Menu
Jump to content

What's with the ads?

SeaConquest

2020-2021 Planning for your AL

Recommended Posts

These threads start popping up in February, so I thought I would get ours kicked off.

This will be a big year for us as we make the transition to Sacha starting community college classes. I will also hopefully be graduating from my BSN program next summer and will take my nursing school boards. Then, begins the job hunt and grad school applications. We may have to move in order for me to find a job because new grad positions in nursing are very hard to come by in San Diego (what nursing shortage??). So, lots of changes on the horizon in the next year. Anyway, tentative plans...

Sacha (6th grade):

Math: AoPS Academy Geometry,  AoPS Online Intermediate Algebra (Late Spring or Summer 2021 start)

Science: AoPS Online F=MA Prep (Fall class, prep for Jan 2021 exam), Intro to Gen Chem (Spring Semester 2021 Community College), Art of Inquiry Astrobiology curriculum year 2

Composition: Davidson Explore Writing in the Humanities

Literature: Online G3 Shakespeare Comedies & Tragedies

History: Great Courses Plus modern history (still figuring out lectures, reading materials)

Computing: USACO prep, leaning towards AlphaStar's program, but still unsure where to go with this

Extracurriculars: Theatre, art, and guitar with his charter, kung fu, gameschooling, and Civil Air Patrol

 

Ronen (1st grade):

Math: Beast Academy Online, Prodigy

Science: Documentaries, NSTA trade books, Mystery Science, Generation Genius, Brain Pop

Language Arts: Writing With Ease or Writing & Rhetoric (haven't decided), MCT Island, All About Reading, Spelling By Sound And Structure, Torchlight, Books For Littles, We Need Diverse Books, Social Justice Books, Sex Positive Families

History: Story of the World

Computing: Scratch

Extracurriculars: Outdoor school with his charter, kung fu, gameschooling, and maybe Spanish

 

What ideas have you been kicking around for next year?

 

Edited by SeaConquest
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our plans for next year are still solidifying, so I'll probably wait another month or so to share. 

I'm curious, do you all still post on the regular grade level threads as well? Is there some point where a kid is just too accelerated to share outside of the AL board? 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Next year DD will be a senior. Eep! She has finished all required credits for our cover school/state, so there is a lot of flexibility. She also actually qualifies for DE funding, so has more options for classes-but won't know what she can get until later this summer. 

 

 

English-some sort of interesting lit class-DE somewhere. 

 

Math-Calculus. For her most likely schools, this will finish her college math requirements. 

 

History/Social Science/Humanities-depends on what she can get into for DE. She has a huge number of credits, but does like the discipline

 

Possibly an Education class since she is considering that as a possible path. 

 

Science-Field Herpetology upper division workshop class (either for c, possibly the non-majors Seismology, just because it is interesting, and she may not be at a school with an earthquake research center again. 

 

Spanish-Continue conversational Spanish with Homeschool Spanish Academy. 

 

Piano/Theory

 

Teach at Athena's-herpetology/Herp II and a new class she's working on developing

 

 

 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Cake and Pi said:

Our plans for next year are still solidifying, so I'll probably wait another month or so to share. 

I'm curious, do you all still post on the regular grade level threads as well? Is there some point where a kid is just too accelerated to share outside of the AL board? 

I posted on the usual third grade thread, but I did get a comment of the "Whoa, algebra??!!" form. I'll copy and paste my post, I think. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Copy and pasted from the other thread: 🙂

Hmmmm, fun thread! I have an accelerated 2nd grader and she's unschooled in lots of subjects, though, so I don't know how this'll look. 

Math: Continue with algebra. Review division and learn long division. Go over combinatorics and do prime factorization. 

Reading: Introduce her to some classics: maybe some easy Dickens or Jane Austen or something like that. 

Writing: Continue writing on self-motivated projects, possibly ones related to content. Make sure some projects include longer writing, since she wrote something extremely long this year, and as a result we've started talking about paragraphs, outlining, and general organization principles. 

Grammar: Buy some MCT books and read them together. 

Science: Work some science into our weekly schedule (right now, she just reads Horrible Science books, talks about chemistry with DH, and does some demonstrations with him on the weekend.) Make sure we have some dedicated building time lots of days, since building things seems to be her passion. 

Foreign language: Make sure we speak Russian at least an hour a day (right now, it's more like half an hour.) Maybe start reading books out loud to her. 

History: Make a history class related to Greek Myths for her. She asked for one, and I'm pretty weak on history in general and Greek history in particular, so this'll take work :-). 

Cooking: Keep working on having her make her own lunches and cutting things. Progress to making things with heat. 

Handcrafting: Make some larger sewing and crocheting projects. 

Physical education: Spend tons of time outside, take swimming and gymnastics. 

Music: continue with piano lessons and daily 45 minutes of practice. 

Hmmm, this looks pretty good, actually! More than I thought it'd be :P. Realistically, we spend the most time on the 3R's and on music, but that works for us! 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Everything is completely up in the air right now, even more so than usual. We are exploring private school options for next year. It’s so weird to say that; DD has been homeschooled from the beginning, and I believed she always would be.

If we do not find a satisfactory school option, we will likely do an extremely relaxed year, even more so than our usual. One idea that intrigued her was a completely arts-focused year. There are several theater groups and art classes around here. She could actually do Hoffman Piano. We could get a membership at our local makerspace and go to their meetups. We would need to keep her physical activity stuff on the schedule (currently parkour and aerial silks) because it is important for her to regulate, but she could potentially do dance or other more performance-based activities.

17 hours ago, Cake and Pi said:

Our plans for next year are still solidifying, so I'll probably wait another month or so to share. 

I'm curious, do you all still post on the regular grade level threads as well? Is there some point where a kid is just too accelerated to share outside of the AL board? 

 

I do not post on the regular grade threads. DD simply doesn’t come close to “fitting” in those threads, which means that I don’t find much community in them and my educational choices are unlikely to be useful to others with similarly aged kids on the thread.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/1/2020 at 4:23 PM, Cake and Pi said:

Our plans for next year are still solidifying, so I'll probably wait another month or so to share. 

I'm curious, do you all still post on the regular grade level threads as well? Is there some point where a kid is just too accelerated to share outside of the AL board? 

I've only started posting in the AL forum. I appreciate it when people with accelerated kids post in both places, because it shows that, even though they may be ahead in some areas, they may be on-level/behind-level in others. I don't know if it helps anyone else, but it is reassuring to me!

 

DS10 (6th grade)

Math: AoPS intro to algebra

Logic: continue w/ Blast Off w/Logic series and misc. Mind Benders books.

Science: Astronomy/Earth science (w/help from DH, an astronomy teacher)

HistoryMedieval-Early Renaissance, using Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Story of Science, and Light to the Nations P1;  reading lists from Living Math U2

Latin: finish Little Latin Readers & start Henle; also considering Portuguese Saturday school.

Language arts: Spelling Workout F; Grammar for the Well Trained Mind (2nd time through); Writing With Skill level 1

Literature: assigned books from the WTM reading list plus whatever else he wants to read, he usually has several non-school books going at once

Sports: He plays sports fall, winter, and spring. We will put in place a daily workout routine of bodyweight exercises and cardio, maybe add in some readings and call it "health class".

Misc.: He'll keep working through Code Combat for Python coding; typing program online; he's going to start some weekly cooking & baking lessons with me; we will learn some needlepoint skills together as a family (he's already a knitter). I need to find a way to fit piano and/or saxophone lessons into the budget (possibly online)

 

DS7 (3rd grade)

 

language arts:  First Language Lessons 3, Spelling Workout C, Zaner-Bloser 3 handwriting, copywork/narrations/dictations across the curriculum

math & logic: Beast Academy 3, books from LivingMath U2, MindBenders/BalanceBenders/Math Analogies/etc.

history: SOTW2 / read alouds from LivingMath U2

literature: read-alouds from the WTM recommendations (to go along with SOTW2), plenty of read alouds, audiobooks 

science: astronomy/earth science (WTM recommendations)

Latin: start Little Latin Readers, possibly Saturday Portuguese school

misc: This kid need plenty of unstructured time for following his own rabbit trails -- he pulls random nonfiction books off of DH's shelves and reads until he either doesn't understand anymore or gets bored; he's self-teaching Python, BBC Micro:Bit, and Raspberry Pi, etc. What he really needs is an organized physical activity, but his social anxiety won't let him join teams. Maybe piano lessons.

 

DS5 (1st grade)

 

phonics: finish Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

math and logic: Singapore Math 1A/B and MindBenders-type books 

language arts: First Language Lessons 1, Writing With Ease 1, and Spelling Workout A, Zaner-Bloser 1

science: (along with DS7 & DS10) earth science (library books) & astronomy (led by DH, an astronomy teacher)

history: (along with DS7) medieval & early renaissance (SOTW2 & lots of library books)

misc: he's playing soccer & maybe t-ball, weekly trips to the library, continue speech therapy weekly at the public school; maybe cub scouts; practical cleaning/cooking lessons; start CCD; possibly Saturday Portuguese school

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/1/2020 at 3:23 PM, Cake and Pi said:

I'm curious, do you all still post on the regular grade level threads as well? Is there some point where a kid is just too accelerated to share outside of the AL board?


I was a little hesitant, but no one else had gotten around to starting one for DS’ grade so I went ahead. 

I could see it not being a super-useful resource the further out from the norm you get, & if your AL is well into the tails of the bell curve people are likely to comment (which may or may not bother you). My DS isn’t super accelerated, though. There are times I wonder if we really ought to be here at all 😅

Edited by Shoes+Ships+SealingWax
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DS turns 7 next week & will be going into 2nd grade in the fall. We will likely move again in the second half of the school year, so we’ll continue to school year-round.

Reading: One chapter of anything he chooses, read aloud. If he continues to read more in his free time I’ll drop this requirement, but convergence insufficiency has meant he is just now getting comfortable with chapter books. 

Spelling: AAS 4 & 5

Handwriting: Cursive copy work, then whatever he chooses for continued practice. 

Language Arts: IEW All Things Fun & FascinatingMyths, Fairy Tales, & Legends, done concurrently. 

Math: BA 4A-4D

History: History Quest Middle Ages, once it is released.

Science: Not sure yet.

Electives: Scouts, soccer, homeschool math team, homeschool day at the library, possibly some art or nature school classes. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Shoes+Ships+SealingWax said:


 My DS isn’t super accelerated, though. There are times I wonder if we really ought to be here at all 😅

 

You belong here. Most ALs aren't crazy accelerated, but they're still ALs. This board shouldn't belong only to the extreme outliers. The radically accelerated ones do seem to make everyone else with "only" 1-3 year or less globally accelerated kids second guess themselves. It dregs up the impostor syndrome hard. It took me a couple of years to decide that I could/should post on this board. 🤷‍♀️

Personally, with a radically AL alongside "regular" ALs and my delayed DS#4, it's interesting how the emotions have played out and settled. Even though they seem to operate on wholly different levels academically, I know that my DS#1 and DS#2 are intellectually in the same ballpark with DS#3, both because of behaviors and WISC scores. They just don't direct their energies in the same ways that he does right now. I have also more internalized the notion that smarter/more accelerated/etc does not equal superior, and that disability is different, not less. I mean, I knew that in theory before, but living with it makes it a whole other kind of real. Point being that I'm now perfectly comfortable posting about my DS#2 here even though he's just 1-2 years accelerated in his better subjects, and actually 1-2 years behind in the ones that are harder for him. He's still an AL.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Cake and Pi said:

This board shouldn't belong only to the extreme outliers. The radically accelerated ones do seem to make everyone else with "only" 1-3 year or less globally accelerated kids second guess themselves. It dregs up the impostor syndrome hard. It took me a couple of years to decide that I could/should post on this board. 🤷‍♀️

 

I'm sorry -- I hope that my posts don't make people feel like that :-/. My older kiddo is very accelerated in math and reading, and I like that this board lets me post about that without worrying as much about reactions. But she's nowhere near as accelerated in her writing, and socially, she's right on track or maybe slightly behind... kids all have their strengths and weaknesses. I don't think the fact that this is the "accelerated" board means that I can't post about the things she struggles with... or for that matter, that I can't post about my much "spikier" younger girl, who is very emotionally intuitive and verbally precocious, but is still struggling with recognizing b's and d's at the same time as she's blowing through early readers... (3 months and counting on fighting b's and d's, hard. And she still guesses randomly if it's a new word. *bangs head on wall.*) 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, square_25 said:

I'm sorry -- I hope that my posts don't make people feel like that :-/.

Not at all! I love reading about her, & everything the others are doing over here as well.

I think Lace is right & that it’s just the imposter syndrome talking... DS also has SPD (potentially undiagnosed ADHD) & things have been particularly rough in that regard lately, so I’m just in a bit of a funk trying to get a handle on that. He’s “not fitting in” in the worst ways, without displaying his talents anywhere but our home classroom, so I feel like a bit of a fraud. 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Shoes+Ships+SealingWax said:

He’s “not fitting in” in the worst ways, without displaying his talents anywhere but our home classroom, so I feel like a bit of a fraud. 

 

For what it's worth, my daughter fits in *too* well! She's lovely to have in a classroom, because she's such a rule follower... and as a result, something like two thirds of her teachers don't even notice that she's particularly smart! She went through kindergarten without her teacher realizing she could already add small numbers (in fact, she could add and subtract two digit numbers, including with regrouping, and she could multiply.) And I'm seeing the same dynamic in the homeschool community -- teachers who don't pay much attention think DD is "a slightly above average bright kid." Which bums me out -- not because it's not fine to be a normal bright kid, but because I want her talents to be appreciated... 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, square_25 said:

 

I'm sorry -- I hope that my posts don't make people feel like that :-/.

 

No one should have to apologize for where their kid is at developmentally or academically, including you 😉. I only meant that sometimes the posts about PG and/or radically accelerated learners seem very prominent on this board and that the parents of more subtly/spiky/non-traditional ALs shouldn't let that keep them from joining in. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, Cake and Pi said:

 

You belong here. Most ALs aren't crazy accelerated, but they're still ALs. This board shouldn't belong only to the extreme outliers. The radically accelerated ones do seem to make everyone else with "only" 1-3 year or less globally accelerated kids second guess themselves. It dregs up the impostor syndrome hard. It took me a couple of years to decide that I could/should post on this board. 🤷‍♀️

 

I rarely post on this forum.  I didnt at all for many yrs bc the vibe was very much "exclusive to PG." Then, as the yrs went by, certain posters moved on, and I watched exactly where my kids ended up at graduation comparatively speaking.  I realized that what my kids were actually doing very much fit the profile of ALs that were being described back then. I still don't really enjoy posting on the AL forum.  I am very much not into thinking of them as accelerated or avg as much as we just do what we do.  Since I don't use preplanned curriculum other than math books, it really doesn't look advanced, just life.  🙂

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

I rarely post on this forum.  I didnt at all for many yrs bc the vibe was very much "exclusive to PG." Then, as the yrs went by, certain posters moved on, and I watched exactly where my kids ended up at graduation comparatively speaking.  I realized that what my kids were actually doing very much fit the profile of ALs that were being described back then. I still don't really enjoy posting on the AL forum.  I am very much not into thinking of them as accelerated or avg as much as we just do what we do.  Since I don't use preplanned curriculum other than math books, it really doesn't look advanced, just life.  🙂

 

I think the major benefit of this particular forum is not having to justify where your kid is at. I can ask here for recommendations on a high school physics book for my elementary kid or share that my 8yo will start AoPS Precalculus next year and no one is going to accuse me of pushing him, not letting him be a kid, or ruining his childhood, like has happened on some of the other WTM forums. It's also helpful for those of us who use curriculum to get ideas for appropriate resources to use with kiddos who don't necessarily learn best with traditionally scoped, sequenced, and paced curriculum.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Cake and Pi said:

 

I think the major benefit of this particular forum is not having to justify where your kid is at. I can ask here for recommendations on a high school physics book for my elementary kid or share that my 8yo will start AoPS Precalculus next year and no one is going to accuse me of pushing him, not letting him be a kid, or ruining his childhood, like has happened on some of the other WTM forums. It's also helpful for those of us who use curriculum to get ideas for appropriate resources to use with kiddos who don't necessarily learn best with traditionally scoped, sequenced, and paced curriculum.

And this is precisely why I rarely post on the AL forum.  😉  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Shoes+Ships+SealingWax said:

Annddd I’ve totally derailed the thread. 💣 💥
Sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️

 

Not at all. I still have massive imposter syndrome with my kids and I.  I think it is really good to talk about it and see that it is normal and something with which many of us struggle. I still have no idea about my youngest. I know that he has that sparkle in his eyes and can light up a room with his personality, but cognitively, is he on the same level as big brother? Who knows? Who cares? He no doubt has gifts that big brother does not. Anyway, ALs come in all varieties and many are dealing with exceptionalities and/or disabilities that complicate things enormously. This post is really meant to be a safe space to post about what you are thinking about for next year. I used these threads, particularly in the early years, for ideas and inspiration. I had never heard of History Quest , which was mentioned upthread, so I googled it, and now I wonder if Ronen might enjoy it. I also admin a local homeschooling board, so I like to keep up on new resources, so I can make recommendations if other homeschoolers ask me for suggestions. Anyway, no judgment here about what our ALs are doing. Seriously.  

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

I rarely post on this forum.  I didnt at all for many yrs bc the vibe was very much "exclusive to PG." Then, as the yrs went by, certain posters moved on, and I watched exactly where my kids ended up at graduation comparatively speaking.  I realized that what my kids were actually doing very much fit the profile of ALs that were being described back then. I still don't really enjoy posting on the AL forum.  I am very much not into thinking of them as accelerated or avg as much as we just do what we do.  Since I don't use preplanned curriculum other than math books, it really doesn't look advanced, just life.  🙂

 

I go back and re-read many of your threads and have many WW8D (what would 8 do) moments in my dealings with my kids because of them, so thank you.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

And this is precisely why I rarely post on the AL forum.  😉  

 

Because some kids are really far ahead? But that's what some kids WANT to do. My daughter pestered me this year until we started algebra, even though I'd have rather waited until she actually got long division down (she can divide very well, but not with an algorithm) and was more solid on fractions. But she always wants to go forward conceptually. 

I don't see how the fact that some kids have very specific gifts makes this forum a less useful resource for your specific child. As I said, I have a kid who learned her letters by 2 and one who's struggling at almost 4. I don't expect the resources for my younger girl (who is still precocious) to feel somehow tainted by the fact that there are more uniformly gifted kids on here. 

Edited by square_25
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 minutes ago, square_25 said:

 

Because some kids are really far ahead? But that's what some kids WANT to do. My daughter pestered me this year until we started algebra, even though I'd have rather waited until she actually got long division down (she can divide very well, but not with an algorithm) and was more solid on fractions. But she always wants to go forward conceptually. 

I don't see how the fact that some kids have very specific gifts makes this forum a less useful resource for your specific child. As I said, I have a kid who learned her letters by 2 and one who's struggling at almost 4. I don't expect the resources for my younger girl (who is still precocious) to feel somehow tainted by the fact that there are more uniformly gifted kids on here. 

LOL!  Really??  My post had nothing to do with kids being advanced.  It is actually  b/c this is the main view towards education has always dominated the AL forums...

33 minutes ago, Cake and Pi said:

I can ask here for recommendations on a high school physics book for my elementary kid ......It's also helpful for those of us who use curriculum to get ideas for appropriate resources to use with kiddos who don't necessarily learn best with traditionally scoped, sequenced, and paced curriculum.

I can't wrap my head around the focus on textbooks and curriculum for kids who don't fit a traditional classification.  And, yet, by far, the AL forum historically is the forum where using provider sources has been dominate. 

It is a philosophical difference toward education, not anything to do with where kids are functioning.

Edited by 8FillTheHeart
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

LOL!  Really??  My post had nothing to do with kids being advanced.  It is actually  b/c this is the main view towards education has always dominated the AL forums...

I can't wrap my head around the focus on textbooks and curriculum for kids who don't fit a traditional classification.  And, yet, by far, the AL forum historically is the forum where using provider sources has been dominate. 

 

Sorry, I'm not very good at reading between the lines. What, exactly, is the main view towards education that dominates the AL forums, and how does it clash with your personal educational philosophy?

As for textbooks and curriculum, I would and do use them with any and all of my kids, accelerated or not. I'm just not educationally well rounded or creative enough to come up with what and how to teach on my own. Without curricula, I'd be very unsure of myself as a home educator. If my delayed dude comes home from public special education, I'll be buying Barton and ST Math for him, things I learned about on the Learning Challenges forum, which I view very similarly to the AL forum. They're both places for parents of kids who don't fit "typical" in one or more ways that affect learning. Nothing wrong with pooling resources and sharing ideas, right?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Cake and Pi said:

 

Sorry, I'm not very good at reading between the lines. What, exactly, is the main view towards education that dominates the AL forums, and how does it clash with your personal educational philosophy?

As for textbooks and curriculum, I would and do use them with any and all of my kids, accelerated or not. I'm just not educationally well rounded or creative enough to come up with what and how to teach on my own. Without curricula, I'd be very unsure of myself as a home educator. If my delayed dude comes home from public special education, I'll be buying Barton and ST Math for him, things I learned about on the Learning Challenges forum, which I view very similarly to the AL forum. They're both places for parents of kids who don't fit "typical" in one or more ways that affect learning. Nothing wrong with pooling resources and sharing ideas, right?

There is nothing wrong at all with pooling resources and sharing ideas.  🙂  I wasn't attempting to suggest otherwise.   

On the AL forum in the past (and unfortunately, on almost all of the forums now),  textbooks (or simply more advanced textbooks in the case of AL) or online providers is generally the extent of discussion or interest.  When non-high school/college texts options have been mentioned, the conversation invariably has swung in the direction that those are the only resources that meet the needs/drives of the AL learner (and why for so long I felt like my kids didn't match the AL profile).  

Since we rarely use textbooks or providers, the focus on either is something I cannot relate to. Hence, I rarely post on the AL forum and typically don't enjoy posting on the AL forum b/c we just don't fit the typical profile of posters.  I really enjoy reading @dmmetler's posts about her dd's adventures. They are now the main reason I click on the AL forum.

Absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that that is what you want or need.  I was not commenting on any other posters.  I was simply stating that I could relate to being uncomfortable posting on the AL forum (bc I am) and why.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

Since we rarely use textbooks or providers, the focus on either is something I cannot relate to.

 

Oh, I see. I honestly didn't understand what you meant -- my apologies. We haven't used textbooks, either, so I understand where you are coming from. However, I have to say, I haven't found people willing to talk about the nitty-gritty of how they teach their kids on any of the forums, and I'm at least familiar with the standard AL textbooks... I know you say that this was different in the past, though.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright! I got motivated and worked out tentative plans. Of course, this will all probably change 27 times between now and August, but at least the thread's back on topic now 😄

Well, see? I should have just waited. It's been 2ish weeks and I'm already changing things.

DS#1, will-be-12yo

Getting very independent. He's in a phase where he often doesn't want to be taught by me but still needs the support of an instructor and a weekly schedule, so we're incorporating many online classes. I think he'd love to go to a B&M school next year if only there weren't other kids there, lol.

Math: AoPS Geometry, possibly through RFWP Online or WTM Academy

Science: Public online GT 8th grade science class

Social Studies: Public online GT 8th grade Early American History class

Language Arts: MCT Literature Level, writing across the curriculum, Sequential Spelling 5, considering the Athena's lit to film class set

Other: SK Philosophy level G, TBD classes through the homeschool charter, pottery, swimming

 
 
DS#2, 10yo
 
May return to PS for the social life. If he stays home I'll need to continue to learning how to teach him, which has been quite the adventure so far (four weeks in). He's an out-of-the-box, non-linear, headstrong, and not-externally-motivated kind of learner. This curriculum-loving mama is having to step way out of her comfort zone to reach and teach this kid.
 
Math: Pre-algebra, but I can't decide what curriculum to use. He needs something like AoPS for problem novelty and puzzle-y-ness, but with traditional instruction and way less dense text, or even no reading at all. If I don't find the magic curriculum, I'm thinking about riding this bike with no handlebars and just teaching him without a book, which I really don't want to do but at least feels possible now that it'll be my 3rd pass through teaching pre-a.
 
Science: Leaning toward an interest-led documentary year, or I may try align his topics with whatever his brothers are covering in their science class
 
Social Studies: Not sure. Considering getting a subscription to Junior Scholastic and listening to a variety of historical fiction and diversity focused audiobooks
 
Language Arts: Brave Writer with Arrows, Sequential Spelling 2, handwriting practice, Killgallons story grammar, and Vocabulary Cartoons
 
Other: full-day aerospace program once a week (??), running with dad
 
 
 
DS#3, 8yo
 
Math: AoPS Online Intermediate Algebra and Precalculus. It feels scary writing that out. Maybe he'll just do Intermediate Algebra.
 
Science: Public online GT 8th grade science class Davidson: Explore Contemporary Science
 
Social Studies: I'll probably lump him in with whatever I decide to do with DS#2
 
Language Arts: MCT Voyage Level, writing across the curriculum, handwriting practice, reading whatever he wants
 
Other: SK Philosophy level D, python, java script, HTML, TBD classes from the homeschool enrichment program, might take a B&M high school class and/or go to the GT elementary magnet for a class period, swimming if we can squeeze it in around all that and his 15ish hours a week of ABA
 
 
 
DS#4, 6yo
 
Not an AL, but I'll include him anyway!
 
Main academics: Public school 1st grade
 
Main services: sped and speech therapy at school
 
Supplemental academics:  guided playing with home-made DragonBox Nooms rods, as much read-aloud time as he'll tolerate, phonetic awareness games
 
Supplemental services: mix of private and mom-facilitated OT and PT, may attempt private pelvic floor rehab therapy again
 
 
Edited by Cake and Pi
  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/30/2020 at 7:08 PM, SeaConquest said:

 

Thank you. I have been waiting for this thread and especially for post of yours😃

Since I had started working, we have started falling dreadfully behind and as we were taking a very similar education approach to teaching our kids, I am heavily relying on your program at the moment 🙈😅

I also wanted to tell you thanks for a reply about AOPS physics. Unfortunately it was a bit crazy time for me and I forgot to thank you. My apology 😳

 

I will try to pull all things together this weekend, but before I have to sort a few things, maths and science. We tried to take online AOPS course last month, but since my kid cannot attend the lessons online due to a different time zone, he found this course not very useful and we decided to cancel it 😞 I need to figure out what shall we do now, as we do not want to change the program. I am not feeling comfortable to teach this level. Beside I have enrolled myself into another troublesome course, ACCA this time, and I am afraid I will have not enough time for myself for a few next years😞

Does anyone takes AOPS course in Welltrainedmind academy by any chance? How does it work? Is there any other online courses who follows AOPS curriculum? 

Edited by Rush
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Part of the thing for me is that the nitty gritty changes through time. When DD was younger, and through about typical high school content, we did almost everything at home, sometimes with the help of a mentor, and textbooks were a guide at best, and online classes were a fun supplement to get to interact with other people more than anything else, just like local co-ops. Starting at about age 11, she demanded time with other people, and really needed that experience, so we ended up moving to college classes, and discussion at home and extra books here and there around the edges. My role changed dramatically, and she started moving more laterally and less accelerated. In some areas, she really hasn't moved forward since that time-math, for example, has been taking pretty much every class that she qualified for at the college, without actually moving forward in the progression (so, she placed into Calculus, but has chosen to take math teaching techniques, statistics, finite and discrete math, college algebra and trig, etc). Part of that, I think, is that she truly enjoys being able to help other students-and she has learned something new in every class. She's taken a lot more humanities than I would have expected, and dived deeply into social science. But I really geel like we stopped homeschooling about 3 years ago-not by choice, but because that was what DD needed at the time. I really had expected to continue at home all the way through-and kind of envy folks who have done so.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Rush said:

Does anyone takes AOPS course in Welltrainedmind academy by any chance? How does it work? Is there any other online courses who follows AOPS curriculum? 

 

What about these classes?

https://www.rfwp.com/pages/online-courses/

Edited by SeaConquest
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25 minutes ago, dmmetler said:

Part of the thing for me is that the nitty gritty changes through time. When DD was younger, and through about typical high school content, we did almost everything at home, sometimes with the help of a mentor, and textbooks were a guide at best, and online classes were a fun supplement to get to interact with other people more than anything else, just like local co-ops. Starting at about age 11, she demanded time with other people, and really needed that experience, so we ended up moving to college classes, and discussion at home and extra books here and there around the edges. My role changed dramatically, and she started moving more laterally and less accelerated. In some areas, she really hasn't moved forward since that time-math, for example, has been taking pretty much every class that she qualified for at the college, without actually moving forward in the progression (so, she placed into Calculus, but has chosen to take math teaching techniques, statistics, finite and discrete math, college algebra and trig, etc). Part of that, I think, is that she truly enjoys being able to help other students-and she has learned something new in every class. She's taken a lot more humanities than I would have expected, and dived deeply into social science. But I really geel like we stopped homeschooling about 3 years ago-not by choice, but because that was what DD needed at the time. I really had expected to continue at home all the way through-and kind of envy folks who have done so.

 

Sacha just turned 11 and I think this is where we are heading as well. Like you, I also envy the people who are able to create these really cool, out-of-the-box learning experiences for their kids, but the best that I can do is research what I can find that has already been put together by others. Like, I was able to find an astrobiology series that is run by a former NASA instructor and DYS parent. That's got to be better than anything I can throw together myself.  I also found a charter school in So Cal that runs an aeronautics enrichment program that is doing the type of stuff that Sacha wants to do (soaring lessons in gliders, Genes in Space experiments for the ISS).

Plus, with the teen years approaching, I can already foresee that learning alone/primarily online is likely going to get more frustrating for him. He is probably going to want more social interaction with others. He is fine now because he still gets to go 2 days/week to his charter school for art/theatre/guitar, but as his academic load continues to increase, I am not sure how much we will be able to set aside two full days for his charter school. His current charter also has restrictions on dual enrollment that will eventually become problematic for him, so I can't see him lasting there beyond 8th grade unless they change those rules.

Rather than throwing him straight into Gen Chem, we compromised by giving the Intro to Gen Chem class a try next spring when he is 12. That doesn't seem excessively young to me among the AL crowd for trying out what is effectively a compressed version of a high school chem class. If it goes poorly, we can drop it and hold off on CC until he has better EF skills. But, this is something that he wants to do, and I am not going to be the one that holds him back. If it goes well, then I expect that he will continue to stay with AoPS for math until Calc BC, then probably transition to SOHS or UCSD math classes. But for the rest, I imagine that he will be doing quite a bit of dual enrolling at the CCs or UCSD. Thankfully, they are expanding our trolley system so that he can get around by mass transit in the years ahead. We shall see. But yeah, this year feels like the year that things are starting to change.     

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for starting this thread. It's given me a chance to start thinking, self doubt, check out the local school again, and re embrace homeschooling for the coming year.

My kids will be 8, 6.5, almost 4, and 1.5 in the fall. Together we'll do SOTW 3, some BFSU, maybe some Mystery Science, and a lot of reading aloud and talking. We'll be working on Scout requirements for the older two, which we largely end up doing together.

All the rest of this is heavily dependent on how they grow and mature over the next months.

Dd8 will likely be finishing the tail end of BA 3 and then doing 4. I suspect she'll get through it all easily. I have some other things, like logic and graphing, to avoid going further than that. For ELA she'll be doing a lot of reading, dictation, and The Good and the Beautiful handwriting. Everything else about that curriculum makes me want to run screaming, but the handwriting is what we're looking for. I want to include more consistent writing practice for her. Currently she mostly writes her own projects, which results in some high-quality work done in long bursts, but very sporadically.

DS 6 will likely be ready for BA2a. We're currently doing Math Mammoth, mostly to teach him a little independence and a lot of confidence, but it's super easy. I don't know how far I should go before swapping over. I think he'll be reading well but still be needing buddy reading to build endurance. He'll likely be ready to start simple dictation, and he'll also be doing TGATB handwriting.

DS 4 has been demanding school and learning to read recently, stop who knows where he'll be. We may be slowly going through Progressive Phonics, or he may be reading nearly independently. We'll likely do MEP1 orally. 

DS 1 will continue his lessons in advanced climbing and trouble making, as well as beginning speech.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/3/2020 at 9:25 PM, 8FillTheHeart said:

I rarely post on this forum.  I didnt at all for many yrs bc the vibe was very much "exclusive to PG." Then, as the yrs went by, certain posters moved on, and I watched exactly where my kids ended up at graduation comparatively speaking.  I realized that what my kids were actually doing very much fit the profile of ALs that were being described back then. I still don't really enjoy posting on the AL forum.  I am very much not into thinking of them as accelerated or avg as much as we just do what we do.  Since I don't use preplanned curriculum other than math books, it really doesn't look advanced, just life.  🙂

Thank you for writing this. I have never posted but have lurked looking for ideas on how to meet eldest’s needs just like I’ve lurked in the LC board looking for ideas to help second learn to read.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had already posted in the grade-level threads before this thread was started. I can't remember if I have normally posted in those or not. My kids are accelerated different amounts, but here are the plans for next year as they currently stand...may look slightly different from what I initially posted in those threads. This thread is also better for showing where I'm combining kids. 🙂 Grade levels listed are age-based grades for the 20-21 school year.

DD#1 (6th) and DD#2 (3rd) together

  • History: K12 Human Odyssey volume 2. I will make my own "student pages" to go with the text like I have done for volume 1, also incorporating map work from MapTrek.
  • Writing: Writing & Rhetoric, books 7 & 8.
  • Science: physics is the plan. Still looking into options, but right now I'm leaning toward Hewitt's Conceptual Physics. 
  • Grammar: jury's still out on whether we will do grammar or not. If we do, it will be Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind.

DD#1 (6th)

  • Reading: mom-selected books.
  • Computer skills: coding (Python, not sure yet what resource/s); typing (Typing Instructor and maybe starting to type some papers).
  • Math: AOPS Intro to Algebra.
  • Foreign language: I'm not sure what we'll do. She'll wrap up book 2 of Lively Latin this year. So I could have her start Wheelock's, with a sense of "this is easy because I've already done it" for a lot of the first half of the book. Or I could let her choose a modern language to start instead, because she's feeling a bit Latin-ed out. On the other hand, some friends do a Latin club that competes and they've told me she would be welcome to participate...and that could be a good thing for her. And she doesn't actually have another language that she's particularly interested in learning. So...that was a lot of words to say "I don't know, but something."

DD#2 (3rd)

  • Reading: mom-selected books.
  • Computer skills: coding (Scratch); typing (Typing Instructor and maybe starting to type some papers).
  • Math: AOPS Prealgebra.
  • Foreign language: continuing Lively Latin 2; continuing Russian Step by Step. 

DS (1st)

  • Grammar: First Language Lessons 2.
  • Writing: some A Beka handwriting, and some WTM-style narration & copywork incorporated with science, history, and reading.
  • Reading: mom-selected books.
  • Math: *pretty sure* that I will start him on Beast Academy 2, and we'll use Math Mammoth 2 to shore up any weak areas as needed. BA2 wasn't out for my girls, so I don't have a good feel for whether DS is ready for it or not. Based on the placement test for 2A, it looks like probably, but with a couple of spots he should work on more. 
  • History: Story of the World 2 (might need to finish the tail end of 1).
  • Science: most likely, this will be a mishmash of topics studied through books and YouTube videos, plus he will observe demonstrations/experiments that his sisters are doing for their science, and he'll absorb some knowledge through that as well. This is pretty much what we're doing this year.

All three kids

  • Piano lessons
  • Children's choir
  • Whatever sports or other activities we end up signing up for!

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DS8yo-

Language: Minimus Latin, MCT Town, searching for a Spanish spine...

Writing: TC, W&R Narrative

Math: ... maybe I'll show him samples and let him pick his spine.

Science: BFSU 2, Daily Science 3

Literature: Suppose the Wolf Gr 3/4

DS5yo:

Language: MCT Island, The Fun Spanish (when he wants)

Writing: RFP Aesop Books 3 and 4, cursive copywork

Math: BA Online, Miquon, Fan Math Process Skills 1 and 2

Science: BFSU 1 (very lightly), maybe start Daily Science 1 at some point

DS turning 3yo: nursery rhymes, poetry, fairy tales. The older kids still like these so this often turns into a lot of performing arts practice!

Everyone together (sometimes different levels though)

Arts: piano lessons, mom-designed visual arts units with artist study, music history with composer studies, lots of field trips

Geography: continue BF Around the World 1, Maps Charts Graphs

History: SOTW Audio 3, American History read alouds

Recitation: Living Memory, poetry

Read alouds: Let's Read and Find Out, Torchlight, AO, myths and fairytales, etc etc, including Spanish

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is fun! I love getting ideas of other options to try.

Can anyone recommend a Bible study group or curriculum? 

Math- Right Start A for the little ones plus workbooks and websites as appropriate. 

English- Suppose the Wolf K-2 for the twins. We will work on all skills including reading and writing. 

History- SOTW 

Geography- BF around the world series

Music- piano lessons

Art- Teaching Art to Children, advice needed though..

Misc- first aid for eldest, teamwork, cookery, life skills, money skills etc 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am struggling this year with with my planning😳

These what I have so far...

DS12 

Royal Fireworks Geometry, Competitive maths/AOPS Intermediate Algebra with a personal tutor.

Physics - he is taking Jetta's class this year and I cannot figure out where to go next. Should be something not intensive. Considering to continue with our maths tutor too.

Programming - looking at Alphastar's program for now too. We have a very good online academy of sport programming, but I want to reduce the cost a little bit at the moment.

Chess with a tutor + lots of tournaments

Music school - Piano, Vocal had to go for now - no time

French, Russian and German to continue

+ school and tennis everyday too🙈

He also organised a tennis club with a friend at his school last year and they are currently teaching their pears twice a week.

 

DS10

BA5 online, competitive maths with me

Science - funny projects with daddy

Robotics - with his brother's or daddy's help 

Computing - Digital Savvy or/and Web Design at CompuScholar

SOTW to finish

Entrepreneur or engineering classes - he is still choosing

Art school

Russian & French 

Swimming and Boxing

 

 

 

Edited by Rush
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had pretty much decided that our "grammar break" would be extended indefinitely, but DD#2 has been BEGGING me to let her do grammar again. I don't want to add more to our days. Sigh. 

In a similar vein, DD#1 found out that her friend who does CC gets to study logic, and so she is feeling very deprived at not having that. DD#2 jumped on board when DD#1 asked for logic. I have a thing that we can do once a week (The Great Chocolate Caper), so that's less of an issue to add.

But thinking about doing MORE than we already do just makes me tired, lol!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, purpleowl said:

I had pretty much decided that our "grammar break" would be extended indefinitely, but DD#2 has been BEGGING me to let her do grammar again. I don't want to add more to our days. Sigh. 

In a similar vein, DD#1 found out that her friend who does CC gets to study logic, and so she is feeling very deprived at not having that. DD#2 jumped on board when DD#1 asked for logic. I have a thing that we can do once a week (The Great Chocolate Caper), so that's less of an issue to add.

But thinking about doing MORE than we already do just makes me tired, lol!

What grammar were you doing?? That sounds like a very positive review from your daughter, lol! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, square_25 said:

What grammar were you doing?? That sounds like a very positive review from your daughter, lol! 

Ha! She is super enthusiastic when she decides she likes/wants something, and then despondent in equal measure when she decides she doesn't. 😉 

She has done First Language Lessons, finishing level 4 about a year ago (which is when I declared Grammar Break). The next thing she would do is Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind at a slightly reduced pace. DD#1 has already done GftWTM once (purple); that's what she had just finished before the Grammar Break. I figured down the road I could have them do red together. So if I cave, I'll do purple with DD#2.

Edited by purpleowl

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We’re all up in the air.  This year has been such a struggle.  I am so discouraged.  My oldest is going to public school in the Fall.  I feel like a failure.  I am making an academic decision for her based not on what I believe is best academically, but because of what really boils down to a parenting issue.  But I can’t keep doing this.  I am so sick of the struggle and the rudeness and the bad attitude.  It is so difficult to get four children’s schoolwork done when the oldest requires the greatest supervision to keep on task.  She really took advantage of the months of my distraction to get out of as much of her work as possible, and now is incredibly angry with me for forcing her to do more to make up lost time in the subjects she is half a year behind our plans for the year in.  (Distraction=when our foster daughter first came to us and most of my attention went to keeping her from injuring herself or someone else).

Dd11, 6th: public school, piano.  I don’t know yet if I will require any more from her or not. Maybe spelling.  (My sil tells me that her kids’ district does not teach spelling at all).

Dd9, 4th: will go to public school, too, if she decides she wants to.  If she goes, I will after school her in spelling and math facts memorization.  If not, we will generally continue with what we’ve done before with BA 5, MCT Town level, AAS, SOTW 2, MEL chemistry+ ? for science, typing.com and Spencerian handwriting, German with a tutor.  Voice lessons and Horseback riding for extracurriculars.

Ds7, 3rd:  is saying he wants to go to public school, but we don’t think he is ready to do well in a classroom.  He latches on to something and does it obsessively for a period of time, and is likely to melt down if you force him to transition out of it before he’s ready.  It’s not a problem at home.  I don’t mind if he does five days worth of math in one sitting and spends more time on Language Arts another day.  But it would be a problem in a classroom.  At home, he is always my easiest or my hardest student, depending on whether he is having a perfectionist meltdown that day or not.  His perfectionism seems to be getting worse, and nothing I have tried seems to be working.  And you never know whether today is going to be a wake up bright and early and get everything plus some extra done well by 11 sort of day (~66%) or a rolling on the floor screaming that the computer is lying because he got a question wrong sort of day(~33%).  He will be doing BA5 (and possibly beginning prealgebra—is that possible?!), MCT island level poetics book + the rest of Town level, R&S spelling, HWOT & typing.com, SOTW 2, MEL chemistry + ? for science, Spanish in some form.  Cello and judo+soccer+baseball (in different seasons) for extracurriculars.

Ds5, 1st: is my lopsided boy.  He will be at home with me.  AAR 2, AAS 1, HWOT 1/2, BA and Singapore 3, SOTW 2, MEL chemistry+?, start a language.  He’s talking about French or Japanese.  (Eeek!). Violin and horseback riding aka. cowboy lessons.

Dd3: will not be with us.  She is going home to her bio mom soon.  Things will be much easier here, but emotionally harder.  It feels like she belongs on this list.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...