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  1. Yes they do in this case. I think the score required seems attainable—a minimum of 6 for the writing portion.
  2. If you haven't already looked at All About Spelling, see if that's a fit. It teaches the phonograms, spelling rules and other concepts, and can be done in 15-20 minutes a day. It does start very easy though (because the rules build on each other), and she'd probably fast-track through a few levels before she hit words that would challenge her. If she's solid on a lot of early rules, you could probably look at the scope and sequence links to see if she could start higher up though. You'd just want to make sure she was solid on concepts taught in earlier levels.
  3. Anyone know if you can have a practice writing test scored?
  4. All About Spelling really turn things around for my kids. Here’s a review I did a while back.
  5. I didn’t have many issues with it, and I really didn’t follow along that closely. If my daughter had an incorrect answer, the answer key worked through how to answer it. However, I might not be the best person to answer this for you, because we didn’t have a lot of issues with algebra two. I think there were a couple of instances where we felt the instructions weren’t clear, but most of the time it was just a case of something being in the teachers manual but not in the video. Whenever we had questions, we re-watched the videos and we went through the teachers guide and that seemed to be enough. We were able to find the help we needed from the lesson in the teachers guide, so I don’t think we had as many issues as you did. I did email them once iirc. Our main struggle with algebra two was with the enormous number of videos in those first several lessons because of how much it was reviewing. The first time I went through that with one of my kids it was pretty overwhelming. The second time through I knew to break it up because I knew what was coming. Anyway, I’m not sure how much that helps!
  6. For history, I graded my kids notes and discussions, and also had them write papers. Some years we used tests, and other years not. If they did poorly on the test, I let them earn those points if they have the answer in their notes. My goal with that was to help them learn how to take good notes. If not though, they had to redo the test. I didn’t grade discussions daily, just an overall impression—like a class participation kind of grade. But sometimes I also considered our discussions to be kind of like an oral test and weighted them more in those cases. In English, they got grades for papers and also for daily work like summaries and shorter writings.Discussions on our readings also factored in In science they got grades on daily work, lab reports, and tests. In the first 2 to 3 years of high school, I did let them retake tests that they did poorly on. My goal in those years was for them to learn how to study as well as to master the material. Sometimes I had them redo a study guide, or go back through the book to find the answers. As they progressed in high school though, I only let them earn back half the points for correcting answers, and eventually let test grades stand. I still had them find the answers and make sure they learned the material, but at some point it’s important for kids to understand how tests will work in college. They may have other opportunities for earning points, but test grades stand, and they need to learn the material and learn how not to make careless errors. So I used high school to scaffold them towards better test taking skills and habits. If you have a kid who is probably going to earn some B’s and maybe even a C or two in college, I don’t really see how it helps if they’ve never experienced that grade already. But I also didn’t want to be hard-core first thing freshman year in high school. I wanted to help them learn good skills. I also wanted them to have other opportunities for bringing up an overall grade the way they might have in a public high school and even in college, so I tried to provide those opportunities as well. Hth some as you think through grading and also teaching strategies.
  7. LOL, and see I loved Marmee's gentle encouragement and never thought of it as guilting them! It made me want to "rise above" how easy it is to get angry and fly off the handle and measure my words instead. But I've always identified with Jo in some ways and find that I also respond to the more gentle type of correction like Marmee gives, while other approaches just make me defensive. I was crushed about Laurie at first, but I do think they were oil and water and that Amy was better-suited for the type of lifestyle he would lead. Sorry to derail the conversation, LOL!
  8. My dd is going to have to retake the ACT (she took it without writing, and now needs a score with writing to meet a state requirement for entrance into a teacher education program.) She hasn't had a math class since Pre-calculus in high school, and plans to take the test in July. So she does have some time to brush up on topics before then, but is looking for a good way to do that. She's a good student but reads on the slower side, so her previous scores in the 4 main sections meet the target needed but aren't stellar. Thankfully they will "superscore," so if she does get a lower score on one of the 4 main sections this time, it won't really matter, but she'd also like to not get a drastically lower score! So--her main goals are to brush up on math and then also prepare for the writing section. Any suggestions on the best ways to do that? We did use the ACT Prep book last time & thought we'd get that again. When my ds did the ACT 5 or so years ago, I also tried the "online prep" but wasn't overly impressed with what it did. It was pretty new then--anyone know if it has improved over the last 5 years? I don't have any experience with the "ACT Rapid Review" mentioned here--apparently they have both a "virtual class" option and an "on demand" video archive option. Anyone have experience with either of these (or even with both & could compare them?) Also, I know she can do sample tests from the prep book to see where her scores might be now, but is there a way to get a baseline for what she might score in the writing portion?
  9. Wow, VERY good for him for calling!
  10. Lori! Say it isn't so! LOL! I guess since you're so amazingly wonderful in every other way, I'll just forget this little tidbit! Personally, I think you'd be fine either way--I do think you could read just Little Men. Some context will be missed, but there are lots of fun "boy" stories in there. I love the whole series, and read all 3 to my kids, but I started younger to avoid ds having issues with the title of Little Women. I also read An Old-Fashioned Girl to them (my all-time favorite). If you have Little Men, pre-read a couple of chapters and see what you think.
  11. Might he be interested in Marine Biology instead? That one doesn't have chemistry as a pre-requisite. Here's a PDF file of the science and math pre-req's for all of Apologia's courses. I've found their list to be accurate. It's not that your son couldn't get *something* out of Advanced Bio without chem first, but he'd probably miss a lot too.
  12. I guess the old adage is true, you get what you pay for! I guess it didn't pay to cut corners here!
  13. Good for her for trying to talk to him again! That’s good news grade wise at least, but I agree, quite annoying!
  14. I probably wouldn't change anything. Horizons has a solid sequence, and right now your daughter enjoys it and has a perfectly age appropriate desire to play :-). You could add on more work or harder work and make her hate math instead, or you could just keep going, and let her enjoy her success.
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