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  1. I have a 15 1/2 year old. We don't have "formal diagnosis", but I know most of what we're dealing with. Some dyslexia. She can read, but still skips words (tracking issues I know), flip flops letters and spelling sounds. Her processing is VERY slow whether it's in conversation or a math problem. Higher level thinking skills are a struggle. She doesn't articulate thoughts and feelings real well either. This year, we enrolled in Essentials with a new CC group. In my mind, it would be great for solidifying grammar, the math drills should help her "speed up" on basic operations (she is doing Algebra as a repeat this year), and while I'm not a huge fan of IEW, certainly that will be a good thing. Here's my dilemma: I may be interested in pursuing CC next year. At her current age, I can hold her back one year and call her 9th grade this year. That would give us 3 years to work in CC. We sat in on a Challenge 1 group last week. We liked it, but it would be pretty difficult for her to go in next year working at that level. I could go ahead & introduce Latin this year, and try it. I could also look at starting her in Challenge A or B. To do that, would mean doing some outside work in other subject areas, just to have her able to graduate at 19 1/2. CC is pretty intense. Would an additional workload on top of CC A or B, ultimately be too much? Have any of you with struggling learners attempted jumping into CC this late in the game? Just trying to find any input as to how this program works for you. This is my youngest daughter, and the last one to be homeschooled (the next one up will graduate this spring). I would appreciate any advice or input.
  2. DD14 is *this close* to pulling out of her school and resuming homeschooling. She's had one foot out the door for a few weeks now, so she's been doing some online classes already. What do you think of this freshman year? Math: AoPS Intermediate Algebra at home (we're about 1/3 of the way through) Statistics: Coursera online class (about 2 weeks behind, using this weekend to catch up) AP Chemistry: PA homeschoolers (loving it) Writing: resume with old writing tutor Literature/Great Works: I've got nothing. What do you recommend? (I'm not qualified to teach this.) History: She doesn't want anything too challenging, as she already has a full plate. Ideas? Spanish: No idea. What should I do? She has about 0.5 years of it already.
  3. Sometimes I get "brain hungry," wanting to take a course or two--I found this cool resource online and thought you might want to take a look. There are some good short courses that might be nice for high schoolers--the one on Agincourt looks interesting. FutureLearn
  4. Has anyone tried: Math in a box with Susan O Johnsey? I am looking for a geometry program that uses the Jurgenson geometry text. My DD is In public school so that sadly rules out the Wilson Hill online geometry course. I have never taken geometry so I would not be able to help my DD. I am searching for something that is more rigorous than the public school class that will do a much better job of teaching proofs. My hope would be that she get used to feeling some degree of frustration and not give up. I have found a tutor but he is not familiar with the Jurgenson text, but willing to look it over. I would like to supplement this with more comprehensive type lectures. Asynchronous classes would be fine. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Hey'all, I have a really close friend of mine that shared this incredible post on Engaging Math Idea for HS Students. I have 2 children in HS so once I read through these I started downloading some of their items and so far my kiddos love them all! Check it out of you are looking for fun ways to engage your HS kids this year =) http://blog.educents.com/2015/09/08/engaging-math-ideas-for-high-school-students/
  6. You can view info and sample pages on z-twist books. I already ordered mine :) It looks like a full year of high school level chemistry and would just need a lab added like the Home Scientist chem lab kit or something.
  7. Math: Lial's Intermediate Algebra + additional practice book Lit & Comp: Excellence in Literature guided books and writing Teaching Literature through Art supp History: K12's The American Odyssey: A History of the United States Great Courses: The History of the United States on DVD ( 84 lectures by 3 college prof) Biology, Holt, Rinehard, Winston (2008 version bc it's so much less expensive!) + study guide/ lab worksheets The Story of Science, Hakim (first book linked, there are 3 texts in complete series) Foreign Lang: Italian Animation & Drawing - online course Art courses through local museum in Painting, Drawing, possibly Mixed Media working on portfolio pieces PE: .5 credit in gym time Is this a full schedule for a 10th grader? Math and Bio are heavy lifters this year, it looks like a lot of work to me, but am I missing something or shorting him in anyway? If you were to add something what would you add? He wants to go into Animation as a career (he's a talented artist) so he has BFA goals. Thank you.
  8. If any of you have used Great Courses as a high school credit course or even as a supplement, I'd love to hear how you did it. The course I'm considering is The history of the US: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/history-of-the-united-states-2nd-edition.html?pfm=UpsellSlider&pos=2&recloc=pdp It has 84 (30min) lectures for a total of 42 hrs. So not enough alone to count as a full credit, but seems meaty enough for a 9th or 10th greater to use as a launch point. How have you used Great Courses to work for you, how do you document it for HS? Thank you for any insight and experiences.
  9. A blogger I follow just published a review on an online class her child took last year and it sounded really good if you have high schoolers interested in this topic. Here is the link to the post: https://friedclamsandsweettea.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/high-school-electives-aeroscholars-course-1-fundamentals-of-aviation-science/
  10. I just received an email from Essentials in Writing about how they are working on an Essentials in Literature program for middle and high schoolers. Using EIW and EIL together will make up a high school LA course. I can hardly wait! Hope it comes out by next school year! Edit to add: EIW says that Essentials in Literaure should be available by the spring of 2016.
  11. has anyone tried block scheduling for high school? What especially worked well, and what would you do differently?
  12. Okay, I know there are several previous lists of online classes and outsource info in the archives but it seems like the latest combined list I can find is in 2012 and alot has changed since then. Looking to compile a list of HS or College like courses taken in HS where your kids have actually taken courses there and the class has been very challenging and engaging and worth putting on the list! It can be self paced, free, online, whatever but the class was GREAT in your opinion. I know this will benefit all of us....thanks for your input in advance!!! I'll start, however don't have much experience yet :).... Veritas Press Scholars Academy - Omnibus Oh...forgot: Derek Owens - so far (Geometry & Algebra II)
  13. I would really like a comprehensive online writing program [or tutor] that will teach ds the main types of essay writing, as well as some research and technical writing. He is a STEM student so writing is neither his passion nor his strength. We did a year of IEW and it was just so formulaic that he was bored. I have read so many of the online class posts that I just don't know how to choose one. I also keep reminding myself that some of those post are several years old; so I don't know how applicable they may be. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
  14. I'm needing suggestions please for a creative writing curriculum for 9th grade. Is there anything out there possibly aimed toward short story of novel writing?
  15. In planning for high school a second time, I'm would love to incorporate FIAR or "rowing" techniques into a subject or two. Have any of you done this in your homeschool and how did you implement it into your curriculum?
  16. So, I am contemplating my oldest son's HS plan and even though I know things might change I am trying to get a good solid plan underway. I am debating as to let him go ahead and take college classes or continue on with classes I can come up with on my own and outsourcing subjects through other online providers like AP classes etc. Love to see those who have gone before me and what you all have done. He is several grades ahead in most all subjects, and has taken most HS classes so am looking for things to fill in his requirements for graduation. Also, trying to determine credits for college courses and HS credit on transcript. Read the past forums leaving my head swirling! I know that for instance HS you should have 4 science, math, history, and english but if you take some at the college can one college class replace one year of English say in HS? I know overwhelming questions...hope this makes sense. Thanks for the advice!
  17. What do you recommend for Latin in high school? My 9th grader has never taken Latin before. He would like to take at least two years of Latin to satisfy his foreign language requirments. (He took many years of Spanish and is tired of it). He is a sharp student so I know he could handle Latin, but I don't know which program would be the best. I've heard of so many different options and I am getting overwhelmed and now I have decision paralysis. Here are a few I have heard of: Wheelock's Henle Lone Pine Classical School Lukeion The Keystone school Artes Latinae Powerspeak 12 Memoria Press Scholars online Veritas Latin Trivium Carmenta Online Latin School I am open to your advice and suggestions. Thanks!
  18. I am in search of some advice on HS level grammar. My DD will be in 9th next year and she loves grammar. She is considering being an editor as a profession. The problem we are finding is that most of the grammar curriculum for this age/grade level is review and very repetative. Do you all have any suggestions?
  19. Help me brainstorm. Dd has been taking Latin for the past 2 years, but really does not want to continue. She would rather take a modern, spoken language. She is also attending our local high school part time, but has some other homeschool things going on and is a competitive athlete. So, we are somewhat limited as to what periods she has available to attend the high school. We have decided on Spanish partially because I minored in it so many years ago and can help her (but really cannot teach it being this rusty) and partially because it is very popular at the high school and they have many more sections of Spanish for all the levels than they do of any other language. So, here is my dilemma. I really want her in Spanish 2 next year. I think after 2 years in Latin, she would be terribly bored after the first 3 months in Spanish 1. Also, she wants to be in with a better caliber of students than she would find in Spanish 1 because most of the better students start their foreign language at the junior high. So, I talked to the head of the department at the high school and he said that she could either take Spanish at the community college this summer and he would be able to put her in Spanish 2 without question (provided she did ok) or she could self-study and take a placement test. The community college is an option this summer, but it is 2 days a week for 3 1/2 hours. It does allow her long weekends for travel for climbing competitions and outdoor trips, but that is a long time for class. It is also 35 minutes away, but we can manage. As much as I would like to think I could work with her over the summer, the reality is, we need firm outside deadlines to make that happen. Does anyone know of any providers of Spanish classes that can be done over the summer that have outside teachers to provide accountability?
  20. Ds#2 is going away the end of this month for his final year of high school. Just before Christmas he was offered a scholarship to a school 8 hours away that has a great high performance sports program. He will have a homestay with a local hockey family as the school doesn't have a hostel. Here at home he uses our ancient 2009 Acer net book or our 2014 iMac when he needs a computer for school. He can't take the iMac with him as it is our only home computer, but I'm worried that the ancient net book won't be enough as it is still on XP & is getting slower & slower. He plans to take Statistics, Physics, Physical Education, Mechanical Engineering, and one more class (High Performance Sport or Economics.) He used his old iPod for the past few years if he needed Internet access at school. The new school doesn't allow phones or IPods for BYOD. What would be the best device for him to take? Is it worth trying to upgrade the ancient net book or should we look at getting him something new? He is aiming at starting an apprenticeship in 2016, so we don't need a computer powerful enough to get through university. Would a tablet be enough? He would need to be able to do word processing, emails, & spreadsheets. Does MS Office 365 work on tablets for more than read-only? Are USB ports still important or are most things saved to the cloud now? TIA
  21. She is a freshman at a large public high school. She was minding her own business when all of a sudden -- bam! -- an orange slammed into her head. The pulp and juice got into her hair. An extra level of indignity: A group of boys was VIDEOTAPING this. She didn't see the thrower and doesn't know any of the boys involved. She doesn't want to tell an administrator. But remember, homeschoolers are the ones who are socially maladjusted.
  22. Hi all, I haven't posted in forever...This year my guys will be doing Geography for history. However, I am looking ahead for our American History year. I keep hearing that SL Core 100 just isn't enough for high school level, etc. We previously used several years of SL and loved every moment. We kind of went back and forth in the younger grades between SL and MFW. I love how SL has divided the cores out between history & lit. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. We have always been more of a CMish homeschool. Thus, lit based. *I* don't mind that all of the books in Core 100 aren't too heavy. Both boys will have jobs, extra curricular activities and I do not want them overwhelmed.
  23. We've decided to give Movies as Literature a chance this year. We plan to use it with the extras (reading novels when available, comparing and contrasting, watching and analyzing related movies). Any idea what I could call a course like this? We are doing the writing in the course, plus some writing from Time4Writing. I thought Literature and Composition, but it seems a bit plain. you think this can even pass as a regular English course? I'm doing this with my 9th and 11th grader.
  24. How many physical education classes do you plan for high school? DD took a PE class in 9th grade and started working with a personal trainer over the summer. Should I count this as a class if she logs enough hours or just consider it an extracurricular? And if we use it as a class do I need to give a test of some sort? Thanks!
  25. This fall I will be teaching Chemistry at our co-op. In the past we have used Apologia sciences for high school, but we are making the switch to BJU Chemistry this fall. In an effort to keeps costs from being astronomical (due to the books AND the additional lab supplies we would need), I looked at using the 2nd edition. The labs in the 2nd edition are pretty intense, and on one hand that really excites me. I would love for the kids to have an in-depth lab experience. On the other hand, the list of materials is immense. I think I read somewhere that the 3rd edition labs are more "homeschool friendly", but I'm wondering what that means? Easier to access materials? Decreased rigor? Both? Neither? I have researched many of the "compatible" lab kits out there, but most of them feel like convenience is traded for rigor (please correct me if I'm wrong!). I'm ok with a balance of both, but I would like opportunities for the kids to be challenged and grow in their lab skills. I'd appreciate any feedback you can offer. Do you have a preference between 2nd and 3rd editions? Could I use the 3rd ed lab book with the 2nd ed books? I'm willing to be creative to create a great lab experience for the kids and not break their parents' banks!! :001_smile:
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