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  1. I don't know of an on-line forum. In my town, there are several homeschool groups. These are different from a co-op in that we don't meet to take classes together. We meet every Friday for Park Day, we have a monthly field trip, one mom hosts a "Game Day" where kids get together to play board games. This year, we have a Teen Event where teens get together at a Starbucks to hang out and chat. Some moms drop off, others stay and chat with the other moms. Moms get together once a month for a meeting where we discuss various homeschool topics and upcoming events. We do a lot together and it's always the same group of kids so our children develop friendships. I like this better than a co-op because there is no class to prepare for and we meet often enough to develop friendships (moms too) but not so often that it takes over our homeschool. I mention our group because one, you may want to do a search for "Homeschoool Groups" in your area or two, you can possibly start your own. All you would need is one other family to start. Your group will grow. Ours has. One last thing, our group is a Christian group and many groups can be found through churches. Hope this helps.
  2. Ugh! I'm on the verge of doing the same but lack the courage. Fear-driven and shackled is how I would describe our high school experience so far. Would love to hear more about what you're doing instead.
  3. Are you talking about PAC Biology? Was going to research it but I wanted to make sure I had the right one. Thanks for the tip.
  4. LOVE the idea of coloring coding the roots by language. Totally gonna steal that idea.
  5. Where could I find the Samantha Carr books? I've searched her name on Amazon and came up with nothing. Thank you.
  6. No. I think I messaged the wrong person. Thank you for your response. I didn't know about "The Fly On the Ceiling" or "Martin Luther: Man Who Changed the World". The 4 Christian Biographies for young readers are on my list. Thanks again for responding.
  7. Where could I find the Samantha Carr books? I checked Amazon and nothing popped up. Thank you.
  8. I would do the same thing as the other parents posted, following the example listed in TWTM (4th ed., p. 433). My daughter would: Day 1 (or the student can take two days for this if needed) 1) Read the quote for the given lesson, write it on an index card, and memorize both the Latin quote and the English translation. 2) Read through the Roots/Prefixes/Suffixes and write them on index cards: Word part on the front and definition on the back. 3) Read through the Key Words and make flash cards for them. Same thing, key word on the front and definition on the back. Days 2: 1) Add the new prefixes/suffixes/roots and their meaning to their Word Study list (as recommended in TWTM.) Day 3-4: 2) Work on memorizing the the roots/prefixes/suffixes and their meaning as well the key words and their meaning. Day 5: Complete the lesson exercises. Every two weeks, she completes the additional Key Word exercise pages and then takes the test. I hope this makes sense. In the TWTM, they give an example of what a Word Study list of roots/prefixes/suffixes can look like. It looks something like this: Prefixes and Suffixes Prefix Suffix Meaning/Function Language contra- Opposite, against Latin -able Makes an adjective out of a noun mal- Bad Latin Word Roots Root Meaning Language functio To perform Latin cedere To go forward Latin I made pages for my daughter that follows this model. I'll attach a picture below. Hope this helps because I had a little trouble figuring out how I wanted my daughter to do this. It was tricky because the program is written to be taught by a teacher and not self-taught. I really needed it to be self-taught. This method is working o.k. but I may tweak it next go around.
  9. I'm working on a literature list of for my grammar stage kiddos for next year. TWTM doesn't recommend specific titles/bios for the following people. Any recommendations? Saint Augustine Erasmus Martin Luther John Calvin Sir Thomas Wyatt John Knox Rene Descartes I'm checking my local library and Rainbow Resource but I'm wondering if there are favorites anyone can recommend. Thanks
  10. Thank you for sharing the info. I was just looking at Elemental Science curriculum for high school and Late Night Labs are the core of their lab assignments. I guess I'll have to start looking at other programs. Thanks again. I really appreciate it.
  11. I would appreciate examples of these as well.🙂
  12. I agree with BusyMom5. I would stick with Saxon and follow the first plan you listed and I would not switch to the 4th edition.
  13. I don't have the iBook but here is a sample page from Workbook A, in case you don't want to create a login for the Pearson website.
  14. I highly recommend listening to SWB talk on writing in the high school years. I've listened to it several times, taken notes, and planned my daughter's writing courses following the recommendations given here.
  15. I had my daughter outline sections from library books related to what we were studying in history. She didn't always read the entire book. Sometimes she would read a section on a topic of interest and then outline the section. Outlining from the Kingfisher proved tricky because it's very encyclopedic. As far as adapting SOTW for older students, we simply read the section in SOTW as a family and then my older students went off and did the work outlined in TWTM. A three-day plan looked something like this: Hope this helps. History Ancients 5000 B.C. – A.D. 400 “The First Writing” o SOTW: Ch. 3, Section 1: “Hieroglyphs and Cuneiform” o KHE: “Summer and Akkad, 5000-1600 B.C.”, pp. 9-10 o Fact: List 6-8 of the most important facts, in your own words and in complete sentences. o Narrative Summary: Write a narrative summary of today’s reading Ancients 5000 B.C. – A.D. 400 “The First Writing” o SOTW: This Ch. Only has one section otherwise, the pages for section 2 would be listed here. o Additional Reading: Title of library book o Outline: Two-level outline on topic of interest. o Map Work: Student p. 8 Ancients 5000 B.C. – A.D. 400 “The First Writing” o Additional Reading: o Narrative Summary: o Timeline: Add important dates to your time line along with the accompanying caption (we get these dates from the SOTW or the Kingfisher Encyclopedia) o Hands-On Activity: Make cuneiform tablet.
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