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  1. We've recently added magazines to our reading pile. We're enjoying ChemMatters and American Scientist. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. We use History Odyssey, but it's not an online class. http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/history-odyssey/ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. My dad didn't transition to public hs, my daughter did. Spell check!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I think it just depends upon each individual kid. My dad transitioned back to public high school last year. I put her a year behind because she is a Sep 30 birthday and started kindie at 4. She is very social and transitioned beautifully. She is motivated by group learning. Her algebra teacher is outstanding and her worse subject became her favorite. I also discovered how ahead my kids are on most subjects. All that worry was unnecessary! I enrolled my 6th grader in middle school and he lasted 2 months. He's my introvert, serious student. Unbeknownst to me he test at grade 11 reading! He also
  5. My dd15 has gone back to public school after 4 years of enjoyable, successful homeschooling. She has immediately disengaged from me when it comes to school. She doesn't tell me anything about what she's learning, won't let me review her homework, etc. Midterms are coming up and I keep asking her about what classes will have midterms, should we work to put together some flashcards, set up some study groups, etc. Nope, nope, nope. She says none of her classes will have midterms (I can tell by the way she's saying it that she has not asked and has no idea). She says this while her nose is buried
  6. I almost spat coffee all over my keyboard reading that! I was telling my ds11 about the birds and bees and the looked at me in complete shock and said, "How do you know all this stuff about boys?!" He has also requested that I no longer teach him math because I just confuse him. So he's now doing TeachingTextbooks and it's working much better for us (so far).
  7. For Biology, maybe Elemental Science biology at the rhetoric stage? https://elementalscience.com/collections/biology-for-the-rhetoric-stage They sell a study guide and discounted access to a virtual lab called Late Nite Labs. The textbook can be found online for free at CK12.org. The textbook is all online but it's mostly written with some short videos incorporated. Late Nite Labs is used by some colleges. You can make mistakes and have failed results so although not a "wet lab" it is more realistic than most. I really like HMH Algebra 1 in how the textbook teaches. There is als
  8. What can I include in high school that will give him a place to grow and stretch, while also meeting him in his strengths? I like Science Olympiad, but it is a ton of work unless it lines up with the science topic of the year. I'm curious about things like Project Lead the Way, but I'm not sure how homeschool friendly they are. Suggestions? Your son sounds totally cool. Does he know about Make: magazine? We just picked up some from our library. They are great idea generators. They are also online. I am over the moon excited about one of their articles last year about buildi
  9. We did a partial year of high school at home last year. If your child has college aspirations, look up what colleges you are all interested in and what their admission requirements are. If your child knows what major they want, than look up those specific requirements. Also look up what the requirements are to graduate from high school are in your state. I put these side by side in a spreadsheet and then mapped out what subjects she would take each semester to achieve those requirements. We would choose the actual curriculum as we went but the subjects were figured out and their sequence. Ther
  10. I agree with you! Doesn't sound like the kind of life we want our kids to have. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. After 4 years of homeschooling, my dd went back to public school. I'd love to have her back but she is happy. We have the opposite problem. I think the academics are too light and she has too much time on her hands (we just moved here and still trying to make friends). She is doing lots of volunteering though. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. In our district there are two sets of textbooks. One stays in the classroom and another stays at home for the school year. This eliminates the need for lockers and having to lug around heavy textbooks. Some classes have a printed book in class and an online version to refer to at home. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. After 4 years of homeschooling, my daughter has gone back to public school and is in 9th grade. For the first time ever she got straight As. Guess I was a lot tougher on her with homeschooling. I'm really disappointed with the study skills class she is taking there and don't feel that she's learned a thing (but she loves hanging with the kids as there is a lot of hanging out and chatting in there). And I'm very disappointed with the science teacher. A very nice man but tenured and really needs to retire. He comes in grumpy most days, he yells at them or talks non stop about the cross country t
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