This week we are asked to share something new we’re using, why we’ve decided to use it, and if we have used it, how we like it. Make sure to include the publishing information and where we got it from so others can look into it if they like.
We are using a few different things this year especially with my son entering high school.
Among other things we decided to use Write with the Best Volumes 1 & 2 as part of my son’s English course this year. This series by Jill J. Dixon really seems to fit my son well. Although he started struggling with the assignments, he has begun to figure it out and is doing a lot better. I love that she uses classic literature passages to teach the concepts. I bought this directly from the publisher when they were having a ‘ding and dent’ clearance.
I found Powerglide Spanish at a huge homeschooler’s tag sale this summer. I was looking for a fun language course. I had heard about this and thought I’d give it a shot. While I first found this program kind of hard to understand how it worked and how this method was going to teach the language, after only two weeks my son has picked up on many of the words and uses them correctly. I am very interested to see how much he will be retaining and actually be able to use. I know so many kids that take a language and only remember a few words.
I purchased the following from Rainbow Resources.Also as part of my son’s English course we are trying Design-a-Study’s Movies as Literature by Kathryn L. Stout. I think this is going to be an awesome course and really help my son dig deeper not only into the movies he watches but also will develop better analytical skills for when we have to do American and British Lit in the next few years.
U.S. History Power Basics is exactly what its name implies. We are using this as a skeleton for his history, that way we can still work together exploring historical topics together, but he still will have his required U.S. history.
There are a few other things that are new for us this year but these are the major changes.
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