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  1. Thank you for the info. For some reason I don't see signatures when on my phone looking at the board, but I do now on my computer. It looks like your section for Foundations is during the time my daughter has math class. :(. I like that it is a complete English course. It is just what I am looking for. Thanks again!
  2. Thank you for the information! I do like that the Foundations class also includes literature and grammar. One of the teachers responded also. I am hoping this class works out, because it seems to be everything we need.
  3. Renaissance Mom, I am so glad you saw this and responded. I have not found a lot of info about the HSLDA classes on any site. I am glad to know that you give feedback, because the main reason I am seeking an online class for writing is to have someone grade and give feedback. I do have a couple of questions regarding the course. My daughter has little experience in diagramming, and I wonder if that matters with Analytical Grammar? I also would like to know, in your opinion, if this class includes enough grammar and literature to call it good for those subjects? I don't have any state requirements to worry about. I was planning on doing a separate literature course through another company, however it seems Foundations does quite a bit of literature throughout the year. If you don't mind, you can message me your name, so I can enroll my daughter in your session, if the time slot works out. Thank you
  4. Has anyone taken one of these classes? I am interested in the Foundations in Writing class for my 8th grader. Looking for recommendations for teacher as they have several different teachers for this class. I like that this class includes grammar, literature and writing.
  5. Thank you everyone for the comments! I will plan to start with just one language and see how that goes before adding in another.
  6. Thank you so much for all the resources. I will check them out!
  7. Yes, she is musically inclined. She plays both violin and piano. Also takes five dance classes. Just reading that makes me think two languages may be a bit much to add to her plate. lol. I think we will go with my first plan. Enroll in live online Spanish 1 for next year. We will see how that goes and if at some point it doesn't seem like it would be too much she can add in German.
  8. My daughter would like to learn both Spanish and German starting next year. I had been looking into one or the other. For German, we were thinking of using the OSU program. Spanish would be through a company with a live class. She is pretty motivated, but I am worried it would be too much. Has anyone done this? I know it depends on the individual. However, we are new to high school and have never learned another language. I appreciate opinions from veterans :)
  9. Has anyone used Classes by Beth? I can't seem to find much in the way of reviews for the classes. (I did search the forums, but really didn't find anything). There are so many options now for live online classes, but i keep going back to look at CBB. If your children have in the past or are currently taking any classes, I would love to hear your opinion. Thanks!
  10. I am thinking about using this for one of my children next year. I see a lot of posts/reviews regarding Algebra and up, but not much on the 7th grade class. Has anyone had a child take this class? This child does okay in math, but she just doesn't love it. I think she would benefit from a live class and being accountable to someone other than mom and dad.
  11. Thanks everyone. Wow. Looks like I need to start a spelling program. Her words this week are extremely easy: is, has, had, have, are. I know they are talking about verbs but those are just too easy, in my opinion. The hardest word she has had this year was "friend".
  12. Would you be willing to share a few of your child's spelling words for school this week? I have been a bit disappointed by the words my dd is bringing home from school. We have been doing a lot of math and reading at home and perhaps we need to add a spelling program. Thanks!
  13. I looked at AAS and thought it seemed like a lot of work! About how much time do you all spend a day with AAS? My dd is 6. She is a very good reader, but average speller.
  14. My DD is 6, currently in a private Christian school (1st Grade). We love the school and have no problems with the education she is receiving. However, she is currently having some issues and we are going to need to bring her home for some time. The school is using mostly A beka books with Saxon math. I have read many reviews on this board and know that a lot of people do not recommend the A beka videos. However, I feel it would be an easy transition for her using the same curriculum and also for us, having never homeschooled before. For those who currently use this program or have in the past, can you give an idea of how long the school day is? Is it the same as a typical 8-3 school day? The reason I am set on using a beka is that when she is ready to go back to the school, she should be at about the same place as her classmates. Thank you for any input.
  15. I have been using and printing worksheets for my dd from handwritingworksheets.com. I know they have print, D'Nealian (which we use) and cursive. You can change the line size, have starting dots, use a word or sentence, etc. It is probably not as fancy and extensive as Start Write, but it is free! I did go look at the start write site and it looks great as well!
  16. I am having a hard time deciding between elemental science intro and Nancy Larson science 1. They both look great. I have looked at all the available samples. Science is not my strong point and it will be my first year homeschooling. Is elemental science pretty easy to teach? Is it scripted like Nancy Larson? I LOVE the price tag for elemental.
  17. Thank you! Is there anything great I would be missing out on with the lesser package?
  18. In order to get the Elementary Spanish on Discovery streaming do I need to order the $199 subscription or is it on the $129 package? Thanks!
  19. I learned about Roku when reading these boards and I think it is a great solution for us. We have been talking about a way to ditch our high cable bill. $25 of our monthly bill is for renting the boxes! We live in a very rural area so no competition, just the local company or Dish or DTV (which we were considering). Does anyone know if you can get Discovery Streaming on the Roku? Or maybe with a blu ray wifi unit? I really know nothing about either one of those. I think the only thing my husband would miss as far as live TV is the news channels. Can you get live streaming of Fox News with the Roku newscaster channel? He also likes to watch hunting shows, but I am sure that would be covered somewhere, perhaps with Netflix? Thanks!
  20. Thank you for the reassurance. I think my plan will be to go with HOD and use CLE for math, LA and reading. I may pick up one of the other science programs to work on with her over the summer along with starting SOTW1. That way we will have more time to do experiments, activities, etc.
  21. I keep ending up on the HOD site but just can't make up my mind. I like the idea of having the schedule made for me since it will be my first year of homeschooling. I studied the sample week for Beyond. I was wondering, for those who have used it, if the science is adequate for a first grade level or do you use a different science curriculum? I have looked at many of the science samples offered by different companies and read many of the science threads on this board. It just seems to me like they are more in depth than what I see on HOD. Of course, only seeing one week of the guide makes it tough to get the whole picture. What do you do?
  22. Hi everyone! I have been reading forums and posts on homeschooling and curriculum for about four weeks now. I have a daughter in K (will be 6 in May) at a Christian school and we are feeling the need to bring her home for firstgrade. We have no problems with the education at the school as the students do very well in high school and beyond. I am sure you are all aware of the things we struggle with sending her off every day and then hearing about her day when she gets home! Just because it is a Christian school doesn't mean it is a perfect place for her. I have been researching many curricula including CLE and HOD. I was able to purchase some used CLE materials (Bible, TM and light units, a social studies light unit and science TM). I purchased these mainly to get an idea of the progam and to see if I thought it was something I could do.After looking through them I really liked them and think my daughter would also. I do have some questions, if you don't mind. 1. She has just started reading and is doing quite well. She reads by herself the little books with words such as "The red hen was in the pen". She tries to sound out big words and does quite well. Would I start her in Learning to Read? 2. She can write all her letters and numbers, although not always neatly! The style of writing she was taught is called D'Nealian. I see that most progams use what I believe is manuscript. Will this be a problem for her? 3. The school she attends uses mostly A beka books with the exception of Saxon math. If in the future we needed to put her back in school, would this be a difficult transition, meaning will she be behind in subjects like math and LA? 4. What do you use for history for first grade? I have read that many people use Stories of the World, but I am worried that is too deep for her. Any thoughts? What about American History? 5. Has anyone used a mixture of CLE with HOD? I really like both and can't make a decision between them. HELP! 6. Does anyone incorporate other programs such as Explode the Code, First Language Lessons, etc. Or is CLE/HOD adequate on their own? 7. I would like to know if CLE has a laid out lesson plan? I can't seem to find anything in the teacher guides I have. I am sure it is as easy as do lesson 1 on the first day, lesson 2 the next, etc., however I really like how HOD has it all laid out. I am not a very organized person and this would be helpful for me!! Sorry to be so lengthy, I feel a bit guilty about all the questions, but I have been writing down my questions for awhile now and these were the issues that keep coming up for me. I am trying to learn as much as I can before we make the leap. Being honest, most of this research has just confused me. Lol. :confused: Thanks for any input. I do appreciate it!
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