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  1. From what I have seen posted on these boards about AOPS: Algebra 1 = chapters 1-13 of Intro to Algebra Algebra 2 = chapters 14-22 of Intro, 1-4 of Intermediate (which is review), and 5-16 of Intermediate (ch 17-20 is competition math and can be omitted)
  2. I have no experience with BA online, or with the BA 2 level. If you decide to go with the paper format you will need the guide book (comic book), which includes all the teaching and the practice book, which includes all the practice problems along with a few more pointers as to how to use the information that was just taught. If you do decide to go the book route, make sure you look at the assessment tests for the different level books to make sure you purchase the one where your daughter is at. Just remember that BA is not a good fit for every kid. That is one reason why there are so many math curriculum to choose from. There are samples of every guide and practice book online. It might be worth it to show some to your daughter and see if she likes the format and can do some problems.
  3. LA has so many pieces because there are so many different subjects within the term "Language Arts." It's like clumping things together under the heading STEAM, but you still have to figure out each subject, like science, handicraft, tying, logic, art, math, etc. My 6th grader is still working through AAS for spelling and will be trying SWI for writing. She will be doing a little bit of KISS for grammar, but the bulk of grammar should be from her Latin studies. I am going to have her work through Figuratively Speaking so she can start learning different literary terms, and my homework for the summer is to learn how to talk about literature so we can start discussing her reading together. Still need to figure out what that reading list will be and what to do about vocabulary.
  4. If I may make a quick hijack: My memory has your family using Artes Latinae at one point. Did you find Latin Prep to be a better introduction to latin grammar?
  5. I'm looking at the HOE Verbal Problems book for extra word problem practice. Do I have to buy the Verbal Problems Introductory Workbook to get started, or should we be OK just jumping into the regular Verbal Problems book. It looks like the regular book has a Getting Started section in it, but I can't see online what is in that chapter to know if that is all we need. I already have the Lessons for HOE.
  6. I do love how Beast Academy makes my kids think, and the problems are quite varied. We have not used level 2, only because it came out too late for my oldest, and I was not going to spend the money on another math program at that level. Our progression has been Right Start B, C, and then BA 3, 4, 5. At the younger ages, I would read the new section in the guide aloud to my daughter, and then I would go over the instructions for the first section of the practice work with her. Once I felt she had a good grasp as to what is being asked of her, I would let her work with me nearby incase she needed guidance. When a group of problems was finished in the practice book, I would read the instructions for the next group out loud. The guide introduces the topic, and teaches, but there is some refining of the topic and new techniques introduced in the practice book. Take a look at the assessment pages to see if your child is ready to jump into BA. Some basic math skills are needed before beginning.
  7. I agree with you about stopping in the middle of a story. You have to be a person who likes doing that (like my DH).
  8. Thank you for taking the time to write this all out. I understand better now, what you are saying.
  9. Would it make better sense to ask after the reading or give the sentence before the reading to test the word? I agree that older books have a larger vocabulary than modern books do. But wouldn't increasing the unkown/unsure vocabulary make it more frustrating to the reader?
  10. I do agree with this, but the question that I have is this - is it enough for a student? Wouldn't comprehension increase if someone was given the definition of a word before reading a passage containing it?
  11. I had thought about a root study, but was unsure about adding another thing to our day. (It always feels like so much) But even a root study wouldn't help with immediate concerns. What are your thoughts about pulling vocab from the reading and defining it before reading?
  12. My original thought was to go through her reading for the day and pick out a couple words that I am not sure she knows, but feel knowing them would greatly increase the understanding of what she is reading. If she can give me an idea of what the words mean, then good. If not, look it up before reading. Would that make sense?
  13. I'd like DD10 to start a vocabulary journal with words pulled from reading and the subjects she is studying. I have tried to get her to make a vocab list of words that she didn't know while she read, but she never wrote any words down. She either infers what the word means from context, and assumes she knows what it means, or she is skipping over the words without realizing it. So I would like to be a little more proactive to increase her understanding of what she is reading. Ideally, I would pre-read her assignments and put together a vocab list that I would like her to look up before she gets to the reading. But here I have wandered into a quandary: How many vocabulary words every day pulled from reading? I want her to have a better grasp at what she is reading, but I also don't want to overwhelm her. About how many vocabulary words from all subjects every day? We have vocab for science, history/geography, Latin, etc.
  14. My first sixth grader! I'm late to this party, but here is the plan for DD so far: Math - Finish BA 5, then move into AOPS Pre-Algebra. Writing - Continue with IEW theme based writing, probably the first Narnia book. Grammar - KISS or IEW grammar. She seems to be doing really well with KISS, so I hate to rock the boat, but IEW seems to have stuff we have not covered yet. Spelling - AAS 5. Spelling is definitely not her strongest subject. Reading - I need to come up with a good booklist still. Not sure if I should tie books into content subjects or not. Science - Guest Hollow Botany. She chose botany, so we will try this. We attempted ES Logic Biology this year, and it was a big flop with the encyclopedia reading. Live and learn. History - Notgrass America the Beautiful. We started with it this year, and ran down so many rabbit trails that we did not get very far, but she really likes it as a spine. Geography - Trail Guide to the US. She loves maps, and this will tie in nicely with history. Latin - Great Latin Adventure. This fell to the wayside this year, though she did keep up with the flashcards. Need to get back at it. Logic - Logic Liftoff, Orbiting with Logic, and maybe Fallacy Detective, depending on how fast she moves through the first two. Music - Fiddle Lessons and A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers. Again, we started this and didn't get too far because there are so many composers to listen and learn about. Health - ? I always struggle with this one. Ideas welcome. Art - She loves art, but it tends to get put off for more academic subjects. I'll try to be better about it. Typing - I think she will like Burning Cargo. Bible - Not sure yet. PE - Debating spending the money on a YMCA membership. They have homeschool gym and swim lessons every week. The only concerns are cost and distance. Am I missing something? Too much?
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