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  1. My children have done BYU IS. It is very much here’s the book (often there’s no book, just stuff to read online), here’s the assignments, now do it. If that’s what your kids will work well with then it’s probably good. I have a couple who can do that, but I also have a couple who can’t. For the language classes, they do have conversation cafe which allows the students to work with someone via a zoom type experience. This is good for practicing the language, and I highly recommend they take advantage of it to the fullest if doing a language class. Hope that helps! -Lisa
  2. We didn't do the DVD route, but we did do the online route with paper tests and quizzes rather than the online versions. I didn't have the TM and didn't miss it. I just used the digital copies. Hope that helps.
  3. We are like 8FillTheHeart. No cell phones. They purchase their own phone usually around the second half of their senior year. We do have a “kids” phone for dances, babysitting, when they are driving somewhere, etc. Having said that, they do have iPods which they use to text friends. They typically have them during the day (if they remember to get them from my room where they’re parked overnight) as they use the calendar and reminders on them. However, they know if I see them excessively, they’ll be mine which really means if I see them. They’ve been pretty good about it and it hasn’t been an issue too much. The one I have the issue with is the senior in high school who is doing all DE at the local community college. She lives on her device, but she’s 18 and getting all As so far so while I rib her about it, I haven’t been taking it away. She needs to learn while she’s still home. Sometimes, she will put it down when I give her a hard time about it.
  4. The only thought I have is that it really depends on what your goals are and what strengths/weaknesses you are hoping to improve upon. That's what I would look at as I determine what class to choose. I actually have two dc currently in TPS English 3: Lit Survey. One will move to English 4/5: Advanced Comp next year while the other one will move to English 4/5: Western Lit. In our case, this is totally based on the needs of the child, and our desire for a certain teacher that we have previous experience with. -Lisa
  5. They only scan the tests and submit them to the teacher for grading. Once they've completed the homework, they grade it on their own (the answer key is provided) and then answer a "poll" on whether or not they completed it. It is basically an honor system. For Algebra 2, TPS uses a Pearson textbook. Here's a link to one: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/high-school-math-2011-algebra-2-student-edition/306123/?mkwid=sX2e1aPQO|dc&pcrid=70112897472&pkw=&pmt=&plc=&pgrid=21329102112&ptaid=pla-366084668232&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5-K3_PbH4AIVwgOGCh098An9EAQYAiABEgKyT_D_BwE#isbn=0133500438&idiq=9470965 The kids typically do a selection of problems, not all of them, and it is dependent on the assignment which ones they do. My kids typically spend around an our on math, except on class days since the class is 1 1/2 hours. This is our first math class with TPS. In the past, we did Chalkdust math with my husband helping the kids when they needed it. He's gotten too busy with work to help them, and I don't speak math like he does so we outsourced this year. The class has been good, and rigorous enough to suit my husband, which says a lot. He's very picky. We've taken lots of TPS classes. My two dc are in Chemistry right now. We like that class as well. Honestly, we've really liked all of the TPS classes we've taken, except one. My older dd who is now in college took Spanish with TPS, but we haven't taken French with them. She really liked the Spanish class. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions. -Lisa
  6. She actually is currently in English 3 with TPS. She will continue on with them probably to English 4: Western Lit and then AP Lang. Haven't decided beyond that as she will have one more year. I do have another dd who started with English 4 with TPS after doing their summer Advanced Comp class. She did two years of English 4 - different classes (this was before they had English 5/6, etc.). She then went on to AP Lang with TPS. Hope that helps! -Lisa
  7. I have two dc taking math (Alg 2 this year) with TPS. They don't find the tablet to be cumbersome at all. For them, it writes very clearly. Someone on the boards here recommended the felt nibs which they felt wrote better, felt more like a real pen, and also protected the tablet more so I did get those. As Rebecca said above, the tablet is only used during class. The homework and tests are done on paper at home. Hope that helps! -Lisa
  8. I totally understand! I really struggled with making my dd do the placement test, but I'm glad I relented. -Lisa
  9. We did. Long story. A little background. My dd is ahead so that complicates things. Her brother is two years ahead in school but she does all the same stuff as him. So, when he started TPS in Writing Fundamentals 5, I wanted her to start too. They would let her - too young. So, she waited. The next year, she took Writing Fundamentals 5 and the year after Writing Fundamentals 6. I was stubborn and didn’t want to deal with the placement test to get her where I wanted her. In addition, I discussed it with the teachers and they weren’t too keen on her skipping. The next year, she took English 1 with HSLDA Academy. It was a fine class but I wasn’t too impressed. She got 100% on every essay, and never any feedback. She can write but not that well. Needless to say, I swallowed my pride the next year, she took the placement test and tested into English 3 with TPS where she is now. Sorry for the diatribe. I hope that answers your question. She moved to HSLDA Academy without any trouble, but we didn’t find it challenging enough. let me know if you need any more info.
  10. My son took this last year. He really liked the course and got a 4 on the exam. He said he felt the class was well organized and he learned a fair amount.
  11. My ds took this class. It was well organized and he really enjoyed it. He learned some new stuff and reinforced some he already knew. Too bad we have yet to get his AP scores. ?
  12. That’s a thought, but they already have computers that they use for their online classes. Consequently, it probably wouldn’t be worth the additional expense. Thanks for the idea, though.
  13. Jann in TX, thank you! This info is very helpful. May I ask where you get the felt nibs? Thank you again!
  14. Arcadia, thank you for the link. That was helpful. Lanny, thanks for the info. For what it’s worth, I contacted the teacher, and she said they use it daily. Guess I’m spending $$$ on two tablets since I have two kids in the same class and section. ? Thank you for your help!!
  15. Has anyone used one of these for a math or other class? I'd love some information on what worked, what didn't, recommendations, etc. We specifically need it for Algebra 2 with TPS. They have their recommended brand, but say we can go with whatever. I have major techie geeks in my house so making something work will not be an issue. Thank you so much for your input!
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