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About Bluesage

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    Hive Mind Larvae
  • Birthday 08/11/1972

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Reading, writing, photography, film, art, music, and instructional technology.

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    Married with one GT, 2e, Aspergers son. First year homeschooling.
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    Charlotte, NC
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    AP English & Journalism teacher; School Improvement Facilitator; Asst. Professor
  1. I just wanted to clarify that the courses I was taking and the courses I taught in grad school revolved around education. I was earning my PhD in Instructional Technology and teaching pre-service teachers how to incorporate technology into their classrooms. Obviously, in a math or science course, much of the work will still need to be done on paper, as in your physics course. Too, anything like art, music, or drama would rely less heavily on technology. When I was teaching high school, I also found that my AP kiddos embraced and utilized technology much more than my other students, primarily b
  2. I just wanted to post a huge thank you to everyone who has replied to me. I'm so glad I found these boards! I am learning so much and getting great advice! Thank you for taking the time to help out a newbie like me! :grouphug:
  3. Thank you! Would it be better for me to just start researching together the history behind what we are learning, or as was suggested, one item over time? What are you planning to do with your 2e ds?
  4. This is good wisdom for me to remember! Thank you! I'm sure the first week will be a huge eye- opener for me! I'm hoping that by letting him choose what we learn, he will be interested. It'll be hard when I weave in other subjects, though, as they may not be as interesting to him. If he chooses to study about biology, for example, he would love labeling a plant or the body, but when it comes time to read about a famous biologist or write about it, he could very easily lose interest. What do you do in these situations? I don't want to force him, but if he had his way, he'd never write. And
  5. Thank you, Lisa! Yes, I know it will be hardest on me because of my background. Thankfully, I was one of those teachers who broke the rules and taught outside of the box successfully, much to the chagrin of my administration, but my kids' achievement kept them from forcing me to do it their way. Now you can't get away with not following scope and sequence, just leaving kids dangling along the way. I hate that! I could never go back to public school teaching. I'd pull my hair out being micromanaged! I've always tried to meet my students where they were and to adapt my curriculum to meet the n
  6. He did really well with Singapore math in school. I checked out AoPS and love it, but it looks like he'd be in their Beast category, and they've yet to publish a 5th grade book. Maybe it's coming soon. I don't want to dive into pre-algebra, as that is my very weak spot--Algebra. I was a geometry girl. He had some pre-algebra in 3rd in his advanced math class where he was doing 5th grade work. In 4th grade, he had to redo the 4th grade math, which really irked me. Now I'm stuck wondering if I should go 5th grade or 6th grade. He was 100% on the state test for math for 4th, but since he hasn't d
  7. He used Singapore Math. He already completed the 5th grade curriculum and was moving into pre-algebra when they pulled the plug in the advanced pull-out classes he was in, so he ended up repeating 4th grade math and working as the classroom tutor. :(. I wonder now if I need to review 5th grade math before moving on. Yes! My son is like your dd. He is much more thorough and careful in his writing when he knows it's being published. He also enjoys anything online much more than paper and pencil, but he's already mastered handwriting and cursive, so I think it's fine he goes digital. :) S
  8. This is GREAT advice! Thank you so much for taking time to explain your standpoint. I see what you're saying. The curriculum really is for me, like you said, especially for the subjects I'm not as skilled with. I can use them as reference but use his interests to dealve into what HE wants to learn about and help him make connections through various subjects. He seems to work best on his own or if he's a leader of a group. He was more advanced than his peers in math, so he was being used as the classroom tutor, and he loved that. The best way to learn something is to teach it, so maybe I s
  9. I don't know how to post what you said so my reply makes sense because your reply was within my original post (how do I do that?), so I just copy/pasted it: >>>Look up threads related to vocabulary for recommendations. Typical Vocabulary workbooks are a waste of time and money. Instead, reading great literature (aloud and discussing it) and doing some Latin and Greek Roots are the most effective way to teach an excellent vocabulary. If you use the SOTW Activity Book along with SOTW, there will be lists and lists of recommended reading related to each chapter of SOTW you read. Y
  10. Thank you! This helps tremendously! I'm used to teaching 17-18 yo AP kiddos, and I'm an only child with an only child, so I was relying on his teachers to tell me how he was performing, and it always seemed like his gap between input and output was so great there must be something wrong. Your message has made me feel so much better! :) I'll repost what I said above since it's the same sentiment: Thank you! It's those stupid standardized tests that are always making me think he's behind in writing, but when he cares about something, he writes brilliantly. It's so frustrating. And every
  11. Thank you! It's those stupid standardized tests that are always making me think he's behind in writing, but when he cares about something, he writes brilliantly. It's so frustrating. And every teacher he's had has said he's a "reluctant writer" like it's a bad thing. I never taught elementary kids, so I only had what the teachers said to go on. I ended up teaching him how to fake his way through the STAAR writing test with the ridiculous cookie-cutter 5-paragraph method they push us to teach HS kiddos. At least he was able to write something! Otherwise, he wouldn't have written a thing becaus
  12. Thanks for the great advice! I know I'll have to work hard to stay mom and not go into "teacher mode," but with all this support, advice, and encouragement, I'm hoping I can have a successful first year!
  13. Thank you for your feedback! I really like what I've seen on Bravewriter so far. The CTY is a talent program he was accepted into--it's from Johns Hopkins. He can take whatever online class he wants. They offer some really fun ones, not just math. He's not doing the big tuition-paid program. He just gets one class per semester. He loves the computer, so I know he'll enjoy having an online class, and he specifically asked to do the Minecraft homeschool online class where he builds his own world and writes an adventure story he sends the other kids on inside the world he creates. That's all hi
  14. Thank you! This is GREAT advice! In fact, I'm going to print it out and tape it inside my journal! I definitely want to let my ds guide the learning because I know he'll be more interested. The more he's interested, the more he'll absorb. I definitely don't want this to be stressful. It should be fun for both of us; otherwise, what's the point? It'll be so freeing to finally be able to take TIME, to go off on learning tangents, and to be able to scrap whatever isn't working. I'm going to take a 180 from traditional teaching, which I've always wanted to do but was never allowed to because I
  15. Thank you! Free is great, and I love BBC. He'd definitely like fighting bad guys. :) I will file the Spanish suggestion away because just from reading everyone's awesome replies, I can see that would be biting off more than I can chew my first year. :)
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