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  1. My daughter is interested in a career in design. Either fashion design and merchansising or in a digital/ 3d design. She is starting classes at our community college that offers a fashion design program and hopefully will complete it with an AS by the time she's a senior. Next year she is taking English, US History, Geometry, Spanish 2, 4 Fashion Design classes at the community college (2 each semester), Art, an online drafting class and will be continuing with her competitive dance team and piano. Her course load is already so heavy and I don't want to add on science. Next year she will not b
  2. I felt like something was up with them. I'm on a few charter pages on Facebook and they were recruiting people constantly. Someone had mentioned they were giving out money for referrals. Them and a couple other charters were also allowing families to use charter funds for Disneyland annual passes. I couldn't understand how they got away with that.
  3. How are your twins with each other? My twins never leave each other, they sleep in the same bed, they are always in the same room. I've had trouble homeschooling them together because they distract each other but trying to separate them is hard. They will follow the other one or wait there until one is done. I've noticed when they talk about things it's often "we think" or "we like". I do occasionally take one on errands and leave the other at home and they are fine when I do that. I'm just wondering if this is due to homeschool or just a twin thing, maybe an age thing they'll outgrow (they'r
  4. This is me. I've used a variety of material for all subjects. It has really taught me how to teach different subjects. For example, in writing, I currently have IEW, WWS, LToW and Bravewriter along with several old free domain books on my google books app. I don't really use any of them completely but they are more of a springboard and reference to help me understand how to approach a certain type of writing I want to work on with my kids. I've bought them used, on homeschool buyers co-op or borrowed from friends. The longer I homeschool the more i realize the biggest difference comes from me,
  5. I haven't taken any of those three but I've been researching Mr. D and DO. From reviews and samples, it seems like DO is a bit more rigorous than Mr. D. I did like that Mr. D is live, although that is only once a week. Mr. D offers twice a week tutoring live online for students and he allows students to turn in a lesson 3x before the grade is final. His philosophy is he wants kids to master the concept and they won't master it if they just take a test or assignment and don't go back to understand why they've missed problems. DO has more classes available than Mr. D so if you want to stick with
  6. I do wonder if some kids are just readers and others are not. I have always hoped that my kids would share my love of books though and I've tried to gently encourage it without being forceful. We'll see if that works with my boys...
  7. I wanted to start a thread to share ideas of how you've been able to foster a love of books in your home with your kids. In our house: I've allowed reading after bedtime. My kids have to be in bed by 8:00 but they can read as long as they want. I don't monitor free reading books. They are free to choose whatever book they want as long as it isn't inappropriate. We keep lots of good, quality books on our shelf. I find these books at thrift stores, library friends rooms, and garage sales. I'm always looking for books. Once they love reading they will start plowing through
  8. I don't monitor free reading and even our literatures studies are picked together. I've found if you can just create an atmosphere rich in books they end up reading so much they push themselves forward. What I've done is stock my home library with thrift store finds and we have a really good library of good books. Since my girls read so much even the books that they aren't super interested in get read when they run out of things to read.
  9. I didn't realize I could skip Ap physics 1 and 2 and go straight to AP c. Thanks, that sounds like a good plan.
  10. I have an upcoming 8th grader who really wants to take physics next year. She's finishing AoPs Algebra this year so I felt she was ready and signed her up for Clover Creek physics next year. She'll be taking geometry for math. Should I count the physics class as high school for her? I was thinking of maybe doing AP physics 9th or 10th grade? Any suggestions on what path to take for science and math after the 8th grade year? Thanks!
  11. I don't think classical education is preferring antiquity. I think it's more of a rejection of modernist and in order to reject the modernist view of education you need to push back to an era before the modernist. There are specific points when our view on education began to change and certain idea's and philosophies began to be the dominating view. The change to a scientific approach to education and many trials and errors (Dewey and prior to that Unitarians and even Darwins views) a belief that we have no absolutes and many other turns throughout the last century that brought us to a place w
  12. Just wanted to reiterate what was stated above about integrated. I know our district has adopted all integrated courses. You can still take traditional courses but they are phasing those out. They really try and push kids to the integrated track and they will put a kid in the typical 8th grade integrated class to catch them up.
  13. I think the problem is we aren't teaching the children how to learn, how to really dissect something and truly contemplate it. As a society most of us to a point understand it and they say that's what common core addresses but I really don't think it does. I still see schools teaching to the test, it's just a different test. The most success I've had in any subject when teaching is discussions and allowing my students to go down rabbit trails. Finding out what interest them and allowing them to explore. I have to get into the subjects with them and research to be able to hold these conversatio
  14. I think that goes back to education as a science vs an art. We've tried to create an exact science to teaching and educating making ways that everyone can learn from a teacher that isn't necessarily a master at the subject they are teaching. Streaming the education process as if children were the next t model car. Going back to what Mimm said about buckets. That's the issue I've had with ED Hirshs core knowledge series. The idea that there are specific facts in any subject that we can pin down a child will need as an adult is silly. We will never teach everything, they will lose much of
  15. "They need go to school to learn street smarts" I'm not sure what exact street smarts they were referring too. We live in a plain Jane middle class suburban neighborhood and I'm sure none of the kids here would stand a chance in a bad neighborhood on the street. I'm not sure it would be a good thing if they could either. "It must be so nice to homeschool, sleep in all day, stay in your pjs" Ummm ya that's what we do all day sleep and stay in our pjs.
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