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  1. Can you talk to Lukeion? They may allow her to give Lukeion 3 a go and if it's too much transfer into Lukeion Transitions. Since these are outside courses, you may not have a say in how they're listed on the transcript. I'm not certain if you'll need to send transcripts from every highschool she's attended or not. Your best bet is probably to include course descriptions - what text was used and how far the class progressed. Although these should be 1/2 credit courses since they're only 1 semester. In which case, you can include on your transcript Latin Semester 2, Latin Semester 3, followed by Transitions or Latin Year 3. Chances are the university will be more interested in her AP Latin score than in course labels.
  2. It sounds as if your daughter is very motivated and willing to put in the time and effort to be ready for Lukeion in the fall. If so, I'd go with first option. Hire a tutor, put this year down and Latin 2, and have her do Latin 3 with Lukeion next year. She may need the tutor for a time in the fall to make certain she's fully caught up, so I'd budget for that as well. My 2nd choice would be to put her in Lukeion's transitions year. Since she's between 2 and 3, it would solidify skills and not feel like she's completely lost a year. Kids tend to be demotivated by going backwards, so I'd try to avoid that at all costs.
  3. TOG English at the high school level is complete. You're given the literature and writing assignments for a full credit and more. I plan TOG first and then add extras. TOG at the elementary level is less complete. There's no spelling, grammar, phonics, or handwriting instructions included. For my little ones, I plan their language arts FIRST and then add the TOG literature and writing assignments as desired. The geography is mapwork. The idea is to hand your children an atlas and a map. They learn how to use the atlas to find the information to fill in the map. You can also learn about the fauna and flora of the area. It can be as full or light as you'd like. To be perfectly honest, TOG is a buffet. You're meant to pick and choose the suggested activities and subjects your family will study this year. There's no reason you must do the geography work. I've found filling out the maps helps the kids visualize where events are happening and it's not added much to our school day. However you can also simply grab an atlas one day a week, look at the maps, and discuss where the events take place. It doesn't need to be a formal, 5-day a week subject. Just remember, your homeschool... your rules. :)
  4. My oldest kid needed a diploma. The administration wanted a transcript, but financial aid needed a copy of his diploma. Go figure. :glare: A homemade diploma was sufficient. :001_smile:
  5. Phonics Pathways has been very successful in my family. We simply read through the pages and ignore all writing suggestions.
  6. There's a children's version. Can you use that?
  7. In my limited experience, I needed to follow through with financial aid. In both cases there were additional papers beyond the FAFSA needed before the colleges' financial aid department would even process and offer aid. Once all the papers were submitted, my sons received notification within a few weeks. My recommendation is to ask your son to call the financial aid office and find out what's going on.
  8. I just switched to doing science and history in the same day for my littles, K and 1st grade. They're wiggly and short lessons work best (10 minutes). I also discovered to my delight that by the end of the week their retention and comprehension is much higher that when we were alternating longer lessons. It's a win-win for me. More engaged kiddos with better retention. :001_smile:
  9. I worked through Saxon 1-3 with my oldest 4 children and now am starting again with my 5th. It's a gentle program that the children enjoyed. My oldest two kids had a few issues moving into Saxon 54 because of the change from worksheet to textbook. We began with 1/2 lessons for a time before working up to full lessons. The next two children had no problems, probably because they expected and looked forward to using textbooks like their older siblings. The teacher's manuals are scripted, but I never followed the script. Instead I'd glance over the lesson and teach it to my child using my own words.
  10. Of the two, I'd go with First Form. I'm using currently using it with my 8th grade and loving the system. The DVD lectures are informative and interesting. He tosses subtle jokes into the lectures that have all teens in the vicinity grinning. So far the vocabulary words have been words which relate easily to English derivatives. My son is doing well and I've been able to easily keep up myself. More importantly, First Form hammers the basic Latin grammar you need to know. If you can finish the first 3 units (20 weeks), You'll have covered the entire 1st conjugation system and the 1st and 2nd noun declensions. Since you're working with a high school teen, you may even be able to move more quickly and finish the book. In that case you'll cover the 3rd, 4th, and 5th noun declensions as well as the 2nd verb conjugations. First Form Latin is thorough without being overwhelming.
  11. I've found it works best in my family if we schedule morning time during lunch and I keep it to the 'essential'. Their mouths and hands are busy while ears are ready to hear. Once lunch is over, I pull out art supplies to keeps hands busy. As far as subjects, I like to have a read aloud going, poetry memorization, and a looping subject. My high schooler is too busy for a long morning time while my 5yo has the attention span of a gnat. :lol:
  12. What are your priorities? No one has time for EVERYTHING. ;) In the early years I prioritize reading, language arts, and math. Then we combine for memory work, read aloud, history, science or nature study, art, and music. Geography is combined with history, and I liberally strew books all over the house. These can be puzzle books, art books, poetry, etc. Also not everything needs to be done every day. You can alternate history and science, and save art for Fridays. As far as my household, I've usually used the same curriculum for each child once I find something I like. I can change the way I teach it, change the kids' assignments, and make adjustments once I'm comfortable using it. I also don't like using a ton of different curricula. It's too much for me to keep track, so we use Tapestry of Grace. It combines all the kids and quite a few subjects into one lovely unit. :001_tt1: School in my house has varied between everyone sitting at the table while I walked around helping kids to scheduling sit-down time with each school-age child. During this sit down time, we'd work through the skill subjects together while another child played with the baby, the rest were working independently. Later we'd come together for history, science, or art. Right now my homeschool is in a period of adjustment. Next year I'll be homeschooling two very independent older children and two very dependent young children. It should be interesting! Oh and one last thought. The best curriculum is the one that gets used. There's no point in having the most rigorous curriculum created if it sits on your shelf gathering dust. ;) Find a good curriculum that helps you get the job done.
  13. Personally I like Phonics Pathways and started most of my kids when they were 4. It begins by teaching short vowels, then adds consonants and easy blending. You can use it as a guide or simply work through it reading each page. Another wonderful option is The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. It uses a similar approach and is very well written. My library has both books, so it's worth checking to see if your library carries them as well. :001_smile:
  14. We use Tapestry of Grace as the backbone for our homeschool. I place each child according to their reading/maturity level. Sometimes the older kids have answered the accountability questions, written weekly essays on the assignments, or filled out notebooking pages. I've substituted books, adjusted assignments, and personalized it. But everyone is on the same page, studying similar material (or at least the same time period). We began Tapestry when my oldest son was starting 9th grade and just finished our 5th year using it. :001_smile:
  15. There's nothing magical about the 4 year rotation. Let your daughters enjoy their studies for several years. You can postpone the 4 year rotation until high school if needed. You're better off with girls who shriek, "We LOVE history!" than girls who only tolerate the subject. :001_smile:
  16. My youngest will be kindergarten next year. Saxon Math K or Liberty Math K Saxon Phonics K + Phonics Pathways (I adore Phonics Pathways!) Elemental Science Intro to Science or Exploring Nature (Nature Study) or both! Tapestry of Grace Lower Grammar
  17. They're roughly equal. Saxon 87 is similar in setup to the lower Saxon maths. It's also has more arithmetic, but still covers the algebra. Algebra 1/2 is setup like the upper Saxon math. It's slightly heavier on the algebra versus the arithmetic. Many families do one or the other, but some use both.
  18. By the time you're dealing with high school, teenagers are well able to stay home and study while you run errands. It seems rather absurd to be required to stay home with my 18 year old senior while he studies. Female over 18.
  19. The one issue holding me back from this decision is the when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-get-going ethic. Am I helping her or hurting her if I let her bail? Thanks for any advice. Wendy I doubt quitting algebra 2 now is going to hurt your daughter's work ethic. Dropping out of school would be a game-changer, but changing one class isn't. I do like the idea of switching to a business/consumer/financial math class for the remainder of high school though. Best of luck to you both.
  20. I never did find the recommended card stock for the lapbooks when my 13yo and I were doing them together. Instead I taped 4 regular sized pieces together in a row. Here's a post with a couple pictures of my process: http://classicallyhomeschooling.com/upper-grammar-tapestry-grace/ HTH!
  21. I still drop by from time to time. Let's see, started on the old board sometime in 2001 when my oldest was in preschool. Now he's in college and my youngest is a preschooler! I think I'll be sticking around for quite a few more years. :smilielol5:
  22. I use a regular dish drainer but cleaning the kitchen is considered a two person job. One washes, one drys and puts away the dishes. After the dishes are washed, the dish drainer is put away in the cabinet.
  23. Which edition? The older editions (1st -3rd, I think) integrate geometry. If you're using an older edition the progression is algebra 1, algebra 2, then advanced math. The new edition separates geometry, so the sequence is algebra, geometry, and algebra 2.
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