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  1. Has anyone used this? I was looking to see if we could get streaming Dive videos, but it redirects to recommend Shormann.
  2. We left after Challenge A. I wound up starting my own co-op, which may be more work than you are wanting to take on for the fall, lol. I do not regret leaving. In fact, I really regret not quitting at semester. I don't have many good things to say about Challenge A. My oldest had done four years of foundations/essentials and is amazing at reading/writing/memorizing. She's currently reading Anna Karenina for fun. So, it's not just that she was a dumb kid who wasn't prepared for the workload. The Latin exercises were taking her about two hours a day. Then, I learned that most parents just memorize the vocab and make no attempt at translation. She kept pace with the Latin, translating everything, until about 2/3 of the way through the program. She was sick a few days, and couldn't catch back up. And then was completely lost. I don't know why they don't slow down Henle so the majority of the kids could keep pace. I don't understand any potential benefit to moving at break neck speed through Latin. It's baffling to me. The drawing the world stressed her out. She'd spend hours working on one tiny handful of countries or states. She didn't learn the names of the majority of them because she was being a perfectionist on the drawing. We both hated Lost Tools. I can't figure out for the life of me how anyone likes it. I could go on and on. It was a disastrous year and when I saw her blue book exams, I was like, you have learned SO little this year. I have no regrets on leaving. I pulled everyone else out because basically everything they do in foundations is "because of challenge". In our county, you can serve in teen court and be part of actual juvenile court hearings. There is also a formal speech club of some sort and a student government organization that I've heard great things about. i can't imagine that you can't find something to fill whatever aspects of challenge b are important for your family. Oh, and of the group that continued with Challenge B, almost all of them put their kids in public school after the year was over. So, it didn't seem that the people who pressed on really enjoyed it.
  3. That's crazy. Legal fees of over $50,000 over sharing a meme? Why would a judge not just throw that out? I don't understand.
  4. DD is 15 and finishing 9th grade. I do not think we can move on in math next year because of her struggles with Algebra 1. I've posted previously about it. She tends to make 85% on tests in Saxon Algebra 1, but she is missing sometimes 50% on lessons and is just super frustrated. I'm wondering about putting her in the Key To series or Teaching Textbooks for the next several months and then trying to finish Saxon Algebra 1 before we move ahead in the fall. Of course, the idea of a summer of more math is crushing to her. Any thoughts?
  5. I'm wondering if we could offer Lightning Literature as a class at our co-op for middle school students. The problem is, the students are in the class for two years, so some students would get lightning lit 7 for 7th grade, but others would get lightning lit 8 for 7th. They would have them in reverse order. Is this a deal breaker?
  6. I've wondered this as well. I pretty much always buy WIC approved items because they are usually the lowest priced.
  7. I have an Earth Science Grammar Stage teacher book and the student workbook. The teacher book says do quiz on page 12. It's not on page 12 in either book. I've checked the website to see if there is a separate quiz book and can't find one. Where are these?!
  8. DD has basically always done saxon. She did really well with math until she started struggling her 7th grade year with 8/7. I thought part of it was just a difficult mental year (hormones and teenager stuff). We did Algebra 1/2 for 8th grade to try to help her solidify some of the basics. The first half the year was definitely better, but she started to struggle again by the end of the year. It was always hard for me to pinpoint exactly what she struggled with. She made a lot of sloppy mistakes. Would get a concept correct one day and then miss it the next. This year, Algebra 1 has been fairly disheartening. We sit together and go over the lesson and do the practice problems together. She then completes the lesson. The next day, we work together through every problem she misses. On average, she misses about 1/3 of the problems. The lessons take a long time. She is particularly lost on exponents... when you add them, when you multiply them, etc. I've explained every which way I can think of, but I think she has herself convinced she's not going to understand anyways. Amazingly, her test average is 85% right now. We are on lesson 68 in the book. She's a really smart kid... but definitely leans toward literature and art. She corrects my spelling and grammar at this point and can tear through classic literature way faster than I ever could. I'm at a loss of what to do. I've considered stopping this and restarting her in some sort of easier Algebra 1 program with plans to move her back into Saxon Algebra 1. However, in the back of my mind, I'm also worried that she isn't going to be able to get enough math credits behind her to do well on the SAT if we don't push forward. While also realizing that pushing forward and her getting even more lost makes zero sense. Sigh. I just feel like this is way harder for her than it should be. Like, it just seems so super frustrating. And I don't have the foggiest clue how to remedy the problem. Help.
  9. Title basically says it all. If I pay for digital, can I print it and have a hard copy to use after my subscription period ends? Or can it be downloaded?
  10. Are you looking at the most recent edition? We used the edition that just came out last spring in co-op this year. I felt like it wasn't as wordy as some of the other apologia texts.
  11. I wonder if the convention will even continue next year. If they aren't able to host any of the other dates, will they be bankrupt?
  12. I'm not excited about the move to July. I like to go to the conference to plan a new year. That will be late for me for planning. I'm not excited about Round Rock because it's not going to get me out of town and away from my children!
  13. Cothran is one of my favs. Although, I usually enjoy Perrin and missed all his talks this year. I also felt really distracted the entire time. I kept wondering if they were going to shut down and didn't feel like I could focus on whatever I was doing because I felt stressed wondering what was coming next. I'm staying in a hotel with three friends. I've looked forward to this trip for an entire year. Such a bummer to go home early.
  14. I'll post if anything seems canceled tomorrow. I should be up pretty early.
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