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  1. I had the same issue with Rod and Staff. I think it was so repetitious my kids felt they could just turn their brains off and go on automatic mode. After all, they'd learn it all again! They've been doing much better with easy grammar.
  2. I posted this on high school. I hope it's ok to post here too. My son thinks a Kindle would be too slow for these apps, so I'm researching just how strong those inexpensive little Kindles are. I would love to have a "school kindle" where my kids won't be distracted with social media, but I don't want it to be a frustration because it's always stalling. Any experiences? Thanks!
  3. Will these sorts of things slow a Kindle down too much? My teen think a kindle is too slow, but I don't understand why they would have kindle apps for these services if they don't work. I'd be grateful for any experiences! Thanks in advance!
  4. Thank you for your reply! It's actually having him take Chemistry after finishing "Algebra 2 that is equivalent to everyone else's Algebra 1" that I'm worried about.
  5. I second God's Great Covenant (Classical Academic Press). Definitely not superficial, but can be done independently if needed.
  6. Hi all! I'm looking for Teaching Textbook veterans to share their experiences. I just switched my upcoming eighth grader from Saxon to Teaching Textbooks Algebra. He has also just finished Apologia General Science. Physical Science comes next in line. I've heard that TT can be slow and that Algebra is equivalent to most people's Pre-Algebra and half of Algebra. I don't mind this since he's in 8th, but I'm concerned about science. He'll be starting Physical Science this year and Biology his ninth grade year. If TT is really a year behind, will he be lost in his science? I'm thinking if TT has a slower pace, maybe I should also do science at a slower pace too. Should I leave Physical Science till 9th grade? I'd be grateful for any experiences you can share! Brandie
  7. My kids' favorites were D'aulaires Greek Myths and Hittite Warrior.
  8. I haven't had medical insurance for years simply because I haven't been able to afford it. I used to put some money aside to cover any medical needs that might arise, but now that money goes toward paying the penalty.
  9. Hi ladies, My son had been struggling with his literature. I'd be grateful for any advice. He's 12 and has always had a difficult time reading out loud. He can easily and quickly read at around a fifth grade level, retaining the main ideas of what he has read as long as he is reading in his head. He answers comprehension questions accurately. He's bright and quick to understand. Once he is asked to read out loud, though, he sounds like a first grader. He reads slowly, struggling with longer words and constanlty mixing up easy words such as prepositions, suffixes and such. If I make him reread the easy word, he will read correctly after a couple of tries. Vocabulary is part of the problem, but I've done lots of reading out loud and we did Latin for several years. I don't have much time to add to this. I used Spalding for his Kindergarten and First grade and then another Orton Gillingham curriculum for second and third. He knows his phonograms and phonics rules. For the last two years he has been using Memoria press and Veritas lit guides. He has hit a wall with White Fang and is guessing at more than half the words. I know the obvious answer is that White Fang is too difficult, but he has been stuck at about a fourth/fifth grade reading level for over two years. At what point do I push him forward? I'm afraid to push him to frustration, on the other hand he is just not moving forward. Has anyone had this issue? His three younger siblings are all passing him up in fluency and it's affecting the way he sees himself. He's also embarassed to read out loud in Sunday School/ Youth Group, etc...I'd be grateful for any advice! Thanks!
  10. Julesnpebbles, I'm having this same issue. I have aimed at Omnibus all along and am now realizing my son is not ready. What did you end up doing with your kids?
  11. Thanks ladies! I've always changed curriculum as needed for grammer school, but I guess I'm a little nervous about messing up credits and transcripts for highschool. Muttichen, were transcripts a problem at all with your younger ones? Thanks again, ladies!
  12. Are there any experienced Omnibus users out there who could help me think through this? I'd very much appreciate any imput! I've always aimed at using Omni in high school, but now that my 13 year old son is finishing 7th grade I'm realizing it's going to be too heavy a load for him. I also have five other children and I need something he can handle largely on his own. Have any of you tweaked it to make it more doable for a non academic child in a busy family? I'm aiming at the "spirit" of Omnibus, but a lighter load. My son understands concepts. His vocabulary and sustained reading skills are not up to par. He also just takes his time with school. He eventually gets there, and does a good job, but takes longer than most kids. So here are some ideas I've tossed around, maybe a few kind ladies out there could let me know if they are workable or not, or if there's another option. Option 1: Ignore Primary. Instead use a text book like Spielvogel or SWB highschool history and supplement with secondary sources. Option 2: Substitute some primary works with abridged versions. Option 3: Just pick and choose the books we want and go more slowly. I'm not sure if I can still claim credit at that point. Option 4: Just use Spielvogel in 8th grade to get reading vocab up, and to free time up in 9th. As of right now, I am planning on using Transition with him in 8th grade, but I think he will still need a little help. I'd love any advice! Thanks!
  13. Logos has online classes teaching Omnibus starting in the 9th grade. They call it "Integrated Humanities" and it starts with Omni 3. I'm not sure why they don't do it earlier.
  14. Sorry I've taken so long to answer this. I don't get on the boards often. I did order the first guide and used it with my 11 and 12 year old boys for awhile. I have a mixed review. First, the guide I have is very organized. Weekly lessons are divided into five sessions, one for each day. There are a few random special or optional activities, but most days have a spine reading and a literature reading with comprehension questions for each. The spine reading each day is either from the Pages of History book or from the flashcards themselves. The child reads and then answers the questions. Some questions are grammar stage type, but many also make the kid think dialectically. Then the child reads a couple of chapters from the literature book and answers or discusses those questions. Pros: It is easy to use. No planning or preparing at all. "Pages of History" is an easy read, yet they do sneak a lot of history and worldview thinking into it. The questions really did force my children to read carefully and think critically about what they read. And of course, Veritas is always good at getting kids to think Christianly. Cons, at least for us: The Pages of History is long winded. My boys are still at an age where they want to get stuff done and go outside and play. My 12 year old kept asking, "Why do they they take 25 pages to tell us a story they could have told us in 5 pages?" He would have rather gotten to the point and just read the history story rather than read about animals talking about a history story. (In the book's defense, the animals were all taking a philosophical view of the story. There actually is a point to it, but it just felt condescending to my 7th grader). The literature books are all great books, but they are all over the place in grade level. There are fifth grade level literature books along with the unabridged Beowulf. So, one week history/ literature is easy and the next week it takes over out day. There are no vocabulary activities; we really need that. If I didn't have so many younger children to teach, I would have stuck with it and just sat and buddy read through Beowulf and the other difficult literature. I just didn't have time for that. The vocabulary was also a problem. So, we ended up switching to Memoria Press lit. and they are just continuing on with the normal Veritas history, with a higher expectation of what they can do, of course. I feel like I'm giving a somewhat negative review of a curriculum I really love. So, I want to add one more thing. My two oldest are not naturally academic. Their skills/gifts lie elsewhere. My middle children are, and I am looking forward to using transitions with them when they are older. I think they will really like it.
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