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June 24th, 2010, 10:33 AM
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I have an upcoming sophmore who is having a LOT of difficulty with math and foreign language and we're considering homeschooling her for just those two subjects (because classroom instruction is not doing it for her and hasn't for the last 3 years in these subjects).

My questions are:

I've heard good things about SOS Algebra (and math in general). Anyone here have any info about the high school level SOS classes?

Foreign language.... she has a hard time taking things from her brain to paper. She can hear it and speak it but she can't seem to grasp the reading and writing part of her spanish class (nor the german class she tried in middle school). Any suggestions? She wants to go to UT and we though perhaps doing american sign language but UT doesn't accept it as a foreign language.

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June 24th, 2010, 11:59 AM
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I haven't taught high school math, so I can't give you any BTDT advice. I CAN tell you what others have had success with and what we plan to use. First, Saxon is very popular. The private homeschool academies around here use it, and a very dear friend of mine uses it (she teaches both high school and college math). Life of Fred is a completely different approach that works great for some. It's what we plan to use. A computer suggestion would be Teaching Textbooks, but some people say they're a year or two behind (I know they are in the early years, but I don't know about algebra, etc.). Another visual-learner suggestion is Thinkwell. It's also on my list of possibilities, but Life of Fred is my first choice for now. We'll see when we get there.

Others will have more suggestions for you, I'm sure. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
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June 24th, 2010, 05:30 PM
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For high school math, I highly recommend Thinkwell. My son has used it for several years and loves it. It's done online at your own pace, but with teacher and classmate interaction. It's a very well done program.

We have used Switched on Schoohouse for Foreign language (they offer French and Spanish.) It's okay. The kids like it. There might be better programs out there but those are my experiences for homeschooling high school.
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June 26th, 2010, 06:17 AM
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We used Thinkwell for pre-algebra and it was pretty good. The videos were funny and very informative. My dd didn't love it as she thought it was a lot like sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher. The past 2 years we have used Saxon for algebra 1 and 2. She likes it, but it is alot of work. You can get a DIVE cd to go along with it and it has lessons like thinkwell on it. DD didn't like the cd, again too much like school, but she likes Saxon. Next year we are doing Jacob's geometry. I have heard fabulous thinks about Jacob's algebra and geometry books. A friend said that she had her children do the 1st half of Jacob's algebra, then jacob's geometry, then the rest of the algebra and it worked really well for them. Many people like teaching textbooks. Again, it is another online teacher type of program. Some people swear by it. You can go to their website and see sample lessons.

As for Spanish, we do Rosetta. It is a great program and their is a homeschool edition with printable worksheets and tests. It has speaking, listening, typing and reading. I do supplement with the workbook Spanish, Now for some verb stuff that the program misses on. Roseeta is a little pricey but well worth it. We bought the one with 2 years of spanish. I believe with the workbook we can count it as either 2 or 3 years of spanish!
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June 26th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Oh I should say that for foreign language, in addition to using SOS French my son decided on his own that he also wanted to learn Japanese. He went to the library and got books, tapes, test booklets, and uses websites as well. Because he was self-motivated, he learned Japanese better and got more out of his studies than he did from SoS French. He's filled notebooks with notes on Japanese words and learning the hiragana and katakana and uses his free time to study and give himself quizzes.

There is quite a difference between the student using the curriculum chosen for her and the student being able to choose for herself. So involve your child in this decision. Give her the choice and freedom to explore the language she wants to! :-)
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