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1. ## Need help organizing a geography course for my daughter

I am looking at the Starline Press World Geography set. Downside is it is pretty expensive; upside is it is open-and-go. I am also looking at the HMH World Geography package available through HSBC through the end of the month. At \$60 compared to almost \$200, the HMH looks like a better deal!
2. ## Help with Life of Fred trig? Page 111

Thank you so much!!
3. ## Help with Life of Fred trig? Page 111

My son can't figure out how/why a step in the problem at the bottom of page 111 in Life of Fred trigonometry was arrived at. I'm no help, either. Can anyone help? To show that 1 + cot2 x = csc2 x Changing to sines and cosines (ok here) 1 + cos2x/sin2x = 1/sin2x Adding the fractions (this is what he doesn't get) (sin2x + cos2x)/sin2x Since sin2x + cos2x = 1 (ok here too) 1/sin2x He doesn't understand how the term in the second step is derived. Anyone? Thanks! Amy
4. ## Is a graphing calculator for Larson's Algebra 1 (Chalkdust) Necessary?

You can use an online graphing utility, but you might want to go ahead and buy the calculator now. He'll need it later on, anyway. There will be other mentions/demonstrations of the graphing calculator as the year goes on. I went ahead and bought the calculator around the same point you're at because I had never used one and figured my son would be best served by taking advantage of all the instruction in its use that Dana Mosely would be providing!
5. ## Which edition of high school Conceptual Physics? Hewitt or Pearson?

I really have no idea about the question you are asking. (So, why are you responding, woman?!) ;-D I just wanted to say that I had originally intended to use Hewitt's Conceptual Physics, but I ended up signing my son up for the physics course with Derek Owens. I couldn't be happier. DS is learning at his own pace (which is sometimes fast, sometimes SLOW) and doing a great job so far. The instructor doesn't seem daunted by my smart-alek-y son's goofy comments on his homeworks/tests, and has actually responded to them in a humorous way (far cry from the beleaguered public school teachers who took immature boy humor as an immediate sign of disrespect.) Mr. Owens does the grading and is available to answer questions. The physics course is essentially a conceptual physics course with labs; prereq is algebra I. DS has recently spent some time with trig concepts on Khan Academy bc there is apparently some trig in the course; I think there is a sufficient amount of instruction in the course for what is required, but he wants to earn badges and whatnot on KA!! Just wanted to throw another option out there.
6. ## Lit analysis, annotation, options to Windows to the World

Have you looked at Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings? www.homescholar.org
7. ## High school Latin for beginner; WWYD?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? I'm sure regular readers of this board are tired of the "which Latin" question. I searched this board for a long time before posting my question, but that only made me more indecisive! Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I thought of having the 9th grader to continue doing the LFC series, which would give him some grammar, and then also have him do the Power-Glide lessons so I feel like he's using SOMEthing that's allegedly high-school level! We're already doing double maths and lots of language arts on top of his LLfLOTR, though, so as I sit here doing next week's schedule I worry whether we're really going to have time to do two Latin courses! Amy
8. ## Kinetic books physics w/o solutions manual?

I know that Kinetic books does offer an online homework component, but I don't know if that's "enough." The lack of availability of solutions led me to decide on the Derek Owens physics class for my 9th grader. Amy

10. ## Where to buy Singapore

What do you need? You could try posting in the wanted section of the sale board! Amy (who has some Singapore stuff she ought to list for sale!)
11. ## Chalkdust algebra 2-trying to figure out what to use in Larson combined volume!!

Thank you for your response! In that case I think I am going to be best served by ponying up the \$\$ for the intermediate text. That's what I get for trying to be clever. :)

13. ## Spielvogel World History: The Human Odyssey in one year or two?

I have searched on "Spielvogel" but not used the tags; have to figure out how to do that. :) I agree the book is intimidating--in fact, my son said "aghh!!" when he saw it. LOL! Thanks for the feedback--I am reassured that it will be ok to do it in two years. I find myself kind of paranoid about what is sufficient for a high school credit. I KNOW we are not going to be good about recording time spent on a topic, so I want to be sure that the materials we use are "good enough!" Amy
14. ## Spielvogel World History: The Human Odyssey in one year or two?

I had originally planned to use this text over two years using the mental rationale that they also sell it as two separate texts, but now I'm questioning whether that would be sufficient for two credits. I'm also going to be using the TC World History videos and having him do map work and other reading. Thoughts? Amy
15. ## Would anyone be willing to share a syllabus with me?

Students sue college professors? For WHAT?
16. ## Kinetic Books physics

They clearly don't value the business of the homeschool market, do they? It's kind of surprising, because there is clearly a need/desire for a product such as theirs in our community. I guess they figure there's more money in catering to...who? Virtual schools, I guess. Hm...interesting. I wonder if I could register and get course guides for classes he'd take in future years? Hadn't thought of that. I know Kolbe asks you not to resell their materials, but since Kinetic books holds the copyright on that (and CLEARLY Kolbe doesn't control any aspect of it) I think you're free to do with it what you wish. Let me know if you're interested in selling it! I'm also considering the Derek Owens physics course. My son likes technology more than people, though. ;-D (Aspie much?) Amy
17. ## Kinetic Books physics

Resurrecting an old thread....I contacted Kolbe and was told that in fact, solutions manuals are not available to families registered for the single course only. The email is on a different computer, but IIRC the person who responded to my question said that Kinetic books won't sell THEM the solutions manual anymore, and they've been trying to buy them back from previous customers so they could rent them to enrolled families, but the response has not been what they had hoped. So, how the heck are we supposed to grade anything? Even with single course enrollment you only send stuff in once a quarter, right? Is this a case where you'd have to pay for the enhanced evaluation to get any grading? Or are there any answers in the course guide? I was leaning toward using Kinetic Physics, but now I'm leaning back toward Hewitt b/c at least I could get teacher's materials. Amy
18. ## Question about going from Singapore to Chalkdust

So, what was your experience using Basic Math? Did it feel like a year of marking place, or did it feel like you went into more depth than with Singapore 5?

20. ## WWYD for 9th grade history with LLfLOTR?

Do you mean they took the CLEP at the end of 9th grade? I have to confess it hadn't occurred to me to have them do that until much later! I took some in the summer between HS graduation and starting college, so that's what I had in my mind.
21. ## WWYD for 9th grade history with LLfLOTR?

To preface this, I started out looking for online programs that would allow me to be hands-off with my rising 9th grader's HS work. That process led me right back to where I was before, which is where I put together my own program of different things and am Chief-Mom-in-charge-of-the-universe. It will be fine. Really. :) One thing that steered me toward this route was my desire to use the Literature Lessons from Lord of the Rings for our LA this year. I found a copy at a recent used curriculum sale and can't wait to get started! But now I have to make some history decisions. Local HS does two years of World History for 9th/10th grade (this is relevant b/c he might end up back there at some point) then US History, then Gov't, so that was my plan at first. But b/c of the vagaries of public school (k-7) and our floundering through 8th grade at home, son hasn't had much "recent" history from, say, the Reconstruction onward. I had decided to cover American History this year starting with the Civil War because that's where my 6th grader is and it would make life simpler. But! Lord of the Rings would seem to lend itself better to ancient/medieval history, and I would like to be able to coordinate American literature with American history. So, maybe I should start with ancient and medieval history now (he's had a bit of both, but not in depth) and try to informally catch him up on the modern world, or maybe I should not even stress too much over that b/c he will learn it eventually. Thoughts? If you read this far through my ramblings, I thank you! :) Amy
22. ## Can you enroll in Kolbe and NOT take religion/theology?

I am trying to figure out the whole deal with being an "enrolled family" with Kolbe Academy. I know you can't get a *diploma* from them if you don't take the required religion classes, but can you still register/enroll and have the other benefits of being a registered family (such as the transcript and course outlines) without ever intending to take the diploma/do religion?
23. ## duplicate post; please disregard

Can't figure out how to delete this!
24. ## Indiana University High School?

I don't *necessarily* want something that looks like public school, though there is a certain comfort level in having that b/c I'm not 100% sure we will make it all the way through high school. I grew up in Indiana, but don't live there now. My parents still do, though; maybe he can go live with them and get a virtual charter school for free! :)
25. ## Kinetic Books or Hewitt Conceptual Physics for...

amtmcm--Which LabPaq set did you get? We will probably be using Conceptual Physics this year as well, and your list of ancillary resources is very useful. Are there tests in the teacher's edition?
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