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  1. Thank you all so much for sharing your experiences! To give some follow up -- Wilson Hill was very helpful in assessing our individual needs. They reviewed DD's syllabus from HSA and her grade report and gave a recommendation of the appropriate level for her at WHA. I appreciated the time and individual attention both on the phone as well as via email follow-up. We've decided to go with Ray Leven for the fall. WHA's Spanish is a relative unknown -- they have very few sample classes on the WHA website, and I haven't heard much feedback on their Spanish teachers. (Thank you, however, RootAnn, for the pointer to Samantha Lucas. I see that she's teaching most Spanish sessions in 2019-2020.) Ray conducted an individual Skype assessment and I've seen so many positive posts about him that we're willing to take the plunge. The small class sizes are also attractive. Thank you to all who replied and shared your thoughts! This board has been such an amazing resource in our homeschooling journey.
  2. Thank you both so much for your input! It's very helpful. I think no-nonsense, even veering toward brusque (but hopefully not soul-crushing : ), could actually be helpful. Although she favors teachers that are warm and fuzzy (who doesn't?), that doesn't really reflect the real world and knowing that she won't be able to coast through the class is a good thing. I like that he offers upper level Spanish classes -- few providers seem to extend offerings beyond Spanish 2 or perhaps Spanish 3. The only wrinkle will be whether he'll accept a slightly younger student. DD is in middle school and I see his classes are slated for high school students. I sent him email so will wait to hear from him on this front. Thanks again!
  3. My daughter has completed about 4 years with Homeschool Spanish Academy. It's been an excellent experience -- kind and patient teachers, love the one on one format, reasonably priced for individual instruction. For the early years (vocabulary acquisition, mimicking the accent of a native speaker, etc.), it's been wonderful. She's completed their middle school curriculum, however, and I think we need to transition to a different online provider that offers a more structured approach to mastering conjugation into different tenses. I'm assuming she'd need a Spanish 2 or Spanish 3 course. I've heard WHA and Ray Leven mentioned on this board. Anyone have a good experience with either and recommend them? Or have an alternate recommendation they'd like to share? I checked out Veritas Press but saw that the appropriate classes are already full for this fall. Thanks for your help!
  4. Thought I'd post specifically to the middle school board. -------------------------------- I'm considering enrolling DD (rising 7th next fall) in WHA's Life Science course. This will be her first year taking live online courses (other than one-on-one online Spanish courses), so reviews of those who've gone before us would be helpful. It's time to move on from solely mom-led courses as science is not my strength and we're butting heads regularly. DD is very interested in science, a diligent student, but a little nervous about being required to talk in class. I think she'd be well-suited to a course that's academically challenging but not overwhelming. We tried working through BJU's Life Science but got bogged down when complex topics were covered at a break-neck pace (ex: cellular respiration). Has anyone had a child that took this course? Any thoughts you'd like to share on the course or on WHA in general? Thank you!
  5. I'm considering enrolling DD (rising 7th next fall) in WHA's Life Science course. This will be her first year taking live online courses (other than one-on-one online Spanish courses), so reviews of those who've gone before us would be helpful. It's time to move on from solely mom-led courses as science is not my strength and we're butting heads regularly. DD is very interested in science, a diligent student, but a little nervous about being required to talk in class. I think she'd be well-suited to a course that's academically challenging but not overwhelming. We tried working through BJU's Life Science but got bogged down when complex topics were covered at a break-neck pace (ex: cellular respiration). Has anyone had a child that took this course? Any thoughts you'd like to share on the course or on WHA in general? Thank you!
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