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  1. We have used Saxon Math, which incorporates geometry into Alg I, Alg II and Advanced math. I think its the best approach! So I vote for C
  2. My DS fell apart after doing MUS Geometry and then trying to go to Alg II. He did MUS Algebra 1 before the geometry. For him, I think he is just not natural at math and MUS was so lite, so he forgot everything from Alg I (especially since there was a year off algebra) and then couldn't keep up at all with Alg II. We tried switching programs, but to no avail. The first semester of 11th grade was a math fail. So the next semester, I ended up putting him into some some algebra classes at the community college to catch him up. They were 2 classes- beginning and intermediate Algebra- tha moved quickly and were both complete in one semester. This covered the review of Alg I he needed and I then gave him a credit for Alg 2 for the second class.
  3. Is there a place online that sells Conceptual Physics answer keys? I started it a while ago with DD and we are both very happy with it! We are using the 9th edition. I found a site online that has answers, but it doesn't cover all the answers, just kinda skips around. So I need a physical full answer key, but does such a thing exist? I cannot find anything online.
  4. I haven't tried Thinkwell, videotext or Derek Owens. And don't know a huge amount about Khan Academy. But definitely would say that MUS is considered easy and often "too light" by many high school parents. I tried TT Geometry with DS years ago, we found it more difficulty that MUS. But also we did not like the format of it at all.
  5. I just switched my daughter to Essentials in Writing and we are both very pleased with it so far. We have used IEW prior for years, and this is a much simpler approach. We are just finishing up section 2 (types of paragraphs) of the book and it takes about 30 minutes a day.
  6. I'm also considering switching my daughter to Conceptual Physics. We are currently doing Apologia Physics and she is really struggling with the math components. What are the must-have's for conceptual physics? Is there a teacher book, study book, lab book, etc? Also, does anyone know what the differences are in the earlier edition compared to the newest edition? I see that you can get the older editions online for cheaper. TIA!
  7. Have any of you used Mystery of History for high school? If so, was there anything you added to make it more high school level? We do the lessons by reading and taking notes, notecards, timeline, maps, tests, etc. We do the activities occasionally; sometimes they just don't seem to match my goals for her, so we skip them. She is very visual, so we often find a youtube video to go along with the lesson or watch a movie if there's one about the time. However, I feel like we need to add more to it. Any suggestions?
  8. Has anyone ever used Excellence in Literature along with IEW’s Research Papers in the same year? Would it be too much? I’m considering both for DD. Looking over them now, I’m starting to second guess myself that both could be too much or too repetitive? Would usung Excellence in Lit alone be enough for a high school English credit?
  9. Would the Writing With Skill program by Susan Wise Bauer be appropriate for a high school student who needs some writing intervention? I posted recently about needing to find a gentler program to use for my DD, who will be in 11th grade next year. We were trying to do IEW's Writing Research Papers this year, but it is obvious that is is way over her head and we need to step back a bit. I want her to learn the high school level things like research papers, but she could probably also use help with other writing too. Does anyone know if the Writing with Skill program includes a research paper?
  10. I did! Well, sort of. It hasn't turned out exactly as we planned, but similarly. Last school year, in 9th grade, DD spent two days on each algebra I lesson. We did odd numbers one day, and even the next. At the beginning of this school year, she asked me if she could just start with Algebra II instead since the beginning of it reviews so much of the end of Algebra I. I looked over both books and agreed. So we are now about midway through Algebra II, as this school year is ending. We still follow the odd/even pattern. We will finish it next year in her 11th grade year, as well as start the beginning lessons of Advanced Math.
  11. I'm using "Grammar for the Well-Trained Child" by SWB with DD this year. I highly recommend it, very thorough!
  12. Can any of you recommend a resource that would be gentler? Or for a younger child that I could adapt to high school?
  13. I need advice for my youngest daughter. A little background- she was adopted from foster care at almost 9 years old. I have homeschooled her since then, starting in 3rd grade. She came very far behind in many subjects. I had to re-teach alot of materials and while she has caught up well in math and reading ability, but still struggles with vocabulary and expression. We have used a few programs such as "English from the Roots Up" and different materials from IEW over the years to aid with these. She is now in 10th grade and we are attempting to cover research papers. She is really struggling, and I can tell shes trying to get it, but she doesn't. I think its her vocabulary problems that make it hard for her. When she needs to find and use a source, she often can't understand what they're trying to say because of the big words that she doesn't understand in there. Any advice? I sit with her and give lots of guidance, but she seems to have reached a point where she cannot do it. What would they do in a public school setting with a child like her? Should I have her tested? Try a different curriculum? Wait until maybe 12th grade and try again?
  14. If your kid loves the Great Books, then I would say to definitely let him do that! Both of my two that have graduated worked their way through the great books, and it really helped with their test scores, comprehension and it paid off well for college!
  15. Hi everyone, Thanks again for the advice in October. I wanted to provide an update. DD has applied to be an intern at a children's home in Mexico (closer to home) and has been accepted! It will be from the end of May this year to end of November. This will be a great way for her to see how full-time mission work might be for her future. She also plans to use the time to think about if she will continue college, and if so- in what field. She is so excited to be doing the internship, and I am excited for her too!
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