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  1. #1 I suggest you 1st know the night sky and learn the constellations. Get a sky map, planisphere for you latitude, or some kind of sky chart. Get a red flashlight so that you don't loose your night vision every time you turn a light on (a regular flashlight with some red fingernail polish on the lens works too--adjust the amount of light by using fingernail polish remover). If you want to spend the money, get a laser pointer so that you can show each other what you are finding. Lasers--see this post: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2181141#poststop Read some books. This is one of my favorites: http://www.amazon.com/Find-Constellations-H-Rey/dp/054713178X/ And I never go without this each year: http://www.shopatsky.com/category/s?keyword=skywatch And this is free and wonderful: Stellarium http://stellarium.org/ McAfee and Nortons might consider Stellarium a virus, so you might have to go in and add them to the list of things they don't have to worry about. #2 Look at the sky with a pair of binoculars. It is likely that you already have one. Binocs--see this post: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2176737#poststop If you prefer something that looks like a telescope but sees about the same as a pair of binocs, the Galileoscope is a good option. I prefer a pair of binocs with a tripod over this, but your child might be dying for a scope, and this is a nice option: https://www.galileoscope.org/gs/ Read some books! This is one of my favorites which includes stuff to look for with binocs: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Watch-Astronomers-Observing-Celestial/dp/0471418048/ #3 If you still are interested in a telescope, I'd suggest you visit an astronomy club. Look through their scopes. Ask questions. Then...here are some to consider: I love the Dobsonians. Best telescope for the money imo. Here is the one I have: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=1-599-63-67-4295 It comes in a 4.5", 6", 8", 10"....and up. You want a red dot finder or a telrad if it does not come with one--this is what I have and recommend highly: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=1084&kw=telrad&st=2 Without a red dot finder, you will likely leave the scope in the basement or attic. Really. Don't ignore this. You will need to collimate your Dob (get the mirrors lined up so that they reflect the light perfectly into your eyepiece). Ask what they recommend for a collimator. I have a good one, but you might not want to spend this much: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=13100&kw=%20collimator&st=2 Most scopes come with a cap that is suppose to do the collimation...I've never used them. They are not as easy to use as a good collimator, but people make them work all the time, so you might be able to get by without buying something more. As I said, ask what they recommend. If you don't want this big of a scope, if you want to use it to travel, if you want a smaller beginner scope, this is what I wrote someone today: I called OPT today since so many folks have asked about small telescopes--these are the people I go to with my telescope questions when the astronomy club can't tell me what I need. They are #1 with customer service. I asked what beginner scope they would recommend for kids, for travel, small/compact (not the larger Dobsonian style scope), etc. The scope he loves the most is the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=1-600-602-1119-9195 He said it is the best quality for the money--good optics, good tripod, rugged enough to travel well. It already has a red dot finder on it. You should ask if they recommend your buying a collimator...and you can get a padded case for it under the accessories if you want it. And then there is always this Astroscan: http://www.scientificsonline.com/astroscan-plus-telescope.html I've never used it, but some folks highly recommend it. It has the red dot finder and does not need collimation...but I'd get the tripod to go with it. Please if any of you own this, let me know what you think of it!!! :) http://wardsci.com/product.asp?pn=IG0012042&cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-NULL-_-254201&mr:trackingCode=F65F975B-6581-DE11-8C0A-000423C27502&mr:referralID=NA Read books. Sit in the isle at the book stores and thumb through the astronomy books to find something that suits you. There are lots of telescope books. The Starwatch (linked above) is a great place to start. There are lots of others that are really good, too. Have I forgotten anything? Blow those clouds away!!! :)Jean
  2. Just thought I'd drop in and give you some encouragement. My baby graduates this year--you know, the one who didn't read until 4th grade, was suppose to be dyslexic, struggled his way through several math programs because nothing "worked", and couldn't write a paragraph that made any sense. He got his ACT scores back, and although many of you have kids with higher scores, I'm rather proud of his 28. His math was a 27--thanks to Teaching Textbooks, which made even pre-calc make sense. He's made it most of the way through D'angelo's Composition in the Classical Tradition this year and is reading Shakespeare on his own for fun. He is Cadet Major in the Civil Air Patrol (hoping to get Cadet Colonel before summer ends), and has the lead role in the homeschool drama troupe's play--he's Sherlock Holmes. :D Keep on keepin' on, folks. Not all kids are going to get to the top of the mountain that they are climbing, but when we homeschool, we have the chance to try different programs, look for outside activities that help them stretch and grow, ask for help from so many people who know more than we do, and be there, cheering them on. We are giving them the best that we can, and that is enough. From here they can go out and make a world for themselves. You can do it! Jean
  3. I've worked through parts of the the first few chapters of this text with my dd a couple of years ago. Ds is headed into 9th grade in the fall. His entire "program" is all set. Now I'm thinking about messing it up. Jean, did you use this text? Where did you find alternate examples? Do you have a nice list all prepped somewhere on your computer? How did the pacing go? Do you have any paperwork/lists/rubrics/etc to impose the spiraling that my 9th grader is going to need? Of course I can do this. I just don't want to........ WAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I hate it when I sit and think, and really assess what my kid needs. (Knowing what he needs doesn't always help, because then I have to do it.) Why can't he just need what it sitting in my bin? It's ready to go! Why? I'm starting to implode. I'm starting to really hate this job. ;) Ok. Not. But kinda...... :glare: Off to go fold laundry. Peace, Janice
  4. #1 I suggest you 1st know the night sky and learn the constellations. Get a sky map, planisphere for you latitude, or some kind of sky chart. Get a red flashlight so that you don't loose your night vision every time you turn a light on (a regular flashlight with some red fingernail polish on the lens works too--adjust the amount of light by using fingernail polish remover). If you want to spend the money, get a laser pointer so that you can show each other what you are finding. Lasers--see this post: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2181141#poststop Read some books. This is one of my favorites: http://www.amazon.com/Find-Constellations-H-Rey/dp/054713178X/ And I never go without this each year: http://www.shopatsky.com/category/s?keyword=skywatch And this is free and wonderful: Stellarium http://stellarium.org/ McAfee and Nortons might consider Stellarium a virus, so you might have to go in and add them to the list of things they don't have to worry about. #2 Look at the sky with a pair of binoculars. It is likely that you already have one. Binocs--see this post: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2176737#poststop If you prefer something that looks like a telescope but sees about the same as a pair of binocs, the Galileoscope is a good option. I prefer a pair of binocs with a tripod over this, but your child might be dying for a scope, and this is a nice option: https://www.galileoscope.org/gs/ Read some books! This is one of my favorites which includes stuff to look for with binocs: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Watch-Astronomers-Observing-Celestial/dp/0471418048/ #3 If you still are interested in a telescope, I'd suggest you visit an astronomy club. Look through their scopes. Ask questions. Then...here are some to consider: I love the Dobsonians. Best telescope for the money imo. Here is the one I have: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=1-599-63-67-4295 It comes in a 4.5", 6", 8", 10"....and up. You want a red dot finder or a telrad if it does not come with one--this is what I have and recommend highly: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=1084&kw=telrad&st=2 Without a red dot finder, you will likely leave the scope in the basement or attic. Really. Don't ignore this. You will need to collimate your Dob (get the mirrors lined up so that they reflect the light perfectly into your eyepiece). Ask what they recommend for a collimator. I have a good one, but you might not want to spend this much: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=13100&kw=%20collimator&st=2 Most scopes come with a cap that is suppose to do the collimation...I've never used them. They are not as easy to use as a good collimator, but people make them work all the time, so you might be able to get by without buying something more. As I said, ask what they recommend. If you don't want this big of a scope, if you want to use it to travel, if you want a smaller beginner scope, this is what I wrote someone today: I called OPT today since so many folks have asked about small telescopes--these are the people I go to with my telescope questions when the astronomy club can't tell me what I need. They are #1 with customer service. I asked what beginner scope they would recommend for kids, for travel, small/compact (not the larger Dobsonian style scope), etc. The scope he loves the most is the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope: http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=1-600-602-1119-9195 He said it is the best quality for the money--good optics, good tripod, rugged enough to travel well. It already has a red dot finder on it. You should ask if they recommend your buying a collimator...and you can get a padded case for it under the accessories if you want it. And then there is always this Astroscan: http://www.scientificsonline.com/astroscan-plus-telescope.html I've never used it, but some folks highly recommend it. It has the red dot finder and does not need collimation...but I'd get the tripod to go with it. Please if any of you own this, let me know what you think of it!!! :) http://wardsci.com/product.asp?pn=IG0012042&cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-NULL-_-254201&mr:trackingCode=F65F975B-6581-DE11-8C0A-000423C27502&mr:referralID=NA Read books. Sit in the isle at the book stores and thumb through the astronomy books to find something that suits you. There are lots of telescope books. The Starwatch (linked above) is a great place to start. There are lots of others that are really good, too. Have I forgotten anything? Blow those clouds away!!! :)Jean
  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. Anybody have any advice/suggestions for a good telescope? Our boys are going to study astronomy next year and we are looking for a good, affordable telescope but have not got a clue what to be looking for, lol!:tongue_smilie: Thanks!
  7. For those of us whose students still have several years at home, who are trying to map courses of study....could we have a thread where those of you whose students have been admitted post their transcripts and as many other aspects of the admission process as you have time to share? That would be so helpful... Also, I had been starting to think that hour keeping was not so important from various posts, but then when Jane in NC posted the request from Grinnell admissions, asking the number of hours spent per discipline, I started getting nervous again. (We have been keeping track, but many times when he is working in the evening he doesn't bother to add that on). So I'm wondering how many of you keep track of hours AND do you keep track of "all" hours, meaning if they spend eg 2 extra hours in the evening on homework on one lesson, do you add that into the hours basket?
  8. The title about sums it up. This is our first year hsing- 2nd, 6th, and 8th grade. We have decided to hs our oldest for 9th grade. I feel confident but scared at the same time. I feel there is no screwing up, no time to mess things up or do things wrong. I mean it all goes on her transcript, and I want her (and she wants) to get into a good college. Not sure on curriculum yet for next year, but anyone else have these feelings, and all worked out okay?
  9. Hi Jean, I read this post of yours and wrote some notes down. I could see the study pattern you described, and it was very helpful. "When a child learns a language as a 2nd language, there comes a point where he is able to begin studying it as if it were his 1st language. 1st we learn to speak it, write it, and comprehend it aurally. We learn the grammar. Once the child has gotten the basics down, it is time to study literature and write papers using the language. He also needs to use it in day-to-day living. Choose a program. Progress through the elementary years learning grammar and conversational language. Then move into translation of simple books or books of the Bible. Have a meal in which everyone is required to use the language. Dish TV has several Spanish educational programs--make those a part of your day. Add cultural studies, including food and society. Learn about the country's geography and history where that language is spoken. By the time the child is in High School, his language program will include reading literature and writing papers about them--just like we do in English classes." I am just wondering, what would you recommend in the elementary/middle years for grammar and conversational Spanish? I bought the first level of The Learnables, and I see that Learnables has a grammar component in the next level. What's your opinion of the grammar component? Also, what is your opinion of the higher levels of the Learnables (I think Spanish goes to level 5?)? Would those levels be considered high school level? Or is there something else out there that would help us study Spanish more completely in high school? My son is 10 and will be starting this in a few months. Also, he will be doing Latina Christiana 2, so I think the Latin he has done so far will be helpful in Spanish. One more thing - I found a book at a thrift store called "Spanish Verbs and Essentials of Grammar - a Practical Guide to the Mastery of Spanish" by Ina W. Ramboz. Do you know anything about this book - as in, could it be helpful to me, or can you give me some tips on how I could use it in our studies? Thanks so much!
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