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  1. I have seen a Confederate flag displayed here only on a few rare occasions, in an individual's house window or car. My initial reaction does not fall into any of the poll categories, which are all about assuming something about the person displaying the flag. My reaction is my personal/individual reaction -- I feel sickened, saddened, and hurt for those who have been hurt by what the Confederate flag historically represented. I am not a minority, and I do not live in the North or the South -- I live in the Southwest, which most Southerns tend to think of as an alien place πŸ˜‰ , according
  2. Power in Your Hands (Sharon Watson) -- I'll just throw in this possible suggestion because it is gentle, written to the student (so a lot can be done independently if the student hates having to have "mom involved" in Writing πŸ˜‰ ), but especially because it covers a wide variety of types of writing, including some that the student will encounter in real life. A lot of my homeschool co-op class students are not headed to a 4-year degree, so I try and cover a variety of writing that will best equip them for whatever their future may hold. For me, that means: basic paragraph construction; how t
  3. So, after seeing further posts in this thread I thought, "Oh! She's NOT looking for career exploration (as in, helping DS figure out his interests and how those could lead to specific types of occupations) -- she's looking for extracurriculars and opportunities for DS to DO his interest while still in high school." And then in the above post, you say no, that's not what you're looking for either. πŸ˜‰ I am very confused as to what exactly you ARE looking for?? I don't understand what you mean by "looking for guidance as to the best path forward in the area of his interest". Do you mean as "
  4. I have only used LL7. No, it is not a complete LA program. It is a complete Literature program, with a little bit of Writing. There is no Grammar, no Spelling, and no explicit Vocabulary work (a handful of vocabulary words are listed, with definitions, to aid in reading, but no working with words). For the Writing: there is a short (2 page) "mini writing lesson" at the end of each of the 8 units, followed by a choice of 2-4 writing assignments. There is no other writing instruction, and no grading rubrics. Because the LL7 Writing is incomplete, we used Jump In for our Writing, and LL7
  5. You might private message @Sebastian (a lady), or possibly @Barbara H, as both are certified college consultants and might be able to direct you to the sort of "mentor" you are looking for. (Sebastian still posts here regularly and would see a p.m.; however, it has been over a year since Barbara last visited this forum, so you might contact her through her website: Homeschool Success.) It sounds to me like it might help to have your DS do some career exploration, either solo or with someone who specializes in career counseling. That leads to understanding what specific education/training is
  6. Awww, thanks so much. πŸ˜„ I will have to go through that thread slowly when I have more time later this week.
  7. @Kareni-- Just wanted to add: your recommendation a few years ago of The Goblin Emperor (Addison) = 😍. It has been my favorite new book for the past several years running, and is my new go-to "comfort food read". πŸ˜ƒ
  8. I normally love your book suggestions, @Kareni, but I just have to interject that this book is one of very few books that I did not finish, and it is the ONLY book I have ever returned and asked for a refund. It was not well-written, all of the characters were incredibly stereotyped, and within 3 chapters you knew exactly what was going to happen. I felt so ripped off, because I love fantasy quest-adventure, but this was a book with a politically-correct agenda set in a fantasy world. I felt very misled by those glowing reviews. 😒
  9. Have fun! πŸ˜„ You can also extend the "game" by actively looking for words that contain the root (or roots) that you are studying that week -- in readers, read-alouds, signs/billboards as you're driving -- maybe even someone using a word based on that root when you're watching a movie or TV show. Reading or hearing the word in context provides additional understanding, and nuance of meaning. (Just be sure to keep any extension like that casual and not overdo, so that your child feels like she is "on" for "school" 24/7. πŸ˜‰ )
  10. Welcome! I see by your post count you are new. In my experience, 1st and 3rd grades really can't be done independently. BUT, the good news is that you can easily knock out the core subjects (math and language arts) in under 3 hours for both -- 1 hour for the 1st grader and 1.5 to 2 hours for the 3rd grader -- and anything else they do will be icing on top. If your students all are working at grade level and don't need any special additional tutoring, then you can probably spend 1 more hour a day doing the needed 1-on-1 with the 6th grader, for a total of 4 hours of focused homeschool time o
  11. It might be helpful to have your friend think through answers to these questions: - "Why the switch?" - "What are your goals for homeschooling high school?" - "How involved will you, the parent, be in the daily homeschooling, or do you expect the student to work largely solo/independently?" - "Is the student onboard with the switch?" - "What extracurriculars and social opportunities are available to your homeschooled teen?" In answer to your question about experiences of switching from public school to homeschooling at high school: A friend of mine started homeschooling
  12. Sorry, but no, this doesn't match my experience. First, "preschool" here was loads of read-alouds, lots of outdoor exploration, imaginative play, building toys, playing games, some educational videos and lots of picture books from the library. No formal academics at all. So waiting to introduce formal academics until the child was developmentally ready for it helped avoid a great deal of problems here. πŸ˜‰ Once we did start homeschooling more formally, I did have one DS with mild LDs (stealth dyslexia). My approach to problem-solving with him was to spend a lot of time observing and pin
  13. Thx for linking that. I had not seen it before. gah. Shoot me now! That looks so dry, formal, and densely laid out on a page, that *I* would resist it... πŸ˜‚ MANY years back, I got to sit in on a homeschool conference session given by Joyce Herzog, who had a fabulous overview of how to teach Grammar. That is now in her book, 6 Weeks to Understanding Grammar. It may be more of a resource for YOU at this stage (with clear and simple direction for how to teach grammar), rather than something to do WITH your kids -- although your 5th grader *might* be able to do it alongside you. I'd sugge
  14. You welcomed suggestions πŸ˜‰ , so here goes: Reading For 5th grade (and if the 3rd grader is also reading well), skip the reading programs and skip guides. Just dive into a big pile of great books. I have to say that grades 3-6 were the BEST years of reading because there are SO many fantastic books out there for that age. Do a few books aloud together "buddy style" and discuss a few things as you go, *naturally* as it comes up. Also, that practices keeping up the skill of reading aloud, and lets *you* quietly check in with your student as to if there are any reading issues, and if they are
  15. Look out! Another FOOT ZOMBIE attack!! πŸ¦ΆπŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈ
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