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  1. That is wonderful!! The best math program is the one that works for your kid. I love finding just the right fit.


    Just fyi, most people around here consider TT a little behind so their 6th book is like 5th grade, 7th book would be 6th grade exc. - still a great program, just funny that they label the books that way.


    I would agree. TT must be somewhat behind...I was just surprised there was wasn't a bigger gap. KWIM.


    Now...if I could just get my other subjects running as smoothly...:001_huh:

  2. Last year (my 1st year homeschooling) was a disaster in math. My curriculum of choice was highly recommended and widely successful with many of you on this board. For me...a flop.


    After some research I found CLE (Christian Light Education). I started my 10ds in level 400. For those who aren't familiar, each level includes 10 "Light Units". Each light unit has 17 lessons including 2 quizzes and 1 test. Today, ds is starting light unit 407. He has gone from an average ps student to a math loving kid!!!


    I am looking ahead at high school math and trying to determine what courses he will take. I love CLE for elementary and middle...I'm just looking around at other high school options. So, I checked around and found Teaching Textbooks. I printed some placement tests and gave them do ds. He tested into the 7th grade. I was shocked! He isn't gifted or advanced. We have just found a great program that works for him. He "gets" it. He doesn't forget it. He likes it. I love it. I don't have to "teach" him. It's almost completely independent.


    Often I look for info, opinions, and experiences from you all before making decisions about curriculum. I just wanted to share my experience with this program.

  3. I just moved to Alabama. We joined a YMCA and today was our 2nd PE class. Upon arrival today...they shared the news that a mom had passed away. I don't know her. I never met her or her kids. She had 6 children. They were 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 18. The Y was raising money for the family because the 18 year old was battling cancer. So sad.


    I am beside myself with grief...and I hadn't even met her. Her service is tonight and her burial is tomorrow.


    Along with homeschooling, she was the CEO of Jesus Offers Bread Mission which offer help to thousands of people.


    Her name is Vicky Lynn. Please pray for her family. That is all I can ask for. I have offered to help (although I am a complete stranger), but I am hopeful we can pitch in!


    She lived in Chelsea, Alabama. I have to share...that might be the nicest place on earth!

  4. I advise you to simply skip any more posts on this board that mention "swine flu" "h1n1" or anything else that might possibly be about this "simple flu" since obviously you don't need any of the information in them.




    For the record...I never said "simple flu".


    And I would like to add that I get lots of information and support from the folks on this site. I am shocked that sharing my experience and information (which is why we are all here) has prompted you to tell me to "skip any more posts on this board that mention Swine flu"...since I am the one that started this post.


    Respectfully disagree. Share your story. But stop short of telling me...or anyone here...what to do.


    We all have the same goal in mind here. We all want happy, healthy, educated kids. Keep that in mind when you post to someone.

  5. I'm sorry, I really have to disagree. Let's look at the deaths OK? Deaths mean they are definitely confirmed.


    • During the 2004-05 Season, 47 deaths in children were reported to CDC.

    • During the 2005-06 Season, 46 deaths in children were reported to CDC. This is nation wide.


    So far in just my state, Florida, this flu has killed 132 people, of those 20 have been children (scroll to the bottom for deaths in the state and ages). The report is from October 20, so I'm sure it's grown.


    If you are so aware of flu in this country, I'm sure you are aware that Southern states, including Florida do not get their "flu season" until late January or early February. Unlike the Northern states that often start flu season as soon as the weather cools down. When we lived in MI flu shots came out with the pumpkins, down here in FL flu shots are usually out in with Turkeys or more likely, with the Christmas trees.


    You don't have to be concerned with this flu and that is fine with me. But your post makes it sound as if I'm being silly for my concern. Well, since my State has had 1/2 the number of child deaths as the whole Country did in 2004 and 2005 and the fact that we are not even close to flu season yet. Yeah, I'm a little concerned. Yeah, I want all the information I can get about it.


    Am I barricading my doors and keeping my kids isolated? NO, we participate in two different co-ops, play outside with the public school neighbor kids daily, go out to eat, and shopped at the mall this past weekend. But have we done better washing our hands this year? Yes. I also talked to my neighbor and asked for a head's up when her kids get vaxed (she really doesn't want them to, but hasn't decided yet). Why? Because if they get the mist my kids will play with hers outside only, where the chance of shedding and catching it is less (at least in my mind it is).


    I advise you to simply skip any more posts on this board that mention "swine flu" "h1n1" or anything else that might possibly be about this "simple flu" since obviously you don't need any of the information in them. As for me, I would like to thank my fellow boardies in asking all the question I don't think of and helping my family and I get all the information we can. Let's keep on talking about it!




    Hi Melissa. I actually live in Florida. My child had survived the "swine flu". I never said anyone was being silly for being concerned. I simply think information is key. I was just sharing what I know first hand.

  6. Here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control.





    And information on the 1918 pandemic, which was also h1n1.




    Research shows people in 1918 caught and died from that pandemic in 1 day. This is not the case here. Further research shows people born before 1960 have an immunity. The same immunity my son has since he has been exposed. A vaccine the opportunity for your immune system to have exposure to the infection and build up immunity.


    I'm just saying there is no need to be fearful. Be informed. When I was diagnosed with RA I had to learn about my diagnosis. Those with the same diagnosis decades ago were crippled and died. With knowledge and today's medicine, I am not that statistic!

  7. H1N1 is the flu.


    H1N1 is simply part of a strand of the flu. Every year there are different strands. That is why every year we must get a different flu shot.


    If this strand was caught in time, the "H1N1" would have been included in the flu shot. We would not even know of "swine flu".


    My son got the flu...""H1N1". I am high risk because I have rheumatoid arthritis. My immune system is suppressed.


    He wasn't treated. There are no antibiotics for the flu. I was treated with Tamiflu. That helps me in case I do come down with symptoms...since my immune system is weakened. We are all happy and healthy!


    The 'Swine Flu" is just another strand of the flu. H1N1 is just another immunization to help us. Take it or not. This is actually my 1st year taking the regular flu shot.


    These are the facts. People die every year from the flu. The H1N1 strand of the flu will also take lives. No more than the regular flu.


    Please don't let the media, the government, or your neighbor frighten you. If you have a fever, catch a cough, or feel weak...certainly go to the doctor. If you have the flu (swine or other) chances are you will be fine in a week.


    I'm sharing because many will catch a cold this winter and I don't want anyone to think the worst.


    This is not a state of emergency. (However I do understand why it was declared.)

  8. It is a heartbreak. I read this and prayed for the girls. It is something you can't just forget. They are in my prayers forever. I can't imagine. I'm so sad for the family. My prayer is the girls are surrounded by love and comfort and protection. I pray for those who will care for those girls. I pray they stay together. I'm so sad and so thankful for my family as I put them to bed tonight.

  9. We started with Saxon 1 and 3. We all really, really, really did not like it. I even bought Saxon 4 to see if it would get better. Not my best idea!


    I researched and found Christian Light. I ordered 2 light units (10 lessons each) for each grade (around $3 each). It was an inexpensive way to try out a new program. My kids loved it. I loved it.


    If Saxon isn't working...go for something else. You will be so happy once you find what works.


    Best of luck!

  10. I'm looking for a new language arts program. I'm using CLE LA and WWE. It works, but I'm not crazy about it. (Let me say that CLE math is the best thing that has ever happened in our homeschool!!!)


    A Beka looks good. I'm looking at 2/3 and 4/5 grade level. I didn't learn a lot from the website. I did see a few samples. I like what I see.


    I'm waiting for Rod and Staff samples in the mail.


    Please share what works for you!



  11. My ds is 10 (5th grade) and is in 403. I did want to speed him along and get him into the 500 level soon after the holidays, but I'm not stressing about that anymore. His learning is solid and he is moving along with a lesson a day.

    He really enjoys CLE.


    I may continue with lessons next summer. That will catch him up. More importantly it will keep him from slipping. Large summer breaks from math is not good for us.

  12. FWIW, I stayed at the Del while in San Diego, but we spent out time in the Gas District and Old Town. We took the boat across and a train to the "town". If your husband likes cigars, if you like margaritas as big as your head (no joke, I had salt in my hair after I sipped one) it is a quaint and fun throw back to old times.


    That was our honeymoon trip. If we ever revisit, Old Town here we come!

  13. I am using CLE for Reading for the first time this year. I spoke with a rep at a conference a few months ago and asked the same questions. Because so many other subjects include reading (history, science, etc.) it is only a 6 month study.


    Here is what I am doing...after our math block (our first subject of the day) we do a "Language Arts" block. They do CLE Language Arts and either CLE Reading or Writing With Ease. I alternate days. So, this week they are doing WWE Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Reading on Tuesday and Thursday. Next week they will do Reading on M/W/F and WWE T/Th. This will stretch the course out to be a year long.


    They spend about an hour (at least I tell them to) reading other books throughout the day. Additionally, I use http://www.bookadventure.com as a fun way to test comprehension. Mine love that site.



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