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  1. Global Goose Languages, Summer Osborn teaches French 1, 2,and 3. Her classes are very interactive, using a variety of resources. Also, the tuition is reduced as more students enroll in the class. My ds completed French 1 last year, and finally has a better understanding of French. Summer also has good communication with the students and parents.
  2. My daughter is a rising Senior in Mechanical Engineering at Grove City College. They have an excellent engineering program. They really focus on the students graduating in four years; however, our daughter has accommodations and preferred to take less credits semester and she received help on how to plan it. She has taken some intersession courses and two online summer classes. It is a rigorous program. She works as an intern during the summer at BAE Systems. Her bosses have been very impressed with what she has learned at college. It is more than they expected from a college student. Hope that helps! Any questions?
  3. virtualhomeschoolgroup.org has Saxon Algebra usually live and at-your-own-pace. It is run totally by volunteers so they will know what classes are offered in June, but they usually have Saxon Algebra. We have found the teachers to be good and helpful, and not rigorous. There is also office hours if your student needs extra help. I'm pretty sure they meet 4 times a week and do one lesson a day and the fifth day is a test. They have other classes also. And there is no charge for these classes. You can read more at the website. Hope that helps.
  4. I just want to share another story of a dc doing the unexpected and succeeding so far. My dd is very strong in all language arts, particularly reading comprehension and literary analysis. She does pretty well in math, but it has never come easy, like English and history. 8th grade was her first year homeschooling and she switched Algebra 1 curriculums three times. Her precalc year she lived in France for six months and didn't complete all of it. She did go on to successfully complete calculus in high school. She applied to colleges planning to major in Economics or Political Science. Then, in April of her senior year, we overheard her conversation with the admission counselor, asking if she could switch her major...to Mechanical Engineering! He said yes, and today she is finishing her Sophomore year in Engineering. It has been a stretch for her, some classes have been really hard, but she's doing well. Her schedule is very full, and she has not been able to minor in English which she would really love to do. Last semester she earned All Academic Honors awarded to students who come in the top 25% of runners at the NCAA D-III Mideast Regional Championships who also had a GPA above 3.5. And we never would have thought she'd head in this direction. And my husband is an electrical engineer.
  5. Biology was honors level. I'm pretty sure he could handle it. It would be his first class that meets everyday, but that would be fine. He'd like to eventually do AP Bio or Chem if we can find a class. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the ideas! Astronomy is an idea we've considered. I also like the idea of him following his interests. I'll have to see what resources we can find.
  7. My ds will be a 9th grader in the fall. He took high school biology last year and physics this year. He is planning for a STEM degree, possibly engineering or chemistry. He will take honors chemistry at our local ps. It is an 11th grade class and we're trying to decide if he'll take it in 9th or 10th. He will take science all 4 years, probably AP or cc the last 2 years. And he's completed Algebra 2. If he waits until 10th, any ideas of what he could take this coming year? Thanks!
  8. Most of what she takes are for her bacterial and fungal infections and low immune system, like Echinacea , vitamin A, Zinc Picollinate, and vitamin D3. Something that has been very helpful is Naturally Calm, a magnesium supplement. It mixes with warm water and is fizzy. It helps with constipation and stress. It's easy to take. My daughter already had accommodations in place because of vision issues, and a great relationship with her disability person before this diagnosis. It was easy for her to email her and get more help with food. I don't think she would have talked to her roommates about how she was feeling, either. It is so easy for things like this to cause eating problems, or depression/anxiety. It's so hard for teens to be different from their peers. She had a very hard first semester, because of her course load and her health. I hope things get better for your daughter, too.
  9. I have only read your first post and your update, but I have to tell you I know exactly what you're going through and your daughter. My daughter has had diagnosed GI issues for years, which increased significantly last year, her freshman year in college. In August she finally got a diagnosis, and she has significant food restrictions, like no grains, no sugar and very little carbs. Her only carbs are sweet potato and butternut squash. She orders her food weekly from the cafe and picks it up at a predetermined time. She is also an athlete, cross country, at the school so she had no idea how or if she'd be able to compete. She often doesn't feel well, but it is getting better over time. She's on many supplements prescribed by her GI doctor, lots are herbal. The hardest part of school is all the activities that are surrounded by food, which happen constantly. Or just the kids in the cafeteria eating ice cream or sweets for every meal. She's had roommate issues over it, because one of the 4 think she's making it up. When she's tired and calls us, it's often her complaining extensively. We've learned to just listen, or usually if I chatter about home, her mood will change. She needs sleep, so she's been good about going to bed to get 8 hours of sleep, even if she still needs to study. She's a mechanical engineer so her class load is heavy. Her high level of exercise helps her immensely. She competes all 3 seasons. Oh, and she is 10 1/2 hours away from us. I made the trip 3 times in the fall and my husband made it twice, to organize her meds, bring her food she could keep frozen and just provide support to her. It's been tough but she's doing okay. I just wanted you to know you and your daughter are not alone. I hope it gets better for her soon.
  10. virtualhomeschoolgroup.org This is a group that utilizes volunteers to teach classes,at no charge. The same classes are not always offered every year, but the Apologia sciences are usually offered, including biology, chemistry, physics, advanced biology, general science and physical science. These classes are always offered at your own pace. There are videos for each module, along with tests. There are also office hours available every week. The labs can be submitted and will be graded. Hope that helps.
  11. I just purchased the book and look forward to reading it and learning more. So no probiotics for SIBO? We're dealing with SIBO, Candida and parasites.
  12. My dad spent 6 months in France with En Famille, an immersion exchange program during her junior year. She did not know any French, which was fine with them, and she was fluent when she came home. She attended school there. It was hard, but she really wanted to be fluent. She did not read or speak English except to talk on the phone to us 30 minutes once a week. Hope that helps,
  13. I just want to say that Grove City College has turned out to be a wonderful school for my dd, a freshman. She is studying mechanical engineering. It is a rigorous program but she loves it. She actually didn't even apply here until March of her senior year, but it has been the most perfect fit. She really wanted a truly Christian college, and toured many others, including Messiah, Gordon, Liberty and Wheaton College. She hadn't planned to major in Engineering though, and switched her major in May of her senior year. She is highly gifted but also gets services through the disability office. They have been incredibly wonderful. She now even has a 4 hour per week job working in that office. She is also a three season athlete, is incredibly busy, but very happy. Here, at this school, is the first place she has made like-minded friends, most of them in engineering. HTH
  14. My dd took 5 courses with PA homeschoolers. That is the one class that my dd did not care for, for much the same reasons as Matryoshky said. When my dd asked questions, the responses weren't particularly helpful. Originally, the teacher said there was a possibility of a live class weekly, but nothing came of it. She stuck it out for the year, but at the last minute we decided to not have her take the test. There are many students that do seem to like and succeed in this class, but it didn't work for my dd.
  15. My ds used tablet class last year for pre-algebra and this year he is doing AOPS Algebra. He felt like there were not enough practice problems with tablet class, but he did like the videos. Now, he is taking this class online with WTMA, and he says it is more cemented in his head because he gets more practice. We both really prefer AOPS.
  16. We didn't do AOPS pre-algebra here but my son is in WTMA's AOPS Algebra class now. He's really enjoyed it and learned a lot. The teacher is good at explaining the concepts and she makes it interesting. Meeting twice a week has been very helpful. Also, if the student submits their assignment early enough to get it graded before the due date, he can retry any problems he missed. There is feedback on the assignment , too, like where there is a similar problem in the book. Hope that helps.
  17. Thank you for the feedback and suggestions. Yes, we have a letter from her VT and recommended accomodations. I'll have to look into NVLD. She'll be taking her evaluation to disability services today. So far they have been very helpful, and they already have the letter from her VT. Thanks!
  18. My dd, college freshman, just had evaluation from testing. Her verbal reasoning and perceptual reasoning scores differed by 37. Her verbal reasoning score and her working memory score differ by 43. Because both of the lower scores are still in the average range, the tester said those areas aren't harder for her. Tester believes it is because of mild anxiety. These scores differ by 2 or more standard deviations. I thought I read somewhere that this was significant. And, yes, she does have vision issues and has had vision therapy. This can affect her perceptual reasoning, correct? I'm wondering if she could have working memory issues even if her score is in the average range. Her verbal reasoning score is very superior. We did the neuropsychological testing because she needs accomodations in college because of her vision. Also, she finds math and science to be much harder for her so we wanted to know of she had an underlying issue. Thanks!
  19. At our local homeschool conference this spring, we went to two workshops by Equipping Minds. Carol Brown is an educational consultant and uses a cognitive development curriculum, including brain training, primitive reflexes training, sound therapy, and vestibular therapy. It is a "holistic approach to educational therapy." She uses a lot of games, too. I've been hoping to start this with two of my kids.
  20. Derek Owens is good. He breaks down the concepts with short videos. He also does practice problems in a video and then there are more problems in the workbook. My dd has done pre-calc and physics but I think the setup is the same.
  21. My ds has done it for 2 years, and will go on to Omnibus this year. The second year was 1815- Present and he read almost all of the literature with it. He enjoys it, and has learned a lot. He often relates something he learned 2 years ago to something happening now. He did not like the song, but did learn it, and all the cards.
  22. My dd, 16, has Down syndrome also. I've tried a lot of programs. She, too, is very visual, and learns best through lots of repetition. I like Numicon but I don't follow their teaching guides exclusively, primarily because they are hard to find, and expensive. She is learning instant recall of the numbers by using their manipulatives. She has been asking for more online programs, so we used the free trial of CTC math. It is taught in short videos with practice problems afterward. It is very well done, and great for visual kids. You have access to all grade levels and all lessons. She wanted to do geometry, 10th grade, so she was able to do some of those lessons, and then we hit the geometry section for grade 3 and 4. She's very aware of grade level so it's been tricky. This program doesn't move towards functional math skills;however, it will teach basic skills. We don't want to give up on those yet. The reason I will most likely use it in the fall is because it can be short and sweet (which she wants), she can do it independently( but I usually am nearby so I know how she does with the skill), and she likes it. I will use other things also. I have a few workbooks she really likes. I just learned of an app called Dollars and Cents by Attainment that we will use too. I hope that helps, and I'll be following in case someone else has some great ideas!
  23. My ds and dd are using it. There are 3 sections. Each module has all the On Our Owns and space to write the answer, the study guide with room to write, and graphic organizers for concepts. There is a section for the experiments, and lab reports. There are 2 bible verses mixed in with the introduction to how to do the experiments, but that is all I've seen in the notebook. The last section is summaries, fill-in-the-blank questions like a study guide. There is one for each chapter. We like it. It helps my dd who needs the white space, and helps make it independent for my ds, 6th grade. I hope that helps.
  24. I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but my ds watches lots of videos and learns lots of science from them. He did Exploring Chemistry and Physics last year, grade 6, and was inspired to memorize the periodic table. He has enjoyed "The Fabric of the Cosmos", "Making Stuff", "Periodic Videos" and "Atom Smashers." He has watched some Great Courses but he's much more interested in these type of videos. There is a lot of science in them. He is doing Apologia Physical Science now and we have the kit. It's good, but he's moving through it fairly quickly so he can pursue something more interesting to him. He'll start Algebra 1 in the fall. We're going to check out MIT's open courseware, Kitchen Chemistry. Hope that helps.
  25. The school my dd will be attending gives each student a laptop and a printer, so that is the easy part. Now, to figure out what else she needs!
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