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  1. What? I did not know Story of the World 3 and 4 is being revised? When will this happen?
  2. Where do you purchase a Brock microscope? I looked on Amazon and I didn't see it.
  3. Where can I find the old Writing Strands? I'm not sure what it looks like. Does it explain to me what to do? I need a lot of hand holding! I'm going to look at Moving Beyond the Page! I didn't realize IEW has podcasts!
  4. I got my quote button to work! That's what I'm afraid of! I feel like WWE and WWS are great but I don't want it to be torture for him and me! So we probably won't go with WWS! I looked at CAP a couple years ago, I'll check it out again.
  5. Sorry, I would quote, for some reason my phone will not let me! I will definitely look at Apples and Pears. HomeAgain, he seems to do okay with the dictation in AAS, not great but okay! We do all the sentences in the books, I'll look at dictation day by day. When we did WWE he absolutely hated dictation! He cried a lot, mainly because of not knowing some of the spelling. He is a perfectionist and he likes for everything to follow rules! I will check it out though. I truly appreciate you all.
  6. Thank you! It makes me feel better to know that most 11 year olds may struggle with this! I will look at writing strands.
  7. I'm having a hard time deciding on a writing program for my upcoming 6 th grader. He used Bob Jones English 5 last year, it was okay. He loved the poetry section! He has a hard time with getting his paragraphs to flow. His sentences don't flow well. He has used WWE 1-2 in the past and he hated it. The dictation part was hard for him. He struggles with spelling so that was part of the issue. I thought about WWS but I'm not sure he is ready for it. I'm really not sure what to go with! There are so many different programs it's overwhelming. I have also found that I'm terrible at trying to teach writing. I did fine in high school but struggled in college. I would not say he doesn't like to write because he has a notebook that he writes in just for fun. He likes to come up with stories. He likes to design BattleBots and write about them. I read these stories but I don't correct anything because I don't want to make it not fun for him. I am considering using easy grammar, so I'm looking for just a writing program. That is not set in stone though. I have looked at IEW and it looks intimidating and expensive. I hate to spend that much and it not be a good fit. Thank you for reading. Hopefully I am making sense.
  8. I'm sorry, for some reason it will not allow me to quote.
  9. I haven't thought about that, thanks Ellie!
  10. We go back and review it. If it has a rule we go over that. I also make a note and try to add it in when we review with AAS.
  11. we have used all about spelling from the beginning but it's seems like my son (11) will be 6 th grade does not get it. He reads great but does not spell that great! all 3 of my kids hate spelling. I use aas with all of them. this makes me wonder if it's me or the program? We do about a lesson a week sometimes we take a little longer. We review and review, but I don't see it cross over into his writing. It seems like he gets it and then I will notice in his writing he spells words he should know wrong. He is about halfway through aas 5. We do the CAT test and spelling is always the lowest. I am considering a different approach/curriculum not sure! any ideas thoughts? Thanks
  12. What are some of the podcasts that you all listen to? Where can I get the book Tweens, Tough Times, and Triumph: homeschooling the middle grades? Thanks
  13. This sounds just like my son that is 11! He is my oldest so this is new to me. It just seems like at 11 a lot of changes are taking place and they deal with it in different ways! He gets offended all the time over strange things, takes things wrong and he doesn't want to do anything! Sometimes I do feel like we are back in the toddler stage! I'm glad I'm not alone!
  14. If you use Singapore how to you schedule IP, CWP, workbook, and the textbook? My oldest is in 5 now, I have always bought the CWP but we have never completed the book, not even half the book. I always feel guilty, we just have a hard time finishing all of it. We have used the textbook, workbook, the mental math in the back of the HIG and a lot of the suggested activities on the HIG. Do you think this is enough? He does pretty good with math. Sometimes it takes him a while to get a topic. Fractions and decimals are harder for him, sometimes he needs a lot of repetition other times he does great. He has done well on the CAT test every year he has taken it, math is always his highest score, last year he was in the 96th percentile. I just wondered have I failed by not getting to the CWP or IP. I only bought IP one year and I think it's still on the shelf. Thank you.
  15. Do you all think the CAT test is just as accurate as the other standardized tests? I have only used the CAT online and one thing I like about online is results are almost instant!
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