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Princess Peach

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  1. OP, this is what I did last year, FWIW. Actually, going back 2 years ago, DS13 did TT7 in 6th grade because that is where he placed. (Did you have your children take the placement test?) Then he did TT Pre-Alg last year in 7th grade. About midway thru the year, we had a pretty good inkling that he would go into PS for 8th grade, so I just got a basic Spectrum Test Prep book and he did that for a few months a little at a time. I'm not sure if it covered information that was not covered in TT, but it did give him practice as to how questions would be asked on the standardized test. He tested very well and he was able to test into Algebra in 8th grade. All that to say, I would not change curricula, but I would get a test prep book so your children can get used to the format. I would also make very sure you have placed them correctly.
  2. I think more teens would "stay Christian" if the adults in their lives modeled authentic Christianity, no matter if they are homeschooled, public schooled, or whatever.
  3. At that age, the teacher should have a system to keep track of things. It is her responsibility to make sure your DD knows what to do at home. She should have a homework folder or something like that. I'd request a meeting with the teacher to work it out. Did you have a parent night/open house?
  4. :iagree: That's ridiculous. Oh, and in regards to the OP, my 8th grader's school has 3 options for math: Prealgebra, Math 8 (Algebra 1 at a slower pace), and Algebra 1. Algebra 1 is an honors course. My son is taking Math 8 and has the option to test out of Algebra 1 at the end of the summer. FWIW, he has used TT as a homeschooler (did TT7 and TT Prealg before enrolling in the PS).
  5. I had a long thread on BJU materials (specifically history - heritage studies) last year if you want to do a search. I'm not a fan, I'll just put it that way. And I cannot for the life of me unload the BJU materials I have to sell. So maybe that's karma. :D
  6. I voted yes. In the OP's case, I wouldn't even hesitate to say yes. I would still say yes if it were my kid's teachers, but they don't do that around here, so it'd be unusual.
  7. I have normal kids, lol. :D I keep right on top of all their assignments. They each have an agenda supplied by their school. They have to write their assignments in it each day and I have to initial it and the teacher checks it the following day (for my 3rd and 5th graders). I always check their homework and make sure they know what they're doing. If they are having trouble, I try to help, but if it's a matter of re-teaching or if my child acts as if she has never seen it before, I email their teachers to let them know. It's not my job to teach them. Their homework should be a reinforcement of what they've already learned. (sorry, pet peeve there! :)) I try to emphasize to my kids (it's mostly my DD) that they need to listen and write everything down. They need to make sure they understand their homework before they leave school for the day. And they need to advocate for themselves (ask questions and speak up). My 3rd and 5th graders are using Math in Focus (Singapore) and it has been fine so far. DD had one problem so far, but I emailed the teacher and it turned out fine. Most of the other kids didn't understand it either.
  8. I have chocolate brown towels and dark blue towels. We each shower every day and I just do a load of towels a day. And I throw in the wash cloths, hand towels, and kitchen towel. Gotta love my super capacity washer!
  9. How I show grace to myself...As a Christian, I ask forgiveness from God, but I've learned I need to forgive myself, too.
  10. I see what you're saying. Although, I'd label myself as "involved and caring parent" rather than "former-homeschooler-troublemaker". :)
  11. We have had success with xtramath.org. It's free and emails you progress reports. It only takes 10 minutes a day.
  12. First off, tablets and laptops do not come with their own wi-fi, they come with wi-fi cards that enable them to pick up wireless signals. You need wi-fi at home unless you want to pay for 3G/4G. We are in a city (not out in the boonies) and our wi-fi is much, much faster than 3G here (no 4G available). There are also many places that have free wi-fi when we're out and about. In addition to the suggestions already given, check out this Asus Tablet. DH has it along with the keyboard and he loves it.
  13. If you have a Sally Beauty Supply near you, they have generic shampoo. I had Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree shampoo in mind.
  14. Pats TD with a flag - no good and a ten yard penalty. Then a field goal--no good! Arghhhh! So frustrating!
  15. Watching the Pats. Down by 2 with a minute left. :glare:
  16. DD uses this Suave shampoo with success. She uses it every day and her hair is nice and her scalp stays free of the build-up of which you speak. It smells nice, too.
  17. If I may ask, why are you waiting until the 29th? I had excruciating pain with a broken molar. Percosets made me ill so I just had to deal with the pain until I could get it pulled. But waiting 2 weeks is crazy!
  18. If I want something done, such as shoes in a certain place or laundry in the hamper, I tell everyone and it becomes a house rule. Everyone does it, including DH and me. DH also has rules regarding his tools and things in the garage. If they are used by the kids or me, we follow his wishes as to how they are put back. Works for us!
  19. Just wanted to add--oldest DS's math teacher mentioned that she hated the fundraisers at school (catalogs with trinkets). She said if the parents donated $20 it would net the school more than if they bought a $40 trinket. My thoughts exactly. :)
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