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  1. EKS, thank you! That is a good point regarding using a spine. I will look into The American Odyssey! I am putting together a living book geography credit, but with that I am less worried about gaps. For US history I want to make sure I hit all the big points. In the younger grades we've spread US history over two years. Doing it in one year for high school seems so condensed!
  2. Ideally, afterwards dd would be prepared for the SAT US History subject test.
  3. Has anyone put together a US History high school credit with living books? Ideally it would be secular, but I can adapt a curriculum if needed. Or do you have a text book spine you really loved?
  4. I have just redone my wardrobe with skirts from Darn Good Yarns. They are these gorgeous wrap skirts made from recycled saris. They are fair trade, environmentally friendly, beautiful, reversable, and feel so so soft. I wear them with simple solid color t-shirts and always look nice (I think). I am totally in love. You don't know what you are going to get-they call them mystery skirts. Anyway, a little more hippy than the other suggestions, but I wanted to share my new comfy obsession. LOL
  5. We are doing the exact same programs and I am also unsure about this. Thanks for asking the question!
  6. So we could never read all of these books or sources, but here is a list I've compiled from the resources above and my own finds. I'll narrow it down later! 🙂 1. Great Course: Cultural and Human Geography 2. Great Course: Geological Wonders 3. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (Australia) 4. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (Australia) 5. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson (England) 6. The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks (Micronesia) 7. Africa: A Biography of a Continent by John Re
  7. Doing something not traditional is always so nerve wracking (for me anyway!). I want to do it well! My hope with this idea is that really interesting books would engage dd deeply, although it may cover different topics than a standard geography course. I will go forward with the idea, and will think more about how to get good discussion questions. I'm thinking I should read/reread the books at the same time so we can really discuss then together. Lori, if you still have them I would love it if you would repost your ideas for discussion questions. Those were super helpful! Farrar, t
  8. Thanks for the feedback Lori! I did mean earning 1 credit over 2 years! Thank you for your thoughts on rigor and the big questions! It looks like maybe a textbook is the best path and we throw in a few non-fiction books to spice it up.
  9. Thank you so much for all the ideas and responses! I'm sorry if I was confusing! In my head it all made sense! LOL My dd is 13 and in 8th grade. I am trying to plan a geography high school credit that she would earn over 9th and 10th grade. We have a small geography club we do already and I would like to expand on that format where we learn about a country for a month (reading aloud a middle school level book with an overview of the country, watch documentary/movie, and cooking a meal) and then give a power point presentation on a specific topic. This month, for example, dd13 did handicrafts o
  10. A few of the books I have in mind so far... I don't know if enough books exist to do what I am imagining. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (Australia) Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (Australia) Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson (England) The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks (Micronesia) Africa: A Biography of a Continent by John Reader (not familiar with this one but used in BYL) India Calling by Anand Giridharadas The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  11. Wow!!! 20 years ago!! So thankful for you and all the time you take to share your knowledge and experience with others. You add so much to this community!
  12. So I am marinating on the idea of doing a full credit geography course with primarily living books. Has anyone done this? We do a small monthly geography club where each month is a different country. The kids do short powerpoint presentations on a topic for the country. As an example, this month my dd13 is doing a short presentation on handicrafts in Pakistan. So I'm thinking of building on this structure and making it a credit over 2 years. Each month she would read a living Book or memoir for the assigned country, watch a movie of available, make a dish or two, and then give a presentation.
  13. We are using Foerester Alegbra 1 with Math Without Borders videos and are extremely impressed.
  14. Not a website, but what about Critical Thinking Company's Understanding Algebra 1? My DD is doing Forester's Algebra 1 now, and is using Critical Thinking's Prealgebra book as review to keep things fresh.
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