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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. There was a recent thread on scheduling and encouraging excellence on the accelerated board where Nan in Mass wrote the following: "I should add that one of the focuses of middle school was academic and organizational skills. There comes a point (and if your children are accelerated, it will come sooner) when the child needs better writing skills, needs to know how to study, how to take notes, how to keep a calendar, how to organize his materials, how to do research, that sort of things.(continues)" As always, Nan got me thinking and wondering what you all do to systematically teach s
  3. 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
  4. My "ideal" educated child would look like the educated Thomas Jeffersons and George Washingtons. People who started this country knew how to think and reason in their early 20's. They seemed to be able to handle large responsiblities at early ages. The stuff people read back then for general reading was so deep, we have trouble reading it today. I heard about a town in the late 1700's where they used to "draw straws" to pick the next leaders. Everyone was considered to be well educated and able to think well enough to lead well. So, the question is - how do we educate our children w
  5. I'm really struggling with high school at the moment ladies, so bear with me. I was searching through some old posts and came across this option for high school history - Spievogel's Human Odyssey Used, it's pretty cheap. I found a 1999 edition 2 years ago for $12 (which included shipping) and it was in new condition. It is a history textbook, covering ancient history through modern times, with lots of photos/illustrations, excerpts from writings from the time period, and sidebars of interesting side topics. There are 4-6 questions at the end of each 4-8 page section within a chapter,
  6. In WTM, it says to have the student read the genre section that pertains to the book he/she will read, take notes, and use the methods while reading through the lit. book. How realistic is this for a 9th grader? 10th? Etc.? I went through the novel, autobiography, and history sections this week, highlighting the main questions in bold print and the "to do" helps - imperative sentences that would tell me what to do each step of the way in going through each level of reading a book. It took a lot more concentration than I thought, and I was motivated. I'm wondering if anyone's kids read
  7. I am super new to homeschooling. In fact, I haven't even started yet. We will probably start in one month. I own TWTM and do like very much what I read in it, so I think this is the route we will take. However, I would like to hear from WTM veterans. Now that TWTM has been in circulation for 10 years, I would love to hear your success stories. Who has used it since it first came out? Who has graduated their children using it for a good number of their homeschooling years? Any other success stories? Please share.
  8. Okay, so I have been reading the posts on the accelerated foruam board about long term plans... What does one look like? I think I have one for the twins (starting at 9th grade)... I have a list of what many colleges look for and what courses the kids must complete. For example: 3 yrs/cr of math (algebra 2, geometry, precalc or statistics). Algebra 1 was done in 8th grade accelerated class. 4 yrs/cr of English (English 10, English 11, CC dual credit for Rhetoric 1, 2, & Speech). They did English 9 in 8th grade accelerated class. 3 yrs/cr of Science (CC dual credit based up
  9. This is a spin-off from the sheltering thread on the general board. I agree about "sheltering" your children when they are young. But I have been thinking a lot lately about preparing my son, in 9th grade, for the time when he leaves the nest. I'm sure he will go off to a university. At that point, he can be on the computer whenever he chooses, watch whatever he chooses, do whatever he chooses. So how do you go from locking the computer when we aren't home, his only outside activity is church and bible study, etc. He's had some issues with the computer and he is SO smart, he can get arou
  10. I have been pondering academic standards for the past few months while experiencing an ever-increasing level of frustration. My goal was simple in our first year of home schooling: produce better scores than the public school. Fine. Done. As is the way with human nature, now, I want more. And I want it in writing to refer to on the days I'm too tried to know where I am going. I currently feel submerged in a "good enough" culture and I am in serious rebellion. "Let them be children." "Just this once." "It doesn't have to be perfect." Or there is the worst disservice one teacher delivered t
  11. on SWB's new blog. Both Susan and Janice give me food for thought. If you are like-minded, you won't want to miss these. Happy Friday to all. Jane
  12. Will you please share with us what your kids highschool schedules looked like, where they took the classes (cc) home, or online.......I would love to see your path!
  13. So next year I'll have one in 9th, 8th, 4th, and K! History and lit. is usually combined. However now my oldest is asking to break out. [Probably because her brother (rising 8th grader) is doing the same work... she slowed in math and he has almost caught up ;), and I have them on the same thing for hist/lit and writing/grammar] Actually, what *I* really want is to have them not need to wait for me (I usually read aloud the spines), nor do I want them to wait for each other... these have been reasons/excuses on why things don't get done. We like to work together but I just don't want that
  14. I just want to cry at this point. I can't take anymore and I feel like I am losing it when it comes to homeschooling. Everything is a mess. I thought it was all going so well and now...I just don't know. I have two children that are homeschooling. The 5 yo is concentrating on math, reading, writing and english for the most part with a mix in of other things every once in awhle. The 3 yo is working on math and reading with a few fun things here and there plus Slow & Steady. They are both accelerated in a lot of areas and that's where I am lost. Believe it or not, I went to college for speci
  15. Nan, Our attempts with Keys to Literary Analysis have failed, and we're about to embard on your idea of WEM questions for reading. How much writing would you recommend? Could we start off discussing and having dd write out answers to the questions rather than with essays? I've been fighting 2 battles with one subject here; writing essays and literary analysis. She's finally liking the literature itself, which is a feat in and of itself since it's assigned reading and not what she'd choose herself. And it doesn't "ruin" the books she chooses on her own. Anyone else with insight on this
  16. ... for what they want their high schooler to do before graduating (meaning what is going to go on their transcript) ... having trouble articulating today (in case you didn't notice) ... anyway ... has anybody ever done this backwards? I have been racking my brain for months now trying to set up my daughter's high school schedule and finally decided maybe it would be easier if we (I want her input) figured out WHAT we want her to learn (accomplish) first, so I was thinking about making a rough transcript and then figure out HOW we are going to accomplish said goal. Has anybody else ever done
  17. How does one truly encourage a love of learning? My kids are simply overwhelmened, and bored! Endless Maths, Latin, Logic, History, Essays, Religion and Science - I'm trying to encourage discussion and enjoying learning, but it just ain't happening! Now, true - it is a challenge fitting it all in - 8 children, all of homeschool age, and so much to learn. And, they are being very difficult about chores and such, which seem to take ALL day - we 'should' have enough time for all the lessons with plenty of spare time, but with the dawling, it's a strain just to get through. And then, t
  18. One of my biggest reasons for hsing is that I think public schools no longer teach kids to think for themselves, rather, they focus on memorizing facts and promoting conformity. But, being a product of the public school system myself, I really am unsure how to go about achieving the goal of open mindedness for my children. How do you teach your children to think for themselves and not just repeat what they hear? Ideas, links, book recs all welcome!
  19. We're reading a book right now and the author (European) mentions being fluent in 3-4 languages, she and her whole family. It seems that is is fairly commone among Europeans, at least in the 20th century, to have that type of language background. We've been trudging (emphasis on TRUDGING) through Henle I for what seems like years...heck, probably because it has been years...and still there is no real fluency or significant reading ability. At least that's how it feels to me. So I wonder, what are we doing wrong here? How can anyone learn 3-4 languages to a skilled reading/speaki
  20. I am going to have to think about this... I was reading the Wiki article and followed a link to a pdf book called According to my Passport I'm Coming Home. I just read a good chunk of it, and realized that although my middle child (middle - not the youngest with whom I'm trying to do French) isn't technically a TCK, he has many of the attributes of one and has faced some of the challenges. I did a little math and figured out that in the last 5 years, (13yo - 18yo) he has spent more than a year living someplace else, some of those places overseas. The similarities range from major things li
  21. Just looking for company GRIN. I've done this once for my older one, now I have to do it for the younger one, and trying to be fair to him, I'm starting from scratch again and rethinking all our decisions. My general educational goals remain the same because they are general enough to cover both children, but I still need to pick a focus or two or three and decide how we're going to accomplish everything and even more worrisome, fit everything in. I know it will change, but I need a starting place, especially if this one is headed for engineering school. I can see an advantage to focusing
  22. We are not new homeschoolers, but we have been unschoolers, tried various curriculums and ended up eclectic. I have a grade 8 child and am wanting to go much more classical for High school. Where would you recommend starting if you are starting this late? We have a good basic math foundation (finishing up pre-alg), and have the usual HS things behind us eg, apologia primary, plus other science, a good grounding of acients, and a fair dance through the rest of history, reading...reads well, by choice only fantasy, writing poor but improving with IEW SWI. No latin, no greek, no great cl
  23. There are soo many options for history w/ a Great Books study that at this point, I was just wondering if anyone was actually following the suggestions in WTM / WEM for history & Lit(Great Books). I only have the original WTM here, still waiting on the last release version from the library.... it sounds like the news won't be out till May? I just received a copy of the WEM from my library and it seems very readable. WTM method sounds relaxed but still very enlightening and yet, I gather this method will really require me to do all the same reading as they do just to engage in any form o
  24. toward you? I have homeschooled my son for the past 7 years because he had some reading difficulties when he was very young. We quickly got past that and continued homeschooling (by his choice). This child is one that has to be constantly pushed when it comes to academics. He's just not all that interested; it's not due to any disability. I even gave him the choice to be put in a private school when he entered high school. He said no, that he liked homeschooling and enjoyed the co-ops we had been involved in. Today, he said some very harsh things to me. He said that he couldn't separat
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