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  1. Thanks everyone for your input!
  2. Hello All Anyone use Jump In middle school composition by Sharon Watson? Curious to hear thoughts and opinions from those who have experience with it. Thanks!
  3. Mystery Science. No prep required except the gathering of simple supplies or printing the provided PDF's. The way we did it is to watch the exploration portion on day 1, then I would preview the Activity and do any printing/gathering of supplies. Day 2 we would do the Activity. Day 3 & 4 my kiddos would do the Extras and/or read books from the library (or from what we own) on the topic. Extremely easy to implement, the kiddos loved it and learned quite a bit.
  4. My DS (12 yr. old) is finishing up Saxon 8/7 in a couple months. He typically scores 90% or above on the tests and 80% or above on the mixed practice. He is always required to correct any missed problems and does so with no trouble for the most part. Occasionally, I need to go over a concept with him but it usually doesn't take too much effort before he "gets it". I already own all the Chalkdust math (pre-algebra through pre-calc) from my older boys. However, for some reason, I'm concerned about him going straight from 8/7 to Chalkdust Algebra I. (maybe because my older boys always did pre-algebra first--math was not their strength) Has anyone ever done this? 8/7 straight to Chalkdust Algebra I? or something similar...any thoughts? how did it go?
  5. Can't believe #4 is in 7th! Pretty sure this is the plan: Keyboarding: Spelling: Natural Speller Grammar: Rod & Staff 7 Writing: second have of WWS Level 1 & Killgallon Paragraph--He has REALLY enjoyed and learned so much from sentence composing! Vocabulary: Vocab. from Classical Roots book A Literature: he is a voracious reader so I'm still picking all the titles but will be pulled from early modern history Math: Chalkdust PreAlgebra Science: RS4K building blocks / probably join younger bro when he does Mystery Science because they love it so much History: crash course US History and some from world history, Human Odyssey, History Odyssey, books from the library...I can't give him too much for history...he's already watched all of CC for fun in his spare time. Tech: Alice and EV3 projects with his bro Language: Latin for Children book B Fine Arts Co-op: band & clarinet, choir, art class I really enjoy seeing other posts and getting new ideas and also reminders of curriculum we've enjoyed in the past.
  6. Still working out some things but here is what I am thinking so far: Keyboarding: Typing Spelling: Spelling Workout E Grammar: Rod & Staff 5 Writing: IEW B Vocab.: Wordly Wise book 5 Lit.: still have to choose titles but will coordinate with Early Modern History Math: Saxon 6/5 Science: RS4K & Mystery Science History: SOTW Vol. 3 and extra reading/resources from the library, maybe History Odyssey? Dropping logic for next year to do Tech: Alice & EV3 projects Language: Latin for Children book B Fine Arts Co-op: Guitar, Choir or maybe drama class, studio art, maybe percussion & band plus all his sports throughout the year
  7. I just did my first online/curbside pick up grocery order last week---finally took my husband's advice! Not having to do the 3 hour grocery shopping was SO NICE! I'd love to hear what kind of meals you plan that the kiddos can make. Getting that task off my plate, even a couple nights during the week, would be wonderful!
  8. My DS, homeschooled since Kindergarten, went to public school in 8th grade. As others have mentioned the academics were not an issue. The forms to fill out and the many rules took some getting used to. SO MANY FORMS! There were a couple times I had to come to the school to pick him up at the end of the day because the proper form to walk home or to take the bus wasn't filled out. (apparently we only turned in the "temporary form"...good for only one day...he needed the permanent one :glare: ...times like that created slight panic in DS.) He never used his locker...still doesn't in PS high school this year. He finds it easier to just keep it all in his book bag. He now has 2 book bags: one for "A" days and one for "B" days, which helps him stay organized, not carry such a heavy bag, and not forget books, work, etc. Almost all assignments are worked on and submitted using electronic mediums. He's learned to check and recheck teacher webpages, school homework sites, etc. for assignments. A couple times he missed assignments because teachers say they only post in one place but end up using multiple he just checks them all to be safe. He had to learn when was a good time to use the bathroom. The first few days of school he would come running in the door and zip straight for the bathroom from holding it all day :laugh: He hates group projects...precisely for the reasons others have mentioned...he ends up doing all the work because he doesn't wait until the last minute and cares about his grades and learning. Unfortunately, the teachers plan a lot of group projects. Despite all this, overall he has enjoyed having different teachers, meeting new friends, and now attends a STEM high school where he gets to specialize in his interests. He says he liked homeschooling better but is glad he gets the opportunities this high school offers. Good Luck on this new journey! And it always helped me to know that nothing is set in stone...if it ended up not working for him, he could always come back to homeschooling. :001_smile:
  9. Thank you so much for all the suggestions!! Now I can move on to the rest of planning for next year :hurray:
  10. Thanks for the suggestions! I had A Single Shard and Arabian Nights on my list for my older son but the other suggestions sound good too.
  11. I've started putting together literature for the my 11 year old DS (grade 6--avid, strong reader) and my 9 year old DS (grade 4--average, reluctant reader). We will be covering the middle ages next year. While I have a very complete list of European/Western literature selections for both ages, I really prefer to have a more balanced selection--I try to avoid the 'predominately Eurocentric history/literature slant' and could use some suggestions for non-western literature (and history supplemental resources) for the middle ages. I've been searching the web but have only found a couple options. Any one have suggestions?
  12. Thanks for the input... I was concerned about that same thing, EKS.
  13. I'm considering using Beast Academy to supplement our main math curriculum Saxon. We do every part of Saxon--every part of every lesson, test and investigation--and my boys, (using 5/4 and 8/7, next year) benefit from the spiral/repetition/practice problems. I really believe Saxon is a solid, thorough program but I'd like to supplement with something more conceptually based for my 2 very math-inclined boys. I'm thinking to just get the BA Guide books for their correct level and have them read through that once or twice a week. Has anyone used BA as supplement? How did you structure it? Would the guide books alone accomplish our goals of teaching math more conceptually? or are the practice books truly needed for that? I've never had the opportunity to look at either "in my hands" so I can only look at what BA has posted online as samples--not really helpful to me. I really don't want to invest a ton of money if not necessary in a completely new math curriculum.
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