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  1. HISTORY: BF Ancients (I think... trying to choose between Ancients and Modern/World. Her sister will be doing Ancients with SOTW1.) SCIENCE: Apologia Gen. Sci. MATH: Saxon 8/7 WRITING: WWE1 GRAMMAR: GFWTM FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Getting Started with Spanish (she’s already done half of this) *Homeschool Swim Team, American Heritage Girls, Youth Group, and possibly fun clubs with our local homeschool group OTHER w/ 11 yo Sister: BIBLE: Wise Up (Proverbs) & Listen Up (Parables) devotionals GEOGRAPHY: US states (nothing in-depth) ART / MUSIC: Artistic Pursuits / Music Theory and Piano
  2. I had the 2nd ed. Of Apologia Gen Sci (Wile) last year. I know people sing it’s praises, but I could not like it. I tried. It was so wordy. My daughter shut down and absorbed nothing. I had a hard time enjoying it as well. I’m sure it’s a great resource, but it was just not for us. I like the looks of the newer edition though. I’ve read the samples online and it seems like we would enjoy it. I really like the focus on skills such as note-taking. I’m leaning more towards the Gen Sci (3rd Ed). Someone made a comment about MB being too elementary in reading level, and I could see that. It’s doesn’t appear to be nearly as challenging as Apologia.
  3. I am having a difficult time deciding between Apologia's General Science and Master Book's God's Design for the Physical World. This would be for my 7th grade daughter. She likes the idea of the Master Books Physical World because they learn about roller coasters in one section. I like the idea of covering a broad range of general science topics, and Apologia has a great reputation. Does anyone have experience with both of these? or at least have a strong opinion on one or the other? Almost all of the reviews I find for anything online nowadays are simply unboxing reviews. I wish people would post reviews after they've used a product for 6+ months. But, that's another post...
  4. Thank you Lori D! That was a lot of great info. Now I've got to start my research. Supercharged Science is an interesting option. I had never heard of it. I considered Novare, but I was under the impression it was much more advanced and "text-booky" than even Apologia.
  5. For Masterbooks Teacher's Guide - Yes, you can remove individual pages and make copies.
  6. My daughter will be in 7th grade in the fall, and I need to choose a science curriculum. I am aware of most of the big names, but I'm wondering what else is out there? She is studying astronomy this spring. Ideally I would like a year long curriculum that covers a variety of topics with experiments, projects, and note-booking. We are Christian, but I'm open to secular curriculum as well. Below is a list of what I've already considered. I'd love to hear other ideas. Apologia General Science - I've looked at both 2nd and 3rd editions. They are both so wordy. I've presented the 2nd edition to my daughter, and she gets so frustrated by the amount of reading that she doesn't absorb the material. I do like the topics that are covered though. Elemental Science for the Logic Stage - This seems appealing to me because it promotes independent learning. I think I would choose the Biology level. I've read many reviews that say the experiments don't work well and the recommended texts are quite boring. I don't want to set her up for failure from day one. Real Science 4 Kids - We're using this for astronomy. It's just okay. I paid a lot of money for the full set, but so far I'm not impressed. WTM recommendations - I'm not sure I'm comfortable enough to use this approach yet.
  7. Masterbooks America’s Story is great for family style learning. You can view good samples online. The “teachers guide” is really worksheets with questions. It was nice to have, but I’m not big on worksheets. The text on its own was very interesting though. You could easily read through more than one level in a year. There are 3 level in all.
  8. 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 from Saxon 7/6 to Pre-Algebra, and what curriculum you chose? My daughter does not like math, or school for that matter. I don't want something that will be super challenging, but simply to introduce concepts of Algebra.
  9. 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 and more to CLE 7.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 each day though. R&S Math 6 - I’ve heard this is a great overview, but it definitely looks less challenging than BJU. Obviously it is written for 6th grade so it wouldn’t be as challenging. Would it be enough to prepare for Pre-Algebra?
  13. 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!
  14. 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 BIBLE - CAP God's Great Covenant OT1 (with little sister) HISTORY - Notgrass From Adam to Us SCIENCE - Apologia Gen. Sci (2nd edition) with Lab Kit MATH - Considered using R&S 6 for a solid overview of elementary arithmetic WRITING COMP - Write Shop 1 GRAMMAR - Analytical Grammar SPELLING AND HANDWRITING - Considered using R&S (She's a terrible speller and her writing has always been awful) LATIN - I Considered using First Form Latin and I would do it with her, but now I'm thinking that would just be too much!
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