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  1. Wanted to check back in and thank you both, Merry and Penny, for your help. After reading your comments, we went back over the samples online. We are going with the 11 grade level. Thank you again!
  2. Thank you for writing, Merry. I guess I like your description of "fairly well" with the writing. That's probably exactly how I would describe her. She is very sharp, and picks up on things quickly. She also know when she doesn't know something, and wants to dig in deeper. I think she suffers from what I've found to be pretty common: Mom doesn't know how to teach writing. LOL My main concern was that some sort of "magic" happened in 9 and 10 that she would be expected to know for 11 and 12. If it is just basic writing instruction, we might be ok. She has no trouble putting worlds on paper with IEW, even though she stinks at proof reading and editing. I've watched several EIW videos and he seems to go over the editing process, which is encouraging. thank you again for the help
  3. I think dd16 (rising 11th) is going to use an Essentials in Writing course next school year. I know that she could just go with grade level, but I've read on old threads that 9 and 10 gave more incremental instruction or explained things better, were the upper levels expected you to already know it. Since she has never used EiW before, I was wondering if perhaps she should use one of those levels? She has primarily used IEW in the past ( A, B, Geography and part of Ancients). Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Dd15 has picked out Abeka Health in Christian Perspective for next year. I can't tell from the samples, if the teacher guide is necessary or even particular useful. Has anyone else used this? Thanks!
  5. I might be imagining it, but I seem to remember seeing them mentioned here at some point, but can't seem to find them. Was I dreaming? LOL.
  6. Dd15-9th is wrapping a pretty successful year using Miller Levine Biology with lots of supplementary videos and lectures. We did all the chapters with the exception of the final chapters on human body. We left those chapters out primarily because of time. I always thought I could take those chapters and later supplement into .5 credit for A&P. I had planned on Chemistry for this coming school year. Dd is really enjoying the ML book and surprised me this week with the request to finish the book. She has truly had such a light bulb moment with bio this year. So, do I go ahead and supplement/flesh out an A&P course (book/video reqs welcome!) and at the same time do a "health" class (required for college) at another .5 credits? OR take on an "Advanced Biology" Course (not advanced placed) and dive deeper in. (I have a rusty science degree myself. And would love to take some time on microbiology) OR move on with Chemistry, which I think she will love as well. Any thoughts or comments are welcome. ALL book/video etc reqs are cherished!!!!
  7. My stepson graduated from an average public school (500ish kids in his class) almost 3 years ago. I was shocked to see that about half of the kids were designated as "graduating with honors".
  8. That was a hard title to come up with, because I want to be respectful, yet get my point across. My 15dd volunteers at a children's museum. Yesterday, an adult group came in on an adventure and dd was paired with a nonverbal adult male. To begin with, she said he just grunted and made sounds but over the course of the time they spent together she said that she began to understand him. Long story short, she said that she just felt peacefully working with him. She glowed when she came home. I know today that she will question me about books and videos. At this point everything is a potential career to explore. Could you guys please recommend some books ( fiction or nonfiction) or videos in which the main character works with people with mental disabilities? Thank you!
  9. If you own or have seen the Miller Levine Biology LAB TM, please describe it to me. I can't find a sample anywhere. I have the student text and Lab A student book. I'm trying to decide if the TM would be something we would like to have. Also, does anyone know if older TMs would work? Thank you!
  10. Following. I'm super curious about Human A&P being on the test. Planning this class now using Miller and Levine Mccaw iPad version.
  11. I have the ipad version of the Miller Levine Biology book, but I also wanted a print copy. I can't tell from the ipad if this version is "on level" or which. Now, it could be that the page numbering is just different on the ipad, but according to Amazon, the "2010 On Level" book has 1034 pages. According to the ipad, there are 1729 pages. This might have been discussed before and I just couldn't reference it. Does anyone know the difference between these two? thanks so much
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