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  1. Have you looked at Classical Composition, via the Memoria Press Online Academy? You could start with Fable for your fifth grader. If you hop over to the class previews, you can watch a class and see if you think it would fit your needs.
  2. My daughter has been taking classes in the MPOA for a number of years, and has had Mrs Peterson for 2 classes. (Middle School Science I and II) We're signed up with her for Physical Science in the fall. I would highly recommend her, without hesitation. If you hop over to the class preview section, you can watch Middle School Science II, to get a feel for her style and how she runs the classroom, etc. She loves her topic, engages the children, keeps a good eye on the chat box, etc. She's a homeschooling momma herself, so she's been really good about answering my questions about science paths for my student, etc.
  3. We might have already talked about this, but I HIGHLY recommend Kristen Peterson for science courses. (I think we talked about it in another thread!) Next year, I'll be able to comment on pre-algebra.
  4. I don't think you really NEED the NLE prep class, honestly. My daughter takes the NLE every year, and we just spend some time on the NLE site, taking old tests, and running through Quizlet. Teacher recommendations, I've seen scattered around. Sometimes, they're discussed in the MP forums, or in FB groups. I thought I'd seen a couple of threads here, too. Dr Dray gets RAVE reviews, and Meredith Cuterer, too. We've only ever done the summer Latin reviews in the MPOA, so I can't comment with personal experience. I would probably look at the class previews and find watch them, to see if the teacher's style works for you. I THINK the Third Form class listed there is Dr Dray. (I can't open it at work)
  5. Just bumping this up for folks who might be interested in MPOA (Memoria Press Online Academy). The early bird discount will end 3/15 -- if you're on the fence, go check out some previews, and sign up with the code EARLYBIRD2019 to save 10%.
  6. Can you clarify this more? Not familiar with CLE at all. In our home, we do it like this, using the MP guides. Reading notes, before we even read the chapter/section. Then, we round robin read ---- I take a page, then each of my sons. If they have a vocabulary word, I might call attention to it, and ask them to underline or star it. We read the entire chapter like this -- modeling good reading aloud -- inflection, expression, etc. Next, we tackle the vocabulary together -- which goes pretty quickly. I write ALL of the definitions on a white board, from the TM. We then take turns reading the vocabulary word and choosing the definition from the board. Many times, my kids will know the general meaning already, but I want them to know the definition that they will see on a test or quiz. If there's a Latin root that they might know, we call attention to that, too. This week, in 3rd grade literature, one of the vocab words was gorge. We had a discussion about noun vs verb, gorge as in eating vs gorge as in valley, etc. Last, depending on time, we tackle the comprehension questions together, much in the same fashion. Pencils down for the boys. One of them will read the question, and answer. I will always point out if there are two parts to the question. "Describe Charlotte's egg sac. Why does she call it her Magnum Opus?" I want them to pay attention to the types of questions. What does it mean when you're asked to describe something? Pretend you're telling your friend about it. As they are telling me the answer, I'm writing it on the whiteboard. I'm checking for good sentence structure, and adding in punctuation. If a sentence is choppy, or run on, I might ask them how you would say it better. If they totally whiff and don't know the answer, I'll pull the book out again and read the passage where you can find the answer. As they get older, the literature is more independent. Even this year, my boys have gone ahead and worked on some comprehension questions on their own, in their spare time. That's OK with me, as long as they check in and show me their work. My 7th grader does her work totally on her own --- just checks in with me periodically. So for us, literature covers a LOT of composition and grammar practice as well. Last week, I left the white board up on the table, and my husband saw it. He looked at it, and said, "Those answers are really thorough! Those are amazing." I said to him --- "That's your boys' work. I'm just the scribe. 😉 "
  7. I can't say enough good things about MS Science I. We LOVE Mrs Peterson.
  8. My daughter will be taking two classes in the MPOA this fall --- Physical Science and Pre-Algebra. I feel like you really get what you pay for with these -- my daughter's teachers have been excellent. Plus, you can watch an entire class to see if you think it's the right fit for you. I've been really hesitant to sign up for classes anywhere else, because I'm not sure what I'm getting. I agree with @teachermom2834 --- you don't HAVE to take online classes. For me, it's to the point where cottage school classes and online classes are a must. I'm spread too thin, otherwise. If you sign up before 3/15, you can do an early bird discount, with the code EARLYBIRD2019.
  9. We did it as an independent study with my daughter, and just enjoyed it. I vote #3. We bought the complete set when my daughter did it a few years ago and had a lot of fun with it. If he enjoys drawing, I think this book looks like fun too. MP created a collection of bird song links that you'll want to bookmark, too. Checking out your local Audubon group would be fun, for an Owl Prowl or Bird Count. Also, you can pick up owl pellet dissection kits, too. You're going to have fun! This makes me think maybe I need to do this for my boys in the fall.
  10. Well, I was just getting ready to post mine, and I was getting all tearful. Y'all. This homeschool thing started as an experiment. Our Plan B, after we didn't get in to a local classical school. I cannot believe we've made it this far. ❤️ This summer: Christian Studies: MP CS I US History: Catholic Textbook Project's From Sea to Shining Sea For the fall: Math: College of the Redwoods Pre-Algebra, via MPOA Science: Novare Physical Science, via MPOA Latin: Henle II Classical Studies: Aenid Composition: Common Topic Literature: British Literature Extracurriculars: AHG Horseback Riding Art class Religious ed? Catholic Youth Group
  11. My daughter is doing her second year of MPOA Middle School Science, which use the Tiner books as a spine. This year was Bio, Physics, and Chemistry. Maybe watch a sample class and get a feel? Another thought --- Bright Ideas Press Academy?
  12. When we had our twin boys tested, we went with a local psychologist who is a dyslexia specialist. She was recommended to us by a close friend, and was also highly recommended by one of our local dyslexia schools. Our workup included -- 1 hour intake interview; 2 days of testing, and 1 hour followup, to go over the results. Our test result packet was 30+ pages. I would recommend checking out the Bright Solutions (Susan Barton) page on testing -- they'll give you practitioners in your area. In your situation, it sounds like your neuropsych person is who I'd go with. But --- email her. Ask her questions -- what kind of tests, what do you do with results, etc, etc.
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