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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?
  16. Thank you for so many great suggestions. I guess I’ll spend the evening doing research. A friend had also recommended using Sonlight LA2 along with Easy Grammar. I was planning on going through the SL LEVEL 2 readers anyway, so that might make sense. She said they’re LA is great for writing,but not Grammar. So much to consider.
  17. My 9 yo daughter is still learning to read. She has many delays, but is making progress. I bought IEW Bible Heroes for this year, thinking that it would be a gentle approach to grammar and writing. I really don't like it - already. She really really doesn't like it! It requires too much writing, and she just can't grasp the "key word outline". I feel like I have looked at just about every English curriculum out there, and I feel even more lost than when I started my search. We will be doing AAS for spelling and phonics/reading instruction is covered by other resources. We are also doi
  18. WP AS1 - I bought the old version about 4 years ago. I fell in love with the stacks of real picture books! I loved the idea that they would learn about Native American history. The LA looked so cute with all the animals! I bought the whole set and ordered ALL of the books for the year from Amazon. Then, we started the year. Things didn’t line up. We would read about one group of Native Americans and do a notebook page about another group. The Read Aloud was about a totally different group. Unfortunately the curriculum plans didn’t have the flow that the “American Story” needed and we
  19. I am still trying to figure out History for my soon to be 6th grade daughter. We have tried History Odyssey in the past and that we s the one curriculum that she absolutely will not do. We are also not fans of SOTW. I have been looking at both Veritas Press and Memoria Press. I like the looks of both, although I’m not entirely sure what I would need from MP. First, has anyone here used the VP transition guide(s) for middle school? How did it go? How long were you spending on History each day? Please share the good and the bad. Next, Memoria Press - what would I want or need to
  20. [Speaking calmly and non-judgemental] When I mentioned reconsidering her lifestyle, I was referring to the many things we consider while planning our lives. Some things she might consider if she really wants to homeschool are moving to an area where she would have more family close by to help, or looking for another job that would allow her to either work less hours or even work from home. I have great compassion for single parents. I realize that often they must make sacrifices daily to just get by. I am not speaking at all to how she spends her resources, including time. I think it’s noble
  21. Honestly, I think the mother needs to reconsider her priorities. I understand that it can be difficult to manage things as a single parent, but I think she’ll have herself in a legal situation fast if she tries to leave a 9 yo special needs child at home by himself and technically teaching himself. Maybe it isn’t illegal there, but I’m guessing neighbors or concerned friends and family would be quick to contact child services. If the mother really wants him to be homeschooled, she’ll need to consider changes in her lifestyle, including her work schedule. If she’s dedicated to her child, I’m
  22. I’m typically very excited for this sale, but it was so disappointing! Math Mammoth seemed like a good deal, but I don’t need it. That was the only thing I saw that I would even consider. I usually spend at least $40 on this sale, but I guess I’ll use that money on physical resources instead.
  23. I still use Rubber Cement often. Also, I looked everywhere online trying to find a trapper keeper for my 10 yo dd. The only ones I could find were either very old, extremely expensive, or the new bulky version... so I had to build my own. ..... I miss the Trapper Keeper.
  24. Teaching the Classics. See the Center for Lit website.
  25. I love these too! Our county had the annual library book sale last week. I got the full set of 2017 Commemorative Edition World Book encyclopedias for only $22! They are like new. You could tell some of them were never even used! (It was like Christmas morning for me!)
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