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  1. Maybe something like Daily Language Review?
  2. Yes, one of my children has this nasty taste, that he can't seem to get rid of. He has brushed, gargled, etc., but it was 24 hrs ish of this taste. I hate this bug. All six of my kids have had or currently have it. One of mine has bronchitis on top of it. And this morning I feel worn out and not so settled in my stomach. Just lovely. People have been sick at my house for over 2 weeks.
  3. My family likes this recipe... and I agree with OhE that the bread must be a good quality, nice thick bread. No wonder bread. I use my homemade bread. A little bit of cream cheese icing drizzled on top is pretty tasty. My kids just want powdered sugar instead. Uncultured swine. 😉
  4. I have zero experience with it, but R&S's Recordkeeping course came to mind...
  5. Personally, I wouldn't use the Complete Course with a 7th grader. First Course, or even Second Course (if your student already has a strong grammar background), would be better suited to a jr. high aged student. The Complete Course wasn't written to be a 6 year course. The concepts get deeper, the examples get more complex, and the exercises get longer and more difficult as you progress through the series. The books build on each other, with Complete Course being the end book, not the beginning. I say this based on my copies of the 60's and 70's Warriner's Grammar; I do not know what the modern reprints are like. If you do decide to go with Complete Course, MODG does have a syllabus for Third Course that might help you see how could structure and schedule the course--and an answer key. 🙂
  6. I would put her energy into a Spanish that has a heavy video/audio content, and goes light on the written work. Maybe something like Destinos?
  7. Glencoe's World History (authored by Spielvogel) is nicely done. You can google and see the whole book online... If you are looking for a more Christian perspective, I think BJU's World History is worth considering. It is from a conservative Protestant Christian slant, so you may want to add other perspectives on some things. I think Crash Course videos would balance it well. And speaking of Crash Course, there is also a history curriculum to round out the videos...
  8. Some of the easier books that could be moved to a free reading pile (or just cut altogether, if needed): The Gammage Cup Pictures of Hollis Woods What Hearts Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH The Ramsay Scallop Personally, I will cut the first three books^ when my next child does this core. Mrs. Frisby and Ramsay Scallop will go in the free read pile. There are two Shakespeare plays, a comedy (Twelfth Night) and a tragedy (Romeo and Juliet); you could just do one play if you need more wiggle room. We did! And even though I love both books, you could do just Jane Eyre OR just Pride and Prejudice. If you could only do one, I would pick Jane to read and watch one of the lovely movie adaptations of P&P. Much to my surprise, my " I really don't like to read" son actually enjoyed Jane Eyre. He endured his reading of P&P.
  9. Yes, you can pull the history and lit apart in 200 (or any of the high school cores) and all will be well. Especially since they sell the guides separately.
  10. We've used 100 (partial), 200 (mostly as written), and 300 (partial). Since 2011/2012 or so, the high school cores have been reworked to make the writing and lit analysis parts stronger than they used to be. If your student goes through 100-400 (or even 500), they will get exposure to many types of writing assignments, since they build on each other. The writing is tied to the literature books, so if you don't use some of the books, you will have to adjust the writing assignments. There is also a fair bit of literary analysis type questions in the daily readings and questions. There is usually a writing assignment for each week (or sometimes a multi-week assignment); these cover a variety of topics, such as literary analysis essay ("find examples of foreshadowing in these chapters", "compare this character to that character", etc.), re-writing the beginning or ending of a book to make it stronger or slant it differently, practicing writing a SAT type essay on a set topic, and writing a research paper. There are notes (in the appendices) written to the student to walk them through the research paper, and to give some guidance on literary analysis topics (explaining round vs. flat characters, explaining what a plot arc is, etc.) Overall, it is a well-rounded group of assignments, if it is a bit scattered. I feel the biggest drawback to the program is the lack of rubrics and handholding for the *teacher*. I googled high school writing rubrics and used those to help me grade and to help him have objectives to meet. One of my high school students has done some of 100 last year (we subbed out quite a bit of the lit, so he only did a few of writing assignments in the IG), and has done most all of 200 as written. It has been a good fit for him. He has enjoyed the variety of assignments, and his ability to do different styles of writing has greatly improved. My other high school student has done about half of the assignments in 300 (we are subbing out some of the lit, so that changed things for him). The program is not as intense as many of the classical/progymnasmata type programs that are more popular right now, but that can be a plus for some families. According to a neighbor of mine who is a English teacher in the local schools, it is on par with what many local high schools in my neck of the woods are doing for writing; I do realize that that doesn't necessarily count as an endorsement for many folks here. 😉 But it has been enough for us. We do supplement with some grammar/spelling/vocab and word study. I have also used The Lively Art of Writing and the free workbook, Writing With a Thesis, and They Say, I Say.
  11. So good to hear your voice again, Hunter! You and your common sense have been missed. 🙂
  12. I would like all my children to seek some sort of skill training, employment, or continuing education after high school. Both DH and I have a bachelor's, as do almost all our siblings. But we do recognize that getting that BA or BS is not the only path to healthy, happy adulting. Especially when attaining that degree can lead to crippling debt that actually ends up limiting future choices... I currently have two high schoolers; one has plans for a traditional college experience, the other is looking more into a trade school/vo-tech type of path. Good choices for both of them.
  13. Does anyone have a template for a high school report card? I've looked online, but I haven't found anything that fits homeschooling well and doesn't look cheesy. I looked at the pinned threads, but most of what I saw there was more transcript specific. One of mine is applying for a technical program, and they are requiring a transcript and a report card as part of the paperwork. Please nothing in Excel. My grumpy desktop doesn't play well with Excel. I'd be wiling to try Excel. I know I could just monkey something up with tables in Word, but I'm short on time right now, and am hoping to not have to re-invent the wheel. Thanks for anything you can throw my way! 🙂
  14. If you like the base it builds, no need to throw it all out just because it *might* not be hard enough. It's okay for a kid (especially at 5 and 7) to think that math is something he can do and do well. I would 5000% rather have a elementary aged kid who feels confident about math, than one who feels defeated because he can never really quite get it. It is soooo hard to get a kid out of a defeated place in math, because it just keeps on building. I think CLE is a good, solid, average program. Not advanced, but a kid who is advanced could accelerate through the levels at a faster clip if needed. If you think it needs supplementing, go ahead and supplement with something like a Singapore Word Problems book. Or pull from MEP math (stuff from Year 1 and Year 2 would be fine). Or let them play around on Khan Academy and see how far they get. Or have a Fun Friday every week when you do logic puzzle books or read math picture books or... I have done/am doing all of these extras with most of my kids in elementary while keeping on chugging through a base math program (R&S).
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