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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 learn from that pretty easily). So if you didn't use the Edhesive course, what did you do for an intro to java? This kid has not done any real programming course before. He's only played around with Kodu and the like.
  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 material and sometimes just giving you a good book to read. ?
  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 autistic, so that will factor in heavily. I don't expect his academics to be a barrier to college. He has dysgraphia, but typing helps a lot there. I think when (if?) he outgrows his propensity to embellish history narratives, he'll do fine in writing. College professors may not appreciate the Santa María having a disco party. :lol:
  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 want. Exposure is the key here. They'll hit it all again in high school from the beginning. :)
  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 for their young elementary students. On some of the FB groups, I'm seeing so much, "what is a good online program for first grade, preferably free?" I've also seen a lot of people recommend Prodigy for a sole math curriculum. Um... My kids play prodigy sometimes and love it, but it doesn't TEACH anything. It's ok for practice of concepts already understood. I've used online programs for teaching on occasion, and for my kids, real books and me have been much more effective. My 5th grader was doing Khan Academy grade 6 math and not really learning. I switched him to AoPS Prealgebra with me (he has dysgraphia, so I scribe a lot), and he's doing fantastic and learning so much more. We just finished a chapter where he got almost all the challenge problems completely on his own without any hints from me or looking at the hints in the back of the book. The online math just wasn't effective for him at all. He needs a real book and a real person teaching him, even though HE prefers online. Anyway, as to the original question... I don't personally know anyone who is educationally neglecting their kids by any reasonable definition of the term. Now that homeschool is unregulated, you would think maybe there would be more "poor homeschooling" here, but I don't know. Previously we had to use a cover school, but we could choose a cover school, and they varied greatly as to what they require. Some require monthly reporting, standardized testing, etc. Some require absolutely nothing. So it has always been easy here to homeschool without doing anything, as long as you picked a cover that required nothing. The state never required anything other than the reporting of absences. :lol: I have known a family that I thought was not educating their kids from the way the mom talked, but then years later, it sounds like they are being educated. Unless you are in the house working with those kids, you really don't know what is going on. A friend has had stories about kids in her co-op class that couldn't read as teenagers. They tend to be people that claim they're unschooling. I haven't personally met homeschoolers like that. I purposely do not do co-ops. I occasionally go on field trips with a homeschool group. My kids go to church and have social interaction there. Two kids play a sport and interact with kids there. I have neighbor kids across the street that are also homeschooled, so my kids and their kids play together a LOT. I'm not concerned about social opportunities at the moment. I would like to eventually get my teen involved with more kids nearby, and I plan to check out a homeschooling teen thing at the library. He isn't asking for socialization though. He's kind of a loner. He has one really good friend at church. The other kids there he doesn't really hang out with on his own accord. The kids across the street are 5 years younger, but he still enjoys playing with them for now. I'm sure that will change in the next couple years, hence my desire to find him a local group of teens before he starts asking. ;) Sorry, that was a ramble on about 3 different topics. It's still early here.
  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 binder. Homeschool Planet e-mails me a week before that I need to get certain supplies for a project. Also, my kids can login to Homeschool Planet themselves and access their assignments, click on links, check things as done, etc. They use OneNote to turn in typed work. I can access that from my phone, computer, etc. Also, I use sticky tabs for EVERYTHING, so it's easy to get to where we are in the binder. Just turn to the sticky tab. I use them for bookmarks as well (they don't get lost AS easily). Love the 3M sticky tabs. :)
  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 print out everything I'll need for a subject ahead of time and file that by subject. I also use Homeschool Planet (and previously Homeschool Tracker Plus) to plan my school year. So the subjects are all planned, possibly with dates not attached. Or if dates are attached, it's easy to move them in the software if we go faster or slower in a subject. I have not yet found a perfect system for me, and part of that might be my own inability to stay on task. :lol: My kids are well educated though. They're pretty flexible with my whims. :)
  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 grader did Singapore 1 instead of MM, so I had to buy that (and I think the whole kit and caboodle there is $100 easy). He was still learning to read, so I used various phonics programs with him. I can't remember what else we did. My third first grader I don't think I had to buy much except new Singapore 1 workbooks. He also had different needs... He was reading independently at that point, so he didn't need the phonics program. He could spell naturally, so he didn't need the spelling program. Put it this way... I was going to have all my kids do virtual school at the beginning of this school year. Things changed, and I decided one day to homeschool the younger two (oldest is still doing virtual school this year, but he'll homeschool next year for high school, where I'll spend WELL over $100 :lol:). That night, I looked through my curriculum closet and at my files on my computer, and I found everything I needed for all subjects for a 3rd grader and a 5th grader without buying anything. We started the next day. Now I later decided to change some things, so I still ended up spending money on them. :P For literature, I like to order from Better World Books. You might see if they or a similar company ship to where you are for free. I know some of my BWB orders actually come from the UK. I bought all the books I needed for my younger two's literature based US history for $100, buying everything used. That's history spines, read alouds, and readers. I didn't want to have to use the library. I'm bad about forgetting to check a book out or forgetting to turn them in before racking up fines (I was a heavy contributor to the building of my local library's new building). So I find it much easier to own the books. Obviously, not everyone can afford that. You do what you can. My oldest was in private school prior to homeschooling, so my husband has budgeted the amount of private school tuition for our homeschooling each year. Whatever doesn't get used goes in a college fund. I don't spend NEARLY the amount of private school tuition (and it was a cheap private school - less than $5k), but I do usually spend several hundred on 3 kids and plenty of books. If you have the money and it won't cause you to skip meals or miss a housing payment, don't feel guilty about spending money on your children's education. Just spend within your means. There are many free online resources out there as well.
  14. 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.
  15. I guess my thing is I can't think of any reason to not make a dummy FB account (via a private browser window if you are concerned about data mining) and set it up to send all group notifications to a fake email address that you set up and then forward to your real email address. Never login to FB again once it's set up. If FB is an addiction for you, have your husband set a new password after you set everything up. You give FB no real information, so identity is safe. You are in a private browser window, so no malicious cookies are stored. Your password is changed so no addiction temptation. All communication comes in your email, so no slot style methods used. What am I missing here? I do think it's rude to expect the leader to use a different communication route just for you. It would be one thing if you didn't have internet, but you clearly do, since you're posting on this addictive social media site... My church's youth group recently started using Groupme to organize an event. Texts started coming in on my home phone, driving me nuts. I do NOT like group texts but I didn't complain. I put my big girl panties on and lived with it so my kid would get the info he needed. And my home phone beeped every time another kid said they were or weren't attending the event. I'd much prefer a FB group. :lol:
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