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  1. HELP! PLEASE!! I’m at a conference in another state with my husband this week. I came along to use this time as planning retreat:  while he’s in meetings all day, I’ll be near the hotel coffee shop or pool, gearing up for the new school year and writing out my lesson plans for our first week next week.
    BUT!!! When I unpacked my bag, I discovered that I left my TRISMS DAW teacher guide book AT HOME!! I can’t believe it! This was the main thing I was planning to work on this week! 😖😫😩 
    Is there ANY way someone could send me a copy (picture, file, whatever) of the lesson plan grid for DAW Units 1 & 2 through my email (medhsee at yahoo dot com)???

    Yesterday I sent a message to the TRISMS people through Messenger, and someone responded first thing this morning (8:00) and asked if I still need it (Um, YES!!?? 😦) and said if so, he/she would send it today. Of course I responded right away and said yes, I do need it, but the message has gone unread all day and it’s now 4:30! So now I’m hoping someone here can help me out. Please????? 

  2. I need modern, easy-to-read versions (or both in one) that give the basics of The Iliad and The Odyssey but for high schoolers who are upper elementary or middle school reading level. Don't throw rotten stuff at me, but I don't like the formal language of Church or Colum. And I do NOT want graphic novels. Is there something *slightly* easier than Rosemary Sutcliff's versions or Roger Lancelyn Green's versions? 

    I've been researching like crazy, and I'd love some feedback on the following:

    The Iliad by Nick McCarty 

    The Odyssey by Robin Lister 

    The Iliad and The Odyssey by Gillian Cross (or Homer's Iliad and Odyssey by Gillian Cross... Is there a difference?)

    The Adventures of Achilles and The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton

    The Trojan War by Bernard Evslin

    The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin

    Thanks so much!

  3. If I plan to use only the textbook (no CDs) and grade the student’s work myself using the Answer Key & Test Bank, would I do just as well to use the first edition of Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2 rather than buy the 2.0 version? Is there all that much difference in content, or is the main difference the self-grading aspect of the 2.0 CDs? Again, we will NOT be using the CDs and we’re also not interested in the online version, just the book and answer key.


  4. On 10/10/2015 at 10:39 PM, TrixieB said:

    Reading Through the Ages: Reading Selections 4000 BC - Present by Linda Thornhill & Sally Barnard, published by Trisms.  The cover has a shield design with a knight's helmet at the top of the shield.  Copyright dates are 1995, 1997, 2006 (mine is the 2006 edition).


    On 10/11/2015 at 10:07 PM, wehave8 said:

    I found a pdf of the Trisms book listing books from 500 B.C. to 2005!


    I know these were old posts, but can either of you share a link to the PDF of Reading Through the Ages (2006)?

  5. 24 minutes ago, Tanaqui said:

    Well, we don't have to all love reading, though it sounds like lack of background knowledge is also a problem.

    Are you absolutely married to the history tie-in? It might be better to do something that's just plain fun, but I can't think of as many laugh-out-loud books that are set in the past.


    No, I'm not set on the history tie-in. They actually seem to notice (!) and enjoy (!) when they read something in one subject area that they are familiar with because of something we did in another, so even if it's loosely connected, I think it works best. 

  6. On 7/15/2018 at 1:27 PM, Tanaqui said:


    So the suggestions I made are a little early in history for what you're looking for (although Birchbark House can sort of slide by as the setting is a little vague on a specific year.)

    Let me think. Are these young teens or older teens? LH is a bit juvenile for older teens, to be honest.


    The girls I will be teaching in the upcoming year range from 13-16. NONE of them enjoy reading, and I generally have to pick books that are 5th-6th grade reading level. They recently read (or tried to read) Calico Captive--Scholastic says it's for grades 6-8--and they didn't get it at all. I had to explain EVERYTHING. It's hard to find books that are accessible to their reading level AND interesting to them.

  7. On 7/15/2018 at 10:53 AM, nixpix5 said:

    Can I just say this is so freaking cool. What an amazing job you get to do! At risk youth is my heart and I just think this is fantastic. 


    Ok...carry on about Little House....


    Thank you for your kind words!  It is challenging, to say the least, but I feel that I am making a difference in at least a few young lives!  My own children were gifted learners, so this endeavor has been QUITE different. ? My "baby" graduated 5 years ago and went away to college, and people in our community started contacting me about teaching their daughters. Most days I LOVE what I do. ? 

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  8. 1 hour ago, beckyjo said:


    I agree with this. It looks like you run a school or are a classroom teacher. I recommend this approach in order to make sure that everyone gets to hear a book they like. I read through most of the LH series with my kids, but if I were doing a class, I'd do one to introduce (I vote Big Woods) and do a book talk on the others if I had kids who were interested in reading more. That's how our Mother Daughter book club works. When we finish a book that is in a series, the librarian who runs it has copies of the next few books in the series so the kids can check them out then. 

    Are you doing a theme for the year for reading or just kids' literature? 


    You're right... I run a homeschool program for at-risk teen girls. I usually try to run our literature along the same theme/time period as our history studies. For the upcoming year we will pick up with post-Civil War America. I wanted to read a few of the Little House books before Christmas break and then pick up with something else after Christmas when we move on to 20th century American History.

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  9. Which ones do you consider essential reading? I'm planning to read at least a few of them with my students in the upcoming school year, but I'm not sure we'll have time for all nine books. I will probably leave off Farmer Boy (because it's not about Laura) and The First Four Years (because so many sad things happen).

    I read them myself years ago and loved them all... well, except the last one... and so did EK (my daughter). I had already planned to reread them with my new crop of students before all the recent negative publicity, and I don't want to debate that topic. I just need to know which ones others consider the "favorites" and not-to-be-missed. Thanks! 

  10. On 6/21/2018 at 4:44 PM, shinyhappypeople said:

    ...I wish for materials for older, struggling learners that are designed for use in a homeschool not a classroom.  Lots of bonus points for materials from a Christian worldview.   

    ...Ex: remove references to grade levels...


    I've been saying this for YEARS. My at-risk high schoolers really need to be using 6th grade textbooks, but they are mortified if there's a big ol' 6 on the front of the book.

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  11. 32 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

    Have you done a placement test to see if your student can go straight from CLE 6 to TT alg 1?  My kids have all gone from Horizons 6 to MUS alg/geo without any issue.  I have only had to briefly review a few concepts that they might not already know.

    From reading the forums, CLE and Horizons are probably comparable and MUS/TT equally so.  

    I should clarify that I use the MUS alg and geo as pre-alg and pre-alg, but that is not what they are intended to be.

    I didn't think of skipping all the way from CLE 6 to TT Algebra 1. I suspect they'll need one more year before they're ready for Algebra. 

  12. On 7/12/2018 at 2:24 AM, klmama said:

    I'm very curious about the progression you are considering.  If these students can handle BJU math now, why would you want to move them to any level of TT 2.0?  Do you dislike the higher level BJU books, love TT, or just want something they can do more independently?  



    We haven't started BJU Math 7. We used CLE Math 6, but I don't really want to use CLE 7 & 8 for two years if I can use BJU Math 7 for ONE year and accomplish the same purpose. My plan is to use TT for Algebra 1 & 2. I do not want to use BJU for PreAlgebra or Algebra. I was wondering if we would be able to go directly from BJU Math 7 to TT Algebra 1.

    Here is the sequence I'm considering:

    - CLE Math 6 (completed already)

    - BJU Math 7 (unless someone can tell me how to condense CLE Math 7 & 8 into one year)

    - TT Algebra 1 (???)


  13. I feel sure that after BJU Math 7 (Fundamentals of Math, 2nd edition), my girls would be beyond TT Pre-Algebra.... right??? I’ve looked briefly at my old copy of TT Algebra 1 (first edition), and it looks like it covers mostly the same topics as BJU Math 7. I know TT Algebra 1 has been updated since I used it last, so I’d love to hear from anyone who has successfully moved into TT Algebra 1 2.0 after BJU Math 7. 

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