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  1. I hear you. Maybe it would be a fun project to take a language with a different alphabet like Russian or Greek and see if she wants to try sounding out words. Like a puzzle. One of my older kids had a lot of fun trying to decode the names of the Greek gods in Greek, for example.
  2. That’s good. I’m sure they will be able to flag any issues then that they see. You might want to raise the reading thing with the Dr next time you are in there. If you think it might be worth mentioning. We similarly never would have seen a pediatric ophthalmologist except that one of my older kids has a hereditary optic nerve problem and they want to check all of the kids annually. So when DS began doing the whole word reading thing despite my best efforts to teach him via phonics and segmenting words, the eye dr was like, “let’s put him in reading glasses and maybe it will help.”
  3. I have a DS6 who reallllllyyyy wants to be a whole word reader. This week he has read “farm” for “foam” every single day! During our reading time, I use the cursor method with a phonics program. (We use Dancing Bears). You uncover one sound at a time in the word. It has helped him learn to track left to right and read the sounds. He hates it, LOL. We do phonics practice for 10 minutes per day. During his free time he usually has a book in front of him, and I don’t require a cursor when he’s choosing to read in his free time. I have seen him stop and get a bookmark and use it as a m
  4. Not yet but I plan to. Since the access is only for 12 months, I wanted to be sure the course would be a good fit for my daughter first. So far it is and I will be buying soon. She has done some biology labs with another homeschool family in person already, but I can tell from the titles of the online labs assigned in the course plans that they will definitely add to and extend her learning.
  5. The Kolbe “answer key” booklet has answers to the chapter review and lesson review problems that Kolbe assigns out of the textbook. For example, it might be Chapter 10.1 questions 1, 2(a), 2(c), and 4. Kolbe also skips chapters and sections of the textbook as well so answers to those questions won’t be in their answer key. The Kolbe “course plans” contain Kolbe-written quizzes and tests and the answers to those quizzes and tests. Does that answer your question? It was hard for me to figure out what to buy too.
  6. I can speak to the Kolbe stuff. They offer: text (you need this) lesson plans (lays out a week by week schedule with certain review questions to answer, also includes some notes regarding Catholic teachings on some chapters; also includes tests and quizzes) answer key (if you’re buying the plans, this has the answers to the questions they assign from the text. Very helpful) online lab access - this can be purchased for a 12 month period. Labs are assigned in the lesson plans Chance or Purpose - this is a book assigned to be read over a few weeks and a short paper assig
  7. HSing 3 kids, ages 11, 8, and 5, since the beginning. (And I also have a baby.) 1) Ignore. Don’t worry about what the school is doing, what the other homeschoolers are doing, what the cousin in another state is doing. Teach your particular child and help them with their own weaknesses and cheer for and encourage their own strengths. 2) Prepare. Take some time when you can to read the literature books. Do some of the math problems you plan to assign. Diagram the sentences. Do the Greek translations. It allows you to anticipate trouble spots and also commiserate (“I had troubl
  8. I saw “don’t worry about the homeschool law in our state. No one is going to check that you are following it.” I also saw a misguided person who was going to create a “transcript” for her Ker and wanted to know what school official to send it to.
  9. Yes, the Macaw edition with the Kolbe plans. Just started, but going well so far.
  10. Yum. Your bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers sound amazing! The first thing I thought of with those ingredients was gazpacho with grilled chicken or shrimp on the side.
  11. Prodigy. You can even customize the assignments for stuff you want her to review! And it is super fun for that age!
  12. square, have you had her vision tested? Like regular ophthalmologist? That issue sounds a lot like my DS5’s reading progression which smoothed out a lot once he was prescribed reading glasses. We also use Dancing Bears with the little paper cursor which forces him to look at each sound in isolation rather than see the word in its entirety. Before we were getting a lot of “wish”/“with” type guesses. It’s a lot better now between the glasses and Dancing Bears though.
  13. I got last years stuff put away, new curriculum opened and sorted. Planned out some stuff for DD11 and began prereading some of her literature selections. I just ordered a couple of additional French materials for her, so once those arrive, she will be ready to begin! DS8 has asked to learn about the Salem Witch Trials this year. It’s my first foray into creating a unit study, and I am having a lot of fun with the topic and ideas for projects and materials. There’s a lot of science, sociology and psychology that I’m hoping we can touch upon in an age appropriate way. I’ll probably take
  14. I have personally used Jurgensen for self study. I have completed all the problems in the “maximum” course. And I have taught Jacobs 3rd edition. I am a very linear thinker, and Jurgensen’s organization of topics really appealed. It is easy to see where he is going and why the lessons are the way they are. If I wound up teaching from it, I would have spread Chapter 10, on constructions, out among the chapters where they made more sense (do the triangle constructions when you study triangles, etc.). Jurgensen says you can do this in the notes and it would have helped my understanding.
  15. If you like the setup of his Algebra II / Trig in general, I think you will really like the precalculus. It’s really clear and I think he has improved on some of his explanations between the two texts. For example, we were recently working in a section on resolving an expression into partial fractions. We did this in his Algebra 2 and I found his explanation of how it works to be a little convoluted and hard to follow. In precalculus, not only is the explanation super clear, he also names the mathematician who came up with a shortcut, and there are extension/exploration problems assigned so th
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