SOTW: We are old for this series, but are using it to start the day and wake our brains. No pressure, no homework, no worries. Just a great platform for discovery and discussion; what a way to start the day. We also read Human Odyssey and Journey Through Time at times, and we like both of those as well.
RSO Bio 2: We all hate science, but dare I say I love this program. Kids *like* it, which is a win in my book. It gets done (though it does take longer than it says it will...).
Hakim Condensed US History, with K-12 study guides: Love both of these. Mostly well written and sometimes moves too slow for our tastes, but thorough and solid.
IEW US History: Used sporadically with Hakim. Liking this because it's easy in terms of ready-made history assignments. We did not finish SWI-B (see below) but are using this anyway.
Mosdos: My favorite. Unfortunately, literature usually takes the back burner to our core subjects, but this is by far my most favorite program.
DuoLingo: Kids love it and it gets done. Can't say it's comprehensive, but it does get done daily, without complaint. Also liking Spanish is Fun and Spanish for Children, but we are not consistent enough with those yet.
Fix It: The sentences / stories are only so-so in my opinion, but the method is fantastic and it is fun to do. Kids are learning from it, so full steam ahead.
Killgallon: LOVE this / these. We combine Paragraphs and Grammar. It often feels like Mad Libs to us, but teaches style very well. I don't think of it as teaching grammar AT ALL, but rather as a stylistic tool.
Hake Writing: We use the slim book for academic writing. Very straight-forward and no-nonsense. I hate flowery writing programs and this is definitely not that. Simple directions and explanations, though we generally pick different topics to write about.
Take 5: Super fun -- and intelligent -- daily journal assignments. Best I've seen.
826: Fantastic. Super fun and wonderfully creative writing assignments. We LOVE all of these books. We do one a week for our creative writing workshop.
Story of Science: Just wish there were more hours in the day. This often gets cut, but we love it whenever we get back to it (once a week if we are lucky). We only read and discuss this; we don't do any of the work.
Math Mammoth: Mom loves this program but kids are lukewarm. But then again, they are lukewarm to math, so...
Teaching Textbooks: Not my dream program, but for my geeky child, who adores computers and therefore tolerates any content that is presented by a computer, this is a nice fit.
Cover Story: We had high hopes for this program, but we are just less than halfway through and I am disappointed with the amount of writing it actually asks the students to do. The content is fine and the idea is fantastic. But so much talking about writing and so little actual writing... Our house is divided; one child gave up and the other has stuck with it, but I think is about to throw in the towel.
WWE/WWS: I just don't get it. We really, really, really tried to like this. I love the selections, but I disagree with the approach. I think students need to develop their own voice first, then apply that voice to the world. WWE/WWS seemed very mechanical, and while the selections were superb and even challenging, the repetitive assignments felt lackluster. Kids started not to like writing, which was a warning flag to me. It's not that it was too hard; it was just too formulaic.
Word Roots: Mom loves this program but the kiddos HATED it. Oh well. Kids read so much we don't normally do vocab.
IEW SWI-B: Just shoot me now. Program is fine, but it bored us to tears. Takes waaaaay too long to get going, and IMHO, misses the mark on exciting the kids to write. Mine love to write, so the problem is reining them in. We just didn't have the patience for this one.
Holt Earth Science and Holt Life Science: Dry. Boring. Tears -- from all of us. We lasted only three weeks. So glad we switched to RSO; it is much more accessible and even practical.
Beast Academy: Another miss for us. My kids don't like math and are always looking for the quickest way to be done. They were annoyed that I was trying to "sneak" math in with BA. They felt it made the whole process longer than it needed to be.
PS, Kids are 11 and 12 / 6th and 7th
Edited by dori123, 19 October 2016 - 07:34 PM.