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  1. Constitutional Literacy by Mike Farris. DVD lectures with workbook. We used this for a senior year Government course. https://www.amazon.com/Constitutional-Literacy-presented-Michael-Farris/dp/B075FZRL1J/ref=pd_sbs_14_1/140-1006689-1456640?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B075FZRL1J&pd_rd_r=f781a529-1380-4fe1-bb02-80b82d0967b5&pd_rd_w=3wpC1&pd_rd_wg=CgCNO&pf_rd_p=bdc67ba8-ab69-42ee-b8d8-8f5336b36a83&pf_rd_r=N54990F8R0JX7KAQTSXS&psc=1&refRID=N54990F8R0JX7KAQTSXS
  2. I am planning to name this some type of Earth science name. The content from both years is the same as my state's description for Earth Science. My state will not count Physical science as a high credit - even though the content is similar. Cbollin - thank you for the link and the message. I will check them out. 🙂
  3. I counted Omnibus credits as honors for history and literature because of the amount of reading and composition included. My daughter also did the self paced lectures. Another consideration is to combine logic with composition; we did that. I have been told that it is not unusual for fine arts students to have a lot of extra credits that they really do earn. Also, in competing for scholarship money - I have also been told that students who take a challenging load even throughout the senior year have a better chance at school money. My daughter graduated with an extra 12 credits or s
  4. I used BJ Press Geometry. It is rigorous and always requires the student to use algebra knowledge. BJ Press has a video option. https://www.bjupress.com/category/grade-10-geometry-curriculum Also, the online math teacher at Thinkwell is the author of Holt Geometry - if I am understanding correctly. I used the Thinkwell Algebra 1 videos as a supplement a few years ago with my oldest daughter. The teacher is fabulous. He has short lessons, clear teaching, and a great sense of humor. Homeschool Buyers Coop is the cheapest way to buy access to Thinkwell that I have seen. Thinkwe
  5. Hello, I want to share an activity that was super productive in my home-school this last spring. My 8th grader had just finished reading The Hunger Games in May. She started this back during spring break and was reading as she had time with the other demands of life and just getting 8th grade done. For a final paper in her year, I had her write a comparison between concepts, settings, characters, etc from Hunger Games to Ancient Rome. She had just finished up Memoria Press' Book of the Ancient Romans, read Julius Caesar and Midsummer Night's Dream, and lots of other historical literature
  6. Hello, I am planning to use the Masterbooks General Science 1 Series for my 9th grader. This is a high school credit introduction course to Earth Science Concepts. General topics include: Ocean, Astronomy, Weather, Minerals. If these books are like Masterbooks' General Science 2 [Archaeology, Geology, Fossils, Cave] course that I used last year, it will be a challenging course and very appropriate for 9th grade. The content from both of these years is an in-depth look at Earth Science. I am looking for a lab supplement that related to weather, astronomy, basic periodic table/geology, and
  7. Roy, That sounds like a great activity for this type if thinking. I have found the same thing you said. Most online forums for students are for those already enrolled in a class. One of the beauties of homeschooling is that we can make an individual educational plan for each of our children. But one of the weaknesses is that we have to work to find the right groups for the right subjects in an affordable way for our families. I like your idea of a movie night. You and your wife give the teens who come an opportunity to think more deeply and practicing articulating their thoughts.
  8. I will check out Athena and Outschool! I would love to find a forum that is divided up according to the Trivium.
  9. Hi, I looking for options for homeschool students to be part of an online group discussion related to school content. Recently, I have been studying about the benefits of group discussion for student learning. Not everyone has a local coop of like-minded families serious about doing a good job with school work. That is part of the beauty of homeschooling is that we can have an individual educational plan for each of our children that is a good fit. But, the group interaction skills and just sharing with others who are studying the same content is an option I am looking for. Any sugge
  10. I did Constitutional Literacy from HSLDA for my daughter's senior year. It is a workbook full of great content with DVD lectures that my daughter really enjoyed. We did the book in one semester even though the course if meant for 1 year. It was very doable to adapt it down by adjusting the writing assignments and outside research projects. We needed a 1/2 credit Govt course also because we needed to have the other half of the year to study Economics. https://store.hslda.org/constitutional-literacy-dvd-p927.aspx?Thread=True The Bluestocking press books might also be an option for you.
  11. Hi , I am looking for an online forum for middle school students to discuss literature or other school content. There is a lot of research that supports the idea that group dialogue increases student learning. I am doing searches for online options for homeschooled students in this area. Does anyone know of anything?
  12. The question about age appropriateness: I think a high school student having finished biology will be better able to absorb the material. Also the chapter about dating/pregnancy/childbirth content is for more mature students. It is not explicit in an inappropriate way at all, but I would not use it yet with my rising 8th grader. (But this is her - your student might be more mature...) The content of the chapters in general will make more sense after studying biology and learning about cells and life. What I like about it is that it is not just a general anatomy book, but it teaches about heal
  13. I used this book last year in conjunction with Nutrition 101. I named the course nutritional science. We also included Dr. Menton's body of Evidence DVD's. (The Apologia Health can stand alone, I used it as a supplement to the other courses. One of my relatives gave me a free copy that she picked up at a convention. I am very impressed with the book. This book is a great resource and challenging even for a senior. It is well organized and balanced in the presentation of ideas. I really like it. You do need the notebook to go with it since the tests are in the notebook.
  14. I have both the BJ Biology and Apologia Biology book, and the BJ is much more detailed than the Apologia one. And yes, it does include a section at the end of the book about human body systems - even the reproductive and endocrine systems that are sometimes skipped in high school textbooks. (also - The new Apologia Health book is very well done mixing anatomy, physiology, psychology, health, from a Christian perspective. )
  15. Thank you for your thoughts. I was looking at Video Text samples earlier this week. It is good to know that it worked for you. Since the books are shorter, I was wondering how many concepts could really be covered well.
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