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Believe it or not, it just hit me that I have a 13 year old (8th grade) and college bound. Yet, he is still in Math U See Delta Level and no real science program at the time. I admit, I became a little lax in thinking there was time and struggled with finding an affordable, if not free science program for all 3 of my kiddos. With math, I changed curriculum’s so many times and felt it would be cheaper to have my oldest and middle son (5th grade) in the same math, yet, it has pushed my oldest back when he should be in algebra by now.
My husband a couple of weeks ago began the conversation, that it is time to start planning for our eldest and his career pursuits. I was not ready! So now, I feel horrible and frightened that our eldest will not be well equipped in time because I dropped the ball.
We just can’t afford programs like Apologia and so on and even the next levels of Math U See. So, I have up until last year used free online programs, but non of which were accredited.
I could have this all wrong, but after all of these years of homeschooling, I am still at a loss. I feel horrible to say the least. What do I do at this point. I have reached out before, and have gotten great feedback, but still options that are out of our budget. Sending him to public school is out of the question as well.CindySParticipant
Would you be open to me sending you an Apologia General Science Program? I think I still have all the parts but will certainly check. I do not have MUS, but I do have a Saxon Algebra 1/2 that I could send as well. You can pay shipping. 🙂
Wow, yes, I would definitely be interested!! Thank you so much Cindy. Oh you are truly a blessing. I’m in tears. THANK YOU!!
How would you prefer to proceed?MissusLeataParticipant
Just saying, That is beautiful!
I know! I’m still at a loss for this amazing deed!!
My email address is shannonrouzan[at]gmail[dot]com
THANK YOU again!!sarah2106Participant
HSLDA has the Home school Foundation with helps families purchase school supplies.
Also check Homeschool Classifides and even FB groups for specific curriculum. I have seen people offer curriculum for simply the cost of shipping. Especially with MUS because the older comb binding guides, though still accurate with the worksheets, are often not in good of shape as the hardback newer guides nut still work great. People also offer older Apologia science books for cost of shipping.
THANK YOU as well! This is helpful and I will use this resource going forward. I truly appreciate this!sarah2106Participant
As far as gettimg your oldest where he needs to be, I would talk to some veteran homeschoolers, especially those that have children in highschool or graduated. Our state has a fantastic state homeschool group that is a fantastic resource for planning for the now and future. HSLDA is also a great resource to contact and gain wisdom and information about the highschool years.
We use MUS but if your son is only in Delta it could be hard to jump into pre algebra unless he knows his other facts through other methods. Maybe contact MUS as well for suggestions on how to get him through levels so he is ready for highschool math and science.
Also does your son have any inkling as to the direction he wants to go? College, trade school, working… interests or things he would like the pursue. That will help give direction. Also check with your state for requirements for highschool and then work backwards to make sure he has what he needs to graduate.CindySParticipant
Okay, I will email you in a sec! This is our 25th year of at home schooling; I have felt all the emotions over the years (still do!) and it makes me so happy to bless you!
No worries, whenever you are available!
Wow, 25th year? That is wonderful! You have no idea, how much you have blessed us. I just shared this news with my husband while he is at work and he was overcome with emotion as well. God knows our needs for sure!
By the way, I knew of Saxon, but never looked in to it. I just reviewed it and seeing what it offers only amplified the blessing. Basically everything he will need in 3 MUS books/levels are covered in the one Saxon 1/2!
You will certainly be blessed in return for this:)
Many thanks and appreciation!Melanie32Participant
I have the teacher’s set for Math U See pre algebra. I’d gladly send it free of charge if Saxon doesn’t work out for you.
You can always find the first edition of Apologia for great deals on ebay at the right time of the year. I keep a list of things I need and keep an eye out for them throughout the year. I get great deals on things this way. I used the first editions of Apologia General Science, Biology and Chemistry and they worked just fine. I didn’t pay more than $25 each, including shipping.
I also buy the Math U See teacher sets used when I can find them for a good deal. Then all I have to purchase new is the student’s set.
As for advice on how to proceed with your oldest. I would have him start spending more time on his math so that he can catch up more quickly. You can ease him into Apologia by allowing him to take the tests open book if he isn’t used to such rigorous curriculum.
Also, you probably don’t need to worry about accredited curriculum unless you live in a state that requires accreditation. I haven’t heard of a state that requires it but I know a few states are super strict.
Easy Peasy homeschool is a great option for free homeschooling.
Wow, another blessing!! Thank you as well Melanie. I will most certainly keep the MUS pre-algebra in mind. So, don’t forget me, ha!
Also, we actually use Easy Peasy for Spanish, art and music. We moved a few years for my husband’s job and were staying in a hotel while in transition to move in our home and I found EP which worked out because all of our homeschool materials were in storage. So it was a great source in the meantime. We used after moving into our home as well, but I longed for our CM curriculum and just used it for the above subjects mentioned.
I appreciate the Apologia tip and encouraging feedback.
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