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  1. I think Jacobs is lovely and gentle. I am using it with my youngest, and four chapters in it seems to be a great fit for him and I am happy with it. However, I tried it with my older two who pick up math a lot easier, and for them it was not a good fit. I believe Jacobs uses a little bit of a "guided discovery" approach. So my kids who could see what he was leading them to discover from the get-go soon found it tedious and boring. For them we landed on Prentice Hall Algebra 1 by Smith et al.
  2. Just thought I would mention that if you have access to Kanopy streaming service (we have free access through our library), they have a lot of Great Courses including the History of the US. (No course book access for this particular course as far as I can determine though). I am planning on us using it next year.
  3. If you have used this, what did you think/how did it go? I am considering for my son for next year. Thanks for any info!
  4. Hi -- I can comment on literature programs, but I believe none of these include explicit writing instruction or grammar. I know some people really like Lightning Lit 7 -- since you referenced a previous comment by me above, I'll add that for us it wasn't a great fit. It has been a few years since we used it, so my memory is not perfect, but I was hoping it would provide thoughtful discussion questions that could lead to good conversations, and if I recall correctly the questions for the works of lit were almost all simple fact recall about details of the readings. We didn't find the literary
  5. Hi and welcome! I am happy to responds as well, but Lori is right that if you post this in one of the places she suggests you will get a much better response. Also is this for a 7th grader, or ...?
  6. I was going to mention Jergen’s Ultra Healing as well.
  7. We use Prentice Hall, and I don’t think there is an entire chapter on constructions, but of what is there, we do some, read through all, and move on. No love for it here and it is not worth the time or frustration in my view. 😀
  8. The OSU German online program for high schoolers is great and less than $400 per year. Last I looked they didn’t have an equivalent Spanish program, so maybe you were looking at the regular college classes? I would love it if they did offer something similar for Spanish!
  9. First, yes, my 5-7 hours estimate was for the regular chemistry class. And I agree with SusanC that adding challenge problems to the regular class is not going to get you to honors. In my view, for that you would need to move at a faster pace and go more in depth with more complex problem solving. I think the regular class is on point for a regular chemistry class and am not suggesting it should be changed. But if Connie is asking if there is a place for a class at a level in between the current regular and honors class, I am just saying yes I think that would be fabulous.
  10. Roadrunner, I believe the class is described as requiring 5-7 hours per week, and with the caveat that it varies depending on the week and that I don’t time the work, I think this is an accurate estimate. I agree that the clear teaching may make the class seem easier than it otherwise would be!
  11. Sounds like there is a lot of love for your honors course which is awesome. I’ll come at the question from the other angle — having kids in the regular chemistry class (parent graded.) Thanks to these forums I know the time commitment alone would be a no-go for my kids for the honors class. We are enjoying the regular class but I think it is on the easy side / that they could easily handle a little more challenge. So something in between regular and honors sounds good to me. 🙂
  12. If you call Pearson/Prentice Hall, they will sell you other pieces. I did this last year and bought a workbook and the teacher’s answer key for it. I had to fill out some sort of form saying I homeschooled or something like that but it was easy.
  13. Not sure if this will suit at all, but I found that the long list of essay questions included here provided insight and lots of interesting topics for discussion: https://www.rcwalton.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Out-of-the-Silent-Planet.pdf
  14. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.
  15. I will echo the CLE (Christian Light Education) recommendation. It introduces new topics very gently, and has tons of review. It has been great for one of mine. 6th grade level would review and solidify elementary school math I think.
  16. My daughter used the Kolbe syllabus last year, and we did use the 2010 text. I didn’t notice any issues/problems Though I will add that I also paid the $20 for the online text which has some nice extras (occasional videos, PowerPoint type presentations, printable workbook pages, audio reading of the text) and I think my daughter primarily ended up using the online text instead of the hard copy. Hmm.. I guess I should add that at times we used the workbook pages for a chapter instead of the Kolbe end of section assignments. So maybe this is not completely helpful, but perhaps helps a little b
  17. My daughter is taking High school Spanish 1 with Homeschool Spanish Academy, so just wanted to mention that at that level, the completed homework must be uploaded and is graded/reviewed.
  18. Thanks Lori! Good to remember the absurdist nature of it all. I do appreciate the creativity, but yes, not really to my tastes. I took a look and the passage I was thinking of was this: And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no
  19. My 12 year old read it and enjoyed it. That said, I started reading it, and I can't remember exactly what I came across, but seems like it was probably jokes about God that were, well, trying to make God a joke, so I didn't appreciate that. So I talked to my son about it. I am not saying don't read it, just a heads-up if that kind of stuff matters to you. I didn't read the whole book so may have been a one or two time thing, I don't know. But to me that stuff is more disturbing than a little bad language.
  20. For one of my kids, knowing how to skip count has seemed to be a big disincentive to memorizing multiplication facts. Ugh.
  21. I will echo the recommendation for Giants in the Earth by Rolvaag.
  22. Thanks so much for the info -- that is very helpful. I am mostly concerned about the instruction being clear. As far as workload, wow, 70-90 problems sounds excessive! That would not fly here either -- and really even in principle seems counterproductive to me. Geometry problem sets (recommended assignments) are much more reasonable -- I checked and they tend to run about 25 problems. Sometimes my daughter will instead do the problems in the workbook for a section, though I want to get back to her doing mostly the textbook exercises because I tend to think they can be a little more subst
  23. Could you tell me which Prentice Hall Algebra 2 you struggled with? We are loving Prentice Hall Geometry (2011) this year and so I was thinking of just continuing on with the series for Algebra 2 next year ...
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