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aspiecat
06-04-2014, 10:07 AM
:_laugh::_laugh:

Okay, as you'll see from my signature, DS is using Time 4 Learning for some of his (high school) courses. He wasn't keen on getting back into T4L - he tried it for about a month last year (9th grade), but, as I explained to him, he had to have some guidance in subjects that would look good on his transcript for college entry. So English II, History, Geography and Economics/Personal Finance were chosen and we went forth.

Well, I have decided after ONLY TWO DAYS of T4L that it's definitely NOT for him. I know it sounds like I haven't given him enough time to get into it, but the way the information is presented really isn't intuitive enough for him in some ways and not challenging enough in others. You know sometimes when you look at how a curriculum works and you just KNOW it's not going to work out? Kind of like walking into a restaurant and knowing straight away it's not going to be a good dining experience for you. It might be a fabulous restaurant - just not your 'thing'.

So.

I am on the outlook for curriculum to cover the above-mentioned courses. English is gonna be the most difficult as DS is convinced he is crap at it (he's not, but writing & researching elude him as skills are in fact both useful and he's able to do.

I have found some Geography resources and will go through them today. Everything will need to be free until DS's dad agrees that homeschooling does NOT equate to FREE :^o):

Any suggestions about high school level English, Geography, History and Economics would be hugely welcome!

Aspie

inmom
06-04-2014, 10:28 AM
Not necessarily economics, but we used the free resources at the Actuarial Foundation for personal finance:

High School Financial Literacy Curriculum: Building Your Future (http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/programs/youth/BuildingYourFuture.shtml)

You can either download them or request the hard copy of the workbooks for free. There are both student and teacher versions. My two went through them in a semester, doing one chapter a week. Each of the five workbooks has 4 or 5 chapters.

What kind of history are you looking for?

ScienceGeek
06-04-2014, 11:27 AM
We just read for english. I try to find 'classics' that my son (14) would like - War of the Worlds, Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc.. He's reading the Hobbit now and then will do Lord of the Rings. He's only in 9th (just finished 8th), he can write but really doesn't like to and I despised English classes myself, so I'm letting him just read. Was thinking of just doing mythology one year - again a lot of reading and maybe some movies thrown in. My young son wants to learn about the history of language - where that word came from and why it means what it does, etc. I saw there's a book called the 'Holy Sh*t! the history of swearing" - library actually has a copy - thought that would be fun. lol I swear like a sailor so swearing is allowed in my house as long as they're not calling each other names. Search online for English college courses and you'l get all kinds of ideas from their titles - hence the mythology.
One more thing - John Green has some crash course videos on literature on youtube. We're going to use his world history videos for our history next year. We'l watch the video and the kids have to pick one name/event that he mentions and look up more about it.
Good luck.

freerangedad
06-04-2014, 11:44 AM
Do you need a curriculum for writing? As dbmamaz said, research papers will cover it. I think integrating writing with geography works very well for a beginning writer because it is so useful in teaching research skills. You can tell him to write a paragraph on:
1. location of country
2. features (rivers and mountain ranges)
3. History
4. economy
5. anything you think would be more interesting.
You can tell him to create these categories before he starts his research. He is now looking for specific things as he reads and he has a way to organize his notes. You can make sure he has enough information in each category before he begins to write. He now has, at least, a six paragraph paper including introduction and conclusion. It might not be the most riveting writing, but it teaches organization and research skills.

History, obviously, lends itself to research papers as well, but I think it is a little harder to create a concrete research format. I would start with geography, and let him graduate to the more nuanced compare and contrast papers when he is more comfortable with research and writing.

I googled to find several proofreading sites like these.
Glencoe Online Writer's Choice: Proofreading
http://www.sbusd.org/cms/lib/CA01000...yParagraph.pdf

Could you be more specific? What kind of geography materials are you looking for? Are you studying a specific time/place in history? Do you mean finances or macroeconomic

aspiecat
06-05-2014, 10:07 AM
He can't write.

Well, he can, but he hates it and panics when even told to write a paragraph. His writing skills are actually diminishing rather than developing and I am afraid he will end his high school years barely able to write a sentence without a struggle - I kid you not. He really needs specialised help here, and after looking at things such as Bravewriter (which won't suit him - too many assumptions about kids' passion for something enabling them to write) I am stumped as to what to do. The ideal thing would be to have a tutor come to our home for an hour five days a week to take DS through the writing, but who can afford that?

Research - well, he says he doesn't know how to. I think it's because 90% of research these days is Internet-based, and it's too "borderless" for him. If the Internet was the equivalent of one or two books, then he'd have boundaries and not feel as if he's lost at sea. Most people think it's easy to research - which is "just looking things up and finding information" - but it's not for some. DS panics and ends up just sitting in his seat for 45 minutes while looking up the most basic thing.

However, once he knows something, he has incredible insight and will discuss it at length, given he's in the mood to do so.

So what DS needs are programs that are NOT going to assume that a 15 year old is going to be able to write more than a sentence, can organise his thoughts onto paper, can research and can take notes. He can't do any of those and his ability to do so is lessening each week. If I am with him and give him the information, he can learn it by rote, but that's not really learning, is it?

For Economics, the basics of economics as a concept is what I want for DS, as well as personal finance. He finds these subjects very interesting, and he looked forward to the Earn and Learn programs they have in NZ & Australian primary and middle school. You start a business and each lunchtime you "open your shop" for your schoolmates to "buy" items. You have to form a business plan, have it approved by the "bank" (teacher), and get everything together you will need. DS, on the two occasions he did this thing, had science fiction merchandise stores, where he had laminated print-outs of popular sci fi characters and would sell them. He had to take note of every transaction and even take on an employer if he found himself too busy. This happened both times and he ended up a boss LOL. Kids would also learn about credit and debit cards, bank accounts, profit margins, demand and supply...yada, yada.

I think I have found a Geography program for him - it'll require me to sit with him 90% of the time, then again, that's how he and I homeschool mostly...we are together and we discuss things. Still looking for History, although again, I think I may have found something...I just have to verify it'll work for him. English and Economics are yet to be found.

Aspie

Jen V
06-05-2014, 10:57 AM
When you mentioned personal finance I immediately thought of Dave Ramsey, who my husband and I listen to on the radio and whose methodology we are trying to follow.

Here's the info: Foundations in Personal Finanace for Grades 9-12 Homeschool Version (http://www.daveramsey.com/store/cteenhome.html).

Hope that helps :)

inmom
06-05-2014, 11:20 AM
I'm not sure if this is a fit for your son, but it IS different. While studying U.S. history this year, my kids worked through the lessons found at Reading Like a Historian. It uses original documents written at or around the time of the event. There's some writing involved, but not much. Also, you could go over it verbally instead, if necessary. Discussion is always good with history! :D

Website: sheg.stanford.edu/rlh

Video summary of the curriculum: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/reading-like-a-historian-curriculum

Another one: Reading Like a Historian - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWz08mVUIt8)

aspiecat
06-05-2014, 12:43 PM
Thanks, Jen. I do have to find free curriculum, as DS's father won't send child support if I spend it on homeschooling materials (he wants DS in regular school), so I am aiming for totally freebie stuff.

aspiecat
06-05-2014, 12:46 PM
Carol - looks interesting. The website won't load, so I will try again another time.

inmom
06-05-2014, 03:11 PM
Aspie - it looks like the site is back up. Reading Like A Historian | Stanford History Education Group (http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh)

The site is free, you just have to register with an email. We also supplemented with readings from Zinn.

I had to tweak some assignments, but not much. If you're not much into printing and having your son write out answers, you could just go through the PDF's online and discuss.

freerangedad
06-05-2014, 07:10 PM
Aspie - it looks like the site is back up. Reading Like A Historian | Stanford History Education Group (http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh)



Come on, Mom! I am already stressed trying to figure out how I am going to find the time to implement what I have planned for next year, and then you show us this!
PEOPLE! DO NOT SHARE ANY MORE COOL TEACHING TOOLS UNLESS YOU CAN SEND ME SOME KIND OF TIME WARP MACHINE! :)

freerangedad
06-05-2014, 07:13 PM
On a more serious note, I can not access the US History lesson plans. I can access other plans. Am I doing something wrong?

aspiecat
06-05-2014, 07:43 PM
FRD, are you able to access them now? I am, so hopefully you are able to now.

Inmom - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

:heart:

inmom
06-05-2014, 08:03 PM
FRD, your daughter is still young. There's PLENTY of time to use all this cool stuff!

Also, did you register (it's free, they just want email, I think)?

freerangedad
06-05-2014, 08:21 PM
Oops, brain fart. I was clicking on the time period, but not the individual lessons. This looks great, Mom. Thanks.