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  1. Thats great to know, thank you! Also, there is concern about how to put together a transcript. Would the family take the high school transcript up until he's pulled out and combine it with his senior year grades/transcript? I have no idea, my oldest are in 8th. Haven't crossed that road yet.
  2. I forgot about his fine arts class. He needs a 1/2 credit. He wants a simple class that won't consume too much of his time. Any ideas? He was thinking about photoshop, or at least that is the class he had signed up for at his high school.
  3. He is thinking about the local community college. It's all online though.
  4. I am so excited about this organic chemistry class for him. I definitely have it on the side for my own kids to take in a couple of years!
  5. He is pretty good at math. He should be in Calc BC this year, but he feels there are holes in his learning because of the pandemic. He started in precalculus last year then moved up into Calc AB after Christmas. His counselor recommended for him to continue to move forward into BC, but he declined. I have looked at AoPS for him. It's definitely on the list to show him. I know a bit about AoPS - my daughter is using their prealgebra book. On a side note...I likely will be outsourcing the algebra class for her. She is slated to complete the book by October. I wish AoPs had a self-paced
  6. Oh, thank you! I definitely am forwarding this to him! I quickly scanned, but what is the cost of the class? Are all of the assignments graded by you? How involved is the parent?
  7. Thank you, thank you!!! I have looked at all of your recommendations. I really appreciate it! I seem to have great options for English and History. With regards to science, I found that Royal Fireworks Press has a Genetics course. I *think* it's one semester long. I contacted the company a couple of times and waiting for an answer. It looks like a very interesting course and the instructor seems WELL credentialed! If it's one semester, then maybe he can take something related to the history of medicine or medical terminology. I thought this book seemed interesting, and along with a goo
  8. I have a nephew who will be homeschooling this year because his school is going virtual - family just found out. He learns quickly, but needs guidance and accountability. He has taken quite a few AP classes in English, Science, and History. I'm trying to help him find course materials and classes for this school year. He only needs a few classes to graduate, but I think he wants to use this year to maximize his learning. He had indicated that there wasn't much learning from March until the end of the school year and he isn't willing to risk have limited education/learning for this year.
  9. Thank you for all this information. I have reached out to Derek Owens and someone from his company responded immediately. TCB, thank you. They have a different fee schedule if he decides to not use the grading option. There was quite a bit of helpful information. I already purchased the book and should be here in a couple of days.
  10. Thank you! I definitely will take a look into this. Are there videos associated to each lesson and do you have access to everything and can navigate through the entire program?
  11. My nephew had taken precalculus at his local school this school year, but feels he didn't learn it well. He wants to retake it over the summer to be better prepared for Calc 1 his senior year. I am hopeful you guys can give me some recommendations for any online precalculus classes. I would like to give him some options to look through.
  12. I wanted to provide an update about how we did with this year's literature books. We did so much better this year and it was one of the highlights of MCT. I spent time reading the entire small instructional The Search Trilogy book. This was the biggest help. I should have done this last year. We read all three books aloud and the kids shared in the reading. There were parts of The Search Trilogy book I didn't follow and many parts I did. Michael Clay Thompson had a section about Vocabulary prestudy - I didn't really go over that part with the kids. The Strategies and Activities sect
  13. Has anyone used any of the language arts books for 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade? Does the student use them independently? We are on our third go around with MCT. We are currently using Level 4 (Literature). I notice that this level is shorter than the others. We plan to use Magic Lens I midyear. Would one level, minus the writing book, be considered 1 credit English? I am trying EIW for the first time in conjunction with MCT. I'm guessing it's 1 credit with EIW and MCT (minus Academic Writing I). Would love any feedback about the high school levels and how it works for you and/or
  14. My daughter is a young sixth grader. She doesn't turn 12 until the end of the summer. I expect if we went ahead with either NEM 1 or AoPS Prealgebra, that it would take her (us) 1.5 to 2 years. I have made some mistakes with my older kids - they are currently in 7th grade-, transitioning them into prealgebra programs that they both disliked. This "held them back" a bit, whereas before they were 1-2 years "ahead". I know it doesn't really matter to be ahead or at level, but my older twins enjoyed being a bit ahead. They see their cousins and friends at certain levels and they wanted the same. I
  15. This is the copy I have... lookig at the inside cover, it states it was first published in 1991 - new edition 1996 - reprinted from 1997 almost every year until the final date of 2013. https://www.amazon.com/New-Elementary-Mathematics-Syllabus-Level/dp/9812714111
  16. I have a daughter who is completing SM 6B. I am trying to figure out if I should move her to AoPS Pre Algebra or try New Elementary Mathematics Level 1. I have both programs, but I am curious which type of math do you move into after NEM Level 2 in 8th grade? Do you move into Algebra I or 2? Is there enough Geometry in NEM 1 and 2 to count as a full credit of Geometry? I often don't see families using this curriculum. I have it here and am trying to pick between the two. Also, I have an older child using AoPS and is doing well with it. I'm a little concerned with the 6th grader moving on to
  17. I have a 7th grade daughter using Art of Problem Solving Pre-Algebra. I just noticed that Royal Fireworks Press teaches Art of Problem Solving online! My daughter uses the curriculum almost entirely on her own. She asks me a few questons a couple of times a week, but is mostly independent. I'm concerned if the math becomes too difficult and will eventually need online support. Has anyone used the online class through Royal Fireworks Press? What has been your experience?
  18. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I definitely cried a little reading the responses. It is a cry of relief because I know he could do better than he is, but he's just dragging his feet. He would rather sit and watch the grass grow or wrestle with his younger brother during school time. When it's his free time, he loves his baseball, football, or xbox 😐 I talked with him last night and this morning about math. He is willing to try Dolciani Pre-Algebra again. We had done this book last year for a bit before transitioning to Videotext. He knows I need him to be independent. My youngest
  19. I would love any input! Any thoughts about your experiences with Shormann Algebra?
  20. I have a 7th grade son who has been working on Videotext Algebra for about a year. He has completed 3 units of it. I watch most videos with him and grade his work. He kind of drags his feet with school. If I'm behind in grading his homework and/or quizzes, he doesn't move forward. This is fine with me because sometimes he hasn't cemented certain skills, and if he moves on to the next lesson, it causes additional problems. I was hopeful he would become more independent with Math so that I could focus on his younger siblings. He has a twin sister that is mostly independent in science and
  21. That would be great! I have the algebra book coming soon and will compare the two.
  22. Thank you for this insight. I agree, those are some of my concerns. I do worry about my daughter getting stumped too often and I'm not able to give her the appropriate amount of time and attention to help her. I'm generally comfortable with the program and think it's fun, but I just don't have the time to dedicate 30 min to an hr a day with her. Her twin is in videotext and he requires a moderate amount of daily support. I separately work on language arts (MCT), writing (WWS), history, and science with the three oldest, which includes her and her twin. I also work about 1.5-2 hours a day wit
  23. Thank you for sharing your experience. I like the idea of watching the videos for the entire chapter - I think that could definitely work. My daughter is pretty independent with the current pre-algebra book. She reads the lesson, works on the practice problems, and completes the exercise problems on her own. She does ask me for help on an exercise problem or two, which happens almost daily. This is not a problem because it takes about 15 minutes of my time and I enjoy working on the problems using their style of methodology. For the algebra book, I would want her to maintain this level of inde
  24. I'm hoping for some help here. Would love to hear your experiences and opinions!! I have a 13 year old daughter who completed two units of Videotext algebra. Her twin brother still uses it, but she didn't like how the information was taught. She learns from reading and not necessarily from people talking to her. About 3 weeks ago she and I decided to stop videotext, which made her incredibly happy, and moved on to the art of problem solving pre-algebra book. She works about an hour and a half to two hours a day and is learning a lot. In these 3 weeks, she has completed two chapters of t
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