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  1. Regarding our experience with crash course, the lectures are quick but DD14 liked that and cannot really sit through longer, slower lectures. She also had a US government textbook (something we picked up at the local library book sale) that she would use to follow up on the courses and read further. This was in 8th grade and it was not really something I had prepared as a course so I was just happy seeing her do something constructive with her time. :-) . Of course, if I include that in her schedule and plan out a complete course she will decide to hate it. :mellow: Regards, Ann.
  2. I am interested in teaching DD14 how to think and write good arguments for essays rather than pursuing logic studies at this time. Would Argument builder or similar courses (suggestions are most welcome) work well? She has taken writing classes and knows the mechanics well but I have noticed that her arguments and reasoning are weak. Thank you for any suggestions. Regards, Ann.
  3. We have watched and liked Crash Course US Government videos (free on You tube) though I am not sure how well they work as a High school credit. Maybe take a look, if you haven't already to see if it combines well with Notgrass. Someone else may know more. Regards, Ann. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thank you everyone for taking the time to give us your feedback. It has been very helpful. I think we will indeed go ahead and sign up just for the discussions only option because we plan to use Bravewriter plus some other stuff for writing. Warmest regards, Ann. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Hello. I am leaning towards Center for lit for my rising 9th grader- specifically American Lit because it ties in with US History. She has done more rigorous English-all-in-one classes for 7-8th grade and we would like to focus on writing a bit more this year so a book a month with group discussions seems good for the lit portion. Are the discussions religious at Center for lit? We used their teaching the classics program at co-op without issues but thought I would check in with any users of the monthly lit discussions to make sure the discussions are mostly secular. Thanks for your opinions. This list and your reviews has been invaluable in high school planning. Regards, Ann.
  6. Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to answer all my questions. The class really seems like a good match and I have sent her an email to see if she plans to add the conversation class for 2017-18. Maybe my DD will "see" yours in class in the Fall. :001_smile: Regards, Ann.
  7. Thank you foofoobunny. We switched from Latin and started French 1 at the start of the 2016-2017 year with a tutor and found it a wonderful change too. I like the WTMA French class because it is 1h 15 mins twice a week but it is in the late afternoon and will block 2 afternoons in our schedule. I like morning online classes so my DD can do them while I am at work in the mornings. Barstow's class is 12:30 to 1:30 EST and only once a week so the flexibility is nice. On the other hand, I hope it is rigorous enough for one high school language credit . So many things to consider. Planning high school is totally different from middle school :confused1: . Thanks again, Ann.
  8. Please post any reviews for the online programs-I am looking into WTMA and AIM/ Debra Bell academy. I noted in the archives that some parents were considering French 1 at WTMA in 2016. Did that go well? Would you recommend the teacher? Thanks. Ann.
  9. Dear all. I am in the midst of High school planning for my rising 9th grader and a bit harried because I know Online classes will be registering soon. My DD enjoys synchronous classes and I am looking at WTMA U.S. History, AIM academy with Lisa Hawkins and US history A at Online G3 with Galahad (High school American Narratives book, not Hakim). I have read good things about Ms. Brian's class at WTMA but not much about the latter two. Any experiences? Thank you for all your collective wisdom. This forum has been invaluable for High school planning. Regards, Ann.
  10. Just a quick (and maybe silly question) from 8th grade mom thinking about high school starting Fall 2017 (SY 2017-2018). Is the Jan 31st deadline for AP audits for current school year or 2017-2018 year? Thanks. Ann
  11. We loved WWS 1 with Kayla Meyers too. For anybody considering this course for next year, acc to an email we received earlier in the Summer, Ms. Meyers is not teaching 2016-2017 because she is pursuing further studies. There are other teachers and models (eg. Workshop) available. A quick search of the forums will help determine info about other teachers and their styles. Best. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Requesting to be added. DD is 13 year old rising 8th grader and being a part of a community of moms would be most helpful. Thanks for doing this. Ann. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thank you for taking the time to write back with your experience. This is exactly what I am trying to decide. I think we will start with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop through (our library has a subscription so it is free) and proceed from there. Appreciate all your help. Ann
  14. Hello. My rising 8th grader is interested in the above course since she has an interest in Fashion and graphic design. She really does not have any experience with coding. Are the Youth Digital courses taken in a particular order? I do not see any pre-requisites for this course. I have emailed the company too. Also is there actual teaching and assignments or are the kids just exploring the program. I would like her to actually learn how to use software instead of just a dress-up game (plenty of those for free on the internet :-)) Any thoughts/ experiences/ alternative ideas appreciated. Thanks. Ann.
  15. Thank you very much. I think I will go with the online option and get extra tutoring or teach the tricky stuff myself as needed.
  16. Hello all. Would love to tap into your collective wisdom on a math question. DD is in 8th grade next year. We are doing Prentice Hall Course 7 and plan on Lial pre-algebra since there is no rush for algebra. She is 2e and there are lots of other things to focus on. I can continue to Lial pre algebra and I like that I can help with executive functioning and methods at home. However, I would like focus on Science this year and math is making that tough. I can also arrange for a tutor or online classes for pre-algebra. I work PT so it will free up our study time for other subjects. But then I fear I will lose control of math if she stumbles because I will be focusing on Science instead of Math. This happened when she went to school for grade 5. OTOH, next year's curriculum whether Lial or online Dolciani is not new concepts compared to what we did this year. So this may not be a bad time to see if the alternatives work. Spinning the same arguments in my head. Any perspectives are appreciated. Thanks. Ann. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. We would love to see Basic Grammar offered during the Summer. It becomes very busy during the school year with lit analysis and writing and we cannot keep up with Grammar classes too. Regards.
  18. DD's writing class is 1 hour twice a week. Sometimes they get done by 50 mins. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Reposting as the original message sent from my phone ended up in K-8 writing. Hi. I am considering signing up DD Grade 8 up for this class with Jessica Otto. We are busy with math and Science and never seem to get around to Grammar despite having Easy Grammar plus. She does well with online classes so this one is an option Any experience with this class? Thanks for all opinions. Ann.
  20. Hi. I am considering signing up DD Grade 8 up for this. We are busy with math and Science and never seem to get around to Grammar despite having Easy Grammar plus. She does well with online classes so this one is an option Any experience with this class? Or any other online Grammar classes? Ann. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. I am starting to get a bit concerned after reading this thread if FOEW is too advanced. We have done WWS1 and DS 12 wants something different for a year. I signed up for FOEW but am now wondering if persuasive writing will prove to be too difficult for him. Is there somebody who has taken the class that can weigh in. For reference, he has taken the LL8 class with online G3 and done well. Also we do not plan to take the Great Conversations class. Is skipping that going to affect the writing class? Appreciate all opinions. Thanks, Ann.
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