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  1. Classes by Beth Plus (CBB+) https://www.classesbybethplus.com It's our first year taking classes with them and we are only taking Spanish 1, but so far it's going well. DS is using BJU Spanish 1 student text. They also have French. They offer AP courses, too.
  2. Update... we have a contract on it and will close sometime this month! SO thankful.
  3. I know about Khan Academy, but I'm wondering if there are online tutoring sites or just helpful websites that help a student understand algebra and other math they may be not understanding? Thanks.
  4. Yes, they do depreciate. It's such a headache. We've had so many interested, but it never works out. How would we sell just the land if the house is on it? Do we have to get the house legally detached from the land or can we just sell the land even though the house is on it? Do we sell the house by itself first and get it hauled off and sell the land? Thanks for brainstorming with me.
  5. We have a rental property with a single wide mobile home that my parents lived in. We are trying to sell it, but so far the lenders our interested buyers try to use do not finance single wides. A local bank wanted 30% down, too. Does anyone have a bank or know of a lender that would finance this deal? We're getting to our wits end. Thanks.
  6. I found a thread from 2014 that mentioned it was just a glorified SOS program, but they were re-vamping everything at that time. Any new experiences with it? Thanks.
  7. We have been in this for 4 years and have had no issues with any past things. The leadership at ALERT is focused on raising up men who are ready to serve, lead and help in times of emergency and tragedy along with sharing the love and hope in Christ. We are not and have never been ATI or IBLP or anything like that. We are only in ALERT and they are excellent, in our opinion and in our experience. Our oldest son has been to the LTC training and it was wonderful for spiritual growth and growth in necessary skills for rescue, help and service. Their focus book for that training was by John MacArthur, not the ATI or IBLP resources only. It's a solid program that continues further training and the feedback from those that hire ALERT Academy graduates is only superior. Don't judge a program by it's acquaintances always. I can vouch for this program and I would be the first one to be honest, even though we are associated with it. I don't want my children exposed to dangerous things, but this hasn't proven to be anything like that and I'd be the first to exit if there were any future problems. It's only been a positive and strengthening association for us because it also strengthens the father/son relationship, too, because the Dad's do it, too. It helps if you can be a part of a formed local group that meets consistently, like what a scouting or Trail Life group would do. You can ask ALERT for groups in your area or find out how to form one of your own. I think it takes at least 3 families, but I'm not sure. We've been a part of the same group for 4 years and we don't even attend the church that has the group. They've always been welcoming and warm because we are focused on the what matters...Christ, growing strong and loving men who are well prepared to serve and lead and help in times of crisis as well as in daily life and strengthening the father/son relationship.
  8. We have been in this for 4 years and have had no issues with any past things. The leadership at ALERT is focused on raising up men who are ready to serve, lead and help in times of emergency and tragedy along with sharing the love and hope in Christ. We are not and have never been ATI or IBLP or anything like that. We are only in ALERT and they are excellent, in our opinion and in our experience. Our oldest son has been to the LTC training and it was wonderful for spiritual growth and growth in necessary skills for rescue, help and service. Their focus book for that training was by John MacArthur, not the ATI or IBLP resources only. It's a solid program that continues further training and the feedback from those that hire ALERT Academy graduates is only superior. Don't judge a program by it's acquaintances always. I can vouch for this program and I would be the first one to be honest, even though we are associated with it. I don't want my children exposed to dangerous things, but this hasn't proven to be anything like that and I'd be the first to exit if there were any future problems. It's only been a positive and strengthening association for us because it also strengthens the father/son relationship, too, because the Dad's do it, too. It helps if you can be a part of a formed local group that meets consistently, like what a scouting or Trail Life group would do. You can ask ALERT for groups in your area or find out how to form one of your own. I think it takes at least 3 families, but I'm not sure. We've been a part of the same group for 4 years and we don't even attend the church that has the group. They've always been welcoming and warm because we are focused on the what matters...Christ, growing strong and loving men who are well prepared to serve and lead and help in times of crisis as well as in daily life and strengthening the father/son relationship.
  9. I'm at my wits end and my dr. (endocrinologist... everything tested normal) has recommended Qsymia. There's been a lot of personal strife in the last 3 years and I've gone back and forth with trying to get a hold of my weight loss, but it's not worked and I'm the largest I've ever been without being pregnant and it's not good. The dr. recommended Qsymia to help me as I get adjusted to an eating plan and better lifestyle and give me a boost on weight loss. I'd like to know about personal experiences with it before jumping in. Thanks.
  10. Okay, I don't feel so stupid. :) Some of those were in my search and didn't tell me much, but two of them did tell me helpful information and I had not seen those. :) Thank you again.
  11. Wow! How did I not find those links??? I searched and none of those came up. I got several that used the word "verbose", but not for the course. Of course, I haven't been able to "like" any posts for some reason for a long time, so I have no idea what's going on. Thank you for giving those links.
  12. A search did not bring up the information I remember reading a few months ago. Thank you!
  13. We were given a list of scholarships by a recruitment rep from a college at a homeschool conference 2 years ago. My son is not interested in attending that particular college, but the rep gave it to us anyway just as a courtesy from one parent to another. He has compiled it over time and adds to it when needed. Out of his three children, only one had to pay $3,000 back in student debt. The list he sent is overwhelming, though, because it is so long!! Where to start? What would be the best 5-10 to begin (not on my list, but just in general)? This is our first time. Thanks!
  14. So, I found So Verbose in a forum search. It looks like what I might be looking for. Is it? Reviews? Thanks.
  15. We've used Bravewriter 3 times and are happy with it, but a $249 hit each time is tough. (I prefer and can do monthly payments better). We've also used WAH and it was okay, too. But, DS needs a good course where he learns to write all the different types of essays/papers (persuasion, compare/contrast, etc...). BW is good, but I guess I'm looking for a general essay/writing/composition course? Nothing fancy, but effective and solid so he feels confident when he is assigned a compare/contrast essay or persuasive/position paper in college and not have to get tutoring or feel insecure about his knowledge and ability of what to do. I've had DD14 in a great middle school co-op class for 2 years that used MCT and WriteShop 1&2 and she has soared and understands so much about grammar and how to write well. (She had a great teacher, too.) I'm thankful I've had that for her, but did not know about it for DS. I would love to find that online. :) I need something that is online and a complete course (teaching and grading and feedback). He is going to be a junior and I really want him to have a good overview before college. He's had writing instruction, but I feel like it's been all over the place instead of thorough and progressive and understandable to transfer to life. Does that make sense? I've just learned about Classes By Beth+ and they have an essay class that looks like it might meet what I'm looking for, but I'm not sure. Has anyone used CBB+? Other options would be appreciated, too. Is there an online course that uses MCT and WriteShop? Thanks!
  16. I guess so. I honestly haven't looked at them. My son does this completely independent. If he has trouble, he can contact Dr. Shormann. He's doing well and not a math-y kind of kid. He has his own pace of understanding and I don't fret over it. I've heard good things about Shormann, so we just stick with it, talk with the Shormann's when needed and press on. If he ever needed more help then I would find a tutor or friend/family member to help him. My son likes this format better than a class. We tried taking a geometry class last year and he didn't like it and the teacher was awful. Lesson learned. We will stick with Shormann throughout. They have upper level math, too. Pre-Cal, Trig. or something like that. I haven't looked at the website in a long time. Alg. 1 includes a 1/2 credit of Geometry and Alg. 2 includes the other 1/2 credit, so the student is getting both. The syllabus also includes calculus, trig, etc. for the Alg. 1 course. I think it's great. I trust Dr. Shormann. They are veteran TX homeschoolers who have been around for a long time and have adult children who have gone through college and some have advanced degrees. They are grandparents. His resume is incredible, but truly, I really, really like that they are God-centered in their education approach and that helps my son see a biblical worldview in his education. It supports what we're trying to do. Also, if you have other children, they have a sibling discount. Check that out and also just email Karen. She is very helpful.
  17. We use it and love it! It is a good program and challenging and rigorous, I think. The Shormann's are also very helpful, especially his wife, Karen, who is the "secretary" of sorts. She has helped me through figuring out what to do with math for my DS. They are homeschool veterans and Dr. Shormann has a very impressive resume. Plus, it is biblically and Christ centered which I like very much. Even math shows God's glory and brings Him glory! I thoroughly recommend it.
  18. If so, what classes are your DC taking and from where? Thanks!
  19. Do you pay for all the classes at once or monthly or each time you schedule and take one? I see that they are broken down into 60 classes, 45 classes, etc. How do I determine how many? What do you all do? Thanks.
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