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6/24/11 11:57 P

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Next year, my ds (8) will be using Abeka for Math & Spelling, Mystery of History, Apologia Science, BJU English, Classics and other books for reading. I haven't decided what we are going to get for bible yet. Any suggestions?


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yes, I think you're right. I think most elementary classes have art once a week. I haven't been able to find music once a week though. When I was teaching at a school in different capacities, I don't recall music ever being offered and P.E. was being cut the year I left.

I think Civics/Social Studies is every day, but I haven't been able to find any time schedule for these topics.
Do they study SS 30 minutes each day? 45 minutes? An hour?
I've scheduled an hour a week for music and art each, because I know my ds will enjoy them. They aren't mandatory in my state though.

I always find it interesting to view state standards, because most don't even follow their own. LOL

I will be picking your brain come high school time. ;-) My ds wants to go to MIT, and luckily they are homeschool friendly. They stress they do not want a student to "fit a mold" but to be themselves when they apply. I have a few more years yet. =) LOL

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6/13/11 11:13 P

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Don't most elementary schools have art and music once a week? I'm guessing the civics would be social studies?

Now in high school you have to switch to the 120 hours I believe.

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6/12/11 3:48 P

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Does anyone know where I can find the standards for the amount of time per week I need to teach civics, art and music? I'm having a hard time finding anything online.

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6/10/11 7:44 A

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Someone asked about where they purchase books. I buy the majority of our books off of EBAY or from Rainbow Resource. I love Rainbow Resource... free shipping on 150.00 orders.

I have had the same problem with Horizons Math fourth grade. It was relatively easy for my son the first semester and then it dove right into more difficult math with little transition. We are switching to Switched on Schoolhouse or Bob Jones next year. Has anyone used these for math?

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6/7/11 11:29 P

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Thanks Tina. I think I found the ones you're speaking of on sonlight and the placement test for his grade level did look too easy. I was thinking of having him test at the next level. Which is where he is at with Horizons. Is Horizons and Singapore comparative in grade level?

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6/7/11 11:15 P

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I use Singapore for the younger years. Love all the word problems. Not a spiral like Saxon, and looks deceptively easy. They do have placement tests at Sonlight.com, I believe.

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6/7/11 6:55 P

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I do like that Horizon spirals, so any math that is similar would be nice, because it won't be too different for our switch over. I am just so disappointed with Horizons fourth grade math books. They're beyond ridiculous for a student that has been using the curriculum since K. I agree with review, but not busy work and based on what is left to learn, it will only fill 1/4 of the next school year.

I think I was getting Saxon and Singapore mixed up. I'll do placement testing for both Saxon and Abeka and see where ds comes up at. Thank you Ladies for the suggestions! I really appreciate it.

p.s. Tambi, love the new picture!

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6/7/11 5:27 P

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I've use Saxon in the past as well and enjoyed it, but am preferable to ABeka. Same spiral effect as Saxon with more word problem for critical thinking.

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6/7/11 5:17 P

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We use and LOVE Saxon Math. We love it because it repeats itself. We can skip the parts we know and practice the stuff we don't.

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

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6/6/11 11:34 A

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I need some guidance.
My ds has used Horizon Math with great success from K-3. I have grade 4 for next year and after reviewing it, I'm disappointed to notice that too much of it is review and easier than the 3rd grade book. I think the grade 4 should be grade three and vice versa. So most of book one will be skipped and even parts of book 2 bill be skipped. I understand that this book reviews for students just beginning with this curriculum won't be overwhelmed, but in the meantime, I feel cheated. I'm wondering if 5th grade will be the same and I'm contemplating a new math source. It may just be time to move on. And that's okay. BUT, since my ds is fairly advanced in the math I'm not sure where to go. Saxon has been suggested, but even my eyes glaze over when I view the pages.
Does anyone have any suggestions for an excellent math curriculum?

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6/5/11 11:24 P

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I also use The Well Trained Mind sale board a lot. You do need at least 60 posts in their forums before you can sell there.

Tina

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5/26/11 3:32 P

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Where do my homeschooling buddies find their books at fair prices?

I have used:

MTHEA swap shop.

HLDSA

Amazon

Half.com

Ebay

Christian Books.com

Vegsource.com

Betterworldbooks.com

Textbboks.com

Help me to grow the list for others.

Happy shhhhooopppiiinngg!!!

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

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1/30/11 7:10 A

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I use the books while I teach for the younger four and my older two use the video streaming via internet. We like the fast pace of it, the spiral effect of learning and the Christian based material. I really haven't found any cons that I can think of, but each family is different in how they approach their school day. I like structure and this gives me it while still being able to be flexible in areas I want to. I've been using some form of ABeka for over nine years now, but for the past five have used nothing but. The other curriculum I used just clicking for us and I spent a TON of money experimenting those first few years only to sell most of it on eBay and vegsource for a fraction of the cost.

I'm not sure I really answered your question, but though it's hard sometimes, find a curriuculm you are at peace with and works for your family.

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1/30/11 2:00 A

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With the Abeka do you use the books only or the dvd or the video streaming? Why do you like Abeka so much? Pro? Cons?

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

I tired of being sick and tired all the time!! Time to do something about it!!

And This Too Shall Pass.

LIFE is like an echo..........


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For the first five years I tried SO many different curriculum, but finally went back to what was working in the first place. ABeka works us.

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1/28/11 7:32 P

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We have been eclectic homeschoolers. I'm thinking we need something with a lot more structure to it. I'm looking into Switch on School house or like the Abeka with the DVD's.

It amazes me how some of this companies don't have information on their web sites.

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results."

I tired of being sick and tired all the time!! Time to do something about it!!

And This Too Shall Pass.

LIFE is like an echo..........


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When I first started I grabbed every book on homeschooling from the library that I could get my hands on. Studied and then went online and asked everyone for opinions and read reviews; tried to get as much information (sample pages) online, but some companies aren't as generous as others.
AOP was the most forthcoming. After the assessment we determined which grade we needed to look at and then we chose Horizons Math and Phonics based on the samples we were given. But for all the other subjects I gather info from various areas. Some I have books, some we do lapbooks, some are from the library, etc.
At the beginning of the year I look at the state standards (what a joke) and then view The Well Trained Mind and plan out an outline for the school year. Gotta go, ds needs to take his spelling test.

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I am an eclectic homeschooler, thus I don't use any one particular curriculum, and not any of the boxed curriculum such as Bob Jones or Abeka. I'm in the living books/Charlotte Mason way of thinking, so Sonlight and it's literature approach are more my style. My goal was to have the kids enjoy reading, so I read great books to them, and they read books without having to do book reports. I could ask them questions about the books, but it was informal. I've been more of an informal do it with the kids type teacher. I've used lots of materials from all over. Is there a certain class you'd like info on?

Tina

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1/28/11 11:30 A

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I use a curriculum book I actually found in a used book store. It's called Home Education Curriculum by Jean Wolff. It's a little outdated, but it has everything; worksheet printables, a weekly schedule and step-by-step instructions. If I feel a lesson is out of date, then I just change it. Saves a lot of time on research. I found the book for next year on ebay.

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Since some of us are new here, which curriculum do you use and why you choose it? What grade(s) are you teaching? We are at a crossroads and are looking for opinions.

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