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Old 10-01-2012, 07:12 PM   #101
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I use lessonpathways for my daughter too.
For ppl who use it, when do you like to go to lessonpatheways and do your planning? I go there at the end of the week to plan next week's theme, then see their suggested activities, pick and choose which ones I'd like to incorporate, print what I want to use, then write down which days I want to use those activities. For the rest of the days, I do my own activities that goes with that theme, so I go there about once a week for planning, and maybe one or two more a week if i want to peek some more for additional ideas.

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Old 10-01-2012, 07:26 PM   #102
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I have been procrastinating doing my lesson plans for this next month long session, but I finally sat down and got it done tonight. I'm glad to have it all done! Well, mostly anyway. All I have left is to plug one last week of my lesson plans into my tracker program (I have it written into my plan book which is easier for me to visualize when I plan it out, but the tracker program keeps a record of grades), but my back is starting to hurt so I'll finish that tomorrow.

Tonight I found what seems like a good free online typing program for DS to learn to type properly. All DS has to do is log in from his computer, and on my end it tells me his scores, and which lessons he has completed. I'm going to give it a try to see how he likes it.

Here is the link in case anyone else would like to check it out! http://www.typingweb.com

That now gives us...

Alpha Omega Lifepac History and Language Arts
CLE 700 Math
CK12 Biology
Sign Language
Typing
and he is reading The Book Thief

Can anyone think of anything we are missing?

ty for the link! i was using this http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ i really like the one u shared. i might mix them both up a lil bit.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:37 PM   #103
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I use lessonpathways for my daughter too.
For ppl who use it, when do you like to go to lessonpatheways and do your planning? I go there at the end of the week to plan next week's theme, then see their suggested activities, pick and choose which ones I'd like to incorporate, print what I want to use, then write down which days I want to use those activities. For the rest of the days, I do my own activities that goes with that theme, so I go there about once a week for planning, and maybe one or two more a week if i want to peek some more for additional ideas.
i pretty much do the same thing but im getting better on planing on next wk during the school day. so when fri or sat gets here. (i pick one day or the other to plan) i dont have as much planning to do. usally its my kindergartiners i get done during the wk. (his is easy to plain)
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Thanks for the advice. He is a good math student but not a great test taker so I have to remember to take the placement test with a grain of salt. Usually he doesn't test super well but then he does well on all his assignments and homework. So he may be fine with the 8/7, which he and my DH want to do. A friend of mine loaned me all her 7/6 stuff including the D.I.V.E. CD so I think my inner cheapie wanted to just use that...but maybe it would be better to do the 8/7. Argh decisions decisions.
My children did 7/6 last year. They are doing 8/7 this year. 8/7 is a review book with an intro to algebra. We are on lesson. 30 and haven't learned anything new yet. Something to think about........
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:36 AM   #105
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Thanks for the advice. He is a good math student but not a great test taker so I have to remember to take the placement test with a grain of salt. Usually he doesn't test super well but then he does well on all his assignments and homework. So he may be fine with the 8/7, which he and my DH want to do. A friend of mine loaned me all her 7/6 stuff including the D.I.V.E. CD so I think my inner cheapie wanted to just use that...but maybe it would be better to do the 8/7. Argh decisions decisions.
Has your son looked at the 7/6 stuff? While I haven't let my kids just "pick" what curriculum we use, I have let them look at what I was looking at and wiegh in on how they like it. I do this especially with subjects that I found a couple things that I thought would work. Maybe your son would look at the 7/6 stuff and see quite a few things he doesn't know, or, conversely, he knows all of the concepts and your family decides it would be a waste of time.

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My children did 7/6 last year. They are doing 8/7 this year. 8/7 is a review book with an intro to algebra. We are on lesson. 30 and haven't learned anything new yet. Something to think about........
So, then would you recommend skipping 8/7 if the student mastered the concepts taught in 7/6 and go straight to Algebra 1? Maybe I should be asking this when you are further into the year?
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Has your son looked at the 7/6 stuff? While I haven't let my kids just "pick" what curriculum we use, I have let them look at what I was looking at and wiegh in on how they like it. I do this especially with subjects that I found a couple things that I thought would work. Maybe your son would look at the 7/6 stuff and see quite a few things he doesn't know, or, conversely, he knows all of the concepts and your family decides it would be a waste of time.

So, then would you recommend skipping 8/7 if the student mastered the concepts taught in 7/6 and go straight to Algebra 1? Maybe I should be asking this when you are further into the year?
We have both the 7/6 and 8/7 textbooks so we looked through both of them last night. After going over the placement test with DS he totally knew how to correct his mistakes, I think he was just rushing initially. He covered all the concepts in 7/6 last year (though with a different curriculum) and prefers to do 8/7. My DH does all the math with him and also feels that he is more than ready for 8/7. So that's what we're going to do. My DH feels he can skip the first 30 or so lessons as well. I figure if he does great and finishes it early great, if not he can take his time.

As far as the Algebra I've read some different things:
Some people say if they are whipping along with 7/6 they can go to Algebra 1/2 and skip 8/7.
Others say 8/7 is a great pre-algebra prep and they prefer to go from 8/7 to Algebra 1, skipping Algebra 1/2.
Then there must be people who do all of it in order, skipping nothing. I guess it depends on how much time you have and how well they are mastering the concepts. Saxon does so much review so that's helpful too.

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Yay for school!!!! We just finished doing school today, a real complete day!! Last night I decided that I couldn't just hang around waiting to deliver a baby that isn't coming yet. I want this baby to come, but the bottom line is he isn't yet. I could have another 1-3 wks. (Please, not 3!! or even 2. ) I've been unhappy not doing school and it was time to just get back to it even if I go into labor tonight and we don't really get far after "restarting." We did Bible, calendar activities, phonics and math. We did a little review in phonics, then today's stuff and a little of tomorrow's too. For math, I just gave him a few workbook pages. I still have to figure out where to start with the Singapore. I just got the Home Instructor's Guide last night. I'm glad I got it. We weren't scheduled for science today and history is built into Bible/phonics/reading. So, I'm completely satisfied with what we did. I'd actually have him finish tomorrow phonics after lunch except that I have an OB appt and he has his speech eval today.

Anyway, I feel on top of the mom world right now. Doing school makes me feel so productive!! Yay!!
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boys had a dentist appt today so were starting late today. (1pm :P ) im gonna see what we can get done today & whatever we dont ill just move it to tommoros schdule.
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