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  1. 2017-18 Well-Trained Mind Academy registration will end on Friday, September 15th. This is your last chance to enroll your student in fall and full-year courses. Register now! View all course descriptions by clicking here! Register by clicking here! All class times are listed in EST.
  2. Hello, Can anyone share information about homeschooling groups (mainly focused on academics) in the Silicon Valley area? I'm looking for a cooperative group where dedicated parents prepare and teach lessons to the group at weekly meetings. Does anything like this exist in that area? Also, any suggestions on housing areas to seek or avoid on a limited budget? Thanks!
  3. Hey everyone! I need help. I've been perusing these forums since '13 & this is my first post. I've been homeschooling for 6 years, but have just recently read TWTM. Omg. I wish I had done that 6 yrs ago, it would've changed everything. I have been eclectic, using several of the curriculum mentioned across the forum & wanted terribly to tackle subjects like Latin & logic, not really realizing I was running parallel in my curriculum choices. Now that I've decided to jump all in, I'm not quite sure how to transition my upcoming 9th & 10th graders into TWTM method for history & lit when it's so different than what they know. I'm worried about transitioning into rhetoric (in general) without the foundation of grammar & logic, especially. This year we did Notgrass History, combining the history, lit & Bible. We love the primary documents, but there's no study of lit analysis. My gifted/ADHD 10th grader enjoys the reading & answering the questions, hates the projects. This doesn't bother me too much b/c he enjoys the writing, too. My 9th grader has worked through dysgraphia (still working), possibly dyslexia (at least the symptoms, but they're gone now) & hoooorid spelling. He is so bright, probably gifted as well. He did the lower level Notgrass this year, but pigs will fly before he will do all that writing in the upper level Notgrass. I've looked at SWB history books online, they don't seem like an option at all (tho they do love to read), but I looove the idea of the chronological history study. I have an upcoming 1st & 5th grader I intend to take through SOTW 1 & would love to have my 9th grader start with Ancients as well. My 10th grader could do Medieval. I've read about every history thread I could find, but really don't know where to start. Any advice on transitioning into classical/ WTM in general during rhetoric is coveted as well. TIA!!
  4. I'm teaching a high school class for the first time. For those of you who have taught high school at a co-op, do you have a specific format for grade reports? OR if your students have just taken a class at co-op -- what information do you typically receive? I'm trying to come up with a format that would be helpful but not overly detailed. I do have a course syllabus with a detailed course description and grade breakdown (% for each component). However, I curved quite a bit in the course, and gave extra credit. So I'm wondering how to report grades now. Any help/suggestions would be much welcomed.
  5. Hi! I'm looking for suggestions. My DD is a rising 4th grader, but asynchronous in language arts (not mathematics). She enjoys classical education Well-Trained Mind style for its language-centered focus. Looking forward to middle school and then high school, I'm wondering how I customize a middle/high school pathway that would showcase her language arts talents? If she was talented in mathematics, it would be easier, I think -- algebra earlier, and then follow some variation on the typical sequence. But I'm having trouble thinking about something similar for language arts. It's very clear that a student has completed Calculus, for example, but how does one show an equivalent level of accomplishment in the language arts? What goals am I aiming for here? I feel as though the destination is out of focus, and if I don't know at least what continent to paddle towards, we'll end up in the South Pacific Garbage Patch. :) MCT just doesn't speak to me, but I'll give it another look. Suggestions? (cross-posted)
  6. I'm very thankful for WTMF community! I'm seeking wisdom from parents of any 2E kids who have experience with this scenario: 1) DS (or DD) homeschooling through high school to college; 2) highly gifted, loves learning, willing to work hard; 3) but is "low energy" (like many Aspie/ASD), needs plenty of down time alone; 4) considering pursuit of admission to top tier STEM colleges; 5) is very capable of the LEVEL of work that requires, but parents have doubts about ability to handle QUANTITY needed to be a competitive applicant; 6) Christian (student and parents). Ultimate goal is to most glorify God and benefit man, by best use of God's gifts. Specifics - DS finishing 10th grade. 11th grade is "make or break" year if he's going to load up on dual-enrollment, AP, etc. Given 3-4 subjects, he could handle all of them at a high level - math, science, writing, reading, foreign language - literally anything. His only time-consuming extracurriculars are Boy Scouts (starting Eagle project this summer), church service and youth group. He's not a kid with a spectacular "hook". Stellar academics and test scores, his ability to write quality essay answers on apps, and just being a good kid that adults really enjoy are his strengths. DS and I had a conversation about "big fish in small pond" at college, garnering more attention, opportunities, professor relationships, etc., vs. being around more resources and people as smart or smarter than himself at a top-flight place. He wants the latter. Dilemma: he will be happier the next 2 years if we don't press his curriculum too hard, meaning no more than 2 DE or AP classes at a time. I think he'll be happier long term (college and career) if we push him beyond his comfort zone for 2 years. He's not lazy, and doesn't have a traditional learning disability (he can read, write, type, etc. quite quickly); he's just inefficient and has a true neurological need for more down time than most. Our counselor believes DS is on the autism spectrum (though no formal diagnosis), but it's a close call. Any experience to share? Wish you had pushed a little more or less? Did he/she land in a college that is/was too easy or too challenging? If you did push, what effect did it have on your home? And one more thing - did you have DS/DD report to Student Services on campus for any "disability" assistance? We're starting to feel like we're obsessing/idolizing these issues. Once 11th grade starts, we won't have much room to course-correct.
  7. Looking ahead to start planning for high school - We hope to follow the WTM plan for combining History and Literature. In TWTM (2009), it says to make a realistic assessment of how many books the student will be able to cover, and then choose 8, or 12, or 18. Of course this will vary depending on the student's reading skills and length/difficulty of the books read. But how to choose which will make up the book list? The shortest, so you can read more? Whatever looks interesting? A sampling from different time periods? Without being familiar with many of these books, we are not sure what to use as a deciding factor. Also, anyone who has followed this plan - any thoughts, suggestions, things you wish you'd done differently or that worked well? Thanks for your help!
  8. It's been awhile since my last visit. I'm hoping that my past involvement in the boards earns me a bit of consideration for my crisis. I need practical advice and being an introvert who recently moved, real life input is limited. We have been homeschoolers for 8+ years. Two of our children (12) & (15) will be homeschooled next year. For the first time, I'm considering joining an academic co-op. The curriculum seems fine. It's not what we've used but it's solid, reputable curriculum. It's one day of class covering history, language arts, science and an elective. Following co-op day there are four days of assignments to prepare for the next class. Assignment are turned in and graded. My children are academically able to do the work. We've just recently moved so meeting people would help us all feel more anchored in our new area. That being said, I'm feeling hesitant about turning over my control and freedom to a co-op. I'm swinging back and forth like pendulum about this and need a dose of perspective from some who have btdt. What says the hive?
  9. My plan for 9th grade is to do biology over the summer then a second science elective during the year. DS likes working with his hands. He does origami, grows plants, knits, build balsa wood towers and wind turbines. He is also the kid who doesn't get scared off by the physics events in Science Olympiad. What fun or interesting ideas so people have. Links to specific curriculum would be great. Eta: Even if you don't know a specific curriculum but have ideas of areas to study that would be great.
  10. Registration for Summer, Fall, and Full-Year 2017-18 courses is now open! New courses include: • Summer Reading Club for Logic Stage Students • Counting and Probability & AoPS Pre-Calculus • Latin I, French II, & German II • Physics for the Logic Stage • Kinesiology & Nutrition I • Science of Writing Grammar Series, from Foundational to Advanced Grammar • Socratic Discussion for the Rhetoric Stage Our unmatched refund policy is very simple and aims to benefit our students and families. If a student withdraws from a course before the end of the withdrawal period (listed below), he will receive a full course tuition refund. Fall and Full-year courses - September 30th Spring courses and Full-year transfers only - February 28th Summer courses - June 30th In addition, because our primary goal is the successful education of our students, we do not charge any fees for section or course changes. The Well-Trained Mind Academy Handbook offers guidance on course planning and placement for both logic-stage (middle) and rhetoric-stage (high school) students. And of course, you can contact us for help! See our website for our full course offerings and to register: www.wtmacademy.com We can’t wait to see you in class! Contact us with questions.
  11. Let me start this out by saying, please be kind in your comments. I want to hear your opinions, but this is a super sensitive topic for me right now. I am going to to be very vulnerable and share kind of the "whole big picture". We adopted our daughter when she was eight years old through the foster care system. She was born premature ( does that play into learning disabilities?), she was severely neglected the first 5 years of her life, also head trauma at the age of 3 (car accident with no seat belt), tossed around in foster care for 3 years, diagnosed with a speech disorder while in foster care ( went through 2 years of speech therapy), and failed Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade in the public school system. We adopted her at the end of her 2nd grade year. I urged for them to hold her back because she could not even add 2+2=4, but they refused because of her height. (Crazy, right?) That is where our homeschool journey began. She is now 16 years old and we have been homeschooling the past 7.5 years. We had further testing done over the years and she has diagnosis of Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, and a general Processing Disorder along with Anxiety and ADD. She also had a low IQ score when she was first placed in foster care and her report says she would never read above a 2nd grade level. Thankfully, I didn't have time to read that report when we first adopted her, because I had also just had a baby. So while those papers sat in a box in the closet, I embarked on a mission to homeschool her. Her vocabulary is not up to high school standards but her ability to read is, so she lacks in comprehension of some high school text even though she can pronounce the words. Teaching Textbooks Math has been the best math program for her, she is passing Algebra 1 with a B right now. She loves Guest Hollow Biology because it is very visual and the lady has a good sense of humor in her text. I am at a loss on what to expect from her for Language Arts and History. For language arts she is currently doing Fix It Grammar from IEW, SWB Writing with Skill ( I know this is considered logic level, but it is where she is at), Spelling Power, and reading from a book of her choice for 1 hour a day. For History she listens in on her younger brothers SOTW and we have been trying to match it as closely as possible with HOTW for her. She does NOT do well on the comprehension questions or essays that go along with HOTW. We also tried Notgrass History, which she didn't mind, but also scored poorly on the comprehension questions. She actually does do well if I ask her to just write a paper on what she read that week in History. Would you suggest switching curriculums, allowing her to just read HOTW and write a weekly paper, or beef us SOTW for her in some way? And back to language arts....what else should I be expecting out of her for high school level English? I am a literature lover and she is NOT! I still feel like there should be a high school level book assigned once a month and discussed. Is this expecting too much of her? Do I cut out the 1 hour of free reading to accommodate for the required high school level reading? Will that kill any love for reading she has? I will be the first to admit I have pushed her hard over the years. Not in a mean way, but wanting her to realize she is capable of more than what she thinks she is because of her learning disabilities. She has no desire to go to college at this point, even though she has briefly brought it up in the past. She also has no idea what she wants to do with her life after graduating. Is that normal? Like not a clue. My boys are 8 and 14 and are always dreaming of future careers of being an engineer, zoologist/marine biologist. She does have a natural talent for writing fiction. I have tried so many times to harness that and help her grow in that area. Despite her dyslexia causing spelling and grammar errors, her story telling is phenomenal. However, when I try to key in on that and offer one of her high school electives to be a Creative Writing class....she shuts down and all of the sudden hates writing. If I make it a part of school, she no longer finds joy in it. I am stumped by this, because the boys love for me to incorporate their passions in with their school assignments. Sorry for the long book, but I really need help in knowing how much I should be expecting of her and where I need to just let it go. Thank you ladies so much for your time and wisdom.
  12. I am reading the whole Little House Series to my kids and we are now in the middle of Little Town on the Prairie. I am astounded at the work that Laura is doing as a 15 year old! "Everyone" has the Declaration of Independence entirely memorized. At the school exhibition, Laura and the others did incredible math sums in their heads (like 2689 divided by 16), they parsed and diagrammed sentences verbally, and Laura recited half the history of the United States from memory. Is there middle school/high school curriculum that channels that 19th century method? I would love for my kids (now 9 and under) to work toward that level of mental dexterity and understanding. Is the curriculum Laura's teacher followed written down anywhere or has someone compiled it? How did we lose this??
  13. If anyone is using Crewton Ramone's House of Math website for high school could you please let me know if I need to purchase a textbook of some sort or are there plenty of practice problems online to practice the methodology with? I think that the website covers trig and pre calc. if not all the way through calc. please correct me if I am wrong. Oh, and does he tend to have a sale at any particular time of year? Thanks!!! Debbie
  14. I am interested in using Runkle's World Geography then BJU's Cultural for high school; I have the RWG schedule provided at Core Foundations ( thank you!) My questions are: 1) Can I use my Knowledge Quest and/or Uncle Josh's instead of buying the mapping workbook? Seems superfluous considering I have these cds 2) Is it correct to assume that Rnkle's wold be 1/2 credit and then BJU's 1 full-credit under the category: World geography? That's all I can think of currently; I appreciate your input! Thanks, Rachel
  15. I am interested in if anyone else has had their high schooler(s) read Uhry's famous play, as I think I would like to include it next year as one of the two non-Shakespearean plays covered. We are Georgian's, my children are Jewish, and it has much historical importance (we recently visited The Temple, the synagogue which was bombed); not to mention, there's a great movie of it and a recent PBS stage production to be watched, too! I don't want to do any plays which cannot be watched either on stage, filmed on stage, or as a movie version. Thanks!
  16. I'm looking for a one semester high school government course. Could you give me pros and cons of the programs you may have used?
  17. I've got a high schooler who enjoys math as long as he can see the real life application. Can anyone suggest a curriculum/workbook series for me? If not, another approach that I can be sure I'm covering all of the necessities with. Thanks! Debbie
  18. I have been happily adhering to the Well-trained Mind suggestions for History using a 4-year cycle of Ancient thru to Modern History. We have used all the Story of the World books and last year completed The History of the Ancient World. I purchased The History of the Medieval World to used 2016/17 (year 2 of the 4 year cycle) and I have become quite confused about how to complete the final cycle. HOTW Ancient did not cover the fall of rome which was where SOTW ended. HOTW Medieval only covers to the early 12th century. SOTW Middle Ages & Renaissance went through to the 16th Century. HOTW Renaissance only gets to 15th century in 94 chapters. How are we supposed to get through Modern History again in the 4 years? Should I even be using HOTW? Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I'm really stressed about getting through it all using these texts, but love the writing and the study guides and maps.
  19. Hi all; I need your help please! I'm going around and around and around in circles trying to figure out what my daughter's english sequence will be for high school. I'm feeling fairly pathetic right now. Here's some background: My dd loves creative writing and is finishing up the One Year Adventure Novel. I think she's behind in expository writing She's not done any real sentence diagramming before I am looking for her writing to be taught in a live class (online) and graded by the teacher My dd is college bound and science focused (but I want to keep a good focus on english as I think she has some aptitude in there) We'd appreciate curriculum that is secular-friendly Here's what I have come up with so far. Thoughts? Suggestions? Am I doing this all wrong? As far as I can tell there seems to be 4 sections to Language Arts. - WRITING: My dd loves the Bravewriter classes but I believe they only have one-off classes and not full semesters or a full year comprehensive class. 9th grade: IEW (I read somewhere a recommendation it's good to start here to get the structure down but it gets repetitive and good to move on after the first year. My dd would not do well with repetitiveness but needs help on getting the structure down.In October take: Bravewriter "Writing the Short Story" to prepare for the National Novel Writing Month in November. 10th grade: Well Trained Mind - Preparation for Rhetoric Writing 11th grade: Well Trained Mind - Rhetoric I 12th grade: Well Trained Mind - Rhetoric II - GRAMMAR: 9th grade: http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/daily-diagrams.html (my son does MCT Grammar Town but not sure my dd would find it interesting enough to hold her attention.) or Analytical Grammar: https://www.analyticalgrammar.com/our-products/analytical-grammar/ - VOCABULARY: We're going to try http://membean.com this year and if it goes well, continue with it for the 4 years. - LITERATURE ANALYSIS: I'm not sure! Does anyone know of good, online discussion literature analysis classes? Is literature analysis a combination of reading comprehension, understanding literary devices and figurative language and reading into deeper meanings? On my current list to consider is (including non-online live classes because I haven't found anything that is ongoing): Holt Mcdougall Literature Student and Teacher books: ​https://www.amazon.com/Holt-McDougal-Literature-Student-Grade/dp/0547618395/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467320584&sr=8-3&keywords=McDougal+Language+of+Literature%3A+Teacher%27s+Edition+Grade+9 I REALLY like LitCharts: http://www.litcharts.com but not sure if that is enough to suffice for literature analysis? ESC Novel Units: http://www.ecslearningsystems.com/webstore/store/showproductslist.asp?cmsAbout=1&idcategory=107& Skills for Literary Analysis: http://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/readers-literature/readers-literature-grades-9-12/skills-for-literary-analysis Teaching the Classics: http://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/readers-literature/readers-literature-grades-1-8/teaching-the-classics-a-socratic-method-for-literary-education-and-ready-readers (this sounds like the way to go but requires high involvement from the parent) Thank you!
  20. I am starting with the lit list in the WTM, but I would like to balance/lighten it with other less heady but still relevant/worthwhile book selections, e.g. young adult historical fiction. Our history spines will be The History of Ancient World and Mystery of History. I would appreciate seeing other people's reading lists who are correlating literature with history for this time period. I am open to other curriculum suggestions as well. I am a last minute planner, so this is just my rough draft. Thanks!
  21. Just a a FYI: I saw on the Aops homepage that it is now accredited for UC A-G requirements! Here's the link: https://www.artofproblemsolving.com/school/how-school-works/faqs#accreditation
  22. Does anyone have a recommendation for business math? Thanks so much! :bigear:
  23. This is the textbook used by WTMA chemistry, and it gets mixed reviews on Amazon. What are your impressions of this text?
  24. If you've taught high school biology in homeschool venues and would like to swap ideas for packing, equipment, level differentiation and learning differences, online LMS, dodging the culture wars, the minutiae of grading and scheduling, maintaining joy while slogging toward the SAT Subject Test, fetal pig strategies, "best lab ever" -- etcetera -- feel free to PM me. I've done this for a couple of years now and would love to exchange some ideas with others.
  25. Saw on Jay Wile's blog this morning that he has a high school chemistry text slated to be released this fall. http://blog.drwile.com/?p=13366 It was sparked off by his poor view of the third edition of Apologia's Chemistry and feedback he had from others about that text. I bought a second edition used earlier this year after hearing the bad press about the third edition. Interested to see it, although it seems a real deadline rush to put together a whole text. Erica in OR
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