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    Mom of three boys and a girl
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    Travel, canoeing, home design. My homeschool is a mix of Classical, CM, and Waldorf.
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  1. I would look at Learn Math Fast. They have two levels of geometry and according to reviews, have success with dyscalculia/dyslexic students.
  2. We skipped Chemistry. My DS did Biology, Physical (included a touch of Chemistry), Earth/Meteorology at home and then Physics at the CC. I would look into a more practical science for her: Earth/Environmental, Meteorology, Heath/Nutrition, Astronomy, Animal Husbandry/Genetics, etc.
  3. DS just received his first acceptance to the University of North Dakota. UND is his first school choice as it is a top aerospace school and within driving distance of home. At this point though, he is leaning toward joining the Air National Guard first and possibly going for higher education down the road. But your first school acceptance is pretty exciting, especially for Mom! ETA: Also accepted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. (Chancellor Scholarship) Met with an ANG recruiter.
  4. My son also thrived with outside accountability. DS was smart, but unmotivated. Both academics AND relationship went better when someone else brought the pressure to bear. In hindsight, I wish we had done more. I'm grateful we have so many options in our day. I will be very quick to outsource when my next students get to high school.
  5. Learn Math Fast, 2nd half of book 1 CM writing The Sentence Family CHOW Various living science books Recorder Choir Irish Dance
  6. Notgrass has one-year histories for both middle and high school that offer a textbook spine and a literature package to accompany it. If you feel your daughter is a strong reader you could look at Heart of Dakota's world history year for high school. You could get just the history package (I think they call it the "Economy" package. There is also an additional literature package that correspond.
  7. Sounds like your basics are already covered. Let him pick his science from here on out.
  8. What did you use/are you using? The Sentence Family R&S Daily Grammar Practice How long did you use it and for which levels? tSF - it is a single "level;" We go through it a few times during the late elementary years R&S - used level 4 for 2yrs, 4th and 5th grade DGP - used levels 5, 6, 7 for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Is it writing heavy? If so is it easily modifiable to use on a whiteboard to work through with students? tSF - no writing except for the diagrams at the end R&S - writing-heavy, but we did most of it orally and on whiteboard DGP - not writing-heavy; only takes 5 min/day Did you feel it had a lot of busywork? Scale of 1-10- with 1 no busy work, 10 scads of busywork, how would you rate it? tSF - 1 R&S - 8 DGP - 1 Did it (eventually) teach diagramming? yes for all How did it compare to any other grammar programs you may have used before or after? tSF - the most enjoyable grammar we've ever used. Very clever in how it shows relationships between parts of speech. This is ONLY parts of speech, so for younger students R&S - the most thorough, but also the most tedious. I feel R&S puts too much effort into grammar, and not enough into writing. They need to switch their ratio DGP - this teaches pretty much everything R&S does (on GUM) but with a fraction of the time and effort. I really like how it analyzes the same sentence for a week. Do you think it would be hard to jump into the program if using a different program previously? tSF - super-easy R&S - levels 5 and below should be easy to jump into; not easy work, just easy to begin DGP - some hand-holding of the student is needed at the beginning since the grammar instruction is all found in a reference section; it is not in the daily work If you had it to do over again would you still choose it? tSF - absolutely R&S - if nothing better was available, and only orally/whiteboard DGP - yes, getting ready for my second round Anything else you'd like to add? Both R&S and DGP are pretty advanced. I would review before purchasing and not assume grade levels are in line of where you need to be. I'm also remembering that we started with FLL in 1st and 2nd grade, but I dropped it after that because the grammar seemed too abstract for those ages. We still use and love the FLL audio though! I have also looked at Thinking Through Grammar, which has a brilliant approach and is not very well-known. It utilizes sentence-combining so it is kind of like killing two birds with one stone. I don't think I have room in my curriculum lineup to use it, at least for the next student.
  9. Math: Systematic Mathematics 7 Writing: Write with the Best 1 Grammar: probably Daily Grammar Practice Science: either Ellen McHenry or something more conventional, not sure History: Little History of the World, Landmark History of the American People Long booklist Extras: Piano, Choir, Handbells, he's interested in Irish Dance and Civil Air Patrol, but we'll see
  10. Developmental Mathematics Mastering Mathematics I'm loving Learn Math Fast right now. You could use the books as workbooks.
  11. Yes, I guess I said I'd come back and review, didn't I? 🙂 I used book two with my 5th-grader for a short time last year, and this year I've been using book one with my 3rd-grader. For the most part, I really, really like it. The math is clearly explained and very step-by-step. My kids have had no problem understanding the explanations on their own. I was a little worried about that with my 3rd-grader; the book got into mental math tricks fairly quickly and I wasn't sure that she would understand them. I like when students have regular parental involvement in their math; however, if you really need a math program that your kids work through on their own, this would be a good one for that. I have seen none better in their explanations (in the print-based category). You can tell it was written for homeschoolers. Of course it works equally well for doing math together. The instruction is very incremental and would be excellent for filling in gaps or developing confidence. Mental math is emphasized and little tricks to help that are taught. The only "fussy" part about it is needing to print off the worksheets. And monitoring when more review is needed; the review is not built in like most programs. You need to be able to see when your student needs more review, and go print another sheet. I suppose you could have your student copy the problems in a separate notebook too. And I do wish there were more story problems. Strayer-Upton wins in that department. I haven't used it very far up in the levels, but at this point I would still recommend it as an excellent math program.
  12. Interesting discussion on science. My oldest just finished high school and we went the route of both "living" and "conventional" science. We did traditional programs for 9th and 10th grade but heavily supplemented with living books and Wes Olson videos. The plan was chemistry for 11th, but I just could not bring myself to drag DS through it. I knew he would hate it and forget it, and would not likely use it in the future, his passion being aviation. So we hopped off the typical science treadmill and did a year of Earth, space, and weather science, which I suppose you could call "nature study." This was a combo of online classes, textbook, living books, and a Great Course. We kept plugging away at math; he was meanwhile doing dual-credit pre-calc. His last year was a physics course at the local CC. I am pretty happy with how things went. We have yet to see how his science ed will serve him in college (though we may never find out; he is waffling on what route to take), but he did well in the CC class and also on the ACT. I hope if someone starts a CM group they will announce it. I am not a huge fan of CM methods in high school, but I appreciate many of her principles.
  13. Our oldest is considering it. He is interested in aviation. Any thoughts or experiences welcome.
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