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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. Transportation is a bit easier if older DD goes to public school - because we live 3 blocks from the public middle school. She can walk. And that school starts later, so we'd get to sleep a bit later. The girls would actually be in different buildings for one year only at private school - with different start/end times - but we can get to both places easily enough. But days off (besides holidays and part of spring break) do NOT line up at all if one is public and one is private. So we couldn't take long weekend trips - they'd have different days off. I've heard the public middle school is "good". Greatschools rates them 7 out of 10 (not excellent, but fine). We have one family member with a son there, and she likes it a lot - but he's in a separate TAG program - the kids have all their classes together, so I think it's different from the "main school" for him. We don't know anyone else with kids there - there are NO kids in our immediate neighborhood (so no parents I know to ask). :( I'm almost positive they don't have anything like that at this school. I could see my older DD wanting to drop out, too... Sigh...
  10. You're right, of course: we don't have to send them there forever. I guess I figured 6th grade was an easy place for DD11 to slip back into public school without it being obvious that she's the "new girl" - because there are at least 4 feeder schools for the middle school, so everyone will be "new". But in 7th, it's more obvious she's new if she transfers to the public school. I was just thinking of easing transitions... But I appreciate the reminder that we CAN just try it for one year, then reassess...
  11. (Sorry - long - but I appreciate anyone weighing in - it helps to hear other people's perspectives!!) We have been homeschooling for two years, and while I've enjoyed it, I think I'll be glad to have them back in school next year. (Although the piles of homework and early mornings will probably make me regret the change by week two!) This decision was DD11's choice initially - her request - but I'm a WFH mom and am really burned out on working and trying to educate two kids, so I'm ready to try something new, too. We initially looked at a classical Christian school just one mile from our house - great test scores, good curriculum (very similar to what we've been doing at home). But the price - $13,000 to send both kids per year. (I know there are worse, but that hurts!) So we decided to look into the public schools to see if we'd be okay with that option... (They were both in public school before, and DH and I are both public school graduates.) After much nonsense with the public elementary school, DD9 will be going to the private classical school next year. We have to pay for it - it's just where she needs to be next year. She'll be in 5th grade (much of the issue for the public school, because of her age). So we theoretically only have to pay for it for one year, then she'll be in middle school with her sister (and since she'll have an accredited 5th grade completed, the public school can't argue with her placement anymore). We decided that the public middle school was fine for DD11 (6th grade). And I think it will be "fine". I think they're past a large part of the common core nonsense by that point (although they still have all the testing, of course). it really "good enough"? The private school is asking kindly: if they can help us financially (once we fill out financial aid paperwork), then wouldn't we rather send DD11 to their school? And YES by the curriculum and lack of public school bureaucracy, plus smaller class sizes and more of a "family" atmosphere, etc., I WOULD rather have my kids there. BUT, do I want to pay for private school for the next 8 years?? (Or maybe even just through middle school? Who knows...) I guess we figured it was what we had to do for DD9, so we just have to make it work. But we don't "have to" keep paying for both of them to go there. As for money, we have savings (inheritance) - we don't make enough actual income right now to pay for the school (depending on what they'll give us for financial aid - we can't find out for at least another week). But we could come up with the money from savings, if we have to. My question is: How do you decide if it's worth the money or if you just go with "good enough"?? I mean, it's as much to send one of them to school as it was for me to go to college per year! I don't want to "waste" money when the public school could be just fine for them. But I don't know how to know... I mean, I might really want a high-end car, but I don't want to pay for it and will settle for "good enough". But I'm not sure that my kids' education is the right place to settle... Any thoughts are appreciated. I just can't get to an answer myself right now and would love to have other people weigh in on how they'd decide if it were their situation... ETA: DD11 doesn't want to attend the private school for two reasons: 1) uniforms, and 2) Latin is required (and she'll be behind and have to catch up). But she is a "blend in" sort of person, and I'd rather have her blend in to a higher-end-standards Christian school than a middle-of-the-road public school. I've discussed this with her, and she agrees with my assessment and sees the benefits of the private school. Still isn't her first choice, but she would live with it if we require it.
  12. The full name is "Lingua Latina per se Illustrata", but most people just call it "Lingua Latina". The first book is Pars I: Familia Romana. The school wasn't very helpful when I asked today (speaking to headmaster and principal), but it did sound like I should be able to be connected with the Latin teacher to talk to her directly. So hopefully she'll have more advice. I do think I'll order GSWL right away and at least get going while we're waiting for more info or possibly another program. Even just reading through a chunk myself to help understand the basics would be a good start for me.
  13. My daughter will be attending a private school next year that begins Latin instruction in 3rd grade. She'll be entering either 4th or 5th grade (she's approved for 5th academically, but she's 9, so we're still deciding) - so she'll be either 1 or 2 years behind on Latin. (There's also a chance we might enroll my 6th grade daughter - so she'd be 3 years behind on Latin, if we decide to do that.) They offer a Latin camp - one week, 3 hours per day - in August. But I'd guess we'll need to study all summer. The school uses Lingua Latina per se Illustrata. That looks like a method that would NOT be my first choice. I think I'd prefer something more like First Form Latin (or Latina Christina) - something more parts-to-whole, I think. But I've never taught/learned Latin, so I'm just looking for the best way to make progress quickly. I'd really think learning conjugations/declensions and how to apply them would be most beneficial? I've also looked at Getting Started with Latin as an option, but I'm not sure how in-depth it gets. So I'm looking for advice. Does anyone have a "learn how to function at a basic level in Latin fairly quickly" plan? or some advice on which curriculum might be best to use this summer? We have 11 weeks as of today, and I'm sure it will take a week to get something ordered (at least - ugh). So 10 weeks at most to make progress... Thanks!!!
  14. My daughter went from public school 1st grade into TT3 with no problems at all. I think Singapore 1 would transition nicely to TT3.
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