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    I hope it is ok to post considering we no longer homeschool.
    But, I thought we could get a creative idea from all of you.

    My children started high school last year. They are currently in AP European History. Their teacher is giving extra credit and the only instructions were to come up with a project and have it approved. My kids were so excited because they came up with a great idea to do together. Unfortunately, their idea was not accepted because it was not based on the Renaissance or Reformation. (At the beginning of class they studied ancient Rome so my kids thought that was an approved time period. They were planning to create a Ticket-to-Ride-like game of the ancient roads of Rome. (Roaming Rome) They put a lot of time into the planning and designing of the game before they knew it was not approved.

    Anyway, now a week and a half has passed and they cannot come up with an idea. They are panicking. The teacher does not want research papers or power point presentations. He wants them to delve into something deeper with regard to the Renaissance and Reformation.

    Any ideas?
    Thank you in advance!


    Also...for anyone who is panicking that they are not doing enough at home. Relax! We leaned towards unschooling and did very little formal book-type work. We planned to HS through high school but I have health issues so they were put into 9th grade with no preparation. And...they are doing well.
    I wish I wouldn't have had so many panicked moments when we home schooled. I really miss it.
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    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    I'm not good at all with history suggestions, but what would they think about compiling a playlist of Renaissance greatest hits in music, with an "album liner" discussing each piece and composer? Could they put something together on YouTube or something? I think I recall that during that time period, composers made a living through having sponsors, usually royalty or a church. Maybe that could be included in the liner notes?

    So glad to hear your kids are doing well. I think we all panic at times when we homeschool. Now that I'm on the other end of the homeschooling tunnel, I try to convince others that they will not screw up their kids.
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    Thank Inmom...good idea.

    They considered talking about the instruments of the Renaissance and then playing a song from the era on the recorders. When they were at Montessori, they were pretty good recorder players so I think they could pick it back up and learn a song. We searched the house yesterday and realized we donated the recorders. I was about to order new ones...then my son said he didn't want to play in front of the class. To make it more difficult, they are taking the same class but have it at different times - so they would present separately. The teacher is allowing groups so he said they could work on it together.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post

    So glad to hear your kids are doing well. I think we all panic at times when we homeschool. Now that I'm on the other end of the homeschooling tunnel, I try to convince others that they will not screw up their kids.

    I wish I would have spent less time stressing out - and then stressing out the kids.
    There are some things I would have done differently if I had a 'do-over', but overall I am so glad we had those five years at home. (One of the things I w/h done differently is started HS'ing from the beginning!) I really wish we were still HS'ing and sometimes the kids do too, but they are making the best of the situation.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    I am no good with history suggestions either. My DD loves it though. She usually comes up with her own project ideas and they always seem to be around food, music, language, or clothing. Her things may be too junior for your kids (she is only 11) but she likes to come up with a meal plan for the period. Another one she did recently was to make a mail-order type catalog selling items that would be used or worn during that period.

    It is good to hear your perspective of homeschooling and kids starting at highschool.

    I am sorry you miss homeschooling. I completely understand. My younger one decided to try school after homeschooling for 6 months. She has been there a year now and I still miss her! And she always tells me, with a dramatic eye roll, that school is so boring and that all she knows about reading/math etc. was from what she learned at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    I am no good with history suggestions either. My DD loves it though. She usually comes up with her own project ideas and they always seem to be around food, music, language, or clothing. Her things may be too junior for your kids (she is only 11) but she likes to come up with a meal plan for the period. Another one she did recently was to make a mail-order type catalog selling items that would be used or worn during that period.


    Thank you; great ideas.

    They've been coming up with ideas...but they tend to make everything sooooo complicated! Since they've already lost two weeks and school/homework suck up so much time, they need something more realistic than what they have been thinking. Tonight my son thought of something he wanted to do with architecture of the era; but it was so involved! Hopefully he can simplify it.



    I think school mostly sucks the joy out of learning. When the kids were planning their first idea for this project, they were so excited and spent time happily planning. It reminded me of when they HS'd.
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    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    I always like using food as a connection to the past.
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