Connections Posted February 23, 2012 Share Posted February 23, 2012 Have any of you used Kolbe Academy (and their lesson plans) for an accelerated learner? I am considering using their 8th grade plans for my son who will be in 6th grade next year. We will not use their plans for Math, however. I am interested in having someone else lay out the plans for me next year with essay writing prompts and testing included. I notice that I can use Science for the 8/9th grade level and I can start with Henle Latin as well. I am hoping that their History lesson plans include essay writing prompts. Also, I plan to supplement with primary source documents for US History. My other thought is to use the Christ the King (World History) high school level lesson plans. Either way I will include Teaching Company DVD's to supplement. Kolbe has recommended the Junior High Literature program as well. Any experience with that? (DS is taking Lightning Lit 8 with Online G3 this semester. I wish that class included writing. I understand why it doesn't, but we could use that component!) This year we are using Teaching Company DVD's and high school and intro. to college level texts. However, I do not have any testing included. Frankly, I do not have time to write my own tests. I need pre-written essay prompts so that I can focus on helping him to grow in his academic writing. He has a very strong writing voice already but can use help in the academic writing arena. I would like the essays to tie into his learning in other subjects and involve critical thinking, not just narration. We are not interested in transcripts at this point and I do not plan to graduate my son early. I just need work that will be both challenging and prepare him for studying and test-taking. He would learn a great deal if I simply let him read all day but his personality is such that he will be better off in the long run if we continue to develop good study habits now. (This is something we have discussed and DS has acknowledged for himself.) He may end up attending the local high school in a few years. The door is open for him to homeschool all the way through high school, though.:001_smile: If Kolbe doesn't work out I will likely be asking more questions on how to pull this together without losing my mind. We will be getting his EXPLORE results in a couple of weeks and I am hoping that will help nail down the academic level of challenge he needs. My son needs a little nudge once and awhile to tackle challenging work. Right now I am not certain if I am challenging at the right level. I really want a way to test comprehension, thinking skills, etc. I also have a DS working pretty much at grade level and am considering Kolbe for him, too. He would be doing grade 5 next year. He is content checking off boxes and I sometimes think I am under-challenging him. I am hoping to give him things to think about and not just regurgitate. Does Kolbe provide that? To give you a fuller picture, I am also blessed with a beautiful toddler DD! Thanks for reading and for any insights you have to offer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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