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  1. Singapore or Math Mammoth. We also started with RS, and just couldn't anymore with the games based practice.
  2. We did CC for 3 years at the Foundations level. I would consider Challenge only if my child was excited about the materials *and* had an established group of friends in the group. I like some of it but not all of it. Generally, I think it's fine and I think doing it several years of it would be a fine education. However, it is expensive for what it is, the quality of tutoring depends on the tutor, and the workload completely dictates your year. There are so many other programs that I think are better. But again, a student being excited about the work and the other kids would be a big plus for me.
  3. I agree with this wisdom, but I really have no idea where she might want to go aside from CC. The most likely scenario, aside from CC, would be a dual enrollment program starting in high school that continues at the same college into freshman year. Re: Late Night Labs, I did hear that somewhere, thank you for the info. I'm not stuck on any particular lab but was just using them as an example. I'm sure Liberty will have to move to something else if/when that happens...I'll be interested to see if they add more home hands-on labs instead.
  4. Initially, I took him to my regular eye doctor (optometrist) to see if he needed reading glasses. He found his vision to be 20/20, but he did a quick screening for convergence and other issues and referred me to a developmental optometrist. He also told me that there is a lot of controversy over vision therapy, and that it was possible that my son's issues would resolve and he could "grow out of it." Still, there was no doubt that just with the basic screening that he did, that my DS is not seeing properly. There was only one developmental optometrist within an hour of me.
  5. Ok, I read a lot but not every single post. Having done Disney and Universal a few times over the past few years, most recently in November, I can agree with everyone that the crowds just keep getting worse and worse at Disney. They are absolutely INSANE. In your situation and given that she really likes Harry Potter, I would plan it for mostly Universal. Everyone is right who said they structure their pricing so that adding on extra days is so much cheaper. If you don't stay onsite, buy the Express Pass at Universal which will allow you to walk on any ride you want at any time. This is not like Disney's FP system where you have to reserve your ride times. Also, staying onsite will allow the kids to go back and forth as they want and make their own schedules which will be super convenient with the Express Pass. And I absolutely recommend the idea of doing an after hours event at Disney if you really want that experience. Two years ago when we did Universal, we did one night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. It was the perfect combination. The other thing that you must emphasize to the kids is that Star Wars land will have completely insane crowds for 2020/2021. There is absolutely no way around that, unless you buy tickets for an event, and even that will depend on how much they limit capacity for the event. Best of luck and I hope you all have a fabulous time. I do think it's ok for a frugal family to splurge for this kind of a trip, but from a practical standpoint, I vote for Universal + Express Passes all the way. 🙂
  6. I hope so, but I feel like it is SO LATE. The poor kid has been struggling and I thought he was being lazy. Ugh, the mom guilt!!!
  7. It's funny that you posted this. I am going to have my upcoming 8th grade DD do From Adam to Us next year, but I'm *only* having her do the map book, timeline, and lesson review along with the readings. I will do some of the literature as read alouds but I'm not going to assign those to her. I'm having her skip the creative world book, all the writing assignments (she will have enough writing with her English classes), and the special projects.
  8. Lori-- I cannot thank you enough. This has been nagging me since my post back in April. Despite the fact that he is an incredible artist, origami master, and can solve visual logic problems that blow me away, I took him for a vision evaluation and he has several issues! Convergence insufficiency, binocular dysfunction, terrible depth perception, and something else that I can't remember. He is so stinkin' smart that I never picked up on it. This explains all of the pushback he has given me over the years about reading, complaining about the print of certain books, unwillingness to write out his math work, inability to catch a ball! I absolutely can't believe that I missed it. We started vision therapy today and I am determined to get this kid's eyes fixed. THANK YOU!
  9. My DD just completed CLE 700 for 7th grade. IMO, the strength of this program is that the new information is presented in extremely small and manageable bites, and that the review is so thorough. I would not condense it. If you think she is ready for a year of Pre-Algebra followed by Algebra 1, I recommend getting another Pre-Algebra program that is designed for one year but is also a spiral format, such as Saxon or Horizons.
  10. I would say it is highly likely that she will start with CC, but nothing is definite at this point, as she is only just going into 8th grade. I'm really trying to get a handle on how to navigate homeschooling high school. So when writing a high school transcript, can I count virtual labs as fulfilling a lab requirement? I would not have thought that virtual labs would count for labs, but I know a high school girl using Liberty University's online high school program, and every science course except physical science has online labs. They use Late Nite Labs. She is actually pre-med and has already been accepted into their college program based on her high school performance.
  11. Are online labs sufficient for all high school science courses? Specifically if the student is not STEM oriented, will not be going into a science or medical field and will probably do at least a couple years at a community college first?
  12. So I was all set to just have her do The Rainbow. Then I went to a convention and took a good look at Monarch. I realized...this girl really doesn't like science, and doesn't like hands-on. So instead of paying $430 for two years of The Rainbow condensed into one, I'm having her do Monarch online for $80 and some Uzinggo virtual labs with lab reports. This will also be a good way for her to step into more online classes. She totally needs "get 'er done" science and more online learning practice, so it's a great fit. THANKS!
  13. Oh yes! We loved that one too. I’ll take a look at Harris and Me, thanks!
  14. I need some read alouds that won’t leave me sobbing through the last chapter. We just finished Rascal, and I seriously could not get through it. 🙄😳 DS had to read the last few pages. My kids are 13 and 11. Lighter books we have enjoyed—The Phantom Tollbooth, By The Great Horn Spoon, Summer of the Monkeys (I cried in that one too but not as bad)... We love animal stories but would like to avoid ones where they die or are “set free” for now. Having a brother and sister as main characters is a plus (we enjoyed The Mixed Up Files...) Mysteries would also be good (but nothing dark). Also, no potty humor. Suggestions?
  15. I don't know of any, but it is not hard to set one up. The challenging thing is waiting for people to pay. If I do it again next year, I will announce a couple weeks before my kids' memberships run out and have a strict closing date.
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