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  1. My daughter will be in 9th next year. She is not a huge science fan (she prefers languages). She does need Biology and Anatomy because she plans to go into Speech Pathology. I wanted to start her on an Earth Science curriculum that will not be too overwhelming. She is a perfectionist and taking a heavy load with 2 languages, piano, choir and dance. Can you recommend a good curriculum for us to do together for a mom that is not great at science or a good online curriculum? Thank you so very much!
  2. Hello all!! I have 13-year-old 7th grader that works hard and does well in school. She does, however, struggle with mild dyslexia. I have not had her tested, but I plan on getting her tested this year. If they say that she is dyslexic and needs extra test time how long can I use the assessment? Do I have 2 year, 3, 4 from the time that she is tested until when she takes the ACT/SAT? Thanks so much!!
  3. That is a good idea. I will work on doing that. I think wording it that way will help tremendously.
  4. That makes me feel so much better. You know, the mom thing is hard, especially the homeschool mom thing. I am glad to know that I am not the only mom who is pushing and prodding and she is not the only kid dragging her feet. Lol.
  5. Ok, moms and dads!! What do expect of your child that will be a senior in high school? My daughter is almost 18 and I am wondering if I am expecting too much of her. I expect her to handle life except payment of activities and a little help navigating college admissions. The college admissions are hard for me, so I know it will be a little over her head. She is applying to the school of music at several schools, so it is a lot of extra stuff. She has everything done for the silver Congressional Award, but I can't get her to finish the write up. I feel like she is old enough now to decid
  6. Thank you for everyone sharing their curriculums. It helps me to see what is out there!! I could never do all the research myself and when I see what you have it helps find new ways to learn!! This is my hard working kid. She is so sweet and dear. Reading and writing have never been easy for her, but she gives it her all! Reading-- She loves to read Warrior Cats with her 10-year-old sister, but I always have her read about 20 minutes a day some sort of "finer" literature book. Next year with our study of the Medieval time period we will do books like The Samurai's Tale, The Shak
  7. This is my baby and it's killing me that I only have 8 more years until they are all gone. Math-- Last year of Math Mammoth. I changed my older daughter to Mastering Essential Math Skills for 6th grade and she likes it so much better than Math Mammoth, so I will do the same with this not math-loving kid. We also supplement with Beast Academy and Reflex math. She still struggles with some of the memorized facts, but gets most concepts really well. Geography-- Where in the World game. They love it and it makes it easy for me. We also play Stack the States and Stack the Countri
  8. Are you hosting the student from Turkey through Rotary also?
  9. I run short-term exchange student programs and oversee year-long students. I have hosted 12 people short-term and been over about 100 kids and adults. I think for someone with the time to put into the exchange, that year-long exchanges can be incredibly rewarding. I have not year done a semester or year-long exchange. I may do it after my older 2 kids graduate and go off to college and then again I may not. I take things year by year and with a senior next year, I don't think I can. An exchange student, though independent in so many ways, is like having another child. You have to give
  10. We took it on the 13th. She got a 31. My question for all you veterans is (this is my oldest)— do we focus on the ACT and bringing her score up or do we also take the SAT? She had a perfect score in the reading section and a 35 on the grammar. Her math and science are the ones we would like to bring up and I’ve heard that’s easier than the English section. Thanks!!!
  11. For those of you using Megawords curriculum... Do I need the teacher and student guide? Can I get by without the teacher's guide?
  12. I know that this has been thoroughly discussed but I wanted to get insight into other wonderful curriculums or websites that I have missed out on. I was doing some Spanish work with my kids today and thinking I love the Rockalingua website. My kids were singing entire Spanish sentences. Their accents were good! I am going to have to get a new subscription. This website has been a gem for us. Mind you, I can help them because I speak Spanish, but I think it would still be a good add-on for most homeschoolers hoping to get their kids to speak some Spanish. We have also loved Beast Academ
  13. I am creating a course for my daughter where she can take the AP exam if she would like. I am using this book (I need to read it over the summer). Does anyone else have any books for movies that they recommend for this course? Thanks!! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312554605/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  14. I loved Harry Potter as an adult and sharing with all my magic loving children. The Giver, Anne of Green Gables, The Princess Academy, Where the Red Fern Grows (many tears, but loved it), Amos Fortune, Series of Unfortunate Events, Tom Sawyer (as a read aloud and they laughed all the way through), Ella Enchanted, and Maniac Magee (is one of my all-time favorites). Have you tried anything by Brandon Mull? My kids LOVE him. He is fantasy and has several series out-- The Beyonders, Fablehaven, and The Candy Shop War. I love Beyonders and Fablehaven. Many noble characters in these books and
  15. I have 2 younger girls--9 and 11 and then 2 older-- almost 14 and 16. So, I am looking for a range. I agree that many books are American centered. I would like to hear from voices all over. I am particularly interested in the Middle East, Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Cambodia.), and the former USSR. I like first hand or historical fiction accounts-- straight history book is a little boring for kids. There is nothing about Cambodia and Pol Pot for children-- I guess because it was genocide. There is so much about the Jewish genocide (Holocaust) in WWII though, so the subject c
  16. Yes... duh. I meant 20th century. Thank you for the book. ?
  17. I love history. I love for my kids to know and understand what the different forms of government are around the world. I like them to see how other people live. I want them to understand wars, governments, people, culture, etc.. That being said-- Where the heck are all the history books about the 20th century? There are some (plenty on the Holocaust, WWII, Segregation-- thank goodness) but some topics are almost non-existent. Anyone have any more luck? I have found the following, but I would love more ideas!!! The Wall: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain, Mao Zedong- The Rebel Who
  18. I will keep you posted if it ends badly ? Here's hoping it's great!!
  19. Thank you!! That is the kind of information I need. ?
  20. I saw that before and wondered if my daughter would enjoy. I just bought it and am going to give it a try. ? Thanks for the extra heads up.
  21. My daughter wants to major in music. She has had 11 years of piano, 2 years of violin, and 2 years of voice instruction. She has done theory all along but I really think a good theory class would benefit her. I am not a musical person at all (other than I appreciate it) and I am at a total loss. She says that she is not good at theory but she seems to play some hard pieces. Any advice? I don't want to break the bank either. Thank you!!
  22. In case anyone else needed a subscription. Better deal than buying outright. https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/reflex/?source=134598
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