Sweet Home Alabama Posted November 23, 2011 Share Posted November 23, 2011 (edited) I'm researching to plan for my dd's first year in high school, and I'm not convinced that I have the qualifications to evaluate most subjects. (High school *feels* so official!) It has been years since I was in school, so themes and details are lost on me now. I keep arriving at the conclusion to just enroll dd in a class like The Potter's School, and call it done. (I'm more familiar with this school than others.) But any on-line course is SO expensive. Ugh... I'm starting to feel that all-to-familiar going around in circles feeing.:tongue_smilie: Currently, I am researching for US History, and I've narrowed my choices down to three courses (for the moment). Would you all help me with pros/cons for these? Please vote for the one you would do if you are not an accomplished historian. Also, please tell me HOW you grade subjective assignments (essays and discussion questions) if you are just an average mom who hasn't stepped a foot in school in oh, say over 20 years!:D NROC US History I: http://www.montereyinstitute.org/courses/US%20History%20I/nroc%20prototype%20files/coursestartc.html I am not sure which text is most interesting and engaging for a 14 year old. I am not trying to do AP history. Love how this class is very well planned... just not sure how to evaluate writing/discussion questions. Notgrass Exploring America: This seems to be a popular choice with homeschoolers although it has definite pros/cons. I have not decided how to handle the lit and comp yet. I think I could also work in the American Government book too... a bonus. There is a definite problem with the Notgrass testing for this course. I would need to find a way to evaluate this class. Please offer suggestions if you have any. Finally, the expensive but most complete choice: The Potter's School. They have three classes that are part of their Classical Track that I would want to use (ignoring the expense...). Ameircan History, American Lit and Composition, and Starting Points. I'm assuming we could take all three... not sure of the rules, yet. American Government It would be a great to be able to do American government with American history and to also work in the up-coming presidential election. Suggestions? Literature and Composition Of course, literature and composition are two subjects that naturally accompany history, and I'm researching for these as well. That is probably a subject for a different thread. I feel better with someone else giving an evaluation... trying to avoid "mom grades" (Considering Smarr w/ writing instruction, Home2Teach, Lively Art of Writing, Lightning Lit, WTM approach, Scott Foresman's American Lit, Annenburg lectures on American lit., etc...) Nevertheless, if you know of a history/lit/comp class easy for an average mom to pull off, by all means, please share! :lurk5: Hoping someone can help me get off this merry-go-round of planning high school! Thanks so very much! Edited November 23, 2011 by Sweet Home Alabama Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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