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  1. Has anyone recently ordered from Beginnings Publishing..? I would like to order their chemistry items.. however I see that their webpage is from 2008 without updates...and I am wondering... are they still a legitimate business..? I don't want to toss $300 plus down the drain if they are no longer up and running and filling orders in a timely manner.. thanks!
  2. We just discovered this series and I noticed that the last update on their lower elementary program was made in 2012 and that there are just the two books (rainbow and spectrum) what happened? Did the author decide not to continue the series for physics and biology? thanks
  3. I don't think it is required per se.. but don't colleges want to see it? I'm not sure if a 2 year State school (SUNY) cares.. I need to look at that.. He wants to go into Networking/Computers.. his dad is in this field.. and has a Comp Sci/Business degree... and didn't take Bio, Chem or Phys in college (he took Comp Sci classes).. When you say "Lighter Physics and Chem" were they specifically that or did you modify courses? Has anyone looked at or used PAC sciences?
  4. SO, I sat him down and had him explain to me what is the issue here.. and he said He likes science but just not the depth that the program is getting into. He likes reading about cells etc,, but when it spends page after page on the nitty gritty on each step of Mitosis and then asks him to see and label each part.. when he says he can't understand the vocabulary... I shudder to to think what chemistry is going to be like....
  5. I agree.. he needs to know basic biology.. how cells function.. etc.. but the depth in which every bio curriculum is going into is just too deep... or maybe I just need to eliminate the labs, have him watch videos etc to see the concepts and not worry about memorizing the vocab..??
  6. He dislikes the rote memorization.. I think that is huge.. He much prefers to read about things and discuss them...and is finding that the chapters filled with lots of scientific jargon confusing and intimidating.. Today, for example.. when the text and lab were discussing Meiosis and Mitosis.. he got lost in all the terms... after I finally had him stop and we found a You Tube video on the concept.. that could explain it and also show it with beads.. he said it was a bit easier to understand.. He liked last year's Envi Science.. but I think any good feelings about that are being erased with his negative feelings this year towards Biology
  7. My son is an average student.. He is in the 10th grade this year and things are going well with what we have chosen.. except for science. We are doing Biology this year and he HATES it.. and that might not even be a strong enough word to convey the depth of the loathing he has for it.. We are using Elemental Science HS Bio with the CK12 text and the Online Lab option... We tried Oak Meadow self paced BIO over teh summer.. and he hated that too.. I've looked at PS textbooks for Bio (he is doing reading from Modern Biology to supplement his CK12 text) and while that is "OK" he says.. it is still not his favorite thing.. Last year we did Oak Meadow Environmental Science , self paced, and he enjoyed that.. I am at a loss as to what to do.. keep plodding along with what we are doing or change things? He is NOT a science kid.. and wont' be going into those types of fields.. Right now he is looking at Computer Technology/Network Systems as a possible career field.. just like his dad.. And he likes those types of things.. he likes to code, build, troubleshoot etc...He' taken several Coursera and Stanford Online computer courses and liked them.. Right now, for college, he will most likely attend a 2 year state school and then transfer... We spent 4 hours today trying to figure out the Cell Division lab (one issue is that we are never sure what it is supposed to do to compare what we have done...)and trying to understand the levels of division and stages of division on onion and white fish cells.. At the end of his rope, he tearfully demanded to know when this would even be useful to him..? and I could not say that it ever would.. I was an HONORS high school student that graduated second in my class and I can only recall the horror frog dissection instilled in me from science.. I cannot tell you one other thing from any of the 4 years of science i took in High School...and I ended up getting my master's degree in education....and I've not had to use any of HS science in the depth that this is pushing.. that I can think of.. Is there a science curriculum for the science hating kid that would fulfill HS transcript requirements..? (we are in NY)..Something that gets the points across without beating a dead horse....? Does anything like that exist? We've been plodding along for 9 weeks now and he is diligently taking notes, trying hard, trying to do the labs.. and he cannot tell me anything that he's learned.. and that makes me sad.. I want him to get something from this.. instead of just convincing himself he hates science and isn't good at it.. I am not a fan of Apologia, BJU etc....and would prefer a secular program....although a nicely done christian program would be fine as long as the science is sound...
  8. I was wondering if anyone has used BookShark grade 4 Condensed American History.. I THINK it is similar in many ways to Sonlight D+E combined American History sans the religious aspects. We have used BookShark for two years now... and it works very well for us.. however this is my first foray into a condensed year.. my fourth grader would have been in their Year 1 American History but it was moving too slowly for him and he is MUCH happier with the condensed version... However, they do not offer a corresponding LA condensed.. they only offer a regular grade 4 LA that seems to correspond to their regular year 2 American History program.. This is problematic because it has my son reading readers and then the LA guide says "refer to the history guide for comprehension questions.." however in the history guide, that book is NOT scheduled at that time.. if it is scheduled it is for a different week entirely... If I just follow the reader guide for history, some of the LA assignments make no sense.. such as a writing assignment that uses the book The Great Horn Spoon.. if he goes by the history program.. it isn't assigned when it is in the LA program and he would not have read it yet.. however if he reads it as assigned in the LA program.. there are no questions... I am considering purchasing the Sonlight D/E LA and seeing if that would work... but I am really not sure if they would align at all either.. help!
  9. I am considering getting MCT grammar/la I have a 2nd, 5th and 8th grader with very little formal grammar instruction.. should I start at level 1 for all 3?
  10. Hello I am seriously considering Sonlight this year. We already use their suggestions for Science and Math.. so I am looking at the Core programs.. For those who have used it with multiple kids.. I have a second grader (advanced reader) and a 4th/5th grader (ages 7 and 9).. I was wondering if I could use Core B World History.. using the Grade 3 readers for the 7 year old and the Grade 4/5 readers for the 9 Year old... Would the Core Guide reflect both the reader choices? Would I have to buy 2 cores or just add a reader pack? Are there student pages to get an additional set for Would it be too easy for the 9 year old? We've done a lot of American History but very little World History.. Otherwise I was considering putting the 9 year old in Core D.. but that is Am Hist again. My 13 year old, grade 8.. is a struggling reader/writer..I was wondering if I should put him in Level F.. as it is Eastern History.. something we have not done... or Core G..? I am worried about it being too challenging...given his writing struggles....I was also looking at Core W... ??? I want to make sure I can hit the High School history courses over time...given he is in 8th....Not all their History Courses.. obviously.. as they offer several options for each level.... Please help me..
  11. We have Apologia General Science for grade 8.. just started it.. So far it seems ok.. the labs seem... meh.... My cousin's Co Op uses BJU science (her child is in grade 6) and she raves about it.. How does BJU Earth Science grade 8 (4th ed) compare with Apologia?? I am considering switching...is BJU a strong program for grade 8-12? AND.. How does BJU science for grade 5 compare to the Apologia Chemistry/Physics.. I'm really not happy with the experiments etc in this book thanks
  12. I have a second grader who is going to start STOW 1 this year with his older sister. The notebooking pages I found at homeschoolshare are all for upper elementary.. I need something that has wider lines, less lines and maybe more boxes for drawing.. as he is a struggling writer.. We will summarize orally and I'll transcribe as needed.. but we are trying to shift away from this to a more independent model.. Ideas? Resources?
  13. Yes.. He had IQ testing and scores of other tests.. 2 weeks worth in fact... He doesn't seem to be dyslexic...and in fact has no issues with reading things like science texts.. it seems that novels just confound him.. unless he listens to them.. He says there is too much detail..
  14. We are new to the Apologia science program.. and using the Elementary Chemistry/Physics and also the 8th grade Physical Science.. I got the notebooks for each book.. Where are the suggested answers? I see answers for the On Your Own questions in the textbook but what about the suggested answers for the narration pages etc?
  15. We have had extensive evaluations in the past but I think most were neurological etc in approach.. trying to understand his quirks etc.. Is there a specific specialist that can look for a visual LD?
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