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  1. I’ve been searching for some writing helps for our boys, ages 13, 16, and 17.. I came across these names and bought all three books. 🙂 Which of these would you use? All? What order? eta: I see I posted this on the k-8 page. I’ll cross post on high school, too
  2. I saw this mentioned on 1 post. I can't find much out about the book. Have you used it? Does it cover grammar well? What age would you recommend it for?
  3. I've seen these 3 writing program mentioned in different posts from years ago... Thinking in Threes: The Power of Three in Writing Writing with a Thesis The Lively Art of Writing I have looked at their TOC and see similarities and differences. I could only find an age level on one of them What is the order of difficulty? Could/should they all be used? Would there be a specific order they should be used in? I am thinking of using 1 or some with my (entering) 8th grade ds for next year. Not much in any formal writing program so far. Pam
  4. Has anyone used these 2 together? Fascinating Chemistry and Chemistry 101? Have you used any Fascinating Education courses? I'm not finding many reviews. Pam
  5. Well Master Books was not for us. We are doing BJU 6th for 7th grade and not liking it. We just never found our love for science. 😞
  6. Looking for Chemistry for 15 & 16 year old boys. Neither one is planning on college, but not totally ruling it out. I am specifically looking at Spectrum Chemistry right now. I’d like something self guiding with labs. Not heavy in math. Video would be nice, but not required. (I know SC does not have video lessons) pam
  7. This was very helpful. Thank you. I have dabbled some in EIW, FixIt, and IEW. I have often wondered if I would have done any of them all the way through if it would be a thorough coverage. I never had that confidence though. thanks for sharing!! pam
  8. I read some reviews on Exodus Books. C. Hollis Crossman says this about BJU history... "This course will give your kids a solid knowledge of history. It may not give them as much of an understanding, since it doesn't cover ideas or movements in as much detail as it might, but they will be familiar with the general flow of events." Do you feel the same? I'm trying to decide on BJU American vs Notgrass American. Maybe Notgrass will give them a better 'understanding'? or "cover ideas or movements... (and) be familiar with the general flow of events" better? But will Notgrass give "your kids a solid knowledge of history"? Does it go deep enough (I know... enough for what? :) ) Pam
  9. Could someone tell me what you think of this program? Looking for 6th grade. Possibly 10th grade for a one-swoop review. Does GUM cover all grammar? Anything left out? (I'm not talking about all English aspects. I have writing and spelling covered.) Pam
  10. I heard from 2 people I know that they did the 2 together for 1 credit. My 16 year old son is doing FB. He really likes it. I know a family who has Biology 101, who I might borrow it from just to view it. Sorry, that's all I know. Pam
  11. We decided on TT this year because I looked at some samples of R&S, CLE, and TT, and TT had the best explanation on that particular topic. Then I just read this: "My kids appeared to thrive in TT until we tried math outside the TT program and books. Then unrealized though they aced the TT assign nuts, they had lost two full grade levels of math ability by the time we left TT. It was sobering to see how important it is to dive deeper and not just tell kids do it this way because that's just how it's done (which TT actually said!!) Oh, NO! So, I LOVE the way MUS teaches the "why", but is just knowing the "why" enough? Does MUS teach enough beyond the "why" for a son interested in tool & die? He has done Saxon Alg. 1 and liked it, but he wanted a different geometry. He's not sure if he wants to continue with Saxon after that. He likes somewhat of spiral, but Saxon was too much for his liking. (I know they call Saxon incremental, but to us, it still felt spiral). He did mostly Saxon an CLE for elementary. Pam
  12. Are you still using Writing Strands? Which levels have you used? How far do you think you will go with it? I would really like some feedback from someone who uses it, sticks with it, will continue to the end. Pam
  13. YAY!!! I am hoping to 'expose it' more for others! Thank you for sharing that. Pam
  14. Have you seen this Blog post?... https://www.joyinourjourney.com/whats-new-blog/friendly-chemistry-for-homeschooled-high-schoolers-review-and-giveaway "In addition to my initial scanning of the materials, I decided to select one chapter and compare it to the Apologia, Bob Jones, and RealScience4Kids textbooks I already owned. Guess which chapter I selected? Quantum Mechanics! (Dad, you would be proud!) ☺ First, I read through Friendly Chemistry's chapter on Quantum Mechanics. Um, okay. That seemed pretty straightforward and easily understandable. Next, I read through Apologia's chapter on Quantum Mechanics. Say what? Oh my goodness! It was explained in such a confusing, complicated manner that I wouldn't have really had a clue what was going on if I hadn't first read Friendly Chemistry's explanation. Well, surely Bob Jones' Chemistry book would be easier to understand Quantum Mechanics, right? No way! I couldn't believe how complicated both high school chemistry texts were and how they made the concept of Quantum Mechanics so difficult to understand! I was sold on Friendly Chemistry." That was part of what intrigued me about Friendly Science. I understand that some programs may be more in-depth or 'rigorous', but if the student doesn't understand what they are suppose to be learning, and they just answer questions by memorization, what's the sense? And, I don't like when people label a program 'for learning disabled' either. (not saying you did this) I hope this program works out for us! Pam
  15. Thank you for the update. I had all 3 courses (Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy) with videos given to me to review. I am planning on starting with Biology next school year. I cannot find enough reviews for them to convince me that I really want to do them for our high school science. I don't think that our boys are going for STEMS programs, but one is very good in math and I don't want to shortchange him if he changes his mind. It's good to hear that you will be doing the Chemistry again. Pam
  16. Did you do both Friendly Chemistry and Friendly Biology? Pam
  17. I have Hake Grammar on its way. 😞 I knew it was spiral. What was I thinking??!! Same as CLE LA. So, what isn't? They do not like R&S. Easy Grammar? Back to the drawing board. ETA: I just decided to sell my W&R Fable. I bought EIW. UGH! Can you tell me more about your journey with W&R? Pam
  18. Do you think Hake Grammar and CAP W&R would be a good combination, or would you skip CAP and just do the Writing portion of Hake? Pam
  19. I am considering doing W&R with another family who did it last year. My friend, my age, is a teacher, and she is homeschooling her grandkids. They are the same ages you and I have. She did not think it babyish, either. I listened to some of their stories they had written, and you could definitely see progress and how each child wrote from the same lesson, but at his own level. Pam
  20. Are you still doing W&R? Can you write an update review? Pam
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