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  1. Well, she got A/B the entire time in algebra, so she was solid at that time. Just that it's not at the front of her mind. If I talk her through something, she remembers it, but when she reads the problem, it's not always clear at first. (Especially since it's worded differently than when she learned it.) The school we're at doesn't use a book (GRRRR - I hate that!!!) - my other daughter is in algebra right now, but there's no book. Otherwise we'd just borrow that and be set. :) You're right - there are sample tests online, and we are going through those now. Hopefully that gives us a starting place. I (myself) do better with a real curriculum that we could just go through and see where she's weak, but maybe we're not going to find that. For the FLVS algebra, from what I see, they have to be officially enrolled, and I don't think that will work. I don't want her to have to do the entire algebra course again - just the parts she's weak (or hasn't learned yet). Thanks for your replies (and keep them coming if anyone has more)!
  2. My daughter took algebra 1 last year in Oregon (at a Classical Christian school), using Jacob's Algebra. We moved to Florida this year, and there is a requirement here to pass the Algebra EOC in order to graduate high school. She's already in geometry this year, but she still has to take/pass the exam. Unfortunately: a) she tries to forget everything she learns asap, and that was months ago, and b) the Florida algebra course seems to have covered a lot of topics she didn't learn last year (as it's supposed to be review in geometry but isn't for her). So I know she'll need to study to take the Algebra EOC. Does anyone have recommendations of what to use to study for this? Florida homeschoolers, any particular curriculum that you've found is better than others to prepare? We used to homeschool, and I was a math major, so I know we can do it - just need to know the best way to proceed. I was only told "Kahn Academy" by her geometry teacher - but I'd really prefer something more formal, I think. Although, if that really is the best method, I guess I just need to make sure she's doing it, since it's not something I can see/check myself. Thanks!
  3. Quick math/education background: My DD12 was in public school K-3, homeschooled grades 4&5 - during which she did TT5, Saxon 6/5, and Horizons 6 (first 2/3 of the book, which started into some pre-algebra), and is attending a Classical Christian school this year, where they use Singapore 5A and 5B in 6th grade. I realized that it was a step backwards in math, but they don't allow options. AND she regularly missed problems from lack of focus (not understanding) while homeschooling, so I figured the review/practice in a different math program could do her good (which I think it has). For 7th grade, the school has two options: Singapore 6A/6B or Jacobs Algebra. (From Singapore 6A/6B, they go to Jacobs Algebra for 8th, so it's just a one-year delay for the "slower" option.) So, the "slower" option puts them in Calculus for senior year, which I think it plenty fast (and what I did, as a math major). I don't really see any reason to move faster than that. BUT we just received an email saying that they recommend DD to be in Algebra for 7th grade next year, based on grades, ability to learn new concepts, standardized tests, etc. They realize there is a gap, so they send home a large packet to be completed over summer. They also have an optional math summer camp one week. (And I'd be willing to buy a text book if we needed, too - something like Horizons, maybe?) My questions are many (on the same theme): 1) Does algebra in 7th grade seem like a good idea? Would this benefit her, or is it just rushing? 2) Is 5B to Jacobs a reasonable progression (with some extra work over the summer)? 3) Do you have any specific recommendations for what to be sure we cover over the summer (or texts to go through) if we decide to go with algebra for 7th grade? Thanks for any advice/suggestions!
  4. This was fun. :) Okay, so it's a complex sentence with the direct object of the independent clause being a subject + infinitive. The phrase "the first time" acts as a subordinate conjunction (like "when") for the dependent clause. I think the last part is technically its own sentence (and grammatically should use a semicolon, rather than a comma). Not sure how/if the diagram will show up - fingers crossed....
  5. I love Classical Conversation's Essentials program. We went through it two school years ago with DD10 in a community, but I'm doing it now on my own with next DD (now 9) before school starts this year (going into private school). You could teach it yourself, without the community (although I'll admit that I was a bit overwhelmed my first time through - I'm finding it much easier now). But it's a great general grammar program with plenty of diagramming and even gets into ALL the details of how every word is used in every sentence, if you want that much depth. The program is scripted - has exactly what to say in each sentence to walk the student through it (for you to read aloud, walking through it together). It would take a bit of learning on your end at the start to get going, but it does a good job of explaining, I think. Edited to add: Just because I'm doing it with 9/10 year olds doesn't mean it's a simple program. It's more diagramming than I did in 9th grade (the only grade we did diagramming). It addresses up through gerunds, participles, handles ALL sentence types, etc. - it gets all the major parts of speech at some point or another.
  6. That's exactly what we did when we went from 5/4 to 6/5 (or something like that) mid-year. Worked just fine. I did look through all the skipped lessons to make sure I didn't think there was anything we needed to discuss, but otherwise, I just let my daughter test out of the early lessons.
  7. We used logic biology last year and enjoyed it for the most part. I didn't make the kids do any outlining - we just answered the questions (kids are 9 and 11 - technically the 9-year-old wasn't "logic" stage, but I knew she could handle most of it). I appreciated it all being laid out, having it tell us what to do each day. The experiments were mostly good. (I think we skipped a couple that were really obvious and/or I just didn't want to get supplies, so I found something online they could look at instead.) Overall, a good program that I'd recommend.
  8. I think it obviously depends on the child, but also on the curriculum you're using. We chose a balance of independent vs. together curriculum, based on what I wanted for each subject. (And the "together" ones could have been done independently, but I chose that as our time to work together.) Starting in 3rd for my youngest, both girls did these independently: Spelling (Spelling Workout) Grammar (R&S grammar pages only, Easy Grammar) (When we did CC's Essentials program, I did that with my daughter every day.) Math (we used TT first, then Saxon - for which I did walk through the lesson with my 4th grader and did mental math with both, and some Horizons) Together we did science (which my 5th grader proved to me she could do a WONDERFUL job with alone, when I was busy one week - she did BETTER work that week than when we worked together!), history (they could do alone, but I chose to leave a lot out, so I wanted to participate), and writing (IEW). I'm impressed with people who had 5th graders outlining. I tried that with mine, but she either didn't really understand or pretended not to understand so I'd continue to help. ;-P
  9. I totally agree with this. We dropped a lot of supplemental readings and outlining/summarizing (as in, we'd discuss it together instead). My kids are also 4th/5th this year, so I didn't want to burden them with the whole thing anyway, since they're on the young end for Level 2. But we officially finished Lesson 71 today (and are skipping 72, as it seems like overkill), so we made it all the way through! Woohoo!!! I did enjoy the program as we did it, and if my kids were older (7th/8th), I probably wouldn't feel so bad about more outlining/summarizing, too. We read K12's Human Odyssey and listened to SOTW along with the encyclopedia reading, rather than using The Story of Mankind.
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