May Day Wednesday

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 9:36am

What plans lie ahead for May

Your kid comes home and says s/he wants to be homeschooled.  When you ask why she says because she doesn't like going to school anymore..  What do you do/say.....

If you were granted one wish what would it be

 

 

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 9:35am

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
<p>1.  May is always the busiest--dd1 bridging to Ambassador level in Girl Scouts.  Rehearsal/Recital weekend--busy busy!  Dd1 is in 3 classes &amp; is doing 4 dances in the recital.  Dd2 is in one class, one dance.  My nephew is graduating.  My aunt is visiting to see the dancing &amp; graduating.  School ends, so we'll get into summer mode.  I'm really planning on the snow to melt, it's getting ridiculous here.</p><p>2. There'd be plenty of discussion to see if it was a real problem or just a bad day.  If was a huge problem we'd try to help fix it.  Going to homeschooling to do that probably be unlikely.  Dd1 has actually expressed interest in going to a boarding school--not going to happen!</p><p>3.  5 billion dollars sounds about right.</p>

When I was in the 8th grade the class and I sat down with school people and talked about different catholic high schools in the area, One was a residential bording school that I remember telling my mom and dad I was interested in going to too, I think my mom was more open to the idea than dad, Lol but they were so expensive even then.  My class and I went different directons after 8th grade, Some of us went on to the catholic high schools while others entered public school. 

 

 

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 11:50am

Jam, You asked about curriuclum.  My goal is not to duplicate what the school does.  My goal is to provide the best education for my son which means picking and choosing from a variety of curriculum providers which often means using more than one provider for each subject. 

Math

Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra

Penrose the Mathematical Cat-to explore concepts and play with numbers

Mathematicians Are People Too volumes 1 and 2- the people behind the math are pretty fascinating

Guinness Book of Records math workbooks for extra word problem practice 

Science

This year has been devoted to astonomy.  He is part of a local Astonromy Club -comprised of mostly men over 50, but passionate about astronomy and willing to share their knowlege.  While the montly meetings are lectures put on by guest speakers the dark site nights are hands on oportunites to use telescopes and star maps.  He was on track to become a key keeper for the observatory, but they are upgrading the telescope opticals and all training has been put on hold for now.  He also attended adult ed classs at the community college. The professor has been a great mentor. 

He also is part of a volunteer prairie restoration project through Fermi Lab which offers a unique belnd of service and educational opportunites.  His favorite opportuinity this year was working with a carbon sequestration expert chekcing prairie soils.  

 He did attend a 3 night sleep away camp in South Carolina learning about and experiencing their barrier island eco-systems.

Language Arts  

K12 Intermeidate English A and B ( we fluctaute through both courses)

BK English LAnguage handbook

Shurley English for grammar

Brave Writer dictation

Vocabulary from the Classical Roots 

Middle school boys literature group for book discussions- read and work at home, come together for the discussions and activities 

Compostion is provided by K12

I work the writing assignments to correlate with other subjects.  I find it more time effeicient and meaningful to be writing papers related to somethig he is learning. One example is the compare/contrast paper about Grant and Lee while he was studying the Civil War.  He also spent the year working on a CIvil War newspaper which was mix of journalism, creative writing, and historical ficiton wriitng.   This brings us to

History

DS is a giant history buff. This year most of his literature selections and writing assignments revolved around history-specifically the Civil War. We spent the year on that time period. 

Homeschool In the Woods Civil War lapbook was our starting point and kept is going in a chronoloigal order

I added in over 30+ books, a mix of nonfiction and historical ficiton

We watched 4 or 5 related movies and a few documetaries

We traveled to Charleston to visit Fort Sumter and other CIvil War sites.  We have a trip planned to Gettysburg this summer.  Later this month we will visit a few others on our way to from Atlanta. 

Veritas Press online Middle Ages History course- I did not research this one enough before buying and it is created by a 'bible should be interpreted literally' company. WhIle there is a definite slant, it has given a good background on chruch history that provides context for the crusades, papal schism, 100 years war etc.   

K12 World History A

He took a 7 week class given on Mesopotamia and Sumer given by a professor who works at a Chicago musem and leads arecheological digs to the area

He spent copious amounts of time reading about different periods of history and studying from the AP European History study guides in preparation for the local, regional ,and now National levels of the National Hisotry Bee, but that was mostly on his time not school time. 

I'm not done, but will post in case Ivillage decided to eat this...

 

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 12:08pm

Jams, answer continued

PE

homeschool bowling league

homeschool skate

lap swim

volleyball class

youth bowling league

tennis lessons

breakdance class

Fine Art

Woodcarving class

K12 Intermdiate art class to accompnay history course, a mix of art history and hands on projects

Theater subscription for music appreciation and 3 other plays

 

Things I did not mention

He became an adequate touch typer 2 years ago 35 words a minute.  In 9th I will have him take different typing class to get that up to the 50s or 60s. His cursive is okay and his printing is delightful. He uses all 3 forms of writing for different assignments.

Technology is our weak area.  I am going to work on incorporating more assignments into power point and utilizing one note.  He is like me and prefers paper and pencil. 

Socially I have no concerns.  He has a great group of riends. he has ample time to hang out with them and it is easy to get a group of his friends together to attend drop in events like homeschool skate.     We have over 8 co-ops to chosse from if we want classes, and often times they are taught by people in that field.  There is a  thriving teen group that puts on dances and social events also.  He has been to one dance and a murder mystery and they were both a ton of fun. 

 

 

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 12:27pm

Turtleemom,

I know I didn't ask for the list but I enjoyed reading your curriuclum and noticed that there were a few pieces here and there that were incorporated in my own child's education!  If you haven't been, I would highly recommend the Vicksburg battle site and tour.  We spent two days in the national park about 3 or so years ago and it was amazing.   

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 12:32pm
Turtlemom, Thank you for that list! I am impressed! Your area sounds like a rich one insofar as homeschool enrichment.

 

 

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 1:10pm

Yes she was very interested, I don't know why.  I just brought it up this week, that she had told me that a couple years ago and she said yes, I still would like to do that.  I never thought about it seriously, I do not have any experience with any boarding schools, there are none in Alaska and I don't know anyone who ever went or has children in one.  Also I'm imagining it's expensive.  Also, she could never articulate why she wanted to do this.  And yes I felt she should be home with her family, so she was obligated to be with us, lol.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 1:16pm

Yes Jam I imagine boarding schools are expensive!  I couldn't do it, imagine sending my 12 year old (I think she was about that age when she brought it up) away to another state for school.  Would you?

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 1:28pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
<p>Yes Jam I imagine boarding schools are expensive!  I couldn't do it, imagine sending my 12 year old (I think she was about that age when she brought it up) away to another state for school.  Would you?</p>

My son wanted to go to boarding school at some point too, but when I explained to him that it wasn't like Harry Potter, he seemed to change his mind pretty quickly, lol.  Seriously though, I think a military type boarding school would have been good for him, structure wise.  

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 1:36pm

Vicksburg is not on our way.  This is already a not planned for trip so I can't make it any longer.  If we are ever in that area....

Planning on Springfield IL (Lincoln Museum and tomb), TN state and military museums, Carnton Plantation and Carter House, and the Chickamaugua Battlefield. In Atlanta we'll visit the Martin Luther King National Historic Site.    

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Thu, 05-02-2013 - 1:54pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
<p>Yes Jam I imagine boarding schools are expensive!  I couldn't do it, imagine sending my 12 year old (I think she was about that age when she brought it up) away to another state for school.  Would you?</p>

I don't know how I'd react, The costs certainly would be a factor but sending my kid away to school could have it's pluses, Structure, Finding her own identity and friends just to name a couple!  I bet parents whose kids are in boarding schools or who have gone through them are better ones to ask...  Last Summer I sent DD2 (and only her!) to a week long church camp away from home, It was about 40 miles away and the first night they had terrible weather that even made the news near us so I called, She was fine.  When we picked her up that following Saturday she said she didn't miss us one bit, Lol..  Camps are different I know but I think she could handle it given the opportunity, JMO.