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  1. Thanks! It's interesting to see how mixed others' experiences have been. Personally, we have always tracked our reading (literally since kindergarten, lol) just because I'm the type who likes to track things like that (I love to remember!). So we will definitely continue to keep track. I just wasn't sure where to put the info (and it looks like opinions are mixed on that, too). TWTM recommends keeping a reading list, so I thought it was expected/standard for high school.... I think I will just continue to track everything. I'll definitely track the "in-depth" books that go with speci
  2. Next year (9th grade), my daughter will study certain works specifically for her 9th grade English credit (I'm still planning it out, but it will surely include lots of typical classics, like Animal Farm and Romeo and Juliet, etc.). To study these works, we will do close readings/analysis and write essays, etc. But she also reads a ton independently, both fiction and nonfiction. We typically do not analyze or write in response to her pleasure reading, but we do chat about it. (Her pleasure reading includes fun teenage fare--books by John Green, The Hunger Games, etc.-but she definitely reads "
  3. Thank you for taking the time to share all of this! I appreciate it!
  4. This is helpful! Thank you for sharing. And yes, I'd love to read your other course descriptions, if you don't mind posting them. Thank you!
  5. I'm not talking about the main subjects here (English, science, etc.)! I'm talking about electives and things likely to be half-credit courses. For example: If I am planning a high school health class for my student, can reading and discussion suffice to issue a credit, so long as the reading and discussion meet the hourly requirements? (In other words, if I wanted the health class to focus on sex education, can we simply read and discuss books in that genre and call it good? Or do I need to require testing or a written component of some sort for the credit to be legitimate? How did you
  6. A silly poll for your Monday morning!
  7. My two cents: Go to the least expensive college, full stop. This is a huge blessing for your family! Take the money and run. Like Lori D. suggests above, you could so SO MUCH with $18,000 extra dollars. You could pay down your mortgage. You could put it towards school for your other child. You could buy your daughter a car upon graduation. You could open a savings account for her that she can use to start her life upon graduation. You could send her on a special trip. You could put it towards your retirement. You could just save it.... The line of your post that stood out most to me
  8. Thank you! And thank you for this feedback about the QSL kits!
  9. Thank you!! (We're certainly planning to do all the labs, but I figure it's probably realistic to assume we might not get to every last one. Your ballpark number is helpful!)
  10. Thank you both for chiming in! This is encouraging! (I've been researching approximately 10,000 biology options over the past couple of days and I'm starting to lose my mind, lol.) It's nice to have someone else look at your plan, to point out issues you might not have considered. And thanks for the feedback about used texts; I think I will definitely go for used. (Another shock of starting high school is the jump in price for many curricula, so I'm trying to trim expenses where we can!)
  11. I haven't yet ventured into the world of APs, but I'm already stressed at the prospect of it. Ugh. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I'm so sorry you're dealing with this; your situation sounds infuriating. I would be livid. I really hope this gets worked out for you. ❤️
  12. I posted yesterday about Oak Meadow Biology. I emailed Oak Meadow and they got right back to me with a materials list! I'm conflicted; now that I've had a chance to see the OM labs list, I agree with the posters who said the OM labs are not super impressive. (I think the labs are completely adequate! But I know my daughter will be much more excited about biology if she'll get to dissect several things and use a microscope, etc.) That said, I do love the general user-friendliness and layout of Oak Meadow curriculum, and I like that the course is based on the Holt Biology textbook, which seems t
  13. Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Oak Meadow was listed in the Biology Motherlode post as an honors level Biology course, so that's why I started my search there. (We definitely need secular science in our homeschool, which limits our curriculum choices a bit.) I'm currently using the Oak Meadow Civics course with my 8th grader and I've been really happy with it! I find it's a very user-friendly curriculum, but still very challenging and thorough and well-written. Very easy to adapt, too. All that to say, I've been happy with what I know of Oak Meadow so far, so I'm inclined to continue using
  14. Oh, that's great to hear (that they got back to you with the list.) Awesome, will do! Thank you for responding!
  15. I'm interested in using Oak Meadow's Biology: The Study of Life course for my 9th grader next year. (I'd be teaching it at home, not taking the class through their online school.) My question: What materials do I need to complete this course beyond the following? Biology: The Study of Life Coursebook Biology: The Study of Life Teacher Manual Holt Biology Lab Kit - Biology: The Study of Life I ask because the lab kit appears to contain necessary tools, but it does NOT appear to contain other essential materials I would expect, such as preserved frogs, samples,
  16. Yay, Ohio! lol. This information is very helpful, especially about your experience with OSU. I definitely agree that chem and physics are part of a good education. My aim is not to dumb down the sciences for her (she's an excellent student all around), but I am struggling with what will be the most relevant and helpful to her. Maybe it would be wise to bio/chem/physics and then in her senior year anatomy or botany (or both, as I might be able to do them DE). Or maybe do several of them DE.... Like you suggest, doing at least 4 sciences would put her in the 88% for OSU.... So much t
  17. It's interesting that you report this! I grew up in NY state, and we all took Earth Science in 9th, followed by bio and chem in 10th and 11th. Then, people who were super into science took physics in 12th grade. So, it's interesting to see the different requirements state to state....
  18. Thank you; this is helpful! I am reading through TWTM and it points out that Earth Science is typically not considered high school level science. That made me a little nervous. (I'd love to consider these other sciences, but I was scared they wouldn't be considered high school level.) I will definitely read through these other posts; thanks so much!
  19. Hi all! I'm doing big-picture planning for my rising 9th grader. (I'm using my state flagship's admissions requirements (OSU) as my main guide, for general purposes, as I make a very rough outline of her high school plan.) The site says it expects 3 natural sciences "with significant lab." Does this mean we have to take biology/chemistry/physics in 9th/10th/11th grades? Are any other sciences acceptable here? (For instance, when I was in college as an English/Education double-degree student, I was required to take one science with a lab, but it could be any science I wanted. I chose botan
  20. Wow, this is interesting! Yes, I got it here, from the ODE site (it's then linked under District Superintendent Responsibilities). This is SO interesting! Back in Maryland, the homeschool laws (known as COMAR) were very explicit and the same info was presented on all the various sites one might check (the county's site, the state's site, etc). It didn't occur to me--even after a decade of homeschooling!--that the ODE site wouldn't have the law presented correctly. I guess I should know better by now, but it just didn't occur to me. As you can tell, I had been interpreting the law differently t
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