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  1. Additionally, if your kiddo is college bound in the sciences, a self paced student led class just isn't going to cut it these days.
  2. Oh dear, I must have misread. I did not realize she was asking for a secular option. I didn't read what you read between the lines at all. It was just a suggestion. You have your opinion. I have mine. Go away.
  3. I would really like something structured and not student led. Her main problem is time organization and focusing on the task at hand, and I think another perspective from a liver person would be really helpful.
  4. I would be concerned it would not be enough. I find the 1.5 hour classes to be long and I think for the more difficult subjects, twice a week is optimal for accountability and memory. My dd has taken Algebra I and Geometry through Derek Owens and even that has been challenging. I am fine helping her with both of those, but Algebra II is out of my comfort zone, so I enrolled her in a live online twice a week program.
  5. My 9th grade dd seems to have some misconceptions about how much work is required in high school, and she has become quite inefficient at getting her work completed. I looked at the TPS study skills class but the times do not work for us. Any others that are similar?
  6. I would absolutely love for video based history and science curricula that is vibrant and engaging and shows the world of both subjects. I am not talking about a lecturer discussing it, but re-enactments of history, and nat. geo. type videos. I have a dyslexic student who is very visual, and we struggle to find topical studies like this. I can usually find one video, but that just doesn't go into the detail necessary.
  7. Mr. Schaeffer said she gets nothing but glowing reports and everyone loves her. He just could not understand at all what our problem was. The teacher does teach both comp and lit, but it could be two separate teachers, I suppose. I am happy to share a name privately.
  8. I feel the exact same. I don't know what happened or why, but it the entire feel of it changed for us. Five years in and we are moving away from MPOA entirely. We have loved Cutrer and Dray for Latin. Last year my daughter registered for a HS Comp II and the teacher was a good teacher but not very caring or compassionate to circumstances beyond our daughter's control. The attendance policy at MPOA varies by teacher, which is not a great way to run a school, and this teacher would not allow absences for dd to compete in speech/debate. Furthermore, she expected that her Comp II class knew her expectations without explicitly stating them, as she also taught Comp I, but as dd didn't take Comp I from her, she was unaware of many of them. She was short and mocking of dd when she asked questions in class or in the Ask a Teacher Forum. The admin gave us a full refund, because he agreed with what we were saying, but rather than transfer her to another class, we were left high and dry without a Composition class for the year. This would be find in Middle School, but was completely unacceptable at the high school level. It is my belief, given my daughter's exceptional relationships with other teachers there over a five year time period, that she should have been given an exception and transferred to a different section. Registration has been a complete joke. As another stated, I have fond feelings for MPOA, but they just completely dropped the ball this year. We registered for classes at WHA and VPSA. I am so disappointed.
  9. I love math and have always been Math-y. I only took through Calculus in college, though, because I didn't need other math for my degree. I taught Algebra I, but I am really struggling through all the proofs in Geometry. We are taking Geometry through Derek Owens, and even so, it has been a struggle for us both. The proofs are a lot more than what I learned in high school Geometry. I don't have any advice, just a warning, and I would like to follow this.
  10. 10th grade dd: History/Literature/Government/Writing/Bible: Tapestry of Grace Year 2 Co-op Algebra II: not sure if we will go with DO again or a live online class. Physics: Honors Physics with WSA or MPOA French: French together Electives: speech/debate, logic, dance, photography As an aside, we teach MLA in our writing co-op but I would caution teaching anything "hard and fast" when it comes to citing. Different professors have different preferences, so it's imperative to teach it as such. Students should be prepared to adapt!
  11. Yes, this is what I was asking. Thank you!
  12. Can you explain how Blue Tent works?
  13. My daughter is taking 4th Form and French 1 concurrently. She says French is a snap because of her history in Latin grammar especially.
  14. I would prefer a class. I am thinking live/online too.
  15. We loved Algebra. Sometimes the return on grades is 3-4 days and 48 hours or more for questions. We are behind as a result. It's very frustrating.
  16. I am looking for a class for my daughter. We have done two years or Derek Owens but this year has been problematic. The customer service has been unacceptable and we are not likely to get responses to questions within a reasonable timeline for completing homework. Does anyone have another program that has worked?
  17. In comparison to MPOA I felt like TPS was light on its teaching and gave grades away. I was also not impressed with their administration when it came to some issues that came up. The admin did not act in a Christian manner at all.
  18. I had a really negative experience with TPS and they definitely did not act Christian in the matter. Furthermore, I think their classes are generally lacking in instruction and on the easy side of things compared to the classes we have taken at MPOA. Please feel free to message me about any of it and I can tell you more.
  19. I think my opinion of his submissions would depend on what the criteria was for the assignment. I agree, for an essay submission at that level they are lacking, but perhaps that was not the purpose of the assignment. I am not familiar with VP's Omnibus classes, so I can not speak to that aspect.
  20. I have not taught R level 2-4th year in TOG but the books for Year 1 so far have been anything but dry and boring. They are not easy to read, by any stretch, but they are fascinating. My daughter is not a history buff and only tolerated the previous stages of history with TOG/Biblioplan, but she is truly enjoying History this year.
  21. I have used DO for Algebra 1 and am we will be using it for Geometry again. The response time is excellent for questions, and the grading turn around is also generally very fast. We did have a few times when it took longer than 24 hours but those were rare and usually because the email went to the wrong box. The videos are better than Dive (we used this when my son used Saxon two years ago), and the teacher grading is beneficial for the times when you need to stay on pace. I am sure we will use DO for all of high school math and then for physics as well. HTH
  22. I would follow the sequence. The title “Narrative” does not imply narrations, but the style of writing. You can skip any narrations. They are really fun stories!
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