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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. 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 does MCT for language arts. It's head and shoulders above what they do in school. And we're in a top level district. We might try enrolling him next year to try again. He's not much of a risk taker but a great student. Whatever you decide, it will work out. It may not go so we in the beginning because transitions mean some fumbling and figuring out. That's how it was for us to transition from ps to hs and now the other way around. Us hs-ing Mums are clever beings who know how to figure things will too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  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 in Instagram. I keep telling her that successful students have involved parents and that my assistance doesn't stop once she stops homeschooling. I'm here to be her helper; how can I help? She wants nothing to do with it. Compounding this is the influence from public school peers -- a new attitude that the least amount of effort put in to get good grades is the new cool. Sooooo frustrating for me! I worked so hard to instill a belief of lifelong learning, learning is fun and important and whoosh! it's gone in one fell adolescent swoop. As I type this I am beginning to think of a new approach. She's older, we're in a new situation, the old ways no longer work. I'm starting to wonder if putting up a chart or diagram of what her goals are, with milestones of how to get there (her 4 year plan of classes, GPA required for her college of choice, SAT scores for her college of choice, extra curricular activities, etc, would be useful. Then I'd have clearly communicated what is needed to reach her goals (without the confusing back and forth conversation with an oppositional teen) and it's something she can refer to and maybe we check in on a quarterly basis. Maybe putting in blanks where she can put in actual grades and experiences so she can compare if she's on track. And if things don't go as planned, we can readjust the plan accordingly. (Everyone is rolling their eyes now at how type A I am and feeling sorry for my dd!) And then maybe, just maybe, I can feel like I've done what I could and slowly start to hand over the reigns. I'm told these are the years to start to let go.. (quietly freaking out). I don't know. Have you had a talk with him to ask him how specifically you are causing stress for him? What actions would he prefer from you? And you ask him what he wants to achieve. And then tell him how you stress because you care about him so much and you want to help him achieve that and it's hard for you to sit by and not help when you see things going astray. And talk about things you can both do so you don't stress him out but you also feel like he still cares about his education. Something along those lines so he feels he has some say and control and you are being respectful to him. In regards to boys vs ds11 is way more dramatic than my dd and this conversation has me thinking about our future with him... (throws up hands in the air and says wheeeeee!)
  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? 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 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 also some online practice. But nearly impossible to get your hands on an answer manual. Good luck! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  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 building near-space balloons. There's a global contest for it as well. I know nothing about technical stuff but I'm going to give it a shot. (yeah, ok my son can help out if he wants ;-) From 3-D printable humanoids to crocheting mermaid tails, this is my new fav magazine. My 11 year old couldn't put it down last night. Maybe your son will find some interest-led projects of his own to take on? How was your son able to be in Science Olympiad? Was there a homeschool team? It sounds like your son has interests that might line up with architecture and engineering. Any local classes in the area or online in these subjects? Have you also looked into your regional and state STEM fairs? Ours take homeschoolers. I don't think there are annual themes you need to align with. I would also encourage him to always be thinking about problems he might take a stab at solving. Did you know that NASA uses origami techniques for solar space travel? Origami is also being used for bendable electronics, antennas, cell origami in biology, to detect diseases...the list goes on! A stop-motion film using his origami creations would also be a fun and educational endeavor! Have fun! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  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. There's a book: Homeschooling and Headed to College that I learned this and other stuff from. This spreadsheet is still useful to me now that my dd is in public school as it's our guiding plan when we work with the school guidance counselor to select classes. There is lots out there for curriculum and home-created curriculum. Just as overwhelming in choice as the younger years. ;-) From distance learning with highly academic schools like Stanford online high school, to less academic choices like K-12 and others, to charter schools that do in class instruction for a few days a week and home study for the rest of the week, to creating your own eclectic mix of purchased curriculum (what we did), to creating your own curriculum following the passion of the child (we did that for science for one semester). I know kids have gone on to college using any of those approaches. Each child is different. Some are interested in outsourced classes either locally or online. Some prefer to self-study. For some it depends on the subject. Your and your child's school life is better when you customize to the personality and interests of the child. As the student matures, your role becomes less about instruction and more about monitoring and coaching. Are they progressing? Are they on schedule? Are they learning? You can create your own transcripts and there is plenty of information on the Internet on how. Or pay an umbrella/cover school to help you through it as well as serve as advisors on developing a 4-year plan and choosing curriculum. I never intended to homeschool high school...too scary! But once I began educating myself and after putting together her first year of records, looking back we were pretty awesome ;-) My younger one will likely homeschool through high school and I am looming forward to it! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  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 team he coaches and they just read the textbook and take notes. All tests are open book and he tells them they get an A if they fill out their notebooks. But he gives them the exact notes to write down. My daughter is fascinated with being in public school and all the other kids and I doubt she'll come back to homeschooling. So sad! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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