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  1. Grammar - Tentatively Kolbe/VOE 8, but we may want to shake things up some...The VOE books look the same year to year. And, he hates diagramming. Literature/History/Composition/Geography - Tapestry of Grace, Yr 3 Dialectic, 1-on-1 tutor, ~30 books for general history and ~6 books for literature including the intermediate C.S. Lewis texts Math - AOPS Algebra Science - Wilson Hill Physical Science/Physics 1 using May's text Religion, Spanish 1 - Kolbe Self Paced w/ online language lab and outsourced grading Study Skills Homeroom - Something online that Kolbe put in place this y
  2. Great experiences this year: - Wyzant, 1-on-1 tutoring, Creative Writing - youngest son learned to write scripts for movies, learned how to constantly revise his writing. - Wilson Hill Academy - Honors Physics, Great book, lessons, and teacher - best general physical sciences class for an 8th grader, cons: the school itself is still in growing pains, hand grading of lab reports/exams can take forever, horrible communication/general website - wish they just used schoology rather than own infrastructure. - Kolbe 8th Grade English, first time ever that my oldest son has full confidence in his
  3. My experience w/ various literature programs: Memoria press allows you to focus on specific books and run your own program, but their curriculum is very workbook focused. My kids hated that as it had them focus on minutia of each chapter, rather than historical background, morality, or philosophy. Veritas Press has an excellent grammar stage online literature program that my youngest son adored - and, honestly the selection of books for grammar grades is aggressive - but in middle school, they integrate literature w/ history..so if you aren't doing their history program, it doesn't r
  4. I was an initial proponent of as many hours as possible, but after homeschooling for awhile, I came to the following realistic expectations for real dedicated active learning time (Doesn't include reading or sports): 3rd Grade: 3-4hrs/day, 6 days/week, All Year except for ~30 days of vacation 4th-6th Grade: 4-5.5hrs/day, 6 days/week, All Year except for ~30 days of vacation For 7th-8th Grade, I'm expecting 5-7 hrs/day, 6 days/week, All Year except for ~30 days of vacation
  5. From my own experience with my 5th grader last year, I'd really recommend Latina Christiana, at least, before pushing First Form Latin, especially in the context of a class. In general, the first form classes out there (especially online) typically have students that have completed Prima Latina and Latina Christiana already and your child may feel like the slowest person in the class and the teacher might feel compelled to move to harder material at a faster rate than your son is comfortable with. This is not conducive to learning and introducing a subject that is known to be difficult. Lea
  6. Wordly Wise Online The Great Courses Online (Streaming Video, Audio doesn't get the same attention span) Discovery Streaming AOPS Online Course + Videos/Homework/Challenge Problems Memoria Press DVD's edX Courses (we like opencourseware rather than coursera) Google Apps/Email ChessKids We try not to overdue the online components as the kids are already addicted enough to tablets/computers/etc and we want them to focus on learning, not being entertained.
  7. A clean house definitely goes a long way for homeschooling, especially when the house and home schooling area is smaller than one would wish. I fought somewhat with my kids on this for many years. It's best if you can get them into cleaning habits while really young, otherwise it is difficult to get them to really value cleanliness, especially with multiple boys, until they get older and have the mindset to want a clean house. In any case, what works for us is: a) Give the kids cleaning chores, and have it done before school starts each day b) Do some cleaning while the kids are bus
  8. You can get by just using the teacher guide and having the kids write their answers in a standard notebook and then grading that, but we purchased the student books also this year. I do think the MP literature books are well done and add quite a bit, especially with vocabulary and common/legacy expressions and word phrases.
  9. My rising 6th grader is enrolled in the online aops class, two weeks per chapter on average sounds right, but he actually follows a schedule that is: Monday: Do simple math problems for the section he is working on, 1-2hrs Tuesday: Do a few 'hard' math problems, 1-2hrs, I usually have to help him work through these. Wednesday: Read up on the next section and watch AOPS videos, 1-2hrs Thursday: Attend online class, ~90 minutes Friday-Sunday: Nothing planned, but his mom or I will usually spend some time with him to ensure he fully understands the current topic.
  10. I have two tween boys, the oldest is just turning 12 -- From what I've noticed, this is the age when they really push to see what they can get away with and if you give them anything, they keep on pushing....so, to keep things productive, I have to combine negotiating rewards for completing all work at the end of the day with not letting them get away with _anything_ during school hours. So, my oldest can have the playdates with friends that he wants from 3pm-6pm if all his schoolwork is completely done at a good level and if I'm happy with his effort and attitude that day, but he gets zero c
  11. Standards Edition through 5B, If student is doing well and is confident then go directly into AOPS Pre-Algebra, otherwise 6A/6B for additional review before.
  12. We did the Terranova Complete Battery Plus this year - It was OK for reading/spelling/vocabulary/language arts, too easy for math, and very poor for science/social studies/history. My 3rd grader asked why all the emphasis on American rather than Roman and Greek History....
  13. 3rd-5th grade: completely optional, likely more pain than it's worth, incorporating writing in other subjects is probably the best approach. 6th grade: where you really have to have a plan and begin to emphasize writing as its own skill. 7th-8th grade: Key years writing essays and being able to clearly express thoughts in an organized fashion, and learning how to avoid the common writing pitfalls. Let them get lots of feedback and create multiple drafts.
  14. Last year, for my 3rd and 5th grader who had recently left public school, I reviewed the Easy Grammar, First Language Lessons, Voyages in English, and English Grammar Recitation books - there were good aspects to each of them, but there wasn't anything in Easy Grammar that was unique - I ended up doing a hybrid of FLL/VOE/EGR using VOE as the baseline with FLL to supplement wherever VOE was weak and then requiring the EGR workbook to be completed for review, essentially serving as mini-tests. This worked well, and we'll likely continue this year, but we'll be adding much more writing/composit
  15. History: MP has Famous Men of the Middle Ages, and Teaching Company/Great Courses have some excellent streaming video courses for history of the middle ages. Grammar: There are lots of choices, but my understanding is that Easy Grammar more of a supplement than a course in itself... I considered using it, but stuck with a hybrid of FLL + VOE + EGR instead. I wanted to make sure my kids really understood grammar so that they would be ready for intensive writing during the middle school years. It's a pain to combine several courses, but grammar + math is really what 4th-6th grade is suppo
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