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  1. The Number Theory book is in the other room right now (I'm in bed). Is it the game 24? If so, there are online solvers.
  2. Thanks, but I just don't understand this site at all. I registered earlier this week and from what I can tell it's a total misnomer as there are only recording! Unless I'm missing something crucial...
  3. Ack! I don't know where my reply went! Thank you both. I most definitely didn't realize how pervasive the religious content was at Schole, I appreciate the detailed outline. For writing/grammar, I'm now considering onlineg3's MCT Town level or CLRC's Upper Elementary Arts I, either should be fine I think. It's math that's trickier. I'm actually a math professor so I'm pretty picky (I'm just also really busy). Do you think the Potter's School is going to math even math religious? Again, I appreciate both the feedback and the suggestions!
  4. Quick background: I've homeschooled all 3 girls exclusively. However, I also WOHM and over the years promotions have caused me to need to turn to online classes. So while they're home with my husband (who WAH with his own side-business), the older two take all WTMA classes (we messed around with different providers but settled on them the last few years). They work mostly independently (I still help on mornings/evenings and Sunday) and thrive in live classes. The issue is my youngest (3rd grade). Not as many providers cater towards the elementary crowd. For two years, she has been taking mostly Athena's classes (supplemented by HSA, FundaFunda, MCT online, BA online, etc.), However, despite loving the MCT books (which I used several levels of before we had to switch to online classes), I am not fond of their online system. Also, FundaFunda is fine but not live and Athena's has been great but I think she's ready for more rigor. So here's my plan (below) and I'd love feedback that anybody has with these classes (Schole, Potter's, and onlineg3 are new for us). I'm especially hesitant about the religious content/slant (we are secular, and while I'm much more tolerant, if my husband walks through the kitchen and hears too many prayers being pushed at his children his head might explode - sorry). Thanks in advance! The Potter's School - Math Accelerated 4 (Math - I have all of the SM books from the older 2 and it's a solid program, although I adore AOPS) Schole Academy - Well Ordered Language I (Grammar) Schole Academy - Writing & Rhetoric I (Writing - I still have 5 levels of these books from the older 2) Schole Academy - Latin for Children A (Foreign Languages - have the books from the older 2) OnlineG3 - Horrible Histories Romans/Egyptians & Middle Ages (History - I have every Horrible series out there, the older girls loved them) OnlineG3 - Introduction to Computational Thinking with Scratch (Programming) Homeschool Spanish Academy - 3A & 3B (Foreign Languages - she'll continue taking combined classes with one older sister) Athena's Academy - Advanced Think Books, 2 semesters (Literature - she's taken many of Dr. Kirsten's classes, and both older girls took these so we have the books)
  5. My youngest two share two 25 minute sessions each week at HSA while my eldest has done Spanish I, is in Spanish Ii right now and today I signed her up for Spanish III at wtma. The two girls adore their HSA teacher, absolutely love her. The work load isn't tough, they download 2-4 pages of worksheets almost every lesson and practice then on their own (no submission process for grading). I think there's an individual oral quiz every couple of weeks over 2 sections, a longer quiz or mini exam ever 4 sections, and an exam every 12 sections, all oral. Nothing written is ever graded. I hate the website interface (could be so much better for taking where a student is in a course and what assignments will be covered in a given class). The system has a lot of flexibility for families with changing schedules (although this can be a con of you want Spanish to always occur on the same day of the week at the same time, hard to make happen with HSA). My eldest needs more structure, rigor, and student interaction, hence wtma. The wtma classes use lots of online quizzes, read books in Spanish, make presentations and slide decks in Spanish, and complete workbook pages that need to be scanned and uploaded for grading. So it's much more like a traditional classroom. She would absolutely freeze up if she had to speak one on one with an instructor in Spanish each day like at HSA. Honestly, I like both, it just really depends upon what works for your child and family.
  6. My eldest did last summer. She loves anime and has been interested in learning the language. Honestly, it was pretty disappointing to her but that could have been an expectations issue on her end. She thought she’d learn some language and stuff about Japan when it turned out instead to only be a film critique class. Each week she’d have to submit a pretty in-depth essay on that week’s film. Now she loves, loves writing and had completed 2 of wtma’s expository writing classes by then but these essays were critiqued much more thoroughly than those class assignments were. Just an FYI, like I said, we could have simply misunderstood what the class was about.
  7. My eldest took it last year (after taking their aops prealgebra, and is in their geometry now). My middle one is on the same track and will take the class next year. I love the consistency and organization of these courses. There are hw problems due each week (Friday I think) as well as proof problems. I think there is a test maybe once or twice a semester? I'm pretty sure there are discussion board assignments, too, some can be pretty meaty. The girls work on the hw and proofs themselves and then I help them on the weekends and check them over before submission. If they get their stuff done early the professors provide feedback and allow a few attempts.
  8. My eldest took all of them and I'm signing up my middle one for her last one in the series tomorrow. When my youngest is just a tad older I'll start her in the series, too!
  9. This really sits wrong with me... So make an able-bodied parent look really poor on paper and then resume working after you no longer need to look poor? What in inefficient allocation of financial aid and the labor force as it redirects (a) financial aid from those who may truly need to to those who are choosing to appear as if they need it and (b) minimum wage jobs from unskilled workers who may truly need them to folks who are apparently qualified enough for a higher paying job and thus don't need it.
  10. Honestly, I really wanted to like the series. I think I put my eldest through four levels and my middle child through two. They hated it, though. It wasn't until my eldest started WTMA expository writing classes 2 years ago that her writing really improved.
  11. I interpreted that quote as saying that somebody who is currently in Pre-Calc by definition would have already completed Algebra 1&2 and Geometry so they should be sufficiently prepared for the exam content (i.e., they would have seen everything already), not that the exam content would cover Pre-Calc. In contrast, somebody currently in Algebra 2 or Geometry could face a question with content found in the latter part of the course they're currently in and thus haven't covered yet.
  12. I'm sorry and embarrassed to bump my own thread, but if anyone has any experience with this platform I would really appreciate your insights!
  13. I apologize if this has been discussed already, but my searches both on here and google are coming up empty. Has anyone used Royal Firework Press's Michael Clay Thompson Mentor Network before? I used (and thus own print copies already) MCT's 1st 2 levels of language arts & literature curriculum. However, my job has subsequently gotten exponentially more demanding so I have started integrating more and more online courses. My older two (11 and 13) are blossoming in this environment, but my youngest is 8 and thus not taking that many. I love MCT's grammar approach so I was looking around for options that use his materials and stumbled across the newly released Mentor Network (maybe launched Fall 2018?). However, I have questions even after looking through the sites linked below. First, if anyone has used it, I'm looking for reviews and insights into your experiences. Second, if you're familiar with the program, am I interpreting the information correctly? Specifically, since I already own the books and would like the material to be graded automatically, I am considering Level 1 options without print materials but with instructors. Right now, that means I would sign up for Building Language (seat & instructor, $250), Grammar Island (seat & instructor, $250), and Practice Island (seat, $12.50). I believe that since I want instructor involvement, I would need to wait until their academic year which I assume to be 9/3/19-5/24/20. (If I didn't want access to an instructor I could start at any time and my subscription would be for one calendar year.) In Fall, my daughter would work through Grammar Island and Practice Island on her own and there'd be some type of instructor involved with Building Language. In Spring, an instructor would enter the scene somehow in Grammar Island. Is that right? Even if I have the costs right, I'm still fuzzy as to what actually I'd be buying. Is it an online interface like Khan Academy or Beast Academy that the student logs into and reads passages and then answers questions which are then automatically graded? If I don't purchase the instructor option are the answers still automatically graded? There's no real "class," right? While I'll pay that price for year-long WTMA classes, shelling out $500+ for a year-long solely online platform seems pretty dang steep. Anyway, if you've made it this far, I appreciate it and would also love to hear about people's thoughts on the offering. Thanks!
  14. Also bumping for an update, hoping to sign the older girls up for the Grammar classes but I'm wary that the materials may not be out in time...
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