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  1. 24 minutes ago, Tanaqui said:

    Well, we don't have to all love reading, though it sounds like lack of background knowledge is also a problem.

    Are you absolutely married to the history tie-in? It might be better to do something that's just plain fun, but I can't think of as many laugh-out-loud books that are set in the past.

     

    No, I'm not set on the history tie-in. They actually seem to notice (!) and enjoy (!) when they read something in one subject area that they are familiar with because of something we did in another, so even if it's loosely connected, I think it works best. 


  2. On 7/15/2018 at 1:27 PM, Tanaqui said:

     

    So the suggestions I made are a little early in history for what you're looking for (although Birchbark House can sort of slide by as the setting is a little vague on a specific year.)

    Let me think. Are these young teens or older teens? LH is a bit juvenile for older teens, to be honest.

     

    The girls I will be teaching in the upcoming year range from 13-16. NONE of them enjoy reading, and I generally have to pick books that are 5th-6th grade reading level. They recently read (or tried to read) Calico Captive--Scholastic says it's for grades 6-8--and they didn't get it at all. I had to explain EVERYTHING. It's hard to find books that are accessible to their reading level AND interesting to them.


  3. On 7/15/2018 at 10:53 AM, nixpix5 said:

    Can I just say this is so freaking cool. What an amazing job you get to do! At risk youth is my heart and I just think this is fantastic. 

     

    Ok...carry on about Little House....

     

    Thank you for your kind words!  It is challenging, to say the least, but I feel that I am making a difference in at least a few young lives!  My own children were gifted learners, so this endeavor has been QUITE different. ? My "baby" graduated 5 years ago and went away to college, and people in our community started contacting me about teaching their daughters. Most days I LOVE what I do. ? 

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  4. 1 hour ago, beckyjo said:

     

    I agree with this. It looks like you run a school or are a classroom teacher. I recommend this approach in order to make sure that everyone gets to hear a book they like. I read through most of the LH series with my kids, but if I were doing a class, I'd do one to introduce (I vote Big Woods) and do a book talk on the others if I had kids who were interested in reading more. That's how our Mother Daughter book club works. When we finish a book that is in a series, the librarian who runs it has copies of the next few books in the series so the kids can check them out then. 

    Are you doing a theme for the year for reading or just kids' literature? 

     

    You're right... I run a homeschool program for at-risk teen girls. I usually try to run our literature along the same theme/time period as our history studies. For the upcoming year we will pick up with post-Civil War America. I wanted to read a few of the Little House books before Christmas break and then pick up with something else after Christmas when we move on to 20th century American History.

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  5. Which ones do you consider essential reading? I'm planning to read at least a few of them with my students in the upcoming school year, but I'm not sure we'll have time for all nine books. I will probably leave off Farmer Boy (because it's not about Laura) and The First Four Years (because so many sad things happen).

    I read them myself years ago and loved them all... well, except the last one... and so did EK (my daughter). I had already planned to reread them with my new crop of students before all the recent negative publicity, and I don't want to debate that topic. I just need to know which ones others consider the "favorites" and not-to-be-missed. Thanks! 


  6. On 6/21/2018 at 4:44 PM, shinyhappypeople said:

    ...I wish for materials for older, struggling learners that are designed for use in a homeschool not a classroom.  Lots of bonus points for materials from a Christian worldview.   

    ...Ex: remove references to grade levels...

     

    I've been saying this for YEARS. My at-risk high schoolers really need to be using 6th grade textbooks, but they are mortified if there's a big ol' 6 on the front of the book.

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  7. 32 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

    Have you done a placement test to see if your student can go straight from CLE 6 to TT alg 1?  My kids have all gone from Horizons 6 to MUS alg/geo without any issue.  I have only had to briefly review a few concepts that they might not already know.

    From reading the forums, CLE and Horizons are probably comparable and MUS/TT equally so.  

    I should clarify that I use the MUS alg and geo as pre-alg and pre-alg, but that is not what they are intended to be.

    I didn't think of skipping all the way from CLE 6 to TT Algebra 1. I suspect they'll need one more year before they're ready for Algebra. 


  8. On 7/12/2018 at 2:24 AM, klmama said:

    I'm very curious about the progression you are considering.  If these students can handle BJU math now, why would you want to move them to any level of TT 2.0?  Do you dislike the higher level BJU books, love TT, or just want something they can do more independently?  

     

     

    We haven't started BJU Math 7. We used CLE Math 6, but I don't really want to use CLE 7 & 8 for two years if I can use BJU Math 7 for ONE year and accomplish the same purpose. My plan is to use TT for Algebra 1 & 2. I do not want to use BJU for PreAlgebra or Algebra. I was wondering if we would be able to go directly from BJU Math 7 to TT Algebra 1.

    Here is the sequence I'm considering:

    - CLE Math 6 (completed already)

    - BJU Math 7 (unless someone can tell me how to condense CLE Math 7 & 8 into one year)

    - TT Algebra 1 (???)

     


  9. I feel sure that after BJU Math 7 (Fundamentals of Math, 2nd edition), my girls would be beyond TT Pre-Algebra.... right??? I’ve looked briefly at my old copy of TT Algebra 1 (first edition), and it looks like it covers mostly the same topics as BJU Math 7. I know TT Algebra 1 has been updated since I used it last, so I’d love to hear from anyone who has successfully moved into TT Algebra 1 2.0 after BJU Math 7. 


  10. Thanks, ladies. We’ve pretty much decided against ordering from JJ’s House. The appeal, besides the pretty dresses and the affordability, is the fact that they ship overseas (one bridesmaid lives in Thailand and another in Australia). EK has found another company, Azazie (based in the U.S.), that’s also affordable and has dresses in the styles she likes. Unfortunately, they don’t ship overseas. But I feel a lot better about dealing with an American business.


  11. Wow!  It's been so long since I've been here! 

     

    I'm a grandmother now!  Sweet baby Sam (my son ER's first child) is now 9 months old and is crawling and pulling up. He had heart surgery (coarctation of the aorta) when he was 5 weeks old, but he is doing great now. :)

     

    And DH & I are about to be empty nesters. EK is planning her wedding!  We found The Wedding Dress earlier this week, and now we're searching for bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride dresses. A friend suggested JJ's House (Hong Kong) and said she had a good experience with them, but most of the online reviews we've seen (except their site, naturally) are terrible!  Just wondering if any of my Hive friends have had any experience ordering from JJ's House. 

     

    Thanks!

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  12. Maybe you can compare scope & sequence and/or table of contents? At a glance, I'd guess that Saxon covers more topics and goes into more depth, simply because I see a fair number of very basic and/or biblical topics in CLE. I also know that my physicist b-i-l found Saxon to be much more thorough than several other math texts, but CLE was not one that he compared for me. 

     

    The CLE Scope & Sequence: https://www.clp.org/documents/5748/original/2015-2016_Elementary_Scope_and_Sequence.pdf

     

    TG for CLE 801, you can see the pretest: https://www.clp.org/documents/2705/original/Math_801-805_TG.pdf

     

    I can't find a readiness test for their algebra program, which is listed as a "preliminary edition." 

     

    The Saxon math table of contents, you can also see the books: 

     

    Saxon Math 1: http://www.chisagolakes.k12.mn.us/SAXON/SAXONMS/Student%20eBook%20Course%201.pdf

     

    Saxon Math 2: http://www.chisagolakes.k12.mn.us/SAXON/SAXONMS/Student%20eBook%20Course%202.pdf

     

    Saxon Math 3: http://www.chisagolakes.k12.mn.us/SAXON/SAXONMS/Student%20eBook%20Course%203.pdf

     

    Saxon readiness test for Algebra 1: http://www.hmhco.com/~/media/sites/home/education/global/pdf/placement/mathematics/k-12/saxon-math-homeschool/shs_a1_placement.pdf?la

     

    Very helpful! Thank you.


  13. I wish someone could help. I have used CLE and Saxon but not Saxon at that level. I have CLE through the 800s and will be ordering Algebra 1. Is there a question about CLE in particular I could answer?

     

    Thanks. I've looked at the CLE sample pages in order to compare CLE with TT, which I've used most recently. It appears that CLE is 1-2 years more advanced than TT in the earlier years, but the Algebra courses seems to be about the same level of rigor. I've decided to go with CLE for next year, even though my students (coming from TT) will likely have to step down a couple of levels. CLE looks more "gentle" in its approach than Saxon, and I think that will be good for my students.

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  14. One of my students used WP's Equine Science course two years ago, and we found the program to be very thorough. The student owns and trains horses, which is why I chose this course for her. The recommendation is for grades 3-7, I think, but even though my student was an 11th grader at the time and already had a lot of experience with horses, she still learned quite a bit. She graduated from my program in May and is currently studying to become a horse therapist, working with injured animals.

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