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  1. This would be my daughter's first time sitting for an AP exam and we were going to try US Gov. The couple of schools I called today usually allow homeschool kids but told me that they aren't doing so this year. I was hoping to sign her up for the PSAT as well, but that is a bust so far as well. 😞
  2. My daughter did half of AoPS Intro to Algebra before we decided it wasn't for us. We got in touch with Derek Owens and explained the situation. I sent them a copy of the TOC from our AoPS textbook and they let me know what chapters of the Derek Owens material that they thought she needed to cover. She just took the tests for some of the chapters after skimming through the material. If she wasn't sure she understood a topic, she watched the videos and took the test. When we finally got to material she didn't know, she began to do the full program. They awarded a grade based solely on the work s
  3. We have a great Windows desktop computer and a Chromebook. My daughter prefers m Chromebook for pretty much everything (except playing Minecraft) and I got tired of her taking it from me so I bought her one for her birthday. She'll use it to write a book she's working on and do online classes. She has an iPad that she prefers to use for digital art creation. We may have too many electronics. I think a Chromebook is great, so long as you go in with eyes wide open for what it will do and won't do.
  4. 7th already? NO!!!! Math: Continue AoPS Prealgebra Science: Continue Exporation Education Advanced Physical Science Language Arts: Lightning Literature 7 (My daughter is dyslexic and we've never used this before so I'm curious to see how much support she's going to need.) Social Studies: Tagging along with big sister for US Gov. and Economics (and frankly, she'll probably be more interested than her older sister). Spanish: We are going to dabble with this. She wants desperately to learn Spanish. She's played around with Spanish a bit in the past and done fine, but we'v
  5. Shortly after this question actually. 😂 It's like she's a mind reader.
  6. I posted this on January 30 and now that feels like an eternity ago! I'm tired of grading English compositions and she hates writing them. I need to her not to argue with me about them so I'm outsourcing. So now: Math: D.O. Algebra 2 English: WTMA Preparation for Rhetoric Writing Science: Clover Valley Honors Chemistry Foreign Language: WTMA French III Social Studies: 1/2 Government, 1/2 Economics Elective: ? She wants to do some creative writing. (Which she loves. Report writing is like pulling teeth.) So, anyone have any great secular government
  7. 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 a
  8. 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.
  9. 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, danc
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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 peo
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ge
  18. 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 somet
  19. I have both as well, but we've been only using the online portion except for the one time my daughter needed a little more practice, at which time we picked up the workbook and used that as extra practice. This seems to be working just fine so far. My daughter is currently in Level 4D. We've been working through linearly. I had purchased the workbooks before the online program went live. If I hadn't, I probably wouldn't have bothered grabbing the workbooks. That said, we do prefer doing the reading from the physical guides.
  20. So for those who follow the four year history cycle into the high school years... How do you deal with transcripts and college applications when colleges specifically require: 1 US History, 1 World History, blah blah? I'm sure this sounds like an idiotic question, but this will be my first 9th grader and I really don't want to zip through when there's so much to cover and we could really have fun with it. Thanks, High School Newbie
  21. Noooo!!! Everything is a mess here! I had everything all put together and then my husband announced that his company wanted to move us across the state. We had planned a year around our co-op group. With that gone, I'm switchig gears. Fortunately I'm learning this now and not in 4 months. So far: Finish AoPS Intro to Algebra and begin Geometry. (This scares the holy-moly out of me. Geometry was never my strong point so we'll be relying on my husband more for this one. Fortunately, my daughter and his brain seem to have a natural affinity for geometry (must be the engineer in him
  22. I'll check it out. Honestly, I want to wander off too when it's time to work on writing with her, so I don't really blame her. That said, wandering off isn't going to help us solve the problem. I was having her read through a lesson in Julie Bogart's Help for High School and after reading through the pages, she said, "I don't know what to do." I sat with her and read the directions to her and lo and behold, she understood what to do. And just to be clear, she's an excellent reader with excellent comprehension. Then she went upstairs to work on the free write and came back 15 minutes later say
  23. Thanks! She's actually completed (a couple of years ago) SWI-A and around half of CC-A before she started driving me crazy with complaints. I didn't find it very helpful for original non-fiction writing but I haven't looked at B to be honest. She can summarize and make basic outlines. It's coming up with original thoughts on a designated subject and structuring them into an organized essay. There wasn't much about that in A, maybe two exercises. Is B any better about that? I don't want to summarize a million narratives. And she's already worked through a couple levels of Fix-It so she's got th
  24. Ugh. I love this child. I really really do. BUT... Teaching her to write is like beating my head against a wall. She writes pages and pages of beautiful fiction and constructs lovely poetry. This is actually a recent development. She was determined to be dysgraphic in third grade. After completing all 10 levels of Barton she's actually a pretty decent speller (I never thought I would be able to say that and I'm so proud of her) and she has fairly decent handwriting. She cannot/will not write a report and honestly, I have no idea how to teach her. We had a bargain in November where she would do
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