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  1. Also wanted to add, it can take anywhere from 1-3 days to get through some sections this way, so up to 2 weeks for a chapter. I don't stress too much about pacing, because we go year round and from my scheduling of the year, at this pace we still have a few weeks to play with in the school year.
  2. For each section (most chapters have 4 or 5 sections): We do a video on the lesson first (this immensely helps my dd), then we do vocabulary (we use Quizlet to create and study them), then we read the section. DD asks about anything that isn't quite clear to her. Then we supplement most sections with Interactive Notebooks from Stephanie Elkowitz on Teachers Pay Teachers. This is definitely not necessary, but I find her resources to be fantastic, and both kiddos love using them for their science studies. I just rearrange them to go along with the order in whatever text we're using as our spine. Then I make a study guide and chapter test for each chapter. I didn't like the format of the tests they provided.
  3. Thank you! I think only 3 or 4 of the videos on my list came from the free resources list. To be honest, I didn't find a lot of info in the resources they provided that was very helpful to me.
  4. We use a set of cards for each student and use the app instead of tiles. According to their site, you're supposed to teach AAR 1, then start AAR2 at the same time as AAS 1.
  5. We're using it this year and enjoying it so far. I posted this in the MP forum, but I'll copy/paste it here: _____ For anyone using Novare Earth Science, here's a list I've created of supplemental videos that can be used with most of the reading sections. One of my children has a learning disability and is a very visual learner, and adding videos to the reading helps her to process the information she's taking in. You are welcome to share this list. Most are short, free videos. A few require a subscription, and some are documentary-length. Please preview them before showing them to your children/students. https://bit.ly/30Th5T7
  6. :ohmy: Wow. I think we're seriously underachieving at our house. You're my hero. :hurray:
  7. I'm setting up some Anki decks for my oldest. I'm making different decks by content area. We haven't done flashcards much up till now except in math, but as more info is covered, I can see the benefit. Just wondering what has worked best for different homeschoolers. Do you do a general review time every day and rotate through content? Do you do a quick review before/after each lesson (like do your grammar flashcards after before/after each grammar lesson, etc.)? I just want to get a feel for some different ways of going about it. DD is in 5th/6th right now if that matters. :) Thanks!
  8. That totally makes sense. Thank you!
  9. I was reading Cathy Duffy's review of the Physical Science text here: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/science/textbooks-and-grade-level-resources/novare-physical-science-a-masteryoriented-curriculum She feels that the labs are too cost-prohibitive for most homeschool use. Can anyone who has used this text let me know if that was true, and if so, how you got around it? It does look like a great series. Thanks!
  10. They do seem to find a way to talk about it as much as possible! :lol:
  11. Yeah that's the only use I really see for them to be honest.
  12. Thank you! I'll watch the video on check numbers and see if they explain it in a way that makes more sense. CLE doesn't make you write the sums all out, I just wasn't sure if we were talking about the same thing so I wanted to explain what it is in CLE terms. I'd like to find the value in it instead of just teaching it because it's in the books lol.
  13. I had never heard the term either, that's why I was taken aback by seeing it so much! :lol: For CLE a digit sum is the sum of all the digits in a number, and you keep going until you get a single digit. For example: 358: 3 + 5 + 8 = 16. Then 1 + 6 = 7. So the digit sum of 358 is 7. Useful for finding some factors, but they also use it to check multiplication problems by finding the digit sums of different rows of the problem and comparing it to the digit sum of the product. It just confuses my dd, trying to remember which lines to find the sum of, adding all the numbers in her head, making sure the digit sums are correct, etc. Math is a struggle for her in general, and adding all the steps just makes it take 3 times longer than it should. I don't mind doing it if there's a useful application, I'm just not seeing it so far.
  14. I'm having trouble seeing the point of learning digit sums. I was never taught to use them for anything, and did very well in AP maths, both high school and college. CLE seems to talk about them all.the.time. Besides using them for some factors, is it ok to skip it altogether? I'm not convinced they're helpful for things like checking multiplication work, but if your child does learn them for that, or anything else that you feel is helpful, I'd love to hear from you. In short, I feel that it's not important overall, but I admittedly am biased as I never used them, andalso don't want to be missing something for my kiddos that has merit without realizing it. :)
  15. Psychology is social studies in Louisiana as well.
  16. My oldest struggles. We pulled her out of ps at the end of 1st grade, and should have done it sooner. She was behind in everything. Possibly some undiagnosed LD's at play, but her confidence has taken such a hit that we're not willing to put her through testing at this point. This is her 6th grade year. She turned 12 in November. We had to go through several math programs to find something that worked for her, which certainly didn't help with catching up, on top of some major health issues I've had (which are finally being resolved, thankfully). Actually, we had to do this with almost everything, not just math. CLE is what finally did it, so we've been burning through it, skipping quizzes, doing 2 lessons most days, and working through the summer with very short breaks. She'll finish 400's in a couple of months. She's a little behind in most other subjects as well, but not as much as math. My husband and I have discussed this at length, and we've decided to do a 2nd 6th grade year next school year, with the intention of having her ready for actual 7th grade work when she begins 7th grade. We'd rather her have an extra year of middle school than to have to do 5 years of high school and have to put that on a transcript somehow. She'll keep moving up with her scouting and faith formation classes. There's no point in holding her back in social areas in my opinion, and I think it would just cause her anxiety and embarrassment to do so.
  17. Early thoughts, definitely subject to change. :) Math - CLE 200 All About Reading (we just move to the next one when we finish current one, we'll probably be on Level 2 most of the year, possibly moving into 3 by spring/early summer) All About Spelling (same progression as above) no grammar for us until 3rd grade SS - unsure Science - Behold and See 2: More Science with Josh and Hanna Handwriting - New American Cursive 1 still working on all the extras.
  18. Me too! This thread has done my over-thinking and -analyzing brain a lot of good. :)
  19. I agree with this. If you're not doing penmanship, spelling, and writing, you can move through it really quickly. The price also can't be beat. You could just buy one light unit (there are 10 in a year and they're just small workbooks) and you'd only be out a few dollars if it doesn't work for you.
  20. Thanks so much you guys! I really appreciate all the responses. I'm in the process of checking everything out that you suggested. We're Catholic, so I'll definitely look into some of those as well. The reason I'd like to stick with a series from middle through high school is because she struggles with school in general. Anything that is a familiar format goes a looong way towards helping her feel more comfortable and feeling like she's capable of doing it. Switching companies or formats throws her for quite a loop for a few weeks, sometimes even longer. We've used Apologia, and I liked it in general, but other than the Astronomy text, she hasn't really taken to it very well. The way YE is pushed so hard in literally every single topic is getting to me, especially in the materials geared towards older students. I figure it's best to look for alternatives now and try to find something she can resonate with before we get too far along.
  21. Thank you! I'll check into all of these.
  22. I've tried a search, but I'm just not seeing what I'm looking for. Can anyone help me find some quality homeschool science resources that are Old Earth, or at least not pushing YE? Secular and Christian are both fine. My oldest will be moving into 6th in the upcoming school year. I'd love to find a company we can stick with through high school if possible. Thank you!
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