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Old 09-23-2012, 10:11 PM   #11
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angel - Cool that your hubby is going to teach! Mine isn't home enough to really do much. Sometime I have him do science stuff though. (And yeah, I don't use FB at all. Too much drama for me. Plus, I'm on DS enough. I don't need anything extra to distract me from being productive. LOL!! and )

jen - Yay for being almost done with K!!

Tomorrow I'm not exactly sure what we are doing. We do MFW 1st. It's pretty much open and go. I know I already looked at it, but I can't remember. So, we'll open and go! LOL! But, we do have someone coming to see about getting some groundhogs out from living under our house and I definitely have to clean up. Jen, we have the earthquake look too. Hopefully, we will get it all done. We've taken a couple weeks off. I hope we can get right back into the swing of things. I'm also expecting to deliver this baby pretty soon, maybe a week or 2 to go. Hoping to get a good amount done before that happens.

Question: So, whose kids are what age/grade? My only formal schooler is almost 7 and in 1st. I also have 4 year old twins and 2 year old twins and I'm 37wks (tomorrow) pregnant with my 6th.

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:20 PM   #12
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Do you have a link for the CK12 Biology you are using? We started out using their Earth Science for Middle School but the reading level is way over his head. He tested post high school for reading comprehension on his SATs last year, so I don't know if it was lack of effort on his part or if the book was really over his head. I am doing BJU Science 6 with both my 8th grader and 6th grader. I plan on giving him extra work to do since it is "below" his level.

I really need my 6th and 8th graders to be on the same level in some subjects, so they are doing history and science together.
We use the biology here http://www.ck12.org/browse/biology/ We use the flex book system. We started out with their earth science and just kind of winged it b/c it took a month for them to send me the answer keys for the biology program. I found the reading to be about on the same level for both courses, but my DS is a bit slow in reading so it may be okay for your DS. I like their biology compared to the earth science, b/c the biology has a workbook and quizzes that go with it, and the program itself has videos and stuff that he can watch and participate with, which makes it more interesting than just sitting down and reading.

As for American History, we use a Lifepac, and it has been fine. It is Christian based, though, it depends on whether that's okay with you or not. We are Christian, so it doesn't bother us, but so far I haven't seen too much Christianity in it, but we have only finished one packet. We chose not to use their science, b/c we prefer for him to learn evolutionary based science rather than creationism based. I don't care if it has Christian content beyond that, though. I like the Lifepacs b/c they are open and go, and he is able to work completely independently on them. He even checks his own work when he is done, so I don't have to do anything on my end other than plug his score and minutes into my tracker program.
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My students (LOL) are William, age 13. He is in the 8th grade. He is currently doing American History, Basic Science, Writing and Grammar, Literature, and Pre-Algebra. I am hoping to add a few things in there as we go. I plan on adding a unit study on the election process but haven't committed to any particular one yet.

Abigail is 11, 6th grade. She and William are doing science and history together. She is at grade level for Writing and Grammar, Literature, and math.

I so desperately want to get these kids ahead but they are so unmotivated. It seems as though they do the bare minimum just to get by. This is our first year homeschooling though so I know that is expected as they transition.

Kara~Thank you! I would prefer to do old earth based science too but I really like Bob Jones curricula. Their old school taught out of it and I find a lot of it to be very challenging. As they get older, I plan on exposing them to both worldviews so that they are not confused once they enter the public school system. I am wanting to send DS to the high school in 10th grade, and DD in 10th grade as well. We will see as time goes on though.
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I agree. DS has been in PS up until this year, so I also didn't want to confuse him since that is what he has learned up until now. We also plan to put him back into public school at least by the start of next year. We are homeschooling b/c the school system is terrible where we live. We moved here in March of 2011, and we have had nothing but bad experiences since we have been here. It is a tiny, VERY rural school (less than 250 kids total, K-12, in one building...we live in the middle of nowhere) and they do absolutely zero college prep. Very few kids that graduate, if they even do, from that school go on to college. Most kids, especially the boys, go straight to cutting cedar. We come from one of the best school districts in Omaha, NE, so it is such a drastic difference for us and not what we want for our son.

My husband is in the process of looking for a new job in a different state, and hopefully we will be moved by next summer, so he can go back into public school at that point b/c we plan to move back to a more populated area.

ETA - I see you live in Missouri also. We live about 5 miles south of Bradleyville, about 45 minutes east of Branson.
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I posted a thread with a question but I see this is pretty hopping with hs so I thought I would ask here too.

Who has a good recommendation for health that isn't attached to a science? I need 4-6 grade approximately.
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I'm in! DS is in 8th grade, and this is our first year HSing and we started in the middle of August (we decided kind of last minute). We are doing a year round schedule, so I schedule frequent short breaks. We worked M-Sat for 4 weeks, just had last week off, and we start back up again tomorrow. It was nice to have a break.

I changed his science curriculum (CK12 Biology), so he gets to start that, and I also found a free online sign language class for his foreign language. I have always wanted to learn sign language, so I will be learning with him. He is deaf in one ear, so I thought this would be a good language for him to learn. I'm excited to start it!

We use Alpha Omega Lifepacs for history and language arts, CLE 700 for math, and now CK12 for science. He is reading The Book Thief for reading, and now the sign language. We also do various cooking and craft projects for home ec.
I would live to more about your sign language find if you would care to share. Pm me?
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I posted a thread with a question but I see this is pretty hopping with hs so I thought I would ask here too.

Who has a good recommendation for health that isn't attached to a science? I need 4-6 grade approximately.
While it is attached to a science curriculum, if you look at the link I posted above for the CK12 Biology, you can select and choose to use only the health related chapters, like sexuality, reproduction, and your changing body. If that's what you mean by a health class. Those chapters are particularly why I chose to use the biology course this year rather than waiting until next year, b/c I think the health section should be taught before high school.
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While it is attached to a science curriculum, if you look at the link I posted above for the CK12 Biology, you can select and choose to use only the health related chapters, like sexuality, reproduction, and your changing body. If that's what you mean by a health class.
It is. My kids take science but it's not got a specific Heath program. In our state health is pe not science so they want a quarter worth of health classes to complete a year pe credit and science is science the class can't transfer.
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Well, you can use just the health chapters, and there is enough material in each chapter that you can definitely stretch those 3 chapters across an entire quarter! Plus, it's more than just reading. There are videos and other interactive materials included in it, which is nice.
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Well, you can use just the health chapters, and there is enough material in each chapter that you can definitely stretch those 3 chapters across an entire quarter! Plus, it's more than just reading. There are videos and other interactive materials included in it, which is nice.
Totally. We can use anther program that has the health stuff we just can't grade their science stuff as health too and k12 doesn't offer a health specific class. When I was searching the Internet holy cow overwhelming choices. That's why I thought I would ask people who may have already found something good. I will look into this tomorrow I gave to write it into their spring semester ilp.
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