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  1. My dd did PAC Biology and Anatomy in one year, which is 8 books. We started late as that was the 3rd biology program my dd tried. The books are very quick reads and the question worksheets afterward are quick as well. We do an outside enrichment program, so my dd does her work from me in 3 days a week. She was able to do 2 lessons a day to be able to finish in a year. If I remember right it took her 1 - 1 1/2 hours to do the 2 lessons. My dd is not very academic or rigorous, she is a get it done as easily as possible kind of child. I would imagine that you could easily do the 2 years of American History in one. If I remember the quizzes and tests are extra days. There were 3 quizzes and 1 test per booklet. Which would average to 6-7 lessons/quizzes/tests per week.

     

    My concern would be that the 2nd half, last I checked, hasn't been released yet. Only the 1st half that you have has been released. So a possibility would be to do the program you have for the 1st semester, and then do something else for the 2nd semester to cover the more modern history.

  2. Ds is in 7th and doing WWS. We usually only do 3 lessons a week due to coop. I also have ds do a narration paragraph and an outline (1-2 level) for history. For science, he is in a coop and has some writing weekly, usually a report or lab write-up. His other subjects have small amounts or writing, but these are his major assignments.

     

    I do have to constantly remind ds of the time limit. He tries to complete an lesson every time he starts one. And sometimes the lessons are long. So I have had to limit him to 30-45 mins for WWS. If he is really close to finishing, he will, but there are days that he sits there for 1 1/2 to 2 hours trying to do an assignment. And we are working on being able to set it aside after the 30-45 mins and finishing it tomorrow.

  3. Personally, I feel that if your child is lacking in the skills, or bricks, that WWS teaches, use the book to teach them. In the linked answer above, from SWB, she says that even if a student had just gotten through 4 levels of WWS, they would be prepared for freshman comp in college.

     

    You can't expect a child to write essays just because they are high school age and should be doing that now. Nor can you rush them through 2 programs at once, WWS and another for essays, to play catch up. If they aren't ready, they aren't ready. And rushing through programs isn't going to help.

     

    However, you have to understand what your child is actually capable of. For example, I would have loved to have my oldest go through the WWS books, but she is in 11th grade, and the amount of time it would take would not be a good pay off for her, and she would only be able to get through 2 levels. But since we definitely missed some of the bricks with her, I am condensing the ideas found in WWS, and working with her on those skills, with the essays that she is writing. She is older and can handle that.

     

    I started my 7th grade son on WWS this year, and he will be going through the program for 4 years. His last year with WWS he will be in 10th and I intend to add in Rulebooks for Arguments that year, as suggested by SWB in that long thread. Followed by other rhetoric books in 11th and 12th.

  4. I bought the program with the intention of using it next year with my soon to be 8th grader. But he decided to do Earth Science at a coop with his friends next year instead. So we will be waiting on it until he is in 9th.

     

    We choose it because after reading the 3 books I had on my shelves, the CK12 biology book, Shepherd's, and one other one that is escaping me right now, my non-biology loving son looked up and smiled, and said this is the one.

     

    I have no experience using it, but my son enjoys the writing style of the book, it was understandable to him.

     

    Sorry I can't be of more help.

  5. The creative writing assignments start out focusing on describing places and characters. Then they move into developing a character, give them feelings and actions. Next you develop your antagonist, choose a goal for the main character and a setting. You start to add in dialog. The assignments have you practice the skills, then you apply them to the picture studies. The year is finished up with using your skills to tell stories from your life.

     

    The lessons also build on each other. First you learn dialog, then you learn to show emotion with dialog, then you learn to show movement and action with dialog.

     

    The assignments give necessary explanation and tell you what to do. It has examples when needed to demonstrate what is being assigned.

     

    While I know it is based on the Charlotte Mason style, with the dictation, copy work, and editing, I still felt it was too much. It felt more like filler.

  6. I started the first high school book. I was less than impressed. Over half of the book seems to be copy work, dictation, or editing. I did like the other little bits that were in between all of that. But those bits were more creative writing with a little grammar mixed in. I felt it was very over-priced for what you got. I don't mind some editing and dictation, but it seemed the amounts were out of proportion. Especially as you get nearer to the end of the book, it seems that the author ran out of ideas and just started putting in very long sections to edit or dictate. 10-20 days or more.

  7. I am thinking of signing my ds up for Powerspeak, the K12 foreign language. You have a year to finish a semester, from the time you sign up.

     

    I also looked at BYU online high school classes. They also give you a year to finish a semester.

     

    BYU classes are a little cheaper, but you have to pay for proctoring the final test somewhere. Whereas with Powerspeak it is all included. I am not paying extra to have credit assigned or to have a teacher over the class with Powerspeak, just the basic class.

     

    My friend's son is using the BYU classes for Japanese, 1st year. His piano teacher speaks it and my friend's sister speaks it. So he has been able to get a little practice in there. But he does it almost entirely alone as my friend doesn't know any Japanese. Part of the second year is recording yourself speaking the language and sending it digitally to the teacher to evaluate. I think she also said that the teacher would be calling to chat in the language, but I can't remember for sure. She isn't to the point yet.

  8. While I agree that a separate post pinned to the top of the board and a notice at Peace Hill Press would have been nice, there have been many questions about the program since the posting on page 11 here. And in all those instances, someone has responded letting the poster know that the program had been placed on an indefinite hold. The information was out there, it just might not have been made as obvious as it could have been.

  9. My ds and I have been looking at the samples online. In the new versions for pre-alg and alg 1, there are beeps, whistles, etc that sound each time something happens. Is there anyway to turn these off? I asked their customer service, but I am not sure they understood my question. They said to turn off the buddy sounds, but doing that on the sample made no difference. Is it because it is just a sample, and on the actual program it is different?

     

    Thanks for any help.

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    I have looked at Science Shepherd very seriously but I have two reservations. The first is that it is new and as it is written by one person. I wonder if it will have a lot of kinks in it yet. My other hesitation is that the cost of all the components really add up.

     

     

     

    I have not used it yet, but I just bought Science Shepherd Biology.

     

    First, according to WTM, isn't it better to have a book by one person, so that you know that it is his thoughts and ideas. Rather than reading a book by a faceless group of professors that you can't "argue" with. Also, aren't the Apologia books written by Jay Wile. I know his name is on the cover, but don't know if he has a team that helps him write as I haven't really looked into them.

     

    Second, the cost. I don't know if you are comfortable with science. I just bought the lab book, and the 3-book set (TE, student, and test). I figured I would go through those this spring and decide if I needed the other things. The question video is just spoken video answers that come straight from the TE book. The lab video, is for parents and students that don't know what they are looking for or what they are doing in experiments. It holds your student's hand and guides them along. Explaining what you should be seeing and giving tips. I haven't decided if I am getting this part yet, but I love the idea of it, and it would definitely make it more independent, but it is pricey.

     

    What really attracted me to to it is that I had my son read 3 samples I found on line, and he looked up smiling, my son who is dreading biology, and said this is the one (I had him read from 4 other options we had available already). Also, after looking into it, I love that it presents both sides of the evolution/creation argument. As he states, these are theories, and he keeps them to 3 chapters in his book, and then presents facts in the remainder of the book.

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