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  1. I don't have personal experience with DO courses. I've heard they are great though. I just am interested in hearing what else is out there that would fit the criteria of rigorous, a good STEM prep course, not graded by me, and cheaper. I have numerous children, and I have desires for all of them to take the best of the best courses, but unfortunately, finances come into play in making that decision. I used TT Geometry with my non-mathy child, and while it was a great fit for him, I do not think it would be as challenging as I want this other child to experience.
  2. What other Geometry courses would be recommended for a child probably going into engineering/STEM field that would still do the grading (either automatically or through a human grader) which is also challenging, but doesn't cost a fortune? Thanks!
  3. Did you ever figure out an answer to this? Looks interesting.
  4. It seems like it'll be engaging and interesting with the video lectures and the primary sources reader, but does anyone know if the content would be good for a Modern World History course? Are the questions/work merely comprehension questions or is there critical thought going into the material?
  5. Thank you. Have you heard anything about the science with labs?
  6. Does anyone have any reviews or experience? How are the classes structured? Do you have to log in at certain times? Are additional materials needed or is everything online? What type of assignments are there? How are tests done?
  7. Thank you for the reply! This Perspectives course would be his 4th Social Studies credit. He already has World, American, and Government. He really doesn't know what college or even what major he is going to have. Now what course title sounds best?
  8. Thank you. Would Sociology of Christianity or Religion and Culture be under the Social Studies label? His end of the year project is a culture interview/paper. He really could use another Social Studies course as he already has quite a few Bible type courses. .
  9. My son is taking this course, and I would like it listed as a Social Studies course on his transcript. I was thinking of "Global Studies" but apparently that is what many schools call World History courses. He already has that listed on his transcript. http://www.nationalccrs.org/perspectives-study-program/perspectives-world-christian Any other ideas?
  10. I just saw the pdf where SWB recommends W&R 7,8,9 after WWS 3. So, I guess these are more advanced than what is discussed in WWS. Interesting!
  11. Yes, I have looked extensively at both, but I am having trouble navigating differences since it seems like the approach is similar, yet very different. lol I know WWS works since I used level 1 and half of 2 with my oldest. I just think my daughter will enjoy W&R better, but I want to make sure it'll prepare her as well as WWS would.
  12. Is the scope and sequence similar by the end of both the series?
  13. Thank you! Is there anyone who has used both curriculum that want to chime in?
  14. Thank you for your response. Are the students writing any technical or academic paragraphs? in WWS, I remember them writing the chronological steps in a volcano eruption or something. Are there any assignments like that with science or history topics? Both these curriculums look great, but I can't decide what is the best fit for each of my 3 kiddos!
  15. I am looking into these two writing series, and I was wondering how they compare--mostly the books 5-8 and WWS 2 and 3. Do they teach similar concepts? At a quick glance, it seems like WWS is more traditional academic/technical writing and W&R uses more stories (fiction and non fiction), but that could be just derived from the samples I happened to look at. I am very familiar with WWS 1 and even a little of WWS2 as my oldest son went through those. I also use a lot of SWB recommendations for writing across the curriculum, but I know nothing about W&S other than what a quick search brought up. Is W&S better for teaching critical thinking and WWS better for foundational writing structure? If a child was ready for WWS2, what would the corresponding level of W&R be? Or do they not line up at all? It seems like a lot of people like W&R for the first 3 books, but I can't find many reviews of it in the later books (I understand it is newer, but was hoping to find some!).
  16. I have read that this could be used for a half of a high school credit. Does anyone know what would need to be added to it to be counted as a full Foreign Language credit? I'm thinking culture and conversation, but what else? Thanks!
  17. Thank you. What would be the reasoning for supplementing with Khan Academy? Just for the video aspect or are there gaps in this program?
  18. I am having trouble finding a suitable Algebra 2 course for my 11th grade son. He did beautifully with CLE through their new Algebra 1. He struggled through TT Geometry 2.0,and hated the format of the teaching/problems. Now we need to pick a Alg 2 curriculum. He is an average to good math student. He likes Algebra better than Geometry. He did very well with CLE. He prefers to do his work alone so it needs to be self-teaching. I know I don't want Saxon or TT. I thought he would do Forsters with Math Without Borders, but I'm worried that it is too challenging. The fact that I can't resell the MWB definitely factors into the decision. If it isn't a good fit, I won't be able to re-coup the cost and buy something else. A just saw a sample of Alg 2: A Fresh Approach which reminds me so much of the teaching in CLE. Is it a solid program? Does it cover all the topics in other traditional Alg 2 programs? Is it rigorous enough for a decent math student? Is it common core aligned or more traditional? How easy it is for self-teaching? I'm wondering if he will miss having video instruction. Thanks for any help!
  19. What would be a good grammar review for a high school student? I'm mainly looking for necessary information like punctuation and capitalization rules. He as a basic understanding of sentence structure, but doesn't always know the terms (direct objects, predicate nominative, gerunds, etc). At this point, I'm not sure how necessary that is as long as he uses them correctly in his writing. He does have some learning challenges so we have spent so much time on reading and spelling (and need to continue). Grammar has taken a back burner. I just saw Jensen's Punctuation. Would that be a good supplement? He needs more instruction than just "editing" programs.
  20. My ds will be doing a heavy essay composition course/grammar/vocab course. How many novels should I plan to round out his English credit? Of these, how many should we complete in depth with literature guides vs simply reading). His history course also has many primary sources that I might be able to count as some literature ("Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" etc). Thanks! He is my first to go through high school, so I'm a little unsure what combination should create an English credit since we aren't using a specific curriculum.
  21. Yes, I believe he may have dyseidetic dyslexia. That is what the dr mentioned. He knows his phonics, just doesn't know when to apply them correctly. We did all those spelling backwards, visualizing in a different color, etc. and it is the only thing that remotely helps. He needs me to guide him through that process each time. I do have an issue with review. It takes forever to get any missed word off the list, and then the list is way too long! I do need to remember the time table for college/SAT accomodations. I think the diagnosis needs to be within 3 years. I definitely need to look into that!
  22. We have not done a psych evaluation. My husband lost his job last year, so we don't have the money to do that right now anyway. The vision dr said that he has visual dyslexia for sure, saying it manifests the same way as regular dyslexia. I'm not sure the difference except that my ds doesn't have all of the language issues that are on Dyslexia checklists. He spoke at a very young age (2 word sentences at 10 months), but he did (before VT) have issues with reversals and left/right directions. Handwriting is illegible unless he writes slowly and very carefully. So, if he does have dyslexia, what can I do to help him spell?
  23. I have tried so many curriculums Spell to Write and Read AAS (up through level 5) Apples and Pears (into level 3) Evan Moore Building Spelling Skills Reading Horizons (mostly reading decoding, but some spelling) This child is finishing 7th grade. He was in VT for 8 months 3 years ago where they remediated for convergence, tracking, visual memory, etc. He has improved a ton. Financially, we can't afford any more VT. He was making leaps and bounds in progress and then leveled off. I truly believe his issue is that he has limited visual memory. He will not know how to spell a word immediately after practicing it for 15 minutes. The only thing that has remotely worked is when I have him visualize the word in his head and change the color he sees it in, what is the 3rd letter from the end, spell it backwards, etc. Even that didn't have amazing results, only minimal. If he tries to do this on his own, it doesn't work. I have to be there working with him which takes about 15 minutes per word 5 days a week for him to be able to spell it at the end of the week. Honestly, it doesn't happen since it is so time consuming. What can I do? I need some sort of curriculum or game plan for his 8th grade year. My goal is basically for him to spell well enough that spell check will recognize the word!
  24. Actually, any additional feedback on this would be wonderful! My son will be in 10th grade next year, and will be using a textbook spine and 2 dvd series (Dave Raymond's American History and Great Courses Experiencing America about Smithsonian artifacts). I don't want him do just do the questions in the text. What sort of output is a good guideline for 10th grade? How do I know what amount of output is good for a hs credit?
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