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  1. BA is great for afterschooling. It's different enough to not feel like "more of the same" and teaches things ordinary math curriculum leaves out. We do about 2 pages a day, more or less. Usually each subtopic is a two page spread, so I try to chunk it that way. But if there's a lot of starred problems, especially towards the ends of a chapter, we might just do one page. I try to keep it in the ballpark of 20 mins. This does not include the guide books. My kid reads those on his own (he likes them).
  2. You're new here. Welcome! But you should post this on the Accelerated Learner board. That's where we discuss curriculum choices for gifted, asynchronous and generally atypical kids. But just to start you off, the first recommendation for LA for a gifted student is Michael Clay Thompson, starting at the Sentence Island level. Check it out. And if it confuses you, search these forums to see explanations for the other confused people. I did FLL with my kid in 1st/2nd-ish. I say "ish" because had the old version that combined 1 and 2, and condensed and skipped, and he got done with it all
  3. Oh yeah, sorry, I really posted a rough draft. It's solar system symphony - http://teachyourchildpiano.com/solar-system-symphony-sm-page-1/ I'm trying to sneakily sneak in music appreciation. I don't know if it will work, lol.
  4. I drafted out my plans - thought I'd share. For fyi - he's 2e, and has no homework from school. And his school is not-English, so I'm trying to keep him at least on grade level for English LA. And I'm an LCC-er with a stem kid. Oh, and he doesn't go to Sunday School or other Religious Ed. Math: BA4, 5?, CTCo. Algebra/Geometry Latin: LfcA, Minimus Secundus, LfcB Greek: Basic Greek in 30 Minutes, Elementary Greek 1? Science: The Elements, Solar System Music, CLNR5, Science in the Ancient World Language Arts: Reading: Reading Detective? Just So Stories, Greek Myths, Holes, Poetry Writing
  5. Honestly, from what you said about the director preferring to cast boys in major roles, and his apparent ignorance about the facts about your DDs, I suspect the director is a misogynist. Misogynists don't always have a foaming-at-the-mouth how-dare-a-stupid-woman-speak-to-me! attitude. Many are similar to covert racists. They'll overlook the faults of their preferred group, while finding any faults they can in their unpreferred group. And like racists, they usually don't realize their bigotry, and make overtures and relationships that "prove" they aren't bigots, but when objectively consid
  6. Just raising my hand here to say - "Old School" homeschool had co-ops. Large, extensive, class-based, teacher run co-ops. I attended one in, oh I'm not sure exactly, 1993(ish). Big attendance, had classrooms, paid teachers, etc. It was defined as "extra-curricular" but that meant it included ASL, science, Recorder, and....other things as well. Trying to remember, my mom didn't sign me up for everything. My mom asked for "core" classes once, she was a "3 R's" believer but struggled to implement it. And she was ticked when the secretary said that they didn't offer that, just "extras.
  7. Okay, my DH was sharing an opinion with me of a language related to his own, and I thought it was interesting. If you want to discuss this with him detail and tell him why his opinions are misguided, be my guest. Languages absolutely can atrophy. It's obsolescence. If you don't let your language adapt and change to meet the needs of the speakers it will die. If you don't encourage any higher written work and grammar study in language, it will get confused, complexity will fall out, and speakers will find it unworkable, and it will die. If the workability of a language is confined to only o
  8. My Dh's issue wasn't so much that it was different. Goodness, every village here has it's own dialect of the local language, even if the village isn't big enough to have a yield sign. He found the intonation and word use weird. I don't know how best to explain it, because he wasn't sure how to explain it to me. But he's used to a lot of dialects, a lot of dialects here are odd (one local village here calls everything a "he") but he found Amish really odd, that's all. And he also noticed the lack of adapted vocabulary. If language users don't create new words for the things they encounter, eve
  9. There's that, and also that words can change meaning. Which can sometimes only show up when dealing with groups that have different ethnic and political histories than "normal." DH's family language is a form of Low Saxon, and he's heard clips of Amish speaking and finds their language super strange. He can understand it partly, but the syntax and other things are "off" to him. Plus, he thinks they speak strangely. That could be a dialect variation, but it could also be a sign of the language atrophying. As for why the Amish get a free pass - one big reason could be because of th
  10. I think that looks like a good plan. If you wanted, you could get Orberg along with everything else and just pick it up once a week to read and see how far you get. I think Orberg begins by concentrating on nouns, and so does Henle, so that might be a good combo. And if Orberg makes you freak out, you can run back to something easier for a while. But if it does work, there you go. The point of learning Latin is to read Latin, so to make sure you get there Orberg is a good plan. But the guy in that (excellent) article came to Orberg having already memorized all the forms. That's pretty
  11. I think by "philosophy" it means logic, the limits of knowledge, and a discussion of what infinity is. Which sounds fun to me. :w00t: I was hoping there'd be more questions provided. But since we're now afterschooling, I'm trying to keep pencil work to the absolute minimum here. The one question should be enough for DH to prompt discussion. I'm envisioning this as bedtime math. Not, obviously, a full Algebra course.
  12. The immortal fun math thread! :hurray: I'd forgotten about this. I have to go back through the resources listed here now that my kid's older and our situation has changed. FYI: The Number Devil is both a book and a CD-Rom game. We got the book from the library last year, but now I'm curious about the game. In another thread I mentioned Lit2Go, and I went looking through it myself to see if there's anything new. They have various old math books, but one, Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, caught my eye. DH and Crazypants have philosophical discussions often, and I know DH feels a bit i
  13. Yes, in my son't case he was good at picking up the broad or big picture of a text, but was missing the details. This became obvious last year when he was reading The Last Battle. He got the overall point of the book fine (great even, DH and he had fun discussing Plato's forms with it), but he totally didn't understand the plot point where Tirian and Jewel kill the Calorman. He wasn't sure who killed who, or why, or what the effect of that incident was. Well, that's sort of an important point in the book, and as worthy of discussion as Forms/Ideas. So far R&R seems to be working to teach h
  14. :) I started the Beginning book with my oldest a few months ago, and we're 3/4 through, going to start the logic part tomorrow. I got it because he was having issues with reading comp - missing signal words, sequencing, cause-effect, etc. R&R has been really great for him. As you can see in my sig, we also do BTS2. I prefer the verbal reasoning instruction in R&R over BTS. When we're done with this book though, I'll probably have him do some more verbal pages from BTS and some reading detective, and then after a few months get the next level of R&R. I haven't been d
  15. :001_rolleyes: Seriously, all I meant is that she and him are part of the same "tribe" and that has likely made her more trusting to promote him and more likely to hand-wave anything problematic. And I am aware the blogger is also Reformed. I poked around her blog a bit. She is opposed to DW, yes. But I don't necessarily agree with her either.
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