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  1. If you aren't on any medications than consider intermittent fasting. Dr. Jason Fung wrote a book on it and has many YT videos about the subject.
  2. Interestingly from what my oldest tells me, only a small percentage of cars for sale in the US have manual transmissions these days. I want to say only 8% of all new cars. New car sales in Europe and Japan are 80% manual transmissions. Also, in Europe, your driver's license indicates whether you can drive a manual or automatic, so if you drive auto in Europe, you are not legal to drive a manual.
  3. Ellen McHenry has a wonderful chemistry unit study for those ages that you can download.
  4. I just searched and got this: Laundry basket with wheels and handle link Is that what you're looking for? You can find others from this page, too.
  5. We tried several algebra programs including LMF, and I like it because it is written to the student, is self-paced, has few lessons with just enough practice, the concepts that are taught are broken down into smaller bites than most other curriculum, and the author is readily available to assist via email or phone. Also, the books are reusable since you can print all the worksheets from the LMF website as many times as you need. I did find that the algebra 2 portion (not sure which volume that was) wasn't enough for us. We got bogged down in the mixture problems finding percent concentrations and felt like there needed to be more explanation and more practice problems. They do have extra practice problems available on their web site, but not for those particular problems that we needed at that time. We ended up using VideoText Algebra. It is a complete algebra course with short video lessons (that can be streamed or they have DVDs) with short lesson practice. There is a total of 176 lessons that can be completed over 1 or 2 years. They have a pacing guide to help you. I know there are a few who have used LMF and gone on to college without any troubles, but I felt we needed more. It was a good supplement. VT gave my children a thorough understanding of concepts. The video lessons seem dated, but the computer generated graphs and explanations were excellent in explaining the processes.
  6. Ours came in the mail yesterday. They're still at it. The only way I can think of that they would even know about my son is that he took the PSAT.
  7. If you are looking for free videos like Khan then you might be interested in the Dana Mosely videos for Pre-Calc with Limits book. They are available free here:
  8. As I was thinking about My Father’s World, I wanted to come back and add that I haven’t purchased anything from them for a few years, but they email me at least once a year with a few words of encouragement for homeschooling and our family and invite me to call them if I would like help or would appreciate prayer in any area of our life. They follow that up with a personal phone call and always leave a message with encouraging words and an offer to prayer. I appreciate that they do this and I feel like I’m not just a customer to them.
  9. We used MFW Adventures thru 9th grade. I hope to use it all over again with my youngest who will be ready for Adventures next year. I think they did an excellent job tying all of the subjects together and making it affordable by including a list of books by week of study and maturity level with summary reviews to expand on your studies, but they aren’t necessary to the program, so there’s no guilt if you have a busy week and can’t get to the extras. I also like that one of the days is very light so you can include other things like those nature walks, music lessons, or extra opportunities that life brings. MFW didn’t have the same language arts offerings as they do now. I used a variety of different publishers over the years. There’s room on the schedule to write in your own plan. I’ll consider their Language Lessons and Writing Skills for Today for the youngest though. It would be nice to only have to do LLfT three days a week. We started MFW with Adventures so we started with American History then the geography year before Ancients. If there are younger children tagging along in the Modern Times years, they offer a younger supplement since there is a lot of war that year. I think themed learning works well. MFW has you build a timeline, so you can build on that every year seeing where the events fall. We enjoyed using MFW and would use it again.
  10. This is a free resource. Art Through the Year from Sharon Jeffus of Visual Manna on Rainbow Resource's site: Season 2, episode 1 I'm not sure of the age range.
  11. My oldest worked a little more than halfway through Apologia General. I was determined to try and complete it. I emailed with Apologia a few times for help before I finally gave up on making it work for us. It was not a good fit and ds was losing the love for science. 😞 He used ABeka video Earth Science for 8th and enjoyed Mr. Enders' class, but there were tons of quizzes and tests. Next time around I think I would like to try The Rainbow for middle school by Beginnings Publishing. I think the lab based science would be very engaging.
  12. If you want to take a vitamin to help with depression, I suggest niacin (B3). Not the "no flush" kind. It will make you flush and maybe a little itchy at first until you get used to taking it. I take vitamin D3 with K2 and multivitamins. If you were already taking an antidepressant, you should talk to your doctor about stopping and moving toward a more natural remedy first. Some antidepressants need to have the doses tapered down until weaned, or they can cause untoward side effects. Meditation and exercise can also help. Here are a couple links about niacin and depression.
  13. I just received ours last week. There should be a "Teacher's Guide". I don't know how often you'll need it because I've not sat down to read through it yet.
  14. I loved that CLE math was very independent and routine in the 200's and on. So long as he can read and follow directions, he could be independent with it. You'll just need to keep up with grading quizzes and tests to make sure he's not missing anything before moving on. Maybe, give him the placement test to see if he is where he needs to be or if he could be placed further along.
  15. My oldest will be a senior next year. 😯 This is what we have planned so far: Pre-calc MUS Physics (Apologia?) Anatomy & Physiology (maybe) Clearwater Press Byline Speech Civics Economics Japanese Cultural Philosophy and Literature: Worldviews in Conflict
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