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  1. Hi! I could really use some help deciding which books are particularily helpful in preparing students to read the Great Books. For example, I read from the LCC site that Norse Myths help with the reading of the Hobbit. I asked for 20 or so just to keep my list manageable. I would really appreciate any help! Thanks.
  2. PAGE #1 Welcome to High School Motherlode #1 -- the first "motherlode" of linked threads on high school topics. There is also a college motherlode of linked threads on preparing for/applying to/attending college AND a few post-high school topics that are NOT college related. Enjoy exploring the amazing collected wisdom of The Hive! (In case links break, I have listed threads by their original subject heading, and have also provided the original post date and poster for search in various ways.) Warmest regards, Lori D. topics linked in first 2 posts of this thread CREATED: Aug. 2
  3. Okay, to help alleviate the anxiety level of having to be your student's high school counselor/administrator, I've compiled a list of the deadlines/dates I could think of to create a general high school "time table". I know I have forgotten some things; hopefully others will add to this list as they remember things I forgot to include. Not on the list, of course, are your student's specific deadlines and dates for sports, arts performances, extracurriculars, etc. But, hope this helps! Warmest regards to all, Lori D. ETA: Each family's time table will be different!! NO one will be doing AL
  4. This would be for a 16yo girl who loves history and period dramas but who has had almost zero exposure to American history. I've got the books and methods chosen for her official studies, but weekend history movies would be so perfect for her. I'm looking for wholesome, yet emotionally evocative films and documentaries that are as accurate as possible. This movie idea just came to me today as I was trying to explain the SC ruling concerning that-political-thing-which-shall-not-be-named. It was kind of tricky when she didn't know anything about our government. So all I've come up w
  5. All of the reviews I have found on-line (Old Schoolhouse, etc) have praised it, but I would love to hear from some of you to hear your opinions. Mandy
  6. For a 7 yo? My daughter is All Narnia, All Middle Earth, all Kings, queens, wizards and legends right now. I won't let her listen to the LOTR yet, but she loved, loved the Hobbit, and is working on her 3rd or 4th listen of Narnia in a month. I'm wondering if the books by T.H. White would be appropriate for her?
  7. I briefly taught first grade and fifth grade, so I have a picture in my head of where someone in either one of those grades is at academically. Ok, OBVIOUSLY there is a huge range of normal within either one of those, but generally speaking MOST kids are at a certain place (not talking about the outliers). I am not sure what the upper grades look like, though. What would you consider to be within the "normal" (however you choose to define that) range for seventh grade and/or ninth grade? And YES, I know that grade levels don't really matter in homeschool, and of course I teach to where
  8. I’m coming to the hive with a request for their students’ all-time favourites for subject-related reads/DVDs which aren’t curricular spines, aren’t necessarily on the required reading list for history, or aren’t used for formal literature studies. I’m in pretty good shape regarding all my “core†resources. I’m banging my head against the wall, however, when I’m trying to choose that one excellent book or that one must-see DVD, which supplements a topic beautifully without being arduous for the high-school student (or family), yet is delightfully written/presented and has sub
  9. I have a third grader (9) and a first grader (6). I have always homeschooled, but have taken a relaxed.....too relaxed....approach. I have recdently discovered the classical model (and actually understood what it was...I say that bc I heard of it years ago but didnt really understand).... Needless to say, I have discovered the err of my laid-back ways. My third grader is behind in what matters (language arts) and so is my first grader (we are just now starting phonics ).... What can I do\'? Where can I start to get them caught up? Can you give me any specific curriculum, and/or details
  10. Okay. I think that title sounds a bit wonky but bear with me. I had a realization that my time with Fury is sort of running out. He is 13 and working at mostly 7th grade level. He wants to be a beat cop. I'd like to see him pursue a degree in case the law enforcement didn't pan out. So I'm wondering if you plan first and then worry about the transcript or flesh out a makeshift transcript and reverse-engineer the game plan from that? Or am I being a silly worry wart and there's a much better way?
  11. OK, so we have started LLLoTR. I heard so many great comments and was really excited. But I am not really "getting it", and my DS finds it a bit lame, so I am sure I am missing something, please help me out: 1. What is the purpose of the fill-in-the-blank questions? Just to make sure the student has read the assigned pages? It is not info the student is going to retain for the long term (what was the name of the tallest Hobbit?) or stuff that makes sense ("they rarely wear shoes on their _____" well, what else but FEET is going there? Don't need to read to answer this question). I really
  12. about her observations and opinions about everything until I ask her to write them down?:glare: We just started annotating in WttW and I can tell it is going to be like pulling teeth. My copy of How to Read a Book was highlighted, circled, and had all the margins filled with notes. She sat for 15 minutes just staring at her copy. I asked her what she thought of this passage or that sentence and she said that she had no opinion. I asked her what one particular sentence meant to her and she said it meant exactly what it said. ??? Tomorrow we will try to annotate The Most Dangerous
  13. Ds15 (ie. Mr. Pigheaded at the moment) says that writing a critical literary essay on the Aeneid is dumb. While I can make him do it, he is much more willing and will do a much better job if I show him why these kinds of papers are necessary. I used the "you will need to learn how to do this in college" card and got a "well, college is dumb" response. I started to formulate a response based on the kind of thinking skills this will help him develop but (blush) started to flounder a bit as I did so.
  14. Over on the High School Board, Lori D has pulled together a lot of dates and considerations for high schoolers and for those of us who are pulling triple duty as parent/teacher/counselor into a High School Timeline. It's a great thread to get you thinking about what sorts of things you need to stay on top of. If you're working on planning 7th, 8th or 9th grade, it would be worth taking a look.
  15. DS 14 loves music, entering 9th grade. He wants to be in 5 ensembles this school year, plus private violin (weekly) and private classical piano (monthly). This would take at least two hours a day of practice if he did the bare minimum--he really needs 3 x that but I won't let him neglect other subjects. BUT...I could take History and 1/2 English out of the curriculum and plan for him to do History and the other 1/2 English next summer in order to have those two hours a day for him to practice the ensemble music. I wanted advice from the Hive about the wisdom of postponing History and 1/
  16. Hi all, Just wondering, (I've been told various answers), as homeschoolers do we have to follow our states high school graduation requirements? I was told we do not, since we are not getting a state diploma. (In Maryland local ps requires govt in 9th grade, but colleges don't require this - only 3 hs credits in social studies- do we need to take govt, if dd is taking US history??) Thanks for the help!
  17. Do you teach literature that uses the "n" word? If so, how do you handle it? Also, any ideas for substitutes for Huck Finn and Uncle Tom's Cabin (for if I choose not to do them)?
  18. My 16 year old has Asperger's syndrome and dyslexia. It took forever just to get him to write, and even longer to where it was semi-legible. Through much training and work, he is now on level with his peers on everything except math. The problem is, he can only print still and even now looks like a 2nd grader (at best). He now has to sign things and it is horrible. So, I have decided he needs a handwriting program. I was thinking that the Getty-Dubay "Write Now" for him, but wondered if you all had any better suggestions. He is very upset about this, but he gets so frustrated when I make h
  19. while at the book store today, my rising 9th grader was browsing through some classic literature books and caught her eye on some of the disney classics : snow white, sleeping beauty, cinderella, peter pan, alice in wonderland... etc. she was immediately in love and wants to add these to her literature curriculum this year. the only problem is, with the exception of peter pan, all the rest dont look strong enough for 9th grade lit. i tried searching online for some sort of study to go with a few of the titles and came up empty handed. anyone have any ideas? or even a version for some of
  20. those of you who have their child in CC did you purchase a digital recorder for your student? I am wondering since this will be my son's first "in-classroom" class, I was thinking a digital recorder would be great for him--he hates taking notes. If you did what did you purchase? Did your student think it helped them?
  21. Dd will do MFW AHL next year. The plans incorporate time for books to read of her choice. She is a strong Christian, and she has an interest in true stories of survival- stories that are both challenging and inspiring. (I suppose there are survival stories that might be too dark and depressing... trying to stay away from those.) It wouldn't matter if the stories are old or more recent. She just wants something that will spur her on to be ready for her own challenges. I'm also asking for suggestions for your favorite classics that we might consider... books for a typical college-prep readin
  22. Tonight we graduated our younger DS. After 12 years, our homeschooling journey with our DSs is finished. I am so blessed and privileged to have been able to be a part of their lives in such a special way! :) Congratulations to all who are graduating seniors in these next few weeks! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  23. Let's pretend I thoroughly learn the methods in Teaching the Classics. Then, dd and I read several good selections of classical literature each year and use the literary analysis described. Is that sufficient? DD already loves classics. She just finished the Scarlet Pimpernel series and is reading Horatio Hornblower now (just for fun, not for school). I feel like having an entire literature program on top of that is redundant. Any thoughts? Advice? Input? Thanks
  24. I'm trying to make a list of worldview/spiritual/practical books that I would like my rising 9th and 11th graders to read before they graduate. Please comment on any of these that you thought were especially worthwhile or a waste of time for your student. I would also LOVE to have some more suggestions. Here's what I have so far: 1. Lord, Is It Warfare? by Kay Arthur 2. I Kissed Dating Good-bye by Josh Harris 3. Do Hard Things Josh Harri 4. Mere Christianity CS Lewis 5. Choosing Gratitude Nancy Leigh DeMoss 6. How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig 1. Whatever Happened to
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