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Jane Elliot

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  1. Hi Margaret, I used to post here a lot, but haven't for years. Every once in a while, I pop in for some reading inspiration. I had been wanting to read W&P for as long as I can remember and dabbled in Constance Garnett's translation a bit, but finally committed myself in Jan 2020 with the Maude translation. I got all the way through Book 1, then started all over again at the beginning with the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation when some of the Center for Lit crew chose it for their How to Eat an Elephant podcast. What a difference! The Pevear translation is much more enjoyable for some reason, and reading along with the podcast has been really fun. They read at such a slow pace that it would be simple to catch up with them. W&P was just the right book for me in 2020. Somehow reading about how horrible things were in the past gives me perspective for the present. In Breaking Bread with the Dead, Alan Jacobs talked about reading old books to foster "personal density" -- sorry can't quote because I lent the book out. But I can see how that is working for me with W&P. Anyway, I'm no expert, but I personally found the Pevear much more enjoyable.
  2. Thinkwell has been great for us. One son used it to study for the AP Calc BC exam, scored a 5, got his B.S. in Computer Science, now has a couple masters degrees, and still speaks fondly of Thinkwell Calc. My current student will likely skip the AP exam for reasons probably similar to yours, but he's been doing really well with Thinkwell (Alg. 2 through Calc). I love the flexibility of Thinkwell and my kids love the instructor. You can get a steep discount through Homeschool Buyers Coop, so watch for sales, which pop up at least a couple times a year. You'll have a year to begin the course after buying it through HBC and then another year to complete it.
  3. Kathy, thank you! I was really hoping you'd post. You've been so much help to me over the years. I appreciate that you still come here to help out those of us still in the trenches.
  4. No, he hasn't. He did PreAlgebra and Algebra at AoPS. Then he did geometry with a tutor (not an option anymore). Then Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Calculus 1&2 with Thinkwell. I think he'd enjoy going back to AoPS. Which of those would you suggest first? And are the competition classes only for those who can compete on a team? Sorry, I know nothing at all about competition math.
  5. We've used Thinkwell through Calculus. Before that he was doing well with AoPS, and he still goes on their website for fun. He likes math and does well with it. He didn't miss any of the math problems on his PSAT, which he took for practice as a 10 grader this year. We need something self-paced, like Thinkwell, since we like to travel.
  6. Apologia Science for middle school and high school is the only curriculum all my kids have used -- or will use. My 12th child and last student is in 6th grade, so he hasn't started it yet. He's been using the elementary Apologia science, which (like most of the curricula I use now) wasn't even available when I began homeschooling 26 years ago.
  7. I'm looking for a biology text that includes a basic overview of human anatomy and physiology (hence not Apologia). It needs to be written from a creationist perspective. From what I've seen so far, BJU and Abeka meet those criteria, but I'm open to others. Can anyone compare the two or make another suggestion? This would be for a 10th grade capable science student who is considering going into engineering. He did chemistry in 9th grade.
  8. Thanks, MamaSprout, for that information. Maybe I'll just go ahead and ask over there.
  9. I went with Memoria Press this year for several of my son's subjects -- Logic, History, Literature, Geography, and Greek. It's been a great fit for him. He works very well with MP's format and has really progressed as a student this year. I'm thinking ahead to next year and wondering if anyone has thoughts on MP's Concise History of the American Republic for high school US history. I've never seen it discussed anywhere and a search didn't pull up results (but maybe I'm not searching the right terms). The text itself has only a few mixed reviews on Amazon.
  10. Looking at your lists and considering this is a Christian co-op, I recommend you use this American Literature course. It includes many of the selections you have in your lists and fills in some of what might be missing. (You can download the TOC at the bottom of the page to see the works covered.) It's easily the best literature course I've ever used, and I've been homeschooling for 25+ years, graduated 8 with 4 to go, and my degree is in English. I've used it with my own children, but it would be ideal for co-op use.
  11. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea is excellent (published 2016, 336 pages). My son enjoys historical fiction and narrative history (slightly preferring the latter) and he loved this book as a 14 yo. My husband and I also read it and learned a lot from it.
  12. Absolutely right! This is very well-said, Shinyhappypeople! And if you need some encouragement, read The End of Average.
  13. This might work for you. I've not used the streaming option, but the course is of outstanding quality, by far the best I've ever used, and I've used a lot.
  14. I have Chalkdust's SAT Math Review, which I used for my older kids who took the SAT before CB made changes to the test a couple years ago. My next student will be the first to take the new SAT. Should I look for something different for her to review SAT math? What are you all using for SAT math preparation?
  15. I very highly recommend Apologia's online American Literature course which is taught by the author of the textbook. He has a Ph. D. in English, has been a college professor for decades, and has homeschooled his own children.
  16. Thank you so much, everyone! There are many I've never heard of here.
  17. We play and like tons of games, all kinds, but most of them are somehow not conducive to 8-person play. DS and his wife recently moved back to town, and so 8-person play is a change for us. We've been having success playing Terra as teams, but the two youngest keep dropping out when we do that. I'd have all kinds of options if we split up into two game tables, but I was hoping for group play.
  18. I'm looking for games to play on family game night. We have players aged 10 years old through adult.
  19. Fwiw, I recently had a discussion with a mom whose son was struggling to adapt to college life. He wasn't homeschooled, and it seemed to be more of an adjustment for him than it has been for any of my homeschool graduates. I think adjustment to college life is more personality related than anything -- at least that's what I've noticed with my own children.
  20. Yes, it's very helpful. Most parents need some teacher training when it comes to teaching the Singapore way. A nice alternative to buying the home instructor guides is a subscription to www.singaporemathlive.com, which costs only slightly more and might be more user friendly in some situations, depending on the format you prefer. I love it.
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