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  1. 2_girls_mommy

    How To Decide Which Subjects?

    BTW, I don't think your kid necessarily needs to do the General Science textbook if she has been doing science texts and has been exposed to science throughout school. She should be able to jump right into any Biology class.
  2. My senior next year is asking to not do science. She has 4 years of lab sciences. She took a co-op Apologia Lab Biology class in 8th grade and got an A, so I just moved her forward after that. She did Chemistry with co-op in 9th. In 10th the co-op class did Anatomy, and this year we are doing Astronomy. So she already has 4 years, even though she didn't get to physics. I am thinking of letting her not do it, since she isn't going into science majors in college. My current 9th grader is doing Physical Science this year. I need her to do Biology next year, but have no idea how that is going to look. I don't know if the co-op teacher will be offering it next year. She sometimes talks of moving on. We have been kind of starting Biology this year on top of her Physical Science with a Thinking Tree notebooking science journal, encyclopedias, library books, Crash Course videos, etc, and I am considering keeping that up and adding labs. She works well like that. I don't know though. I think we could cover enough Biology like that. I also subscribe to Schoolhouseteachers dot com. I am sure there is a biology class on there she could do with hernotebooking journal if I felt uncomfortable doing it on my own. Or she could read through the Apologia I have on shelf. Either way, we would have to add in the dissections ourselves, which I hate, but think we could handle if I had to.
  3. I think it doesn't depend on specific ages, but maybe just specific times of life for different families. At times we really focus on a weak subject like the year I decided multiplication facts were long past the point they should be sticking, and nothing I had done previously had helped. So I really researched it that summer and I really put in the time daily that year, just a few minutes a day, but very consistantly, to work on that daily before other school work was begun. I've got one that is likely dyslexic. In my state it isn't recognized in schools for special ed, so we never had her officially diagnosed, but went a different way spending money on vision therapy and a special ed teacher with a masters to tutor us as part of that service. That was money well spent and the methods she taught us for spelling and other topics were really focused on for the next year or so. My dd will never be a great speller. We don't spend the same amount of time on it now, but it did help her improve quite a bit at the time. Now she and I both know these methods when we want to focus on spelling, but she is also older and knows other helps like spell check and talking through her phonics rules, etc. I feel like we peck away at everything year in and year out, math daily, a little Latin most days, reading, history, etc. But some years we really focus on say History and do a big year with all of the bells and whistles- projects, films, multiple spines, videos, field trips. Other years, just reading a spine book and doing a paper or two a semester are enough because we are having a weightier science year or focusing on the spelling and writing or something else.
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    Fun writing project for 1st grader?

    I always followed the Well Trained Mind. And I remember our days from back then pretty well. We started school at 11:00 after our morning chores and Sesame Street, etc. We schooled through math and L.A stuffs til around 12:30. Then lunch, outside time, and then rest time. At rest time they were required to do silent reading or audio books, that kind of thing. Then after rest time, more outside time and so on, we did one afternoon subject a day. Mondays we did Art. Tuesdays/Thursdays we did History ala Well Trained Mind using Story of the World, Wednesdays were science experiment days, again, I used WTM's schedule of what to cover in a year. It was basically read a short page from the children's encyclopedia, watch a fun video or play an online link to a game, and a short experiment, then do a sentence into the notebook and draw or paste a picture. Fridays were whatever days. So we might finish a history project or do more science, etc. We did music added onto Tuesday morning work. We generally spent an hour to however long the afternoon activities stretched. They were always fun= make costumes from the history period, make a volcano, or painting for art stuff. We all loved afternoon subjects. And we did plenty of outdoor time after lunch, after rest, and after afternoon subjects. We did at least one day out of the house a week for library day storytimes, a field trip, or playdates. If we were doing a lapbook on Groundhogs that week, we would do that in place of the usual reading workbooks we did in the mornings. I spread first grade reading and phonics curric over K and 1st grade leaving lots of time for the out of the house things and for interspersing the fun projects. Then we dropped formal reading programs completely after 1st grade. In all there were only like 2.5 hours of formal school time, but it was all broken up between outside times, free times, rest, meals, reading, etc. And all activities were enriching and learning. So on library mornings, we did not formal school books. But we had the activities there, books on CD in the car, reading aloud when we got home, and then maybe still the afternoon activity. Someimtes if it was a museum trip, that was the whole day of school besides reading at bedtime and music CDs in the car and on the CD player at home.
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    Mr D math reviews?

    We are in our 2nd year of Mr. D's. We started it for geometry and stuck with it for Alg. 2. We will continue with it for senior year more than likely. My dd wasn't math phobic, but her strengths definitely lie in language. Math is not her favorite. She never really had issues with math. She was always at or above grade level whenever I tested her. She did R&S through 8th grade. Then we switched to Alg. using a typical Alg. textbook, and she hated it. She was used to the format of R&S, and hadn't needed much involvement from me in the last year of using it. But the text I chose for Alg which I thought laid out the problems similarly to R&S did not work for her, and for the first time math became a struggle. It was mostly because of her want for independence. She did not want to sit daily with me on her least favorite subject. It wasn't really the book's fault, just her own kind of independence struggle at that time. So we ended up taking much longer in that book, because like it or not, I had to teach her each chapter. The book had too much jumble on it I think. It was also the time that she was a teen going through brain mush in general. So the next year, I tried Mr. D's geometry in the self paced course that I got access to as a member of Schoolhouseteachers dot com. And it was a HUGE hit. She could do the class completely independently and made an A. We read through read alouds for math and continue to for some extra and some working together. But from now on with her I am out of math. Like a PP, I couldn't even tell you if it is necessarily spiral or mastery. I haven't looked into it that much. It got decent reviews and she is able to follow the video and do the lesson and understand it. So it is working for us. She does the Kahn Academy SAT prep linked to the college board for supplementing at least once a week too.
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    Fun writing project for 1st grader?

    At that age we did Rod and Staff 1st grade reading and worksheets which included fun little books like you are talking about making. To switch things up, I would do free lapbooks or unit studies every once in awhile from free online sources like homeschoolshare dot com and currclick dot com or similar things. So if it was Groundhog Day, I would fine some cute little lessons to go with that, or President's Day or Columbus Day or whatever. We also followed the Well Trained Mind, so she was writing narrations from Story of the World and making a science notebook that included writing what she learned on her topics of interest from those subjects like what you are suggesting with library books. In our case, if we were reading SOTW and it was about Ancient China that week, we would get a stack of books with stories set in China, mythology, actual nonfiction books on the geography, culture, etc. Then she could make a notebook page on any of those that week that interested her. Same for science, a sentence or two on the human body or animals we were learning about that week. For something once a year we always did the PBSkids Young Writer's contest where they wrote and illustrated a full book once a year. I have no idea if they even still do it or when is the deadline. But they always enjoyed that for a big project.
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    Math for a student with adhd?

    Targhee says a lot of what I have learned. It was tough for us because we didn't get a diagnosis until age 9, and mine didn't really struggle with anything til around then when there were more mutiple steps. Before then we had already learned to do half of the problems. Physically crossing off half of the problems in early workbooks was satisfying and then when she was copying to paper, just assigning odd numbers. And of course, the extra time for tests. Mine suffers a bit still in the math on her high school exams like SATs because of the math. I suppose we could get an IEP and go the route of getting extra time on those, but we haven't been. Her score is just significantly lower in math than the other subjects because at home, she has as long as she needs on a test. Daily work she handles fine now. Tests take three times as long as it should on tests is all. For us, we used R&S math through 8th grade. Mine did great with their explanations and problems worked out in the book. We tried Lial's for Alg. 1 and it was a disaster. I think I finally figured out she could never deal with the layout of the book and how they did the problems. It was way too much on the book at once, so different from R&S. We had to go through every chapter twice. I switched her to Mr. D's online for geometry and Alg. 2 and no busy textbook to look at, and she is doing great, making As and Bs. Those are what have worked for us, but I don't think it was the curriculum necessarily except in the case of Lial's definitely not working for her.
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    Curriculum through entirety?

    for us: WTM style history from K-12- that is Story of the World, whole series all the way through twice (2nd time alongside WTM logic stage recs,) and now in the high school rotations. Rod and Staff preschool ABC series. I am on my third time through with these. Love them. 🙂 So sweet. Rod and Staff math: all the way through for 1, 2nd is in the last book now, 3rd will start the series next year. Rod and Staff English: all the way from 2nd grade when it starts through currently in the 9/10 series for high school with one. One is slower going, but have never switched. We just don't hit grammar daily. So she picks it up occasionally still in high school, but is only in the 7th grade book at this point. She won't go as far as the other. But we haven't abandoned it. Rod and Staff phonics. It is only grades 1-2. We did it with both olders. Will start it again next year. Rod and Staff spelling from 3rd to 8th with one of mine. It didn't work well for my dyslexic. We learned other methods of teaching spelling and chose other things for awhile. Now in high school, she is working through the 6th grade R&S. Again, not abandoned. Just set it aside to do other things that worked better for her for awhile. Memoria Press Latin: I have done Prima Latina, Latina Christiana I and II, all of the Form Series, and into their Henle II plans (and then just straight into Henle on our own for III) multiple times. I have taught LC and the early Form series at co-op for about 8 years now, usually one or two levels going on at a time. This year I am doing a Third Form class, have one First Form student, and my high schooler that is using Henle 2 and 3 right now. On these subjects, yes, it is a relief to have what I know works, to have it all on hand, and only need to pick up a consumable or two each year. I have used them so much that just give me a student book and a whiteboard and props and things I have on hand and I can teach them all with very little prep work and to multiple styles of learners. I can adjust them to what I need at the time, either for a group class or for my individual homeschoolers. We have other things that I like and new, shiny things that I get attracted to. I have my trusty copy of The Well Trained Mind (ok two different copies for different versions,) that I pull out and fill in the gaps in the above pretty well filled out curriculum. Generally, unless we have chosen a co-op class for a subject, I will look to the WTM for what books to use for a subject. So currently for science, my high schooler is using the Astronomy Self Teaching guide recommended in WTM version 3. Each are studying the Great Books ala WTM using the Well Educated Mind, a pile of books and the notebooks laid out. One of mine has worked through Writing With Skill, one is in the middle of it, though we don't use the whole series. I pair it with the rhetoric book recommended, the other writing guide recommended, and the R&S books, plus the writing across the curriculum like the history context papers and lit papers, etc.
  9. Too bad. We love them here. The open endedness doesn't work super well for one of mine, but I still like them. So for her, she does a page a day to start the day of one journal that I picked out for her. It rotates activities and includes a lot of quick journal ideas that she needs practice with and rotates in subjects that we don't get to all of the time. It is a nice way to get some things in. The other dd that thrived with the first one in 7th grade now has a basket full of them. We wrote a schedule, and she uses one a day to start the day,using different sources with each one. She works an hour or so in one each morning, even now in high school. I can't wait to start our History of Fashion Course as an elective next year beside American History/Government using the Fashion Dreams one, a History of Fashion text, and some Dover coloring books and other odds and ends!
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    Inexpensive K Choices

    That is how I feel about my original way of schooling with R&S. I know how well the phonics/reading went before, and I really loved it. So I know I want that in the mix. That gets TYCTR and probably most of the SHT reading programs out of the mix for me. I've never been an Abeka fan. So I wll probably pull the books out and flip through them for supplementary pages or cut/paste activities only. I like the looks of MFW, but honestly, I don't like the schedule portions of it.It is not my style. I would never keep up. It is something I would only pull ideas or books from. So I won't be getting rid of it. I have all of the goodies to go with it. My friend passed down all of the flashcards and other extras that she had. I will pull from that stuff. But in all I will probably stick with: 1st semester: R&S math, grade 1 with felt board duckies, R&S ABC workbooks, wherever we are after preK this year, and just fun stuff for the rest. I want her to know the continents and oceans. We will be in an American History year with the high schoolers, so I will read her picture books and What Your Ker Needs to Know history sections. What Your Ker Needs to Know for various songs and such. And then I will see what homeschool group activities or classes are available. 2nd semester, I need to start reading with her as she will be hitting 6 about that time. I think I will wait and see where we are at that time to see what I want to do. I think she ought to be ready for R&S 1st grade reading/phonics and Bob books by then. I still want to throw some Dyslexia Games in there somewhere.
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    Inexpensive K Choices

    Your year looks good. I have so many options, so much stuff on my shelf for my Ker that I could do, that I would only need to buy a few pieces here or there. And yet, I added up what I would like to get her and it was going to be almost $200. And I really could save that and use it for my high schoolers. With my 1st I bought her the R&S 1st grade math for K, did Bob books from the library, and it cost us all of less than $30 for the first semester of K. Second semester I added in R&S reading 1st grade and spread that out over the next year and a half, so it still wasn't a huge expense. With my 2nd ker I just had to replace the workbooks to do it all. This time around, 10 years after my last Ker, I could replace all of the R&S 1st math and reading workbooks for around $65. I also have MFW K on shelf (which I won't use. It was given to me...,) Abeka complete set of K workbooks, may need T.Ms.??, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 EZ lessons, access to SchoolHouseTeachers dot com which I pay for for classes for my olders and which could give me complete classes for her, with just printing, already paid for. I would love to buy her a set of Dyxlexia Games series A. She is a lefty, and my mdd dealt with Dyslexia and worked really well with the Thinking Tree and Dyslexia Games materials, so I feel like starting her with them from the beginning would be good, but that can get really pricy. So do I just buy her one or two workbooks to start the year, or buy the full set on PDF to print myself which is cheaper in the long run?? I have shelves full of manipulatives, readers, etc. I just cannot decide. I am still trying to figure out senior year and college plans with my oldest, and everytime I try to plan out K, it just stresses me out. I need to set a deadline and a budget for deciding. This really went nowhere. Sorry for that. 🙂
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    Where to take AP exam???

    This is why we decided not to pursue the AP Latin and instead are just sticking with the NLEs to show proficiency. First nobody is offering the test anywhere around here, and second they don't accept it anyway. I did have one student that I tutored contact the only other university in our area that even offers Latin and only as a minor, and they would allow him to skip Latin I and go straight to Latin II with no credit for I with his NLE scores. I thought about dual enrolling dd in that class her senior year as her latin IV year of high school. Haven't decided on that or not, but we won't be doing AP this year, just the NLE III/IV prose (because, since we aren't doing the AP, we won't get to poetry until second half of year.)
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    Is my 10th grader not doing enough?

    My current 11th grader has goals like yours- eventually probably a masters as a librarian, but starting with a possible degree in the classics department or English at a state U. Even her PSAT score was close to that given. We should see it improve, but we are proud of her. She does often work on weekends, but like PP it is because her projects are often related to scouts and extra curriculars and volunteer activities. She has her own extra curricular dance classes, and is a volunteer teacher. She is in several clubs through scouts with meetings, field trips, parties, and projects. Or she is finishing papers, reading, or such for our school because of her activities and babysitting jobs that she is busy with throughout the week. My 10th grader wants to do something in art. She may even take classes at votech and or community college before moving into a bachelor's degree. She has the same extra curriculars as the other. And she often has art projects that she is personally working on or for scouts on the weekends on top of volunteer teaching at dance, younger scouting events, or meeting with her scout groups. We belong to a couple of homeschool groups. There is usually a rush at the end of each semester as there are projects or presentations due for each one, plus piano recital and dance recitals and such to get things ready for and to rehearse for. So there are some very busy weekends. And I try to encourage reading over weekends. Occasionally I need them to finish a paper over the weekend, but I am more likely to assign reading over the weekend and have them write during the week just because of their busy weekend schedules.
  14. Ok, for us. I now have an 11th grader and a 9th grader. I was nervous to start too. The toughest part has been putting myself out there to find schools who would allow her to take the PSAT and finding a testing site for the required reading exam for driver;s ed to fulfill our law for that here. But after that, registering for ACT and SAT is all online from what I understand and shouldn't require calling around. I have seen my first do fine on exams that she has taken (National Latin exams, the standardized reading, the PSAT, etc.) As far as the actual educating. It hasn't been bad. I have found an online class where I needed it. They have done some co-op classes for science which have been great. I know in the future if I didn't have that for my lab classes, that I think I would be just fine with a couple of them, and would outsource Chemistry. But I know there are options, so I am not worried. Beyond that, we are doing our others at home and are very happy. Everything just carries on the same as it did in elem and middle school. I love the freedom that we have. I can incorporate art, therapies, stopping to focus on skills where needed instead of moving on, and go super deep into their interests and outside projects just like we always have. I give my kids the transcripts that schools are used to seeing. I know they are covering what is necessary. But I love that it is notebooking, art, read alouds, field trips, hands on that is a bulk of how they are learning about the world just like always. I love seeing their projects come to life. For us, Scouting brings a lot of this. They start there on badgework or in clubs or field trips or service work that introduces them to so much. I love the art projects my artist daughter does and the fact that we can take advantage of so much for her learning: online classes, a co-op class, community classes with an artist, lots of free time at home to finish projects, field trips, etc. ETA. and even though my odd would do fine in a DE class, I can't even really find a subject I want her to do one in. So I think we will just continue to do her full senior year at home. I just can't seem to find one that would be a good fit. We shall see! It is not set in stone yet, but I feel like I have a handle on her plans at this point. My younger is a little interested in looking at vo tech next year just to see what types of art classes are available, so we may end up sending her to a classroom before her graduating sister.
  15. Ok, mine are not going into STEM majors, but what we have done are local opportunities. Currently, my girls are in an Astronomy club with scouts that pairs with the City Astronomy Club and NASA. Plus there is an intro to robotics with scouts that they can do. The team doesn't do well in competitions from what we have seen. lol. In the past we did a FLL and we went to state with a homeschool team, while scouts did not do well. They don't put in the time with it that we could as homeschoolers. But for my current 9th grader, it is enough of an intro. The families I know here with kids going into enginerring use the votech school and dual enroll as homeschoolers, doing half the day at home for some courses or dual enrolling at community college half the day, then votech in the afternoons.
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