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  1. Lori, this is so incredibly helpful.  Thank you so much!  I am intrigued with Grammar for Writing.  I'd like to see more.  I'm glad there is an option to request a sample.

    I know my comment on the content for AG has raised interest.  AG is a wonderful curriculum, and it would be my first choice to use.  I simply don't feel comfortable using their sentences from topics that seem sort of hot in our society today.  I'm sure others would have no problem using them  at all.  

    I spent most of the day yesterday comparing and contrasting my list of possible choices, and I ended up selecting Christian Light Education.  Now, I'll compare CLE with GfW before I make a final decision.  I remember looking at Growing with Grammar, but I don't remember what I didn't like about it.  Maybe I'll take another look.

    There are two cons with using CLE. First is the difficulty of scheduling it; however, I think I have that figured out. The other is the time it will take each class period to cover the amount of material we'd need to cover to mostly finish the books.  (There are 10 books; I would only cover 9.) Otherwise, it has several pros: 

    • I'm familiar with it having used it with my own children.
    • It nearly perfectly matches AG in scope.
    • It is written to the student.
    • The 10 books are all organized the same way; it's predictable.
    • It includes 2 quizzes and 1 test/booklet.  It will be easy to monitor progress.
    • It is written from a Christian perspective. 

    I completely understand your concern about the lack of writing.  Not to fear- I hope to work in sentence constructions.  I have 90 minutes/class to teach.  Grammar will probably take much of that time to teach, practice, and review.  However, given the opportunity, I am prepared to teach students how to write simple, compound, complex, compound-complex, appositives, relative clauses, and absolute phrases.  I usually teach this within  the context of writing a short paragraph.  This writing instruction really works well.  I hope I have time to to this.  For now, my primary focus is grammar.   If I end up only teaching grammar, that isn't going to be a deal breaker.  The class after mine will build on my grammar foundation and teach paragraph writing as well as topics in literature.  The class after that one is writing/lit heavy.  Our English department classes work in concert with each other, and the department is quite strong.  

    Thank you so very much for always offering such amazing responses to the questions that are posted on the forum.  Lori, you are so kind and very helpful!

  2. Wow, Heartsjoy, thank you for detailing your answer.  You are the second person to recommend EG.  

    I will go back and give this a look.  It is so interesting to see how you paired EG with Shurley English.  This, to me, is a sign of a true homeschooler. :) When my children were young, I remember trying to tie parts of our schooling together.  That was part of the fun back then!  

    I appreciate your feedback.  

  3. Ellie, this is exactly the kind of feedback I need.  Thank you!!!

    The notes I made beside each curriculum were intentionally brief.  I used EG many, many years ago.  I listed it as a possibility because they have high school level books.  I just remember so many lessons- the books are thick.  I am concerned that the students would not connect the dots as well as they might with one of the other named programs.

    I do want diagramming instruction.  That is pretty important to me if I can something that can be scheduled for my co-op.  

    I am also leaning away from Winston Grammar the more I think about it.  In practical terms, students would lose cards.  Also, I think traditional diagramming can't be beat.  (Although I still love the way MCT labels sentences.  They do a sort of non-traditional diagramming too.)

     

    My overall favorite choice right now is Christian Light.  I'll take a closer look at Easy Grammar again.  Whatever I end up with, scheduling for one class day/week will probably be my biggest challenge.

     

    Thanks again!

  4. I'm on the hunt for a grammar curriculum to use next year with the English class I teach at our local home-school coop. This will be roughly for 8th-10th grades.  I love AG, but in this co-op where I teach, I don't think some of the content would be accepted favorably by parents.  The scope, sequence, and structure (for scheduling) of AG would work beautifully for my classroom if only the content were a better fit.  This is what I'm looking for- a grammar curriculum that:

    • Fits a one day/week class (Monday) meeting... HW is done at home throughout the rest of the week
    • Is logically organized/well sequenced
    • Covers parts of speech, phrases, clauses, punctuation, and word usage
    • Teaches diagramming (my preference, but not a deal breaker if this is not taught)
    • Offers testing of concepts
    • Is written TO the student...IOW, is not solely dependent on the teacher for instruction.
    • Comes with a teacher key that I can use to grade
    • Christian content is a plus.

    I hope someone can toss an idea my way.  I need to make a decision soon.  I've been using Junior Analytical Grammar with the younger students at the school, and it is a beautiful fit with them.  

    Thank you all for your help!

    (Cross-posted on high school forum)

     

    Edited today to add:  After researching yesterday, these are the programs that are "in the neighborhood" of my needs.  Please comment on these and/or suggest others for me to research.  

    Christian Light Education 8th grade Sunrise Series: Scope & sequence are a good fit, Christian content- a plus.  Con: Hard to schedule for Monday only classes.

    Jensens: Pro: has a “map” to guide understanding of sentence like AG. Con: complicated; Would also need the punctuation book.  Might be too much to do both books in the same year.

    MCT: Beautiful, good alternate to traditional diagramming, but expensive

    Hake, Bob Jones, Abeka etc: More than grammar (includes writing)  My class only needs to cover grammar, punctuation; sentence constructions (but not writing paragraphs).

    Shirley: Stops at 7th grade

    Easy Grammar: Not condensed; not great reviews

    Well Ordered Language (Christian Academic Press): Might work

    Well-Trained Mind stuff: Not for a once/week format

    Winston Grammar: This is a maybe.  Can we order the advanced set plus the basic student book and do all of it in one year?  How would I schedule this?  Test this?

  5. I'm on the hunt for a grammar curriculum to use next year with the English class I teach at our local home-school coop. This will be roughly for 8th-10th grades.  I love AG, but in this co-op where I teach, I don't think some of the content would be accepted favorably by parents.  The scope, sequence, and structure (for scheduling) of AG would work beautifully for my classroom if only the content were a better fit.  This is what I'm looking for- a grammar curriculum that:

    • Fits a one day/week class (Monday) meeting... HW is done at home throughout the rest of the week
    • Is logically organized/well sequenced
    • Covers parts of speech, phrases, clauses, punctuation, and word usage
    • Teaches diagramming (my preference, but not a deal breaker if this is not taught)
    • Offers testing of concepts
    • Is written TO the student...IOW, is not solely dependent on the teacher for instruction.
    • Comes with a teacher key that I can use to grade
    • Christian content is a plus.

    I hope someone can toss an idea my way.  I need to make a decision soon.  I've been using Junior Analytical Grammar with the younger students at the school, and it is a beautiful fit with them.  

    Thank you all for your help!

     

    (Cross-posted on logic/middle school forum)

     

    Edited today to add:  After researching yesterday, these are the programs that are "in the neighborhood" of my needs.  Please comment on these and/or suggest others for me to research.  

    Christian Light Education 8th grade Sunrise Series: Scope & sequence are a good fit, Christian content- a plus.  Con: Hard to schedule for Monday only classes.

    Jensens: Pro: has a “map” to guide understanding of sentence like AG. Con: complicated; Would also need the punctuation book.  Might be too much to do both books in the same year.

    MCT: Beautiful, good alternate to traditional diagramming, but expensive

    Hake, Bob Jones, Abeka etc: More than grammar (includes writing)  My class only needs to cover grammar, punctuation; sentence constructions (but not writing paragraphs).

    Shirley: Stops at 7th grade

    Easy Grammar: Not condensed; not great reviews

    Well Ordered Language (Christian Academic Press): Might work

    Well-Trained Mind stuff: Not for a once/week format

    Winston Grammar: This is a maybe.  Can we order the advanced set plus the basic student book and do all of it in one year?  How would I schedule this?  Test this?

  6. I'm on the hunt for a grammar curriculum to use next year with the English class I teach at our local home-school coop. This will be roughly for 8th-10th grades.  I love AG, but in this co-op where I teach, I don't think some of the content would be accepted favorably by parents.  The scope, sequence, and structure (for scheduling) of AG would work beautifully for my classroom if only the content were a better fit.  This is what I'm looking for- a grammar curriculum that:

    • Fits a one day/week class (Monday) meeting... HW is done at home throughout the rest of the week
    • Is logically organized/well sequenced
    • Covers parts of speech, phrases, clauses, punctuation, and word usage
    • Teaches diagramming (my preference, but not a deal breaker if this is not taught)
    • Offers testing of concepts
    • Is written TO the student...IOW, is not solely dependent on the teacher for instruction.
    • Comes with a teacher key that I can use to grade
    • Christian content is a plus.

    I hope someone can toss an idea my way.  I need to make a decision soon.  I've been using Junior Analytical Grammar with the younger students at the school, and it is a beautiful fit with them.  

    Thank you all for your help!

     

    (Cross-posted on high school forum)

    Edited today to add:  After researching yesterday, these are the programs that are "in the neighborhood" of my needs.  Please comment on these and/or suggest others for me to research.  

    Christian Light Education 8th grade Sunrise Series: Scope & sequence are a good fit, Christian content- a plus.  Con: Hard to schedule for Monday only classes.

    Jensens: Pro: has a “map” to guide understanding of sentence like AG. Con: complicated; Would also need the punctuation book.  Might be too much to do both books in the same year.

    MCT: Beautiful, good alternate to traditional diagramming, but expensive

    Hake, Bob Jones, Abeka etc: More than grammar (includes writing)  My class only needs to cover grammar, punctuation; sentence constructions (but not writing paragraphs).

    Shirley: Stops at 7th grade

    Easy Grammar: Not condensed; not great reviews

    Well Ordered Language (Christian Academic Press): Might work

    Well-Trained Mind stuff: Not for a once/week format

    Winston Grammar: This is a maybe.  Can we order the advanced set plus the basic student book and do all of it in one year?  How would I schedule this?  Test this?

     

  7. Ladies, would you brainstorm with me?  I will be teaching a Shakespeare unit to 7th-8th graders at my local homeschool co-op this coming year, and the sky is just about the limit for what I can do.  This will be a Monday-only class, and the Shakespeare part should last about 30-40 minutes each Monday. Students will complete homework Tuesday-Friday to hand in the following Monday.  My class will also be learning a variety of sentence constructions and writing short paragraphs with them as well as working through Jr. Analytical Grammar Mechanics at the same time.

    I would certainly want to include Shakespeare's biographical information.  I have researched just a bit and found a little about the history of English that includes the English in Shakespeare's time. For comparison, I might touch on literature from Old English and Middle English to compare with Early Modern (Shakespeare) and Modern. I know from memory the first 18 lines of the Prologue of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Middle English and could throw that in for fun to hear or even to memorize some. We could study a Shakespeare sonnet or a section of one of his plays.  The students would be able to act out scenes, draw cartoon sketches, write their own sonnet, etc....  Part of the objectives would include learning that Shaespeare coined lots of phrases and words that we use today. This would also be a great time to review figures of speech because they will be writing with similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperbole.

    I would love to hear other suggestions or to learn about resources with creative ideas. I love to teach grammar and writing, but I am NOT literature-minded.  I struggle to plan and implement lit lessons that truly impact students in meaningful ways.  

    This part of my English class will be 17 weeks long and take place the second semester of the 20-21 school year. I need to get ideas now because I do all of my planning during the summer. 

    Ok, any ideas?

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  8. Life is all about relationship.

    The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live together to love and support each other- one heart, one purpose.  

    The chief purpose in our life is to glorify them; anything short of this is a form of religion.

    Religion is completely different from relationship.  Religion is man seeking fulfillment to life in his own way. For one, religion may be service to mankind or finding oneness with the beauty of the earth.  There are an infinite number of options to choose from.  Any of these may make one feel good about himself, but none of them equal intimate friendship with God.

    Relationship is the key, yet having relationship with God is totally dependent on the fact of His transcendence.  His is above all-period.  This isn't meant as a point of argument or to be taken as an offense.  This is actually the beginning of the Gospel.  In all of His sovereignty, God created the heavens and the earth.  He created man and breathed life into him.  Adam and Eve walked in the Garden with Him.  They had relationship with Him there.  They were totally fulfilled in Him. There was mutual satisfaction.  They glorified Him, and He edified them. 

    To see the entire picture, you have to note the presence of God's enemy- the believer's enemy too.  He will stop at nothing to draw us away from God.  He is completely evil. The devil gave Eve just enough doubt for her to question God.  All it took was a moment of distraction.  She and Adam had walked in the Garden with God, but all the devil had to do was to plant a tiny seed of "What if..."  At that moment, instead of being in surrendered obedience with the Godhead, they walked independently of Him and found themselves all alone.  The devil thought he had won.  This separation from God was a consequence of sin. At this point, relationship stopped. In fact, death became real. This would have been a terrible ending, but remember God is all about relationship.  

    This is the great part!   God is holy, so nothing short holiness can stand in His presence.  When sin entered the world and mankind was separated from God, we could no longer walk in relationship with Him or bring Him glory.  Before the foundation of the world, however, God knew what would happen, and from the beginning there was a plan of redemption to restore relationship!  This is the Good News, and it is tremendous.

    There is a penalty for sin.  It is death. The only way around this was for that debt to be paid.  Mankind was unable to pay the debt.  Our sin and consequential separation made us completely dependent on another way.  There was only one way we could be saved. Jesus, God's Son and the second member of the Trinity became obedient to God's redemption plan and died for us.  This was HUGE!  You can read in the Old Testament about the slaying of a lamb and putting its blood on the doorposts so that the death angel would "passover" that house. This was a model of what Jesus did in the New Testament. Jesus is that perfect lamb. This is why His sacrifice was the only one that could do the job. He had no sin, and He willingly died in our place.  (II Cor. 5:21) His sacrifice atoned for our sin. Because of his sacrifice, relationship with the Trinity was restored.  God raised Jesus from the grave.  In this is our hope.  In this is our LIFE!  🙂  The devil, the enemy, was totally defeated.  Amazing!

    The entire Bible is written with the message from God, "I love you!  I want to have intimate relationship with you. I want you (insert your name here__________) to walk in unity with Me.  You will find your satisfaction and fulfillment when you worship Me with your whole heart, and I will bless you with eternal life with Me.  Repent from your sin, and turn to Me. I created you to worship.  You won't find fulfillment in empty religion.  You will only find fulfillment in Me. Life is in Me."  The meaning of life is found right here: John 3:16 God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

    We have such a good God.  It is His kindness that leads us to repentance. 

    John Piper said it so well:  “The wisdom of God devised a way for the love of God to deliver sinners from the wrath of God while not compromising the righteousness of God.”

    It is my prayer that if anyone can make it through this long discourse that he can discern the picture of God's love over and above any arguable points of theology. It is in intimate friendship and relationship with God through Jesus that we find life and purpose.  He graciously sent His Holy Spirit to us to draw us to the Lord.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.  (Conviction leads to repentance; conviction is not condemnation.  Condemnation is from the enemy.) As we recognize sin and repent, God is faithful to forgive and to clean us from unrighteousness.  He restored relationship.  What grace and mercy He shows us.  

     

     

     

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  9. We live in the country and use Exede satellite internet.  Over the 6.5 years we've been with Exede, they have only improved their service.  Although Charter cable internet was our favorite at our former residence, we are generally happy with it.

    Currently, we have 100 GB to use each month, and we usually make it 3/4 of the month with that.  Afterwards, we still have functional internet, yet competition for bandwidth becomes noticeable at peak times. There are five of us almost always online.  Four of us are schooling (high school and college) because of being home.  It is even raining (storming at times) right now, and we still have internet.

    We do have to limit streaming.  This is probably the hardest thing.  It isn't that we can't stream, but streaming eats GBs. We usually watch a Netflix or Amazon Prime movie nearly every night though. 

    We're on the Unlimited Silver plan for  $160/month.  I'm not really sure how this compares with other services.  Given our location, though, I am thankful to have it.  I would highly recommend.

  10. I need a Bible study resource for ds to use with the New Testament.  Currently, he is working through the Old Testament using Taking the OT Challenge.  You can click on the link to see it. I like this book's simplicity.  It works through the OT with daily readings and very brief thought questions to  help the student "chew" the passages read.  Why didn't the author write Taking the NT Challenge????? 

    https://g.co/kgs/zPeYuL

    Any ideas?

    It is important to me that the resource is simple to use, reads through most/preferably all the text, and offers a method by which the text can be "chewed." 

    Thanks, everyone.

     

  11. Ladies, he has Type II diabetes but is generally quite healthy.  He has had a recent setback, though, and he just doesn't want to have to cook for himself anymore.  I know there are food plans that make meal prep easy.  These companies send you everything you need for a meal, and you only have to provide minimal effort to have one ready. He is in a very small town.  There is a super Walmart, and a few grocery stores, but that's it.  There is no Whole Foods, etc...  However, I'm open to shopping where I live which has specialty stores and then shipping to him.  I need to consider all options.

    Can anyone help me brainstorm some possibilities or offer opinions from experience?  I would like information on companies that offer this kind of service as well as options through Amazon, Whole Foods, etc... I know nothing about this at this point.  I'm at the beginning of my research.

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  12. Hi, I'm posting on my mom's account. I'm thinking about getting a Twitter account for my Etsy business, TreasureFilledRooms, but I'm not sure whether to get a personal or a business account. From my research, a personal account might get more traffic than a business account. Could I even make a personal account but use it as a business account? I'm trying to increase my marketing and get the word out about my business, so I recently also signed up for a business Facebook account. Just wondering if I should also add Twitter. I would appreciate any thoughts/stories/advice!

  13. Hi Kelly,

    A teacher at the co-op where I teach showed me this one:

    https://awwapp.com/

    I think it probably works very well for most people.  I tried it with my English class and had trouble with it.  The difference, I think, was that I tried using it from home.  We have satellite internet, and somehow, I think that influenced how it worked.  

    When I first tried it, it did work.  It was wonderful.  I never confirmed what the problem really was.  Give it a try.  

  14. He is risen indeed! 

    2 Corinthians 5:21  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

    So grateful that we serve such a holy God who gave His greatest gift, Jesus, who paid the ultimate sacrifice to purchase our salvation and to restore fellowship with Himself. What wondrous love is this, O my soul! 

    He is alive! 

     

     

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  15. I work at our local homeschool co-op, and for several years now, we have been using Engrade to keep grades and attendance records for our students.  We can also email through Engrade and keep a record of correspondence between teachers, parents, and students. 

    Engrade is part of McGraw Hill, and they are not offering this service anymore beginning next year, so my co-op has to find something to take its place. So far, all that has been researched is proving to be very expensive compared to Engrade.  Parents only pay $7/student currently, but all the record-keeping programs our director has research runs into the thousands of dollars- way over our budget.  I believe that we are trying to target around $300/month overall, but truly, cost is very much a factor.  We need to keep the cost as low as possible. 

    I thought I would ask all of you very wonderful, knowledgeable ladies if you could make any recommendations.  I know we've checked Blackboard, but I don't remember any other names.  We are trying to get something lined up to begin using for the next school year (2019-2020).

    Thanks for any help!

    PS... Cross-posting on the other boards.

  16. I work at our local homeschool co-op, and for several years now, we have been using Engrade to keep grades and attendance records for our students.  We can also email through Engrade and keep a record of correspondence between teachers, parents, and students. 

    Engrade is part of McGraw Hill, and they are not offering this service anymore beginning next year, so my co-op has to find something to take its place. So far, all that has been researched is proving to be very expensive compared to Engrade.  Parents only pay $7/student currently, but all the record-keeping programs our director has research runs into the thousands of dollars- way over our budget.  I believe that we are trying to target around $300/month overall, but truly, cost is very much a factor.  We need to keep the cost as low as possible. 

    I thought I would ask all of you very wonderful, knowledgeable ladies if you could make any recommendations.  I know we've checked Blackboard, but I don't remember any other names.  We are trying to get something lined up to begin using for the next school year (2019-2020).

    Thanks for any help!

    PS... Cross-posting on the other boards.

  17. I work at our local homeschool co-op, and for several years now, we have been using Engrade to keep grades and attendance records for our students.  We can also email through Engrade and keep a record of correspondence between teachers, parents, and students. 

    Engrade is part of McGraw Hill, and they are not offering this service anymore beginning next year, so my co-op has to find something to take its place. So far, all that has been researched is proving to be very expensive compared to Engrade.  Parents only pay $7/student currently, but all the record-keeping programs our director has research runs into the thousands of dollars- way over our budget.  I believe that we are trying to target around $300/month overall, but truly, cost is very much a factor.  We need to keep the cost as low as possible. 

    I thought I would ask all of you very wonderful, knowledgeable ladies if you could make any recommendations.  I know we've checked Blackboard, but I don't remember any other names.  We are trying to get something lined up to begin using for the next school year (2019-2020).

    Thanks for any help!

    PS... Cross-posting on the other boards.

     

  18. I work at our local homeschool co-op, and for several years now, we have been using Engrade to keep grades and attendance records for our students.  We can also email through Engrade and keep a record of correspondence between teachers, parents, and students. 

    Engrade is part of McGraw Hill, and they are not offering this service anymore beginning next year, so my co-op has to find something to take its place. So far, all that has been researched is proving to be very expensive compared to Engrade.  Parents only pay $7/student currently, but all the record-keeping programs our director has research runs into the thousands of dollars- way over our budget.  I believe that we are trying to target around $300/month overall, but truly, cost is very much a factor.  We need to keep the cost as low as possible. 

    I thought I would ask all of you very wonderful, knowledgeable ladies if you could make any recommendations.  I know we've checked Blackboard, but I don't remember any other names.  We are trying to get something lined up to begin using for the next school year (2019-2020).

    Thanks for any help!

    PS... Cross-posting on the other boards.

     

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