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  1. 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.


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  2. 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.


  3. 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. 

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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.

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  8. Yes, I have all those thoughts. My oldest ds will be a senior next year and my dd is right behind him in 11th next year. The college brochures and emails keep coming, too, so I feel like I have to plan next school year and explore college at the same time. In the past, I would have everything planned by now, but I'm a little overwhelmed by it all. I spent time considering whether to send ds to community college for a few classes or to just keep going on our own, so I haven't figured out what he'll be using for school yet. I keep meaning to post on 12th grade thread. I can't believe how fast these years have gone by.

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  9. 32 minutes ago, bluebonnetgirl said:

    What is Anatomy and Physiology for artists?  That sound interesting!

    My dd is interested in a career in animation, so I am doing my best to add art into her science to encourage her end goals. We will be learning A&P from various resources, but then she'll also have to draw the body from different angles/positions, and sketch parts of the body and label them. Her style is more cartoon like right now which she prefers, but if she goes on to art school, she may need more life like drawings. This is all new to me since we are more of a math and science family than art. It used to be the first thing to be dropped, but I'm trying to make it more of a priority for her now.

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  10. You have it covered. You've added your math and LA. We also used CLE math for elementary and the only change I would make is to add in more story problem practice which you already did with CWP. Remember to check the book list in the back of the TM and enjoy your trips to the library. The second half of Adventures didn't seem as busy as the first since we got into a routine with the state study, so that would be a good time to reconsider adding in something new like a foreign language if you didn't already begin one.

    We really enjoyed the bird study. We attached a  clear, suction cup bird feeder outside our window where we do school and kept a pocket bird guide handy. My children would observe and identify them. They taught me a lot about birds. 😄 They're in high school now and they still remember a lot of it.

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  11. 1 hour ago, dovrar said:

    Does the series cover the traditional topics taught in Algebra 2? We used Harold Jacobs for Algebra 1 and can't find an option for Algebra 2 that doesn't seem overwhelming.



    Dovrar, The order of topics throughout the three volumes of algebra (volumes 3, 5, and 6) are not in a typical order. I wouldn’t recommend using just the one book from LMF for algebra 2.

  12. The Learn Math Fast books helped my teens gain confidence in algebra. My middle child has always felt anxious about math, but this was a good step for her. I like that it is written in a conversational way to the student, the worksheets are just the right amount of problems, and you can email the author and she will answer right away. She even offered to call and talk with my child and work through some of the problems in the algebra 2 book. These books may be fine on their own, but since we have time, we went on to Video Text Algebra that I purchased used on ebay. There are no videos for LMF. The books are non-consumable since you will receive a code to go online and print the  worksheets out. We've tried out too many algebra programs before we found a good fit. 😞 Oh, I see you've already found a plan while I was typing. Good luck to you!

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  13. It's been a long time since we've used SL I've looked at other cores occasionally, but haven't gone back. If you liked In Grandma's Attic, there are three more books in that series. We also read the next two books that follow My Father's Dragon. You can always use the books that SL lists as a suggestion for books at your library. As far as sticking with SL, does the style suit you? Do you like the schedule and IG and the way history is presented? You may consider picking up "Honey for a Child's Heart" by Gladys Hunt to help you pick books. Your library might have it.

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