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  1. All along, from baby to now (6th & 9th grades). I grew up a child of teachers, and also had many aunts and uncles who taught in public school, so I grew up hearing all the politics of the school system. Luckily, when I was pregnant with my first, I received a piece of junk mail (I think it was Robinson Curriculum), but that made me do the research, and we made the decision that homeschooling was it for us. (Never used that curricullum, but did lots of curriculum research over the years.)
  2. I have a chart that came with 7 Sisters LA curriculum that goes like this: For 11th Grade: Average-20 books (3 classics, 5 can be books of the bible) College Prep-25 books (3 classics, 10 can be books of the Bible) Advanced-37 books (5 classics, 15 can be books of the Bible) AP-50 books (6 classics, 20 an be books of the Bible) Though I would count some of the poetry and short stories in this amount. I have read many places, though can't remember where, or I would cite it, that you don't need to discuss each book you assign, maybe 1 a month. I'm not sure how to assess that they actually read and not skimmed, but maybe you don't need to worry about that with your boys-I don't with my oldest, either. But I agree with Lucy above-more than easy, less than kills the joy of reading. (Thanks, Lucy!) ETA: link for above info: https://www.7sistershomeschool.com/how-many-books-should-my-homeschool-high-schooler-read/
  3. You could give them each $5 (and whatever tax is) and take them to a dollar store, letting them pick out whatever they want. I'm debating this option as we need nothing as well. (but I love some of the other ideas given above, so, hmmmm, decisions, decisions....)
  4. My husband recently got an AREAR camping cot off amazon for use with Boy Scout camping trips. He's used it multiple times, once for a week, and said it's SO much better than a sleeping pad for an old (45yo) person. He doesn't have a bad back, so that may or may not be an option, but....
  5. I think the difference you're talking about is having English as a translator. For instance, if I'm teaching French and I say "apple, pomme", this child will learn to translate from English--meaning, they'll think in their head the English word, and then scan their brain to come up with the French equivalent, Whereas if I say "pomme" while pointing to a picture of an apple, that child will learn to *think* in French. I wouldn't think one way is better than the other, it's more in which learning method will work for the child. (kind of like kinestetic vs audio vs visual learning).
  6. I'm looking for a few more books for my son's reading list. He's an incoming 9th grader, and on the young side socially and emotionally. But I'm looking for an Inspirational book or two for him to read this school year. Christian is great, but not necessary. It seems that many I find are about dealing with girls/dating and such, and he's nowhere near that mentally. I think I'm looking for non-fiction or biography (the fiction section of his assigned reading is full), and around the topics of responsibility, helping others, being the best you can be, working hard at the tasks your given, those sort of inspirational, motivational ideas. (and not sure if I've made it clear, but written to the teen, not a curriculum or a "how to help your teen ....."). Thanks!
  7. My namebrand, purchased years ago, lids sometimes do both of those things. I've always assumed that just sometimes happens and eat it anyway and we've never had a problem. As long as you feel/hear the seal breaking when you open it, it should be fine. (I've been canning for many years and with my mom previously).
  8. I'm trying to create some output for a unit study on Mythology for an Ancient History course and was thinking about compare and contrast a Greek myth with a Roman myth. Is this do-able? Which myths is that possible with (preferable one of the shorter ones rather than the Iliad or Odyssey. 🙂 )? Or should I do some other 'thinking about multiple myths' assignment? (I've been researching and have a Greek myth book and a Roman myth book, but there are a few of the same myths in them which really confuses me, so thought I'd see if I could find someone who knows more about mythology than I.) Thanks!
  9. I realy like The Ulat.com's methodology, and will be starting that with my 9th grader next month. (First 15 lessons are free). However, I took french in high school, so I have a little background and can help somewhat. I do NOT know how it would work for you with no background. Needless to say, I'm not recommending it because I haven't used it, but wanted you to know about it so you could check it out for yourself.
  10. Not quite the same, but we talk about intent. If mom says don't eat while you're sitting on the couch, what is her intent, why might she be saying that? So, do you think standing on the couch to eat is within that intent, even she didn't say no to that?--still need reminders on thinking that way. Thanks for your post also, though, as it helped me think through some actions and words of my child to see if that might be going on sometimes with him.
  11. I JUST found a facebook group that has some helpful information. Different format than the hive, so that's taking some getting used to. But it's called "It's not that hard to homeschool high school". Glad you're asking because I would love another place or two to go to gather curriculum (and other) information that's NOT facebook, but, you take what you can get. 🙂
  12. Mexican: 1lb pasta Dressing: 1 cup salsa, 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper Add in's: 1 can corn, drained; 1 can black beans, drained; 1 red pepper, diced; 1 can black olives; diced tomatoes (about 4 romas or 2 larger); 1-2 cups shredded mexican cheese; chopped onions-not sure how much as we don't like onions.
  13. Hello, my upcoming 9th grader has requested Ancient History. So, we are doing the first half of World History: Our Human Story (O'Connell) to cover the Ancient civilizations. However, I am in the planning stages and know I will be adding lots of things to make it a full high school history credit. My question is this: He has always loved mythology, so I was thinking about adding that as some extra content, but everything I can find puts Mythology studies into the literature subject instead of history. Can anyone suggest a way to add Mythology as history? Either for a week or a month, unit study or just extra materials? Or should I just focus on other resources for Ancient History stuff? Thanks for your ideas!
  14. I used Jacobs with my 8th grader. You can get the textbook used (older version with lizards on the front is fine and only $20 at thriftbook) and it has the answers to set 2 in the back. I loved Algebra in school, but I was learning some new things, or at least new ways to look at things going through Jacobs with my student. I highly recommend it for a step by step approach that is probably needed for someone who never understood from their school days.
  15. FamilyLearningOrganization.org has created some. They are under the "test prep" tab at the top.
  16. I used Thinking in Threes this past year with my 8th grader. It did not last a full year, but it was a wonderful book We really enjoyed it and it made the basics of writing manageable to teach to a beginner. I think it would work for any middle school age child-6-8th grade. It would probably even work for a 9th grader for a portion of their writing work. I have done research and have the Lively Art of Writing, but everything I've founds says it's an intense high school level course, so I've postponed it. (Though I can't find where I saw that information, probably the boards here somewhere). The other, I haven't used or heard of (I will be checking it out now--thanks!), so can't help there.
  17. homesciencetools.com has lots of science kits. Some are ones they have put together, some are individual ones from other brands, some are multiple themes. Lots of options there.
  18. Painless Grammar worked with my 8th grader. It's sort of like a self-help book-not a text book, not a work book, but there are periodic quizzes. I was able to give it to my 8th grader to do basically on his own, but I wouldn't do that with my 5th grader I'd sit down with him and read and make sure he understood as I went. It covers subject verb stuff, as well as common mixed up words. Most libraries have it.
  19. If you have a laminator-I just laminate cardstock. It's cheap enough you can replace them often if necessary, but I've been using the same ones for 5 years.
  20. Dorothy Sayers Margery Allingham Agatha Christie has a couple different series, maybe choose 1 from each: Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple These are all about the same era as the ones you chose, so not sure if you want to span further, or keep with "classics" or what.
  21. I'm going to go against the flow here and say that there's a point when doing the basic operations by hand becomes busy work just to get the problem done. So, I let my kids use calculators as long as I KNOW they know how to do what they're using the calculator for without it AND it has nothing to do with the skill being taught. So, for instance, if they're learning averaging and they KNOW how to add and divide, I think it's busywork to require them to do the problem without a calculator when what they really need to know is "add them all and divide by how many there are" not HOW to add and HOW to divide. As accountants, there's no way my husband or I would NOT use a calculator (or Excel) for the simple portions of complex, multi-step problems.
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