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  1. TOG user here--6 years with kids who just finished 5th, 8th, and 12th grades. I prefer digital and haven't had any major issues with it. Once you become familiar with the curriculum, you'll see that there's a pattern to the assignments, and once you get into a groove, it's not as hard to use. The first year or so can be pretty confusing, though! Also, although your kids would be studying the same time period, they would not be on the same level. You would only one year's curriculum, but (based on their ages, anyway), you would have one Lower Grammar, one Upper Grammar, and one Dialectic student. Before using TOG, we used My Father's World. You would be able to group them more with it. I don't remember how comprehension questions and all that worked, but I remember that I loved it when we used it!
  2. For teaching sentence variety and a formulaic approach, I highly recommend IEW. I have never used the student intensives. Instead, I worked through the teacher materials and then developed my own courses. I've also used their thematic books. All this to say that I'm not sure which types of essays are covered in which materials. I do know that it's helpful to have a strong understanding of essay structure before taking "The Elegant Essay." "Windows to the World" covers literary analysis essay. From time to time, IEW does include Christian content.
  3. I actually felt pretty confident in my Algebra skills until I started using AoPS, lol. I had no problem understanding CLE Algebra I for my older child. I didn't like its sequence, though. I am really leaning toward Foerster with the video lessons. Today I watched a video lesson from Chapter 3 and kept fast forwarding because I already understood it & didn't really want to listen to a drawn-out explanation. I think it will be great for dd, though. I'll probably oversee her studies through Geometry and then outsource Algebra II when the time comes.
  4. I've been looking at the same thing all day today. I'm 99% sure that's what we're going to do, but I've decided that I should probably sleep on it instead of buying today. I watched one of the sample lessons and thought, "That's the Algebra I remember!"
  5. We are limiting Internet access for her for awhile--issues unrelated to math, but I really don't want to get into that on this thread. Just For now, we have to find something that will work without the Internet. Sigh.
  6. Thank you. Now I'm leaning towards dropping Alcumus & only working in the book for the next few weeks. I want to still look at other programs, though, in case this doesn't work for us. I would like to do my investigating now so that I'm not making a decision too quickly.
  7. Dd is 14. She completes the reading & exercises on her own, and then I check the exercises. If she has trouble with any of them, I go back and work her through them. She really didn't have any trouble with the first lesson in the book. It was when we started working through Alcumus that we started having problems. I'm starting to think that I need to just drop it.
  8. I'm not doing every last problem with her. However, when she does the exercises, I go over them with her, and if she has trouble with a problem on Alcumus, I work it with her. Lately I've had to help her with every problem on Alcumus, and I can't find good sample problems in the book to guide me through them.
  9. Thank you. I knew I was asking a broad question, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking for. Your questions are helping me think through it more clearly. 1) Type of learner--loves to read, does not really like academics. She complains about math, but I think it's because it requires her to think. She likes to answer questions and move on. 2) I think should could learn a lot independently with some extra help here and there. The problem is that Algebra is not my strength, so if she gets stuck, she needs some good example problems and explanations that can also help me! 3) She cannot take an online class at this time, although I believe she & I both would love it! 4) Problems with AoPS: The problems in Alcumus take great leaps from the problems in the book. We need more explicit teaching, I think. 5) Her math background: She did RightStart Math through Level E and Singapore Math through Level 6. Then we did AoPS Pre-Algebra. That was difficult, but I had read that the Algebra was easier. She did well in the first lesson in the book, but Alcumus has really thrown us for a loop.
  10. I'm pretty sure we need to change. The book doesn't provide enough info for this non-mathy mom. We did work through Pre-Algebra, but Alcumus in Algebra I keeps throwing us for a loop. Recommendations?
  11. All these items are sold at The Mast General Store(https://www.mastgeneralstore.com/candy/old-fashioned-favorites#Page=All|). There are real-life stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. I always get candy from there for my kids' stockings. :thumbup1:
  12. I dropped out because I don't think it's going to help my family's situation. Bottom line: Students can take classes for $249 instead of $310 next semester. Next year, $50 can be discounted from a year-long class if you hold any Landry generics.
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