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  1. :bigear: This sounds like an interesting idea. I hope you get some good ideas so I can steal them. ;) What we plan to do four our end of the year project is use the molds I found on the Internet to make Roman Arches out of plaster. RhondaM.
  2. I cannot decide how I want to do it. I'm thinking of having him do day 1 & 2 on Monday, day 3 on Tuesday, day 4 on Wednesday, leaving Thursday and Friday to apply what he has learned to a chapter in other subjects ( history, science, literature.) But moving through the book at a faster pace sounds good too. Decisions, decisions. I know one thing, I wish it had been available when my son was younger. This has all the hand holding that I have been looking for! Thank you SWB! You ROCK! RhondaM.
  3. We are doing the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments. We never got past the hair to our ditch water (I don't have easy access to a pond). We never could focus in on the higher setting the book was having us do. My son did end up writing about our procedures and sketched the hair we were looking at. Today we are going to try again. RhondaM.
  4. If you are using WWS with your high school dc, how fast are you moving through the material? Thank you, RhondaM.
  5. We used to lovingly call my youngest son our temperamental artist. He loved to draw, had a talent for it, but was ever frustrated (to say the least) for not being able to draw exactly what he wanted. When he Would have a melt down over it, and over many irritations I used to send him to take a bath in my big tub. He would fill up the tub, chill out and the world would be right again. Until the next time. Not suggesting you send your dc to the bath. I'm just remembering going through it myself. You are not alone. RhondaM.
  6. Today we are learning how to make different kinds of mounts then obseving hair, carrots, and ditch water. Should my son record simple procedures and observations of this sort in his lab notebook, or should the notebook be reserved for actual experiments? Thanks, RhondaM.
  7. Wow. Today is our first day mounting specimens under our microscope. Viewing hair roots under increasingly higher magnification is harder than I thought it would be! The hair just gets LOST! I'm sure we will have double fun viewing ditch water if there is something in there that actually MOVES! My back is killing me already. :sigh: RhondaM.
  8. Thanks so much. I think we will wait until she has a bit more math. RhondaM.
  9. This is true too. LOL I'm in agreement with everyone. Actually there is no keeping her away from the microscope while we do labs. We pulled it out yesterday for the first time and all of us enjoyed looking at various items. Thanks, RhondaM.
  10. My dd is almost 12 but working a year behind in math (CLE 5). (she does not struggle in math, she made an A last year in CL4 doing the work almost independently. I was there for her, but she just didn't need my help much. We got behind a couple of years back due to my breast cancer and various other health issues.) Would she be able to do this science program? She loves to cook and I think she would enjoy the style of his book as well. Thanks, RhondaM.
  11. Thanks SO much. I'm off to look at all of this right now! RhondaM.
  12. No, she is not. And observing is what I had mostly intended. So many people seem to do so much science in the early years that I feel like I've been neglecting an important subject by just reading about science. And I know that she would enjoy doing some experiments. RhondaM.
  13. This is exactly what we intend to do. Listen to the lecture then read along with the book while listening to the audio. We start Monday with the Iliad and we are both looking foreword to it. RhondaM.
  14. Good point about saving it for high school. Thanks to both of you for pointing that out. But now I am back to square one. And I really don't have time to do two different sets of science labs. Not sure what I'm going to do. I could really use some suggestions. Thanks, RhondaM.
  15. Yes, both kids will be doing Biology. I think I actually own The Cartoon Guide to Genetics and The Way Life Works, but I thought they looked a little above her level. I'll go look at them again though. Thank you for the suggestions. RhondaM.
  16. I've only seen a few samples. I'm really just looking for a text for dd to read with discussion questions, vocabulary and a teachers guide with an answer key. Would Holt fit the bill? Thanks for your reply, RhondaM.
  17. We've gotten off to a late start. My 11 year old wanted to go to public school this year so bad so I enrolled her. She hated it, as I expected she would, so after two weeks I pulled her right back out. So I'm quickly trying to pull together everything for the year. I'm short on time, money and patience! :tongue_smilie: I'm trying to find something that I already own for a history spine (ancients) and all I can come up with is Spielvogel's Human Odyssey. I know that this is a high school text but is there any reason I should not use this with a good reader. I even own the teacher's edit
  18. I am mostly a lurker these days, but I just need to vent. We have just gotten into the swing of school this year. We worked hard all week so that today and tomorrow could be spent on science review, labs, math work and some writing. It was working out perfect! First thing this morning my 10th grader broke his glasses!!!! He can't see well enough to do much of anything! :banghead::banghead: it's just one thing after another! RhondaM.
  19. This year my 10th grader is doing the Miller/Levine Biology text along with The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments. The Illustrated Guide is supposed to be suited to Middle Grade students as well (according to their web site.) I'd love to be able to use this lab book with my 6th grader as well. So.. 1. Is anyone else using this lab book for middle school? If so, IS it suitable for this age level? And 2. Do you think I could line up Elemental Science to go along with it? If not, any suggestions for something (that is inexpensive) that WOULD go along with it? Than
  20. When my son was in 5th grade he discovered this poem and fell in love with it. We never studied it though, and I am sure most of it went right over his head. A couple of years later I found the book that you have linked. It is on his desk right now (he is in 10th now). I guess we should actually study it at some point. RhondaM.
  21. We love Jann's classes too. She is a wonderful lady and both my sons have enjoyed working with her.
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