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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. Math - Systematic Mathematics Algebra 1 LA - Excelsior Classes English 1 Science - Biology, either ACE or Friendly & Mapping the Body with Art History - Possibly Notgrass World, but I'm tired of it. :P Thinking Spanish & Health as electives Violin/choir/bells
  2. My baby's going to be in sixth! Math - Systematic Mathematics 6 Writing - Writing Trails and free writes Grammar - Daily Grammar Practice Science - Ellen McHenry, living books History - Living books Piano/choir/bells
  3. Learn Math Fast is my favorite low-cost math. It is written directly to the student and is easy to understand. The books are non-consumable and you can print off as many worksheets as needed. You can find the books even cheaper on Ebay. Volumes 5, 6, and 7 are for high school, but the earlier volumes are great for filling in gaps too.
  4. Systematic Mathematics LA2 through Excelsior Classes w/ writing club Geography with Mapping the World with Art & Book of Marvels Science with Ellen McHenry Spanish (not sure what materials yet) Local music and art. Hoping Irish dance starts up again.
  5. I can retract her username. However she has posted about the academy in the past. Sadly, she is not on the boards anymore. I sure miss these older experienced moms. Grateful for those who are still here.
  6. Seatwork I would say 1-4 hrs, depending on age. Reading/hands-on work would be on top of that.
  7. I recently got back from this GHC and really enjoyed some sessions by Lisa Nehring of True North academy. Something about her was ringing bells in my memory so I went to her booth and sure enough, she was an old boardie from here. She had a lot of great content which combined classical ideals with a firm grasp on where technology, higher ed, and job market is moving. This was very helpful to me (a HSer of 18yrs) as I've been floundering a bit recently on how to prepare my kids for the future world. And I know from other posts here that others feel this way also. So I thought I'd suggest Lisa as a possible resource for those who don't know about her. Her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@lisanehring2347/featured Her online academy: https://truenorthhomeschool.academy/ Her approach is definitely Christian with a classical flavor but for the modern world.
  8. Considering Mr. D's Consumer and looking at Abeka's Business. Can anyone comment on these or suggest options I haven't seen yet?
  9. For resources that are not mom-dependent, and provide support beyond a textbook or workbook, you could consider Easy-Peasy high school, or an old-fashioned correspondence school, or curriculum that utilizes video CDs, or hiring a tutor. Great Courses are great, and come on CDs. Do you have any other local homeschoolers that would be interested in starting a literature class/club? It really helps if the student has some self-drive when it comes to homeschooling high school, and kids can really vary on this point. And I agree with you about being dependent on mom (assuming you are the mom here). I've found it's not developmentally or relationally healthy for mom to be overseeing/enforcing every last thing throughout high school, especially for boys.
  10. I just noticed this thread, and I wanted to post a video that addresses the OP's question as it regards math and the phonics analogy. This was made by the creator of Systematic Mathematics, who has since passed. (His business shut down but the site is still up if you want to poke around for more of his philosophy.) His point was that the issue isn't procedural vs. conceptual (he taught both), but a spiral vs. a systematic approach. I would describe it as more "mastery," but with an incremental, logical progression. Most of the vintage math books (pre-1965) will teach math in this way. Strayer Upton is one that is still in print.
  11. I would check out the Writing with Skill series, Write with the Best Vol. 2, and Jensen's Format Writing.
  12. My rising 11th-grader is not interested in college. He's a smart, cheerful, hands-on guy, probably headed into the trades or entrepreneurship. We considered sending him to the local community/tech college, which has programs that overlap academics and trade certifications. But he wants to retain his schedule flexibility, so we are going to give it another year here at home. If he changes his mind, he can still enter the tech program in 12th. (aaand now we want to be a pilot like older brother... :D) Math: Business math, looking for recs here Going with Mr. D! English: Center for Lit with writing or I may see if he can stay with Jess Woods at Excelsior Classes. He really likes her. Eng III with Jess Woods. Social Studies: Considering stuff from Hillsdale, Tom Woods, etc. Excelsior has a WW2 class he might be interested in. Civics with True North Academy. Uncle Eric books for 2nd semester. Science: Earth/Meteorology/Environmental. I still have resources from the last student. Aviation Science with Excelsior. May add in the Great Courses weather course we already own. We will want him to do Personal Finance (We already own Ramsey's) at some point. (Decided to do this in 12th.) Other than that, I'll probably have him select any other electives. We're hoping to join a local speech class if the schedule works out. Also, music/choir/bells. That's all kinda vague, isn't it? Decisions finalized 4-2-23! Aah, it feels good, like getting your closet purged and organized.
  13. I also agree that good classic literature is important. You don't need to read "all" the classics, but every child should be exposed to at least a few during their education. Some good reasons are given upthread. When it comes to enjoying good literature, whether old or new, my first question is how much screen time are the children getting? The color, light, movement, engagement, and immediate feedback of the digital world militates against the slow-moving, imagination-requiring world of the printed book. My experience is that when books are in competition with screens, screens will win every time. The more screen-time there is, the less the ability to enjoy books. It's like it destroys the ability to sustain attention on anything unstimulating. Maybe there are some lucky households that have the two coexist, but it's not been my experience. Perhaps it is luddite in our current culture, but I restrict screens until I see the kids enjoying literature. My non-readers enjoy listening to a book, and that's good enough for me.
  14. I only have one graduate so far so these stories are interesting and helpful to me. -- What led you to homeschool? The culture we found ourselves in. Both DH and I are 2nd-gen homeschoolers and it was still very much the expected thing in our circles at the time. However I wanted to do better at the academic side, as pioneer homeschools were more about ideology. The WTM (and then this forum) gave me confidence that I could do it. -- How was your child homeschooled in the high school years? (Did you use WTM as a guide? Did your child take out of the home, online classes, or college classes?) High school was a mix of print-based homeschool curriculum, online classes, and community college. In 9th and 10th, online classes were in lit and writing; in 11th, we added math online (DC college class, which was a bit ambitious); and in 12th all core classes besides SS were at the CC. This also meant he was done with school by Christmas. Throughout high school, I attempted to maintain a WTM/CM flavor by making classic lit a priority, keeping a commonplace book, and getting some logic instruction in. He also was active in Civil Air Patrol, which aligned with his aviation interests. -- What did your child do after graduating? What is your child doing now? Our DS's dream all along was to become a pilot. Back in the day, this required a 4yr degree. So the original plan was to attend college. DS was accepted to Embry Riddle and UND with partial scholarships. However after graduating, he made an abrupt change to pursuing the military. He was very close to joining Air Guard when he learned about L3, a flight school with programs that can be achieved in one year. Whiplash, anyone? So off he went to L3 early in 2020. One of the beauties of L3 was that they had a program where they would hire you back as a flight instructor after your training was done. Guaranteed income and flight hours. But then Covid hit, and while the school remained open, they shut down the hire-back program. (I think that may be back now.) I AM glad he was not in either college or the military during Covid. DS returned home to our small midwestern city and providentially landed a flight-instructor job here at the local airport. He will have enough hours within the year for a commercial pilot job, and will have his pick since there is such a shortage of pilots. He also remains active in Civil Air Patrol and plans to do some flight instruction for them. For those who are interested in the financial piece (I'm always interested in this when I listen to parents/students' plans): DH and I always said we would not pay for our kids' college, and I tried and tried to get this DS to apply for scholarships throughout high school. No cigar on the motivation. When it was time to go to school, DH agreed to co-sign on the loan, provided DS refinanced and got his name off before any marriages were to occur. After DS returned home from flight school, he was motivated to marry his high-school sweetheart. We held his feet to the fire on this agreement and Viola! It was done. (So refinancing is possible for those wondering.) I'm always amazed at what kids can do when motivated.
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