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  1. We started Apologia Health this year and dropped it. I did notice multiple places where it seemed to reference a very specific worldview that had nothing to do with health. I particularly remember a section where it was sorta said that it's ideal for a woman to remain home with her children. I found it bothersome, as did my teen daughter. I say this as a conservative Christian who gave up my career to stay home with my children, lol.
  2. Looking at using this theme to combine 9th and 11th graders next year for literuature. I have some ideas, but I'd love to hear yours! I'd love the books to include some from the following categories: an ancient work, a play, an American novel, a non-Western novel, a British novel, a sci fi novel.
  3. Ohhh... I love the idea of following a theme through time/culture.
  4. My oldest has done Windows to the World and Excellence in Literature. This is what I'm kinda wanting to do instead... Read one book from the following categories each year: Ancient - Odyssey, Illiad, etc American Brit Lit Non Western (Asian, African) Sci Fi or Dystopian Play - Shakespeare or other Poetry Unit I feel like an entire year of ancients just seems rough. Or an entire year of Shakespeare. But, I'd like them to get exposure to all the great things. I'm wondering if my 9th grader needs more explicit writing instruction, or if we do literatur
  5. My 10th grader is really an excellent writer. Her grammar is better than mine. She writes well. She just got a 100 on a term paper for her first community college class. However, she seems to get really stuck (maybe because of some perfectionist tendencies?) between the brainstorming and writing stuff down. We are attempting to do Excellence in Literature this year. She has no problem reading and understanding the lit selections. But, if she doesn't like the prompt option, she just will sit and stare at a blank piece of paper for hours and hours and hours and hours. I'm frustrated. I
  6. Hey... I just need a homeschool buddy to bounce decisions off of! I'll totally take your advice!
  7. Changing Frontiers and Across the Ages? I'm considering having my 7th grader use Changing Frontiers next year because her 9th grade brother will also be doing a year of American history for 9th. Is Changing Frontiers significantly more difficult than Across the Ages? My plan would be to reverse the order of those two books.
  8. Hits: Sonlight 20th Century World History and Bible - DD is loving all of the reading. All of the books have been super compelling. Government at the CC - Her first community college class. It's free. I'm loving having something completely off my plate. She wraps up this weekend! Still deciding: Excellence in Literature Lit & Comp - I feel like it's getting the job done, but it's not particularly fun. But, not everything has to be fun. Experience Astronomy - This is the first online class we've ever outsourced. The videos, reading, and quizzes are all good. However
  9. We own it, and I always forget to start it in time! This will be the year! Have you read it?
  10. This will be our sixth advent of reading the Jotham's Journey books. They are high action and some parts are a bit scary. My youngest started listening in at age 2, but it's something to watch out for if you have highly sensitive kids. There are four books in the series.
  11. Ya know, I always said I wanted 5 kids. And then we had 4 in 7 years, and I was like, oh my gosh. I am so completely exhausted. And then we decided we could always wait a few years and think about it again. I got really reliable, long term birth control. I eventually said if I didn't make the decision before I turned 40 to have another, we would be absolutely done at 40. And, now, here I am reminiscing about how cute and cuddly our kids were as infants and toddlers. I love being pregnant, I love giving birth, I love nursing. I'm not totally sure that having another baby would forever sati
  12. My 8 year old was ecstatic. I'm pretty sure he thought it was just directed at our family!
  13. He's been filming recent episodes from what I assume is his home. Today the bookshelf he was in front of clearly has a Sonlight binder and the CLE readers. I had questioned previously if the big blue binder was a Sonlight binder, but today was the first time I could actualy read the name!
  14. We are using Sonlight 20th century and really enjoying it so far. We are only doing the history and Bible, not the literature. I’ve read some of the book selections alongside my daughter and they’ve been fabulous. We are only about 6 weeks in, so I can’t give a full review of the year, but so far it’s great!
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