2ndGenHomeschooler Posted December 30, 2017 Share Posted December 30, 2017 This is my first post on the high school boards and Iâ€™ll admit to being intimidated by the very need to be here. Added to that, my 13yo soon-to-be high schooler dislikes school and has been difficult lately. Mostly just putting it off, avoiding it, doing sloppy work, and generally making me sit with her and drag her through assignments. Weâ€™ve been homeschooling since the beginning with an eclectic approach roughly leaning towards classical and CM. My DD likes to read and loves anything artistic - drawing, painting, crocheting, sewing, music, etc. If I try to incorporate any of these things into school work she complains and gives me sloppy work or doesnâ€™t finish reading the books I assign. She dislikes anything with even a hint of possibly being â€œschoolâ€, even if sheâ€™d enjoy it if it was her own idea. She hates writing and science. At this point she has no desire to go to college but Iâ€™m hoping as she matures that sheâ€™ll change her mind. Regardless, I want her high school education to prepare her for at least community college. Iâ€™m looking for curriculum options that are basically â€œgood enoughâ€. I want all the bases covered but without any extra, time-consuming, fluff. For reference, here is the list of what weâ€™re currently using and our experience with them: Bible - Who Is God? series from Apologia. Weâ€™re doing book 3 this year. Weâ€™ve enjoyed it. DD doesnâ€™t seem to mind it. I read aloud and we all discuss. Math - SM Dimensions. She likes SM. Weâ€™re a little behind and I plan to continue this through 8b. That should cover Algebra 1. History - weâ€™ve been doing SOTW. Weâ€™re on book 4. I read aloud and the kids narrate. I occasionally assign extra reading and projects to fill in. Weâ€™ve really enjoyed this. Iâ€™ve considered doing US History and government next year and would love to find something similar to SOTW - but at high school level, of course. Science - Apologia. She doesnâ€™t mind doing the experiments but doesnâ€™t like the rest - reading, studying, answering questions, filling out lab reports. I like it but maybe thereâ€™s something better for her. Or maybe sheâ€™ll hate whatever we do because she doesnâ€™t like science. Grammar- Fix-It Grammar. Iâ€™m not sure what I think about this weâ€™re only on Level 2. On the plus side, it doesnâ€™t take long to do. Writing- IEW. Weâ€™ve done this for a couple years now and are doing a theme book for the first time this year. I really like the theme books. It doesnâ€™t take DD long to do each day. Her writing has improved with the formulaic approach but Iâ€™m wondering if itâ€™s time to switch to something else just for a different perspective. Other - we really need to work on spelling. Literature has been tied to other subjects but should maybe be covered more formally. I need to figure out a foreign language. Iâ€™ve looked at MFW but Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s exactly what Iâ€™m looking for and I canâ€™t find many reviews on it. Any other curriculum suggestions or tips for getting my DD invested in her own education. I do plan to talk to her soon but I want to do a little research first. I donâ€™t want to just tell her what to do in high school. Iâ€™d like her to be part of the decision making process. I just donâ€™t know if sheâ€™ll cooperate with that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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