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    I'm starting to work on next year's homeschool plan, and I'm a little stuck on the plan for DD.

    She wants to spend the year focusing on language arts and working on learning Spanish. She'll be moving from computer based Spanish to a class on Outschool. Then, my plan so far, is to pick up a few workbooks from Critical Thinking Company including one on sentence diagramming (to help with Spanish). Literature, writing, math we have covered.

    I'm having a hard time with science and history. She is not a science kid and has zero interest in it as a subject. Same with history. I'd still like to cover both subjects for the sake of general knowledge, but don't feel the need to make either a big focus. Any thoughts or ideas, resources I should look into? Any leads on a specific science or history topic (stuff like, women in the 17th century), or unit study that would work? (we have already read Howard Zinn HIstory of the US)
    DS 14, DD 12
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    Ooooh, it is election year! Would a civics course be interesting? Are you as a family politically active enough to get involved with someones campaign? Volunteering at a polling place? At least stuff to cover one semester!
    Can she help in the garden, fluff it up to make it more academic, and more relevant to her? Like mixing the nutrients of different soils, and measuring which plants grow better, which ones taste better?
    I agree, unit studies if you can find / think of them would be an easier way to get through the year since shes not that interested.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    What sorts of things IS she interested in? Maybe we can figure out a way to incorporate science and/or history along those interests?

    For example, my DD was interested in literature and the women's rights. So we developed a Women in Lit course and history of the women's movement together.

    Also, are there any not-so-typical sciences she does like? My DD wasn't into the bio, chem, physics stuff, but was totally excited about astronomy.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Since it sounds like she is interested in literature, I would combine it with history, as everyone has suggested. Also, think of interesting movies. A mix of historical fiction and documentaries that she would find interesting can give her a feel for the era.

    For science, what are you hoping to cover? For example, if she is interested in art, there is quite a bit of physics and chemistry involved in the production of art, as well as the restoration. I know when I was studying art, the physics of how a camera & the eye works were fascinating. The chemistry of making my own paint and ink mediums.

    I think you might be able to integrate her interests and focus on the history and science that surround that interest.

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