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Home Education Year 2005-2006
8-11-05 | Tired of Taxes

Posted on 08/11/2005 10:00:17 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes

A spot for homeschool families to share advice and offer support as we prepare for the 2005-2006 Homeschool Year

Many home-educated children continue their lessons throughout the summer, but we parents often look to purchase new materials and begin new projects in September.

In the past, FR homeschoolers started a thread every year to post links and recommend books and materials to each other. I haven't seen that done recently, so I'm creating one here. (My apologies if I missed anything).

If there is anything you'd like to recommend to other home educators, please do so:

Those are just a few topics. Maybe we can keep a running list of recommendations here on this thread.


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I've been homeschooling my children for five years now, but I'm always looking for new materials.

My question: Does anyone know of any good children's storybooks, chapter books, or novels geared specifically to homeschoolers? That is, instead of stories about characters who attend school, it'd be nice for my kids to read stories about children who are homeschooled. Thanks in advance.

1 posted on 08/11/2005 10:00:18 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Do you have a ping list for homeschoolers here? If so, would you mind pinging them? Thanks in advance.


2 posted on 08/11/2005 10:01:56 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Here's a couple links for you concerning famous people that were homeschooled, or stories about people who were homeschooled.

http://www.sharebradenton.homestead.com/Famous.html

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0761522557/102-7162718-1171323?v=glance


3 posted on 08/11/2005 10:06:21 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Tired of Taxes
Please add me to any homeschool ping list.

This is my second year homeschooling my boys (14&11)

we are loving life!!!

I use the Abeka DVD program. My kids feel

like they are still part of a classroom...

Let me look at some of the books we have

and I'll send some suggestions

:)
4 posted on 08/11/2005 10:09:36 AM PDT by PaulaB (Who knows? not me........)
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To: Tired of Taxes

PLease add me to your ping list. I've just graduated my first; she'll start college next week. That will be the proof of the pudding I guess !


5 posted on 08/11/2005 10:13:55 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Tired of Taxes

One of my HS resources is a collection of articles saved from FR posts. Whenever I read an article that "nails it", I paste it to a Word document and save it in my Homeschool Reading folder. These articles are then required reading when the kids reach the junior high or high school level.


6 posted on 08/11/2005 10:18:33 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Tired of Taxes

I notice on that one link they talk about a student who is involved in a "dual credit" program with her local community college.

For parents of older homeschoolers, if this kind of program is available in your area, I would strongly recommended it.

We decided to try it out a couple of years ago, and without pushing too hard, my son finishes up his last 3 hours needed for his AA this next term (he's 17 and would be a senior in high school this year, but has been in the dual credit program since 10th grade.)

The best thing about it is that in many states this type of program offers free tuition.

Here's a link to our local program. I know they have the same type of program in NC and I imagine in many other states.

http://www.spcollege.edu/ac/dc/

One really positive advantage is that while taking these "core courses" that many times exposes them to liberal thinking, they are at home, where you can discuss the courses and material with them and head off any misconceptions that are being pushed on them by liberal professors.


7 posted on 08/11/2005 10:20:44 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Tired of Taxes; Petronski

mark and ping


8 posted on 08/11/2005 10:21:20 AM PDT by cyborg (I'm having the best day ever.)
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To: dawn53

Dual enrollment is a big plus imo. Graduate HS and get a degree at the same time! Can't beat that!


9 posted on 08/11/2005 10:21:45 AM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< OurFlorida.true.ws Impeach Judge Greer)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Hi Ho!

I'd love to be on any ping list dealing with homeschooling.

Just dropped our 3rd grade son and 2nd grade daughter oout of a Montessori school because they would accelerate the kids!

We're gonna keep em home and teach em, and couldn't be more excited!


10 posted on 08/11/2005 10:27:18 AM PDT by Plymouth Sentinel (Sooner Rather Than Later)
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To: tutstar

I know, I can't believe it was so easy to do.

First year was a hassle because we had to drive him, but once he got his driver's license it was a breeze.

And as far as the work load, don't think he spent much more time than he would have spent doing regular homeschooling.

He still managed to fit in piano lessons, playing in a band at church, and making it to youth group meetings a couple nights a week.

We also have a great program in Florida, and now he goes on to tuition free college to finish his Bachelors. If their ACT/SAT is high enough, and they perform 75 hours of community service, college tuition to a state university is paid at 100 percent rate through the program.


11 posted on 08/11/2005 10:28:26 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Tired of Taxes

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts is a fantastic resource.

I can't say the same about Girl Scouts-they have been sucked deeply and irretrievably into the political correctness vortex. There is a new group called American Heritage Girls that sounds pretty cool though.

Boy Scouts supports homeschooling by allowing charters to specificall target certain demographic types. I help run a home school Cub Scout Pack in Southeastern Michigan. We also have a Boy Scout Troop. All the leaders are dads because our wives take on too much to lead Cubs and it gives the boys positive role models. A freeper recently described Cub Scouts as Manhood 101. I cannot agree more.

If you're a homeschooler in Macomb/Oakland County area, Freepmail me if you want your boy to check us out.


12 posted on 08/11/2005 10:57:50 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Well....this is the first time I have seen a thread like this so forgive me if the items have already been mentioned in the past....

This year we are trying "The Institute for Excellence in Writing". I have previewed the dvd's already, and I think this is going to be a big hit in our home this year.

Another hit in our home is "Spelling Power"....who knew! The kids beg to do this program. I recently received my son's CAT5 results, and he scored PHS (Post High School)in Spelling, pretty good for a fifth grader! So I guess you can say, Spelling Power worked for us.

We are all looking forward to the new year....starting in two weeks. Best wishes to a happy and productive home school year to all of you.
13 posted on 08/11/2005 11:00:12 AM PDT by Conservativehomeschoolmama
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To: Red Boots

My homeschooled son leaves for college in 2 weeks.
He dual enrolled at the state university his senior year of highschool. We had to pay for it but he got college credit and access to classes, like Russian, that the community college didn't have.


14 posted on 08/11/2005 11:03:02 AM PDT by kalee
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To: Tired of Taxes

Do not hesitate to home educate your children.

You may have to give up some amenities in your life, but it will eventually enrich, enhance and improve the lives of your children. Do it for them and get them out of inner city public schools asap.


15 posted on 08/11/2005 11:12:20 AM PDT by TAquinas (Demographics has consequences.)
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To: kalee

God for you, Mom/Dad, and for your son.

Someday he will thank you for your sacrifices.

God bless you both.


16 posted on 08/11/2005 11:14:04 AM PDT by TAquinas (Demographics has consequences.)
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To: PaulaB

We finished homeschooling a couple of years ago. I used NO curriculum (tho I bought a lot...)but lots of Usborne paperbacks on specific subjects. Their science books are great. We also LOVED Straight-Forward Math, published by Garlic Press. They have an English series too. It is the math concepts without hundreds of workpages, which we were so tired of.

We bought lots of fiction, too, like the Redwall series etc., read lots of bios and historical fictions and did lots of reading aloud. You can read Dickens and challenging books aloud to kids who might not be capable of reading it silently. We discussed big words, what was happening in the plot, etc., as we read.

We also did a LOT of field trips.

Have fun. I learned so much.


17 posted on 08/11/2005 11:15:27 AM PDT by bboop
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To: Tired of Taxes

My only recommendation is not to let them read the Harry Potter series of books and other books that you, alone, will know whether they will poison the minds and spirits of your children or not.

And always keep a vigilant eye on them. Know where they are and with whom at all times.

And much luck to you and your children.


18 posted on 08/11/2005 11:17:46 AM PDT by TAquinas (Demographics has consequences.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

This is our 4th year homeschooling and 3rd year using Abeka - we like it well enough that we keep ordering it every year.

Also for beginning reading (we didn't use Abeka in kindergarten, just put our own together) I highly recommend a book called "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons."


19 posted on 08/11/2005 11:18:43 AM PDT by agrace (Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me if you know so much. Job 38:4)
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To: TAquinas

God for you = good for you :)


20 posted on 08/11/2005 11:22:16 AM PDT by TAquinas (Demographics has consequences.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I am starting my 12th year of homeschooling with two more years to go until my son is graduated.

There are plenty of great materials out there.

Some things that I have used that we really enjoyed -- Play' n Talk for phonics and spelling, Explode the Code also phonics and spelling (in workbook form), the McGuffey Readers, the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody, Rainbow Science (jr high science), Singapore Math for elementary years.

This year for 11th grade, we are using the new Stobaugh's American Literature; the new and improved Bob Jones Chemistry program; TruthQuest History Age of Revolution I, II, III, for American history; and Analytical Grammar.

I believe there is a series written for homeschoolers. I think I saw it mentioned in Practical Homeschooling magazine years ago. I don't remember what the name of it is though. The best selling book Eregon was written by a homeschooler. I think it was a fantasy adventure (like Lord of the Rings). I don't think there were any homeschoolers in it.


21 posted on 08/11/2005 11:23:17 AM PDT by Waryone
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To: Tired of Taxes

My grandsons (grades 5 and 7) will start their US history homeschool course this year with David McCullough's fantastic book "1776", compliments of their doting Mimi. See what a blessing home education is?


22 posted on 08/11/2005 11:25:08 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Waryone
the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody

"Little Britches" by Ralph Moody happens to be one of 9yo son's favorite books! (His first favorite is Watership Down).

It was passed to me by another homeschooler, but I never heard anyone else mention it. I didn't know there was a series.

23 posted on 08/11/2005 11:36:00 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Waryone

Little Britches was a great book. Still ranks as one of my favorites.

Another series that are deep and excellent are books by GA Henty. They were written about 100 years ago for older boys. Excellent historical fiction. Some shomeschool companies are reprinting them.


24 posted on 08/11/2005 11:36:49 AM PDT by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Tired of Taxes
I have found the following website useful.

PBS MAIL LIST

I get an updated,emailed, list of shows and links to PBS shows and online lessons. I can TIVO programs ahead of time, get activity guides and lessons for free. I copy some of the lessons and shows onto disk to use when I have one child in a activity- so instead of empty down time we can school in the car or waiting room..all from the laptop.

25 posted on 08/11/2005 11:44:15 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink stinks!)
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To: kittymyrib; Tired of Taxes

I used 1776 with my son as well. I teach an American History group for 1st and 2nd grade homeschoolers. I especially love the story of General Henry Knox (self taught and self educated, BTW). Since my son, age 7, is into superheroes I have given him a real life superhero to study this year.


26 posted on 08/11/2005 11:49:01 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (Code pink stinks!)
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To: mother22wife21

ping!


27 posted on 08/11/2005 12:41:44 PM PDT by Famishus (Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun.)
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To: agrace; bboop; Conservativehomeschoolmama; cyborg; cyclotic; dawn53; Diva Betsy Ross; Famishus; ...

Thank you all for your replies! Great suggestions!

I'm going to keep an eye on this thread. Whenever there are more suggestions added, I'll ping you, just as a reminder to check the latest advice. :-)

(If anyone wants on/off this ping list, please let me know).

Btw, I did want to pass a few free lesson plans I found online, that I've been using this summer:

Here is a lesson plan on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, for anyone interested:

http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/lordoftheringstrilogy/lessons/

We've also been studying the ocean this summer, and here are several lesson plans in PDF format in the blue box on the lefthand side of the screen:

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/ocean/main.html


28 posted on 08/11/2005 1:21:01 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Great and thank you!


29 posted on 08/11/2005 1:29:50 PM PDT by Plymouth Sentinel (Sooner Rather Than Later)
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To: Waryone

My eight year old, soon to be homeschooled son just read Eragon. He just loved it and is excited to read the new Paolini book when it comes out in a week or two. Didn't know Paolini was homeschooled and my son will be thrilled.

My boy has read all the Tolkien and Potter books numerous times, as well as any and all things Star Wars. But he adores the DK Eyewitness books (these are encyclopedic, but light, readable and thoroughly informative).

You'll find it funny to note that he conceptually grasps taxes (his old man's in business for himself), and hates them, believes that America and President Bush are the good guys, and loves to listen to conservative radio host Jay Severin when he's especially angry about liberal foolishness or crookery.

My boy's a conservative!!!


30 posted on 08/11/2005 1:40:39 PM PDT by Plymouth Sentinel (Sooner Rather Than Later)
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To: Famishus

We're using AlphaOmega Lifepac Grade 1, Draw Write Now for art and penmanship and storytelling, Latin's Not so Tough Level 1, Sewing Made Easy, and Unit Studies.Also using Abeka Science 1 and Phonics Pathways as supplementation.


31 posted on 08/11/2005 1:52:25 PM PDT by mother22wife21 (Welcoming Caleb 6lbs 10ozs 19.75 in at 9:20pm on 07/06/05.)
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To: mother22wife21

+ forgot to add , The Bright Blue Thinking Book Ages 6-7.


32 posted on 08/11/2005 1:59:27 PM PDT by mother22wife21 (Welcoming Caleb 6lbs 10ozs 19.75 in at 9:20pm on 07/06/05.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?wl=3170&sid=1120890037-1180517&subject=1

This is a wonderful site for ordering materials at fairly good prices, don't have everything, but darn close. Plus if your order is 150.00+ you get free shipping.

33 posted on 08/11/2005 2:03:08 PM PDT by mother22wife21 (Welcoming Caleb 6lbs 10ozs 19.75 in at 9:20pm on 07/06/05.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Our kids enjoyed a series written by John Bibee called "The Home School Detectives".
Fiction/ages 8-12


34 posted on 08/11/2005 2:14:43 PM PDT by texpat72 (<><)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Not a "homeschool" specific resource, but a great resource for learning IT/computer technical skills:

e-LearningCenter

Nice, low-cost, technical skills for older youth...for those with technical minded children.
35 posted on 08/11/2005 2:42:05 PM PDT by Texas2step (<><)
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To: Texas2step

The Link homeschool newspaper, free, is a very good resource too. They are online, easy to sign up. Nationwide.


36 posted on 08/11/2005 7:41:59 PM PDT by bboop
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thanks for the ping and as always...

DO NOT HESITATE TO HOME EDUCATE


37 posted on 08/11/2005 8:16:31 PM PDT by TAquinas (Demographics has consequences.)
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38 posted on 08/13/2005 4:30:16 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: mother22wife21

http://rocksolidinc.com


A homeschool discount catalogue...I always compare the prices before ordering elsewhere if I'm buying something new.


39 posted on 08/13/2005 4:41:35 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: Tired of Taxes

If there is a homeschooling ping list may I please be added. This is my first year and I need all the I can get!!!


40 posted on 08/13/2005 4:46:48 PM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: Domestic Church

Awesome site!! Thanks so much for the heads up! We're on that shoestring budget :D, and it's getting a little frayed and double knotted so we can hang on. This was a blessing.


41 posted on 08/13/2005 9:35:47 PM PDT by mother22wife21 (Welcoming Caleb 6lbs 10ozs 19.75 in at 9:20pm on 07/06/05.)
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To: TightyRighty

Absolutely! And welcome to homeschooling!

I'll be pinging everyone again in a day or so, just to try to keep this thread going and the information coming.


42 posted on 08/14/2005 8:37:33 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes
Re books that feature homeschool kids, have you read Williwaw, by Tom Bodett (the leave the light on guy?)

We listened to it on tape, and thought it was great. My 10 yr old liked it, as well as my 14 yr old.

As far as curriculum, we use a little this, a little of that, but really enjoy the Christiana Latina from memoria press, Men of Rome series from Greenleaf press, and the Easy Grammar Systems, and Sonlight.
43 posted on 08/16/2005 4:11:17 PM PDT by INhsmom
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To: agrace; bboop; BeforeISleep; Conservativehomeschoolmama; cyborg; cyclotic; dawn53; ...

More suggestions added above.

Also, welcome to all newcomers to homeschooling. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. You will find the homeschoolers here very helpful.

Here are a few more links. Some of these sources were mentioned in posts above, too:

SUPPLIES:

The Key To Series: Fractions, Decimals, Percents
http://www.keypress.com/catalog/products/key_to/index.html
Also see "Key Curriculum Press" mathematics by clicking on "Home" there.

Educators Publishing Service
http://www.epsbooks.com/
"Explode the Code" (mentioned already here) is available there. We've used "Ridgewood Grammar".

ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS:

Donna Young's Free Printables:
http://donnayoung.org/

The HomeSchool Mom
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/allplanners.php

UNIT STUDIES: BASEBALL

My 9yo son loves baseball. Here are some free online lesson plans we found on baseball math, physics, sportswriting, etc.:

PBS Fantasy Baseball (this is a PDF file)
http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/mathline/lessonplans/pdf/msmp/fantasybaseball.pdf

The Batting Cage
http://library.thinkquest.org/11902/physics/batting.html

Fun with Baseball Stats:
http://www.teachersfirst.com/autoframe.htm?http://illuminations.nctm.org/index_d.aspx?id=257

Learning from Baseball
http://www.teachersfirst.com/baseball.htm

Physics in Sports connection (online video):
http://archive.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/VideoTestbed/Projects/NewPhysics/newtons_3.html

Hope all is going well for all of you!


44 posted on 08/17/2005 8:15:44 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes
The Homeschool Mom website is great!

As someone who is just starting out with a preschooler - here are some sites I found to be a big help:

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans - this site has some great lesson plans for Preschool thru Eighth grade.
Core Knowledge Lesson Plans

Another website that goes with that is:
Baltimore Curriculum
For someone like me who is still trying to get their bearings - this site was great! They have used Core Knowledge to develop a curriculum from Sept. thru May. I've taken some of their ideas and added some of my own for a solid study.

For anyone who has a preschooler/kindergartner and needs some websites - feel free to Freepmail me. I've got a bunch of sites bookmarked that have great worksheets and number/letter tracers.

45 posted on 08/18/2005 5:22:15 PM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: TightyRighty

Those sites will be very helpful. Thanks for posting them.


46 posted on 08/19/2005 8:19:17 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

My favorite science site:

www.hometrainingtools.com


47 posted on 08/19/2005 3:42:13 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Thanks for posting that link.

Btw, I know someone who is doing the "owl pellet dissection" (that was on the list of experiments) with her kids. That one sounds difficult.

I'll probably stick with something like the Terrarium idea. :-)


48 posted on 08/19/2005 8:57:18 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

That site actually has kits for whichever curriculum you are using as well as their own curriculum. My son is going into 10th grade, daughter just starting 9th. So, I held back on his labs for 1 year (half year for them) so they could do labs together. It is so nice just placing a single order and it all comes to you.


49 posted on 08/19/2005 9:09:38 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Tired of Taxes; 2Jedismom; All

2Jedismom has a Homeschool ping list. I copied her on this, but you might want to FReepmail her to get on the list


50 posted on 08/19/2005 9:18:23 PM PDT by P8riot (Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.)
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