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  1. @SeaConquest , Would you say these courses would be appropriate for a pretty average, on-level (5th grade) 10-year old? I mean I think she’s fabulous, but she could never be accused of being accelerated 😄 In fact, we’ve just got her ADHD/anxiety dialed in, so I feel like for the first time, we’re making great academic progress. Or do you think the courses are geared more toward very bright/gifted learners? Thanks for posting. They look super interesting.
  2. Are there any other classes he can drop or really lighten up on to allow more time to complete physics? Should you sit at elbow with him and watch the videos to help him stay on track?
  3. My DD is in her AP Lang with AIM Academy. Still want my thoughts? I describe it as rich, but lean. She isn’t writing nearly as much as last year in CLRC Great Books, but the writing she’s doing is high-quality. Feedback isn’t voluminous, but is detailed and helpful. Reading load is very doable. I’m cautiously optimistic it will be good prep for the AP Exam.
  4. CLE Changing Frontiers (with the Light Units) was excellent. There is a good review thread on here somewhere.
  5. We just finished a fabulous 8-week live online class studying the American Girl Felicity via Outschool with a darling instructor, Monica Kelly. My DD has loved every minute of it and it really brought some life into our study of the colonial era and the American Revolution. We read and discussed all six books, did some art projects, studied vocabulary, had a birthday tea party, and chose from a list of final projects. It was a lot of bang for the buck and way more fun to do with other motivated kids. Next week, the teacher will begin a new 8 week class on Kirsten and the westward expansion/pioneer era circa 1854. If anyone is interested in joining the class, here’s a link. I have no ‘horse in this race’, we’re just very satisfied customers and wanted to share about our experience! Hope this helps someone inject a little fun into their American history studies this fall/winter! Here’s a picture of my DD doing a live re-enactment of the moment Felicity snuck into the paddock to ride the abused horse Penny. We used this for part of our final project.
  6. Do you realize the 5th grade and under social studies books are written and published by another company and just repackaged/resold by CLE? They’re VERY different than the newer books written and published by CLE such as their 6, 7th, & 8th grade history textbooks. The middle school books are dramatically different and better, IMHO.
  7. Nope, sorry. I previewed the table of contents and decided against it for now. I may revisit it when my now 5th grader is ready for it in a few years.
  8. My current college sophomore has CLEP ‘ed out of one general education class at her school and she plans to take another before the end of the year. This just gives her a little flexibility in course scheduling/possibly a lighter semester. I like that her school allows students to take CLEP tests even after they have matriculated at the school (up until the point they have earned 60 credits, then the remainder must be earned at that college.) In fact, it was suggested by her advisor. She also came in with a good chunk of AP credits. Can I ask you to detail what prep your DD did for each of the above tests? I’m curious what success students have had with test in subjects for which they haven’t take a course? Spanish, obviously, requires several years of class work. But what about College Algebra? Did she take that after Algebra 2? What English class had she taken before College Composition? What did she use to study Government? Macro Econ? Sociology? Thanks for any info you can share.
  9. Agreed. Too many homeschoolers study grammar at the expense of literature and writing. By all means, continue with AG, but don’t drop writing and literature. AG should only take 15-30 minutes daily, so you should have plenty time.
  10. It probably means they are not screening their students or at least not holding them back from taking the NCLEX if they look like they may fail. Honestly, I think that’s a fair question to ask. My DD’s current program had a pass rate in the high 80’s when we chose it and then magically, 2 years later is was 100%. It IS a good program. My DD feels like she has learned a ton from caring, highly qualified professors, BUT there are still a lot of students in her program who really struggle. Her class started freshman year with 70 students and they’re down to 39.
  11. My current DD’s path to AP Lang with Serbicki looked like this: 6th- WWS 1 7th- WWS 2 8th- Intro to Comp & Lit with Lange 9th- Great Books* 1 with Turscak 10th- AP Lang with Serbicki (which is EXACTLY as described/I was hoping: rich, but lean) I anticipate she will take AP Lit with Serbicki in 11th and then ??? for 12th. *Great Books was great preparation for AP Lang, but it could never be considered light, lean, or even a reasonable work load (insert laughing/crying emoji here).
  12. Yes, sadly this seems to be the new normal in nursing programs. Talk about teaching to the test! There are actually two tests the students at my DDs’ school must perform well on to be allowed to take the NCLEX: The comprehensive predictor and then the ATI green light test. This is how many schools are posting 100% pass rate on the exam— they essentially will only allow students to take it if the school is confident they will pass.
  13. Honestly, not brutal at all. My senior has reported that all of her classmates are always stressed out and panicked, but she thinks it’s because they don’t have very good work habits (and possibly didn’t have as rigorous high school educations so they’re not as well-prepared). It’s a lot (volume of material to learn) and the tests can be nit picky (the NCLEX style questions seem intentionally tricky), but it’s isn't terribly difficult. She treats school like a job: she studies many hours, always shows up to class having read and studied the topic in advance, and tackles papers/projects well in advance, but she has plenty of time to exercise, shop/cook healthy food from scratch, sleep 8+ hours per night, read for pleasure, visit friends/family on weekends, etc.
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