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  1. Sometimes seniors change their schedules in the middle of the year due to scheduling issues, such as with the Greek class. I agree other posters that she will want to show that she is continuing to pursue the 'most rigorous' course plan available. And you will also want to demonstrate intellectual rigor and persistence by pursuing the subject on her own. At some point you will need to send the colleges the mid-year transcript and then an end-of-the-year transcript. You may want to include a counselor letter from yourself explaining why two classes were dropped -- you can upload the letter and
  2. We use the EPGY literary writing classes for my 11yo and 13yo. A full year requires 3 quarters, for instance W09A, W09B and W09C for the 11 yo and W10A, B, C for the 13yo. I thought it was excellent, demanding and challenging. I also liked it because it incorporates literary analysis, so there was reading involved. They assume a mastery of grammar and basic knowledge of how to write a paragraph, although the W09 classes go over that in the first quarter. By the end of the year the W09 kids are writing full analytic essays, and the w10 kids are writing full argumentative essays. I am c
  3. We went last year. As part of the ceremony, one of the archeology professors from Northwestern gave a presentation on her work in Mexico. It was very interesting. After the ceremony everyone was invited to an ice cream social. It was a very impressive ceremony. How many times do our kids get to hear their names called out in a big auditorium, then walk across a stage in front of their peers and family to receive an award? My son was beaming when he came off the stage with a medal around his neck. On the other hand, he had missed a whitewater rafting trip with his Boy Scout troop that weeke
  4. Hi! I am also looking for the perfect curriculum. Sigh. Until then...... Here is what I am doing in bio this year for a coop class I am teaching for kids aged 7-13 (my DS12, DS10 and DD7 are in the class-the DD7 sits in and skips note-taking when we have it. Disclaimer: I am NOT a biologist--I am a biology enthusiast. spines: Princeton Review Biology Coloring Book--I make copies of the pages, we read and discuss and they color. Biology Demystified- mostly for me. I read, write a lecture. I make my own kids take notes at home. I google for any videos I can find that show, f
  5. My son took the ACT last February through CTD. He took the test at a nearby private school that we chose because it was close and he was familiar with the building from previous events. I thought the talent search kids would all be together, separated from the high school kids. But it turned out that although the talent search kids were kept together, there also were high school students in the room as well. This was not as bad as I thought. My son was not intimidated by the high schoolers at all. THEY were probably MORE intimidated by this kid, whose legs couldn't reach the floor, taking
  6. I think the talent search programs are very useful. We spent this afternoon at an awards assembly at Northwestern because my 6th-grade ds was a third-place medalist in reading on the ACT. My husband insisted we attend this event, even though I thought that it was just a sales pitch to sell Northwestern. However... There were two speakers who have studied talent development for years and talked about their research. They encouraged the kids to keep asking questions and assured them that they could change lives with their talent. AND there was an archeologist who give a talk about her dig in
  7. We started because we read the WTM and other hs books and really wanted a strong science and history curriculum. Our small, private school was not really interested in that. Then my oldest son's first grade teacher told us he was reading at the 8th grade level. My second son was coasting through kindergarten without any challenges. And we really, really were tired of spending the few hours every day we had with our children trying to un-do the negative socialization problems they brought home with them. By 2nd grade my oldest was already paying more attention to his peers than to us, and he re
  8. I LOVED using the book More Mudpies to Magnets when my kids were preschoolers. I had read somewhere that the second book was better organized than the first book. My sons loved it. Some of the projects are for very, very young children, but others could easily be upgraded to whatever level you need. It was not hard to get the materials--except for the project to Build Your Own Roller Coaster I needed a lot of paper towel tubes and toilet paper tubes. I got my Mom to save hers, and she got her book club to collect them so I had LOTS. Many happy memories. Maria
  9. A break is a good idea!!!:iagree: So, go on some walks (free!) and go to a playground (free!) and make water paintings on the sidewalk (free!) and have a picnic in the backyard (free! except for the food) One of the good things/bad things about hsing is that you will know your children inside and out. And they will know all about you. And there will be bad days for both you and your children--that is what makes the good days sweeter, but we also learn from the bad days. It is totally OK to take some time just to have fun. your children will continue to learn even if you are not teaching t
  10. okey-dokey, here goes. we are still working on it, so some stuff has not been developed yet. DS 12, 7th grade LoF Algebra with home companion Rod and Staff 6--we took a break from it this year, will finish it up in fall a vocab builder, maybe Words!Words!Words! geography self study, one state a week, present to rest of family, when finished with states move on to countries of the world history--we finished SOTW Vol. 4, so it's back to ancient world, I am looking forward to him reading Herodotus. science-- under development. coop-- we joined a new coop, and we will know over the s
  11. I think it rubs parents of age-peers harder than others. The last year has been tough in this regard--my oldest joined a boy scout troop, along with about 16 other boys his age. Right away my son stuck out because of his advanced vocabulary, strong sense of self, leadership skills, and ambition. He also brings books to read at meetings and campouts. Like "Assassination Vacation." He also works hard on earning merit badges. (The merit badges are actually pretty cool and sometimes we work them into his curriculum.) Most of the boys his age, who are all in ps or private school, are too busy
  12. :bigear: :lurk5: my 12yo ds is just finishing Saxon 7/6. He is going to do LoF algebra next. Not a mathy, but I always tells him he has lots of potential!!!! His 10 yo brother is on lesson 78 of 7/6 and REALLY wants to do LoF asap. He is a mathy, and has breezed through Hands On Equations extra word problems, which we have done once a week for the past two years. He finished the book. I like the idea of him doing the tests then going back for concepts he misses, then going on to LoF algebra. I LOVE this forum!!! Maria
  13. I am just getting used to searching for threads, and found lots of info. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond! Maria:)
  14. The Cub Scout idea is a great idea-- when we pulled our kids from school 4 years ago, Scouts was one of the things we kept the same. It has really opened doors for my kids. I have a 7yo daughter who follows her older brother, 10, around also. They do lots and lots of imagninary play, depending on what books they are reading. Today it is building a house on the prairie because she is reading Little House books. Before it was making a space capsule from a box because he was reading about the space race. Before that they were re-enacting scenes from Artemis Fowler, Harry Potter, and Magic Tre
  15. Hello, I just joined last month and I have a question for all you veteran high school hsers, specifically those who use or have used Life of Fred math: HOw well did Fred prepare your child for college entrance tests? Was this a good prepration for AP math tests and/or CLEP? I have a 12yo boy, 10yo boy and a 7yo girl. We are finishing our 4th year of hsing in suburban Chicago. My boys are both finishing up Saxon 7/6, and have done well with it, although the 12yo is convinced that because math does not come easily to him he must be bad at it. They are both exceptionally verbal, and Fred
  16. I think the beauty of homeschooling is the flexibility. I remember one September years ago when my younger son figured out on his own how to carry numbers--and that happened to be the last math concept taught in the age-appropriate math book we were using at the time. So I just ordered the next level up and in two weeks he was working away. We had pulled our kids out of a private school and I was thrilled that I did not have to have a series of conferences with teachers and principals to convince them that he should be moved up. We just did it. Now, my kids work at different levels in diff
  17. Hi, this is my first time responding, I just joined this group a few weeks ago. There is so much experience here, I already have learned so much! I had my three kids evaluated because the evaluation itself opened doors to programs and opportunities for them that I cannot duplicate at home and it gives them the chance to be with other kids who have the same interests. My sons were evaluated when they were each 8 years old. My husband and I have an eye on future opportunities, and we wanted to build up a paper trail of our kids' accomplishments/abilities. While I was at it I had my daughter
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