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  1. I'm looking at The Academy at Bright Ideas Press classes for my daughter next year (11th grade), and am wondering if anyone is currently enrolled and can give feedback. We are looking at English III, American History, Spanish 2, Chemistry and Geometry. They are having a sale for the month of February, but I'm having a hard time committing without any info from other homeschoolers. I've looked at Big River and Excelsior, but the course descriptions and youtube videos from Bright Ideas Press seem to fit my daughter better. Even if you're not enrolled in these classes, let me know what you think of the instructors and the experience. It's hard to spend over $2000 with only a 50% refund when you don't know what you're getting into. 😓 Thanks!
  2. So my youngest has been doing A Beka Academy's World History class and it's bad. so I need to find something else, preferably secular, and not just people and dates. In other words, more rhetoric and less grammar phase. I just need to complete the year and get her to the 1900's because I'm pretty sure I'm going to make her do a Modern World History course next year because I think it's that important to study the 1900's in depth. So what do I do for this semester? Spielvogel? MOH with a lot of discussion? Something else? She just finished the Protestant Revolution. Any and all suggestions accepted. Thanks!
  3. Well, I'm a burnt out homeschool mom of 2 that has homeschooled from the beginning, graduated one last year, and has tried several times to throw in the towel with my second (including recently). 1. Why am I burnt out? I did lose myself. I was doing everything for the family AND homeschooling. That worked in elementary school but not in high school. Someone on this thread said they hated high school and I whole heartedly agree. It's not fun. It's in the trenches dirty work, and feels like bare knuckled boxing every. Between the teenage drama, the testing, the "requirements," and the admin work, I barely made it through the first one, and have twice begged my second daughter to go to school. Life is hard enough without adding homeschooling and being EVERYTHING to and for a child school-wise. There's a reason High School teachers have specialties and teach the same subject all day, and I think that's why a lot of us burn out in high school. I AM NOT a math teacher and contrary to what I was promised, I did not understand Algebra any better the second time around, nor should I have been teaching it. it was a nightmare. Life also contributed to the burn out. We went through a major cross country move right before my oldest started high school, and the last 5 years have been beyond rough, so burn out was inevitable. I can't go into detail publicly, but we all have our major life events and issues, and it absolutely affects how you homeschool, and what you accomplish. 2. How have I been coping? Prayer, reconnecting and getting real with my girlfriends, and an all in one, online curriculum. My youngest has been doing Abeka Academy for the last 2.5 years and it has been a God-send for us as a family. It was distasteful to me at first and flew in the face of everything I believed as a homeschooler. I was anti-textbook and really really wanted to hold on to the Charlotte Mason, love of learning, sitting cozy on the couch and reading books curriculum that we loved. But, I just couldn't do it anymore. I couldn't do everything I needed to do as a wife, mother and adult AND be the teacher, so this is what we did. 3. How did I "Find myself" again? I got a really good counselor, and I stopped listening to what others said I SHOULD be doing, and started doing what I want to do. I got a part time job to help with income because I was tired of struggling and I was honestly starting to get bored. I started taking private yoga lessons because I have chronic pain and had not worked out in 2 years because of it. My husband and I go away every year for our anniversary and it's HEAVENLY (the advantages of having teenagers, but we have also paid people to stay with them). I also started handing off some of what I was doing to my husband. There was a time when he couldn't help me. He worked two jobs so we could homeschool and survive, and it has been a hard road. However, we both made the mistake of not seeing that life was changing and with that change, he could lift the burden off of me. He grades all the Spanish, Science and Math. I grade all the History, English, Electives and I am the Admin and scheduler of our school. It has made life so much better both for us as a married couple and us as a family. And back to the girlfriends, I started being honest with my friends and telling them I was burnt out. I told them what was REALLY going on in my life, and that it was far different from what they were seeing on social media, and you know what? They started confiding in me, and we are all realizing, we all need each other. It's nice to have friends who don't judge again. 4. What will I do to finish out the next two years? I haven't decided yet. I've been looking at The Well Trained Mind Academy, which is how I ended up here for the first time in almost 5 years. I've also been looking at Aim Academy (Debra Bell), which my older daughter used for AP English. I have realized once my girls get to 11th grade, they are beyond my capabilities as a teacher. I love history and English, and CAN teach it, but, again, it takes me away from other areas I'm needed so it's either A Beka or something else online. The only reason I'm thinking of leaving A Beka is I still have to do all the grading and the facilitating, and I'd like to find her something where she gets feedback from other teachers. I see it as a good way to prep for college. It worked well for my oldest, who is now a college freshman (in spite of my failings 😉 ), and I think it's the right thing to do. So there you have it! A mom who has homeschooled from the beginning, been burnt out MANY MANY MANY times, and still/will persevere through to the end. I did love it. I know I was a part of something special, and I will miss it terribly (elementary school, NOT High School, I will never miss High School. 😄 ). But honestly, don't beat yourself up if you decide to put your kiddos in a brick and mortar school. We are all just trying to do the best for each of our kids, and our families, and sometimes, that means changing course. It will all work out in the end. ❤️
  4. Also, we have used attuneup several times for writing, and have always been pleased. Ms. Tanaka is very gracious and giving. When we were unemployed, she allowed us to pay what we could for the class, and provided she has room, she might be able to help some of you out.
  5. I wanted to mention that BJU Press just had their $99 sale. It's not a live class, and you grade everything (except tests and quizzes for grades 5 and up), but it might be a viable option for some of you. The sale has ended, but if enough of you call and ask, they may be willing to reopen it for Landry Academy students. It doesn't hurt to ask. Blessings and hugs to all of you.
  6. This is exactly what it was. We did the new DLO class and I would highly recommend spending the money unless you're just REALLY REALLY into World History and alllllllllll the dry facts that pertain. ;) Sometimes they have a $99 sale for their DLO classes around December. You don't get the books, but you can easily find them used. You get the videos for one full year so you'll have plenty of time to finish the course if you decide to go that route. Blessings!
  7. Can we do this after the fact? So, for example, my oldest is taking Advanced Biology this year and I'm thinking about having her take the AP exam in the spring. I was just going to list it as an AP course on her transcript if she scored well on the test. Do we have to submit the syllabus before the school year starts in order to list it on the transcript? I guess I thought I knew what I was doing and now I'm realizing I don't. :confused1:

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    Saxon Algebra 1 3rd edition. Student Text and Homeschool Packet. Does not include tests. $35 ppd priority mail with insurance. Like new copy.



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    Chalkdust Algebra 1. Student text, Student Solutions Manual, and 6 DVDs (1-6). Discs 7-10 missing. $100 ppd priority mail with insurance. Discs are Like New. books are in Good used condition with some pencil marks, but not answers.



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    Almost complete set $250 ppd media mail insured. All books are in like new or very good used condition unless otherwise stated. Here is what IS included: Teacher's guide 2nd edition - some writing in pencil/highlighting in the introductory teacher notes Student sheets 3rd ed - week 12 through the end. We used the first 11 weeks of student pages. All your state stickers, state cards and state sheets are included US President's Flashcards Exploring American History 2nd Edition In God we Trust Building a City on a Hill George Washington's World The Last 500 Years The World of Animals (AIG) The World of Animals (MFW) Intro to Schubert, Mendelssohn and Chopin 6 CD set - some unopened Read Alouds (missing one book): Almost Home Amos Fortune Free Man William Carey Madeleine Takes Command Bound for Oregon Optional Resources: God and the History of Art book II AND paint cards - a couple of pages completed in pencil/just writing, no art :) What is NOT included: Student sheets weeks 1-11 Boy, Have I God Problems! Placemat Map of US/World The Story of the World Writing a State Report USA Wall Map Exploring Creation with Botany Then Sings My Soul Soda Bottle Feeder Read Alouds: Mary Jones and Her Bible Optional Resources: God and the History of Art Book I with Paint Cards Trial and Triumph Let me know if you have any questions! Blessings! Dorinda



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    BJU 9th Grade Cultural Geography 3rd Edition. $65 ppd Complete set. Student activity guide used through Chapter 7, Tests Chapter 1-6 missing. Student Textbook in used condition. Rip on spine, cover curled. I accept Paypal and I ship media mail insured and tracked.



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    All About Spelling Levels 1 & 2 complete $55 ppd. Like New Condition Everything needed for both levels. Ships insured and tracked. Includes Student Packets and Teacher's Manuals for both levels. Also includes all letter tiles already attached to magnets, Phonograms CD, divider cards and Spelling Review Box to keep cards in. Does NOT include the progress charts, stickers or certificates of achievements as those are consumable. You can print them off on the All About Spelling Website, making your kits complete. I accept Paypal.



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    Hello! If you're looking for Saxon, I've got it! Saxon 7/6 in Fair Condition - $30ppd SOLD 4th ed Student Text ISBN 1591413192- worn but clean/ one lesson ripped but all other pages intact with no writing or highlighting 4th ed Solutions manual in Good Used condition Algebra 1/2 Good Condition - $35 SOLD Complete Set Includes: 3rd ed Student Text ISBN 1565771494 - Good Used Condition 3rd ed Homeschool Packet - Cover falling off 3rd ed Test Packet - New Condition Algebra 1 Very Good Condition - $50ppd Complete Set Includes: 3rd ed Student Text ISBN 1565771346 3rd ed Solutions Manual with all problems worked out step by step 3rd ed Homeschool Packet 3rd ed Test forms. Algebra 2 BRAND NEW NEVER USED - $40 ppd Complete Set Includes: 2nd ed Student Text ISBN 093979862x 2nd ed Solutions Manual 2nd ed Homeschool Packet 2nd ed Test Forms Algebra 2 BRAND NEW NEVER USED - $20 ppd 2nd ed Homeschool Packet 2nd ed Test forms PM or email me if interested. I ship Media Mail and accept Paypal. Blessings!



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    I'm looking for the complete set of 6th grade math 3rd edition only. If you've done the first couple of units in the Student Text, that's fine with me, but you must disclose what you've done. Thanks!


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