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  1. I am sinking in the Slough of Despond. For me still it is the winter of despair. "...like the sole survivor on a lonely shore from the wreck of a great vessel, [I flee] without a thought, without a hope, without a purpose, but to fly somewhere -- anywhere." Dickens, Dombey and Son "[It is] a long and gloomy night that [is] gathered on me, haunted by the ghosts of many hopes, of many dear remembrances, many errors, many unavailing sorrows and regrets." Dickens, David Copperfield (hugs)
  2. Re: church outbreaks - local paper report on an Eastern Oregon outbreak associated with a church La Grande Observer. I wonder if we are not hearing of more outbreaks like this because most asymptomatic/presymptomatic people are not being tested.
  3. There's good advice on output above. For input, for 5th grade ancient history/literature I started with two books on each region - one history (to give me and dd an overview and to identify topics of interest for her to delve into) and one age-appropriate retelling of a story or stories from the period. If I was choosing books for Ancient India now, I would pick something like Daud Ali (2014) Hands-On History! Ancient India (because my dd loves these sorts of projects; this would also be better for a less enthusiastic reader than the other book) or Kenoyer and Heuston (2005) The Ancient South Asian World (for a kid who likes reading nonfiction) and perhaps Arshia Sattar (2018) Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling. We would read these together and discuss them to find areas of further interest, and I would help her track down more resources. My dd was interested in and read more mythology independently, and the written output we eventually agreed on drew on that.
  4. She already has 2 strong years of outsourced high school Latin with external exam validation. Would she consider a simpler class for a third year of Latin to meet the requirement? I don't think every single high school credit needs to be equivalently hard - some credits are mostly "show up and participate" (of course this would not be a good idea if she wanted to be a Latin major!) A class could be simply reading through a Latin work 4 hours a week with a tutor (36 weeks x 1 hour = 144 hours, 1 credit). They could read an historical work - Tacitus Agricola or one of Suetonius' Lives for example, or a book from the Latin Vulgate - eg Acts, or they could work through something like DA Russell, An anthology of Latin Prose. If the thought of more Latin is too much, then dual enrolment could a quicker way to get 3 years of the same (not Latin) language. Typically 1 semester of college equals a high school credit, so 2 semesters plus summer. Spanish or French would piggyback on her knowledge of Latin nicely.
  5. Galore Park is designed to prep students for the exams they take at the end of 7th grade, so not high school credit worthy, in my opinion. Mastronarde is a college level text, equivalent to Athenaze (which I have taught, both at college and at home). Looking over the contents of Mastronarde, I would say high school Greek 1 could aim to get through chapter 15 - this would be about one semester of Greek in college. Yes, it supports reading - all Ancient Greek courses are designed to get the student translating reading passages as fast as possible. Languages can be challenging to learn alongside a high schooler. Even with just one student at home now, I find it hard to get enough time to work at a high school level on her preferred language, and I would not be able to learn it seriously without the support of a tutor. My daughter, who was genuinely interested in Japanese, easily out-paced me. My experience (here comes the obnoxious unsolicited advice :- ) is that dragging an unwilling high schooler through a language in which they are uninterested is futile. The enthusiasm and support of expert tutor is essential, in my opinion, as is buy-in from your student.
  6. Probably not anything new to you, but : Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan series. I love Komarr - it's my go to comfort read when I'm sick. The Curse of Chalion is my favorite of her fantasy novels. Elizabeth Moon, The Deed of Paksennarion. In her sf, I love Once A Hero. Connie Willis, Bellwether. Her Christmas short story collection is also a favorite. She wrote an adorable light sf/romance with Cynthia Felice, The Promised Land, that you would probably enjoy. David Weber, Honor Harrington series. Flag in Exile is maybe my favorite. I like space opera and military sf like Weber's March Upcountry trilogy. Anne Bishop, The Shadow Queen is my favorite of the Black Jewels series. My favorite Terry Pratchett is Going Postal. Or maybe Guards, Guards. Or maybe Unseen Academicals. It's too hard to choose! I haven't read a lot of new to me sf/fantasy lately, but I did love The Goblin Emperor (which you recommended last year). I look forward to getting more current.
  7. Thank you! Perhaps I will have to try another Murakami sometime. I loved the alternate world setting - climbing down from a freeway overpass to switch between worlds! and found the main character compelling, but I hated the non-consensual nature of well, I think, pretty much all of the s*x scenes. My Japanese friend who loaned me the book said "People think he has a weird attitude towards women." I was thinking, next time tell this FIRST! Ho ho.
  8. Diving in! I think I'll read along with Tolkien, do 52 Weeks Bingo, and take the don't buy anything until the pile is reduced challenge 😁. I read flufferton and sf/fantasy for fun, but want to tackle more non-fiction and fiction outside my preferred genres. Starting in the east, I've got Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World. Hopefully I will like it better than IQ84 (sorry to those who loved it. I read it this past summer and disliked the s*xual aspects.) Also starting this week, Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds. I am teaching Frankenstein and Gulliver's travels this month, so I'll be re-reading both.
  9. My advice is to find the math curriculum you think has enough support for you to teach it, and follow the sequence that publisher recommends. As I look around for a Geometry to follow Algebra 2 for my DD15, it seems to me that the most math curriculum assume an Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 sequence. AOPS is an outlier...and we parted ways earlier this year 😁. Perhaps I should check Videotext.
  10. In classical education focusing on the study as Latin and Greek, as above, composition = writing in Latin and Greek. As a college classics major, I was expected to pay attention to style as well as having all grammatical elements correct. In Greek there was an emphasis on the Greek orators. For example, for my composition final exam in Greek at Masters level, I had to translate the Gettysburg address into Greek in the style of Isocrates. The most common composition assignment is to be given a piece of persuasive writing - my professors were partial to letters to the editor or newspaper editorial columns - to translate into Greek or Latin. This sort of approach uses imitation of excellent examples of persuasive writing to teach composition. In the five paragraph essay method, structure is the focus; style is all but ignored in favor of a formulaic logical progression.
  11. "Read pages 39 to 56 in" previously undisclosed, obscure, out-of-print spine probably written for poor benighted children in the distant corners of the British Empire, available only as a unpaginated 1000 page google book. Said book also probably begins each chapter with "As you see, dear children..."
  12. There is no more gob-smacking math than Art of Problem Solving. What about Introduction to Counting and Probability https://artofproblemsolving.com/store/item/intro-counting or Introduction to Number Theory? Both are shorter courses. For writing, what about asking him to write a novel? Check out Nanowrimo - he could write through November then edit in December. Here's the page with the free middle school workbook to get him started https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pages/learning-resources .
  13. Second vote for Ramayana: Divine Loophole recommended by @Sammish. Great for a 10 yr old and good introduction to Hinduism. The fantasy series mentioned by @Farrar might be Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions. My dd15 read this for 9th grade world literature, and also the graphic novel Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni. Great reads for older students, but I wouldn't recommend them for 10-11 yrs. The graphic novel doesn't have anything younger kids couldn't read, but Rama is presented in a rather less heroic light than usual.
  14. This. Although DD15 is a solid math student, it really helped her to repeat prealgebra and algebra with a more challenging program after her first go-through. I was glad she had the time to do so in 8th/9th grade. It's good to have some flexibility built in in case future math levels need more time.
  15. Thanks - I am finding that these less commonly taught languages are a big limiter, and that is not necessarily bad 😄. I appreciate hearing about your post-exchange experience too. Do you have any advice about representing the exchange on the transcript? Dd's exchange country does not do high school transcripts at all - everybody at the school just takes the same course of study, and for them university entrance is based on external exams - so there will be no outside validation available. Maybe DD writes a special circumstances letter to go with her apps?
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