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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. I think this is the one I was thinking of: Great Editing Adventure. LoriD, it was mentioned in one of the threads you linked. Thanks so much!
  4. Do you know of one like this? I think it had one sentence per day to capitalize, punctuate, and label, and it included vocabulary words. HELP!
  5. 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.
  6. I'm looking for a list of fairly well-known short stories suitable for middle schoolers and arranged by the historical period in the story, NOT by the date the story was actually written. Does anyone here know of such a list?
  7. 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.
  8. Would you say that CLE Math 600-800 covers mostly the same topics at approximately the same depth as Saxon Math Courses 1-3?
  9. One of the girls almost certainly has learning disabilities, but her mom seems to be in denial. The other is normally a capable student with no apparent learning issues, but she is extremely flippant about her schoolwork, and to top it off, she was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in January and missed a lot of school days as a result.
  10. Thanks for this! I'm glad to learn that your children are making progress with CLE. 😊 I forgot to mention that we don't use the CDs for TT; I go through the lesson each day with the girls and we work the practice problems together and they do the problem set for homework. The next day, we go over the previous night's homework and i help them rework any missed problems. It seemed to work well, but then they scored 2 years below grade level on the standardized test.
  11. If you switched to CLE after using TT Math 7 the previous year... which level of CLE did you use and how did it go? I'm STILL undecided about math for next year, but I'm considering a switch to CLE after two of my students had a lackluster year in TT Math 7. For both of these girls, last year was their first year with me, and both placed into TT Math 7 according to TT placement tests I administered last fall. By the end of the school year in May, one barely passed TT Math 7 and both scored low in math (math Grade Equivalent score In the 5th grade range) on the state-required standardized test. I had decided to switch to Saxon for next year, and I recently had the girls take the Saxon placement test (an older test, I think...I found it online...1999), and they both placed into Math 87. BUT... one of the girls then informed me that she had used that exact textbook at her previous school! I checked her records, and found that she had indeed completed Math 87 (with a 74 average for the year) and had then transitioned into Algebra 1/2 before coming to me... So apparently there was little retention, since she placed into 87 on the placement test I gave. So.... now I'm collecting info regarding the CLE math program--I was thinking CLE Math 700, but from what I'm reading that might be too advanced???? I could give them the CLE placement test, but since these aren't my own children, I would have to schedule it with their parents, and that's a big undertaking considering it's now summer and there are family vacations and working parents' schedules to be considered, etc, etc. So that's why I asked for input from those who've BTDT. FWIW, I'm also considering ABeka Basic Math (7th) and BJU Fundamentals of Math (7th). Thoughts???
  12. I searched online and found the placements tests for the previous editions. I'll give those and see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion.
  13. The short version: I am considering using Saxon 8/7 or possibly 7/6 next school year and I need help deciding which level would be best for my situation. I have 2 girls who just finished Teaching Textbooks Math 7 and aren't ready for TT Pre-Algebra. One struggles with math as well as reading. She barely passed TT Math 7 (71 average). The other is a decent math student, but she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes about halfway through the school year and missed quite a bit of school and therefore a lot of key math concepts, so I'm sure she isn't ready for TT Pre-Algebra. So... both of these girls need a year of basic elementary/middle school math before beginning TT Pre-Algebra. I do plan to go back to Teaching Textbooks unless Saxon really clicks with them. I know that TT courses are "behind" other math publishers' courses, so which would be a better choice: Saxon 8/7 (1st edition) or Saxon 7/6 (either 1st edition or 2nd)??? I remember reading somewhere here on the boards that 1st edition 8/7 has fewer pre-algebra topics and more of a focus on arithmetic than 2nd edition, which I think is what the girls need at this point. I also read somewhere (not on the boards, but in a review on another website) that 7/6 is "the kingpin book in the Saxon series," so maybe it shouldn't be skipped??? Thoughts?
  14. Thanks for the suggestion, though! They're 8th & 9th graders, but working below grade level in their schoolwork. I'm sorry; I should've clarified.
  15. Thanks... I've tried this one and it's not going to work--too intimidating for these particular students. Maybe because it's a college level book and not really developed with middle schoolers in mind?
  16. I have several teenaged students working below grade level in math and they need a thorough review of basic math concepts. I definitely want a 7th grade textbook, worktext, or set of workbooks for each student (no online or CD programs). I've found BJU Fundamentals of Math and A Beka Basic Math (some copies have a tiny 7 in the upper left corner & some have no number). Do you know of others?
  17. I know this is an older thread... but is the Yahoo group still going? I searched and couldn't find it. A message said "This group doesn't exist." I'd love to see the files from any of the VP groups.
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