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  1. She took Edison Project I and II. Many other classes (including a robotics class) are listed at: http://www.quickstudylabs.com/Common%20Files/What%20You%20Need.htm Joel Phillips, the instructor, responds to email pretty quickly. It might be helpful to email him directly to get an idea of the best fit for your son without repeating topics. mr.p@quickstudylabs.com
  2. Have you looked at Quick Study Labs? They offer electronics courses that are reasonably priced and really engaging. The instructor (Mr. Phillips) personally responds to emails with detailed suggestions/corrections as well as great encouragement. We had a great experience. quickstudylabs.com
  3. Memoria Press offers streaming videos for this course: https://www.memoriapress.com/streaming/
  4. We used CLE through 600, then ended up compacting most of 700, and skipping 800. We tried a number of options to dip our toes into algebra including AOPS pre-algebra (very frustrating for DD - guess the discovery method's not a fit for her) and Derek Owens algebra, and ended up coming back to CLE. We're now spending the time to complete 800. The early introduction of algebra coupled with plenty of spiral repetition proved to be the best way for DD to finally fully retain the material. We always loved CLE, and probably should have just stayed the course. I no longer skip problems -- we do them all. If that means she's a little bored, I've decided I'd rather she's slightly bored but can really do the computation as a brain-stem function and gets the concepts down. I also appreciate the consumer math in 800. The CLE approach strikes me as "old school" (not necessarily a bad thing) but highly effective. We plan to stay the course with CLE through all of their Sunrise Editions (currently Algebra 1). Sure wish they went all the way through high school math!
  5. My apologies if this has already been mentioned, but have you heard of Civil Air Patrol? This was an extracurricular that was popular with many homeschoolers I know that were interested in a military career. It offers structure, physical challenge, and "real life" military exposure for teens.
  6. We started 3 years ago. DD was 7. We started out 2x/week, then went to 3x/week, and now have lessons 4x/week. They offer group lessons as well in the event you decide to go that route for your kids.
  7. I'd do the 25 minute free sample lesson and see how it goes. The instructor will have suggestions based on the initial sesson. We've been using Homeschool Spanish Academy for DD for several years and DD is now more or less in 6th grade. She's using their middle school curriculum; however, we continue to take 25 min. lessons. I prefer shorter, more frequent lessons for retention vs. less frequent, longer lessons. I asked DD's instructor what she thought, and she agreed with this approach. HSA does a great job of customizing the material to the student. We love HSA. I think it's a great value and the teachers are excellent. Hope you find what works for you!
  8. We're currently using DO math and have never had a lag of more than 2 days. I've been very pleased with the response time.
  9. Dave Ramsey offers finance courses with video content for middle and high school. See daveramsey.com
  10. If you're open to electronics vs. specifically robotics or programming, it might be worth taking a look at The Edison Project by Quick Study Labs. http://www.quickstudylabs.com/EdisonProject/Information/edison_project_intro.htm The classes are low-cost, easy to follow, and the instructor (Joel Phillips) is wonderful. My daughter took one of his courses a couple of years ago and I was really impressed by how closely he followed her progress, personally encouraged her, and provided detailed technical responses to her questions via email. He's clearly passionate about electronics and about teaching. We haven't pursued further courses as we have a full plate with our curriculum these days, however, the experience we had at the time was outstanding.
  11. Second the recommendation for First Form from Memoria Press. We're just finishing it and have been really pleased with the methodical way topics are introduced and reviewed for retention. It's used as early as 4th grade, so would most likely work well for a 6th grader just starting with Latin. MP also offers Prima Latina and Latina Christiana as a gentler introduction for younger children, which could be options for your daughter as well.
  12. Thanks so much for the recommendations! I'm off to check them out..... :001_smile:
  13. I use curriculum plans from Memoria Press (with some tweaking) to plan our weeks, but have been tracking what we've actually accomplished in terms of completed classes, activities, field trips, etc. using Homeschool Minder. For whatever reason it's slowed to a crawl lately and I can't get a response from tech support. It's become completely unusable, which is a big bummer as I've invested a lot of time into using it. Anyone have an alternative they'd recommend? Here's what I'm trying to accomplish: - Track completed classes after the fact - Track field trips and extracurricular activities (ex: piano lessons) - Print daily records - Track attendance - Print attendance reports I'd really like it to be easy to use out of the gate. I researched these tools a couple of years ago and some of them required a secret decoder ring to even interpret the screens. Thank you! I appreciate any pointers! : )
  14. I was recently looking for the same thing. Here are some providers that I found: - Memoria Press via its Memoria Press Online Academy (MPOA) - Veritas Press via Veritas Press Scholars Academy (VPSA) - Wilson Hill Academy Good luck finding what works for you!
  15. Have you seen the list at this link? http://lextineclectic.com/2014/10/literature-list-for-story-of-the-world-volume-3.html4 Spoke too soon -- my apologies. These do not appear to be chapter books.
  16. Thanks for the feedback! This will be our first foray into live online classes, so I'm wondering how this will go. The teacher profiles look impressive as well and seeing the introductory videos was helpful. Thank you again -- glad to hear it's going well!
  17. I'm considering enrolling DD in Veritas Press' online Algebra 1 course (through their Scholars Academy). I've seen very little feedback for their live online courses on the web. Would anyone care to share their thoughts about VPSA? We've taken their self-paced history and bible courses and have been very impressed with the content.
  18. Have you seen the geography from Memoria Press? It's inexpensive and just-the-facts-ma'm. Very straightforward, and although the publisher is Classical Christian, I believe it's devoid of any religious content in the geography materials.
  19. We've been very happy with homeschoolspanishacademy.com. We've used it for a couple of years and have been impressed with all of the teachers we've had so far. If you buy the sessions in bulk, they're significantly cheaper.
  20. We have also used Homeschool Spanish Academy for at least 2 years now. We've had a great experience -- thorough teaching customized to the student, caring teachers that are patient and kind with kids.
  21. We're using BJU Science 6 through the DLO. The videos reinforce the book reading and in my opinion are extremely well done (they reinforce study skills and appropriate review before tests as well as the concepts themselves). I've been very impressed. DD just did a lesson on atoms and the periodic table today independently and it went quite well.
  22. Memoria Press makes a great bird study. We used it this past year and DD absolutely loved it. Although the target audience is 5th (?) graders, it could easily be adapted for younger kids if the subject enthusiasm is there. The text introduces students to bird biology, habitat of individual birds, and a focused study of the songs/key facts associated with a core group of birds. The Peterson Field Guide and associated coloring book are also really well done.
  23. If you're in the phase of life where you need open and go, I highly recommend Christian Light. The math, language arts, and reading are very high quality.
  24. Another vote for Memoria Press. We've used it for Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, and are now about 1/4 of the way through First Form. It's very straightforward, easy to teach, and geared toward true understanding and retention. I highly recommend the DVDs.
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