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  1. Yeah, I have a friend whose kids use CLE mostly independently. Her oldest is doing great in prealgebra (with a different program) so it seems to be working for them. However, I hesitate to mention that because 1) I'm not sure how typical that is. 2) I believe her kids could be doing *even better* with a teacher who was shoring up weak spots and nurturing strengths. Having said that, her life circumstances havent allowed for that. Her kids are doing great, so I do agree that CLE can be independent.
  2. My kids have done great with CLE. I sometimes add to it for more challenging word problems or if they are struggling with a concept, but that is not unique to CLE. My two oldest kids have gone from CLE to AoPS (which does not provide enough practice problems or review for my kids, so I also have to supplement at times. Still I *love* AoPS.) with no major hiccups, so CLE works well here. I know families with kids who have used CLE in the younger years and then struggled when they hit algebra, but I've seen the same with families using Singapore and Math Mammoth. The difference in every single case that I've seen? The parents were not involved in teaching and/or checking for understanding. That is the difference, imo, not the math program.
  3. I would definitely not push her ahead in Horizons. She is enjoying math and doing well with it. I have learned (the hard way) to only push my kids when they request the challenge or are bored/unhappy with the normal progression. This might be your dd when she is 9 or 15; don't feel like this needs to be your goal with a 6yo. What I would do - I would be doing math 5 days a week. She will start to hit new material sooner without skipping books. ALso, I would add some challenge in a just for fun way. Make up story problems when you are in the car, play math games, ask her to be your teacher. My kids love that stuff and it is a great way to challenge (and even introduce new concepts) them without them ever realizing it. P.s. I hope you all recover quickly and feel better soon!
  4. My oldest will be a junior next year and we are in a similar position except she is heading into precalculus. Our (tentative) plan is for my dd to self study math next fall, and then take precalc at the college in the spring. The beginning of the semester should be review which should solidify/deepen understanding of what she has learned so far. I hope that will make the semester class doable. Our other option is taking College Algebra at the CC in the fall. That class would be almost all review, but it might be a good place for my dd to get started with the DE experience. So in your case, you could consider having your dd take precalc in the fall to get her feet wet, then calc in the spring. Or she could self study calc at home in the fall, then take calc at the college in the spring. (I would vote for the latter option in your case. You could even consider MUS - your dd could probably get all the way through it in the fall.)
  5. My son (11yo) has mixed expressive/receptive language delay. I don't have much to add to what the others suggested... We work really really hard just to make very slow progress. It is frustrating some times, but we continue to make progress and that is all that matters. I'm glad you were referred to an SLP. My son has been in speech therapy on and off since he was 3 because he also has an articulation delay. We continue to work on this pesky r sound but mostly his therapy sessions focus on language skills. I think you will find a good SLP makes a huge difference. Hopefully your dd is on board because at her age you really need her cooperation. If you have that, you should see improvement in a lot of areas! We have also been down the autism road. Basically a MERLD diagnosis is going to overlap with the language portion of an autism diagnosis. That makes it very worthwhile to explore the possibility that your dd is autistic. In our case, we just have the MERLD diagnosis. My son fits the autism diagnosis to a T when it comes to language issues, but he has no other autism symptoms.
  6. I just skimmed my copy... The only mention of Islam is this: Do some research on Allah and who started this religion.Try to get a copy of their commandments. How is this religion different than Christianity? This assignment comes while reading King of the Wind. Unless there is something problematic in that book, I don't think there is anything to be concerned about.
  7. I didn't add anything to it; we just read and discussed it. We would try to spot the different fallacies in real life as well. I did it with 2 of my kiddos, so that gave us a bit more of the group discussion atmosphere. Maybe that helped, but my kids enjoyed it and retained it for the most part. My goal was for them to learn to look for and spot fallacies, not necessarily remember the name and definition of each one. So it could be that we define retention differently... 🙂 If that is the case, then flashcards would probably be helpful.
  8. If you think she can handle 2-3 classes, I would trust your instincts. DE (called PSEO in my state) is a popular option for homeschool and public school students in my state, so I know many, many students who have gone that route - including me! Most of the students I know started with 9-12 credits, and most did just fine with that. I will note that these would all be 11th or 12th grade students. My oldest will be a PSEO student next year and she will take 3 classes. She won't do any classes at home. With 3 DE classes in fall and 3 in the spring, she will have 6 high school credits which is plenty for us. She works M/W/F in the fall, so she will take classes on T/Th. I expect her to be very busy. This is what she wants, however, and I believe she can handle it. My daughter will also have an hour commute. That is the big downside in my overall plan. It is a big enough deal that we are planning to move. We have considered moving for the past 4 years for other reasons, and this is finally pushing us to go for it. Online classes would be one way to get around the commute, but I agree with the others on this. Students have a much harder time with online classes from what I've heard. If we are unable to move, we still intend to move forward with our plan, but I am much less comfortable with it. 2 hours is a lot of time to spend on the road every day. Unless your dd will be using public transportation, you'll definitely want to factor that in. Having said that, I still don't see 2-3 classes being at all unreasonable in your case.
  9. FWIW, I have used CLE since 2009 and have never experienced long lessons. Also, I just ordered grade 7 and my AK still matches from 5 yrs ago. Grade 2 has also not changed, so I'm guessing the 600s haven't either.
  10. Kingdom of Wrenly books are loved by my struggling reader. I'm not exactly sure what their reading level is, but they seem close to the same as Scholastic Branches.
  11. I agree with the suggestions to sweeten the pot. I was actually going to suggest bribery, but "sweeten the pot" sounds much better. 🙂 A friend of mine has an 8th grader who wants very much to go to school. She was able to get him on board with homeschooling by buying the family a season pass to a ski resort and promising to go at least weekly. This is something this family did when their kids were younger, so it sounds like a positive for their whole family. Is there anything, big or small, that could get this kid on board? FWIW, I have a 4th grader in ps this year. He knew it was for one year only, but he has already started telling me that he wants to stay. That is not an option in my mind, so I'm thinking ahead and hoping I can make next year a positive experience for him. At the end of the day I think I know what's best, but I don't want to battle a kid all day long. It's a tough spot to be in. I hope you can work out a decent solution.
  12. I've used both with different kids. S&S is more independent. Megawords has far more practice. It just depends what you are looking for. Kid 1 was going to use Megawords, but we realized it was waaay overkill for her. We switched to S&S, but decided even that was overkill so we dropped spelling. Kid 2 was using S&S, but it wasn't sticking. He used Megawords for one year and hated every second of it. However, it vastly improved his spelling. He really benefited from all that practice breaking words apart. We went back to S&S after that year, and he is a decent speller now. Kid 3 is using Megawords as a reading program as much as spelling. We are only a few units in, but I am already seeing huge improvements with his reading. His spelling is improving as well. He enjoys the program and I plan to continue with the series. My next kids will follow the same general path - start with S&S because it is a very solid program and almost completely independent. If they turn out to be "struggling spellers" I will head right back to Megawords. Hope that helps!
  13. I planned to use WWS 2 with my 7th grader this year. (He used WWS 1 in 6th grade.) As I was planning, I decided it wasn't going to work for us. Instead we are using LAoW combined with the literary analysis sections from WWS. So far it is going well. My oldest also used LAoW in 7th grade. We skimmed through it at the end of the year, so her progression was: WWS 1 in 6th, IEW (theme based book) and LAoW in 7th, then Writing with a Thesis on 8th. So sticking LAoW between WWS 1 and 2 would be my recommendation.
  14. There is a thread on College Board where a couple mothers claim that happened to their child. However, in the cases I read, the student(s) also had the same answers as another tester in the room. I think there may be more to these stories than their mothers want to admit... Several (maybe even most) posters read the situation differently than I do, so take my perspective with that in mind. Or maybe they have info beyond that thread that substantiates the claims that were made. I'd just hate to think that people are getting worried over nothing, which is what it seems like to me.
  15. That's funny. My mom used to always say, "Breathe, Tracy" when I was a teen because I talked so fast. I'd forgotten about that, so I guess I've slowed down since then. Lol
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