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  1. A Tale of Two Cities is shorter than Count of Monte Cristo, but both are equally interesting and action-packed IMO. Les Mis and Three Muskateers were less gripping to me, personally. I'd go with movies and/or abridged versions for those two. I found Hugo pretty long winded in some chapters and more of a slog to get through. One thing to consider may be that Dickens also has many other worthwhile reads, which may be a compelling reason to read Count first, with the plan to read at least something else by Dickens at some point (although I need to say that Tale of Two Cities is my personal favorite Dickens book). Both are similar in their historical context, plot of intrigue, and theme of redemption. You won't be disappointed whichever you choose!
  2. We're using Algebra I with the Light Units right now and I really wish I had waited to buy the textbook instead. With either way you still have to copy the problems on separate paper (and that was the huge benefit of the LU's before IMO). Like a PP said, it's tricky to find previously taught concepts and it's just a lot to keep up with since you can't just toss a used LU into the recycling like you can with other levels (as long as you have the TM for explanations). The textbook also looks much more appealing and engaging, and while my dd doesn't really care about that, I think a lot of kids would enjoy it over the LU's.
  3. I really don't have the funds to buy a microscope right now, especially since I still need the dissection kit and would also have to buy all the slides and things. This is for my daughter's biology class. We're using the Miller Levine textbook and I want to do enough labs to call it a lab science. She's especially interested in dissection and I do have a friend that has a microscope that we could use a couple of times. I'm looking for an economical kit that will allow us to do many different experiments for the first half of the book (cells, DNA, stuff like that). I can figure out the plant ones pretty easily.
  4. I did call our library and they don't have anything, surprisingly since we're in a good sized city. I do have a friend with a scope that I guess I could take advantage of.
  5. I have read through all the threads I could find and keep finding the same information. We will buy the Advanced Dissection Kit from Home Science Tools, but how can we get some really awesome and helpful labs done inexpensively for the first half of the year. I don't want to invest in a microscope because my children have vision problems that would pretty much make it useless unless we got a really expensive one that I can't afford. I keep looking at the various kits at HST, even the chemistry ones, and can't decide what would be the most helpful and useful. I'd like to keep it at less than $75 since I'll be purchasing the dissection kit later. Any ideas?
  6. I have just the student text and a workbook, both that I found used. Honestly, I don't really care for the workbook. We just read through the student text, and I assign the exercises to either be done on paper or orally. We use Cambridge as a supplement to Memoria Press Latin, but I really like it and can see using it as a main course if you don't prefer the grammar translation method. I think the main thing is to focus on keeping up with the vocabulary, as it accumulates quickly. We made flashcards for that.
  7. That's interesting. Around here our local high schools allow 9th graders to take AP Psych, with no experience of stats. It is considered one of the easier APs and one of 3 that 9th graders are allowed to take. That's what I was going by. I sure hope there aren't any prerequisites!
  8. If my dd wants to take AP Psychology, should she also do history the same year? It looks like Psychology is a social science elective, so I'm assuming she'd still do history at the same time. Is that correct? This would be for 9th grade. She wants to get her feet wet with one AP in a topic that she's very interested in.
  9. Thanks! I do have a copy of Unit 1. I guess I'm wondering whether we'd need to go through each book in order or if we can jump in at book 2 or 3. Book 1 has lots of vocabulary that she hasn't learned, although the grammar is all very easy for her.
  10. Has anyone transitioned into Cambridge Latin having already studied Latin? My dd has finished all 4 of Memoria Press Form series and wants a break from the grammar-translation method. What level should she begin Cambridge? I don't want to waste too much time by putting her too far back, but I also want this next year to be an "enjoy Latin again" type of year (so not too terribly demanding). She's going into 8th grade and plans to study Latin all through hs as well.
  11. The sample for the Teacher Guide does show a schedule for lesson plans, so that would be helpful. Although it looks like there are a lot of pages scheduled for each reading day, possibly more than I'd like for one sitting if I read it aloud. I was planning on using Mystery of History, which seems super similar to this. I'd love to hear thoughts on how the two programs are different! Thanks for describing the writing style as you see it, that's exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for!
  12. Has anyone used The World's Story for history? I know it is new so I'm hesitant to try it, but I love the pictures and how art work and architecture are integrated with it.
  13. I realize these are new products and probably haven't had tons of users yet, but am curious to read reviews. Does anyone have an opinion on these? I'm looking at The World's Story: The Middle Ages for my rising 6th and 8th graders.
  14. They give pretty good samples of each light unit on their website. I think you could pick it up in any grade level and that it pretty much goes through the Bible. We haven't used it but I'm considering CLE for Bible next year. From reading through the samples I get the impression that it is what I'd call "straight Bible teaching" vs. being devotional in nature. Now their reading curriculum definitely has some devotional/character training aspects to it.
  15. I got Wheelock's used online for a few dollars and I'm really impressed by it, too! I also picked up Cambridge and that is a fun and interesting course. Now to figure out to combine and supplement with all these great resources...!
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