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  1. Suggestions for World History for high school for a kid that doesn't do well with independent reading? I was looking at Notgrass World History. Is it a lot or manageable? I have 3 younger kids I need to teach, too. I was trying to figure out how to do something like Biblioplan for all of them so we can read together but my highschooler needs then to do Year 1 and Year 2 (next year do American), etc. I prefer a biblical worldview.
  2. So, I am thinking he should do US History before he does Economics and Government (both required in CA). But, you think it would be okay to do US History alongside Econ and Gov? I noticed the one co-op he attends requires US History as a prerequisite to those courses. I am trying to figure out how to compile Year 1 and 2 into one year. If anyone has done this already, that would be helpful if you share. It would then be counted as World History. Then I could use Year 3 and 4 (history cycle) for his US History.
  3. What would you suggest to use for algebra review while doing geometry? My son struggled a lot with Algebra 1. I feel like we need to really work on it all summer but not sure what to use. Getting 85% on the tests is much better than he did. 😛
  4. So, my 9th grader did not do any history this year (suggestion of his EA in CA charter school). He is going into 10th grade. He needs a lot of hand-holding and does not do well with a lot of independent reading. I am looking for suggestions on History options. I know CA requires World History, US History, and Econ/Gov. I would have preferred the 4-year history cycle but now he has 3 years. I'd love to keep him with my younger kids who I normally do BiblioPlan with. Next year we would be doing Ancients. How do I fit in the 4-year history cycle with him, though, if we do that and have
  5. I'm trying to find something that will track google searches (specifically) and a general filter that blocks inappropriate pictures. Ones that I have tried do not block things such as "bikini" or b**bs" if searched. Any help for me? I can't believe there are not filters to block sexual images (I know bikini is something that is tricky as not necessarily considered porn...but can be abused by boys). Qustodio showed me google searches but caused the computer to constantly crash and not work correctly. Thanks for any help. Definitely need something for Apple products.
  6. How many of you do the 4-year history cycle for high school? I always thought I would but now see that what is required is only World History, American History, and Gov/Econ. I know I can do beyond that but with the CA charter school was told any other history would be listed as an elective. My daughter is ready to do Ancients next year and I'm not sure if I should go forward with it. She did history cycle 3 (freshman year) and history cycle 4 (sophomore year). I am counting that as Early Modern/American 1 and Modern/American II. Hopefully the charter school will except that (we are putting he
  7. Hi- I'm looking at some possible classes for my upcoming 9th and 11th graders. Just wondering your experience with WTM Academy. I think we will do the delayed classes so we have a little more flexibility in our schedule. I know this sounds bad, but is it really rigorous? I'm not sure what my kids can handle. 🙂 Of course, I don't mind if they are pushed a bit.
  8. I’d like to do this. They don’t care where the sample came from? I guess, who sees the sample? Seems wrong. 😕 I just need simple, workbooks for some subjects next year. I like CLE language arts (from what I’ve seen; I’ve never used). I guess it’s only one part of the ELA so I could use samples from other stuff.
  9. Following along. I have a struggling 6th grader and don't know where to go from here.
  10. I'm looking for language arts for my 2nd grader (and maybe 5th grader/7th grader) for next year. I see Master Books, CLE, and Good & Beautiful recommended. Is there anything like these that are secular (since we are with CA charter schools). I would love an engaging but more workbook style book for LA. Thanks!
  11. Now this would be great! No LAX though. 😞 I wonder if they will have that sale soon. Ack. I could get there from SFO for $900 for two. I like that better that $1300 but we'd still have to get to SFO. By the time I book separate tickets, etc., I'm not sure it is worth the cost difference. BUT, thanks for the heads up. I signed up for notifications from LAX. So far no Germany. :P
  12. Where did you fly from PeppermintPattie? I’m in Los Angeles. Lufthansa would be great but they are high priced right now. How soon before your trip did you book? I’ve been watching FRA, MUC, and Berlin. You paid less than $650 on Lufthansa?! The trip is 5 months away so I’m nervous about booking already. But if tickets go higher than $650 then we may not be able to go. Tight budget! The cheaper tickets don’t allow cancellation.
  13. Hi! I'm planning a trip for myself and my husband in September. We will go to Augsburg (grew up going there), Munich, Berlin, Wittenberg, etc. I am wondering tips on what you think is an average good deal on flights to Europe. It looks like London is around 400-500 from LAX. I found tickets for $650 on Singapore Airlines to Frankfurt. I was hoping fo $500 (or less!) each but don't know if that is realistic. Also, if you live in Germany or visited one of the places mentioned, I'd love any tips on places to stay (hotels, areas) and favorite things you did. I haven't been to Germany in 20
  14. Why wouldn’t exponents/powers of ten be covered? This is suppose to be the US edition placement test. Same one on SM page as well as Sonlight and MFW. Weird!
  15. Where does SM teach this concept? This picture shows questions from placement test 5a. I can’t find a lesson about this in 5a...or any of the other books. Any ideas?
  16. Thanks for your input. I have heard about gaming the system but how exactly? The 3.0 allows for the parent to turn off hints and you can do only 1 try vs 2 tries. Though I'm not sure how that games the system. Is it just guessing and asking for hints, etc? I'm asking because the child I want to use the pre-algebra with will figure out a way to game if there is one. The reason I would use TT is for the online aspect where I don't have to grade and there is a teacher explaining the lesson. I am hesitant to not have the child use a book or write down problems, etc.
  17. I'm wondering this, too. I don't like that the 3.0 is an ebook. I like actual texts. I'm not familiar with TT though so not sure how much you actually need the textbook?
  18. So, we do not need to buy the book? Do they work out the problems on paper and then just type it in? I know there is an ebook but not sure how often it is used or if the video is just watched and questions answered online.
  19. What is your reasoning for using Saxon 1/2 vs Saxon 8/7? Does 1/2 review basic concepts? It may be less intimidating than the large 8/7. Though I'm still thinking about using MM 5,6.
  20. She only mentioned it because of what she heard from other teachers and parents about it. She doesn't have a particular recommendation based on his learning style, etc.
  21. I tried using CLE with another kid last year and found that it was a pain to show my work samples from another curriculum. I could use CLE and use my own money, but I'd still have to show work samples that aren't from a Christian curriculum. I would have to do CLE and then have him do MM worksheets or something. I just didn't want to go that route (especially because I don't want to spend the money). I don't think CLE is the magical solution (not that you said it was..) because we used it with this particular son in 4th, 5th, and 6th without much success (though I overall liked it a lot). I do
  22. Alrighty folks! I'm struggling to figure out the math path I need to take. Sorry if this gets long.... I have an 8th grader this coming year. He struggled with Saxon 8/7 last year (sloppy mistakes mostly vs lack of understanding....generally gets things right 2nd time...though there seems to be big gaps in understanding). I moved him to old Saxon 7/6. He did just okay. Previous years he did math mammoth and CLE. We moved away from CLE because of joining a charter (CA). I can't say anything we tried was "working." This summer he barely passed the 3rd grade MM placement test. Didn't
  23. Will you share you history plan for your student for high school--what you will call it and what curriculum used? I.E., 9th grade: World Geography and curriculum _____________, 10th grade US History ___________ What is actually needed? World History, US History, Geography, Gov/Econ? My daughter just did Year 3 Biblioplan. I labeled it as Early Modern US and World History. If I do Year 4, is that enough for US History or should I do something like Notgrass or HOD? I noticed MOH 4 is to not be counted as US History. So I get confused with the 4-year cycle in high school. I'm not s
  24. Wondering how you list history and literature on your transcript. Meaning, if you are following the 4-year history cycle, how do you list them and then what literature matches up with those years? So, for example, World Literature matches up with what history year? British Literature would go with year 3? Or year 2? American Literature with year 4, etc? Then for the history year 1 is called ?? Year 2? World History, American History, etc. I just don't know how to label them and can't find the help for that in the WTM book. Also anyone do a year of Geography?
  25. What age is this best for? Could I combine my 5th grader with 7th grader? We are using Easy Grammar 6 right now and hate it. I loved Rod and Staff Grammar but can't use it (CA charter school). I am not sure if I should place my 5th grader in FLL 4 or in this new program. Thought this would be a good place to ask! Sorry for taking over...:P
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