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  1. I am curious why he suggests starting with JAVA. My boys are both interested in computer programming and I know nothing about it. I recognize some of the names of the languages and that is it.
  2. thanks for posting, my dd can't wait to try these ideas out... and neither can I
  3. Further down in the thread, I am not sure how far, it says that the bigger ALL wouldn't be available until October (I think it was October).
  4. In SWB high school writing cd, it calls for only two 1 pg essays (defined as 250 words, dbl spaced) a week. You are supposed to do them for either history, science, or literature. If your student is more language arts focused, it would be more, but from what I remember she said that this was the minimum output for high school. As for the rest of the work load, is your son interested in two science class. I know my son (only 7th), while he loves history and science, if he is asked to double up on it, he quickly complains. One year he had 3 history classes. One with me, and two through
  5. My son, 12, actually asked if he had to do it because it was called a "challenge" lesson, he saw it as "extra". I told him to do it. The first summary he turned in, he had missed the point and left so much info out that I couldn't follow the idea. I looked over his list of events, and noticed that he had not done that step correctly. He just wrote several down, not all of them and then condense them. When I pointed this out to him, and had him redo it, his second summary was much better. I think for him, writing summaries from something shorter had become so easy, that he just tried t
  6. I have this book but haven't used it yet. Flipping through it quickly, it seems that the beginning, maybe 15 chaps, has more math practice problems. Then there are more math practice problems spread throughout the next 25 chaps, but not very many. These 25 chaps seem to be more of a review worksheet to emphasize the important info form the book that they should learn. There is an answer guide in the back.
  7. I am using WWS with my 7th grader. I had planned to have him do 1 outline and 1 summary in history, in addition to his lists of facts. He would also do his summaries in science, a couple a week. And do the WWS lessons. As we are getting into it though, and I am realizing just how meaty WWS is, I have dropped the history outlines and summaries. I am waiting to see if I will have to adjust further.
  8. My dd took Earth Science with a Geology focus last year because she was interested in it. My sons are more interested in chemistry and physics, so I don't plan on them taking Earth Science, but that may change.
  9. We are doing 2 years on US History because I felt it would just be too rushed once I started looking at my plans. We will go through the beginning to Civil War the first year. We'll do American Government during the summer, thought it was a great lead up to the election. And then finish up with post Civil War through present next year. We are using American Odyssey, TCC Early American videos, History Scholar pages, and adding in research papers and biographies. We will also be using at least the first two Critical Thinking in US History because we have them, and the next two next year
  10. I am going through this curriculum for my 7th and 11th kids. It does take about 1 - 1 1/2 hours to work through a lessons. You are supposed to do 3 lessons a week, but with our other responsibilities, we sometimes only get 2 lessons done. We just finished lesson 10. We watch the video together, then read through the lesson and any readings that are listed. We discuss books we have read that show the technique discussed. Depending on the length of the video, that takes up about 30 mins. Then I let the kids answer the questions. They answer them on their own, and then read them to each o
  11. We don't do a lot of logic. We worked through Critical Thinking book 1 last year with my 6th and 10th. The kids also have done Building Thinking Skills 1-2 when they were younger, usually in 2-4th. They love Perplexors, Mind Benders, and other logic puzzle books, so we continue with those. This year we are doing American History, so I thought we could work through Critical Thinking in United States History. I have the first 2 volumes, and it we like them we will get the next 2 cds. For us it in 10 mins on the logic puzzles for fun, and then 15 mins discussing our logic book. We don't
  12. My dd, in a 7-12th coop computer course, needed to do 35 wpm to receive an A for the typing portion. For younger kids, I would definitely be in the 15-20 range to start. My 6th grader struggled because his hands were smaller. We got a netbook that has a 90% keyboard, everything was a little smaller and it was easier for him to stretch his fingers. He was able to do 20-25 wpm on that.
  13. Quick question, do you need the teacher books to use with the student books? I do have TWSS. Thanks.
  14. We switched to Earth Science with the Tarbuck book. I just had her skip the chapters that dealt with subjects she had already done with the Physical Science book.
  15. We also tried the Physical Science course and had the same results. I had to read over the answers to the questions, quizzes, and tests. Then rewrite or add to the questions, to help guide my daughter to the correct answer so that she could complete the program. In theory, I love the idea, I just wasn't crazy about the implementation. I had thought about skipping the tests, and just having my son do the research questions to find what he could, we would discuss it, and then do the experiments. Anyways, my dd switched to a textbook approach to finish off the year, and has been much happier
  16. I used CW Aesop and Homer for the Older Beginner with my 6th and 10th graders this year. The 10th grader didn't make it all the way through. She didn't like rewriting, or improving, such great work. She thought it sounded great the way it was and didn't like her own writing as well. We switched her to Write Shop, which teaches similar skills, but she was improving her own writing, not someone else's writing. THe 6th grader really liked it until the end. He enjoyed the stories, I saw big improvements in his style and writing ability across all subjects. But he didn't finish the p
  17. You want the 1985 miniseries with Patrick Swayzee (?) in it. The other is set in England.
  18. The audio lectures would be great for writing. They give examples of where the student should be at each level, and if they aren't, what you should work on to get them there before moving to the next level. You could try First Language Lessons 4 which gives a very through basic understanding of grammar. Including parts of speech and the beginnings of diagramming. Seems like there are about 90 daily lessons. Then switch to Analytical Grammar, but skip the review book. Just do units 1-3 in a row. It seems like there are 34 lessons that last a week. This covers diagramming. So
  19. Personally, I think the goals leading up to and including 5th grade are just to get those muscles working. Teaching them to look at things in a different way. I believe that the terminology comes with whatever program you choose to use after that. I choose a variety of books for puzzles. Each puzzle in a book is usually done in a similar way, even if they become slightly harder as you go along. So once you start to think in that way it becomes simpler to do. For my 6th grader, we did Critical Thinking together. Then for logic puzzles I had him do different puzzles. We did the l
  20. We like Logic Liftoff series, Building Thinking Skills, and a variety of Perplexor books. The first Logic Liftoff is very simple but builds the skills for the next levels. Building Thinking Skills, you could probably jump in at level 2, my boys did level 1 in 2-3rd grade. Perplexors are similar to Mind Benders, but you get alot more puzzles for about the same cost. There are about 50 puzzles compared to 15.
  21. I don't know if they are online, but in the Teaching Writing for High School mp3, she gives lists of questions for response papers for history, literature, and science. One suggestion for history was trying to prove that two groups must have known about each other based on similarities seen in the two cultures.
  22. This is the reason that I did the PAC biology and anatomy courses with my dd last year for 9th grade. We did add dissections and microscope labs, also she did a life science class at a coop that reinforced what she was learning at home. But as atozmom said, I would do it in one year, not over two. My dd, even being science hating, could do a lesson in 30 mins or less.
  23. I was able to do a 30 day trail of the program. I was a tester for our enrichment program. I had my dd16 and ds12 try it. We used it online. My dd hated it. It was too busy, too much to be distracted by when she doesn't like math in the first place. She only worked on it one day before saying she wouldn't do anymore. My ds liked it "okay" and he did it for the whole 30 days. It wasn't his favorite way to do math, and the assessments are LONG. He didn't like having to write the assessments on paper, especially when all the daily work was done on the computer in text boxes. My ds
  24. I think that he is definitely on the right track. Making the paragraph fuller will come with practice. You can make suggestions, give examples, maybe work on one sentence per assignment. Try to open his eyes to the possibilities. We have tried CW Aesop and Home for Older Beginners. Currently we are working with Write Shop. I was given IEW, but haven't really looked at it yet. CW was great for getting my children to look at synonyms, rearranging the order of words, and saying things differently. Write Shop has been great for getting my dd to see that putting phrases into a sentence a
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