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  1. 24 minutes ago, katilac said:

    My favorite math prep resource is ALEKS online. It's $20/month rather than free like Khan, but I think well worth it if you have the money. I find it much quicker than Khan because it does a thorough assessment for whatever course you're enrolled in and then has you work on what you haven't learned or mastered. You can choose from a list of 'ready to learn' topics, but it won't let you choose a topic it hasn't deemed you ready to learn. Or, you can just keep moving down the learning path if you don't want to make choices. 

    I personally think it's easier and more reliable than evaluating yourself and deciding what you need to work on (and in what order). Khan has the mastery challenges but that takes longer than just doing an assessment, ime. 

    They have both ACT and SAT math prep. 

    I was looking at this one and it seems like exactly what she needs but the reviews online weren’t very good. I will have to give it a second look now. 

  2. 26 minutes ago, CinV said:

    Since you mentioned Bright Futures, I assume you're in Florida. Homeschoolers only have two requirements for the scholarship, SAT scores (which are increasing next year) and volunteer hours. Only public and private school students have course requirements.

    That is great news!!! She can take Intermediate Alg this year at the local CC. She will be a music major so higher maths are not a must have. If she does not take Geometry could she study for math portion on SAT and score well if she is also solid in Algebra?

  3. You run three concurrent tracks throughout the academic year.  When I was taking Bio, Chem and Physics in high school, it meant I had three lab classes per week on top of 3 lectures and 3 tutorial sessions.  Each science subject was 1 to 2 lectures, 1 tutorial and 1 lab per week. 


    If you look at the link below and expand on the Core Curriculum, you can see what I mean about all three sciences being done concurrently every week for the academic year.



    (ETA: example from a French American school of three science a year http://www.frenchamericansf.org/page.cfm?p=3102&pback=3094)


    My kids are doing all three sciences every year and they like it because its spiral.  They don't need to remember so much academic vocabulary at one time and there is no rush to finish a year's worth of science in a year. 


    How are you achieving this? What are you using and how do you know how to merge them??

  4. Dd is using Math Mammoth to fill gaps and get ready for Algebra this year. I seem to recall someone saying there is a way for the student to fill in worksheets with computer instead of hand writing?? I am so not a techy person so I am at a loss with this but would love for her to be able to use them in this way. Can someone tell me how she can do this??

  5. Dd12 has decided she wants to do CCC A next year. She is on point with everything except that grammar for the start of Latin. While she has done several grammar programs over the years, I am not sure she is ready for it. I am hoping to find a course we could do over the summer that would help her be ready. She has never diagrammed so I know we would need to do that. Any ideas?


  6. Dd12 is having a very hard year medically. She has not been able to make much progress in school. I am unsure how to handle this. I am in Florida so I know the law is just showing progress but her progress is very minimum. For example she is doing BJU Fundamentals for math and has just finished chapter 2. She wont even make it through half the book at the pace we are going. What should I do at the end of the year? I am trying not to stress about it while dealing with her medical issues. If anyone is from Florida is there anything that can be placed in her file to help with the lack of progress. maybe something like a medical leave?? Not sure just looking for any ideas or advice. 

  7. My DD did Equine Science last year in 9th with a high school textbook cleverly titled Equine Science by Rick Parker. This is the 2nd Edition. I think the most current is the 4th but I got the 2nd really cheap. It seemed pretty standard. There were review questions at the end of each chapter and also suggestions for projects or further research. My dd liked it well enough. We didn't cover the whole book but I let her dive into the chapters she was really into and skip or skim the chapters that she wasn't.




    We also used this Dover Horse Anatomy Book. My dd is artsy and really got into drawing the labeling the muscles and bones of the horse. She says it helped her horse drawing skills immensely.




    We also found this Coursera course covering Equine Nutrition which she thoroughly enjoyed.




    I had also purchased some James Herriot titles that I would have liked her to read but we ran out of time. It was a fun subject for her!


    Did you find any need for a Teachers book on the Parker book or can the student text stand alone?

  8. I do not have much to offer but to say that I can completely understand how you feel. Dd12 has been dealing with very painful neck, headaches, constant nausea, loss of vision and now depression on and off since 2009. She has had multiple MRI's x-rays, ct scans and blood work and nothing shows up. I know how frustrating it can be to not know what you are dealing with. I also know that having to deal with constant pain can definitely cause depression. My dd was a happy healthy child before all of this started. She stayed happy for the first part but is now emotional worn out. I have recently found a physician that deals with functional Medicine that we will be consulting with. I wanted to give you another forum that is specific for individuals dealing with issues such as these. It has been a huge help for me. I wish you and your daughter the best!!



  9. We just started The Cells with dd12. I cant imagine doing this with a younger kiddo. Like above post stated it has some pretty deep coverage. So far we read through the lesson  one day and dd does some written narrations from the lesson. The next day we start on the activities. So far we have made it through the bulk of the activities in 1-2 days. Again dd does a written narration or maybe a sketch to reflect what she is learning. The last day we complete the questions orally then discuss what we have learned. If time permits, we move on to the next lesson same day. So far it is going great!! Dd12 is really liking it. 

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  10. Is it the decimals or the negative exponents? One can understand that 0.1 = 1/10 without understanding it is also 10 raised to minus 1.


    I actually think it is both. We have backed up with the Decimals 1 book from MM and will work through the decimal books and LOF. This is the first year we have used BJU and they did introduce exponents in the previous lesson but this seemed like a big jump to me.

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