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  1. Okay, thanks for the feedback about the materials - good to know! I probably need a vacation! 😄😵😄
  2. This question was from Milestone Books (free placement test) - question #8 for 2nd grade: https://www.milestonebooks.com/bin/Placement_Test_English.pdf The answer key was emailed by the company. There are also other grade levels on this test. Thank you for the explanations! I think that I am seeing it now: Need to be = auxiliary modal verbs Pulled = action verb Could I say that this is a simple future passive construction (that uses the past participle of "pull")?
  3. Hi, y'all! I came across a placement test that asks the student to identify the "doing verb": Weeds need to be pulled out of the garden regularly. Answer key lists "pulled" as the verb. However, it appears to me that "need" is the verb and that "to be pulled out" is an infinitive phrase behaving as a noun (and the object of the verb "need"). Also, is the prepositional phrase "of the garden" acting as an adjective phrase by modifying "weeds"? Can anyone shed light on this? Help! Thanks!
  4. Does anyone know of any free practice tests for standardized tests grades 5-12? Thanks
  5. I agree with "many." Workbook identifies "books" as the subject which did not make sense. I wanted to check with other homeschoolers. Thanks again.
  6. What is the simple subject? Many of the books are small. Thanks in advance.
  7. Does anyone have a link for MicroChem Labs Conceptual Chemistry textbook and workbook? Thanks!
  8. Does anyone know how much geometry is covered in RightStart Math levels D, E, and F? Is it about the same amount of geometry as the other levels such as level C? I like the geometry tools and coverage in RightStart Math books, so I refer to it for geometry only. Also, does anyone know of other hands-on geometry books that involve the use of geometry tools?
  9. The abacus became boring very quickly for our child. So we switched to Mortensen Math blocks which is like MathUSee. RightStart is useful for geometry, but the abacus is limited and boring. Blocks seem superior for teaching concepts (like algebra) - and more fun to use.
  10. I agree with others - these are innocent, normal questions that most people ask. I prefer people who like to engage in a little friendly talk - as opposed to homeschoolers who don't even want to talk to you when you meet them.
  11. For those who are familiar with sailing, what would you recommend? Should a family rent a boat? Are boat clubs useful for those who do not own boats? Should a family enroll the child in sailing lessons? What sites offer information about types of boats and sailing for beginners? Our family does not own a boat, and it seems too expensive for us to purchase, maintain, and store. I know that there are stories of homeschooling on a boat, but we do not intend to sail the world.
  12. Which foreign language has been the most useful?
  13. It sounds wonderful that this young girl has aspirations! A research into family genealogy may reveal black ancestry in your family.
  14. Exactly - fractions are challenging! I found the same gdaymath website a while back - they did a wonderful and funny job of presenting the complexity of fractions (Professor Aharoni's Arithmetic for Parents also mentions that fractions are "complex"). Linear divisions of chocolate do help ease us into the number line. The reducing of fractions is easy to see visually, but it's more complicated to prove in written expressions. We use a lot of manipulatives to explain, draw the number line, and write decimal equivalents of fractions.
  15. We also buy as we go along (for the most part). However, apart from future need for microscope, chemistry equipment, physics equipment, robotics/computer parts, etc., I'm growing more concerned about extracurricular activities. So homeschool educational materials are cheaper for us than sports and fine arts. Granted, private school is costlier, but I prefer to save money if at all possible just in case something arises.
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