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We used Omnibus II and III, and I thought the books were very good. They are expensive, but they are nice quality, contain a wealth of discussion questions and information, and they also come with a teacher CD, which essentially has the entire text reprinted, but with answers to all the questions (which really helps flesh out discusssions.) There are other useful files on the CD as well, such as a grade calculator where you can record your dc's scores for various types of assignments and it will calculate a running percentage for each of the 3 subject areas Omnibus covers.

 

Two things that helped justify the cost for me were 1)I was able to reuse the books for my 2nd child, and 2)the resale value of the books is good--they're in demand, so many people look for used copies.

 

Hope this helps.

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I can't say enough about omnibus. This is our first year using it with our 9th grader. He is doing omnibus 3. We will definitely be staying with it. I will be starting my other son in book 1 next . It is a lot but it counts as a credit of Literature, a credit of History and a credit of Theology (an elective). I don't see how you could do a book over 2 years and give proper high school credit. What we love is that by reading the chapter in the textbook before reading the actual book they have such a wonderful understanding so the reading is easier. I found no reason to print off of the cd. I would put it in our laptop and read off there. The answers they give for all the questions allow you to have a meaningful conversation without having read the book.

Jennifer

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@ grapeape,

 

I just receive my Omnibus 3 in the mail. It looks like more than we can do in one year. From your post it sounds like you are taking 2 years to do Omnibus 3; is that correct? If so, you indicate that you love it and that the pace you are using is just fine. I am looking for any tips or advice on how to use this book. I know that we simply cannot do everything in it, all of the assignments, and complete it in one school year. But I don't want to leave anything out. What parts of the assignments do you use, all of them? What parts do you do orally? What parts do you assign your student to write? Do you assign every 750 word essay? If so, do you do that weekly? Maybe two years is the answer to fully using this resource and getting the most out of it. I would love ot hear from some moms who have used this and exactly what parts of the lessons they used and how they scheduled it all.

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Large portions of each level are on Google books, so you can read parts of it and really think through if it will work for you. Also look at the books that go along with it.

 

The online sections assign the majority of the session questions, and then do one essay per quarter. So with Primary and Secondary that makes 8 essays total plus 2 semester exams.

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@ grapeape,

 

I just receive my Omnibus 3 in the mail. It looks like more than we can do in one year. From your post it sounds like you are taking 2 years to do Omnibus 3; is that correct? If so, you indicate that you love it and that the pace you are using is just fine. I am looking for any tips or advice on how to use this book. I know that we simply cannot do everything in it, all of the assignments, and complete it in one school year. But I don't want to leave anything out. What parts of the assignments do you use, all of them? What parts do you do orally? What parts do you assign your student to write? Do you assign every 750 word essay? If so, do you do that weekly? Maybe two years is the answer to fully using this resource and getting the most out of it. I would love ot hear from some moms who have used this and exactly what parts of the lessons they used and how they scheduled it all.

 

@bridget

 

We are doing it in ONE year.There are a few selections, at least 6 I can think of off the top of my head, that we skipped but still had him read the chapter in the textbook. We only assign a little writing. He sits down with his father and goes over everything orally which sparks awesome conversations and in depth study.He looks at how many weeks he has for a particular book and divides up the book by the number of days. As he reads he does the questions that correspond by jotting down answers on index cards so he can discuss the answers with his father. He just writes enough to spark his memory and know where to go to get the answer when they sit down to discuss. It is easier to spread a book over 7 or 14 days than the small number of days the text suggests. I hope this helps.

Jennifer

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