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  1. Agree with 8FillTheHeart about working on note-taking and study skills first. From there: 1. I'd outsource writing and math. Esp. for writing, many students work harder (and meet deadlines) for someone else other than for mom. And depending on how you outsource, the teacher (or individual tutor) would have more ability to walk her through the process and hold her accountable. I'd look at Lantern Writing ($60 for 8-week course, with feedback), or even better, a good local tutor. And for the math, since you need her to be more independent, but she needs more individualized instruction
  2. By the phone or computer? (had to confirm something with Soc. Sec. #? Between the chair/couch cushions? (fell off your lap from using Soc. Sec # when using the laptop, and slid into the cushion cracks?) Folder of tax info from filing? Fire safe? (we have a small one in our closet for storing important documents)
  3. Ug, yes. It's not really the money, it's the total disregard of common courtesy. The ideas of "it's not yours, so treat it like it's an irreplaceable treasure", and, "If you borrow something, return it promptly, and in as good-if-not-better-condition." The one that tore it for me lending homeschool materials to anyone except very trusted friends happened when a more casual friend borrowed a homeschool book (about $15 and not OOP, so easily replaceable), spilled coffee all over the pages, which stained and water-warped a good chunk of the book. She did said "Oh dear, I'll replace it!" And s
  4. Yes, I do see your language connection. πŸ˜„ I even talk a bit about that In my high school co-op classes of Lit. & Writing -- about having to build a logical argument of support for the thesis statement. And we do spend one class going over common fallacies. But at heart, I see Logic being overall more connected to Philosophy and the development of thinking/ideas, rather than in the expression of Language in all its many forms (the reading of literature (expression of language), and writing in its many forms). But that's just me. πŸ˜‰ Really, as long as Logic is not being counted as one
  5. I would also weigh the pros and cons of all the schools being applied to in several areas, in addition to the aspect of credit acceptance/transfer: - money What's the overall price for each of the different schools? Do you need scholarships or financial aid? If coming in as a junior would DS only be eligible for transfer scholarships, or would he still have eligibility for freshman scholarships? What would the different schools offer in the way of $$ to your DS, and would that make one school fit the family budget better than the other schools? - special programs/opportunities
  6. Not an expert, but I have never seen Logic listed under English before. I've seen it under Logic, Social Studies, or Elective. While English is not the usual subject heading that Logic is listed under, as long as the Logic is not taking the place of the 4 required traditional English credits, I guess English is another possible section for Logic credits... At colleges, Logic is usually listed under Philosophy, as it is presented as a specific area of study of Philosophy. Because Philosophy falls under Social Studies at the high school level, I have seen a few people list Logic as a Social S
  7. Welcome back to homeschooling. πŸ˜„ Yes, typically Logic is counted as an Elective -- especially if doing an informal Logic, rather than Formal Logic. (Formal Logic is sometimes counted as a Social Studies Elective, as Formal Logic falls under Philosophy, and Philosophy is a Social Studies subject.) The publisher lists the programs as: - Art of Argument = grades 7-12, worth 0.5 credit for high school - Argument Builder = grades 8-12, worth 0.5 credit for high school I personally would not count Art of Argument towards a high school credit, even though the publisher lists that yo
  8. Yes, learning does not *only* happen through reading and writing. πŸ˜‰ Along with reading or writing for our content subjects were a lot of educational videos, documentaries, and feature films; educational games; field trips and educational activities and opportunities outside the home; hands-on projects and activities; lots of discussions; exploring bunny trails; etc. Even at 5th grade, for more formal core subjects like Math and Grammar we included some interesting supplements, educational game board/card games, computer games, and the occasional "living book" to our spine programs to
  9. Check out this American Cinematographer article -- is this what you're noticing?? ETA ... aannnndddd that article led me down a fascinating rabbit hole that Hollywood actress Merle Oberon was actually mixed race, with her mother being from India... a fact that kept a deep secret, as she would not have been accepted on the screen or in society 😩 . She is the first actress with Indian heritage to be nominated for an Oscar...
  10. I like the way Btervet broke it down in more general terms. Our overall hours were similar -- roughly 20-22 hours/week of academics. The division of hours is a little different for us, due to different interests and activities, but very roughly rounded, our hours broke out as: 14-15 hours/week = core subjects (LA + Math -- includes family read-alouds) 5-6 hours/week = content subjects (Science + History + Geography) 4 hours/week = extras (Bible + critical thinking + Fine Arts + misc.) 3 hours/week = outside the home activities
  11. Susan Wise-Bauer has said more than once that putting in time recommendations was required by the publisher, and that families should adapt *any* of the recommendations in her book (times, materials, and choice of subjects to cover) to best fit their own students and circumstances. Not that my students were anything like your student, so comparison is useless, lol... BUT, for 5th grade, we roughly spent about 20-22hours/week on at-home academics, and a few hours 1x/week out of the home with our homeschool support group doing a wide variety of activities. This is roughly the time we sp
  12. I like your thinking -- just not sure Watership Down and Treasure Island those might be the best options for kicking it up a notch. Watership Down might be too long and heavy. I just did it last year with a high school homeschool Lit. & Comp. class, and some of the students had real troubles sticking with a much longer book. Also, like Zookeeper above, some enjoyed it, others tolerated it. I could see it as a possible read-aloud. Treasure Island has some old-fashioned vocabulary and sentence structure that might put that out of reach for 6th/7th graders if they haven't read older,
  13. Gosh, Newlma, I feel like I keep "raining on your parade" of DIY and living book high school courses (i.e. this post, your Geography course post...). 😬 Just to clarify why I posted what I did above -- First, I totally support going "DIY", and using living books. That's a great way to learn, esp. if it the best fit for a particular student. In this case, I was agreeing with previous posters that if you want the ADDITIONAL goal of taking the SAT Subject History test and scoring well, that you will mostly likely need to use some sort of spine text (American Odyssey, History of the Ameri
  14. Great thoughts, PeterPan. πŸ˜„ And-- that is not lying or gibberish, but setting up positive brain patterns to counteractive negative "stuck" patterns. But also, it *is* the truth to remind yourself that things DO sometimes go sideways from what we planned, and that we CAN adapt to that. Make lemonade out of lemons -- it's not the experience we expected, but we can choose to go with the unexpected flow and make a different kind of experience -- sometimes that can even turn out to be better than what we planned originally. That actually happened to us on one camping trip. We planne
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