funnygirl Posted January 11, 2012 Share Posted January 11, 2012 I decided to start a new post, so this is actually a bit of a response to my earlier introduction post. I haven't decided if my dd is "2e" or not, but she is certainly VERY bright (yet tests horribly) so I have chosen material that I feel is challenging for her, but I have no expectations of how long it will take us to complete it. (In other words, if it takes a year and a half for us to finish pre-algebra, then fine.) Much of what I chose I just took a guess at based on her current curriculum. Also I'm fairly relaxed, so I'm comfortable using this stuff as a jumping-off point into either easier or harder material, based on her reaction to it. I'm also totally comfortable ditching something if it doesn't work. So here's what I'm doing: Math - ALEKS pre-algebra. DD tried it out and loved the online approach plus I think the "pie" is motivating. She worked on it for an hour yesterday! History- SOTW, starting with ancient Greeks. (She covered ancients through Egypt last year, so this works out perfectly.) She is OBSESSED with greek mythology, so I am working that in everywhere I can. I'm also including geography with our studies. Using the Kingfisher History Encyc. as adjunct. Planning to do a timeline. Literature - I have ordered Mosdos Gold but it hasn't arrived yet. Planning to use that as an adjunct to other books that go with our History. Need to supplement this with something for comprehension, as that is a weakness for her. Ideas?? English - I have broken our English down into sections, as this is probably her least favorite subject. She has started on Spelling Workout G, which she is flying through. This will likely be our last year at spelling, but I just needed final confirmation that she was up to speed. I am planning on doing Shurley Grammar; I expect to have to remediate grammar b/c I don't think she has ever really understood parts of speech, etc. I think the playfulness of Shurley will appeal to her. Currently waiting on that workbook to arrive. I also ordered Figuratively Speaking to assist in that regard. Using Wordsmith and the Creative Writer for writing. Haven't started either one. She is a very good creative writer, but absolutely detests writing formal papers, so the whole WTM concept of outlining, copywork, etc., will be uber-challenging for us. She does like to make lists, so perhaps I can work from there into outlining, etc. (I realize all of this English curr. seems like a lot, but the more options I can put in front of her, the better chance I have at getting something accomplished.) Latin - rather than teaching the actual language, I plan on doing a "root of the week" from Vocab from Classical Roots. Logic - Mindbenders b2 - she LOVES puzzles, so I think this will be a win for her. Science - have not chosen a formal science text. I would love something secular - ideas?? Exec Function - we are working on reading a clock (non-digital) and understand what time "feels" like. HUGE deficit for her. Currently reading Late, Lost, and Unprepared for more ideas. I'm not sure how to approach actual curriculum with her; she doesn't want to admit that she has any deficits, so it's very difficult to work on it with her in a formal manner. My approach so far has been to let her pick 3-4 subjects that she wants to work on and put them in order. I know that the more ownership she feels, the more involved she will be. Transitioning between subjects within the day has been difficult this week, but I know we just need more practice. I also need to help her understand how to take a break and then return to work; this tends to be hard for her. (Once she takes a break, she's done.) Thanks for reading, and feel free to give me your two cents! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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