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  1. I've been lurking on these boards and I just had to create a topic because I just can't decide. I have a 7 year old son (Gifted+ ADHD), an almost 6 year old son (ADHD hates lots of writing) and a 2 year old girl. My eldest was doing Singapore Prime Math at his private Catholic school and when the pandemic hit, we chose to homeschool instead of online learning. He has always excelled at math. Always at the top of his class, 100% or 98% semester average for math and just seems to get it naturally because he loves it. Well since he seemed to love it so much, I bought the 2nd book (2A/Coursebook 2 depending on where you live), everything seemed to be going ok until we hit adding/subtracting with zero. So for example 509-273 or 800-198. He kept on making lots of mistakes. He knows he should borrow and all the steps etc. But for some reason he would get it wrong. On closer inspection I realized that in 1A it only says something like "zero minus a number gives you back the number and zero plus a number gives you back the number". Plus the emphasis of counting/adding by tens kept on tripping him up in HTO regrouping. So then I had to explain and teach him the traditional way (like how most of us were taught). Plus I asked his father to help since he's excellent at math. Long story short, I realized that while Singapore was pretty and has great word problems, it's not the math for our family. We are very academic in our household and math is important. I'm more of an allrounder but prefers Languages and Arts. Now, I read through these boards and watched countless YouTube reviews and have narrowed it down to BJU Press Math and Rod and Staff Math. I just would like the opinions of experienced homeschoolers who have used both and why as well as, which do you prefer? Additionally, one of my main concerns is that BJU is so expensive and I wonder if Rod and Staff would be boring or too much drill. I ultimately would like to find a foundational programme that could work for all my children. And yes, I do know that everyone learns differently but I need a spine. Also lots of people have recommended Math Mammoth but I know my boys would complain about it and I just don't like how it looks. Someone please HELP! Thanks.
  2. Looking for Chemistry for 15 & 16 year old boys. Neither one is planning on college, but not totally ruling it out. I am specifically looking at Spectrum Chemistry right now. I’d like something self guiding with labs. Not heavy in math. Video would be nice, but not required. (I know SC does not have video lessons) pam
  3. We are new to homeschooling. I have 2 daughters 4th grader & 5th grader. Looking for curriculum reviews/advice. They are fast learners. 5th grader very quick self teaching/learner. We looked at Abeka and like the scope of it but girls hate videos of classroom setting and time when teacher is just walking around. So we have also looked at ACE paces but read old reviews saying it was "dumbed down" and slower paced and not as in depth as Abeka. But also had a friend say she loved it for her daughter (9th & 10th grade) who ended up going back to public school and ended up on honor roll last 2 years of high school. I also like the look of CLE and have read math is spiral which we are ok with and it might be advanced compared to public schools. Lastly, we looked at BJU and if we had to use a video program the girls prefer it as it is just the teacher. However, some of the videos look a little immature for 5th grade ( puppet in English 5 videos). With this being said, I would greatly appreciate any advice and love to hear any experience with the above mentioned curriculums. I know some either love a curriculum or hate it. Either way I would like to hear what you have to say.
  4. My boy will be 11 this summer, and I need writing ideas for next year. My goal is for him to be able to take a writing prompt at the end of the year and write a well organized paragraph with topic sentence, supporting sentences, etc. He has trouble setting the pen to the paper and organizing his ideas in his head. He successfully completed WWE 1-3, and CLE 2 and 3 when he was younger. We tried Writing Tales 1, Rod and Staff English in the past, and IEW A and MCT Town this year, but those were all half done and ultimately flopped. He does better with clear instructions and practice step by step. I'm looking for opinions on BJU 5 or CLE 5, either paired with Jump In, Wordsmith Apprentice, it Spectrum Writing 5. Someone gave us Wordsmith Apprentice, but it doesn't look like it would be the best fit. I love the look of Jump In samples, but it's leveled for slightly older kids. Any thoughts on all this? The biggest thing I have learned is that if a curriculum doesn't work, have a backup ready to go.
  5. I'm trying to decide between Mosdos and BJU Literature/reading for my 7th grader, 5th grader, and 3rd grader. Do you think one is superior over the other? Does one do a better job of encouraging deeper critical thinking? For either curriculum, do you use the reading book, Teacher's Guide, and workbook? Are the workbooks necessary? I'd love to hear your thoughts, comparisons, and experiences with either of these curricula. FWIW, while we've always read and discussed ample amounts of great literature in our homeschool, we've never used a formal program. I'm not able to teach the elements of literature without a lot of hand-holding help and need a laid-out-for-me curriculum. I'm currently listening to the Teaching the Classics DVDs, but am also looking for something structured for these grades. One more question - Is this too much for me to take on with these separate grade levels? Am I biting off more than I can chew time-wise? What are your estimates for time commitment from mom for this type of lit analysis and discussion with each kiddo? Thank you for any and all insight! :)
  6. HI there, How do high school credits get applied to a student doing BJU DVD through Grades 9 - 12. Not in all subjects. We are looking at using DVDs for Science & History. Many thanks Sherid
  7. Hello All, Years ago I found a book that I thought BJU had suggested using as a supplement to their biology program and now I cannot find it anywhere. Ugh! Anyhow, it's a drawing book and the intention is to reinforce what the student has learned in the readings. I guess maybe it came out before so many of the science coloring books were available. If anyone has a clue as to what I'm talking about I would really appreciate the title. Thanks! Debbie
  8. I have a question to BJU Users: We use Science with BJU & I noticed at the 3rd and 4th grade levels the tests consists mainly of multiple choice, True and False & 2 very short answers. I then tried to look at other samples through christianbook.com websites to see if they tests get more difficult as the grades progress - but this has not given me a fair indication. Do the "short answer" sections get longer as the student progresses through grades? Or will they always be going multi-choice or true and false? How have you found the level of the assessment or testing? Thank you Sherid
  9. ...do a reading program? I am looking at BJU Reading and I can see there are some things in the workbook that I may not think of to teach if we were just reading books. But are there enough concepts taught in the workbook to make the time to do them?? What do you see that we'd be missing by NOT doing a reading "program"? (looking at 4th grdade & up) Pam
  10. I desperately need some input on a new world history curric for DS. Creating my own curric is not an option, and DH wants it to be Bible-based, so that leaves me with either Notgrass or BJU. Will those of you that have used these currics please chime in with your opinions? I'll need to buy soon, esp if I go with Notgrass. Some items to note: DS thinks he'd prefer BJU b/c it's more colorful than Notgrass. He uses BJU for grammar and is familiar with their format. I already have Notgrass Government for future use. I don't know if one provides stronger history than the other. I found Notgrass used for $50ish, but only retail for BJU. I can borrow all but 2 of the books for Notgrass' additional reading from the library. I don't know what BJU includes for additional reading or writing assignments, since the online samples are not the greatest. Here's what we've already got scheduled for the year in regards to reading, research, and writing: English Lit Grammar - BJU W&G 8 (1 chapter/2 weeks, all year) NaNoWriMo YWP - prewriting workbook (Oct), writing (Nov), editing (2 week blocks, Jan-Mar) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - vocab, write a new fantasy in the same style and tone as the original (1 wk, Dec) The Outsiders - vocab, book/movie analysis worksheet (2 wks, Jan) The Taming of the Shrew - vocab, discussion, short essay (2 wks, Feb) Animal Farm & Fahrenheit 451 - vocab, discussion, movies, and a compare/contrast paper between the books and today's society (2-4 weeks, Mar-Apr) Edgar Allan Poe unit study - variety of stories, poems, assignments (TBD, Apr-May) Four "free reading" books of his choice (no discussion) [*]Earth Science - each topic includes research and presentation or paper (all year, working at his own pace, no more than 1wk/project) his birthstone (he's starting this today) a natural disaster in recent history modern techniques to prevent natural disasters modern area of astronomical study environmentalist groups and how they operate (opinion paper) corporations and environmental practices controversial issue to debate My biggest concern is whether his current english and science currics combined with Notgrass would be "too much". He's just broken through a major mental block and things are clicking better, but I don't really know at this point whether Notgrass would be overwhelming or if he could juggle it without too much difficulty. He struggles with writing so I don't want to bog him down, but he really does need to work on improving his writing skills. So will the Hive please chime in?
  11. Hi, Please help me- Has anyone used the distance learning option DVDs for their Physical Science. We are needing our dd to independently study and need help for the lecture portion of the BJU physical science. I bought the books/kit after we reviewed the Apologia and do feel that it would be a struggle to go through it all year using that book/dvd lecture. (she doesn't care to listen to the lecturer in the Apologia dvds, to be honest) I did look at a sample video from the BJU dvds and wonder if this is the lecture professor all year long, as well. Thanks, Char:confused:
  12. BJUP is running a $99 special on subject DLO courses. You must purchase by Dec 20, but you have until Dec 31, 2012 to complete the course. It only covers the video portion so you would still need to get the books. Here is the link -- http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/content/distance-learning-online-subject-special Yvonne in NE
  13. I have read that some of you use BJU and Dive together - can you explain how you schedule the two together? Is it time consuming or pretty self explanatory? If you use DIVE and Apologia, is it scheduled for you through the DIVE package? I'm unclear on how all of this works - TIA for your help!
  14. I am referring to their science, math, & english. Thanks! :)
  15. without the videos? I love the looks of their books and if I am going more textbook next year they are my top choice. However I can not afford the video system or all the extras. Just the books. Do you think at 4th and 7th grade a good bit of this could be independent? I still have time to teach a short lesson daily but need them to be able to complete the lessons on their own.
  16. After much prayer, deliberation and petitioning (in the strong name of Jesus) I have finally decided to use BJU's Life Science for my 7th grade DD next year. However, I can't decide between the DVD option vs the Investigations only DVD option. My huz will be returning from a one year deployment this summer and I am trying to streamline our school day next year so that we maximize our time together as a family. After perusing the many threads here regarding the Life Science DVD's with Mrs Vick I see that most people love her class, but that the biggest complaint, and the reason most families drop the DVD class, is because of the time commitment involved. So. What do you think? Should I just use the Investigations DVD to help flesh out the experiments and shave the time it would take to watch the lesson each day? Or is the instruction that is found on the DVD with Mrs Vick not to be missed? FWIW, my degree is in bio-chem so I'm not worried about being able to teach the material myself. That doesn't necessarily mean that my DD will understand what I'm teaching... but really how bad could I be? At the very least, as clear as mud.:D
  17. I am running behind on getting the school year together and I am struggling with a decision. I am used to using Abeka complete curriculum, I have used it for 5 years, but some subjects are just getting too hard for me to teach my kids and I feel they would "get it" better if there was an instructor explaining things. I know that Abeka has a dvd option, but I have heard that it is boring and dull. I have been checking into the BJU hard drive curriculum, and would like to know if anyone hear uses it and what your take is on it? Is it truely everything that I will need for the school year? What other supplies would I have to purchase? Does it keep the kids interested and do the instructors really help? And is the BJU curriculum advanced like the Abeka? Please, any help is very appreciated. Thanks!
  18. Lets just say you had to switch to a more textbook style of school. You hated the thought of it, but due to unforeseen circumstances, you think you may have to go this route. Which of these two companies would you go with and why? Thanks!:)
  19. I am most likely going to go with one or the other. This is for my 8th and 10th grade girls. BJU DVD for all subjects OR ACE for all subject except math. My concern with BJU is the time it would take each day. After asking around, it seems I am looking at 6 to 7 hours total, including Spanish. If I went with ACE, they could go faster, but do I really want them "zooming" thru school each day just to get done? No language with ACE either. Can you give me pros and cons for each publisher? I know BJU is more expensive by far, but that is not a con right now. So what would you do?
  20. I'm wondering which math programs people are partial to. We use CLE and love it, however, as the children get into upper math(in a few years), I would like to have teaching DVDs to help them. I feel that I would not do the math justice. I know there are several options with Saxon....any thoughts on those? I've looked at Teaching textbooks, but felt that it was too light compared to what they are used to. The 5th grade examples were on par with the 3rd grade work in CLE. What about BJU? Don't they have DVDs? Thanks!
  21. I was set on using BJU for science , we had used it 1st grade through 6th, until 7th grade Life Science. It was just too much, too dry, too boring, too overwhelming. We switched to Apologia and have enjoyed General and Physical Science. I was set on continuing with Apologia for biology until recently. My IRL local homeschool moms are not speaking well of Apologia Biology. They say it is too "lose", not visual enough, not complete enough, does not offer enough explanations, too boring, too much dry memorizations. But, they also say BJU is too overwhelming. They all agreed they would have preferred to use BJU and those with younger dc will use BJU rather than Apologia in the future. So, now I am torn. Do I get BJU and start it this summer so we can move slower? Since BJU has anatomy in it, unlike APologia, could I take 2 years to do biology then move into chemistry for 11th grade (either Apologia or BJU)? Could use some input!!
  22. Can you tell me how teacher intensive BJU is without DVD's for 9th grade and up? Any reviews would be great!
  23. How is Rod and Staff in the religion department? Do they lean towards any particular religion? Is their grammar program heavy in religious teaching? I'm hesitant to use "religious" curricula just for the reasons that are stated in the BJU/A Beka thread (anti-Catholism, Catholic haters, etc.). I want my children to learn math as math and English as English. As for the religious learning, we have a Bible curriculum and Sunday school to teach them our beliefs. I do not mind the occasional story about Joseph being thrown in or Bible verses here and there throughout the pages, but I don't want something that will tell them they need to be Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, etc. ANY information about the R&S materials would be very helpful. Thanks! :lurk5:
  24. I have heard mostly good about both of these, but while doing some research on HSreviews, I came across a few comments about these and a few other curricula providers being dominionists, and anti catholic/semi racist, etc. I have not ever heard that from anyone IRL, so I am just wondering what your opinions are on either of these? We are Christians and attend church, etc. but I also want my children to "coexist" and tolerate (for lack of a better word) others that are different from them. Thanks in advance
  25. I'm considering purchasing BJU DVD for science. DD is 11 and we would start this now. I am going to buy just the Science Grade 6, but should I buy the online or dvd option? Opinions? Now I need advice for my 3rd grader. I am planning on buying the whole DVD year, I am still undecided between the hard drive option and the dvd option. Since I have never purchased from BJU, should I buy from them by phone (and pay shipping) or should I use a consultant and get free shipping. I have not talked with a consultant but have read here that if you buy through consultant you get free shipping, is that correct? Or should I wait till the homeschool fair in 4 weeks and buy at the homeschool fair? Does BJU offer any good discounts at homeschool fairs or any shipping discounts? I am so sorry to have so many questions, but it is alot of money and I need advice.
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