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Deniseibase

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  1. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. It's more about the post-catastrophe survival than the nuclear war itself, and it does a better job than any other similar book I've read with the little details. Very realistic. Upsetting rather than sensational.
  2. Picturesque Book of Progress has no fictional content, or science, just history (as seen through the lens of the culture of 1930s America, of course). It's good for logic stage - I wouldn't use it for a younger child without some editing as facts and attitudes are different now. But if you want to start giving an older child an interesting window into how people viewed the world several decades ago, it's pretty neat.
  3. Oh I'm sorry I didn't get in on this thread earlier :) I have the My Book House set from the 1930s. I had them as a child and my mother SOLD THEM when I was away at college!! WHAT was she thinking! So of course I spent the next 15 years tracking down a nice set that wasn't $500. Olive Beaupre Miller also did a lovely set of ancient-through-Middle-Ages history books called A Pictureseque Tale of Progress. It's a terrific set to have on hand for your Ancients study, as it has about half a volume of stuff on ancient Sumeria and Assyria, and well over a hundred pages on the Mongols, and plenty of other stuff on those topics that always seem SO difficult to find good, kid-friendly resources for :)
  4. But don't you see, that makes it WORSE - Foersters is supposed to be really good for engineers, and she wants to be an engineer, so if we go with Foersters I have to find another geometry! And what if she likes THAT series better and we have to change again? And what if all this changing makes her forget everything? :lol: I think I better just go drink the rest of my Friday night glass of wine!!!
  5. I just want to say, I'm SO FREAKIN' GLAD that I'm not the only one who does this - I've driving my husband NUTS going back and forth and back and forth!! :lol: And just to muddy the waters - am I the only one who looks ahead to the next few years to decide on this stuff? Every time I think about making a change, I start calculating like this - "OK, if I finish AoPS Pre-A this year, then I can spend the next two years on AoPS Algebra if we have to (I am VERY concerned that she be absolutely rock-solid on algebra), then stick with AoPS for the rest of the sequence in high school. BUT if I switch to Dolciani Algebra this semester, I won't finish it this school year. So then do I finish Dolciani in the fall? Or switch to Foerster's to give her a full year? Then what do I do the NEXT year? Dolciani Geometry or Foersters? Does Foersters HAVE a geometry? Maybe I SHOULD look at Lial's..." My poor poor husband has to listen to this stuff by the HOUR sometimes... I think part of the problem too is, I want her to not just understand the theory, but also have 'automatic' recall of the procedures. My DS in K understands the THEORY of multiplication pretty well - you add groups of the same number over and over. But it's not like he knows his times tables or anything!!! Eventually I want him to know both the underlying ideas AND the times tables! And it's the same for DD - I want her to understand the ideas behind math, and ALSO to be able to perform the skills without having to reinvent the wheel from those underlying theories each time. That's where *I* have issues! Up until this year, we just did Saxon, which worked SO well for teaching skill performance. I understand the theory that solving a few really hard problems with do more to cement the ideas than solving 30 rote practice problems, but those rote practice problems are really super for solidifying those skills until you can do it in your sleep! If I could figure out a way to meld AoPS and Saxon I think I would! :lol:
  6. You're welcome! Hopefully I'm not the ONLY one using this, as it'll be awhile before I get to the middle school stuff :D
  7. We are using it - BUT it literally just came out, so we are still in the first lesson, so I can't give you an in-depth review. We are using the grade 1 materials. They have a great, colorful, interesting workbook and then great, colorful, interesting online lessons. The online lessons have a narrator who reads along with the text, interspersed with several activities. We have literally done two of the online lessons and one lesson in the workbook so far, so like I said, not an in-depth review! :) We are also supplementing with library books and videos. The first lesson was on senses and science tools (as part of a larger units on what science is and what scientists do). My son has asked to do the online lessons over a couple times each, and then we did the workbook together. The online activities vary a bit - sometimes you are matching up body parts to what they are able to sense, sometimes you are putting together jigsaw puzzles. I've never been a fan of the 'have the kids do a crossword puzzle' school of learning, but my son likes the activities, and it doesn't hurt. I like that he can do the lessons over and over, that is especially helpful with the useful stuff like matching the body parts to the sense. It was a little difficult to get hooked up - like I said, this is brand new, in fact when I ordered it they didn't have the homeschool ISBN for the online stuff ready yet, so I had to call customer service a couple times to get it straightened out. That should not be a problem now, tho, and the service people were EXTREMELY nice and helpful. They should just send you an email with login info. It is pretty difficult to navigate the teacher materials - it is clearly set up for public schools, and I just haven't waded through everything yet. There is a downloadable test generator, and some inquiry flipcards that have simple lab activities, like using your senses to explore a stalk of celery, and these seems to be more but I have not sorted it all out yet. But, I promise I will check this thread again so if you have specific questions I'll be happy to try to answer :) It does not seem to be really heavy on messy experiments. Most of the experiment type stuff is the online activities, so no mess :) It IS expensive - $177 for the year, with shipping, and no one except Saxon Homeschool sells it so far. But, I pay almost that much monthly for Chinese tutoring, and my son loves science WAY more than he loves Chinese, so I'm happy to indulge him :) For him, I think it will be worth it. For my DD, I would never bother because she is just not that interested in science. Please let me know if you have specific questions!
  8. I am using it for myself, to self teach, but I haven't gotten very far, about lesson 35. I am the kind of person who needs to understand HOW something works before I can understand WHY it works. Below is a review I posted about it a few months ago when I had first got it - I stand by everything I said then, with the exception that I DID find ONE problem so far that had the wrong answer in the answer book - lesson 14, problem 4 is 3-2*4+3*2 and they gave the answer as 11 when the answer is clearly -1. Other than that I have found no errors, and my big concern is, since they are teaching both how to do things with a graphing calculator and 'by hand', will there be enough 'by hand' practice for me to really grasp it? But all the graphing calculator stuff is later in the book and so I just don't know on that yet. OK, here's my review - first off, my qualifications to review this book: I have looked at it and worked the first four lessons in it. That is the sum total of my qualifications, I am neither a math-y person, nor have I read the whole book. I keep HOPING someone else who is MORE qualified will write this review FOR me, LOL!!! Also, you should know that our family LOVES the Saxon method and it has worked well for us for the past 6 years for math, phonics, and grammar. Saxon Algebra I, 4th Edition has 120 lessons, 12 Investigations, and 23 tests. There are also 11 Labs that are meant to be done on the same day as another lesson or investigation, and 5 extra lessons and 31 skills bank lessons in the appendix that can be used if the student needs extra practice, but all in all it is meant to be 155 days worth of work. Comparing Saxon 4th with Saxon 3rd, it appears that they cover approximately the same amount of algebra - for example, 3rd covers the quadratic formula at lesson 119, and 4th covers the quadratic formula at lesson 110. 4th seems to spend more time on problems that seem to fall more into other areas of math, such as permutation problems or deductive and inductive reasoning, while 3rd has more geometry-based problems. And while several of us have spoken to Saxon reps who said the geometry is all stripped out, it's not - there's not much geometry compared to what there is in 3rd, but you are still going to need to know how to figure perimeter, area, volume, and surface areas. The mixed practice 'stretches' farther back in 3rd than it does in 4th. For example, in lesson 114 in 3rd edition, there are review problems referring back to lessons 36, 20, 14, and 8. In lesson 114 in 4th edition, the earliest lesson referred to is 74. So that's a change, but I can't tell if that will be good or bad. I think some students (including me) benefit from the extended review, but others (including probably my daughter) don't seem to need as much. WHAT I LIKE - There is a wider variety of problems overall. There are many more word problems. Every problem set has problems in Error Analysis, in which students are asked to find an error in a proposed solution and explain what is wrong about it. Every problem set has problems where you have to explain why something works the way it does in words, instead of just demonstrating that you know how to do it. - The problems covering the same concept show more variation. For example, in Lesson 18, which is about like terms in both books, the 3rd edition examples are all straightforward computation - 'Simplify by adding like terms.' In the 4th edition, the some of the problems are straightforward 'Simplify by adding like terms', but there are also word problems that involve measurement of a horse arena, sewing, how many pages groups of kids read, and one that reads 'Simplify 8x + x(2x +5) and explain each step.' - The early lessons show a lot more variety, by incorporating problems using skills that the student is presumed to have mastered already, like multiplying decimals or adding mixed numbers. - Although I haven't been through the whole book, I have not found any obvious errors in the lessons I worked - I know that was a problem for the Geometry book when it first came out. WHAT I DON'T LIKE - It's still a hot mess as far as trying to figure out what algebra IS as a coherent whole. You'll learn a lot of different stuff, but I at least have a hard time grasping it as a whole without additional materials. - The wild vocabulary word problems are gone!! I will miss those, I've been a great reader all my life and I was still finding delightful new words from those problems. I'm really sorry they took those out. - There's not any explanation to HOW to use the book, which led to a little confusion for me. The very first warmup problem on the very first lesson was 'A (Venn diagram / line plot) shows the relationship between sets.' I had NO idea what they meant by 'line plot', since those were not covered in Algebra 1/2. The notation next to the problem read (SB 30). There was no explanation in the front of the book as to what the notation meant, that it was so you could look up the lesson if you were having trouble with a concept, so of course there was also no explanation as to what 'SB' meant!! I finally figured it out, it refers to the Skills Bank lessons in the back of the book, but it would have been nice to have a couple pages of 'How to Use This Book' at the beginning. So, hope that helps someone! If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to ask, I'll be glad to try to answer!
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