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  1. I'm looking for some elective ideas for ds12. He will be repeating math club and Trail Life next year, but I want to add something else. I had gotten him the Make: Electronics book along with a supply kit, but the supply kit still didn't have enough of the pieces-parts to do the first few projects, and... yeah. Live online class ideas welcome. He's also highly distractible, so a regular time commitment would benefit him.
  2. Yep, another weird thread from me, Evanthe (eventually, I'll delete my account from embarrassment). Has anyone tried the Beginning Woodwork course from Christian Light Publications as a high school elective? Is it doable at home with zero woodworking experience? :confused: Will we cut off our fingers? Would a credit of woodworking look strange on my teens' high school transcripts (I mean, does anyone even take that anymore)? If you've done woodworking for an elective, was it expensive to get going with tools, supplies, etc? Because this is sold on CLP's website, I'm guessing it's very traditional woodworking, with handheld tools... (as opposed to huge machines I saw on Woodcraft's website)? There are a lot of question marks in my post, because I have absolutely NO clue what I'm talking about. I did look around for classes and anything around here seemed very, very expensive. Thanks in advance if you can post any experience (good OR bad) with this as a high school elective. Edited to add: I forgot a detail. My son is left-handed. Does anyone know if that matters with woodworking (as far as tools)? He does not have the best fine motor skills in the world...
  3. Hi, I'm looking for ideas on elective subjects for my kids. Academic skills are not a problem so anything from 6th-Adult level is fine as far as sources. My kids have asked for a Really Fun subject. I prefer something that can be arranged in semesters/ unit studies. My mind is totally blanking these last few days. I am not thinking of anything right now...Help?
  4. Does anyone have summer school plans? Any fun activities or electives? This is the place to talk about it. Special classes, summer camps, remedial lessons, etc. I'll go first! DD11 and DD9 Intermediate Science Through Children's Literature --because we haven't done much science at all this year. Celebrate Summer: Mixed Media Art Workshop- Much needed fun after such a long school year!! Math lessons 2-3 days a week. We're "behind". P.E.: Riding bikes and swimming!! No summer camp for us. They are $$$$$
  5. Can we talk about dual enrollment? We have an excellent JC nearby, and dd can start taking classes there at 14. It has been my intention to use the JC heavily during high school for outsourcing, verification of achievement level, and potentially even to collect transfer credits to the UC system, if dd decides to go that route. It is a more appealing option to me for a variety of reasons than the heavy AP/SAT2 testing route, and it's less expensive than many online options. I had assumed that we would use this for core subjects I didn't feel like I could do justice to at home. However, it seems in thinking about it more, and talking to dd, that it might be better to use the JC for electives, passions, things we really *can't* do at home, like Theater Arts and Equine Science. Dd could easily fill up her time/quota of JC classes taking interesting electives in her areas of passion. I guess my question is this - if she takes classes mostly in her interest areas, and does well, will this provide the kind of mommy-grade verification that I'm looking for? Or do I still need to be looking for some form of outside verification in each subject area? I'm interested in hearing how people who have done DE have used JC/CCs, and what role it has played in your student's high school experience.
  6. Have any of you used any high school electives from Christian Light? I'd love to hear what you used and what you liked/didn't like.
  7. My dd would like to create an electronic device for a science fair project. She needs to learn how to build a small electronics box. Is there an elective course we can use to learn that? She also will probably have to program it with code. What can we use to learn that? Thanks
  8. I have had a look at the basic entrance requirements that a range of local colleges have. They generally include up to 4 years of each of the following: English, history, science, math, and foreign language. My daughter has an entrepeneural spirit and I am considering including business, accounting, computer science, psychology or similar in the mix. Do they all fall into electives or is there a way to creatively have some of them qualify as one of the basic requirements? Sarah
  9. I'm starting to plan for the fall when DS starts 9th grade but I'm having a hard time coming up with electives. DS is being less than helpful trying to think of something he'd like to do. I have english, geometry, biology, us history, french. As far as college plans, he's going to do two years at the local community college so I'm not too worried about needing a ton of stuff. He wants to be a k9 police officer or something else working with animals.
  10. Not counting foreign language, please share! :D TIA! :bigear: ETA-I'm also curious if there are reasons why you chose______electives for these grades, iow, is there a rhyme or reason to your timing?
  11. I thought I remembered reading a thread of "electives ideas," but now I can't seem to find it when I search. I'm looking for a comprehensive list of possible high school electives. I'd like my daughter to look through them to get some ideas as to what she would like to study (after I've chosen the core subjects). Can anyone direct me to such a list?
  12. After 20 years of offering my children a classical education, it has become clear that these days it is key to be more familiar with digital technology. We have technology hour 3 times per week to learn a new aspect of technology. Here is a film my son and daughter produced for a video competition. The competition asked students to create an 8-minute film explaining an essay about the Great Depression. What do you do in your school to teach technology? Here is a link to the film:
  13. of your coming homeschool year? I have begun taking my 14-year-old DD to a series of book readings and signings by popular science writers. We met Mary Roach this past week and heard her talk about her latest book, Packing For Mars. Next month's book is The Calculus Diaries; then there are several coming up on recent work in neuroscience. I'm also quite happy to have found a group that meets monthly in a bookstore to read a Shakespeare play aloud; anyone who wants to read gets a part. First meeting is in September. What sorts of things are others doing that are not "schoolish" but chosen for educational value?
  14. I have been looking for a list of courses typically used as electives. If the usual Math, Science, Social Study, and English courses make up the backbone of your year, what do you add for electives to make up 6-7 credits for the year? I'm not thinking creatively right now and hope you all can provide some unusual, fun, unique, and worthwhile ideas :001_smile: ETA: please specify if your courses can be done at home or if they were done through other venues.
  15. Since High School is looming on the horizon (my oldest is in 8th grade), I've been thinking about our family's homeschooling goals. It is important to me to provide the children with an interesting, unique education -- an education that is different from what they would receive at our local (struggling) High School. I want to capitalize on their interests, strengths, and future goals. What type of "out of the box" classes have you created for your children? I am looking for unique ideas to get my creative juices flowing. My children are interested in all sorts of things, so all ideas are welcome :) A few things I am considering for my oldest: * A Movies as Literature course (+ reading/analyzing/comparing the books) * A science course in Animal Behavior (she wants to be a therapeutic riding instructor - I took a similar class in college, as did dh in vet school)
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