy to use. Have you ever used it? I am wondering if the units can be arranged in the order that we want to cover them in, rather than as laid out in the book.
  9. I am looking for a High School level World Geography curriculum that my 9th grader can use to earn a half credit. Looking for something he can complete in four or five months. I would especially like it if the course focused on the Eastern Hemisphere and included cultural information while remaining strong in Geography. I am considering Oak Meadow even though it's not a half credit course. Any suggestions?
  10. Hello! I haven't checked in on the chat board in quite awhile, but wanted to share this awesome, amazing news with you all! Some of you may know that last Christmas we hosted a child through an orphan hosting program. We had never participated in an orphan hosting program before and didn't really intend to adopt. But, it was a wonderful experience. We hosted her again this summer and will be hosting her the third time this Christmas. She is from Ukraine and has lived in the orphanage for five years. We have never adopted before and it has all been quite scary, but we have managed to get through the home study and have now completed our dossier. Our petition to adopt will be filed in Ukraine in early January and we expect to travel next March. I have been reading a lot of books about attachment and how to parent these brave, hurt children. She is very brave. We love her to pieces. I don't really know what else to do to prepare for this enormous change that will impact our family forever. I hope I can home-school her but I am open to sending her to a brick and mortar if she would be happier with the group learning. She is 12, and does have her own opinions about everything! She is very smart and though she doesn't speak much English we did see a huge leap in her English speaking skills this summer. I would love curriculum suggestions or just to hear from any of you who have adopted internationally.
  11. I am! My 9th grader will start WWS 2 in about two months. He still has a little work to do in WWS 1 first. We floundered around for a long time as we tried to find a writing curriculum that made sense to him. We "made do" but nothing clicked with him like WWS. I am going to cover Essay Writing and the Research Paper with other materials. But, whatever else we do over the next few years, he will continue with WWS. He is doing a lot of writing across the curriculum now and I am SO VERY thankful for the progress he has made with WWS. I am of the "whatever works, do that" mentality at this point. We just spent far too long trying to find an approach that worked!!
  12. Blah. What a distressing thread! I got four hours of sleep last night. Woke up extra early after literally dreaming of a modern world history course for my upcoming 9th grader. I have looked at everything and nothing feels right. The books are too much. He is a strong reader. He loves history. However, I am not comfortable with some of the topics covered in these years. Not ready to read books with sexual innuendos and references to rape, prostitution, adultery. Yuck. My husband has forbidden us to read Hemingway in 9th grade. I think we are prudish here. I don't know. Oh, never mind... I think we will go with a beefed up 8th grade list instead. Seriously. Hopefully he won't be ruined.
  13. Just wanted to pop in and thank you guys for your input!! Our NEW copy of FUFI arrived this week-end!! :hurray: I don't buy brand new resources very often, so that alone was a treat! Wow, I love it! It arrived on Saturday and my 11 year old is ready to start this Monday. I am a little nervous because we have never used a unit study before. I think I will be o.k. as long as I can get in the habit of looking ahead to make sure we have the supplies and other books we need for the lessons. I am really excited! I think this will be a big chunk of my 6th graders day. I plan to allow my 9th grader to sit in as a tag-along and pick his own "adventures" as he has the time and interest. That will be fun, I think, because it is usually my younger son that's the tag along! It would be nice if the guide included one list of all of the other books that are recommended through the study. All I can find is an Additional Resources Recommended list that has the four titles that are most often referred to listed. No mention of the extras like Treasure Island that is referred to in Chapter 1. But, there are the handy lists of things to gather in the Planning Guides. I am going to go through those lists and begin gathering those titles. Well, thanks again!
  14. I don't know if the quote is correct. I read a statement she posted that said that a student who completes three levels of WWS would be as well prepared for writing in college as 90% of the students. I can't give you a link for that statement, but I do believe that is what she meant by the 90%.
  15. Wow, thanks so much to each of you who took the time to respond. Each response has helped me to look at this situation with different eyes. I really did not realize that it wouldn't be a problem if he started 9th grade in October or November. I guess my main question really was what impact it would have on his future college admission if we moved to a January to January school year rather than an August to August. I don't know if that matters or not, as far as applying for and being accepted into college. We have always schooled pretty much year round but have only had to turn in our days for a typical 9 month school year. I know our local community college will admit students any semester. I just wasn't sure how a more competitive school admissions department would view a January to January school year. I do totally agree that his grieving process has been different than mine. Honestly, it is me that needs a break, but it's not from teaching! It's from planning and decision-making, and the pressure of feeling behind. Thanks so much! It will work out. I am thankful to be able to ask questions here. This board has been a huge support to us since he was a PKer!
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