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  1. I used it for 1/2 of this school year for grades 2 and 5. I did not feel it was enough. It is very gentle but perhaps too gentle for us. I do plan to use it as summer math for review.
  2. I have used CLE Reading for grades 2, 4, 5 and 7. It's a little dry but it does cover a great deal. My 7th grader really dislikes it so I've moved to Memoria Press lit guides in addition to some informal discussion a la Teaching the Classics. I also tried Mosdos for grades 5 and 7 and neither of my kids really cared for them. I have the 7th grade Jade student book for sale if anyone's interested. :)
  3. I'm considering the Earth Science for my 8th grader next year.
  4. I'm looking for a general science course for my rising 8th grader next year. He'll be going to public high school in 9th grade, most likely, so I want to shore up any gaps before he starts the high school science sequence. I'm open to secular or Christian programs but don't care for Apologia. DVD or streaming video a plus! He's a solid student (but isn't crazy about science) and will be taking algebra next year, if that matters.
  5. I tried TGTB language arts for grades 2, 5 and 7 this year and it was a bust. The primary issue I had was with the all-in-one aspect: my kids (like most kids) are not totally synchronous -- one may need attention paid to spelling while another might need more time to develop composition skills. I felt that TGTB was trying to cover too many subjects and as a result, it had a scattered feel and didn't go deep enough in each individual area of the language arts. I didn't have quite the same issue with CLE when we used that; I think because CLE separates reading from the rest of the language arts. I did like the idea of including art and geography but the geography just wasn't thorough enough to count as an entire course. I do still use the science units for my elementary schoolers and I like them.
  6. Getting Started with Spanish? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. I’m local to Macalester and both attended and worked for a neighboring school. It’s a lovely campus in a beautiful part of St. Paul. What specifically do you want to know? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Yes!! I’ve worn contacts since 6th grade. I’ve gradually had to cut back on wearing them over the last year and recently had to stop altogether because my eyes get extremely irritated after just a few minutes of use. It’s so bad that I’ve needed two rounds of steroid eye drops to clear things up. It’s not worth the misery! I’m now using the preservative-free eye drops for my dry eyes and will ask about the daily lenses at my next eye appointment — and if they’re not an option, I might consider LASIK. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. I have a child with a low immune system and he’s been sick constantly this winter. And since when he’s sick, I get minimal sleep, I have been sick frequently as well. It’s been a rough winter, that’s for sure! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Has he read the Who Was series? They are easy reads but my son enjoys them. There are some scientists included in the series. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  11. We went from the 600s to Derek Owens prealgebra and it's gone very smoothly. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  12. My 4th grade teacher took the top two spellers in the class out to McDonalds as a reward. She picked us up at our homes and drove us there with no other adults. She was a fantastic teacher but I don't think this would happen again! My female middle school PE teacher made sure we all took showers after class by actually watching us shower. We tested our own blood types in high school biology. I'm not sure if schools still do this for liability reasons.
  13. We only do classes during periods 6 and 7 and afterschool sports. By that time, most of our homeschool work has been completed.
  14. I do like it, but we have taken a break from it for now. We have used Fable, Narrative I and Narrative II. My 7th grader did most of Refutation and Confirmation this year and part of Commonplace. The higher books get VERY thick and I felt like he was spending more time reading than actually writing! He's likely to go to public school for 8th grade so I switched to Writing Skills 2 (by EPS) to work more specifically on the skills that he will need next year -- various essay types, mainly. My 5th grader finished Narrative I this year and it was a great fit for him - very incremental. However, I also had him take a break from W&R because I didn't want to get too far ahead of his writing stamina. I am strongly considering going back to it next year after we work on more nuts & bolts stuff with Writing Skills 1. I personally LOVE it and would love to see it through, but all of my kids are probably going to public in 8th or 9th grade.
  15. This is pretty common in MN. My kids aren't musically-inclined but we know homeschoolers who participate in public school band. My son plays basketball at the local middle school and takes one class.
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