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  1. I watched the live youtube party a few nights ago when they were celebrating 25 years in business and announcing SSS (the new product line). Yes, all of the lessons were re recorded with new jokes, new source material, new students. But it's not just taking the old product SWI dvd and making them available to stream. I haven't looked much at the website to know what is being said. But that was part of the video on Tuesday. They did show the 4 minute infomerical that is embedded above, but they talked more. I didn't catch a lot of the what makes this new part. I did get the impression that one of the big changes is the pacing of the video segments will be more like a real class instead of the quick to the point style that they have been.??? I'm not a IEW user currently so that wasn't clear to me either. But then again he was speaking in the event to those who work for and love iew so they understand it was major even if I did not. I remember SWI (pre 2019 edition) being fast paced and you had lesson plans for 14 weeks to cover the material. Now it sounds like it's 24 lessons in that year 1. I guess part of the answer to your question about what will be different is that it was re recorded not just converted. DVD of the new product will be an option if you don't want streaming. I'm guessing with your other question about would you need 2 levels would be best asked to their sales people. I know a decade ago the answer would have been to get 2 levels to meet needs. but 15 years ago I can remember them saying get one level and meet in the middle and help youngers more. I think anyone who is interested should sign up on the webinar for Dec 2. (link is above ). I know I was only sorta paying attention to the youtube party while waiting for ncis nola to start.
  2. hmm.. so far on the HS4CC I have not seen a lot of graduate school chatter. Doesn't mean it didn't work out. just means not talk on it. I know of one other person who has service with using clep and similar exams to get undergraduate. (the business is called dual credit at home. similar in idea with Hs4CC's paid services). Several of her (dual credit at home lady) children got history degrees (or general studies with history concentration maybe?) at Charter Oak, and those children did not have problems with getting into law school. was that typical or unusual response by the grad schools? I don't know. The one person I know in real life who had child get bachelors degree using a lot of clep and online classes during same years as high school had her daughter decide to get a second bachelors degree on campus at state university. She could have gone straight to grad school but the student did not feel ready at age 18 for that, so she talked with admissions and made a plan. not a lot of experiences to go on. but it's the little I have heard.
  3. read it and the website, and am on the fb group too. Not a perfect fit for all. But I've enjoyed reading her experiences with credit by exam options and classes to get degree. wouldn't have helped much for my oldest (stem major), but somewhat helpful for middle gal who is stopping after associates in general studies. HS4CC tends to work toward "the big 3" (that accept majority of degree credits via exam and other). But we used the ideas to resourcefully plan which clep exams to use at community college to pair with 8 classes online. I don't fully agree with everything HS4CC says. She's not trying to give a one size fits all approach.
  4. sonlight seems to have them on their site https://www.sonlight.com/homeschool/curriculum/placement-tests/saxon-placement-tests/
  5. I got one as well. But it was in connection with a magazine I used to subscribe and am still on their list. what is that, third party ads? At first it looks like from calvert directly but it wasn't. Not saying that was the case for you. Saying that was the case for me.
  6. adding to what a few others said: Calvert business was sold. Divisions were spun off. Homeschool division for grades 3-12 no longer have an in house made "calvert", but instead are using the alpha omega product called Monarch (or ignitia when used by a school) or as the secular version which is called odyseyware). doesn't really compare/contrast the content like the other people have already done, but wanted to mention again the business side of the change in case that was missed way back in the thread. But if you're interested in what the content in the new is like, check out samples of monarch from alpha omega. it's all made and published by glynlyon. calvert just uses the secular edition. very different product now. imagine the difference from a restaurant that made its own bread fresh daily stopping that and now sells some other bakery's loaves that aren't.
  7. I'm different poster, obviously, but wanted to add our experience on college alg: my oldest did saxon alg 1, jacobs geo, then saxon alg 2. On the Dive into Math saxon alg 2 cd, there was test prep for the clep college algebra exam. It covered material from 20 specific lessons in saxon advanced book (aka pre calc). She did the prep lessons and easily passed the clep college alg. middle gal for sociology: that was an older version of modern states class that was the free version of the arizona state university "global freshman academy". and plenty of REA and PEterson's practices after finishing that course. never did soc in high school stuff. other stuff as listed in another post. but sociology was not the same thing it is now on modern states and the whole ASU thing changed too. but test was taken fall 2017.
  8. My middle gal is a fan. She completed 9 clep exams and received 37 credits toward her associates at the community college. This is most likely her final degree for many years due to work plans and all of that. The college will accept transfer (including credit by exam options such as clep) for up to 75% of the degree (although one part of the website says only 2/3 of degree). In any case, she took and passed those 9 clep and then needed 8 classes to finish. Very doable for her abilities and challenges to take part time load. clep exams taken and passed: sociology, psychology, US history 1, US history 2, am. gov, biology, humanities, english lit, pre calc (yes!) she took those in her "gap year" (year after high school completion and start of community college). Some people tell me I should of/could of had her in a 5th year of high school and listed those as honors. She would have been eligible for a state grant for free community college. I counter that with the grant needed full time enrollment at CC, and she could not do that with her challenges, and it all worked out for us especially since the clep exams were free via vouchers from modernstates. stuff studied for prep: in high school, using MFW's sequence helped a lot (even with math sequence doing Saxon through advanced book.) Then in the gap year, she took the self paced courses on Modern States dot org. And got vouchers for the exams to be free and test center reimbursed. So those 37 credits were no final cost to us . After the courses and before the test date, she did practice exams via the resources at our library to access the Peterson's CLEP prep (see if your library system has them. something in the "gale testing resources". ask at reference desk for that stuff in your system). So she had 3 practice exams at cost of library card (free). And some of the tests we did an extra practice with REA guides. bought used to keep cost down, and/or just the online access to the practice exam. For humanities and Eng Lit, I used "instacert" website for flash card studies. I guess I should amend my statement the credits were no final cost. I spent under 100 for all of it from 2 months of instacert and a couple of REA guides. I didn't track the total cost, but you get the point it was super low cost. I recommend and suggest looking at a site that covers a lot of "resourceful planning via clep (and other tests and methods)" called Homeschooling for College Credit HS4CC https://homeschoolingforcollegecredit.com/ good site for lots of information for clep exams, etc. CLEP worked great for my middle daughter. It would not have worked as well for my oldest who was a triple STEM major, although she took Analyzing and Inter Lit to fulfill her gen ed requirement at her college. She also took college alg clep after completing saxon alg 2 just because I thought it was good thing to do at the time.
  9. If it would help with ideas: with youngest (severe language disorder expressive and receptive, definitely "below level reading" ) we'd preview classics using the edcon guides. Then listen to audio version (with the book in front of her) to the full version of book. Can't remember if I ordered from Rainbow Resource, or from Wieser Education. But here's link to rainbow's catalog for the product I used as preview of the plot https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/1017/EDCON-Classic-Worktexts-Bring-the-Classics-to-Life.html also one year we did anthology text (AGS brand) instead novels. https://www.wiesereducational.com/products/f_reading-literature/2/
  10. For my oldest: was allowed to record lectures. And she took her phone and took picture of anything on the board. asked for pdfs to be emailed, but then most of the classes had a website where prof put the pdf anyway. (for context, she graduated in 2018, stem major, autism (HF), adhd, dysgraphia (suspected), but very strong auditory memory skills. If it would help any, here's a link to her alma mater and their disabilities accommodations info webage to get an idea of the kinds of papertrail needed at college level in US and what can be expected at places following the disability laws at college level. Basically https://www.cbu.edu/disability-accommodations
  11. Yep . He's still around. This was Mongo's year in the mayoral elections. He came in 4th out of 11 candidates on the ballot. and he was featured on an episode of American Pickers a few years ago. here's that promo clip. you'll get a "blessing" watching. LOL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyyPwClwNRg
  12. late to this discussion. But wow. uhm, at least for grades 3-12,I was looking at the scope/sequence and saw the copyright info. It is Glynlyon software which is AOP's Monarch, and the secular Odysseyware. not really anything to say with that. just confirming that there's a reason it looks like secular lifepacs and other AOP products and secular counterpart. It is the same thing. (eta: oh wow. a little more research and not only was the homeschool division of calvert sold (to glynlyon and whatever company owns glynlyon these days), but the school division was sold to edmentum. Now I really feel like a Betamax with my style of homeschooling teaching from lesson plans and books, and crafts at the kitchen table, science labs in the kitchen. didn't do tutorials, etc)
  13. I was curious too. and looked it up. I don't think you're missing something on that. That's how I read it too. On the FAQ for online program on the question "can I just take one course" it says "Yes, it is possible to take just one course. Students who are fully enrolled in one of our Off-Campus Program or Campus School options can take individual courses for an additional fee. Please contact our Enrollment Associate for details about individual course enrollment" (and they give contact info there) If you and I are reading it the same way, yes you can register for a single course, but you have to be a fully enrolled student and pay registration , high school per student fee, and individual course fee. Probably more than you want to spend for one semester. hope you find something that works for you.
  14. skimomma, I did a few minutes to open up the course on modernstates and look again. The text is from OpenStax. each chapter in text has review questions (answers to the odd numbers are provided in appendix of the full text), and thinking questions. 17 chapters total. plenty of reading from text.
  15. Low number of hours question: I know it doesn't count the text reading time. But it's important to remember this in calling a class a semester or year. Counting clock hours is only one way to think about high school credit. Textbook courses with lecture can still have "credit" even if you have a fast learner who does the whole book in under 180 days at one hour a day. With that said, I think the course is a legit semester of regular high school level course. For some students it might be thought of as a "block style" or "summer school style" with lots covered in shorter time. It is not remedial in nature. Class format: watch the video summary. Read the textbook (which is included online, one of those open stax things. about 700 pages total. specific chapters are assigned with each module). Then there are "homework" problems in each section to check that you read. Those are multiple choice. For those who are using Modern States to get the free clep test voucher, you have to pass those homework questions as they are called in the course with a certain average (70% I think) and complete all sections. There is a "final test" which is designed as a practice clep test without the time pressure. Text is included in the course and is online. as mentioned, about 700 pages. certain chapters are assigned to match the topics in the module. You can sign up for free and see more of it. I know middle gal used it about 2 years after a very basic government course (using a middle school text that is not secular or I'd mention it), and having done US history. She used modern states to review, learn other stuff, prep for test. We added test prep and took and passed clep exam and was given college credit for that at her school. So, I'd be comfortable using the course for regular high school level semester. I wouldn't worry about clock hours for a textbook based course like this. You might watch the videos several times. The videos are just summary. and I have to log off. But I can double check the text if there are extra questions and answers for those to make it more of a paper trail course if needed. but I just saw the time.
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