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  1. Well that is frustrating! Sorry about that, @spritzey. 😩
  2. Welcome! I see by your post count that you are new. The Well-Trained Mind online store (on this website) sells a study guide for each of the 3 History of the ____ World texts by Susan Wise-Bauer. Each guide "...provides a full curriculum with study questions and answers, critical thinking assignments, essay topics, instructor rubrics, and test forms. Explanations for answers and teaching tips are also included." study guide - History of the Ancient World study guide - History of the Medieval World study guide - History of the Renaissance World Hope that helps!
  3. Yes, that option works great. Another option is to just wait and award the full 1.0 credit in the year it is completed. So if Algebra 1 is done over 8th/9th grade and Geometry is done over 9th/10th, then award the Algebra 1 credit in 9th and the Geometry credit in 10th. No, I would NOT recommend leaving Algebra 1 unfinished. It is foundational to future higher maths. Also colleges require a completed 1.0 credit each of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 (and often a 4th math above Alg. 2) for the student to be eligible for admission. So a partial credit of Algebra 1 could cau
  4. Teaching Textbooks is pretty similar in spiral approach to Saxon, so I would NOT go there if Saxon is causing tears. Math-U-See is very visual and gentle (which is what our math struggler DS#2 needed), BUT it is definitely "light." Keys to Algebra is about $75 for the complete set. Foerster Algebra 1 is about $120 for the text + solutions manual. (used it looks like text = $20 and up + shipping; I don't see the solutions manual used...) Jacobs Algebra (new Master Books edition) is $106 for: student text + teacher guide + solutions key <-- use the see inside option for these link
  5. This is exactly what my math-minded DS#1 disliked about Saxon. It is "spiral" in approach, (a "bite" of a topic here, then spiral back around to it 2 or 10 lessons later for another "bite"). Singapore is more mastery-based, building on one topic for a series of lessons in a row. Our experience: DS#1 did Singapore up through 6A/B and LOVED it. Then we tried Saxon 8/7 but I ended up having to pull together all the "bits" that were about the same topic that would be spread out over 15-18 lessons, and have him focus on that for a few days, then pull together all the "bits" about a differe
  6. You might also like the James Burke Connections series. There are several rounds of the series: 10 episodes done in 1978 20 episodes done in 1994 10 episodes done in 1997
  7. Your additional information helps a lot. Agreeing with @seemesew. Looking for creative alternate ways of getting the schooling done will definitely be needed. Thinking of it as juggling 2 jobs may help you also not be so hard on yourself when you have to make other choices about how to budget your limited resource of time -- such as not having the time to also keep the house and yard "up" to certain standards, or not also having the time to make all meals from scratch. There are only so many hours in a day, and if the priority is to give the lion's share to the job and to homeschooli
  8. That's actually 2 goals -- "specific types of writing" (kinds of assignments), and, "high school-type academic writing" (structure/format): The specific types of writing he will most likely encounter in high school: - reader response papers (most likely for Literature and History) - essays of various types (personal narrative, definition essay, process ("how to") essay, comparison, cause/effect, persuasive (opinion), literary analysis) - informational research paper with citations - argumentative research paper with citations - science lab reports - note taking from lectures
  9. Mondays have to be tough on him, as everyone else "does their special thing" -- i.e. , goes away to school -- and he's stuck home alone to do school. Could you switch things around and start off Mondays with a "bang" so he's excited and looking forward into starting his new school week, and can feel pride that he has his own "special thing" that the others don't get *because* he homeschooling? How about Monday's start off with: - a kit or hands-on project or activity/demo from Science, or Art - together play an educational game or two - together watch an educational video and
  10. That's been pretty much true since the essays were added to the ACT/SAT about 15-18 years back -- one reason being that the essay can't be scored objectively in the way multiple choice questions can be. And because many colleges have for years ignored the writing section is a reason why the SAT is ditching the essay option entirely as of the June 2021 test...
  11. Responding, even though this is a resurrected 🧟‍♂️ ZOMBIE THREAD... 😉 _____________________ Volunteering hours tend to get buried/lost on a transcript. The purpose of the transcript is to list: - student information - courses / credits / grades / GPA - possible test scores (AP, SAT, ACT, CLEP) - parent / administrator signature & possible statement of "homeschooling done in compliance with state statutes _________" In contrast, if placed on a separate Extracurriculars and Awards document, you have the ability to spotlight and expand on the student's work as a vo
  12. And really, state standards list (or What your ___ Grader lists, or World Book course of study lists, etc.) of topics to cover in certain grades are probably more helpful in the elementary grades, to make sure you're covering all those "oddball" topics, such as the order of the months of the year, how to alphabetize, how to interpret charts and maps, safety topics, etc. The original poster's (OP) children are grades 5 and 9, so mostly beyond those kinds of topics, so less of a need for state standards or other lists of topics. By high school, the emphasis switches from "standards" to
  13. Some more ideas... for a break from WWS, and coming at writing from different angles, with a program to give you some structure: - 1001 Writing Projects for Students do a daily paragraph of different types; a few you could spread out over a week as a multi-paragraph essay - Movies as Literature every 2 weeks watch a film, go through the discussion questions, then write a viewer response paper or cinematic analysis essay about the film - Journalism Basics 1 semester program; journalism can really strengthen writing skills (research, interviewing, writing with depth/detail, proof-
  14. Other than WWS, most writing programs (at the late middle school/high school level) I can think of don't include literature selections. - Perhaps you are all ready to go "informal"--NO program? (just read some contemporary YA novels and discuss, and possibly write about a novel that stands out) - Or take a break from writing programs and write across the curriculum? (See this past thread: "Writing across the curriculum - How exactly?") - Or do some creative writing, IF that is of interest to the student? • Adventures in Fantasy (gr. 6-9) • Cover Story (gr. 6-8)
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