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  1. Hi there. I need math advice. 🙂 I have an 11 YO who is almost finished with BA5 and I'm trying to decide where to go next. I have the AoPS prealgebra text and have worked through it with my oldest child. I love the method and the instruction is excellent. My youngest is a great math student (maybe better than the oldest) but is dyslexic. She's reads well now, but slowly and while her comprehension is good reading literature and she has no problem reading and understanding BA, I'm not sure how her comprehension would be working through the AoPS text. That said, I expect I would sit with her and we'd work through it buddy math style so maybe the reading wouldn't be SUCH a big deal. I really don't know. My other though would be switching to Derek Owens. My oldest moved to Derek Owens Algebra after going through about half of the AoPS Intro to Algebra book because she was starting to cry every day. (Ugh, the drama.) Anyway, the instruction isn't AoPS obviously, but I've sat through it and it's not bad. The instruction is video based (and yes, I've watched the AoPS videos and I think they're great, but they aren't the full curriculum) and having the notes printed for my youngest so that she can easily follow along with the videos might be nice. But if we did start with DO, would we do the prealgebra course or just start with Algebra 1. I wouldn't jump from BA5 to AoPS intro to Algebra, but I'm tempted to skip DO prealgebra since BA5 seems like preparation enough there. Help!
  2. We have dealt with mental health issues here in the past and I'm sure it will come up again. I applaud you and your husband's effort to address that and take it seriously as so many times people just brush that stuff off as being all in your head, etc etc. My daughter is in sixth grade, so not exactly what you asked, but I do not foresee things changing much for the seventh grade. Daily Monday through Friday: 30 minutes: Independent Reading from assigned literature (usually aligned with something from history or science) 45-60 minutes math 1 to 1.5 hours Writing, Spelling (dyslexia ugh) Weekly: 2-3 hours Science 2-3 hours History Also Daily: 30 minutes piano 1 hour of Taekwondo or Dance Weekly: 2 hours Choir I don't have to count hours, but if I did, I probably wouldn't count piano, choir, Taekwondo or dance. I'm not sure why I wouldn't. I think they are really valuable. Maybe because we would still be doing them even if she were enrolled in public school?
  3. There is a schedule though. It's broken into 36 lessons with each lesson designed to last a week. We tried it this year and my daughter did not enjoy it. It required a lot of writing and paired with Oak Meadow's Freshman Lit class, she was writing almost all the time. She's dysgraphic and writing is a real challenge for her. We decided to focus on the writing assignments in the English curriculum and really work on quality over sheer quantity. She's improved a lot over the course of the year. In general, we like the Oak Meadow courses, but the World History just wasn't for us.
  4. I still feel like I'm figuring out 9th grade (even though we are better than halfway through). Math: D.O. Algebra 2 Science: Honors Chemistry outsourced to someone English Lit/Comp.: Oak Meadow Literature and Composition 2 Foreign Language: French 3 (WTMA) I think we will tackle a semester of government in the summer/early fall. Election season seems like an interesting time to do that. After that, economics I guess, maybe incorporating some of this: https://www.core-econ.org/ Electives: ? That's up for discussion. And she'll continue dancing, dancing, dancing.
  5. I'm planning to outsource chemistry next year and these are the two providers I'm most interested in. We are looking at Honors Chemistry for a 10th grader. Anyone have any ideas why one might be a better choice than the other? Thanks!
  6. Originally we were working about 45 minutes to an hour a day, 5 days a week on Barton. We don't take summers off. Lately we've moved to 30 minutes or so and about 4 days a week (though the goal is always 5 but stuff keeps happening). We haven't done any RAN/RAS work, but she was evaluated by a vision therapist when we began looking into her reading difficulties. They told me she wasn't dyslexic, so I've not got a lot of faith in much of what they said after that. We've moved to a new area and it might be time to look for someone. She's not extremely slow, just slow enough that you notice that she's working a little harder at it than most people her age would be.
  7. This is an update and a thank you to quite a few of you (not just those in this particular post) who assisted me on my journey. I can't figure out how to add the word update to the topic, but... We are just a few months shy of three years of Barton and my daughter is mid level 8. She's become a successful reader. She's a great decoder even if she reads rather slowly. Her spelling is much improved but still obviously dyslexic. This may always be the case, but she's becoming proficient with technology, so that's a big help. I can't find the posts I made prior to this, when you fabulous people were encouraging me to get testing and then supporting me with my grieving when we finally had results, but wow! What a journey. Annabelle has entered 6th grade this year and while we are only beginning our third week so far, she's sight read A Long Walk to Water and is part of the way through The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This is such an amazing difference. She's so confident and actually enjoys reading (both audibooks, family read alouds, and sight reading). This is a big deal considering that slightly before testing she told me, "Books just aren't for me." She's in book 3 of CAP Writing & Rhetoric and while she's ok at speech to text in Google Docs, she prefers to type and her spelling is decent enough that it mostly comes out ok. I'm not sure we would be here without the many members of this particular subforum--and not just those who posted in this thread. Reading about everyone else's struggles and successes, encouragement and advice... You've made all the difference and as we continue our journey, I'm sure you will continue to see me hanging around. So thank you. Many times over, thank you. Teresa PS: I also dragged my older daughter who is dysgraphic+adhd, but who is am amazing reader, through Barton. She did all ten levels and is such a confident speller now that if you didn't have the psychologist's report, you would never suspect that she struggled with spelling. She occasionally asks for help with a word that spellcheck can't figure out, but even her handwritten work is mostly spelled correctly. We've come such a long way.
  8. I can't offer any input, buy I'm impressed with what you have so far and can't wait to hear what others say. I've got a subscription to Great Courses Plus and so far we are only using it for one course, so I'd really like to utilize it more.
  9. My daughter is 14 and this is her Freshman year. My first homeschool high schooler! 🤪 We outsourced foreign language (Well Trained Mind Academy) and math (Derek Owens Algebra) last year for 8th and I really felt that helped her understand that the expectations were changing and not just on my part. For those classes she really stepped up her effort. Her desire to do well for other teachers somehow seemed to transfer to other schoolwork. I also really tried to get her buy in this year. We talked about what colleges expect and then I let her choose an elective in addition to the pretty standard required courses. We then worked together to find curriculum that she thought she could enjoy this year and that I felt was rigorous enough. I've been creating a checklist for her of weekly work tasks and have tried to show her how to keep organized (ADHD at work here), but she's been working really hard independently and has totally impressed me with her output. She's really putting in her best effort as opposed to her usual "good enough" approach. I think a lot of it is just maturity. Things really changed a lot over the course of 8th grade. Can you afford to outsource an academic course that is fairly rigorous? Maybe having her see that expectations are high at this level will help her see what the path going forward will look like. At the same time, let her know maybe that you are willing to cut her some slack? 8th grade is really the last year before things kind of "count" and I tried not to make it super stressful by including some serious rigorous work with some easy breezy stuff that she could still just enjoy because I knew that next year would be more intense and I really wanted to enjoy the last more casual bit of our homeschool journey. High school seems so serious, you know? Again, soooo not an expert so take my two cents for just that.
  10. LOL, I think you are right. My daughter is more of a get it over with history student and I'm the one wishing we could take a slow path through history. I should just buy myself the books!
  11. My daughter will be turning 11 shortly into the school year. She's going to be a 6th grader, but a pretty young one. She's dyslexic so we've been really focused on catching her up in reading and spelling the last couple of years. Because of that, we've not really covered any history outside of some (very few) documentaries and short youtube videos. Science has been kind of spotty but she still seems to know quite a bit. We are a sciency (is that a word?) family and things just sort of get picked up. That said, I'm really hoping to have time to do World History and Biology with her this coming year, but I really need to focus on writing (she's behind) and continue with our dyslexia tutoring so those things might continue to be on hold until we can bring her up to speed skill wise. So 5th/6th Barton Level 8 (I think we will be there as we are about halfway through 7 now, but level 9 would be fantastic) Essentials in Writing 5/6 (we are starting this now and plan to continue through the summer so when we finish this next year, we'll just continue on) Beast Academy 5B-5? (I'm not in a hurry to finish this because I'm not sure she'll be ready to tackle AoPS pre-algebra and I really like that text...having worked through it with my oldest) And if we can fit it: Oak Meadow Biology and World History (but this feels like a stretch)
  12. I've been considering Oak Meadow for my daughter who will be in 6th next year. Nice to see someone has used it and like it.
  13. I always sit with my kiddos while they do math so I know right away when they are struggling. She finishes all the lessons with each chapter online and attempts the trophy problems. I've only needed the workbook once and it was obvious at the time she needed more practice because she was really frustrated. She had to repeat the lesson online because she didn't get enough stars which had never happened before. As Noreen mentioned, my daughter is a bit of a perfectionist as well and likes knowing right away if she's wrong or right. I enjoy the immediate feedback as well because if I get up to get coffee, and comeback to a full workbook page that's been done wrong, (as has happened in the past before the online portion was available) there are lots of tears.
  14. So I've used both and also Mystery Science. Just background information, I have a bachelors in Environmental Science and a minor in Chemistry. My husband is a chemist/chemical engineer. I've never been able to find a science program I'm completely satisfied with, but haven't had the patience/confidence to put together my own thing. I used Nancy Larson 1, 2 and 3 and yes, it's very scripted. I didn't mind and frequently departed from the script. I felt like the science was really solid and my oldest daughter really enjoyed all three levels. Level 4 wasn't out at the time so we moved on to something else. My youngest daughter didn't like it as well, but she did love the lady bugs, butterflies and we grew a tadpole into a frog. There are workbook pages that accompany each lesson and, though I didn't know it at the time, youngest is dyslexic so the reading/writing portion were challenging for her. I skipped a lot of the workbook pages for my oldest because she didn't need the end of lesson review. I loved that each lesson had a hands on component and all of the materials were included in the kit. RSO: I've used some of Chemistry Level 1 and Biology 2. My oldest daughter is a pretty serious child and she really hated that there were science poems in the text. She felt like it was talking down to her. I felt like the hands on stuff was hit or miss. Some of it was great and some of it seemed significantly below grade level. I was pretty frustrated with Biology 2. I know you aren't considering that one, but I'm just going to put this out there anyway. I hate that some of the things weren't accurate. I don't have the book in front of me (we are moving and it's already packed) but the punnet squares had you use tongue rolling and eye color and neither of these are straight up genetic as they are presented in the book. There were others as well. Finding these sorts of inaccuracies always makes me question other material and I just don't have the time to fact check everything. I remember feeling this way about some of the materials in the chemistry book as well, but sadly, this book is also packed so I can't point to the examples. (And this is super nit-picky, but the font really annoyed me, just saying...) Mystery Science was by far my favorite for my youngest daughter. She loved the short video investigations which were followed by the hands on stuff. I was happy that the materials were organized by level but I had the freedom to choose from every level so we could skip things she already knew and use materials out of grade level order to provide the right level of challenge. I was sad when we finished with this, having completed everything that was relevant to her ability at the time. Anyway, I know a lot of people are fans, but I have to say that RSO has been my least favorite of the three. It seems like you've made your choice. I hope you have better luck with it than I have. Cheers, Teresa
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