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  1. You might also like the Veritas Press Self-Paced History courses. They offer them at half price a couple times a year, which is a great deal. My boys do the classes together. They really enjoy the classes and are learning a ton in the process.
  2. We have been using SOTW and really enjoying it, but my DS will be in 5th next year. We are ready to start over with Ancient Times, and I feel that SOTW is too basic for him. I would like something meatier. I looked at History of the World, but it seems too advanced.
  3. We don't do Classical Conversations, but I use their cursive series, PreScripts, and love it. It requires very little from me and integrates history or Bible and art. My boys, ages 8 and 10, have made great strides using the program.
  4. Anyone know of a Christian-based history program similar to History Odyssey? Has anyone combined a Bible history program with History Odyssey? I love how History Odyssey is set up, but I would like to have Bible history integrated.
  5. My DS will finish up Singapore 5 this year. I am considering condensing Singapore 6 into a the first semester of next year then beginning AoPS Pre-Algebra. If you have had experience with AoPS Pre-Algebra, how long did it take you to get through the program? How about for Intro to Algebra? I'm wondering if either one would take longer than a normal school year for a fairly mathy kid. Thanks!!
  6. I'm looking for a history curriculum to use in a co-op class for next year. We'll have an American/Modern History class and an ancients class. The plan for the classes is to have students read from the spine of choice/ living books at home then have discussions in class. Here's what I'm looking for: A guide that has in-depth discussion questions. Integrates Primary Sources Integrates maps and geography I haven't been able to get my hands on Biblioplan to really look at it, but it may be a good option if the discussion questions dig deep enough. Any other ideas?
  7. Thanks so much for all the helpful advice! I will definitely not skip to AoPS Algebra. I'm still mulling over doing Singapore 6 as a review or jumping right in to AoPS Pre-Algebra.
  8. Thanks! What was your reasoning for skipping 6A/6B? Were you using US edition?
  9. My ds is currently working in US Edition Singapore 5A. He should complete 5B by the end of this school year. Looking ahead to next year, I'm trying to figure out if it would be better to skip 6A/6B and go into AoPS Pre-Algebra. If we complete 6A/6B would we still go into AoPS Pre-Algebra or would it be better at that point to go straight into the AoPS Algebra course? Any advice is appreciated!
  10. I'm looking ahead to next year. My ds will complete FLL 4 this year, and I'd like some opinions about which grammar program to use next. I'm looking at MCT, Analytical Grammar, and Rod and Staff. I would love to hear from folks who have had experience using these programs.
  11. Completely agree! The examples of plagiarism are horrid, but the fact that a history text would use Wikipedia as a source is equally as horrid. I had purchased a couple of the self-paced history courses for my kids for this year, and now I am wondering what sources VP used for those courses.
  12. Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding. You have to gather the materials yourself, but most of the items you have around your house.
  13. We were introduced to Colega this year, and I love it. I wish we had know about this curriculum a couple of years ago when we first started homeschooling. We had been using Calico, which I enjoyed, but Colega is much more rigorous. We jumped in at Colega 3 this year, but we're going to go back and refresh some of the grammar/vocab from Colega 2. Where Calico was more focused on conversation and geared towards pre-school aged kids, Colega is grammar/writing heavy and geared towards middle-upper elementary aged kids. It can be appropriate for early elementary kids who are able to read and write.
  14. We just started using Colega this year, and I love it. I am using it with my 7 and 9 yr. olds, but it could easily work for kids a bit older. I feel like it is more thorough and challenging than any of the other beginning Spanish programs. It is heavy on the grammar and writing, though, if you're looking for something more conversational.
  15. I'd also like to recommend adding to the Preschool Beginning Readers list the Elephant, Piggie, and Pigeon books by Mo Willems. They are a favorite at our house. There are only about 1 to 10 words on each page, but yet the books manage to tell delightfully humorous stories. These books were a big factor in getting my youngest reading books on his own and fluently.
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