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  1. I am new here and new to homeschooling. My dd requested to be homeschooled for 9th grade a few months ago. We haven't decided for sure if we will. A major factor is the KEES money here in KY. It sounds like homeschooled students only receive a one time amount based on their ACT scores. Going to a high school, one would receive a larger amount based on grades and GPA. It is also, granted every year for 4 years as long as the student's GPA is within a certain range. For example, my son, who is graduating from public high school this year, will receive $2300 per year (2 semesters) for 4 years. That is nothing to sneeze at. A friend of mine whose son attends a private Christian school said that he will get KEES money. That got me to thinking that if a high school student is enrolled in Abeka Academy (the accredited program), would that qualify. I called KHEAA to see if, in fact, that private Christian school is a qualifying school. I was told that the KEES coordinator had gone home and to call back tomorrow morning. I am thinking (hoping) that the private Christian school qualifies and then I'll ask if a student is enrolled in another accredited high school (Abeka, albeit "correspondence") would that qualify. Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.
  2. We have taken a long time to get through volumes 1-4 of SOTW and will do Vol. 4 next year. I have an 8th, 7th and 6th grader this fall. What do you recommend for a spine to follow as we go through the high school years? I have lots of books to supplement the reading with, but am considering what I would like to use to follow for our timeline, or do you you just work through the characters and events listed in the WTM? I need to go back and reread as it has been some time since I have read it. Thanks. Kristi
  3. How many credits do you think is adequate for a high school Junior? I have 14 credits all together from my two previous years in Public school, so 7 a year. I felt this was a good goal to make for myself, at least 7 credits a year, but for some reason, I feel the need to add more. I just feel like why am I home schooling if not to better my education and get more credits than they would expect in Public School? Second, I am still having trouble deciding if I should put Grammar as a 1/2 year course along with American Literature on my transcript so I would have 1 1/2 english credits, or if I should just put English III with American Lit. for 1 English credit. As far as I know, here, we don't really learn much Grammar in English, just Literature. We did about a month of Grammar last year in English but they tried to cram everything down our throats all at once so I'm assuming that was meant to be good enough for all four years, even though it was no where near close. Third, is this a decent list of classes?: Chemistry- 1 year (Exploring Creation with Chemistry) Chem lab- 1/2 year Pre-calculus- 1 year (Math U See) American Literature- 1 year (Learning Language Arts Through Literature: Amer. Lit. Gold Book) Grammar- 1/2 year (or just add with Amer. Lit.?) (Harvey's Revised English Grammar) U.S. History II- 1 year (All American Series) Health- 1/2 year (Lifepac) Italian III- 1 year (Continental Books) Art History- 1/2 year (Short Lessons in Art History: Artists and their work) Astronomy- 1 year (College text; Astronomy Today 6th Edition) I wanted to add Old Testament Survey to my list to make the credits total come up to 8 1/2 (or 9 if I count Grammar seperately) but I think even without it 7 1/2 (or 8) credits should be enough. Plus, I can't find a good Old Testament Curriculum, I want the History thrown in along with scripture but can't seem to find any like that, so I figured I could do it Senior Year, or not at all. *If you have any better curriculum suggestions from my list of classes above, those are welcome as well. I'm not changing my mind about Math U See though. I need visual aid but can't afford Chalkdust or other's like it.
  4. I wanted to do Lifepac Astronomy but have heard a lot about Lifepac being light and fairly easy. I know it is only a semester elective, but should I just drop this to have more room? The courses I plan on taking are: Writing and Grammar 11- 1/2 year American Literature 11- 1/2 year Chemistry/lab Precalculus Ancient History- literature based Health - 1/2 year Italian 3 I was also looking at a Government 101 elective. It is only 5 weeks though, not even worthy of .25 credit. What other classes would you recommend since I am most likely dropping Astronomy and Government. Any science electives maybe? Also, I am having trouble with a History curriculum. I was going to use LifePac History but I want a challenge. I switched my English choice from LifePac because of this also. So any science elective/elective/history curriculum's appreciated.
  5. As many of us here, I'm looking at curriculum and making purchases. Many of the great programs we all use or wanna use take 1-3 hrs each. So let's see... Science: 1-3 hrs a day Math: 1-2 hrs a day History program 1-3 hrs a day Lit and English - Oh, 45- 1hr a day Spanish - hr a day... Maybe some vocab on the side 1 elective course, maybe...I have one but I'm wondering if we'll ever have time to do it. Sheesh. So all of you experienced HS homeschooling parents, how do you do all of this all week long and still have a life? And keep your kids from hating you for all eternity? Kim
  6. Ok, So, I'm not sure if we'll have a Classical Conversations Program for Jr High or High School, this next year. I am interested in what people on here think the best co-op type curriculum is. I'm thinking.... One Mom/Dad or a collection (still not sure) taking turns either teaching subjects or weeks.... (not sure about the distribution of work load should work out) I'm interested in only one day, hopefully, although there is a slight chance I could use the building two days. The subjects I care about most are: (at Co-op) History, Science, Logic, Debate, Writing, and other jr high/highschool subjects... The subjects that I have covered are Math, and we do Latin by ourselves... although.... I could have her review Latin at "Co-op". I'd love to hear what the curriculum you use is... (Omnibus etc....) and how your co-op uses it/ divides responsibilities/ or how much you pay... How often you meet.... Everything you want to share, links, too:-) Thanks!! Carrie
  7. I am new to using CLE with my 10th grader. He did the first few weeks of public school this year and then I brought him home. I bought 9th and 10th grade English and Literature for use with him. I wasn't sure how much he had covered in high school last year. English/LA are not his strong points. My question is how much do I cover each day with him? I see in the Lit it suggests 1 "step" per day for a total of 16 steps per LightUnit. The Lit is not so straightforward. I am hoping to cover the 9th grade set this 1st semester and have him on track by January with the 10th grade stuff. Is this too lofty a goal? I bought CLE because he prefers workbooks and I read many good reviews about CLE. I would love to use the Omnibus guides by VP but don't think he is up to that level yet. Or could I get Omnibus and use the middle school level books? Any advice you can give is appreciated. Thanks, Cheryl
  8. I remember being quite fearful starting to homeschool high school and so I thought I'd start a thread of ''help'' for the moms just starting high school this year. Here are some of my ''tips''. I got so much help from the hive.... ---If you have a weak subject [mine is science], get every help available for the teacher and the student [i.e. for Apologia, get the companion CD, donnayoung.org or Sonlight schedules, Audio CD of the book, consider DIVE CDs, library videos, Teaching Company videos, picture books, etc. ---if you plan to do microscope labs in more then 1 subjects [i.e. 2 yrs or more] and don't have access to a nearby m/scope, by all means consider getting a good microscope - I didn't - and ended up driving 40miles RT for labs and paying a tow truck one muddy spring day [i.e. 100 bucks] and gas for 10trips, etc. [it would have been -cheaper- in time, money and stress - to buy a microscope] ---Find time to read and discuss as much literature as you can [if that is only 3 good classics a year, that's better than 0.... We read a lot but didn't discuss enough - the car can be a good place for discussion] ---Budget generous time for the hard subjects ---Go deeper rather than faster in your top priority subjects [how I wish I'd heeded this advice] ---Make organization -part- of each subject; iow have some requirements for neatness, presentation, organization of materials and work schedule [remember this may be zero in gr 9 and fully independent in gr 12 - so don't expect miracles here for many students] I have hsed a now 12th grader and a 10th grader since birth. The older is a fair student who is not self-motivated; the 10th grader is the opposite [minus puberty, lol]. I am STILL learning myself. Let's hear from other veterans... lisaj, hsing 5
  9. My daughter loves history & is a strong writer. We're looking for a program that encourages creative thinking & critiquing what is read rather than comprehension which she has no probs with. We tried Smarr Publishers Ancient Hx last yr & although the reading selections were great, we found the writing aspect weak. She did the work but it was pretty boring. I could create reflective questions on books read but this takes so much time. Any suggestions? Thanks:001_smile:
  10. My ds, 13, used LP in third grade and got about halfway through LP 2 in 4th grade--he hated it, so we agreed to postpone grammar for a few years. I doubt he has retained much from that time period. This year we tried the Latin Road to English Grammar. He's a very independent learner, and we couldn't figure out how to make the program work for us; ideally, he likes to work on his own and my role is to periodically review and correct. Teaching Textbook and History Odyssey level 2 curriculum guides, for example, have been perfect fits. Given those parameters, is there a Latin course that would work for us--or a way to make LREG work for an independent kid who likes to figure out things for himself, but needs a straightforward easy-to-follow daily lesson plan or pattern? Advice greatly appreciated--I'm feeling stuck and overwhelmed by the choices and hate to invest in more programs that won't work. TIA
  11. So now we are winding down the school year, and I hate to see middle school officially come to a close in a couple of months. I hate the fact now, that you really have to concentrate on tests. I hate the fact, that the SAT/ ACT ‘s now demand so much attention. I hate the fact that the classes we are taking really have to count. It just squashes the love of learning. It just makes you teach to a test. It takes years for kids to rebound and start to love learning, and some never do rebound. Some people never pick up another book again. I hate what the system does to people. It stresses parents out, kids learn, but really don’t enjoy the process of learning . I have loved the fact, that we can read, and if we love someone like Charles Dickens, we can spend a month on him. If we love something like the Renaissance, we can go there in our minds, spoil ourselves, read about all of the characters and then want more! So then we move on to England, and spend two months on all of the players and still want more. High school squashes that excitement for learning , it deflates and makes you have to stay on some type of yucky schedule, to make sure that you are ready for an exam. Take for instance the AP European History exam. If we focus on that next year, we spend only two days on the Renaissance and two days on the Reformation. Now we are shoving dates and places down our throats, in the form of flash-cards. No more fun, no more learning to love it. No more experiences! So now it is vital trying to create that balance, that can work- for the college system, the student and me the teacher. Gone are the days, of just filling out an application and taking an exam. Throw out what you experienced twenty years ago. It is so much more. I hate the process- I hate the exams, but with applications up like 75 percent - Guess what tests matter and I hate it! Hate it , Hate it, Hate it! So now I am done ranting and raving- How do you feel about the tests? Really for homeschoolers they count so much more-
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