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Update on Our 8th Grade Year with Using The Thinking Tree

Ethan my 8th grade son has been using The Thinking Tree full time for a while. I need to gather all his journals and write about it in more detail.

Library Based Journal for Boys by The Thinking Tree
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Ethan my 8th grade son has been using The Thinking Tree full time for a while. I need to gather all his journals and write about it in more detail.

He's currently using:
The Library Based Journal for Boys
How to Make Money
Timeline of World History
Are You a Math Genius
Word Hunt
And he'll probably start United States Geography soon as well.

Here is a page from his Library Based Journal. The lines on the copywork pages are too far apart for Ethan so we added some more.
Library Based Journal for Boys by The Thinking Tree
My 8th grade plans that I wrote back in June and it has changed a bit from in October too. Mostly the writing. I really need to buckle down and stick with a writing program with him. Yikes, crazy me. My two oldest were more natural writers than my younger ones.

For the month of November Ethan has used mainly The Thinking Tree for history, spelling, and some social studies too. He continues to use CTC Math along with Are You a Math Genius and Bible Games.

The Thinking Tree
I am going to have Ethan start Climbing to Good English and see how that goes with writing. I'll continue to add copywork. I have some Spelling You See copywork books that I might pull out for him later in the year.

We haven't been doing science: Let the Rocks Cry Out regularly but plan to starting in January. I am actually going to see if I can use one of The Thinking Tree journals for that and keep my science book clean for Lance to use next year but we'll see. It all depends if the journal is completed by then.

So, as of today this is what we are using with Ethan.

4 comments

  1. Mikaela just told me today she missed doing the Journals...this Bob Jones is alot more work than she is used to!

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    1. BJ was a lot for Josh too. Sometimes I had him do the reading and orally narrate using HOD type narrations. Other times I had him do a written narrations and again other times we used the questions and did it like we were suppose to.

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  2. Did you have the journals rebound with the spirals or did they come like that? My son is doing the Thinking Tree Minecraft Journal this year, it is our first one but I would love it if the Journal was spiral bound. He is 5th grade and this will be our first full year homeschooling. I love your reviews on things they have given me ideas for the next few years. Thanks
    Faith D.

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    1. Hi, Faith, yes I had the journals spiral bound at FedEx Office.

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