"Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm."
"Let us look with greater hope to the future; let us encourage one another on our journey."
~ Papa Benedict XVI

Friday, February 3

Prayer is the oxygen of the soul. ~Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

8 comments:

Eva said...

Hello Allison,

I was wondering how you like OLVS after using it for a while. Are you planning to continue with it?

allison said...

Eva! Hi!
Short answer - love it still! yes, Ben will continue using it...maybe even Thomas...but after them, who knows! every child is different!
One comment - with the next 9th grader, i will change the english program! we really struggled with it.

Eva said...

Thanks for the reply. Was it a problem to change it? What are you changing to?

allison said...

They let you change up to 2 courses (but not religion) Ben is in 10th now so i have not looked at it yet for Thomas. We will change it, but i will have to research more to decide what we will be changing it to.
The 10th grade english is much better.

Eva said...

What didn't you like about it?

allison said...

one major problem was that they gave an example or two and then the sentences to diagram were 3 times as long and the answer did not have things that were taught...and I could not even find the answers/examples for these in the book, ANYWHERE. That was the biggest problem - its hard to take away credit for something i have no idea how to teach AND cannot find in the text, it was very complex with no teaching of how to ...

allison said...

and so how do you grade that? He can't really get it wrong if he was never taught it.

Eva said...

Maybe it was taught in the lower grades and they thought the child should know it by then? We use "Voyages in English" and I know that there is some diagramming in it.