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  1. I'm totally agreeing with this. I love MP, however, not every piece is for every kid. I asked lots of questions about Introductory Physics for my 9th grader and decided to go with it, but it turned out to be a disaster for my son. Had I known how much math was in it, I never would have chosen it for this year. I love the mastery idea, but my kid just detested the book and assignments. He is also in MPOA High School Comp I as was suggested to me. He took two years of the progym with Schole Academy (Classical Academic Press) and their head writing teacher didn't think my son's writing was far enough along from his Schole classes and recommended HSCI, which he is sailing through. Now I wish I had picked something else for him because the course is mostly review. My other issue is that there is no interaction between the students and teacher. The students can't even see each other. They communicate with the teacher and each other by chatting, which I don't like. Schole was very interactive, and was more like a regular class, and a better fit. Since they are small there were no class times that would work with our schedule this year. Now I don't know what to do for next year. I was hoping MPOA was going to take us through high school writing, but I don't see it working out. I'll have to look into these other options.
  2. You might want to look at Master Books science courses. The texts are quite interesting and they have General Science I (Ocean, Astronomy, Weather, and Mineral) and General Science II (Geology, Cave, Fossil, Archaelogy). Since the workbook/teacher guides with quizzes and tests are pretty inexpensive, you can mix and match which books you would like to do. We switched to this after a dismal eight weeks struggling through Novare Introductory Physics. If you want labs, they have suggestions on the website.
  3. I really like Memoria Press literature. For 9th grade they read Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, Henry V, and poetry. The literature analysis is intertwined with the readings and student guide questions.
  4. Thanks so much for answering! I did go ahead and buy the Shormann subscription and my son is two weeks into it. I'm not so sure if it was the right choice or not, so only time will tell. He really needs someone to hold his hand through math, but I'm not the one to do it and my husband is too busy, so this seemed like the next best thing after going through CLE math. A friend of mine uses it with her son and has been very happy with the results, so I'm sure hoping for the best for my kid. I will go ahead and look into Unlock Math, though. I've never heard of that program.
  5. So good to hear. Thanks for responding.
  6. Thank you! This is the kind of information I'm looking for.
  7. Yes, we are doing exactly what you suggested, except for skipping quizzes and tests. I am just pretty confused about how much is absolutely necessary to begin algebra because some say getting to 804 is enough and some say getting through 710 is enough to be ready. We are trying to squish two years of pre-algebra into one so I would like to eliminate whatever we can.
  8. My son is going to begin Shormann Algebra I in the fall for 9th grade. He did CLE 700 and is in 805 right now. Is it necessary to finish the 800 series to begin Algebra 1? I've read both 700 and 800 are considered pre-algebra and the student needs to do both, I've read 800 isn't necessary, and I've read doing part of 800 is enough? I'm confused. Is 700 pre-algebra? Is 800 a mix of algebra 1, geometry, and consumer math? Can someone help me with this?
  9. I would look into Lyme disease and its related illnesses because of the returning fevers.
  10. This will be my first high schooler and I hope this goes well! Math- Shormann Algebra I??? English/ Composition- Fix It Grammar Book 4, Vocab from Classical Roots books B and C, and MPOA High School Composition I Literature- MP Middle Ages Literature and Poetry History- MP Middle Ages and Roman Roads Christendom videos and hopefully MP Renaissance if they get it published Science- Novare Introductory Physics Foreign language- French I with a local teacher and Duolingo Elective- MP Geography III Fine Arts- Homeschool Orchestra and Choir Extracurriculuar- Basketball and Bible Quiz Team
  11. Has anyone used Shormann Algebra? I'm very interested in this for my rising 9th grader next year.
  12. Thanks! I did email RR over the weekend and asked if the Christendom program should really be done as a whole and I was told the lectures give a good overview of the books that are read and I can use them with another curriculum. Maybe the unit you are doing is a little different? I am still trying to figure out what to do. I wish they had more samples videos up than just the introduction. That would help me decide.
  13. I'm not planning on doing everything MP has listed for 9th grade, like American and Roman history, Christian studies, their Logic, or Latin. Does that make a difference?
  14. Yes, so would it work to watch the lectures, but do MP history and literature from the same time period? I'm sure the most ideal thing would be to do OWC as a whole, but I'm just trying to figure out all my options. I've only looked at the one video they have for Christendom, which is the introduction, so I can't tell if what I'm proposing will work or not.
  15. And along these lines, can the OWC video lectures stand on their own? Can they be paired with another curriculum purely for the benefit of listening to Wes Callihan? I am wondering if I can pair the videos with MP Middle Ages history and lit.
  16. Thank you, that is helpful. So in OWC, do you read any full works or just excerpts? Can the OWC video lectures stand on their own? Can my son watch the lectures, but do the MP readings and student guides or would it be better to do the whole OWC program?
  17. Is it possible to combine RR Old Western Culture Christendom with Memoria Press Middle Ages history and literature? This would be for 9th grade next year. I've been using MP history and lit for two years now and it's going well. However, I recently discovered RR OWC, and know we could all greatly benefit from Mr. Callihan's teaching. My husband watched a segment and immediately said, "Sold!" Would combining the two be too much? Thoughts? Advice? This is my first foray into high school and I want to get it right.
  18. ^^^ I agree. There are many things we do that stretch our kids, and Latin is not the only route to accomplish this. My kids can't stop playing piano, learning math, struggling through biology, etc. just because they don't like it when it becomes difficult. Just because we let Latin go doesn't mean we let it all go.
  19. Thanks for responding. I've decided to let him stop and he's so excited.
  20. My son will be finishing up CLE Math 8 this year in 8th grade and has done very well with this curriculum, getting A's on the majority of quizzes and tests. Are there algebra programs that have a similar teaching style to CLE math since their spiral approach has been a great fit for him? I am looking for something with engaging video instruction, too. I know CLE has algebra 1, but no videos that I'm aware of.
  21. Absolutely! We don't have time to waste.
  22. I totally agree with you. I am not worried about him having difficulty learning another language with or without the Latin background. He is very much like me, and I learned French in high school without any trouble and I had no Latin. When my husband and I went to Europe, I had no trouble learning German and Italian in order to communicate, and I also began learning Russian a few years ago and had no difficulty with that, either. Could Latin have helped me learn better? Who knows? We are musical people in my family and I tend to believe the listening skills you develop playing instruments helps so much when learning new languages. I also believe he won't benefit much if it is forced upon him year after year. Time would be better spent on things he actually enjoys, or at least puts up with, which is everything but Latin!
  23. Thank you! I think I needed the permission to stop from those with a different viewpoint. I like the idea of dabbling in the other languages. He's had fun doing a little of that on Duo Lingo.
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