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November 12th, 2012, 07:27 AM
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Next year I would like some subjects on cd/computer. We are going to buy desks for in the kitchen HEMNES Secretary - black-brown - IKEA and a computer for each girl( we have one already)
I don't know how math would work but looking st switched on schoolhouse LA. what are your thoughts ?
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November 12th, 2012, 09:59 PM
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We use IXL for online math. We also use WorldlyWise (free) for vocab, Headventureland for Latin practice, and other sites from time to time. My kids love computer work. I haven't used SoS, so I can't tell you what I think about it, but I'm all in favor of having some of the work done via computer!
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November 14th, 2012, 06:20 AM
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We use (and love) Time4Learning.com What I usually do is see what they are having trouble with on the computer and then plan little lessons to help them with those things. We supplement with Dreambox for math and ReadingEggs for reading. (Reading Eggs is IMO a miracle worker and taught my special needs child to read EASILY) .
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November 14th, 2012, 06:55 AM
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Time4Learning is a fun way to teach the basics of math and reading, especially in the early grades, but I wouldn't use it for your entire curriculum. It's just very lacking in language arts as a whole (not phonics), science, and social studies, and it's a lot better for early elementary than upper elementary. It's like Spectrum workbooks (which I love) ... a supplement only.
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November 16th, 2012, 07:01 AM
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We use IXL for online math. We also use WorldlyWise (free) for vocab, Headventureland for Latin practice, and other sites from time to time. My kids love computer work. I haven't used SoS, so I can't tell you what I think about it, but I'm all in favor of having some of the work done via computer!
Would you use IXL as a full curric ?
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November 24th, 2012, 03:22 PM
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Time4Learning is a fun way to teach the basics of math and reading, especially in the early grades, but I wouldn't use it for your entire curriculum. It's just very lacking in language arts as a whole (not phonics), science, and social studies, and it's a lot better for early elementary than upper elementary. It's like Spectrum workbooks (which I love) ... a supplement only.
I use this, and I agree. Def not well rounded enough to stand on it's own.
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November 27th, 2012, 09:43 AM
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My parents used SoS for a lot of different subjects, and I loathed it. It was very tedious and boring, and most subjects boiled down to reading comprehension, and the information didn't stay gathered past the first test.
They only used the math kind for a short while though, it's been too long to remember why my mom scrapped it.
Would you like me to ask her for you?
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November 27th, 2012, 07:10 PM
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My parents used SoS for a lot of different subjects, and I loathed it. It was very tedious and boring, and most subjects boiled down to reading comprehension, and the information didn't stay gathered past the first test.
They only used the math kind for a short while though, it's been too long to remember why my mom scrapped it.
Would you like me to ask her for you?
Yes please !! Thanks everyone for your input
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November 28th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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I asked her, and she said the examples were poor and it was too easy to cheat (guilty! haha)
It was difficult for her to get us to do it too, for a lot of the reasons I mentioned earlier. SoS didn't work very well for me and my siblings.

She's using Singapore math now, and she's had some good luck with it for my youngest siblings. She's using Xtramath to cement things.
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November 28th, 2012, 09:28 PM
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I am using Horizon math and we love that. But was looking at SOS for LA and science . I am really looking for some computer programs to use next year.
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November 29th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Time4Learning is a fun way to teach the basics of math and reading, especially in the early grades, but I wouldn't use it for your entire curriculum. It's just very lacking in language arts as a whole (not phonics), science, and social studies, and it's a lot better for early elementary than upper elementary. It's like Spectrum workbooks (which I love) ... a supplement only.
We find using the supplements (and one on one time with me, with lesson plans *I* make based on their personal needs) is working out really well. They are all ahead where they would be in public school. Every child is different--we want to keep school fun and not stressful or overbearing, and so far that is working to our benefit. We also believe in kids learning the truly important things in life, which they learn more through living life than sitting behind a desk

As an teen, I was in advanced honors math. As an adult, everything I need to do can be done on a calculator. As a teen, I struggled with parts of speech (not for lack of being taught) but my grammar while speaking excellent. Now I am a published author and int he top 1% for grammar editing on elance.com. So, you have to keep things in the perspective of life. My kids will still learn advanced math, but I don't think they need to do math for hours a day to be successful in life.

Also, my kids ARE in early elementary

All I know is I won't be subjecting my kids to brainwashing of any kind (and I certainly won't be the person responsible for brainwashing my kids!), so we pick our curriculum based on it meeting educational needs while not brainwashing them. That is the most important thing to me: that kids grow up to be truly intelligent--which means being able to think for themselves and have their own intelligent opinions about things, not having the world shaded through other people's truths.
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November 30th, 2012, 05:53 AM
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We use Teaching Textbooks for math for the three older kids. Ani uses Monarch for science, social studies, and Spanish1. She's in 9th grade. Monarch is more or less SOS on-line with a few differences. She likes it a lot and it's working well for us.
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