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From: Julie in NY (
Subject:         Some thoughts...
Date: February 12, 2009 at 6:48 am PST

In Reply to: Need help with curriculum for 10th grade posted by mom2homeschool4 on February 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm:

Our hearts go out to you. One of our best friend's 14 yo daughter is going through cancer right now with not a good long-term prognosis. She is the middle child of 5 including a special needs boy. Relax and praise God for how he's brought your family through so many difficulties. May He continue to guide you and your children each day.

As to schooling, since she's doing well with the Saxon, you could just continue on where you are and not panic about "catching up". She'll get there eventually. If you find yourself looking for other math down the road, you might check into Teaching Textbooks or ALEKS. My older son did the Jacob's books, but my younger one needed something with more "tutoring" since I'm not skilled in math.

In our state Biology is usual for 10th grade. If you feel that is too much for her, drop back to the Apologia Physical Science. Many people use this for 9th anyway, and it is a much gentler approach than the Bio textbook - there's quite a jump between the two. She's still got plenty of time to get in her science.

We loved Easy Grammar and hated Jensen's Grammar. We did however really like Jensen's Punctuation. Daily Grams are easy to implement as well. Wordsmith Craftsman is a very nice approach for writing. Does your daughter like to read? You might want to try some Progeny Press study guides for literature, maybe to correlate with your history studies.

My boys found Streams of Civ. dry, but your daughter might like it. We really loved Greenleaf Press materials and also Diana Waring's History Alive! Diana gives you lots of ideas and resources and you choose what fits you best. My boys also really enjoyed her CDs which makes history interesting in a "fun" manner. For us that worked; if you don't have the time, try the Greenleaf Famous Men series, Sonlight (or their book lists), or just read lots of historical fiction from a chosen time period. You might also look at Notgrass' Exploring World History. We haven't used that one, but we did use Exploring America and are now doing Exploring Government. Easy to use independently! (We are also doing Economics and Penny Candy which my son loves! You might want to hold off a bit as Gov. and Econ are normally done in 12th grade.)

I know I've written a bunch, so feel free to take what's helpful and chuck the rest ;-) Email with more questions or comments anytime. Blessings and Prayers,

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