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  1. For leadership, mine are in scouts. They are Red Cross first aid, CPR, and babysitter certified because of working on different badges. Almost every badge or journey has them reaching out into the community to make contacts and work on issues and then teaching others (often other scouts) about what they've learned. They've volunteered in scout camps, in service unit activities, are on committees with the council, and volunteer in the community to earn awards they choose (and design themselves.) These awards are recognized as leadership by employers and colleges, but most importantly build up their confidences as they are challenged by the requirements and then challenge themselves to step up and do them, even though they're hard and scary at times. And I agree with pp about outcomes from these tough circumstances making people who they are. We just read biographies on Teddy Roosevelt this week. I thought of him as I read your original post.
  2. Oh wow, so like mine took notes on their program today. You would have to send that in? That is a lot!
  3. We are in a scholarship program through our state that funds college tuition in state for students who make a certain ACT score and are under a certain income and who have transcripts that fall under their guidelines. Our program requires three lab science classes. My kids have: dd16: biology w/lab (at co-op) chemistry w/lab (at co-op) anatomy/physiology w/lab (at co-op) and astronomy w/lab (at home.) She didn't need the astronomy, but she joined an Astronomy club and we decided to do a full blown class out of it for credit since she is interested in it right now. Since this one has doubled up on sciences, she could do physics but is choosing not to. She isn't going into sciences and has a full course load next year without it, so she has requested to be done with science. This one will be going into classics and/or English, possible minor in dance, nothing science in college. My next one will have: physical science w/lab (with co-op,) biology w/lab (at home,) chemistry w/lab (where?? we aren't there yet.) and that will be all for her, leaving her senior year science free as well. She is looking at fine arts or history or something related in college.
  4. Can it be just a log with brief details about what you did each day? Tues. March. 13: watched Theodore Roosevelt webinar class from the National Park Service as part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project, took notes during presentation, read a biography of Roosevelt by Charlene Notgrass and discussion (what we actually did for history today...) We don't always have output, but I could log things like that daily (and do) for my homegrown courses.
  5. This is so true for us! What is working best for us is this: A dollar store planner calendar with just a monthly spread. My ADHD child is to write from her emails about various upcoming things. We sit and do this together: We will put in her work dates, her dance schedule, her upcoming field trips, tests, anything that applies to her for a month. We read the emails together from her various activities, and I add them to my calendar and she puts them on hers. We keep a large whiteboard for to do lists for the week in our main living area. We all add the to dos that are imperative that day or week and cross off as we go. Then I have her set reminders on her phone. So she will get a reminder alarm to get her stuff ready for the next day or an hour before a test or class or whatever she has going on. For classwork in the classes with deadlines we write that in as well. Currently that is her Alg. 2. It just says the lesson number she should be on, so we can watch it weekly to see if she is staying on task and adjust if necessary. For outside classes, we put steps on the calendar if needed for assignments. I have tried fancy planners with a page for monthly items, a spread for things by the week, and a spread for the entire month. At this time, that is too much for mine to keep up with. She needs the one page spread only to deal with. She will forget things on one spread to the other and won't keep up with multiple lists/pages. The whiteboard keeps things very visible. 🙂
  6. We still used Story of the World as the spine of our history at that age. And I also was just reminded in another thread how much we loved Memoria Press science. In fifth grade, we had a great year with their bird unit. The next year we loved the astronomy with Greek Myths year from them.
  7. We LOVED MP birds. It was one of my favorite school years. The year we did it we did birds several other ways to make it fill a lot of our year. We decided to learn about birds and help them with scouts that year too for my dd's bronze award project . First thing we did was find a local Audobon society. We attended a few meetings and then participated in the Christmas Bird Count census with them. Then there is the Great Backyard Bird census in February. We participated year, years later still. Then dds got birdhouse materials donated from a builder's store and gave a birdhouse building class to younger scouts and taught them about how to help birds with what they'd learned. That was a big project. Then, our co-op was doing an Apologia Flying creatures year which worked out perfectly. So my ydd did that class and notebook with them. It covered other topics besides birds, but there was a lot on birds. This also provided a lot of experiments that MP doesn't give. It also included reading lists for literature that we used to make it a bird year in as many subjects as possible. It actually was a really good compliment, especially the notebook. I liked it better than the MP workbook, which we mainly did orally. And to finish our year we went to the extension center of our local community college which has a program of lending incubators and eggs to schools and from them we hatched two sets of eggs, quail and chicken. We also found several spots for bird watching (some we learned from the Audobon society and wouldn't have found if not for them!) And we went often with our Peterson coloring field guides. We did that bird year 6 years ago, and we still take our field guides and go birdwatching. That year made a big impression on us. One of my favorites ever.
  8. We use the History of the >>>> World books. I don't see why you couldn't pick chapters that apply. They are VERY long books. My junior has not finished one in a school year yet, taking more along the lines of a 12 month period, reading it heavier in the summers really when she has less other reading to do. Next year she has to get American History in, and she is not going to be able to finish the Renaissance book. I will have her read as far as she can for a bit longer, then pick the chapters I don't want her to miss to get ready for Am. History next year to finish up.
  9. People don't know what they're missing. WTM just organizes my crazy brain and makes things simple that I overcomplicate and overthink.
  10. My kids read their own books and discuss with me. I don't use a particular curriculum, just WTM as a guide, so we are generally in the same time period. But not always as literature doesn't always follow history here. Can you find a way to choose one or two books or subjects a year to do together just for discussion's sake? It might mean skipping something from one of their booklists while you do one together from tge other child's, but that way you're doing some together occasionally. But once you get out of history/lit my kids are in totally different subjects. One is in Astronomy this year. The other is in physical science. One is in PreAlgebra. One is in Alg 2, etc. And I juggle those, so I don't see how history would be too different.
  11. Our co-op science teacher introduced us to Crash Course videos. Now I use them in the science I teach at home too. And I said Mr. D's for math in passing, but that is definitely new to me in the last 5 years, and it's been a Godsend!
  12. I'll be looking it over. We're planning a government year at home, plus some enrichment with homeschool group. Maybe I'll find some inspiration!
  13. We have been using SchoolhouseTeachers dot com for a couple of years, but I never did a lot of exploring. I bought it for access to Mr. D's geometry a few years ago, and kept it this year to look over it more. We have mostly used the art classes which are nice for my teens. But I have been exploring it more, and have found three high school classes for next year that I am super excited about, plus about three more that aren't that exciting, but that will get the job done. The plans are completely made for the courses I like and I don't have to schedule or create worksheets or anything, just grade, which I do anyway. Yes, purchasing homeschool curriculum does the planning and such for me, but it is a lot more expensive, so I usually do it all myself. The price is right here and my main expense will be ink and paper to print several things.
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