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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
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    BF history of the horse and Islam

    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.
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    Art of Argument

    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.
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    If you did DE....

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
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    The art of listening is gone!

    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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    The art of listening is gone!

    Well, it depends how you look at it. There are many upsides to email communication, so I don't see it as being SOL. I think you just have to accept that if the communication needs to happen by email, then there is also a downside.
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    The art of listening is gone!

    At least in my area, you are lucky to get any communication *at all* with somebody in the trades. In 2009 (during the recession), this same guy probably would have answered his phone, written a lengthy email, and even stopped by your house to chat if needed. I'm just trying to point out that the difference is how busy these people are, not that they are lacking in communication skills or have lost the "art of listening." I truly don't think this is because they lack reading skills or the ability to listen. These same people could easily sit across a table from you and answer any of your questions. Email is easy to check and answer, but lends itself to being difficult to do either thoughtfully. Which comes back to email not being the best form of communication.
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    The art of listening is gone!

    I think in emails it is unwise to ask more than one or two questions. My dh is an electrician and my brother is a contractor, neither of these guys is addicted to their devices. They are simply crazy busy. So they are answering emails, while contacting a homeowner on their phone, and filling in paperwork for the day. Is it ideal? No. But they are already working 10-12 hour days, and they have to multitask like that to keep the days from running even longer. Their wives are impatiently waiting for them to call it a day as it is. ? So all that to agree with others - email is not a great medium to ask questions. I'd try to stick to just one if at all possible. Follow up with another email or a call if needed. I'm sure the people in my life aren't the only ones who are just BUSY. When it comes to personal conversations, I don't think people are getting worse. My family/friends don't normally interrupt each other. (There are a couple people in my life who are exceptions and interrupt everybody, constantly.) The only time interruptions are common is in heated conversations. It looks like your kids are young, I would consider practicing this (and sneaky you can give your dh practice while you are at it). Like at a mealtime, play a game where each person tells two things about their day. Nobody is allowed to interrupt until the person is done, then others can comment but only if it relates to what that first person said. Next person... You could also try having 1-1 conversations with your kids. There are a ton of ideas out there if you google 'kid conversation starters'. Then you could force them to slow down and let you finish. Maybe they've just gotten into some bad habits.