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  1. We do projects and the kids love them. I think that is the key, if they don't love them don't do them. I have my oldest daughter read the history, note the important facts about it, and then she does "projects". She actually objected to this term because in her mind, a project is this huge thing. But she picks things that interested her, researches them further, she at times does a hands on portion, or she may just write up what she learned, or how it might apply to something else. For example, during Greek and Roman history, mosaics caught her fancy. So she researched ancient and
  2. Does anyone know the copyright date of the original version? Or the 2nd edition? So that I can make sure to get the first.
  3. I would not say my dd enjoyed it, simply because it was science. But I would say that she enjoyed it as well as possible. I just asked her, and she said it was good. She liked that it wasn't written like a textbook, it was more like a summary. And that made it easier to understand for her. Taking the life science course that did use a textbook, in addition to the biology course helped her to understand the textbook better. This last year she moved to just a textbook.
  4. I have used Chalkdust pre algebra for less, but no videos (I had them for Basic Math, Algebra 1 and 2 though). And I have Lials, no videos, for Algebra 1 and 2, but not pre algebra. If you child learns well from videos, I think Chalkdust is great. Unfortunately mine don't. So I stopped using the videos pretty quickly. I do not like the lay out of the Chalkdust Algebra 1-2 books. They were difficult to teach from. The pre algebra book isn't as bad. And we get through it pretty well with me giving brief lessons. I love teaching from the Lials Algebra 1 book though. It is very
  5. I haven't used the Integrated Physics and Chemistry books, but I have used the Biology and Anatomy and Physiology books. They are light, which we needed. I did add to them. My dd took a life science class at a coop, plus both sets of these books, and experiments in dissection and with microscope work. And I gave her a credit. I disagree heartily that the two sets are worth 1 1/2 to 2 credits if done in a year. My dd struggles with science, reading and comprehension, yet was able to do a lesson in 15-30 mins. We considered using the Integrated Physics and Chemistry books, but we would
  6. I used the first K12 book as a jumping off point for my high school dd. We started wtm late and she never learned to outline so I had her read the book, outline, and rewrite outlines. Since it is broken into 4 parts, we did one part per quarter. After she did the reading and outlining, I had her choose areas to explore. She gathered information and then choose some projects to show her learning. Some were just summarizing what she learned, some were opinion essays, some were making things or cooking food and then writing briefly about it. She learned alot and really enjoyed doing history
  7. We love the Synonym Finder by Rodale too. We actually have two copies because my two older kids were constantly needing it at the same time. So now they each have one.
  8. I transitioned from Chalkdust pre-algebra to Lial's intro algebra. We didn't have any problems. My dd really prefers the layout and examples in the Lial's book.
  9. We used the physical science course at the beginning of this school year. My dd did not like it and after about 5 weeks, we switched to a different program. I wanted to like it and really did like the idea of researching topics. But, as already stated, the questions were too vague for my dd. I would have to go through and add to the question to guide her where to go. This wasn't terribly difficult to do. I just skimmed the answers given and made some notes on the question sheet. My dd is a bare bones, no extra info, just get it done kind of person when it comes to science. Not he
  10. I did order these. I emailed before hand and was told just to forward the email confirmation from amazon. It does take a couple of days to get a reply. I actually got the teacher cd before I got the cd from amazon. It was about 2-3 weeks.
  11. We started this in the middle of the year. After my dd has read and responded in writing, she gets to choose areas to explore. I give her a unit to read, a number of papers she needs to do for that section. Then I allow her to pick what she is most interested in to research. She has made feasts based on old style recipes, she is carving a viking boat out of balsa wood from a pattern found online, she researched mosaics and made one, hand drawn maps of the areas studies... For each project, there is also a written aspect where she discusses what she has learned. I give her a deadlin
  12. My son, 6th grade, struggles with writing, not the understanding of the material, and I have let him do half a lesson a day. Right now he is in the review part, and being the end of the year, he is getting burned out. So he choose to do a sentence a day instead of a review a week. It is working for him, so we will continue. I am planning to spread the book over 3 years though.
  13. I bought it for the coming year, so I haven't gone through all of it. But I glanced through parts of it. It seems to be pretty middle of the road and tries to present a balanced view of the topic.
  14. I can completely relate. My oldest two are three years apart, they learned to read 6 months apart. My middle child is the kind that can learn in his sleep, although he is currently entering a ditzy phase. While my oldest has to hear and do things about 50 times for it to even sound familiar and like something she might have heard before. I spent a lot of time being frustrated with the older and expecting her to speed things up, but she just couldn't. It didn't do any good and actually harmed our relationship. Don't stop trying to teach her, but don't push her faster than she can
  15. thanks for the site. That is one of the text books that I had been looking at. Any other ideas?
  16. My dd would love to do a zoology science class next year for 11th grade. She has taken a basic biology, and human anatomy class. Has anyone tried this? I have been searching Amazon and found a couple of text books, but I wonder how dry they will be. I have thought of some experiments and hands on explorations. But I am trying to figure out how to tie it all together. I plan to have her do a scientist biography, an animal research paper, and follow the development of an idea, theory, or technology. She would love to just explore this field by reading everything the library
  17. My dd has used AG over the last year in a half. So about Dec of her 9th grade year, through this year, her 10th. She has finished the 3 seasons, but I decided to reinforce for the remainder of the year with the review book. I would say it is very doable in a year. It took her about 30 mins a day to do a lesson, we didn't do the paraphrasing as that was done in another curriculum we were using. Now, doing the reviews, it takes her about 15 mins, once a week. It has been a great program and well worth the money. Trying to do the entire program with the HS reinforcement too, in just
  18. My son didn't read until after he turned 8. A couple of months later it just clicked. At this time he was being tested for other issues and they found that he has serious short term memory issues. If it is something he is interested in, it goes straight to long term memory to never be forgotten. But if it is something he isn't as interested in, it has to be introduced repeatedly to get it from short term to long term. There is no magical number of times that it has to "learned" again, you just have to keep at it until it sticks. But now, one year later, he reads constantly. I tease him
  19. I will be combining my 7th and 4th grade boys next year. They both enjoy lapbooking and history pockets. They don't like to color them, but to have a scrapbook of what they learned. We will be using The Story of the USA books 1-4 and American History Encyclopedia as our spines. Then we will be using a variety of library books to flesh out the info before adding to our lapbooks and pockets. I also have Critical Thinking's American History series that I will be pulling from. Boys want to include projects for each time period, ie build a fort, cooking from the period, etc. So our a
  20. On PHP facebook page, they said that the Grammar and Writing books were delayed and the book forms would be available, hopefully, in Jan 2012. But hopefully the pdf downloads would be available a little sooner.
  21. I usually have a rubric of some sort that helps me to grade essays. But in my mind I will think that is about a B paper, or a C paper, or whatever. But I still go through the rubric and use that. If both my thought and the rubric come up with the same grade, that is what they get. If they don't match I try to see if I was too strict in my thoughts or if the rubric wasn't grading what I wanted it too, is so I adjust it. As far as what I would grade this paper, if it was my daughter, I would probably give her a B-. But we would discuss it alot so that she would be clear as to what I exp
  22. For our schools, if you take alg 1 in 8th grade, it does count towards your math needed in high school, but not the creidts. So if you are required to take 24 credits, 3 in math, and you take alg 1 in 8th grade, then you would still need 24 credits in high school, but only 2 in math.
  23. My dd is 10th, last year we went through these same questions. She had done Abeka for Math 4-7 and prealg. So the next logical step was alg 1. But by Nov of her 9th grade year she was failing. I took her back to pre-alg and had her redo it with another book. We worked through the summer to catch up. We started with Lial's algebra book this fall, and having the review and another year to mature, she has done great. Luckily in CO we don't have to do what the schools do for classes, and even if we did, it is only 3 years of math. But could you go back for a review or pre-alg for the
  24. My kids have done German 1-2, I assume it is similar for other programs. The core, or first lesson, for each unit is 40 mins. The other lessons are 5-15 mins. My kids choose to do the core in one sitting because it sticks with them better. And for the shorter lessons they just work through them 15-30 mins at a time. I know they have stopped part way through the shorter lessons before with no difficulty, but I don't know if they have stopped in the longer core.
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