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History Grade and Summer Vacation

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LordMelchom
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Posted On: 05/27/2014 at 10:13 AM
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Let me start off with my history grade which surprised me in a good way. As many of you know I am not a good writer( Ideas are great inside my head but on paper they tend to go all over the place ) I have trouble with spelling and grammar mainly. And my history final was short answers followed by short essays and then followed by a longer comprehensive essay. On top of that I had 3 reports to do which I do fairly good with but i always have trouble with grammar and spelling. Anyway I went and checked my grade and Guess what I got. 

My History Grade for Medieval Thought is A - or a 90 in the class 

My Gpa at the moment is - 2.5 

Yep I got myself another A. Now for math well that did not end well for me. I failed it again but I am not going to give up on it. I will finally defeat Math next semiser with a help of a friend of mine who will be in the same class as me. After math its science followed by language and then my minor Education. So a long road ahead for me but I will do it in the end. so yeah I have 3 As that i have gotten in my college career and i will keep on getting them :). So yeah those are my grades this semester. next semiser I am going to take 2 more history courses and math. So lets see how that turns out for me.

 

Well My vacation starts in about 2 weeks give or take. Everything is being ironed out now as it gets closer. So I am looking forward to it. Also my family is now addicted to minecraft as we all play it now and plan to play it on vacation when we get a chance too. So yeah everything looking good 

I hope you all have a wonderful Summer !. The funny thing is that 2 years ago when I was on vacation, Guild wars 2 was about to come out in august. Now we have other games coming out and updates and all that good stuff. Anyway Have fun all !

Side note - I still do not know what i got on my papers or my final test. But hey I am not complaining 

Last Edited on: 05/28/2014 at 11:05 AM
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Replied On: 05/28/2014 at 08:31 PM PDT
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Woohoo for the A! I've taken Medieval World history myself, so I know it's not an easy class. You'll never look at Monty Python and the Holy Grail the same way after taking that class. >:D 

I'm a solid speller, but I still use a spell checker and grammar checker all the time just to catch any typos and comma errors. I highly recommend Grammarly. You have to pay a fee for it, but it works wonderfully and catches some things that the spell and grammar checkers in Word don't catch.

My daughter has a LOT of trouble with math. We're using a home schooling math program called Math-U-See (linky) to supplement what she's learning at school. The guy who developed the system teaches math in a different way than they do in schools. He has modules from kindergarten all the way through Calculus. She generally hates math, but after doing a few lessons in this system, she said "Hey, I like _this_ math!"  I was watching one of the lessons that my son was taking on trigonometry, and even though I've taken calculus, I learned a different way of looking at the trig tables that made the whole pattern really fall into place. Maybe I'd learned that back in high school and forgot, or maybe I just memorized it and never learned the pattern completely, but it was a very cool "aha!" moment for me. If you order the module for the class you need to retake and work on it over the summer, it might help you next semester. The modules are not terribly expensive. I think I paid $120 for the student manual and the parent/teacher instruction book and the 'math legos', which is what the manipulative blocks look like to me. When I was on the site tonight, I noticed there are demo lessons for the different levels so that you can try it out and see if you like it before purchasing.

Congrats again on the awesome history grade!

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Replied On: 05/28/2014 at 10:37 PM PDT
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A new approach to learning is often the best way to learn a difficult subject.  Paying for an alternative way to learn math isn't really required either.

One of the biggest problems with math for many people is that it is pure memorization of a method, and then application of that method, when taught the traditional way.  There are a few ways to mix this up, including paying attention to why things work in the way they do.  If you are having trouble, you may want to try an experiment with avoiding the brute repetition and methodology first, before you go buying a program.  Instead research why and how the method works, and what is really going on... because if you understand that you know the math and can even sometimes use a slightly different and possibly superior method of reaching the answer.

If that does not help, then do look into either a tutor or a program.  Both will teach with a different style than traditional school mathematics.

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Replied On: 05/29/2014 at 08:03 AM PDT
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Jaeonasi, I use Math-U-See with my kids as well (we homeschool), great curriculum. 

 LordMelchom:

As far as grammar we use EEL (Essentials of the English Language) which is a part of the Classical Conversations Essentials lvl curriculum. It is a jr. high kinda level course but it teaches English grammar.  But, unfortunately you have to be in a CC community to get it.  My son went through 1/2 a year of Essentials the year we joined CC.  But, my daughter starts Essentials this fall.  It seems they use "Our mother tongue: a guide to English grammar" by Nancy Wilson as well.  It is currently available from amazon for 14.00$  P.S. My grammar sucks, I took it my freshman year and that was like in 91, so it's been a long time.

 

My son also struggled with writing essays, I was at a loss as to how to teach him to write one.  He had a hard time getting his thoughts on paper as well.  He did Lost Tools of Writing by Circe Institute (LVL 1) last year and wow!  It is amazing the change in his essay writing.  They start with the bare bones of the persuasive essay.  Link to FAQ (if you are interested): http://www.circeinstitute.org/lost-tools-writing/faqs  Check the faq questions like What about other kinds of writing besides the essay? and Does this curriculum teach my student to write a research paper?  

Maybe it could be helpful to you?  Just thought I would throw those ideas out at you.  BTW, You may be able to pick up the LTW on used homeschool curriculum sites for cheaper.  Congrats on your A (Awesome Job!!)  :)  Enjoy your vacation and good luck next semester! :)

 

Jen

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» Edited on: 2014-05-29 08:04:21

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Replied On: 06/02/2014 at 04:55 PM PDT
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Awesome resource! My son's going to be a senior in high school next year, and he's considering being a movie critic, acting or some other job that has absolutely no chance of employment but will require a lot of writing. I think I will pick it up for him and have him work on it this summer. He needs a summer project anyways to keep the brain from stagnating. :D

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