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  1. My 12 yo daughter is working through Saxon 7/6, and she's doing well. I am trying to figure out what her next math is. I don't want to stick with Saxon. We tried it this year, but I don't like their progression through high school. I have seen many recommend Dolciani for Pre-Algebra. I can't locate it online anywhere to see samples or even purchase (at a reasonable price). However, when I searched, I immediately recognized it! It was the Pre-Algebra book that I used in the early 90's! I don't really remember much about it though. I am curious to hear if any of you transitioned
  2. OP here... This has been some great discussion. I really appreciate all of the experienced moms chiming in. I am leaning farther away from BJU. I like R&S, but there is something about it that just seems like it wouldn't be a good fit. I can't quite put my finger on it. A few of you had mentioned CLE. I am using it this year for my 10 yo (SN, Grade 2). I'm not sure why I didn't consider it before for my 7th grader. I have spent some time looking at all of the samples. I like that it lays a great foundation for Algebra, but it doesn't seem overwhelming. I'm leaning more
  3. I don't have an answer for you, but I am currently questioning the same thing. I have BJU 7 Lit, but I've been considering the PP guides or simply just reading lit that goes along with history (Notgrass). I look forward to reading other responses.
  4. BIBLE - God’s Great Covenant OT1 w/ little sister. HISTORY - Notgrass From Adam to Us SCIENCE - Apologia General Science 2nd Edition MATH - CLE 7 (Thanks to all of the great advice on the K-8 board to help me make this decision!) GRAMMAR - Analytical Grammar WRITING - WriteShop 1 LITERATURE - Progeny Press (I let her pick 4 books) LOOP - Artistic Pursuits, Music Theory, Composer Study, and Health / PE EXTRAS - American Heritage Girls, Homeschool Swim Team
  5. I need help choosing. I’m planning on doing a solid overview of elementary math for my 7th grader this year. I own 2 curriculum sets that I think would accomplish this well, but I cannot choose! I’m aware that one is mastery and one is spiral. She does fine with either approach, so that isn’t a concern. Does anyone have experience with these that they can share? BJU Fundamentals of Math - This looks more challenging, but I think it will prepare her very well for Pre-Algebra and High School Math. I am concerned it might be overwhelming. I would not require all problems to be completed
  6. I guess I’m overwhelmed because my younger daughter still needs so much from me. She’s 10 yo, but at a 2nd grade level. (Legally blind, learning delays, Chronic health issues...) I feel like I wouldn’t have a solid day by day plan with my choices. That’s definitely what is so appealing with BJU. It’s all laid out with a very clear plan. I really appreciate the comment on R&S Math 6. That does give me comfort!
  7. After spending weeks looking at everything available for 7th grade, my head is spinning. I put together a full plan, but now I'm looking at BJU 7th grade and thinking it looks really good! Have any of you actually used the full 7th grade textbook kit? My daughter does not like the DLO option. We've tried it for Math in the past and it was a nightmare. She didn't learn anything for months. My alternative is to go with the plan I originally came up with, although, I feel overwhelmed with it. Anyone care to critique my plan or offer their experience using BJU 7th? MY ORIGINAL PLAN
  8. I've also been looking into this for my 7th grader next fall. The two that I have found interesting were: 1. Veritas Press Transition History Course 2. Notgrass From Adam to Us I have decided to choose Notgrass. They both look like wonderful programs. I think my daughter would enjoy the Notgrass more.
  9. For those of you that use the Writing & Rhetoric series, how do you schedule it? We will be starting the series for my 11 yo daughter in the fall. She will begin with Level 3 according to the FAQ on the CAP website. I looked at the samples, and it has 4 lessons a week, but there was a note on the page that suggested it could be done differently. Does anyone complete the weekly lessons in 3 days? Also approximately how long do you spend on each days lesson? We plan on working through 2 books a year.
  10. I’ve decided that I’d like to use SOTW (all 4 books over the next two years). It’s the perfect level for my 10 yo with LD’s, but it’s not quite enough for my 12 yo. I’ve been looking at ways to “beef it up”. i discovered last night that Sonlight uses all 4 books in 2 years in Cores G/H. I have tried to find actual user reviews, but all I can find are “unboxing” reviews. I would follow Sonlight history for my 12 yo, but only do the SOTW readings with my 10 yo. I have the pdf of the Activity Book that I could use for ideas for her. I would also use the Bible and Read Alouds for bot
  11. Thank you all so much for your responses. I am thinking 3 chapters a week. I like the idea of looking at the Sonlight cores for literature ideas!
  12. I would like to do a 2 year overview of World History with my kids. I have a 12 yo and 10 yo. My 10 yo is working on a 2nd grade level due to many LD's. I am thinking of using SOTW Volumes 1 and 2 for the first year, then Volumes 3 and 4 for the next year. I like the idea of SOTW because it can be as simple as it needs to be for my 10 yo, but I can add literature, encyclopedia research, note taking, outlines,... for my 12 yo. I've also considered using History Odyssey for extension ideas. Am I crazy to think we can fit 2 volumes in each year? The reason for the 2 year overview of W
  13. So, I really like the looks of Jump In! It seems broken down into “doable” chunks. It’s affordable too! I spent some time looking into Bravewriter, and although it does look lovely, I don’t think it’s quite what we need. I bought Jump In! On Amazon. It will be here Tuesday. Thank you all for your suggestions!
  14. Thank you all for these suggestions. Several of these look interesting. I have a friend who has encouraged me to read “The Writer’s Jungle” and look into writing projects with Bravewriter. I’m going to focus on researching these options for the next few weeks.
  15. I would like to find a writing curriculum for my 6th grader that teaches basic skills such as writing a book report, a letter, a short story... We have started our year using IEW SWI-B. We are about a month in, and I find it to be so boring and annoying. I don’t feel like she is really learning anything, and we are both tired of key word outlines. I would love to have her working on writing projects that have a purpose so she can see why these skills are important. She has also been using Fix It Grammar, and she likes it so we will continue with this. Any suggestions?
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