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  1. My original plan was to do the Edhesive AP Computer Science A course, but they jacked up the price so much. I've e-mailed to ask if they'd give me the old price, but just in case they say no, I'm looking at other options. Also, my husband said that as of Java 8, there are a lot of cool new features that would be good to learn when first learning the language. Those features are NOT listed in the AP CS A syllabus, so I think most courses don't touch them. I've been out of the field long enough that I am not familiar with the new features myself (but if I have a text that teaches them, I can lea
  2. Oh, $17.95 would be great! I guess I'll call and ask if I can get the online bit... The homeschool kit includes the textbook (physical), online versions of the student and teacher texts, and access to all the online extras.
  3. I attempted to order Avancemos Spanish 1 Homeschool Kit from HMHCO last night, but it won't let me add it to the cart, and it won't let me sign in either. It times out. Their website sucks. I see that Christian Book has the textbook for $25 cheaper, but does anyone know if that includes the codes for the digital stuff as well? If so, I'll order from there. I just wanted to make sure.
  4. My kids read through SOTW on their own, so I sometimes stick US history in where SOTW 3 and 4 go in the cycle. I've done that twice now. We're currently using BYL 5 (first half of US history, using Hakim's books), and we're really enjoying it. We started in January with a 3rd grader and a 5th grader. It's been a great fit for both. The 3rd grader is advanced, and the 5th grader has some learning challenges. They have both gotten a lot out of the study. We'll finish up BYL 5 this fall and do BYL 6 after that. BYL adds a read aloud and a reader, sometimes helping flesh out the history mater
  5. The grammar should be the same in both languages, for the most part. They reinforce each other. If you're talking about different definitions for a part of speech, just pick one and run with it. I certainly wouldn't make a child memorize two differently worded definitions for the same part of speech. The two languages have some different grammar rules, but my children have never been confused by that.
  6. Thank you for this! I was planning to have my son do this course this coming year. I *can* teach him programming myself, but I liked the idea of an inexpensive outside teacher with me just helping as needed. I'll e-mail them and see if they'll honor the original price for me as well. Those who are doing that, are you having to buy it right now? I was going to wait until we start school.
  7. I've gone by age based grade and will adjust in high school if I need to. Two kids work ahead and one kid works ahead in math but behind in language arts. The ahead kids can keep learning until their age based grade 12 is over. Their transcript should look nicer. The behind kid is old for his grade (November birthday in a state with September 1 cutoff) and tall for his age. I don't think holding him back would make much difference, but if I feel like an extra year of high school would help later on, we'll do that. He may need to live at home while starting college. He's high functioning autist
  8. They're more useful for divisibility (like seeing if a number is divisible by 3,6,9).
  9. My kids have the whole SOTW series on their kindles, so I haven't ever had a problem adjusting our history trajectory. For example, last year we did medieval history, finally finishing in December of this school year. In January, we started US history (which begins with the first peoples coming to America via the land bridge). The program we're using goes 2 years. I don't know if we'll go back to ancients after that or pick up with early modern world. Likely ancients. My oldest did ancients, medieval, first year of US History, then modern world history. It was fine. You can do whatever you wan
  10. My state doesn't have educational neglect laws, so therefore the point is moot here. Also, homeschooling is unregulated here now. I'm seeing a lot of parents pulling their kids on a whim and not having any idea what to do next. Then someone will say, "I just use dollar store workbooks" or they'll recommend some online programs. Easy Peasy is recommended a lot, and it's a decent program, so I have no problem with that. I hope the lady using dollar store workbooks is doing a lot of teaching on her own. One thing that does concern me about homeschoolers lately is the quest for all online work
  11. I've never heard to use the system only for content subjects and not skills subjects. But I still prefer doing the planning (Including project lists, etc.) in Homeschool Planet (and previously HST+) and putting history in a binder and science in a binder. I plan out the entire year at the beginning and print stuff out so it's ready to go, but putting things in weekly folders would require separating all my subjects and then putting them back together in a binder later. I'd rather just start out with the binder. A lot less work (no separating). I just print out what we need and plop it in the b
  12. I've tried it on a 6 week basis and found it didn't work for me either. The materials I use often don't have worksheets to file. Like a PP, we're input heavy (mostly books/literature) and not as much output (one kid has dysgraphia, so most of his output is typed on the computer anyway). Also, we tend to change things up throughout the year, not necessarily go at the intended pace (faster or slower), etc. So if week 1 has all the subjects in it and we get ahead in one subject and behind in another, I then have to move everything around for the following weeks. Now it IS helpful for me to pr
  13. I spend very little on first grade now, but like others, my first graders have older siblings ahead of them. :) My first first grader, I definitely spent more than $100! Let's see. with him I used SOTW (bought that new, then got the AG set for all 4 years used for $30 and bought the PDF of the student pages for year 1), Math Mammoth entire set (HSBC 50% off sale), a few different spelling programs (I think I had R&S Spelling 2, AAS 1, and maybe Sequential Spelling 1?), FLL, WWE... I can't remember what I did for science that year. I bought everything new except those AGs. My next first
  14. Oh goodness, we're still figuring out 3rd grade. :lol: I suspect we will do the following, some of it continued from this school year: Math: Singapore 5 or Math in Focus 5... I have both, haven't decided. English: MCT with his brother. We started Island level this week, so will probably be finishing up Island and starting Town next year. History/Literature/Art: Build Your Library 5/6. Started 5 in January, so we'll still be doing that the first half of next year. (this is also with older brother) Science: I haven't asked him what he wants to study yet. This year he's doing chemistry
  15. We're doing Build Your Library year 5, which is the first half of US History. It uses Hakim's books and is secular. My 8 and 11 year olds are enjoying it.
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