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  1. Just summarizing the last few threads GRIN... I've been reading these boards for awhile, and I've listened to several of my children's friends complain about their teachers' threats and complaints at the beginning of 8th grade, and I've concluded that it is perfectly normal to spend the entire 8th grade year struggling to begin to learn how to: -Write a short well-organized expository paper -Produce work that has a heading and date, is legible, has full sentences that actually answer the questions, and isn't half question marks -Use an assignment book to keep track of one's assignmen
  2. You probably already know this, but I would have found this post helpful when I was planning, so I wanted to post this, just in case it helps someone. Here are some things to remember when you are making the decision to homeschool high school: You don't have to give grades. Yes, it might be easier for colleges to assess your child if you do, but there are ways around that. You can present a portfolio, instead of grades. Or you can assign courses a pass or fail. Or if you decide you do need grades, you can assign them any way you want; it is your school. You can make a rubric with
  3. I will have my first ever highschooler this fall. I have homeschooled him since 1st grade. However, I feel like I'm just starting again!! What do I need to know about homeschooling a high schooler? Credits? Electives? Etc. I can't believe the time has come. Wow! What happened to my baby?!?! LOL! Any advice will be greatly welcomed!! TIA!
  4. While I get tons of helpful info here at WTM on HSIng highschool, sometimes I like to curl up in bed with a book. What is your fav HSing highschool book? Thanks, Capt Uhura
  5. I am looking for something mainly to help with course descriptions, as well as support in how best to approach college admissions, etc. You know, high school 'stuff'. I see several offerings... Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens Senior High: A Home-Designed Form-U-La Homeschooling High School Setting the Record Straight I'm sure there are probably more out there. I cannot buy them all though and I am a bit paralyzed on which would best serve my needs for high school. Do you have a favorite?? If so, can you tell me what makes it stand out? Thank you!!!
  6. Hi, I am wondering what all of you experienced high school homeschool parents would have approached 7th and 8th grade looking back on it now? What would your ideal approach? What would have been your focus? What would you have let go? What resources would you have definitely used, what would you have passed on? Just any thoughts in general you could share. I am going to have a 7th grader next year and would love to get the insights of folks who have BTDT! Thanks! :)
  7. :bigear:Which do you like better- The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens OR Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+La? Okay, I've seen both of these recommended and would love to know if anyone has read both of these books and has a preference.
  8. What would you have done differently to prepare your child for high school level work? What would you have focused on? What would you have chosen to meet those subjects? What would you drop? Thank you in advance for your hindsight.
  9. Hi everyone, I would like to get opinions about which "how to" books you have found the most useful for high school. Some books I am considering: Homeschooling High School by Jeanne Gowen Dennis High School at Home by Diana Johnson Senior High: A Home Designed Form-u-la by Barb Shelton Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell Homeschooling the Teen Years by Cafi Cohen Any others? I have taken the Transcript Boot Camp class by Inge Cannon, it was very helpful. Oddly, I am not too stressed out by the concept of making a transcript -- it's the "getting there" that wo
  10. Do you have a favorite book (or books) that have helped you in preparing your high school student for college? Something that holds your hand and helps you know what is important to cover in high school, and how to go about college admissions, etc. It's funny, but I have actually graduated two children who are doing quite well for themselves. They had zero aspirations of going to a 4-yr university though, so it was pretty easy to get them through high school and on to community college. I mean cc takes ANYONE! Youngest ds really wants to go to University though. The ONLY way to get him
  11. I'd always thought I'd homeschool all the way through, but with one more year to go till we get there, I admit to thinking more and more about sending them to ps for high school. Our local ps has an excellent academic reputation, tons of extracurriculars, an internship program, and after years of polling everyone I know who goes there or has a kid who goes there, I have yet to hear anything negative... the alternative seems to be paying lots of money for cc (dual enrollment not funded here) or online classes that I could probably get better teachers for and for free at the local ps. I know tha
  12. I'm looking for a good general guide book for homeschooling through the high school years. We have nothing locally and I'm not sure what to get based on sample pages and reviews. Anyone know of a great book?
  13. Have any other 8th grade parents been heavily researching and planning already for high school? I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. Here is what I think we are doing for 9th grade. How does this look? MFW Ancients (Bible, History, English/Literature) BJU Algebra 1 with LoF as a supplement Dive Integrated Physics and Chemistry Breaking the Barrier Spanish with SpanishDict site Logic (Fallacy Detective/Thinking Toolbox) PE (exercise log) We've never done Latin, but I'm considering doing Getting Started with Latin with both kids next year, but we won't put it on her transcr
  14. I am a little early, lol. My eldest is a 5th grader. We are just entering the logic stage and I am getting glimmers of where we are headed. I just finished listening to SWB's MP3 "The Joys of Classical Education" and I realize I know the least about the rhetoric stage..about teaching kids at that level. I have been very comfortable teaching the grammar stage. I'm pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. I am feeling like I have a grasp of what is needed from my for the logic stage. I am getting there and I am not anxious. But I don't have a handle on the rhetoric stage. I am not
  15. what would you do differently to be better prepared for high school? My dd is in 8th and is a very good student (makes good grades and scores extremely high on standardized tests), but I want to make sure we are really preparing for the world of homeschooling high school. Thanks for any thoughts!
  16. Our oldest is heading into 8th grade in the fall and I'm looking ahead to the future. I've been looking at science for her and wondering should we head down the text book road with tests, quizzes, grades, etc. or can we continue what we do with living books, hands-on activities, using material that explains things in a more fun or interesting way than a text? I feel like I need to start preparing her for "the real world" and how things would be done in college and yet, I haven't homeschooled that way and prefer not to. How do you do high school? Do you find yourself changing how you
  17. I'll take links to previous threads;) My oldest is on the spectrum. So, he is a bit behind in some subjects do to being in public school for a few stints and relearning materials. This year he has gotten over his pencil fears:tongue_smilie: He is doing so much better. I know that he may not be a super achiever in High School because of this. But, I do know that he is intelligent and ready to get working. I, also, understand that their are some hormonal shifts happening. I'm trying to be realistic. I've been slowly planning for our upcoming year. I realize I need to spend
  18. I never dreamed I'd homeschool past 1st grade, but here I am, five years and 3 more kids later and still homeschooling! Next year, my oldest will be in middle school, and I'm stressing out a little (a lot)! I've got a summer coming up to prepare, so what should I do? I'm already planning on reading some of the novels he'll be reading. What do you wish you had done to prepare for the middle/high school years? Thanks so much for the advice! :001_smile:
  19. I am looking for some opinions/advice on high school. My son is now in 7th grade. I would very much like to homeschool independently through high school, if I can do it right. My concern is how to adequately cover the required subjects and properly assign grades and credits. I've looked at online high school diploma programs and most of them are so expensive. I would be willing to "outsource" certain subjects, such as science, but I am not sure I can afford a complete diploma program. I do not want to go through the public charter school. Right now we are working mainly with Ray's arithmetic
  20. I have: Homeschooling the High Schooler and Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la. The latter book is annoying to me...a little too cutesy. I would like a bottom line, this is how you do it, kind of book. Any recommendations? Also, what works best for your family? Do you create course contracts, log hours or books read, or what? How do you decide on what is appropriate for college prep classes? Thank you so much! :)
  21. If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently? What words of wisdom can you impart to homeschoolers in 7th/8th grades who face high school right around the corner? TIA for sharing your insights!
  22. We'll be starting 9th grade next fall and I'm petrified and overwhelmed! I would love some recommendations for books or dvds that will help me plan and provide some guidance. (I have WTM) My library has limited selections so I wil probably have to make some purchases. I'd like to spend my money wisely! Thanks!
  23. As I prepare to teach high school next year, I am beginning to doubt myself. Honestly, I haven't felt this way since our first year homeschooling. I am questioning myself, even though I have a BA, and my ability to prepare my dd for her future. Others are questioning me as well, it seems that hsing is acceptable to people (family, our pastor) up to a point, but highschool is a whole different story. Even my dd wishes to go to a tradional school (not an option!) I read the hs boards and I get worried, dd is a great student but not exceptional, not AP material as far as I can tell at thi
  24. My boys are in the beginning of the logic stage. Looking back, what do you wish you had done in the logic stage? Certain skills to work on? Classes to take? Field trips, experiences, etc? Basically, if you could have a do over, what would you do differently? Along with that, what would you not change at all because it worked out so well? Any advice you have will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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