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  1. Yay! I'm so glad to read your encouraging responses! I know that part of the joy of homeschooling is getting to choose how we want to do things, but now that we're getting into high school, I guess I'm just a bit fearful that I'll do something "wrong." I'm still trying to figure out what my daughter's entire English credit will look like. Most likely, she will be taking some online courses for writing, but I'm still not sure how to approach the literature aspect.
  2. Can read alouds be counted as part of a literature credit for high school or no? Over the years my girls and I have really enjoyed read alouds, but these past couple of years we've backed off - and we miss it!! Part of the reason for that was because I needed to help my oldest more with math, and it seemed our day became fuller, not leaving as much time for read alouds. My oldest (going into 9th grade) happens to not love reading on her own as much as my youngers, and it seems she would benefit from me reading aloud again...and discussing what we're reading. But it also seems that this idea is perhaps "elementary" and wouldn't "count" in high school? I'm just trying to figure out what her English might look like for this coming year.
  3. This is what I'm thinking. I've heard so many positive reviews about The Writer's Jungle, and I think it would be beneficial for ME to get a good feel for the methodology that Bravewriter uses/encourages, for my oldest daughter as well as my two younger ones (currently in 5th grade).
  4. Thanks! Yes, I think the course used to be called Kidswrite Basic. We're definitely not unschoolers, but I wouldn't say that this particular daughter has been challenged to her fullest potential either, when it comes to writing. We've done various writing programs in the past, including parts of Wordsmith Apprentice, R&S Writing, IEW, Jump In, Kilgallon, as well as some outlining and narrations. We're actually currently working in the Kilgallon Middle School book.
  5. I'm super interested in the Bravewriter online courses, and I'm wondering, from those of you who have experience with the program, is it worth the cost to take the Writer's Jungle course online before starting a 9th grade course? I'm specifically interested in the courses for my current 13 year old, soon to be 9th grader, although I would also be interested in learning about the process for my younger two, as well. Would my 8th grader think that the Writer's Jungle is "babyish?" Writing is probably what she hates most about school. She doesn't have any experience with courses online, so I was wondering if the Writer's Jungle (before 9th grade) would be suitable as an intro. to an online writing course and also worth the hefty price-tag? Kind of something she could try before it "counts" for high school.
  6. I am considering ordering one of the handwriting workbooks from the Getty Dubay series for my 5th grade daughter. Her handwriting is "ok," but it often ends up rather sloppy, as she tends to be lazy with it. She has gone through several Pentime books, which we really like, but I'd like her to focus more on legible printing. One thing I've noticed is that she often starts her letters from the bottom and goes up (with certain letters). She went to public school for kindergarten, and I think she was taught that way there, although she did get instruction in writing from the top down after kindergarten. Anyway, I've been looking at the Getty Dubay series, and I'm just wondering which book she should start with? I don't want her to feel that she's doing "baby" work, but I think there would be value for her in really practicing her letter formation, possibly with some tracing, before jumping into copying paragraphs.
  7. Thanks so much for sharing! Super helpful info! I'm not much of a "do-it-by-the-book" homeschooler, so I imagine I'll do quite a bit of tweaking to make things work for us. :)
  8. That's helpful, re: the OUP book. Googling was just confusing me! I have trouble following one program, too! :lol: I guess I don't have specific questions re:the RRR books and what's in them. I'm somewhat curious to know what other books might be good to just have on hand for use, rather than completely relying on the library. I'm probably going to go ahead and order the History Revealed set - I just find it strange that I haven't found many people who've used it, as compared to something like SOTW or MOH. I did have my girls listen to some audio clips from the cds, and they seem to like them ok. I guess my other questions would be: 1. Did you use all of the cds? 2. How have you basically used RRR, along with other spines, sources, etc.? 3. What have you enjoyed most about RRR?
  9. I keep hearing about OUP books, but can't find which particular ones people are referencing...
  10. LMD, this would be for 2 5th graders and an 8th grader.
  11. I've done some searching, but really can't find a whole lot re: History Revealed by Diana Waring (especially in the more recent months). For those of you who've used it, I'd love any general thoughts you can share, either positive or negative. I'm considering it for the RRR level. So far, I like that it seems quite flexible. We don't do all that well if a curriculum is laid out with specific plans for each day - we like to pursue interests within a specific time period. If you could also compare it with other history curriculum you've used (MOH, SOTW, Beautiful Feet, Biblioplan, etc.), that would be awesome!
  12. I've done some searching, but really can't find a whole lot re: History Revealed by Diana Waring (especially in the more recent months). For those of you who've used it, I'd love any general thoughts you can share, either positive or negative. I'm considering it for the RRR level. So far, I like that it seems quite flexible. We don't do all that well if a curriculum is laid out with specific plans for each day - we like to pursue interests within a specific time period. If you could also compare it with other history curriculum you've used (MOH, SOTW, Beautiful Feet, Biblioplan, etc.), that would be awesome!
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