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  1. Actually, Sayers did teach for a few years before her career as a copywriter. She also had a illegitimate son. A cousin of hers cared for him, but Sayers was involved in his life as an "aunt," and later adopted him when he was older (without actually revealing that she was his birth mother). And sadly, she did write with many of the biases of her time.
  2. OP, you may find this thread interesting reading...
  3. (waves wildly) Hi! Nice to see you again. Stick around and post away; you've been missed. 🙂 Congrats on your graduate-- that is a result of lots of hard work by both of you.
  4. Ones that have gone over well at my house: Golden Children's Bible -- slightly edited KJV text, well done artwork if you can get over the blond Jesus 😉 Memoria's Christian Studies is based on this Bible. One Year Bible for Children -- daily Bible readings with calendar dates -- goes from Genesis to Corinthians; really helped my 8-10 year olds get into a habit of daily Bible reading The Adventure Bible (NIV) -- complete Bible, very readable translation for children
  5. I think Lial's would be a good choice for self teaching, and so would Tobey and Slater (another CC text for Pre-Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra). Get the Student Solutions Manual for either series. I also love Jacobs, but not everyone thinks like Harold Jacobs. Unfortunately. 😉 One of my kids crashed and burned using Jacobs, and did much better with the straight-forwardness of Lial's and then Tobey and Slater. Key to Algebra also breaks it down into smaller steps that are great for a self-learner to not get overwhelmed.
  6. Congrats! What a great fit for your skills and your family!
  7. Hewitt sells a syllabus for using Hakim... https://hewittlearning.org/product/history-of-us-junior-high-syllabus-tests-pdf/ Bookshark uses Hakim ... https://www.bookshark.com/level-i/history-and-literature/history-i-package Sonlight uses Hakim... https://www.sonlight.com/100-00 There is a test booklet from Oxford University press. ... https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/018506/History-of-US-Assessment-Book-3rd-Edition-Revised.html? I've used Hakim as an interesting American History credit in 9th grade (using SL for two, and Bookshark for one student so far). Yes, it is not the most demanding text out there, but my kids enjoyed it, and still had room for rabbit trails/projects/papers and extra reading to make it more demanding. We added in some activities from Stanford's Reading Like a Historian as well. https://sheg.stanford.edu/list-reading-historian-lessons
  8. Here's an *old* thread, but it does address the MP being Catholic question...
  9. Fabulous in so many ways! Thanks for the link.
  10. Clearly we have twins separated at birth... I many have "raised my voice" a time or two as well. 😉
  11. MEP math -- preschool through high school Annenberg learner ---we use Destinos for Spanish, and there are many other good courses for many subjects. Don Potter's site for elementary writing/reading archive.org seterra for maps/geography Stossel in the Classroom Ambleside Online
  12. And the second box -- jr. high/high school emphasis... Please reinforce the bottom of this box before lifting it. 😉 Yes-- all this went in ONE box. All this is stuff I own and have used. I've tried to give actual physical books, and let the tech dependent things be extras if ability is there. I do think the physical materials I've listed could get a student ready for community college, if student (and teacher) worked through it with consistency and with understanding. I've also tried to give titles that most average teachers and students could work through with success. I also worked with older editions in an effort to keep the costs down. Key to Algebra - whole set, student and teacher booklets -- very good resource for breaking down Pre-A/ Alg 1 concepts. Tobey and Slater Beginning Algebra and Student Solutions Manual -- very similar to Lials, which you could easily sub. Older editions are much cheaper and work just fine. Tobey and Slater Intermediate Algebra and Student Solutions Manual -- once again, older editions are just fine. I managed to squeeze in MUS Geometry (literally!) simply because I have the older softcover edition. The newer hardcovers might not be so squishable. I fully admit to wishing I could have squeezed in Jacobs' Geometry (2nd edition) instead. ** MEP could be downloaded and used offine as well. ** Science Matters by Hazen and Trefil Conceptual Physical Science Explorations, student text and TE. I linked to the second edition, but the one I put in the box is the first edition. Because that's what I have. This text has a good, basic overview of physics, basic chem, earth science, and astronomy. Apologia Biology, student text and tests/solutions. I put the 2nd edition in the box, because that's what I have. You could easily sub in Miller/Levine bio if you prefer that. I have both. They took up about the same space in the box. I did not include the TE for Miller/Levine-- too big. Apologia made it in the box because both the student and teacher materials took up less space than Miller/Levine. **PBS/NOVA would be a good free source for documentaries and interesting science content; access when able.** Two volumes (I used the TE's ) from the America Reads series by Scott Foresman. There is Explorations in Literature (8th), Patterns in Literature (9th), Traditions in Literature (10th), and then The United States in Literature, England in Literature, and Classics in World Literature. Here is a thread that gives more info and ISBN's on these. I randomly picked Explorations and Traditions for the box. Warriner's Grammar and Composition-- I have the whole series; I put in the 9th grade book and called it good enough. Seton still sells an answer key for this older, OOP edition. The Lively Art of Writing-- yes, the suggested topics are dated, but the instruction is very good. I have a print out from a school website on MLA formatting-- easy to use. Easy to squish in the box. **Purdue OWL could be accessed online as well** Henle Latin, First Year Henle Grammar Memoria's guides that go with them -- once again, I have older editions (like this one) that are just fine. You can take two years to do Henle's First Year and all will be well. ** my other choice is good old Latin Book One by Scott and Horn (and Book Two); student books and answer keys 🙂 -the files used to be on Yahoo, but are now on Facebook** Odyssey, Fitzgerald trans. -- I have this one... but you can get it cheaper... The Lord of the Rings, in one volume. --- used copies abound Animal Farm by Orwell-- easy to find used To Kill a Mockingbird -- same as above I just wouldn't want to leave these ones behind or have to read them online. Print it is. These books are non-negotiables in my house, so they go in the box. 😉 **I would use the library for extra reading if I could; Librivox and Lit2Go also could be downloaded and used offline.** K12's World History: Our Human Story-- I like this title^ very much (and that's what went in the box), but something like Glencoe's World History (by Spielvogel) could easily be subbed. Paul Johnson's History of the American People, plus my little booklet versions of the U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Read/listen to current events *from multiple sources* on a consistent basis. Newspapers, magazines, online, offline-- use a variety. History is where I would really, really hope to have good library/kindle access to flesh things out. Biographies, documentaries, etc. Reading lists from Sonlight, BYL, Ambleside Online are good places to look for extra reading ideas. Reading Like a Historian could be downloaded and used offline.
  13. What actually did fit in one box --for the elementary grades: I have and have used everything except the inflatable globe. 😉 Phonics Pathways ( or I'd access Alpha Phonics, Word Mastery, or Blend Phonics from Don Potter's site) * extra and not actually in the box* I like the Treadwell readers (like this one ) or the Progressive Road to Reading (here's one book) -- could access these online or print off selected bits when able. All six of the Miquon books, and the Lab Sheet Annotations---- I guess I'm carrying the C-rods in my purse-- they are essential. 🙂 R&S math, for grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 (student text and TE's) --- compass and protractor in my purse as well. Spelling Plus, or just use the handout pdf (I printed the pdf and put it the box.) ** I'd use the reading lists from places like Sonlight, Build Your Library, and Ambleside Online to see what could be found for extra reading at the library or other inexpensive sources. I would also use Librivox quite a bit (download and listen offline). These things are nice extras, but I'm not building the whole schooling around them-- I don't want to be tech dependent in order to teach. ** D'Aulaire's Greek Myths The Complete Chronicles of Narnia -- I have a hardcover, but here's less expensive softcover... The Artner Reader's Guide to American History & Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework I'd use this^ to help organize American history and I'd use the booklists to slot in extra reading from the library or wherever I could find the books. What Your (3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th) Grader Needs to know (Yes, I do have and use the first editions!-- they look like this) 🙂 Black Ships Before Troy - by Rosemary Sutcliff, Alan Lee, illus. The Wanderings of Odysseus - Sutcliff and Lee again ** I really want to dump everything out of the box and do more re-arranging so that I can fit Tenggren's Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights in. Language Arts and Math reference charts from CLE --- I'd do lots of copywork/dictation along with grammar/writing instruction like 8Fills outlines in this thread. The CLE Language Charts would be a visual help and a scope and sequence to help tie it together. I wish I had room for a dictionary (NOT a kid one) and atlases, and a globe. -- ETA: if I took out Phonics Pathways, I could squeeze in my world atlas. If I took out the the student books for R&S math (and just taught using the TE's and wrote problems out) I could add a dictionary and my U. S. atlas. And hey, I found an inflatable globe that could be laid flat-ish and packed in! 🙂 Edited again... I'd use that tech to access lots of music, art, etc. online. Ambleside Online's artist study and composer study would make a good starting point. I did some re-arranging and managed to squeeze in my Usborne Science Encyclopedia. 🙂 I would add in Ambleside's Nature Study as much as possible (using online resources). And I wanted to add my loupes for nature study/art/having fun. Those would have to jump in my purse as well. Along with my Bible, and my personal copy of The Hobbit. Oh, and SET, Quiddler, and Blink are in the purse, too. Obviously, my purse is related to Mary Poppins' carpetbag.
  14. I'm going with the assumption that pencils, erasers, pens, notebooks, etc. do NOT have to stuffed into the boxes. Those are a given that (hopefully) will be able to be replenished as needed. I'll take those things in place of expensive tech any day. I am going to empty out a box of copier paper (which is pretty close to the dimensions of a banker's box) to see what could fit in. Back in a bit.
  15. Just reminding myself to think about this and come up with something to post later...
  16. I cross posted this link in another thread, but folks over here might find this thread from 10 years ago interesting, especially through the lens of "rigorous homeshooling."
  17. I was searching for something else and found this thread from 10 years ago... Interesting reading. 🙂
  18. The older Scott Foresman lit books from the late 80's/early '90s (America Reads: Classic Edition) have nicely done history sections throughout the book. England in Literature is the English Lit one 😉 Scholars Online uses SF' s England in Lit ... https://www.scholarsonline.org/Info/coursedesc.php?id=1532 ETA: found a thread with the ISBN numbers for England in Literature...
  19. "fish or cut bait" ( just make a decision!)
  20. Disclaimer: I am a humanities girl, through and through. I have (mostly) humanities/creative/non-STEM focused kids. Just so you know where my advice is coming from. I still wanted my students to get a decent, college-ready high school science sequence from me at home--but not STEM major college ready, because I knew that was beyond my abilities to teach. If I had a more science-y child, it had to be outsourced, and I knew that. Lori's post has some good ideas for that. Conceptual Academy is also one I would use if we had the funds for it-- https://learnscience.academy/. What we have done (at home) that worked well enough for us: Biology using DIVE for labs/tests and the Miller/Levine text along with the BJU bio text for extra reading. Here's a thread on that... https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/700993-shormann-dive-biology/?tab=comments#comment-8723082 ICP uisng DIVE (again) for labs/tests and the BJU Physical World text along with that. And another thread... https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/688582-dive-science/?tab=comments#comment-8398289 Conceptual Chemistry by Suchocki-- I taught this one, and we both learned very well. Here's a thread in which I gave more details on that... https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/695614-a-light-chemistry/?tab=comments#comment-8561910 Conceptual Physics by Hewitt -- again, I taught this one, keeping a few chapters ahead, and all was well. I didn't make this one a lab science credit, even though we did hunt out videos to watch and did some *basic* demonstrations. I didn't have the knowledge or the $ to do a full year of lab work for this. So I purposely kept it "lighter" and I think we enjoyed it more that way. There are *many* threads here on using Hewitt's Conceptual Physics. I've graduated two (so far) who have done what I laid out above; one child did get accepted to more than one university (with some scholarships, even!), and into a non-stem major. 🙂 And the fun part is that he still LIKES science. He remembers basic physics concepts, basic chemistry concepts, and will try to explain them to his younger siblings if they need help. Could I have gone more hard core? Yes, but what I gave him was enough for his future plans (so far), and he wasn't totally burnt out in the process. And some texts I will also be using with the ones still at home: Conceptual Physical Science Explorations by Hewitt, Suchocki, and Hewitt-- a good, basic, entry-level high school course. Covers beginning physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. I'm going to use this with one of mine who needs a "lighter" science next year. Apologia biology-- yes, it is wordy. But one of mine is a very words oriented learner, and she picked out Apologia for bio. We'll be adding in crash course videos as needed and utilizing some resources from Sonlight to make it work for her. I also comb the Ambleside Online lists for reading suggestions to add to the textbook reading.
  21. Hunter, I'm not sure; I found the link through google... I also hope it can stay easily available, it's a great resource!
  22. The older Dolciani texts from the 1960's do not have ISBN numbers... just an ASIN number like in this listing. This thread may help you in tracking down the Teacher Editions Good luck and happy hunting! FWIW, I ended up using 80's versions of Dolciani because I could find the student text, teacher edition, and solution manual without having to take out a second mortgage on the house. Here is a thread in which I gave the ISBN's for my 80's editions of Dolciani Alg 1
  23. I also used to look at Tapestry every so often just to remind myself why I didn't use it. 😉 Decision fatigue is real.
  24. Personally, I have made/will make everyone in the house read A Christmas Carol (not just watch the movie) and A Tale of Two Cities (nice historical tie-ins). My kids who are readers have been made/will be made to also read either Oliver Twist or Great Expectations. Their choice. The non readers can be excused from this. The world is full of other books I want them to read as well, so I'm saving their energy (and mine) for other books. Anything else by Dickens is bonus points/ only if they really want to/ just for fun. 🙂
  25. I love David Copperfield, but it is long. Very long. And it does not have the same narrative pace that Oliver Twist or Great Expectations has. It meanders a little more. But it has great descriptions, great humor. Oliver Twist has a "faster" plot, as does Great Expectations. There is a little more of "what's going to happen to this kid?" that keeps you reading. So, it depends on what you want. Or what you think you can make your boys do. 😉 I haven't made anyone read Copperfield. I like it too much to listen to a teenager whine his way through it. And I second the BBC versions of Dickens. My husband (not a classic lit kind of reader) enjoyed watching Bleak House so much that he actually read the book after!
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