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  1. I thought it was just happening around here with the teens I know. They are religious but not fundamentalist. I think it mostly has to do with wanting to have sex but not wanting to have sex outside of marriage. AND their parents are all thrilled and extremely supportive which I think is significant. I would NOT be thrilled and extremely supportive if my teen (17-19) came to me wanting to marry the person he/she had been dating for less than a year. I will not be surprised if most of these marriages I am seeing lately end up at least unhappy if not in divorce.
  2. Many schools in Europe will also take DE courses (15-30 units) from an accredited college or university that grants 4 year (and higher) degrees. There are several American colleges/universities that offer online DE courses at reduced credit rates for high school students (who presumably live anywhere). The courses typically run anywhere from 8-15 weeks per class. Go to www.beyondthestates.com for more info on non-Europeans attending college in Europe.
  3. I am listing my son's Language Arts separately as Literary Analysis I, II, III, etc.. and Composition I, II, III, etc. Together these are one English credit per year.
  4. Open Tent Academy has a World Geography class for high schoolers.
  5. My DS is a capable math student but hates the subject and has no confidence in himself as a math student. He requires a spiral approach to build confidence and stay focused. We did CLE Algebra 1 and Thinkwell Geometry; CLE worked fine but with Geometry he was very close to wanting to drop out of high school. I don't think this had much to do with Thinkwell and Dr. Burger, but rather that geometry is so different from algebra and spatial concepts are his weakness. For Algebra 2 I knew that he would need something that would hold his interest. We started with a typical math textbook that Dr. Burger wrote and is used in many schools (I can't remember the name). That was a fail. Then we went to Yaymath! because I got sucked in by a promotion on homeschoolbuyersco-op promising highly engaging and non stuffy math. That lasted about two weeks. In desperation we went to Teaching Textbooks about three weeks ago and FINALLY something has clicked. I can't say he loves math, but Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2 is quite thorough in explanations and is spiral which my DS desperately needs. He can do all lessons on his own but I have been sitting with him for now because this is our 3rd program in about six months and I wanted to see if it is working and will probably continue to work. So far so good.
  6. We've been using Wondrium lectures for ancient history this year. It has worked thus far but we are still in Egypt.....taking our time......so I don't have a ton of experience yet. When we were studying pyramids we watched lectures related to pyramids (even out of order) and it was fine (a nice way to break up my DD's own reading/answering study questions, etc.). I would stop a lecture every so often and ask her a question if I thought it warranted. My DS, otoh, loves films and we have been watching the movie lecture series (don't remember what it's called, sorry....) We definitely have been jumping around there because that lecture series covers many, many topics related to film and he is not interested in all of them. So far, there has been no problem skipping. One thing I do before I assign a lecture to my DD who is doing ancient history, is I look at the pdf guidebook to see what is covered in a lecture I am interested in having her watch. It's been pretty obvious so far to me from the lecture info (pdf guidebook) whether or not background knowledge is needed, or if it would seem like the lecture would not be able to stand on its own. I love Wondrium—it's been a great resource!
  7. Thanks, Ellie, I was unaware of that....I thought they were just businesses/schools. Not that it matters at the elementary level typically : P
  8. Accreditation doesn't matter in elementary and maybe not even above that depending. I was not aware that Calvert or any of the options you mentioned was "accredited." They are for profit, online schools/businesses that have successfully been providing online education for awhile (making $) so presumably they are doing a reasonably solid job of it. That said, there are many, many similar options to choose from aside from those four. To suggest options, or even to evaluate the ones you are talking about, I would ned to know some more information about your family and your needs. What are your children's ages, how much of their day do you want them online, do you prefer synchronous, asynchronous, or a mixture for delivery of content, how available are you for assistance/teaching, tutoring, does the provider have to be secular, etc.? Love to help, but I need more info.
  9. IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) would fit pretty much everything you are asking about. I started with IEW with my older kids about age 9-10, and, even though we have branched out since then, certain things have stuck until today! I will be starting with another kid next year. Sentence structure, sentence fluency, and sophisticated word choices are still going strong and can be traced directly back to IEW (and my teaching, too : p ). Overall, IEW is an excellent choice for beginner (and other) writers.
  10. What am I planning to do in the meantime.....This is for one of my DD's who just turned 13 and finished 7th grade in June. I am probably going to accelerate her to 9th because I realized that she is really doing (or ready to start doing) mostly high school work. Last year we started Writing with Skill Level 1 so we will finish that and start Level 2. I am also looking at some online short writing courses (like 6-8 week courses). Right now, my DD is working on a short summer writing course through AIM Academy (AP English Essay Writing). At this rate, by the time SSS Level B Year 2 is "ready" I may not need it and may just go on to Level C. I probably would prefer SSS Level C Year 2, though but I think that is like one or more years out (?) At this rate it will be ready in 2025. What are your plans?
  11. Yes, I want the DVDs as well. I think it originally was supposed to be ready in February (?) Then it was June, then July and now AUGUST? And NO explanation? Wow.
  12. Here's another four year college offering DE online classes for high schoolers that's even cheaper (about $200 a class) and they have about 48 classes. It looks like the classes are either 7 or 15 weeks each but it's not entirely clear from the website. Takes about 10 days to apply and enroll. https://www.gcu.edu/individual-courses/dual-enrollment
  13. Bluefield College is an accredited four year degree granting college in VA that also offers college credits online for high schoolers. They charge $300.00 per college class (!!) and offer something like 15+ classes that are typical GE courses at 3 credits each, i.e., English 1013 and English 1023, Western Civilization, United States History, Literature, College Algebra, Economics, Art Appreciation, Speech, Intro to Psychology, Biology w/Lab, etc., all taught by college professors. Each class is only 8 weeks long (!!). So, it is highly possible for a dedicated senior to take five college classes within one year (or 15 college credits). You can start as early as 10th grade but even in one year, 15 credits could be doable. One of the best parts to me, aside from the lowish cost and the short terms, lol, is that the Bluefield application process is amazingly easy. NO test scores are required. I think it's just an application, a homeschool or other high school transcript, and parental permission. I have been looking at my local community college for potential DE credits for my high school aged kids and, 1) obviously it is not a four year school, so won't "count" for most European universities; and 2) they want PSAT or SAT scores or other placement scores on tests before my kids can take any courses, not just math or English courses. So, it's more hassle than Bluefield for less usefulness in some ways. https://www.bluefield.edu/admissions/early-college/
  14. UGH!!! Still delayed? Do you have any idea why?
  15. Roundabout, My DH and I are HUGE mid-mod house fans, into collecting mid-mod furniture, etc.!! I'm going to have to check out those blogs....Thanks for those!
  16. I've been doing some research about universities in Europe for my kids, as well. Seems like other options for homeschoolers (aside from an accredited diploma) are AP scores (the classes are not necessary just the text scores) or college credits from a 4 year degree-granting college. The last option is the one I think one of my DD's will do. It's something like 15 credits needed. I am hoping she will have at least 15 college credits through dual enrollment by the time she finishes high school. I get a lot of my info from www.beyondthestates.com
  17. AGGHHH! I will be trying this with one of my DD's (grade 8/9) in about a month....
  18. Is it recommended or required? I admit I didn't read all the legalese but I am seeing "required" and "recommended" so it's confusing.... In VA, Va Tech wants students injected if they have no exemptions, and I think UVa is also doing that. Not sure what they are doing with people who have had a documented case of CoVid and recovered and now have documented antibodies. Still asking for injection probably.
  19. Anything by Erik Larson or Bill Bryson.
  20. Maybe this (it has a lab kit available)?: https://elementalscience.com/collections/chemistry-for-the-logic-stage
  21. We used Fable and Narrration I this year (4th grade). Fable went well but Narration I was a bit slow for my DD because she writes copious stories already. In fact we stopped before finishing the last few lessons. Narration II looks much more advanced as compared to Narration I, so I think it will be fine to use at least some of it for 5th. If it starts to drag we will stop. I don't think Chreia (Book 4) or Book 5 (Commonplace?) will appeal to DD yet as a 10 year old, so I'll wait and see what happens. We will also be going through IEW Level A, Level A Continuation, and some Kilgallon sentence work next year so we will have plenty to do anyway.
  22. Oh, and we may use Debra Bell's Readers in Residence for some literature study as well (www.christianbook.com). I was given a free copy.
  23. I also want to mention this provider since maybe something here will appeal to you: https://www.rootedinlanguage.com I have not used any of their materials yet, but they look interesting to me so possibly I will try something in the future.
  24. I'm sorry but I have not read all the above posts (lack of time issue) but this is what I am doing next year for ELA with my rising 5th grader fwiw. I will add that ELA is a strong suit for my DD—she loves stories and writing and seeks a challenge: Literature: 1) Several beloved books for gentle discussion/analysis of literary terms and concepts such as Charlottes Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cricket in Times Square, etc. I have some interactive notebook materials from LovinLit (found on Teacherspayteachers.com) that I plan to use alongside. DD is very crafty and loves to cut, paste, fold, draw, fill in, create, etc. I may also add in some guides from Moving Beyond the Page as well as selected exercises from Teaching Literary Elements ; 2) A Moving Beyond the Page unit on American Tall Tales & Legends; 3) Poetry study using a variety of resources including maybe LovinLit's poetry interactive materials. DD loves poetry especially humorous poetry like Prelutsky and Silverstein; and 4) continued recreational reading—for example, DD is on book 5 of the Harry Potter series and plans to finish these through book seven. Then she will start the new Morrigan Crow series (our read-aloud right now but she wants to reread herself), etc. Composition: My plan was to start IEW Level A with my DD this year (4th) but since DD is developing a love for creative writing I changed course and went with Classical Academic Press's Writing and Rhetoric Books 1 (Fable) and 2 (Narrative I) where the focus is more on narrative/story rather than expository forms of writing. She is also taking several Outschool creative writing classes this summer. SO, I am thinking it is now time to introduce some formal expository writing in 5th, alongside continuing with CAP W & R Book 3 (Narrative II). We will be using IEW's Level A (older version)and Continuation Level A (older version) before moving to the newer version for Level B in grade 6. I also have some resources for writing different types of expository paragraphs (chronological, spatial, descriptive, compare/contrast, etc.) which I may use. We also will be using Kilgallon sentence composing exercise books (EXCELLENT for improving sentence writing fluency and putting grammar into action). Grammar: DD is pretty strong in grammar conventions and usage since she writes so much (so far mostly stories, newsletters, and scripts) and I ask her to revise and proofread her work regularly. For more "formal" grammar (which I think is helpful for foreign language study later) we will use Easy Grammar 180 Daily Lessons, Beowulf's Grammar (Guesthollow), and sentence diagramming exercises. DD enjoys diagramming so we do it! Spelling: DD is a very strong speller. We have been successfully using Megawords (which she does mostly independently) so we'll stick with that for 5th grade. Vocabulary: This year we used Sadlier which I may stick with for 5th but I may change to Vocabulit because of DD's strong inclination toward (love of) fiction and narrative. Handwriting: DD will continue with Zaner Bloser cursive writing books in 5th. Hope that helps and have a great year!
  25. Here ya' go! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rhetoric-Through-Cinema-Bundle-Engaging-SOAPSTone-Appeals-Devices-Analysis-4145045?st=6b107e0218a458dcc74745426e6fff77
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