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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. Melissa from Reflections from Drywood Creek is putting on a day-long homeschool retreat in western Wisconsin. Terri Woods will be speaking along with some other experienced homeschool moms. There will be special sessions on high school. Lunch provided. Used books for sale. More info and registration here:
  2. Not online, but Learn Math Fast would work well for this.
  3. I successfully remediated my oldest's handwriting with Smithhand.
  4. You can combine history, literature, and geography with Notgrass.
  5. I would look at Learn Math Fast. They have two levels of geometry and according to reviews, have success with dyscalculia/dyslexic students.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Learn Math Fast, 2nd half of book 1 CM writing The Sentence Family CHOW Various living science books Recorder Choir Irish Dance
  10. 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.
  11. Sounds like your basics are already covered. Let him pick his science from here on out.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
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