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Julie in Monterey

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  1. For my 8th grader next year. This will be her last year home schooling prior to attending a college prep high school. Math- AoPS Intro to Algebra and Intro to Geometry Language Arts- outside IEW class- Literary Analysis- MacBeth, To Kill a Mockinbird, the rest to be determined. Reading list to be determined. Foreign Language- Elementary Spanish 1 at local community college. We will take this together History- A History of US by Joy Hakim- 10 book series Computer Science: How to Code: Systematic Program Design, Parts 1, 2, and 3 on EdX.org, general computer science intro - t
  2. Yes agreed. We've been so very thorough on the sciences up until now and I feel if we don't address computer science before high school, it just won't happen. Her sister is a sophomore at the same high school and homework is so heavy, there seems to be no extra time for computer science study. I've talked to several administrators at local schools about this massive gap in digital literacy for our kids. The answer I keep seeming to get is once the UC (University of California) schools accept a computer science class in place of a math class, that will trickle down to high schools to allow
  3. I cross posted on High School board. These are some recommendations I am initially going with. general computer science intro - the stanford online class CS101 (free)- I registered for this class this morning. I plan to take this prior to my daughter taking it. web development - using CodeAcademy.com (free)- we started this last year. I will look at it again. The issue with code academy is they have many courses so I've been overwhelmed in the past about which one to take. programming - python - using learnpythonthehardway.org's online book (free)- plan to check this out. We starte
  4. Thank you! I just registered for the Stanford online class CS101free. It is self paced so I will start this right away and take it before my daughter so I can help her with it next year if needed. We've worked through HTML on CodeAcademy.com and are about 15% through Python. My concern is that there are so many choices, where to begin. I will check out learnpythonthehardway.org's book. Anyone take a course at a local community college?
  5. HI, I am working on planning 8th grade next year and I've decided to drop all traditional science for computer science next year. Cross posting on high school forum. We've been heavy on the traditional sciences in the past and my daughter will be attending a college prep high school 9-12th grade. Ironically, they do not offer any computer science courses until senior year so I want to spend the next year getting my girl engaged and excited about computer science. It should be noted that I don't know a thing about it. I plan to learn right along side of her so I'm not thrilled by the idea o
  6. Hi, I am working on planning 8th grade next year and I've decided to drop all traditional science for computer science next year. We've been heavy on the traditional sciences in the past and my daughter will be attending a college prep high school 9-12th grade. Ironically, they do not offer any computer science courses until senior year so I want to spend the next year getting my girl engaged and excited about computer science. It should be noted that I don't know a thing about it. I plan to learn right along side of her so I'm not thrilled by the idea of only on-line like Khan Academy. I
  7. My mother-in-law is using these three books to teach my daughter this year. We bought the workbooks and teacher's guides and to be honest, we haven't touched them. My MIL does ton of discussion and reads every little bit of the book to and with my daughter. We both feel the workbook is a distraction from the learning that is taking place from discussions.
  8. Honestly, if your child is asking for more, I would listen and give it to her BUT ask her what she is interested in, what she wants to delve into more deeply. Perhaps she wants to learn a language, do more art or really investigage a topic she touched on in her other studies. 7th grade with my second child looks way different than it did for my first. My DD plans to attend a private HS after home schooling preK-8th just like her sister. With the oldest in 10th grade now in a brick and mortar school, I feel like I've gained more perspective into what is really valuable to spend time on. Typ
  9. Hi, We are taking Art Appreciation with Apex Learning. It's good, but my daughter is looking for simple straight forward drawing instruction. I think the best setting for us is on-line video or tutorial instruction. I've bought countless books on the topic but the reality is I need the instruction myself. I plan to do it alongside of her. It doesn't need to be free, it needs to be clear and good. Any ideas? This could be a youtube series, an open source class but it needs to start at the beginning and work from there. Thanks! Julie in Monterey
  10. Listening in. Any chance I could have access to your reading list for last year? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebeckah Skloot. My bookclub read this fantastic book. I understand there is a junior version out there. I recently read and really enjoyed, HOW WE GOT TO NOW With Steven Johnson. Six innovations that Made the Modern World. I just learned that PBS put out an 6 part series that complements the book. It discusses the impact of six ideas that have impacted history. This was avaiable on audio with our library. I enjoyed Steven Johnson's writing style. The science
  11. We loved the first book this year. Grandma has taught this first book. i just ordered the two others. I ordered the Quest guide for the second book and we'll use probably 1/10th of it (this is based on me looking through it) . I won't order the 3rd guide. The discussions that flow out of the reading of the book together is worth more. I don't always need evidence that learning is taking place. We'll follow those books with the Big History Project (on=line) and do it together. It's a great follow up to Hakim's bookes.
  12. This is a fantastic thread! I already have a list going for my current 6th grader. Her sister entered a college prep private high school this year after 9 years of home schooling. It's been an amazing year for her and we've talked often about what really helped prepare her for this next step in her education. My youngest of course benefits from lessons learned. I agree with the statements to savor this last year or two homeschooling and spending the T.i.M.E with your child. Now that she is in HS, I and talk to her the most during our drive to and from school and at the dinner table. We've bot
  13. Totally agree that it depends upon the child and I certainly didn't mean to infer anything about your child. As an person with experience with this program from using it with my own daughter, I thought others may want to know our experience.
  14. I have found in my coop classes, that if I ask the kids to do the work "in-class" it gets done and I can guide it. Encourage them to bring laptops and do the research right then and there. It's a great opportunity to teach kids about reliable sources and the internet. Pairing them up works well. Maybe an old fashioned compare and contrast discussion with points on a board. Each week certain kids could be responsible for actively watching and taking notes on the film and the other group could do the research.
  15. I used AoPS with my oldest and feel like it is a better fit for an older than 5th grade child in most cases. For a 7th or 8th grader, they can do it almost independently. I'll be using it next year with my 7th grader and will be right next to her as she works through it.
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