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  1. Has anyone put something like this together? My daughter is a dancer and would love this but I've no idea where to even addition to the fact that next year will be my first year having a high school student.
  2. And the placement tests seem to always be easier than the actual material in the book/workbook.
  3. Freesia: Yes, that is exactly the information I was looking for. I guess, "all the way through" isn't the best way to phrase it. I meant more like, has anyone used this as their primary writing curriculum for their children and feel like those children became good writers. It's not at all the way I learned to write and I used to be a pretty decent writer--but being able to write and being able to teach writing seem to be two completely different things for me, and I didn't struggle with reading or spelling either.
  4. So, my 10YO has just started Level 7 of Barton, is reading pretty well and her spelling is improving but still has a long way to go. I have IEW SWI A, and CC-A, which I used with my older daughter before moving away from it. (She found the method really frustrating.) I pulled it out and have started Lesson 1 with DD10. Has anyone used this all the way through and felt like their child was a successful writer? Also, DD is still learning to type and is nowhere near proficient despite having worked on this skill for a long time (years...). We are using Google Docs with speech to text and maybe she just needs more practice, but she finds it very frustrating. Tell me this gets better...
  5. IEW Fix-It. But you don't really need a curriculum for that. Just insist it's law and give a failing grade to anything that breaks the law. ?
  6. My daughter is 13 and I need ideas. She already knows about her body and puberty. She knows the very most basic rudimentary facts about sex. I'd like something that covers things in more detail and I want to include topics on consent, gender identity and LGBQ. I've already checked out It's So Amazing and It's Perfectly Normal but have ruled them out. The art and tone (it seems almost talking down to the audience? I'm not sure, it just seems off-putting to me and it's not going to play well with her). She's a pretty serious girl and shy as well. I was hoping she would start asking questions and we could approach it in a sort of natural way, but she's 13 and has never shown any curiosity so that didn't really work out for me. She hasn't shown any interest in dating/romantic relationships and that's fine, but I'd really like her to be informed before that time comes along. We live in the absolute middle of nowhere and so even though I'd really like to put her in one of the Unitarian church's Our Whole Lives programs, that just doesn't exist anywhere near here. Someone please help me!!!
  7. We are using the paper guides as I already have them and I feel like being able to sit down with those really helps us. She's enjoying the online component but I sit with her so I can see where she may need more practice. I've got the workbooks on standby if I need them.
  8. Thanks. I checked it out and noticed right away. The intention was good.
  9. When I was listing things, I probably wasn't as thorough as I could have been. She dances 12 hours a week, so electives are covered. We've joined a homeschool group. It's going to use our Mondays. I have no idea how academic it will be, but I haven't really considered it as covering any of our academic stuff even though they will do science and history and hands on projects. She was placed a year back because the 8th grade class was full. She's an advanced student in a lot of ways so I'm just not sure how much she'll get out of it, outside of the group aspect (which she had asked for). They also plan a lot of field trips, so we will probably get out and about more this year and I think we are all looking forward to that. After driving myself crazy and taking in everyone's suggestions, I think you are right, a year of geography is probably a good choice for where we are right now. Also, it's something she's expressed interest in, so yay! Science wise, I've decided to be kind of traditional and do physical science. Hopefully it will review some of the things she's already covered and fill in anything she missed, giving her a good foundation for next year's science. And if her online sociology class pans out, then I'll shift things around...again. ? Thanks everyone for taking the time to offer ideas. I'm starting to feel like I'll be ready next Monday. Maybe, just maybe. Teresa
  10. Both of my children attended a Montessori school through kindergarten. I do think that the way they teach reading helps immensely. It's interesting--to me at least--when experts talk about teaching children with dyslexia/dysgraphia to read and spell, Orton-Gillingham method is pretty much standard (though I think we are going to be seeing more interventions using structured word inquiry soon, but I digress). When you look at the way Montessori teaches reading and compare it to Orton-Gillingham approaches, there are a lot of similarities. I've often wondered whether my oldest, who reads well but is dysgraphic, would have been diagnosed dyslexic without Montessori. I don't think so really because the early signs were not there and her testing results don't show any weaknesses in phonemic awareness, etc. I DO think that my younger daughter, who IS dyslexic, would have fared much worse had she not had the Montessori reading foundation that she did. With my youngest, I knew something was up before reading really entered the picture but she did begin to learn reading at her Montessori school and actually left Kindergarten reading pretty well for that level. She just kind of stalled after that. Anyway, I guess that was a bit off topic. Sorry OP. Teresa
  11. Wow, there's some great stuff here! I'm going to go check out these books. Can you tell me a little more about your geography binder? I've considered the travel brochure idea too because it looks like fun and seems like something she would enjoy. Do you include other things in it? Going to check out Rick Steves on youTube as well. Thanks.
  12. Yes, It's Hakim's Story of Science series. The teacher did a great job of incorporating other resources and made it really hands on. She's not teaching it anymore though. I'm sad because I was planning it for my youngest as well. I loved the series. If anyone else is looking for middle school science, I agree Garga, they really should consider it. Thanks.
  13. My children have watched every episode of Brain Games multiple times--almost as many times as I saw My Little Pony in their younger years. ? I'll check out Subliminal. Thanks for the suggestions. OP, I second the recommendation for Crash Course if you haven't already found them and also Sci-Show. There's some great TedEd stuff out there too.
  14. Also Your Inner Fish is really well done depending on your view of Darwinism.
  15. I just started watching The Brain with David Eagleman. I'm really enjoying it. He's written a book as well. I'm not sure what age your kiddos are, but I'm going to watch it with my 13 yo. I think she'll enjoy it. Curious to see what others recommend. I just added yours to my watch list. Teresa
  16. Title pretty much says it all. My daughter is 13 and will be in 8th grade this year. I've looked over curriculum until my eyes were crossed. Then I thought of going it alone on subjects and can't even begin to start putting something together. I had planned an online sociology class and now it looks like it will be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment (someone help me by signing up for this so it can still happen ?). She's taken a pretty broad range of science over the last three years with GHF's Story of Science classes with related hands on work and now has a very good backround in physical science, chemistry and biology. I don't really want to repeat that stuff only to cover it again at a high school level so soon. I'm at a complete loss. Same goes for History. Since the next couple of years are going to hit World History and American History pretty in depth, I don't want to do those either. So far I have: AoPS Algebra 1 (We've already started this and it's going well) CAP Writing and Rhetoric (I've tried every writing program there is and this one is the most tolerated so on we go.) She's just started doing some creative writing because she WANTS to. It's amazing for her because she has protested writing so much in the past. Fix-It (And I'm questioning this because something seems to have clicked over the last year and grammar and spelling are working just fine for my little dysgraphic girl.) WTMA French 1 She already devours books. I like to let her choose her own reading, though I sometimes make suggestions. She's pretty open to this so I hate to change up something that's working right now. I've thought about Geography for the coming year. I even bought BYL7 and quite a few of the books but when I look at it, I see a lot of busy work or things that I'm not going to use because I prefer to cover those skills a different way (writing for instance). I've looked at the 8th grade planning thread over and over. I'm not sure if this is a whine or an invitation for ideas (which are definitely welcome--secular only please). I'm feeling so blah. And then I wonder if I want curriculum at all. Maybe I'm just feeling a bit unschooly at this point (which is so NOT me usually). But next year is high school and it feels like this is our last chance to be relaxed. GAHHH! The other situation is that I have a soon to be 10 yo who is dyslexic. With tutoring and other skill work, her day is pretty full. If she looks over and sees her sister playing Minecraft or something else fun during what she perceives as school hours, she's going to be pretty upset. Anyone else? Or any ideas? Teresa
  17. My oldest daughter is dysgraphic and had significant spelling problems. I feel like I tried everything too--Logic of English, All About Spelling, Apples and Pears, Rod and Staff, Sequential Spelling. Anyway, she struggled some with writing and copying when she was younger and I still wouldn't she say she is the best writer, but she does pretty well. Her handwriting is OK, not fabulous. It used to be a lot worse. Anyway, I had her tested in the third grade wondering if this was some sort of super sneaky stealth dyslexia. Nope. She reads at a quite advance level and every test that would possibly reveal dyslexia, revealed none. She's just dysgraphic. (I say "just" but it's been a pretty big handicap.) In any case, my youngest daughter IS dyslexic and I ended up purchasing Barton Reading and Spelling. Since I was buying it, I decided to run my older daughter through it as well. She finished it this summer--completing all 10 levels in 1.5 years, though we could have gone faster but I was tutoring my youngest as well. She spells pretty well now. It made an amazing difference. It's expensive though--but not so much if you buy each level used and then sell it when you are done using the money to buy the next level. It holds its resale value very well and I haven't had any trouble selling them when I've finished with them.
  18. We mostly take summers off. Until last summer we took summers completely off and found it completely frustrating when no one could math when we came back. Then my youngest daughter was found to be dyslexic and tutoring absolutely had to continue over the summer. We decided to stick with math and tutoring for dyslexia over the summer and it worked out really well so we are attempting to do that this summer as well. It's a little more complicated this year as my oldest has four weeks of dance intensives and is pretty wiped out when she gets home. Luckily, it seems like a little summer math goes a long way.
  19. I agree with the outlining instruction being insufficient. I looked for a Remedia Press book on outlining but a quick search isn't turning it up for me. Can't you point me in the right direction Targhee?
  20. Wow! You guys are great! You know you are on the right track when you see a few books on the list that she's already read and enjoyed! I have so much to look at now Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  21. I need some recommendations for books to read with my 8th grader next year. I'm not interested in a list of classics as I have that part covered. I would like a diverse list of more recent works that aren't necessarily ALL depressing. She likes fantasy novels but I want to broaden her horizons without killing her love of books. I'm totally uninspired and feel like I've looked at hundreds of book lists. Bonus points for books that have diverse characters, though that isn't an absolute necessity. Where are you Farrar?
  22. It's like you are describing my daughter. We set a timer here. She works for an hour unless she's having a "bad math day" and it becomes clear that learning is just not going to occur. Then we just close up shop and work on something else. Fortunately that doesn't happen very often. In 6th, she was doing AoPS Preagebra. As someone else said, it took us about a year and a half.
  23. I love the videos. I'm scared thinking about Geometry because there are no videos for that text. ? I'm geometry phobic. I had a bad experience. Ok, I'm not really phobic but i am going to need some help with that text. My husband, the engineer could teach it well, but works so many hours. I may outsource that one to Well Trained Mind Academy or AoPs.
  24. After finishing through 5C, JA was much too easy for my daughter. AoPS prealgebra is a fantastic text. She had a love/hate relationship with it.
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