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Julie in MN

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    Started homeschooling a 10th grader in 2002; added a 3rd grader in 2004
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    Minnesota - Twin Cities area
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    Ahhh books. And family - photo is a great day celebrating the birthdays of 3 grandkids
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    (1) $40 - IMPOSSIBLE: PHYSICS BEYOND THE EDGE (photos 1 & 2) Taught by Prof. Benjamin Schumacher, Kenyon College The Great Courses from The Teaching Company Complete set: 1. Part 1, 12 lectures (2 DVDs in case) 2. Part 2, 12 lectures (2 DVDs in case) 3. Course Guidebook for parts 1 & 2 We bought this new and used it for part of a homeschool credit in Physical Science Sample video can be viewed here: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/impossible-physics-beyond-the-edge.html (2) $60 - CHEMISTRY 2ND EDITION (photo 3) Taught by Prof. Frank Cardulla, Niles North High School The Great Courses from The Teaching Company Complete set: 1. Part 1, 12 lectures (2 DVDs in case) 2. Part 2, 12 lectures (2 DVDs in case) 3. Part 3, 12 lectures (2 DVDs in case) 4. Study Workbook - for each lecture, there is an outline, questions, and answers We bought this new to supplement homeschool high school Chemistry, but didn't end up using it. It is like new, although I may have previewed some of it. Sample video can be viewed here: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/high-school/high-school-level-chemistry-2nd-edition.html SHIPPING: Add $5 for shipping one set; I will pay for shipping if you get both sets. Shipping is via Media Mail to 48 states, which includes a tracking number. Your address must be correct, as there is no forwarding or return delivery included in Media Mail. I can scan the receipt showing package was indeed shipped, and I will refund if I have overlooked anything, but any other insurance is buyer's option (2.10 for $50, 2.65 for $100).



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    All 8 for $30 ppd These are some of the foundational books, written by some of the trailblazers of homeschooling. I don't see writing or highlighting in any of them. 1. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, by Debra Bell, forward by Michael Farris of HSLDA, Apologia Press, 2009 2. The Educated Child, A Parent's Guide from Preschool through 8th Grade, by William J. Bennett, hardcover, 1999 3. HotHouse Transplant, Moving from Homeschool into the "Real World," stories collected by Matthew Duffy, 1997 4. Real Lives, eleven teenagers who don't go to school, by Grace Llewellyn, 1993 5. School-Proof, How to help your family beat the system and learn to love learning the easy, natural way, by Mary Pride, 1991 6. Home Schooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles, by Paul and Gena Suarez, 2006 7. The Homeschool Journey, Windows into the Heart of a Learning Family, by Susan and Michael Card, 1997 8. Getting Started on Home Learning: How and Why to Teach your kids at Home, by Rebecca Rupp, 1999 SHIPPING: Postage is via Media Mail to 48 states, which includes a tracking number. Your address must be correct, as there is no forwarding or return delivery included in Media Mail. I can scan the receipt showing package was indeed shipped, and I will refund if I have overlooked anything, but any other insurance is buyer's option (2.10 for $50).



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    Book Basket for world geography and cultures study, such as Exploring Countries and Cultures (ECC) from My Father's World 30 softcovers - These tend to be toward grades 4-8, with more words or more advanced topics. PPD = postage paid via Media Mail to 48 states, which includes a tracking number Your address must be correct, as return delivery is not included. Any form of payment is fine, but some will take longer. $52 – which is an average of $1.50 per book and includes $7 media mail shipping (10 pounds) All are in used-but-still-nice condition unless noted. (* recommended specifically by MFW; the other books relate to geography topics studied but are not specifically listed – my manual says in bold, "you do not need to locate these exact books") The first group is from Highlights’ Top Secret series Guide to Canada Guide to Brazil Guide to France, this one is wavy from probable water in the past Guide to Kenya Guide to Japan Guide to Russia Guide to Australia Nature Walks/Forests: Woods Walk, Peepers, porcupines, & exploding puffballs! What you’ll see, hear, & smell when exploring the woods, by Art & Robbins General: General: The Usborne Internet-Linked Children’s World Cookbook General: Zoom, Istvan Banyai, wordless book that zooms out further and further Mexico: A to Z Mexico, by Fontes *Deserts: Desert Giant, The world of the saguaro cactus, by Barbara Bash Deserts: I Wonder Why the Sahara Is Cold At Night, and other questions about deserts, Kingfisher book Deserts: America’s Deserts, Guide to Plants and Animals, Marianne D Wallace, cover has a small corner bend that isn’t really noticeable Deserts: The Complete Book of Cacti & Succulents, The definitive practical guide to cultivation, propagation, and display, Terry Hewitt, DK large format, 176 pages *Canada: The Kids Book of Canada, by Barbara Greenwood Brazil: Brazil, Elizabeth Weitzman, Lerner Country Explorers series *Rainforests: A Walk in the Rain Forest, by Rebecca L Johnson *Germany: Rumpelstiltskin, Paul O Zalinsky *Africa: A Country Far Away, by Gray & Dupasquier Africa: Rhinos, Zoobooks educational magazine (no advertisements) Africa: Water Hole, Around the clock with animals of the grassland, DK 24 Hours series *China: Grandfather Tang’s Story, A tale told with tangrams, by Ann Tompert Japan: Origami Greeting Cards, A guide to making unique, attractive cards for any occasion, Isamu Asahi Oceans: Whales and Dolphins, Usborne Discovery, Internet-Linked Mountains: Above the Treeline, Ann Cooper, Denver Museum of Natural History Russia: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, A Russian Tale, Arthur Ransom Russia: The Kingfisher Book of Tales from Russia, James Mayhew Arctic: Arctic Explorer, The story of Matthew Henson (African-American assistant to Robert Peary in 1909), Jeri Ferris *Australia: Koalas & Other Australian Animals, Zoobooks educational magazine (no advertisements)



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    US History - this group focuses on the younger elementary kids 19 Full-sized softcovers $44 ppd which is an average of $2 per book and includes $6 shipping (8 pounds) Books are in used-but-still-nice condition, unless noted. (* recommended specifically by My Father's world, MFW; the other books relate to topics studied in Adventures but are not specifically listed – my manual says in bold, "you do not need to locate these exact books"; most rec. bks are also in EX1850/1850MOD) The Flag We Love, by Pam Munoz Ryan (includes pledge of allegiance) If You Lived With… the Sioux Indians, by Ann McGovern Colors of the Navajo, by Emily Abbink Kachi, A Hopi Girl, historical paper doll book to read, color and cut, by Jan Mike ­­­­*On the Mayflower, Voyage of the ship’s apprentice & a passenger girl, by Kate Waters *If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, by Ann McGovern *The Pilgrims of Plimoth, by Marcia Sewell, has a dedication inside *If You Lived in Colonial Times, by Ann McGovern *The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin, by James Cross Giblin, oversized George Washington, Young Leader, by Laurence Santrey, coffee rings on back and generally has bends *Paul Revere’s Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Audubon’s Birds of America Coloring Book, by Paul E Kennedy, Dover, includes samples to follow inside covers *NH: Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall, Caldecott medal *A New Coat For Anna, by Harriet Ziefert (1940s, sheep) *OH: Johnny Appleseed, A poem by Reeve Lindbergh *ME: Blueberries For Sal, by Robert McCloskey, Caldecott Honor, scholastic edition WI: My Little House Cookbook, My First Little House Books, a few minor bends OR: Apples to Oregon, Being the (slightly) true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains, by Hopkinson & Carpenter, Scholastic version, large writing inside cover *ND: Dakota Dugout, by Ann Turner, Reading Rainbow selection Willing to take out the paperdolls (#4) and coloring book (#12) if you have boys or otherwise have kids not into those. Total would then be $40 for 17 books. PPD = postage paid via Media Mail to 48 states, which includes a tracking number Your address must be correct, as return delivery is not included. Any form of payment is fine, but some will take longer. (My paypal is this same email.)


  5. I've had 2 kids who had trouble being high schoolers, and the results were different, but they are both doing fine as adults. In some ways, I think high schoolers are ready to move on, to feel like they are contributing to the world; being in a holding pattern controlled by adults around them is counter-intuitive. In other words, I sympathize. However, I was an oldest child, so I said, just tell me what I need to do to get out of here, I did it, I graduated early, and I moved on; my oldest was similarly bent. The middle and youngest were not so willing to "just do it." For them, I adjusted and adjusted, and in the end my minimal standards were very minimal. I didn't feel I was compromising on my word, because I made the kids aware of what an excellent transcript would look like, and how I had been shooting for a great experience moving into adulthood which would fit nicely into their gifts and preferences. Then I explained the potential effects if we gave up on those goals and chose a lesser transcript. When that seemed to be their choice, I outlined options about that transcript. Outside activities could become credits (if named honestly) rather than quality extra-curriculars. Some classes could be pass/fail or repeated. Extra credit could be earned and either boost GPA or boost the number of credits. I gave 0.25 credits for some things that were only partially done. As others have mentioned, there are all kinds of things done in the public school system, as well. There is an ideal, and then there is the reality that all kids aren't all staying on the same assembly-line. My kids have known kids who went into adulthood in lousy situations - some seem to be there to stay, some have pulled themselves out very nicely, at least one committed suicide. There are worse things in life than a lousy transcript. Today, my dd still hasn't finished my minimum requirement of one book per year for English, but she could and I would award her a diploma at any age. Meanwhile she's gradually become an excellent mom and has supported herself as a waitress and weathered the challenges of trying to live very cheaply. The other received a diploma from me, although less than his potential, then dove into a year of sweat labor, until he realized that the men there were still doing the same thing in their 40s. He is in college now :) He is still maturing but is taking care of everything himself in another state. When I see my homeschooled kids conversing with others their age, I am confident they were educated. I am at peace with that. And honestly, colleges will look at your son's great SAT score and may never even read his transcript. Colleges compete with one another by posting high test score averages, not transcript details. Your son may have to pay for high school level courses in college, which may annoy him. He may not get into elite schools that he might have qualified for. But he may find the perfect niche for him, nonetheless. Best wishes on agonizing through this. I've definitely been there. Julie
  6. That first sentence seems off to me. As a non-theater major reading it, I first wondered if all she did was attend a play. If you shorten the description as others have suggested, I'd give that first sentence more "education-ese."
  7. We did a strange block schedule for ds's last semester of high school. He was going through a difficult phase and had done only DE for first semester, then for his last semester at home he insisted he just work on one class at a time, until it was finished. And it worked for him (for the one semester, at least). I'd say he learned far more than he had when he paid partial attention to 6 different classes each day. He really concentrated when it was just one class all day. I was surprised. But I agree with the others that the week in between might be too long. I don't think it would've worked for my ds to work all of one day and then not come back to the material again for a week. Seems like a lot of time would be spent on review? Maybe if it was a class that could be separated into units done discretely? Julie
  8. We enjoyed making our announcement. We must have sent out 50 or more, including ds's friends. Friends exchanged grad photos of one kind or another - ds's announcement was his grad photo. We created a 5x7 announcement at Walgreens, with several pix taken by a friend plus a childhood photo for a cute comparison. The Walgreens announcement had the year and a "graduate" banner already on it, so we just added his name, the name of our school, and a little fun because ds likes fun: Received Every Award (in a class of 1 student) For those whom I worried about appearances, as far as asking for gifts, I placed a sticky note on the announcement and hand-wrote: No party, No gifts! In some cases, I added a comment on the sticky note about how I thought they would enjoy seeing his accomplishment, or how we appreciated their part in his life. One more thing: Be sure your student is prepared to write thank-yous for every announcement sent out, just in case (cards, address book, stamps, decent pen, etc.). That's a big project during a busy time, so talking about it in advance can be helpful. Congrats, Julie
  9. Notgrass is definitely not a 2-year text on its own. It is a fairly gentle 1-year text. So don't worry about that. MFW studies world history over 2 years, with B.C. the first year and A.D. the second year. So, Notgrass is mostly used in year 2, and folks wouldn't be selling their new editions until they were done with that. (MFW uses several materials besides Notgrass, especially in the first year, to fill out 2 credits.) HTH, Julie
  10. You mentioned McCullough, and Mornings on Horseback and The Path Between the Seas both feature TR. Though also long for the time span covered, McCullough's biographies are accessible. Also, you could do just one of the Morris books, and leave it up to your son as to whether he pursues the rest on his own time?
  11. I would ignore that person's advice. Sounds like he doesn't know anything about modern homeschooling :) And yes, you certainly can grant credit in your school wherever credit is due. In cases where I wasn't involved in my son's learning, I had him type up a list of what he did, a sort of syllabus, and attached any paperwork, photos, etc., that he picked up along the way. It sounds like it's also a good time to get letters of recommendation from adults he has worked with, which can be included with the syllabus but also may be needed for scholarships and college admissions.
  12. To me, there is a big difference between grammar and writing. They are connected, but you would spend your time in different ways for each of them. Is it possible for you to borrow the books used in your school from previous years? You could skim through them to locate gaps in your knowledge, and read those sections carefully. Also, are you taking a foreign language? Grammar skills are often strengthened by learning the grammar of another language. If you are picking up the parts of speech and such through your foreign language studies, perhaps your English is simply lacking in punctuation skills or other fairly narrow areas? To me, it's best to spend your time on the specific areas you need, rather than something so broad as grammar and writing.
  13. Agreeing with Kelly and 8Fills - you don't have to make choices for them but you can do quite a bit now to educate them about their career ideas. I had my son do a research report in 10th about medical careers, having him interview many different folks in the field, with educational backgrounds ranging from 2 months to 8 years, to show him that "doctor or nurse" does not sum up the entire field. You could do the same with any career, from engineer to artist. I also think of a Girl Scout I was acquainted with, who got a "wider opportunity" through scouting to try out the journalism career of her dreams. During that experience, she realized that journalism was not what she imagined and was not the career for her. It's a fortunate person who realizes this beforehand.
  14. I totally agree. My boys are both math/engineering-minded and just wanted text authors to tell them what they were getting at, not make them read their minds about where they were going. I can see the benefit of exploration, and I loved when we did Singapore primary and explored many ways to solve a problem, but in later years, my boys wanted efficiency. They had too many other hobbies to explore LOL - probably were picking up a few of the same analytical skills when trying to fix their cars or win a hockey game. Oldest is now a successful petroleum engineer, youngest is a student in computer science, so I don't think it was a fatal flaw. But sorry, no experience with Forester's. Jacob's Geometry was discovery based and I forced youngest to spend a semester in it, but then I let him off the hook :)
  15. I also consider Singapore more advanced, but had some problems using high school level. We ended up only using a couple of topics in NEM at the end of 7th because I couldn't figure out how to schedule it and didn't have a son who would work hard without an assigned goal. The Discovery series was supposed to have much more homeschool hand-holding from I believe the same gal who did the Home Instructor Guides for the Primary series, but now I see that has morphed into the Dimensions series to incorporate common core, so I don't know how far from the original Singapore methods it has strayed. I would probably count NEM 1 & 2 as Prealgebra & Algebra. It doesn't cover proof-based geometry, which to me is where you get a separate high school level geometry credit. However, folks do it both ways with Saxon as well, so of course it's up to you. One problem with switching over to American Algebra 2 would be the exposure to the quadratic formula, which is such a staple in American Algebra 1 but not included in NEM 2. It looks like it's been added to the Dimensions series, see #3: http://www.singaporemath.com/FAQ_Secondary_Math_s/16.htm The quadratic will be in Algebra 2 and college Algebra 3, but goes faster and further each time, so I might find a quadratic unit online to prep for Algebra 2, if you choose something that hasn't covered it. HTH, Julie
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