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  1. If you want to your student(s) to study history following the TWTM method, the 4th edition of TWTM lays out an easy-to-follow plan. I read the section on "History & Literature in the Rhetoric Stage" and I took notes. I'll copy and paste the section of my notes that cover history, in case you don't own a copy of the book. This will give you an idea of the sorts of "output" you can require then you can adjust to fit your course. Great Books Study: History & Reading History and Literature Study in the High School Years History study in the rhetoric-stage is ide
  2. I think dictation, as you're describing it here, is different from The Well-Trained Mind form of dictation. Dictation as you're describing sounds more like narration: the student reads or is read to, you ask a few comprehension questions, the student tells (orally) what they remember, in complete sentences; finally, the student writes down the sentence(s) they just told you or you write it down for them. Dictation as described in TWTM is as described below: "[The student] needs to learn how to visualize a written sentence in his mind and then put it down on paper. From second grade on, ra
  3. Saxon Math fits your criteria. It's a tough program and people seem to either love it or hate it.
  4. I agree. The reading passage in level four are longer and a little more complex. I think starting with level 3 is a good idea.
  5. This is one that Guest Hollow includes in their book list. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062730991/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0062730991&linkCode=as2&tag=ouloba-20 You can view their complete book list here: https://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/biology/biology_books.html I you scroll all the way down, you'll see descriptions and links for each of the books.
  6. I agree. Most jobs that require typing skills require a minimum of 60 WPM so that's what we aim for. Typing instruction stops once they read that goal. Once they learn how to type, I have my kids type all of the school work they used to hand write.
  7. I highly recommend listening to SWB's talk called "What Is Literary Analysis". In it she explains that it is perfectly normal for kids to have a hard time discussing literature and analyzing it. She gives practical tips on how to discuss books with students. https://welltrainedmind.com/p/what-is-literary-analysis-when-why-and-how-should-i-teach-it-mp3/?v=7516fd43adaa
  8. Thank you for sharing this information.
  9. Below, I've attached two schedules for Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide that I came up with. I'm probably going to be using Schedule B, if it'll work with the rest of the courses my daughter will be taking. Let me know what you think. I hope at least one of the schedules will be helpful. 🙂 Astronomy - A Self-Teaching Guide - Sample Schedules.docx
  10. Hi there, My daughter will be studying Astronomy this year as well and she'll be using Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide. We'll be starting school the day after Labor Day so I'm working on a plan for the Astronomy guide and I can definitely share what I come up with. I have a couple of questions for you. This will help get a better idea of what you have in mind for your student's Astronomy study. Which edition of TWTM are you using (the older editions include a lose schedule you can follow)? Which edition of the self-teaching guide are you using? Finally, are you planning to incorporate a
  11. I'm looking for a curriculum recommendation for a Creative Writing course for my high schooler. We need something affordable. Bravewriter and the courses offered at TWTM Academy are a little more than we can afford right now. I'm looking for something that will earn her a full credit and, if it's a two year program, even better. I appreciate your help.
  12. Thank you for sharing! So encouraging! Congratulations to you both! Great job, mom!
  13. We use Saxon and we have a similar situation because the Advanced Mathematics book covers part two of Geometry as well as Trig and Pre-Cal. From the research I've done, It seems that colleges want course names they can recognize, so keep it simple and familiar. You can list the courses as two separate courses such as: Course 1 - Algebra II Course 2 - Trigonometry w/ Advanced Algebra OR Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus I don't think I would list them as one course and assign 1.5 credits for it because that's not something colleges are used to seeing and it might throw them off
  14. There are two simple workbooks I can recommend but they're both geared for upper elementary and middle school. The first one was recommended in the 3rd edition of TWTM for the logic stage and is only available as a PDF download. I printed it our copy. It is Note Taking & Outlining by Q. L Pearce. It's a Frank Schaffer Publication. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Outlining-Grades-Schaffer-Publications/dp/0742418308/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Note+Taking+%26+Outlining+Frank+Schaffer+Publications&qid=1596217431&s=books&sr=1-1 The other is also a wor
  15. I highly recommend listening to SWB talk "A Plan for Teaching Writing: Focus On the High School Years" which can be found here: https://welltrainedmind.com/p/a-plan-for-teaching-writing-focus-on-the-high-school-years-mp3/?v=7516fd43adaa This is an audio and instant download so you can listen to it right away. I took notes as I listened. Also, there are three writing resources that she recommends either in her talk or in TWTM. They are: 1) The Elements of Style https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/dp/020530902X/ref=sr_1_3?crid=15ANGE59YNV1W&dchild=1&
  16. Hi there, I'm not sure I have the answers you're looking for but I'd like to share some thoughts in hopes that it will be of some help. As far as your local school district being "Physics" first, I'm not sure why they choose to follow that order for the sciences but there really is no hard and fast rule for the order in which you do the sciences. Typically, Chemistry and Physics are taught later, 11th and 12th grade, to give the student a chance to get some more math under their belt since both Chemistry and Physics require a pretty solid math foundation. However, it's perfectly o.k. to d
  17. The Study Guide does not include reading/literature suggestions. Those can be found in The Well Trained Mind and the lists are divided by historical period: Ancients, Medieval-early Renaissance, Late Renaissance-early Modern, Modern. I'm not sure what you mean by POC. The Study guide includes comprehension questions, critical thinking questions, and map work. I'll attach some pictures. The first have of the study guide includes the answers to the questions (suggested answers or examples, not that the student has to answer exactly that way). The second half of the book has the questions. These
  18. My oldest will be a junior in high school in the fall. We have followed the recommendations in TWTM fairly closely, but I don't know of many people who do. Do you have a specific question regarding TWTM for high school? For example, were you wanting to know how our Great Books study looks like or History or which courses she's taken? I'm by no means an expert. She's my first high schooler and we're still learning but I can share what we've done.
  19. So, according to the recommendations in TWTM, a high school writing course should have 2 components: 1) Skills - Which includes formal grammar and word study, 2) Compositions - which includes the formal study of Rhetoric (this is done in the 9th and 10th grade only), Persuasive Papers across curriculum (History, Science, & Literature), and Research Papers (One in the 9th grade and one in the 10th). The Schaum's book only teaches how to write research papers. I would recommend using it to supplement whatever writing curriculum you choose to go with. Also, if you would like more details on w
  20. A great resource that SWB recommends in her talk "Writing in the High School Years", is Schaum's Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers. It's very good and you can use it with any writing curriculum you decide to go with.
  21. I haven't done this yet but I plan to implement a system similar to this:
  22. I agree with SusanC, there is no fluff in WWS. Also, the time allotted for some lessons/assignments was just not enough. When I go through this program again when my second child I plan to give her as much time as she needs instead of trying to finish a book by the end of the school year.
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