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About DiannaKennedy

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  1. For my rising 9th grader, we have the following things on tap: Math - Algebra I through the MPOA. (and a whole lot of praying and reviewing over the summer) Science -- Biology (Holt, via the MPOA) I'm contemplating putting this on hold for a year, and letting her math skills gel and mature a bit. I'm waffling. Lit - MP package ---- Tale of Two Cities, Henry IV, Henry V, and Scarlet Letter Logic - Traditional Logic I and II Classical Studies -- Greek Tragedies Latin -- Henle III For her 'extras' -- she has riding lessons 2 to 3 days per week, and works at the barn 4 hours a week. We also do AHG -- trying to get her to stay strong and not drop it.
  2. I'm there with you, too. WHY is it that the term 'high school' throws me into a tizzy? The rational part of my brain says, "Lady, you've taught her or facilitated her learning, for the past 9 years. Calm the hell down." But the Panic Park of my brain keeps wailing, "But what if we screw it up?" Self doubt is crippling me.
  3. We use College of the Redwoods pre-algebra in the MPOA. Next year, we will be using Prentice Hall for Algebra I.
  4. Registered nurse here --- head to the ER.
  5. We use R&S through 6th grade, then move to College of the Redwoods PreAlgebra. Jury is still out for next year for Algebra. I might consider VideoText, or we may use Prentice Hall with the MPOA.
  6. Like others have mentioned, I think it may depend on your background. For example, I'm a nurse in my day job. I'm not strong in history, and though I read widely when I was in high school, I can't remember much of what I read. What I focus on primarily is reading the books my children are studying. This was easier when my oldest was back in 3rd and 4th grade, but it's gotten significantly more challenging as she's gotten older. This is why my comfort level of homeschooling is around 3rd -5th grade --- those were the years with her when I read ALL the books. So, I try to at least listen to the first few chapters of the books my children are reading, if I'm not familiar with them, or if it's been a significant number of years since I've read them. My boys have some learning disabilities, so I tend to focus more on their needs. Maybe in this second semester, I might try a little harder to help out my oldest. #somanykidsonlyoneofme I use audiobooks a LOT to help me out. I buy them on Audible if they're available, and for things like the Famous Men series, they are available on Librivox. I WISH there was an option for the Dorothy Mills books. With Latin ---- sigh. I try to keep up with the younger kids, but I usually fizz out by the time we move to nouns. (First Form) I'm thinking that by the time my youngest gets there, I'll have built up more stamina. 😉 Again, I think it's best to use a less is more approach. Instead of thinking, "I'm going to learn ALL THE THINGS!", it's better for me to stick to a few things and know them well.
  7. Be glad 😉 When I read the title of the thread, I laughed. My oldest racked up AR points, which, in my opinion, are pretty pointless. It's designed, at least as far as I can recall, to encourage children to read. You don't need a quiz program to do that.
  8. Amen to a box curriculum. That's exactly what I did with Memoria Press. Open the box, check that I have everything on the list, and get to work. Over the years, I've learned what works and doesn't work for our family and I make adjustments. But way back when I started, no way would I have cobbled something together. I didn't have the confidence, time or experience. I think over the years you learn what is ENOUGH, and to be satisfied, instead of looking to add more on.
  9. I'm just happy to hear that there's someone else in the world who thinks the site is confusing.
  10. The MPOA will have summer courses for middle schoolers. Some will be review courses for Latin, while others should be literature, etc. You could always shoot them an email to see when their summer class list will be posted. It shouldn't be too long.
  11. With the MP Books of Crafts, you can find ideas from pre-K through second grade. They're designed to go along with the enrichment guides, but you could do them stand alone as well. You can see a craft sample and snapshot of the enrichment guide for K here.
  12. I was just coming here to say the same. Plus, it's CHEAP.
  13. I'm really put off by the cost, to be honest. It seems like they've been discussed in the dyslexia FB groups I'm in, but to mixed reviews.
  14. We HAVE used pieces of SC, because my twin boys have dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder between the two of them. 😉 They track ahead of the levels, but I purchase the SC manuals for teaching helps/ideas. We used the MP preschool program with DD#5, and while I thought it was lovely, it wasn't getting done in my house, since I was juggling the olders, working, a baby, etc. I'm 75% sure that SC A and the preschool package are the same. There's a fine motor section in every level of SC (A-C), and there's fine motor work in MP Preschool and JK. Can you just look at all 5 (that sounds daunting), and pick which one fits best? I think SC is a MARVELOUS program, but like the standard MP cores, I don't use them 'as prescribed'. I've used MP for 9 years (!), everything from preschool to 9th grade, with pieces of SC pulled in as well. I pick and choose what we can do, and do well.
  15. We just finished up a whirlwind vacation to Florida, where we spent a day at the Navy Seals/ UDT Museum. My twin boys could have spent the entire day there, enthralled. I'm looking for books and documentaries about the military/wars/etc for them to explore. They're 11. Looking forward to creating a list based on your help!
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