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Always changing my mind.

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM
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So I had thought I had everything figured out for school.  Then I started looking at other things.  I really should stop that.

Question:  How many books with study guides should I use?  When not using a study guide there will be free reading of books anyways.

Science:  Video vs reading books and lap reports?  Science Fusion or Elemental Science.

Grammar:  Easy Grammar Plus vs GUM Drops and Giggly Guide to Grammar.

Everything else I've pretty much figured out.  These are the ones I'm always questioning.

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bldjrs123
by Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I havent used or looked at those but im going to be using either grow with grammer ( is like $35 bucks for the set) or the language mechanic (is $25) ..... and for science i found the lab of Mr. Q ( you get the life science book and teacher guide free  then after that its $50 for each other books sets)

TidewaterClan
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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As far as science goes, my oldest (6th) loves science fusion and all of the online tools. My youngest (3rd) is a hold a book kind of gal. I think it depends on your daughter as it which would work best. You guys are middle school? The SF 6-8 units are under $30 and you get a year online access once you activate it. You could see how she likes it & work through one unit.
Silverkitty
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

We are middle school, yes.  I can not find the science fusion less than $38.

Quoting TidewaterClan: As far as science goes, my oldest (6th) loves science fusion and all of the online tools. My youngest (3rd) is a hold a book kind of gal. I think it depends on your daughter as it which would work best. You guys are middle school? The SF 6-8 units are under $30 and you get a year online access once you activate it. You could see how she likes it & work through one unit.


TidewaterClan
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I bought it for $27 when that homeschool co-op had a special on it a few months ago. You can type "homeschool buyers co-op" in your browser and they'll come up. I have no idea how often that's one of their specials.

http://www.pandemoniumbooksellers.com/#!houghton-miffln-harcourt/canh

Use the code on this page to get 20% off and free shipping. The lady is SUPER nice. If you're interested send her an email & tell her you're thinking of Module A - Cells & Heredity (or whichever - you decide where you start) & just need the softcover student book & online access. Her site changed completely and you don't need the $90 teachers book. :)



Quoting Silverkitty:

We are middle school, yes.  I can not find the science fusion less than $38.

Quoting TidewaterClan: As far as science goes, my oldest (6th) loves science fusion and all of the online tools. My youngest (3rd) is a hold a book kind of gal. I think it depends on your daughter as it which would work best. You guys are middle school? The SF 6-8 units are under $30 and you get a year online access once you activate it. You could see how she likes it & work through one unit.


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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Literature books with study guides?

When I taught in PS, we usually did 6 novels with study guides during the year.  I try to keep that in mind and do more than that for us here at home.

If I got that wrong, sorry.

Other than that, I've never used any of those.  Good luck!

mem82
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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LOL I need to stop looking too!

AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I haven't heard great things about Elemental Science, just as an fyi. I think people said "busy work" and that it didn't flow very well? I don't remember exactly, just that it didn't have great reviews. Oh, and typos - they said it had the motherload of typos.

I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Just keep in mind that if you print out the books, instead of reading them on PDF (we hate screen reading), it is MUCH more than $50 per book.

Quoting bldjrs123:

I havent used or looked at those but im going to be using either grow with grammer ( is like $35 bucks for the set) or the language mechanic (is $25) ..... and for science i found the lab of Mr. Q ( you get the life science book and teacher guide free  then after that its $50 for each other books sets)


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















Silverkitty
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

I was looking at 10 books with study guides, I started to wonder if that was to much.  Some one told me Five books was reasonable.  I figured ____ books with guides with added poetry.  Just need to figure out the number of guides.  She will always be reading something.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Literature books with study guides?

When I taught in PS, we usually did 6 novels with study guides during the year.  I try to keep that in mind and do more than that for us here at home.

If I got that wrong, sorry.

Other than that, I've never used any of those.  Good luck!


Silverkitty
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Hum, I'll look for more reviews.  Finding a good science is always hard for me.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I haven't heard great things about Elemental Science, just as an fyi. I think people said "busy work" and that it didn't flow very well? I don't remember exactly, just that it didn't have great reviews. Oh, and typos - they said it had the motherload of typos.


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