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  1. Thanks everyone! I have looked at a few of our movies before and I remember Monsters University has a French setting. That has definitely been in our plans. Has anyone had any experience with The Learnables? The Homeschool Buyer's Co-op is having a sale right now on that program. And I know when I spoke with Lee Binz at the homeschool convention, that was another program she suggested. It's writing for learning at home, which makes it easier to use in homeschooling. At the homeschool convention, I did end up getting French In 10 MInutes A Day, along with the 6 Audio CD set to use with it. I also saw a couple of tutor options at the homeschool convention. One woman grew up speaking French and was from the region. She looked like a great option was $100 per month, for Skyping weekly. Too bad we can't afford that. Anyway, I don't want to overload my daughter with a million French programs, but I do want to make sure she has her bases covered. I would like to add some fun studies of France and the region, such as art and culinary dishes. I think it would make her studies as enjoyable as possible. All grammar and no art or food makes studies and dull task.
  2. Thanks so much for sharing all your experiences. I really appreciate it. I have The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears A Who, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, all in French, but we haven't used them much. I think having a native speaker audio CD component would help her. I just don't know if that's available. I was intending to get Madeleine, too, as that was originally in French, wasn't it? I will be looking into these suggestions. I don't think a French tutor is in our budget right now, but perhaps in the future.
  3. My daughter will be a 9th grader in the fall. I'm trying to make sure her English is all lined up, not just for 9th grade, but with a general idea of what I might do for the rest of high school. We already plan to use Introduction to Literature, from Excellence in Literature. But my daughter really wants to concentrate on writing. I want to be sure she has all the skills she needs for college. Does anyone recommend Institute for Excellence in Writing for a high school student? Specifically, I'm looking at fitting some Grammar in with the Fix-It! Grammar series. That will last the entire school year, but is not, in my opinion, enough of a Grammar/Writing Curriculum. I would also like to add The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons, also from IEW. But it looks like this would be a one semester course at best. I don't want to overwhelm her, yet, she needs to be challenged properly. Anyone have any experience with these programs? And what are possibilities to consider for the rest of high school? I don't have to have everything decided right now, but some general idea of what we should consider would be appreciated. My daughter is my oldest so this is my first high school student. Thanks
  4. My daughter will officially be a 9th grader this fall. She has chosen French for her foreign language. I did start her on some French learning for 8th grade, including a French Immersion computer program from Costco, a DK Learning program that included an audio CD (because if she has to rely on MY pronunciation of French, she will be a lost cause), and a couple of books like Barron's EZ French. Well, she hates the book. It doesn't explain things enough and she keeps finding things that annoy her. When it comes down to it, I really don't feel she has done enough to count as a high school credit. This is fine for her 8th grade year, but she really needs to have everything beefed up for next year. In my preparations for high school, I'm using the book, Setting The Records Straight, by Lee Binz, (www.thehomescholar.com ) as a guide to make certain I get all of her proper credits lined up for the next four years. I want her to be able to do anything she wishes when she completes high school. In the book, Ms. Binz lists sample course descriptions for her two sons, who she has already taught through high school. She lists Power-Glide Foreign Language Course as one of the main curriculum used for French. Does anyone have any experience using this program? Does anyone have any other recommendations?
  5. We tried this with my son, who is 8, and while I liked it he hated it. He is my anti-worksheet kid and he was able to do the program for awhile. He seemed to enjoy it but then he just hit a wall with everything. I may come back to it with him later but I doubt I'll buy any other levels.
  6. WOW! Thanks for sharing this!
  7. Now through 4/29 Don't shoot the messenger ;) So, what does everyone recommend?
  8. My oldest is a 7th grader and this is her 4th year homeschooling. I have always been eclectic with our homeschooling but I think my daughter is old enough that she needs more. What I am giving her isn't challenging enough. I'm trying to look at boxed curriculum and see if there is something out there that would be a good fit. Something that doesn't need a lot of prep time and that gives my daughter more of the responsibility of her own education. I will be overseeing everything, of course, and helping whenever she needs it. But it sure would be nice if she could have her days planned ahead and she doesn't have to rely on me to get her stuff together. I don't know if a box curriculum is best, or if I need to just plan every single lesson for the year over the summer with the eclectic curriculum I put together for her.
  9. Okay, I started reading through the "what curriculum do you hate?" thread and saw several people hate ETC online. I've got this page up on sale at the Homeschool Buyer's Coop and I'm now wondering if it's a mistake to buy it. Any thoughts? Good or bad? My 7 year old is working his way through Reading Eggs, and ETC online seemed like a good thing to add to that. He can sound stuff out but it takes effort and he just hasn't "clicked" yet. (Please tell me that will be soon!) I really want him practicing phonics every day. He often balks at reading to me and I make him work through it because I know that's what he needs.
  10. I would like to make a type of unit study from Paul Revere's Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I am just not sure where to start. I'd like to incorporate copywork, grammar, vocabulary, history, and even a little geography, all in one. My son just needs....something. Something I haven't been able to find and I just can't afford to spend money on many different options, trying to find the right curriculum. I have a horrible suspicion that it doesn't exist and I'll never be satisfied. Has anyone done anything like this? Have any suggestions? I'm a little overwhelmed, but I'd really like to work on this and get this all planned out. I am not opposed to lapbooks or games.
  11. Following.... These look pretty good. I may have to pick some of these up. If I order something at this time, does it start back with September? Or does it just pick up in the current month and I've missed some?
  12. I really appreciate everyone weighing in. I will definitely be checking out Xtra Math!
  13. What if I don't have the book, either? Would it be worth it to buy the book, rather than the DVD? If it helps, great. If not, I don't want to waste my money
  14. I am considering getting this for my 4th grade son. He definitely needs assistance in memorizing the multiplication tables and I want to help him as much as possible. Any ideas on addition and subtraction tables, too? My younger son is just learning this. I've tried the Timez Attacks online game but neither of my boys really like it. Thanks!
  15. I just wanted to share that I found at Costco sets of Hot Dots, one set in reading and one set in math, and Hot Dots Jr. They are $20 and include 4 books and a pen in each set. They went VERY quickly and are all sold out at the store near my house. But anyone interested should check out their local stores, QUICK! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006Q0DG4/ref=s9_simh_gw_p229_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0YVC42YSQKSBWQ8DBC6C&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846 Also, they have sets of books in the series of If You Were A Verb http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1404819819/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0YVC42YSQKSBWQ8DBC6C&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846 The books are $7+ at Amazon, but the books are in sets of 14, one in Grammar and one in Math, for $12.99 at Costco. I realize that many may have kids that are rather big for these things, but many still have young'uns at home :) I thought the info may be helpful to someone
  16. I am trying to decide if I should just go with the first edition and get it on sale, or spend more and get the most recent edition. Does anyone have any opinions or experience on that?
  17. Bump!! I have this question, too. Christianbook.com has a massive sale on 1st edition right now and I'm trying to decide if I should just go with that edition or not. Anyone have experience or opinions on this?
  18. Well I looked in the RR catalog and it's a little more in there. Enough to make the free shipping not matter. But I don't know if either or both places will charge sales tax. I was hoping to get a couple other things at RR..... t
  19. I need to order my daughter's science curriculum for September and I know how much it is at CBD. I'm trying to see if it's close to that price at RR, because I am purchasing enough to qualify for free shipping. Am I experiencing user error? That's entirely possible ;)
  20. I wouldn't say my 9 year old rising 4th grader is reading far above grade level, but he is definitely proficient. He doesn't read a lot, either. I find when he does read for pleasure, he rarely grabs a book and just reads it start to finish. He likes to pick through and read bits and pieces. This is why I have started reading bigger books to him. Right now we are reading The Red Pyramid. This is exactly the sort of story he's interested in but he's not interested enough to read the entire book himself. He's not diagnosed with ADHD, but I really do think he has the ADHD approach to reading. :) He will get there, eventually
  21. How much is the coupon for? I hope to use it on payday.....
  22. I hope I'm just being a worry wart and jumping the gun. My youngest is 6 and still working hard at trying to read. No matter how many times he sees a word, it seems he still has to sound it out. I am starting to wonder if I should worry. He was born at 30 weeks and has asthma and very mild cerebral palsy. You can't tell on the CP, but he took a year of PT to learn to walk. He is very bright. We call him Mr. Question :) I notice mild things in him once in awhile. Just enough to make me wonder, but not enough to cause me to bring him to the Dr about it. Such as, he has some OCD tendencies and in January he suddenly developed a tic. Only the one, though, and while it was apparent a lot for a few weeks, it has since faded to only occasionally, and only one or two times a day. It's diminished enough that if I hadn't known about the tic when it first manifested, I wouldn't realize he was having a tic now. So, any thoughts?
  23. This is what I do, too, after someone here gave me that wonderful tip. I've been going off Timberdoodle's curriculum suggestions for last year, and they used things like Evan Moor's Critical Thinking and Daily Geography. I didn't like Evan Moor's Daily Writing, but I will likely use Daily Paragraph Editing for next year. I also intend to use their History Pockets, US Facts and Fun, and their 7 Continents series for next year. I will again use their Daily Geography, as well. I may use some of their Critical Thinking again next year, too, but I intend to start using more things from The Critical Thinking Company. For writing I will be looking for other things, with my oldest doing more of the series A Reason For Writing. I may actually have to write something for my youngers, though. :( Oh, and Evan Moor science is okay, but I wasn't really impressed with much of it. We will stick with Apologia and work we do for the Science Fair.
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