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  1. My son competes in MathCounts as well. Working through past tests has been really helpful for him, to see what kinds of problems he needs more practice with. For example, most of the problems my son got wrong at the chapter competition were dealing with geometry and probability so that's what he's focusing on as he preps for state. We noticed a similar trend last year as well, so I would say that geometry in general is a good area to practice. My son's coach also used the AOPS competition books. Good luck to your son!
  2. UPDATE Well, one of the benefits of homeschooling is that kids can take an active role in making choices about their education. So I asked my son which path he'd prefer and he wants to take two years and go more in depth. So I guess that's what we will do. ? Our state requires one year of American History in high school, so his 9th grade year will be modern American history. If he wants to learn about a specific time period more in depth later on, he can still do that. Thanks for the replies!
  3. UPDATE Well, one of the benefits of homeschooling is that kids can take an active role in making choices about their education. So I asked my son which path he'd prefer and he wants to take two years and go more in depth. So I guess that's what we will do. ? Our state requires one year of American History in high school, so his 9th grade year will be modern American history. If he wants to learn about a specific time period more in depth later on, he can still do that. Momto5inIN, I am going to check out the high school resources you listed for ideas to make sure our second year is fleshed out enough to count as a high school credit. Thanks!
  4. Thanks for the input! (I remember seeing other posts of yours about using these books for 8th grade and that helped me decide what to use in the first place!) Did you do American History again in high school? Can I ask what your high school history course list looked like? Thank you!
  5. I need some help figuring this out... We are entering our third year of homeschooling and my oldest, who will be an 8th grader, has not really had any American history (not covered much in PS, then we did a year of ancients and a year of middle ages.) So my plan was to go through it in 8th grade, then again in greater depth in high school. But I'm having a hard time fitting everything I want in a reasonable amount of work/reading for one year. (We're using Hakim's concise A History of US and I'm adding documentaries, novels, map work, etc.) So, do I cut back a bit this year, knowing we'll hit it all again in a few years and expect him to have a deeper understanding the second time around? Or do I do half this year and half in 9th? And possibly not do US history again? Also, how would I mark the 9th grade course on a transcript since it would cover the second half of US history? I'm probably over thinking this, but I appreciate any advice. *** I think this might be my first post on the high school board. Eek! Can't believe we're a year away from HS!
  6. I need some help figuring this out... We are entering our third year of homeschooling and my oldest, who will be an 8th grader, has not really had any American history (not covered much in PS, then we did a year of ancients and a year of middle ages.) So my plan was to go through it in 8th grade, then again in greater depth in high school. But I'm having a hard time fitting everything I want in a reasonable amount of work/reading for one year. (We're using Hakim's concise A History of US and I'm adding documentaries, novels, map work, etc.) So, do I cut back a bit this year, knowing we'll hit it all again in a few years and expect him to have a deeper understanding the second time around? Or do I do half this year and half in 9th? And possibly not do US history again? Also, how would I mark the 9th grade course on a transcript since it would cover the second half of US history? I'm probably over thinking this, but I appreciate any advice.
  7. My 7th graded is not a strong writer. We've done IEW and I picked up Writing with Skill for him to use next year. I feel like it has a lot of support and practice without being as formulaic as IEW. My younger son is a very good writer. We use Bravewriter and CAP's Writing and Rhetoric for him and I plan to use that through middle school for him.
  8. Ok, I think that will still work. Thanks for checking for me.
  9. Thanks for the replies! I have a lot of great options to look at now. We actually own this book (thank you library used book sales!) so while I do think I'm going to use Hakim's concise books, this will make a nice supplement. I had totally forgotten that it was on my shelf, so thank you! :)
  10. Thank you, this is really good to know. I was considering other choices, but Hakim is what I really want to do as long as it's manageable. I don't need him to do much output at this point, I just want him to have some general knowledge of American history before we hit high school.
  11. Secular is preferred but I am willing to look at others. Thanks.
  12. I want to do an overview of US history with my upcoming 8th grader. He has some basic knowledge but hasn't really studied it before. (He went to public school through 5th grade, in which very little history was taught, then we did ancients and middle ages the past two years). I just feel like he should have a good background in US history before high school. Is Joy Hakim's series too ambitious to cover in a year? I've been looking at the concise version although it doesn't seem much shorter than the original 10 book set. Other recommendations? (I'm going to have my 5th grader do it too, but over 2 years, so I was thinking the 10 book series would be good for him.)
  13. My 7th grader is enjoying RSO Biology 2. I feel like it's very thorough for middle school and has interesting activities. We will be using RSO Astronomy 2 next year.
  14. We have MCT and she loves it. I'm thinking a combo of that, some BraveWriter (Jot it down for writing and some of the younger Arrow books), and not sure what else. Maybe that's enough.
  15. Update- DD noticed me looking at Beast Academy on my computer and got very excited. We talked and I asked her which of her math books she enjoyed the best and she said she loves Beast Academy. We decided to use that as her main math next year. We'll work on 2B this spring, do 2C when it comes out and I have all of level 3 so we can dabble in that slowly. I still have a Miquon book for back up to review topics as needed and she also has a Math Seeds account that she likes to do for fun. Mix in some math games and I think we are set. Now I have to figure out her language arts, which I suspect will be pieced together in the same way. lol
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