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  1. I was wondering if anyone can tell me if the new CLE Algebra I continues with the spiral approach of the younger years OR if it takes on more of a unit approach, adding more and more as you go. I hope to see a Beta version of this at the homeschool conference next week. Any help would be appreciated. Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  2. An older version of TWTM had Abeka in it. Abeka was also one of Cathy Duffy's 100 top picks. Now, I don't know if ANY grammar program will be interesting, but this is a workbook style, and will get the job done. Has lots of review built in, though, not as much as Analytical Grammar. But much easier on mom or student to grade, than AG. We have ONLY used the grammar portion of this workbook. Not expensive either. Sometimes we want something that is "new", when the old standbys are still working just as well or maybe even better......Hmmmmm.... Brenda
  3. We checked out the DIVE, Saxon Teacher, AND Art Reed. DS really liked the Art Reed DVD's. Not that the Saxon teacher didn't explain things well, but he preferred seeing a person over a white board. Got it!
  4. Very interesting comments from all of you. Yes, I'll make sure that the Art Reed matches up with the Saxon edition. I think his DVD's go with the 3rd edition of the Saxon. Thanks! Brenda
  5. Just want your opinions on what CD's/DVD's have helped you to teach Saxon Algebra I. What is your preference: Saxon Teacher, DIVE, or Art Reed? From the reviews that I have found online, Saxon Teacher seems to be the most well liked. But, I would like to hear from you. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Still thinking and praying, Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  6. I have four kids. I understand the "wanting to shorten your day". I really do. So, I too was drawn to CLE, especially for my younger students. (They are now going into 7th and 3rd.) During DS's 5th grade year, we decided to try a few light units. Just to see if it was a good fit. WAS IT EVER! My time is minimum. About 5 to 10 minutes to teach the lesson. (And I agree with Faithe, WE should be teaching math.) But then the student can be responsible for the review. And if you are comfortable, they can check the lesson. Test scores have come up. WAY UP 4th grade(With BJU):
  7. I have several TOG classic sets. Been sitting on my shelves. They need to go. But would anyone buy them, or are people buying mostly Redesign these days? Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  8. Our family is praying for this situation. We were north of Memphis as the storms came through. Blessings, Brenda
  9. My 12 year old son has broken arm. We are easy to spot. Brenda
  10. Just wanted to say a great big southern welcome to all of you who are coming to the Memphis conference! I live just about an hour north of Memphis and will be at the conference most of the time. I will be at MOST of SWB's sessions. I may have some of my kids with me. My girls are easy to spot. They have red hair. Make sure you get some good sweet tea and BBQ while you are here! Again, WELCOME! Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  11. A Lit group like I mentioned is BEST done with a buddy. Know your skills as a teacher. I do more of the "serious" part of the discussion, but my buddy does more of the "fun" stuff. She is just GREAT at coming up with ideas for the boys to do. When we did Door in the Wall we had a whole bunch of "knighthood" type games for them to do outside and even had a "knighting" ceremony with cape and certificate at the end. (They LOVED that!) For The Cay, which we are doing this month, they will have to build their own raft model. It has to be 8'' by 10'' in size. And it should include al
  12. Here is an idea that we have tried in our homeschool co-op. This co-op meets 6 times a year, so nothing overwhelming. (Sept, Oct, Nov and Feb Mar and April) We started this group as a Boys lit discussion. We aimed it for 4th-7th grades. And we used the ideas out of Deconstructing Penguins. And we even started with Mr. Popper's Penguins! We taught the boys basic lit analysis including Plot, Characters including Protagonist/Antagonist, Conflict, and Theme. And then later in the year, we showed them how to "chart" all of that using the methods in TTC. And we tried to vary the genr
  13. I needed some type of format to teach ME how to teach lit analysis. For this I used Teaching the Classics:A Socratic Method for Literay Education. Find this at www.centerforlit.com THEN, I went back and read AGAIN, The Well Educated Mind by SWB and it made sense to me. I got it. I think we make this WAY harder than it has to be at the high school level. We need to relax and read the books with our kids and discuss them. Really! Hope that helps! Brenda (Who gets to give SWB a GREAT BIG HUG next weekend in Memphis! And thank her for showing me how to teach my k
  14. Anyone ever coordinated these two? I will be using SOTW & Biblioplan with a soon to be 3rd and 7th grader next year. We will be studying Book 2 of SOTW. Older sister will be doing that same time period. She will be an 11th grader. Has anyone ever coordinated SOTW 2 with SWB's History of the Medieval World? Just wondering if anyone has ever coordinated these two for your family? Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  15. Our Eagle did a children's flower garden at an organization called Habitat for Hope. The garden is for children and their families who have been treated or are being treated at St. Jude Children's Hospital. He raised all the funds for the flowers, trees, bulbs, bench, and statues that went in the garden. He consulted with other gardeners to get ideas. He drew up his own plan for the garden. And then with his group of volunteers, he led the group in preparing the ground, planting the ground, and then adding the finishing touches like mulch and the bench. It took them about 3 weekends
  16. Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a workbook to go with this book? Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  17. Does anyone know if there is a WORKBOOK that goes along with this book? Just wondering. Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
  18. Even though there may be more people at this conference, they are still homeschool moms just like you! Don't let the size of the conference overwhelm you. Just smile that sweet smile of yours and it will be ALL GOOD! I'll come by and check on you. Blessings, Brenda
  19. This really helped. Still praying and thinking about next year. At the very least, we still want to do the New Testament Challenge with her. I think the Bible portion of MFW has been one of the BEST things about the program. She is growing in wisdom and maturity that my son did not. And YES, Crystal, you KNOW I'm going to be at conference!!!;) Hope to give you a great big hug, girl! Blessings, Brenda:001_smile:
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