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  1. I just took the plunge and ordered the Highest level of Biblioplan Medieval. Any suggestions for using this with a large family is appreciated. I ordered the Coloring Pages and Craft kit to use with our littles. My biggest fear is that it won't be challenging enough for High School. I have looked at Biblioplan several times in the past but I see that they have alot more to offer now. I know I can send it back, but I know I do not want to. I tried SL World and it was just too much of what I did not want, the books for read aloud were not going well either. We have not read alot of the books on this book list, although we do have some. I am going to look at the book list again today. Are Discussion questions included for Rhetoric stage? Writing assignments? ANY suggestions?
  2. Hi all! I need some book recommendations, please. My son is asking for some reading material for history covering the time period from about 1812 - 1914 but not solely focusing on US History. We have plenty of US resources, but he wants to know more about what was going on in Europe and the rest of the world. In my perfect world, SWB would have her books out through that time period because he LOVED the Ancient and Medieval volumes. But absent that, what else do you recommend? He is a sophomore with a great appetite for history books and a preference for non-fiction. Thanks for your help! Samantha
  3. I have a friend who is running out of options to help her step-brother (whom she is adopting) in school and will likely pull him out after the school year is complete (must wait on the adoption to finalize). He's an 8th grader now, high school age for the fall, but in most subjects is only performing on a 5th grade level; his reading comprehension isn't up to par for a 2nd grader. She is working on getting some better diagnoses for him, but in the meantime is ready to start looking at homeschooling options and is most concerned about Language Arts. Thinking his main problem revolves around comprehension and vocabulary. Suggestions? Re: My friend isn't super comfortable in thinking she can handle homeschooling. I assured her we could find something she'd be comfortable using. Re: Personally, after talking to her today, I'm thinking something with a lot of repetition is going to work best. He doesn't seem to have a very good working memory, and takes several days to think about things and then comes back to them to ask questions.
  4. This is what I have so far, comments welcome. I am really weak in the 1980's to now in books and films that capture the decades and would love ideas. Summer Reading prior to course: Oxford History of the US, Grand Expectations, 1945-1974, James Patterson 829 pgs Oxford History of the US, Restless Giant, James Patterson 496 pgs World War I Read: World War I, Richard Maybury 252 pgs The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman 544pgs Watch: The Sinking of the Lusitania The First World War, The Complete Series 10 episodes World War I in Color (6 episodes) All Quiet on the Western Front A Night to Remember Sergeant York Gallipoli Lawrence of Arabia Post WWI Read: Letters from Rifka 176 pgs Animal Farm 128 pgs History of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky 1040 pgs or Ten Days that Shook the World, John Reed 368 pgs Watch: Russian Revolution in Color 94 minutes Italian Fascism in Color 100 minutes Reds 194 minutes 1920's - 1930's Read: Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls 208 pgs The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 180 pgs Watch: Inherit the Wind Chariots of Fire The Grapes of Wrath Of Mice and Men The Hindenberg The War of the Worlds Scandal Public Enemies The Education of Little Tree The Johnstown Flood American Experience: Hurricane of "38" Sounder World War II Read: World War II, Richard Maybury 349 pgs The Second World War, Winston Churchill 384 pgs The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom 221 pgs Watch: Churchill, The Gathering Storm Hitler: The Rise of Evil World at War 26 hours World War II in HD 10 episodes Battle of the Atlantic Defiance Das Boot Sink the Bismark Schindler's List Tora! Tora! Tora! Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (?) 6 episodes The Thin Red Line Stalingrad Enemy at the Gates Casablanca Bataan! The Longest Day (compare and contrast with Saving Private Ryan) Battle of the Bulge Truman: American Experience Hiroshima: BBC History of WWII 89 minutes Judgement at Nuremberg 1940's Read: Kon Tiki 272 pgs and watch on YouTube 58 minutes On the Road, Jack Kerouac 304 pgs Watch: A Paralyzing Fear The Legend of Pancho Barnes Modern Marvels: Mount Rushmore Six Days in June CNN: Cold War The Atomic Cafe/The Day After Trinity and Beyond China: A Century of Revolution Berlin Airlift: American Experience Korean War MASH Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Korea, The Forgotten War Korean War in Color Grand Torino 1950's and 1960's Read: Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger 288 pgs Watch: Thirteen Days Apollo 13 Go Tell the Spartans We Were Soldiers Rebel without a Cause Good Morning Vietnam Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Malcolm X La Bamba Easy Rider The Killing Fields The Outsiders Rachel Carson's Silent Spring Hair American Graffiti Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Forest Gump First Blood 1970's Read: The Ruins of California , Martha Sherrill 384 pgs When the White House was Ours, Porter Shreve 280 pgs Jaws, Peter Benchley (?) Watch: Roe Vs. Wade American Gangster Dazed and Confused Raid on Entebbe American Experience: A Class Apart Let Freedom Sing Cry Freedom Munich Kennedy RFK All the Presidents Men 444 Days to Freedom American Experience: Jimmy Carter Saturday Night Fever (pg version) The Bronx is Burning (?) Nadia 1980's Read: When Character was King, Peggy Noonan 352 pgs The Official Preppy Handbook 224 pgs In Those Years In those years, people will say, we lost track of the meaning of we,of you we found ourselves reduced to I and the whole thing became silly, ironic, terrible: we were trying to live a personal life and yes, that was the only life we could bear witness to But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged into our personal weather They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove along the shore, through the rags of fog where we stood, saying I. ~ Adrienne Rich ~ Published in 1991, but surely speaks to the 1980s generation Watch: Pretty in Pink American Experience: Reagan Miracle The Wall: A World Divided Tankman, Frontline Pirates of Silicon Valley Live from Baghdad Bravo Two Zero Desert Triumph Inside Shock and Awe 21 Days to Baghdad Charlie Wilson's War 1990's Read: Microserfs, Douglas Copeland (?) Watch: The Special Relationship: Blair/Clinton Ghosts of Rwanda Hotel Rwanda Oklahoma City Bombing Bang Bang You're Dead (Columbine) Blood Diamond 2000's Read: Empire Falls, Richard Russo Watch: The Social Network Restrepo Engineering Disasters: New Orleans 7 Days in September 9/11 Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West
  5. I am in the process of planning out the remaining years for my girls (twins). They are starting 7th grade in May (we school year-round). In looking ahead at my lab science options, I can't really find much else that's college prep other than Apologia, Bob Jones, SOS. We really don't care for Apologia, Don't like BJ or SOS. So, I was researching today and ran across SuperCharged Science. Would that be good for high school? All but Biology? Are there other programs that I've missed? We are protestant Christian, but don't have a problem using evolutionary materials in the upper levels. The primary concern is college-worthy, lab science.
  6. Help! I teach Spanish 1 and 2 for our homeschool co-op. Our director has asked me to teach Latin next year as well. I have no experience with Latin other than playing Rummy Roots with my kids and being in a word-nerd family. So, two things: 1. Do you think this is even doable? Can I familiarize myself with basic Latin over the summer and kind of stay one step ahead of the students? 2. Please tell me about your favorite beginning Latin program. I've heard of Wheelocks and Henle (from this board) and will check them out, but I'd love to hear from people who have actually used these or other programs. Thank you!
  7. or would have made if you had another to teach? Since dd is only in 9th, I still have several years to go and am curious how others have changed their program.... I'm finding some things so much easier with dd - in some ways I'm more flexible and in others more strict.... Some of the ways I'm less strict: We're using WEM much more! And other literature guides less... We don't always read the whole book. Nor do we go through every page of literature analysis guides...While for some books we will go through piece by piece, I find it more interesting to cover more books but some at a lighter level and some almost cursory (eg Moby Dick). Some ways I'm more strict: With R & S grammar, I'm going over the oral reviews for each lesson and through most of the exercises. We're spreading the lessons over several days sometimes to make sure that she has a thorough grasp. Her diagramming skills are great now. We haven't finished the 8th grade book because I realized that is really the last book about grammar in the series (9 & 10 cover a bit but other stuff mostly) so I realized this is really her last time through and she has to 'get it' now or never. Math - we're using a more difficult series starting in 7th grade already... Other changes: Talking more about various subjects.... Other changes but not necessarily for the better: She's doing AP HG in 9th and her bro did it in 10th....I'm finding that she is spending much more time on it than he did....But she is also writing more in her answers - being somewhat more of a perfectionist....Still, overall, not sure if it is worth the extra time and might have been better next year. But (you can see I'm going back and forth about this), it is making her mature in a way that I wanted her to be before getting into 10th grade, helping her be more aware of the world.... Joan
  8. I am in the process of planning out the last 6 years of my first set of children. I have been researching everywhere for what best fits our family and have a few questions for those who have been there and done it already. I am looking forward with my high school credits and think I may use parts of the TQ MA, Ren to Ref, AOR I, II, & III to teach "worldview" in history for the kids. I am also looking at using it in conjunction with something like Walch's Focus on US History Series or http://www.classicalhistorian.com/ We are eclectic in our HS approach and tend to do a mix of providential/christian viewpoint books with secular and source documents. I am trying to find a balance with our religious beliefs and fact, without going to an extreme in the religious end - as we don't tend to fall into the traditional "providential" catagory. I find much of that material to be "over the top". (I am NOT invoking a discussion on this topic, so please understand that. I am trying to get opinions on types of materials to consider to reach my family's goals for our education) As of right now, they are using HOD- Resurrection to Reformation. we have found it to be a good year and have found some new favorites for the younger set in our home. BUT, I've had to practically redo the whole thing to make it fit our kids. I don't really like the next guide (yes, I own it and have looked thru the first 27 weeks of lesson plans). There's nothing "wrong" with it, but it just doesn't fit where my girls are now and would require a complete overhaul to make it work for next year. Besides that, my kids have NEVER had American history past the settling of the 13 colonies (not intentional) and we would like to do that before they hit High School. They've had extensive history on Ancients/Bible History and Middle Ages. I've tried Sonlight - again a complete rewrite Winterpromise - hated all the crafts and didn't like the flow MFW - really didn't like Tapestry of grace - I cried for 3 months - too overwhelming for some reason. STOW - We used a lot of this over the last several years Just never made it thru the rest of book 3 or 4 So, not interested in the above (other than I tend to use them for various resources). I also have a 3rd, 1st and young PK coming up behind them. So, here's my basic plan - geography, cultural studies will be interwoven throughout: 7th - American History 1 (using Guerber books, Focus on American History (Walch), lots of living books, state study notebook, composer study for music appreciation) 8th - American History 2 (Focus on american History (walch) - I think, president study, not sure what else. 9th - world history- picking up in the early church/late Roman era thru 1600's (creation to Christ being covered in Bible/worldview and we have already studied ancient culture/civilization 3 times pretty extensively) 10th - World and US history 1600-1865 11th - World and US history 1865- 1900's (flexible on the time's here) 12th - World and US history 1900's - current year, including Government and Economics So, any suggestions of books, curriculum, ideas would be helpful and greatly appreciated. I would like to use non-textbooks materials for a majority of my studies but am not opposed to a good text spine. Thanks in advance! Heather
  9. Does anyone have suggestions for a single semester cultural geography course? Dd is interested in this, and while she may end up taking this dual enrollment at the local community college, I would imagine there are great resources she could use at home, without me shelling out the $$ to the cc. :) (She has taken some courses there, and we've been happy with them, but I'm looking for options.) If it helps, the course description that caught her eye included the following phrases: "Presents a survey of modern demographics, landscape modification, material and non-material culture, language, race and ethnicity, religion, politics and economic activities. Introduces the student to types and uses of maps." I am strictly looking for cultural, not physical, geography. She has a decent background in physical geography, although map work would be good for her. Thanks! Shelly
  10. My son discovered these in college. We had several discussions during and after that semester about response papers because ds liked them and wished we’d used them during high school. With the exception of his second-semester required English course in which the assignments consisted of a series of different essays, all the classes he's taken which required writing used some combination of response papers, in-class or take home essay exams, and a term paper. I believe the first semester English course also required a series of essays, but ds placed into second semester English so my impression of first semester writing requirements is hazy. When I posted about this topic several years ago several people responded and said they use response papers with their high school students. Since I didn’t use them myself during high school, I’ll just describe my son’s experience in the hope it is something that might be adapted and used by someone else. The class was a seminar; enrollment was limited and by invitation. Discussion was a third of the grade, the response papers were another third, and the term paper made up the balance. The questions were handed out prior to beginning the reading assignment listed on the syllabus. My son says having the questions in hand helped him save time during the reading phase. There were typically 4-6 questions on each response paper (that's my best guess--I haven't found the file ds kept for that course). They were turned in at the end of the class session in which the reading assignment was discussed so that students had notes during discussion. The papers were graded on content, but egregious errors of usage/syntax would be flagged with a red ??? marked next to the offending passage. They were returned promptly with feedback such as: Good example; can you cite more? Are your sure about this? Had you considered ____? The response papers were also used to generate copia for the required term paper. About three quarters of the way through the semester students, were expected to choose a topic from one of the books read for the course. The term paper was in lieu of an in-class final and due by the end of the time scheduled for the final. I’ve listed some examples of questions in a follow-up post in another thread. And, don’t get me wrong—we used questions from Spielvogel, TWEM and other sources but, in retrospect, I think it was a mistake to use them primarily as discussion tools. I was trying ease pressure with regard to written assignments, but the strategy ended up backfiring. What I wish now I'd done was add more informal writing into the mix; for us this would have also made discussion time more fruitful and eased the formal writing process. That said, my son was fairly well prepared for college writing with one exception. He tends to take life at a very leisurely pace and I accommodated that tendency more than I should have. His first semester of juggling multiple classes, assorted assignments, and firm due dates/exam times was a challenge. He made the transition sucessfully, but that first semester was an eye-opener. I want to add that I'm not advocating replacing all essays or term papers with response papers. And, based on what I've seen by looking at online resources, it's typical for the first two semesters of college English to require a series of essays one after the other so it would be wise to prepare for that. I definitely think substituting response papers for some essays in literature and history would have eased some of the pressure (and my worries) about discussions and would have made writing essays less painful. Another thing I looked at at is how well the "prewriting" excercises in a composition program transfered into writing about typcial history, literature or science topics. My experience was that some composition programs do better than others in this respect.
  11. I originally wrote a long post with a bunch of questions but I decided it would be better to break the questions up to make it easier for responses. We live in Canada. My son is in Grade 6 and I'm thinking ahead and starting to research this whole high school thing. Second question, I've been told that instead of him studying for a high school credit in Biology, I should let him CLEP Biology. So, that he would only have to study a bit longer and he'd end up with a college credit instead of just a high school credit. Have other parents here had their children CLEP through highschool? What did you think of that process of CLEPing through Highschool?
  12. I am in 9th grade this year, and am thinking about what I want to do in college. I am totally LOST in all of this stuff about CLEP, AP, SAT, and whatnot, and I was checking this forum out when I realized that everything seems to be for parents...so is there a place where I can get the information I need--without needing to be a parent??
  13. Well, here it goes. TRANSCRIPTS. I'm in 11th grade, and horribly so, as I have yet to construct a transcript/course descriptions for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Nothing. Nada. I've only started recording grades in 10th, so let's just say everything is a bit frazzled. Where could I start? What are some recommended formats? I'm currently taking AP Euro History, AP Literature (both with PA Homeschoolers), Psychology, Algebra II, German II, and an elective of film editing with Premiere CS6. Remember, this is a student who's considering majoring in Creative Writing or Comparative Literature or Germanic Studies at colleges such as Northwestern and UC Berkeley - even Columbia. If you all could point to a path, send a message in the sky, hand me some directions, something, I will be eternally grateful. Thank you! :D
  14. I just discovered this, and thought it would be useful to someone. BYU Independent Study offers fully accredited online High School programs. They have Standard, Advanced, and Adult Diploma programs. They even include tutor contact information. I clicked through random courses and discovered that they are not free. But at the end you get a diploma and high school transcripts. This is just an FYI post. Even thought this is not WTM related, I thought someone might benefit from having this information. :001_smile: AND it might be possible that a university near you might have similar programs available.
  15. We used MP Intro Logic I + Thinking Toolbox last year with high school homeschool co-op kids in a once a week class. This year we want to continue this track with the next academic step in Logic; however, we have a mom who refuses to participate in such a BORING, DRY, and DIFFICULT curriculum (MP Intro II). I have been researching (including buying one of each): MP Intro I-II, Material Logic, Rhetoric Classical Academy Press (CAP) Art of Argument, Argument Builder, Discovery of Deduction, Art of Argument DVDs Nance's Traditional Logic I-II Bluedorn's Fallacy Detective, Thinking Toolbox, Logic in 100 Minutes. 3/10 students are interested in truly academic structure 2/10 students think Logic is "fun" after doing MP Intro I + Toolbox 2/10 students wish they were up to more, but will struggle with the next step 3/10 students took the class because they had to OK! The big question!! WHAT curriculum should I use for this class??? Should I hold to the track and pursue MP + Fallacy Detective? Should I jump ship for a curriculum that is more "fun," but is actually a step back for most of the class like CAP (and that is a step back, right)? I know I can't please everyone, so do I reach for the stars and encourage the class to go for gold with academic MP Logic? Is there something better? What about using MP Intro II with Art of Argument DVDs? These are by far the BEST DVDs I have seen yet! Ack! I don't know what to do! ~Curriculum Junkie & Homeschool Mom of 3 classically trained independent high schoolers
  16. Hi ladies, Anybody here doing MFW Ancients or MFW for the the later high school years or have prior experience with that? (Crystal, you don't need to answer~don't worry!) We are all set on doing SCM Mods 1-3 with the 1st-7th graders, but I'm torn about whether to put oldest daughter (starting 9th), in MFW for the ancients or have her stay with the younger ones doing the SCM Ancient mods.... My thought was that if she did MFW Ancients we would all still be on the same time period and there would still be good family discussions. She is very bright and loves to write. I don’t want to overload her and stress her out, yet want to make sure she is doing college prep study in case she ends up going that route. We supplement SCM with AO as well. Please share your thoughts and wisdom! Thank you and blessings, JFG
  17. What are some of the online French courses you all are using? (Hello, I have never been active here but my friend Caitilin talks so well of this group and I decided to come by and visit!) I have enrolled our daughter in Rolling Cares School French and she is excited, just wondering if anyone there is thinking the same. I know the Rollings personally since their grad school years and they are incredible teachers. Ana Braga-Henebry
  18. I may be teaching/facilitating a High School Literature class this upcoming school year (second semester) for a co-op I am joining. I have never done this before so I would love some feedback on how you all would run a class like this. I know that we will likely read about 10 books. The younger class is going to read their books, discuss them in class and write a paper once a week. I think this sounds like a good model but I really need some resources to help guide me through the process. What books would you choose? My daughter said she would like some books in they style of Fahrenheit 451 or one she read recently, The Rifle. What would you do in class? Discussions? Lectures? Written Assignments? Other? Would you include written assignments? Do you know of any resources you think I should look in to?
  19. I would love to hear from people with experience. Why are you glad you chose to home school high school? How did it help your college-bound student achieve his/her goals? I am going to a family reunion in July where many of the parents are middle/upper school teachers and professionals ( many PhDs in this group). We have not seen them for some time, and I know they already think we are crazies for choosing to continue home schooling the high school years. I want to be prepared as possible so that I can educate them on the benefits of our choice. One of their children already told my son that he will never get into college without a diploma. My 11 year old son has huge academic hopes and it really took a lot to convince him this was not true. Another family has just spent several thousand dollars traveling the country visiting different colleges for their daughter. I can see traveling a lot to choose a graduate school, but we have no intention of traveling the globe for and undergrad school. I'm not really interested in their approval, but I do want to be as prepared and confident as possible for my children. Hopefully, my children's behavior, attitude, and love of learning will speak for itself and I will not have to say anything. Can you tell I'm a little nervous? Thanks in advance for your help!
  20. Thought a few of you and any advanced middle and high school students might like this new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoEngineersDo There's a variety of links daily that get you thinking and learning something new.
  21. Hello all, I'm interested in my Sophomore doing some study of Worldviews this fall. However, I'm completely overwhelmed by the materials available. My primary concern is I would like a course that expands his thinking and helps him discern viewpoints and and where they are coming from. I do not want to use materials that attempts to indoctrinate a certain viewpoint. We are Christian, but in our particular tradition the viewpoints on issues are wildly varied. Although we don't necessarily agree with all the viewpoints, I would like for him to have understanding on why people think as they do AND are Christian. I want to use material that fosters respect for viewpoints, while assisting him in articulating his own. Could anyone offer some suggestions on reading/materials that might be beneficial? Thank you.
  22. We have been using Sonlight as a family for 8 years. As our oldest heads to high school next year, I am wondering will Sonlight see us through? Anyone using Sonlight in HS? Any suggestions how to separate, grade, & record for purposes of transcripts?
  23. I'm looking for a high school level American History Program that includes worksheets, mapping, and/or notebooking. Something to do that I don't have to put together. We like to add literature and historical fiction, too. Do you know of a curriculum with these components? Does All-American History fit the bill for High school?
  24. I've been dragging my feet for some time, but earlier this week I finally created a transcript for my ninth grader. The pressure was on, since he needed one for the dual enrollment classes he's taking in the fall (registration was this week), and I'd seriously panicked about this task. I created one with no grades and a separate set of pages describing course work. I wrote about the process, hoping that our experience helps someone else: We Have a Transcript! I'd love to hear what others have done along with outcomes that others have had with narrative-type transcripts.
  25. I'm thinking out loud here and would love for someone to "chat" with me. My 15 yo has taken several classes the last 2 years in a tutorial program - specfically language, science and literature. The academic quality of the classes is excellent, but the workload skews our rhythm at home (often). He's neutral about next year. He'll go if I want him to or do everything at home, if I want. My husband feels he should do at least one class where he has to answer to someone else's whims and expectations. He has a lot of initiative, so I know he'll get the work done. I'm just trying to think through what's best for him. Any thoughts?
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