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  1. This is good to know. Did you use the videos at all? I am wondering if you still felt lost even with those in the mix.
  2. I hear you. I have fiddled with every history year since we finished SOTW. We did use the Complete Book of U.S. history one year with a bunch of other things. ETA: I do have a complete set of Chester Comix.
  3. bump. Anyone? I am pretty overwhelmed by the amount of texts that exist and the prices. I had thought maybe I would get something that my own kids could use in high school since I don't like the Notgrass but the Glencoe will be way out of date by then and the others seem to be college level (?)
  4. do you have a favorite American History resource?
  5. I am almost afraid to ask because I need easy history for next year for my youngest, and was planning the AtB Notgrass you mentioned. But go ahead and tell me. What did you hate about it? My issue is I have so much to plan for next year I am scared to add another thing for me to plan but I have fiddled with every history we have ever done (or added to it) since we finished SOTW. That makes me feel a bit uneasy about this.
  6. @Chelli Do you feel like the Dociani and the MIF Course 1 was enough for your child to move on to Algebra next year or are you going to finish the MIF Courses? I've got MIF Course 1 on hand for my middle child, so I'm trying to figure out how to get her through Pre-Algebra quickly since MIF takes three years to do so and she doesn't have that amount of time. It won't let me quote so I copied and pasted. We were in the same situation. My oldest finished MIF 5A/5B in 5th, and we did Course 1 in 6th (and Pre-A in 7th). I didn't see any reason why we would put off Algebra I until 9th based on how he had done, and I didn't see any easy way to accelerate through Course 2 and 3 in one year based on how Course 1 had gone. I didn't skip problems and such in Course 1 though. (ETA: I was told Courses 1-3 = Pre-Algebra.) A friend also brought up that it was good to get the children used to a traditional math textbook. So I decided to search on here for an appropriate Pre-A book. Dolciani came up as an option, so we went for that. We didn't have trouble with it. It is very different from MIF in that there is not nearly so much instruction before the lessons, but so far that has largely been okay. My oldest just finished Pre-A and I am now going over some of the statistics material from Course 2 to supplement it. Due to the age of the Dolciani book, some of the more recent statistics methods are not in there (box and stem plots, etc.) so we are spending a few days to go over that material before moving on. I do own both Course 2 and Course 3 and did a side by side comparison of concepts with the Pre-A just to see the differences. I hope this helps?
  7. I am tasked to teach a semester co-op class where the students will be using this text. I will be doing my own activities in class to reinforce concepts, etc. I am finding the Notgrass task deficient in some concepts. Can you recommend a text that I can use for my own purposes and/or a website where I can print supplemental materials for them? I saw these on other threads. Thoughts? Principles of Economics by Makiw https://www.amazon.com/dp/0324168624/?coliid=I3EB8RQHJDPSEI&colid=231ENAT246CQ2&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Glencoe Economics: today and tomorrow https://www.amazon.com/dp/007874766X/?coliid=I35CTTO6V74I8L&colid=231ENAT246CQ2&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Economics: Principles, Problems and Policies by McConnell https://www.amazon.com/dp/0073511447/?coliid=I3A1UMMBYVWN8X&colid=231ENAT246CQ2&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
  8. These are my personal hits and misses. My kids are still in the "all school is tedious and boring" phase. Hits Human Odyssey 3 with Oxford University Press' Pages from History Books--I really appreciated the rounded view all the primary sources brought to the history Dolciani Pre-Algebra and Math in Focus Course 1 ACS Middle School Chemistry--I really enjoyed this and felt this was well-written and hands-on. My only complaint would be all the supplies but I am used to that with science curriculum. Latin for Children C--I only wish they had extra worksheets like they did for A and B. All about Spelling. Youngest finished Level 7 and we are done! Yay! Misses: My oldest *hates* Latin Alive. We did LFC A and B so I thought it would be a good transition. He is doing fine but he hates, hates it. He refuses to watch the videos. Alas, it is super hard to change gears at this point. So Latin Alive 2 is coming next year. Then we are stopping Latin. Lost Tools of Writing. I love the ANI chart idea, and generally, the outline for a persuasive essay is good. However, IMO this produces very simplistic writing and moves super slow. There is not enough there about style. If I had forced the kids to use the style they had learned through IEW, we might have been better off. Because I didn't, we lost ground. We spent about half a school year on this to do the entire book. I really think the pacing is too slow for a junior high student with prior writing exposure. My other potential complaint is that it is written based on responses to literature but no suggestions are given (other than the three examples). Not every story lends itself well to this approach. Suggestions would have been nice. We figured it out though. If I had it to do over, I would teach the ANI, the outline, and then use the IEW stylistic techniques with it. The Elegant Essay. Oh boy. We have liked IEW, but I don't like this book. We didn't actually finish, truth be told. I don't like the part to whole approach to this book. My kids have been through a lot of IEW (SICC-A and SICC-B, and a bunch of others) but this is so different from everything else. I disliked toggling between the student book and teacher book to present the lessons effectively. My kids disliked writing conclusions and introductions for papers they did not have. I understand that they were trying to teach the pieces before teaching the whole, but I think that teaching approach doesn't work well with my kiddos. I talked with three different IEW tutors and none of them teach it the same way, and only one teaches it as written. There are some really useful pieces here but the delivery didn't match our needs. The Geography Coloring Book--I thought this would be an easy addition to our week and a means of review, but I am not convinced anything is sticking and I *hate* that they printed almost all the way to the inner binding. It won't lay flat if you want it to, and if you had them cut the binding off, you would lose part of the page. IMO poorly formatted for a coloring book.
  9. We did LFC starting in 4th for my youngest (5th for my oldest). Oldest skipped LFC-C and did Latin Alive 1. Youngest is doing LFC-C. That said, I just picked up First Form Latin Book Four and I love the format. LFC made sense since we had done Song School, but if you expect to be doing Latin through high school level, it really does make sense to look at both programs.
  10. My current career is homeschooling my children. 😃 Prior to that, I worked as an environmental consultant. I did site assessments, regulatory compliance assistance, and permitting. My dream job post-homeschooling is to be a naturalist. 😃
  11. @Pawz4me and @ljpisme thank you both so much! Such great information and advice!
  12. so far, yes. He is not the best at staying put so we will have to get one of those dog restraints if he is not in the back. We hope to have him in the back so he can lay down. 😃
  13. @Liz CA thank you so much. Everywhere we are staying (not with family) is okay with dogs, so that part is good. We need to crate him when he is not with us. There will be times when we will go out with my husband's family or my family and probably will not be able to bring him (The beach there does not allow dogs, for example). He is still very much a puppy at heart and will chew random things up if he gets bored. 😃 We rarely crate him since we are home so much, but he is doing okay with the crate lately. He is also a rescue, and is very shy around people. He is good around other dogs and when he gets to know a person, he is fine. He can be won with food. 😃 We have only had him since December, which is playing into my not wanting to leave him. I am feeling encouraged that we might be able to work this out with our worst case being shipping a crate ahead of us to the AirBnB and borrowing a crate while at my brothers'. Any tips for helping the dog in the car? Should I check into doggie Dramamine (sp?)
  14. Brain dump follows: We might very well be crazy but I am really struggling with leaving our 1 year old german-shepherd mix with someone here. So we are trying to think through all the "things" and it is getting very complicated. We need a roof cargo carrier. This is not all bad because my boys are short now but they will not always be so putting stuff at their feet is not going to be long-lasting. That said, putting the crate in the roof carrier will use up a lot of the allowed "weight" (47 lbs of 100 lbs). We have an older model CR-V. Overall though, we can do this. I found one for $50 locally. We looked at getting one of those trailer things (the flat trailers that attach to the back) but since our CR-V rear door opens to the side (instead of up) my dh thinks we need a swivel hitch so we don't have to unload the trailer every time we open the back. These are close to $500 for just the hitch and I can't find one used currently. When we arrive in FL we will be in a house for four nights, then at my brother's. If it were an option, I would purchase a dog crate and ship it but we will be at two locations in FL five hours apart so we would need to purchase two and leave one in Bradenton at the rental. I kept thinking in that area (near AMI) there would be some sort of vacation rental for "stuff." I can't find anything about crate rentals near Bradenton, FL. Does anyone know of anything? After we leave Bradenton we will go to my family's near Coral Springs. They have a small dog (Maltipoo) which is very friendly with people and dogs but has not met our dog. I would love tips on introductions. Our dog is 42 pounds and has done well with other dogs. Our biggest issue is that he is still a puppy and wants to play. My brother's dog's best friend is a black lab so he doesn't have issues with larger dogs. thanks for "listening" and for any input.
  15. I have lived in Cincinnati my whole life. One reason I didn't look at Miami back in the early 90s was because it had too heavy of sorority involvement (I ended up at a school with less than 15%) and that a lot of my high school peers went there (and that was a reason to avoid it--LOL). Too many cliques at my school and I was not going to follow them to college. Back then it was the preppy school. We were all dressing in grunge at my more expensive private school and they were wearing nice sweaters and pearls. I don't know anyone that has gone there recently. Those that I meet that have gone there say 10 years ago approach me the way that is described upthread. Small town Ohio is not all so bad. My advice to the OP is to make sure the campus is a good fit for your daughter (aside of on paper).
  16. Thanks for asking this. I took a Field Biology and Ecology class in high school and I *loved* it. It is a big reason I chose the career field I did. I am hoping for my kids to have the same type of class but I wasn't sure what sort of texts exist for it.
  17. I have had some of our pyrex glassware crack off small pieces along the edges. I am guessing this is why. I thought it was from the dishwasher.
  18. I have never had Pyrex explode/shatter on me, but over the past five years I have been using glassware almost exclusively for storage. I didn't know they had changed the way they make Pyrex. FYI. eta: This article is from last November so maybe this is common knowledge? https://www.bhg.com/news/pyrex-thermal-shock-resistance/
  19. bump for you. I know nothing but we are enrolled in TPS for the fall and eventually I would have this question also.
  20. @prairiewindmomma thank you! I honestly had no idea. I do have some pelvic floor issues but it's one of my many medical things I have yet to get checked out.
  21. I had no idea that 10-15 pounds was considered heavy weight. I thought my doing rows with 20 lbs in each hand was on the wimpy side. The lightest weight I use is 5 lbs in each hand and that is for a tabata lateral raise. Can you refer me to some articles I can read on this? Thank you.
  22. I started off by going to some boot camps with a trainer, and then I continued on my own, but I workout at home. I really like Fitness Blender (online, free) because they emphasize and model good form. However, when you first start out it is probably good to get some guidance. I know from experience that there were times I thought I was doing what I was supposed to but the trainer in boot camp would correct my form. I use Fitness Blender workouts so those direct what exercises I do with the weights. Generally I do arms twice a week, legs twice a week, HIIT/Abs once a week and run once a week. I get bored easily but I do love routine so this mix-up suits me well. I wish you all the best as you seek to get stronger and healthier!!
  23. I have sold on Facebook homeschool curriculum sale groups, homeschoolclassifieds, and Ebay, depending on the item. I have also tried the local homeschool forum with limited success. Facebook is free to list, as is homeschool classifieds for a certain number of items. Ebay charges insertion fees on top of your standard paypal fee so I would not use it unless it is an item you expect to make good money on. There is a classifieds on this site. It's not super busy but I check it, so maybe others do also? It is free. Personally, Facebook marketplace and FB neighborhood sales groups (NOT the homeschool groups mentioned above) have been mostly a hassle. About half of the time the people are really late or no shows. I had a guy come 40 minutes late once and I had driven 30 minutes to meet him there. He didn't even apologize. YMMV. I have also had some good experiences.
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