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  1. I guess it's so new that no one has used it.
  2. Has anyone here used 42 electronics? My son has an interest in robotics, and I'm looking into a local robotics team and a local company that has classes, but I found this curriculum, too. Curious for some reviews, but it looks new. Only 2 of the 4 levels are out so far.
  3. Getting Started with Spanish
  4. My 9th grader is taking pre-calc, and he uses a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE.
  5. I'm looking for new things for next school year. I just heard of Grammar Galaxy for the first time yesterday, and I want to know more. I've searched here, and I'm mostly finding brief mentions that someone is going to try it, but I can't find reviews or experiences from those that have actually used it. Anyone? My son will be going into 6/7th grade (he's young, so kind of in between). If you've used it, what do you like or dislike about it? Is it solid instruction? Easy to use? Long/short lessons? I did get the online sample, but it's about 4 pages long, so I'd appreciate more input. Thanks.
  6. I've used WriteShop and my son loved it. I'm not sure what you mean by required materials, though. Did you buy the package of stuff that is pre-done for you? It may be called an activity pack? I don't remember. I do think WS is teacher intensive in that I did need to prep materials, cut stuff out, etc., but my son looked forward to writing time. He enjoyed "publishing" his stories at the end of each unit. We had fun with editing and rewriting. I spent a few hours before the school year started putting together the grammar folders. Those were easy to do, and then they were ready for the year. Other than that, I could go by the seat of my pants each day if I needed to, but I'd usually spend a few minutes each weekend cutting out the activity stuff. It was a good writing year for us!
  7. I'm curious, too, so I'm bumping again... sorry...
  8. I'm curious what others have to say... We are currently in CLE book 509. I would like to switch my youngest over to Saxon, but mostly because I own the higher levels of those books. I just don't know *when* to make that switch. I have printed out the placement test for Saxon, and I'm going to have him take it soon, but I'm not sure what to expect. The obvious differences are the workbook vs. textbook. My son does not love the workbooks anymore (he used to!). BUT, I don't think he'd like writing the problems out of the book for Saxon either. Either way, it's a lot of math each day! Both have a ton of problems!
  9. Have you looked at Writeshop? It is kind of teacher intensive, but my 5th grader loves it. He does not like to physically write stuff, but he enjoys the pre-writing activities, brainstorming, and other activities. He likes coming up with the stories, but not physically writing them down. It's been a good writing year for him.
  10. My 8th grader has read 55 books this year, not including read alouds or smaller non-fiction supplements to history. BUT, only 8 were actually assigned and discussed and written about as "schoolwork." My 5th grader has read 31, but only 2 were discussed thoroughly. I think that what you assign depends on the kid. My older one loves to read at night, and I use the school books to make sure we discuss the more difficult books as curriculum. My youngest hates anything related to reading, so I put very little pressure on the output of reading, and he is just assigned reading time each day. He chooses the books. He needs to develop a love a reading, so I do "suggest" books that I think he'd like, but he has the final decision. I do ask him about his reading to make sure he's understanding the book, but that is very casual.
  11. I did find two books at my library that I've requested. They are short, but I've used the series before, so I'm hoping it will fit the bill. The 1980 decade in pictures, and the same for 1990s. I like things that cover the overall culture and feel of the decades that will give other info beyond SOTW. Thanks for the other suggestions everyone!
  12. I loved The Kite Runner. My youngest definitely wouldn't read it (it would take him forever b/c he reads so slow!), but I will suggest it to my older kiddo...he's my big reader. I've thought of recommending it before, but I do know it has some rough scenes. I don't censor much, but I "avoid recommending." :)
  13. Thanks. I'll go see if I can find them...the Globalization book is exactly the type of thing I'm looking for. My library doesn't have it, but I'm searching ILL. I read Towers Falling for Battle of the Books, and I didn't personally like it. :) I guess there isn't much out there, though.
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