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  1. I agree with most of the grading noted here. However, I would proceed differently. I would ONLY mark the problems right or wrong, then give them back to the student to see if they can figure out their errors. (Making a copy and noting the errors if I need to for my own memory). Then, if they still have some wrong, I would give them the answers (not how to get the answers), and see if they can figure out how those answers were derived. If they still can't figure them out, then I would give them the full solutions and have them figure out, then EXPLAIN/TEACH to me how to do the problem cor
  2. https://www.progressivephonics.com/phonics-books/beginner-phonics-books
  3. I'm with you-my oldest is going to be a 9th grader next year so I've been planning and researching tons (and freaking out plenty)! From what I can tell, High School Language arts consists of 2 main parts: reading and writing. However, getting a little more detailed, it goes like this: Reading with literary analysis-books and movies--in reading is usually included vocabulary with knowing what words mean that you're reading; Writing the 4 types of papers-research, essay, poetry, short story--in writing is usually included grammar with the editing. Another good piece is public speaking, us
  4. We really liked the bibleproject.com videos: https://bibleproject.com/explore/category/old-testament/. It's not a curriculum, but it definitely covers the overarching themes. They are called Old Testament Overview and New Testament Overview when you're looking in the video category section. It's about a 5-10 minute video on each book of the bible (longer ones, like Genesis divided into 2 videos). They have a new "animated" series that has come out since we finished the OT & NT ones, but we haven't watched them yet. They do have a section called Bible Studies which have some disc
  5. My 8th grader has been doing Alg 1 all year, and my initial goal was to go as slowly as he needed and finish it at the end of 9th grade-essentially taking 2 years to do it. However, I am realizing that he'll probably finish it mid-year in 9th grade, and am not sure how I would record that. Is it as simple as saying Alg 1 half a credit and Geometry half a credit for the 9th grade year (if that is how it pans out.)? (We are currently halfway through and have 2 months to go. Or, should I push as far as we can go in the book this year, and start Geometry at the start of the 9th grade year, wh
  6. Yep, I've found this true also! Good content, nice explanations and pictures for that age, though.
  7. homesciencetools.com is my go-to for science stuff. Quality stuff, good prices and lots of help both on the website via articles and stuff, as well as their customer service is wonderful! They have stuff for all ages, and lots of dissection stuff.
  8. Similar to SilverMoon, my 8th grader is reading Hakim's concise History of US (10 chapters a week) and at the end of the week, writing from WTMbook suggestion--3-4 main people, 3-4 main events and 1-2 things you'd like to learn more about (though sometimes we do it orally).
  9. Wow, Thank you!! You all bring up such excellent points! All this information is SO helpful. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
  10. As I'm preparing for my oldest to enter 9th grade next year, I'm seeing all sorts of AP and Honors class questions on this board. So, now I'm confused. What is the benefit of turning a class into one of those? I always thought my kid was basically average, do I need to urge him to try extra? How do I know which track to send him down? We don't plan on doing much online schooling, so won't be choosing classes with or without that in the titles. From my personal schooling background, I thought only a small percentage of students took those types of classes, however from what I'm seein
  11. I have a son entering high school next year, so I did some research and put together some information to help him choose. He has no idea what he wants to do with his life, and is not that interested in learning another language. Here's what I came up with from reading other posts on this forum, as well as doing lots of searches for help-keep in mind this was just a rough gathering of information that I thought would help MY son: How to Choose a Foreign Language: 1. What are your Career Goals? a. Spanish: widely spoken in US; Good for medicine or social work or o
  12. He might enjoy Solitaire Chess game: https://www.amazon.com/ThinkFun-Solitaire-Chess-Version-Nominee/dp/B0032UKQFO Basically, you pick a puzzle, then move the pieces their standard move to capture another piece until only 1 piece is left. Kind of like a solitaire logic game, but using chess pieces and moves. (see video at the website to make more sense).
  13. I agree with Terabith! We used Daily Geography for map skills, though we did a whole week in a day. And we used sheppardsoftware and/or seterra (also online) for online map quizzing. They do states, capitals, countries, major cities, rivers, that sort of thing. It's been great, and given my kids a great knowledge of geography!
  14. Well, I can chime in on vocabulary. We love looking through Marie's Words or Vocabulary Cartoons. We do it all orally-they explain to me why the picture fits with the word, use the word in a sentence, and get points for using the words in their everyday life. (usually an m&m). This isn't helping a lot yet, but just adding it to their brain, so when they see it in a book, it triggers a memory, and after awhile, it's just a part of life. My kids are not writers, so I'm hoping in the future it will have invaded their brain so much that it makes its way into their writing. But for now, it's ju
  15. Bible: Apologia's Who is God series-wherever we leave off Math: Hands on Equations-Fractions, then Principles of Mathematics 1 (just did that as we ended slightly early with math) Writing: The Paragraph Book Series (probably, but not sure yet) Grammar: ?? (I have a few, but not sure what will work with this kid) Spelling: Megawords-wherever we left off on 1 or move to 2 if 1 gets done Not sure, he needs it, but hates it, so maybe mom made? Literature: Finish Mosdos or a mom-made book list of classic type books that I think he'll like Handwriting/Typing: not sure-this kid hates it, isn't good
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