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  1. So my son got his VA Tech engineering acceptance letter today we didn't apply for scholarships since he decided before the cutoff that he was attending LU so didn't pursue but great to know he got in everywhere applied. Homeschooling didn't hurt him. :) Congrats everyone...so exciting!
  2. DId you use the self-paced option or the Omni books alone? He did the classes online live.
  3. I agree with above posters and if I could add any is for you to just sit down and weigh the pros and cons. I wouldn't stress to much on the younger ones except reading, math, writing, etc. Also, you can combine so much of your kids together and tackle a lot! I don't have that many but I can combine my 6 yr. old with my 14 yr. old with many subjects. It is amazing what the younger ones will pick up. Like others have said get the older to help with the younger. Set times and stick to them! Even if you don't "finish" a lesson just set times to work on certain children and then move on. Ke
  4. With my credit and wanting to get some back...I had my son this past fall take the 2 day lab course with him which was wonderful because it was in my city and I didn't have to pay for it! Ha! My son had a great time and learned a lot....but as for going in and paying more money for a class...I would be a bit hesitant. That's my opinion though... However, the lab was a nice addition to our course this year and if you have credits...I say use them! HTH
  5. My son did Composition in 7th grade at VP and did fine but he had come from Shurley so not familiar with CC but should be okay. Just be prepared to write! I believe that taking that course plus Omni Primary & Secondary is overkill at VP...my son did it and it about killed him. He is gifted and very self motivated and it was a tough year for him granted he is a perfectionist and was striving always for the A. Besides those courses he did Latin there that year too...it was a lot and I did not go back after that...too much!! I recommend if you want to do Omnibus to try the combined cours
  6. Ha...I hear ya! I had two of my kids using Saxon up until Algebra and then we switched but it did lay a good foundation. My kids liked it but ONLY because they liked "not" to think outside the box which could be a problem in higher math but it didn't cause a problem for my kids. I liked it because I am NOT a math teacher and that is my weakest subject it was nice to have it laid out and where I "couldn't" mess up. Ha! My kids liked worksheets and the independence...crazy! So if it is because it is taking too long which might be part of the reason... I would cut it in half....do odd one d
  7. My son has been reading the original Pilgrim's Progress and has done well with it (he is 6 yrs.) I am partial to reading the real deal...you will be amazed at how well they catch on. And if your child already has some familiarity with the story then they should be fine. :) My two cents..
  8. There are so many ways to go about it and you are right classical/CM has many varieties. I would try to see first what you are trying to accomplish and your goals before diving into a curriculum. There are SO many choices now a days. My son was in 1st grade this year and this is what we did but we focus more on a CM here. I didn't need to teach reading since my son picked it up on his own too .... but there are many programs out there just need to decide what's best for your child. Math- used this new program at SCM and have loved it!! https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/charlot
  9. Thanks everyone, I guess I shouldn't be too concerned when he reads aloud he reads well and not too fast. It is only when he reads silently on his own that he goes quickly. I guess for free reading and extra reading I shouldn't be concerned. Thanks for the great tips and links!
  10. My son taught himself to read very early around 3 yrs. old and is quite a fluent reader and has been reading broadly and quite advanced books for a couple of years now. He is now 6 1/2 and I am struggling with him reading way too fast and believe he is missing pieces of the story or only getting highlights. I have decided since he is young for his school books I read them to him so I know we are going at a slower pace and therefore will get most out of his reading. Any suggestions on how to slow him up for his other reading? I know if I had him read aloud it might slow him down but he like
  11. Well definitely should check where planning on attending but we are in VA and they transferred to state schools here and also Liberty U which is where I think my son will end up. Yes make sure to do your homework...😉
  12. Yes, it is. That price is for normal college students or for online college students. For dual enrollment the price is $150 per course. Can't beat the price. :) You need to contact the Admissions counselor and request dual enrollment. They will get you where you need to be. I know most people over there now and they are easy to work with. PM if you want specific contact info. HTH
  13. No, I decided I wanted my son to have "in person" labs so we didn't do science with them. I am funny with that subject. ;)
  14. My son has taken courses through them for the past three years. They have grown and so getting into the courses you need is a bit of a challenge but it was worth it due to the cost being so cheap at $150 (I believe that is what it is now) a course. His teachers have varied some great, some okay. If you are really wanting to major in a particular subject then I probably wouldn't go that route but it has been perfect for getting rid of prerequisites for college. Classes are structured in an 8 wk. time frame. You don't have to log in at a certain time but you have to complete each weeks
  15. I'm so glad! I did too....I was dragging my feet trying to decide which books to buy my kids for Christmas and for once it paid off. :laugh:
  16. Right now $5 off of any book(s) purchase of $15 or more. Enjoy! https://www.dealnews.com/Books-at-Amazon-5-off-15-free-shipping-w-Prime/2155298.html
  17. I will take a stab and a suggestion that I have really liked if you are looking for something planned, not Apologia, not textbooky, and where you have your kids think. If you don't mind it not being "classical" it is more CM based but I personally really enjoyed. She has many schedules already planned and I love that you can focus on a few topics not just one subject for the year. http://sabbathmoodhomeschool.com/living-science-curriculum/ HTH :)
  18. This year (for my 1st grader we did the following but the ideas are endless): Museums: Historical since that was the time period we were studying this year: Mary Washington's house, Ferry Farm, Mount Vernon, etc. We also did an area museum that focused on Indians and if you can get a few families together many times they will do a homeschool field trip like they would with the schools. That is what I do for many of these and they make them fun! Also Science museums and children's museums! Art museums too!! Farm: a definite must for one time of the year. :) Theater- must at
  19. My son got it too....it is based just on GPA and your SAT score and once you apply and are accepted; the scholarship is automatically applied so we heard a few weeks after applying he was being given full tuition too. It is a great opportunity...and one of two schools my son is considering. Another board member on here was telling me recently that her son is attending there on a full ride and is really enjoying it. Looks like a great school for engineering!! :)
  20. Gotcha....we moved here 14 yrs. ago and LOVE it...sorry to derail. :)
  21. When everyone has signed for our 2018 graduating class....we will have to start a new thread in the spring of where they end up! I love to see where they all go! :)
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