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  1. Do tell! What is the book about? How can we support a fellow Boardie?
  2. Me too! I'm glad we are in different library systems. I started the second today and it picks up where the previous left off. I doubt that you MUST read them in order, there has been a touch of orientation as necessary, but the (wacky) interpersonal relationships will make more sense in order. I am not far enough into the series to say for sure, but I'm wondering if the books will follow the pattern of Inspector Mørck solving a side case upstairs with casual comments while he works his "main" case downstairs over the course of the book, with an even larger mystery arcing over multiple books...
  3. AP exams only happen in the Spring, so the class material won't be very fresh if the re-take. A fallback position might be CLEP. Would SAT2 be another backup? I'm not sure how far ahead you have to schedule, and of course the tests aren't available for all subjects.
  4. So does this mean that in theory your dc might have AP classes on their transcript but with no accompanying score? This is part of my concern about AP classes. We have a couple of years of maturity ahead of us, but I'm not yet comfortable that my dc will be good high-stakes test takers. The other part of my concern is that the local school systems can be jerks. I can psyche myself over that when I need to. They do brag about the number of AP tests they administer.
  5. So, the first book has 85 chapters which can be tricky to fit into a school year! Also, the second book is Medieval Times and the third is Renaissance, so you would lose familial alignment - which it sounds like you are enjoying. Everything I've read says the books are really high school to adult. My dc are 4 years apart, so after my twins finished SotW, they moved into the K12 Human Odyssey while my youngest started SotW. To maintain "familial alignment" I rearranged the K12 readings to align with SotW using a spreadsheet I got from a fellow boardie. Where K12 had gaps I filled with library books or SotW. There are a few other options for middle school history if keeping everyone in step is less important.
  6. I'm sure they exist, but I don't remember ever talking to someone who was unreservedly outside about Rosetta Stone. At best I get a voice that the program is so expensive we better have gotten something out if it! Have you used Duolingo? I understand it to be similar to RS but free. There is very little grammar, though, so you would need to pair it with a grammar book to really be effective. Many people use Homeschool Spanish Academy, although scheduling had been difficult recently. If you have the budget for an online class there are lots of options. You might check out the thread pinned at the top of the High school board called "High School Motherlode #2", it has some links to foreign language. Also there is a pinned thread specifically for online foreign languages.
  7. You would be totally fine. Killgallon says that in theory the order is: Sentence Composing..., Grammar..., and Paragraphs... Sentence Composing uses no actual grammatical terms for the parts of the sentences. It has you work by ear dividing up sentences, reassembling, imitating. Grammar for... does almost exactly the same thing, but uses the actual grammatical terms (adjectives, phrases, clauses, etc). Paragraphs for ... follows Grammar and also uses the proper terms, but you do not have to have done the Grammar book first. In Grammar and Paragraphs the grammatical terms are defined with examples and used for the chapter's worth of lessons, but then the focus moves to other terms. Even in the Grammar book, the focus is on producing interesting, varied sentences, not particularly in learning grammar. In any case, the books are self-contained with no prerequisites and can really be done in any order. They all follow the same patterns of explanation, examples, and reproduction of concept, so we often intersperse chapters between other writing activities in order to avoid getting bogged down by the repetition.
  8. My dd did preA last year and did great. I bought the first 7 Key to Algebras and she has done the practice tests at the end of books 1, 2 and 3 with boredom. Too bad! I wanted her to get a bit of exposure to Algebra topics before hitting that next year, but so far, nothing new. On one hand, perhaps I should be happy and it will all work out fine as is, but on the other hand, I paid for the books hoping to get a head start in next year's topics. We'll keep moving through, but I thought I would share since you are in a similar boat, heading a similar direction!
  9. How about charging a flat rate, like $30? It might not come out exactly even, but that doesn't sound like the issue here. Then they can pay up front and be done. Maybe $40 if they don't feel like packing snacks. You could say, jokingly, "hey, last summer almost bankrupted me. This year we are going to just charge a flat rate of $___" Depending on your crowd you may get naked, or maybe everyone will just understand.
  10. Analytical Grammar We used that 6th-8th. I wanted to be done with grammar as a subject before high school. We only did about half the assigned problems, as long as they got at least a B on the tests. We diagrammed a sampling of the sentences we did. I got my copies cheaper from their "scratch and dent" collection, so you might try calling and asking.
  11. Dd10 has been working with exponents recently in BA. She often will write the multiple as the exponent instead of the power, i.e. 20=2^10 instead of 2^2*5 When we talk about it, she understands the difference and can immediately fix it. I think I am part of the problem and that if I could tighten up my vocabulary on the topic it would be clearer. Remember in the Liping Ma book when she discussed teachers not using the correct names for fraction parts and multiplication and division (minuend, subtrahend, etc) It also may be that I need a good story, like the holes and piles discussion for negative numbers. In any case I could definitely use a good, repeater line. When people are slouching during writing I always say, "please put both hands on the table, it will improve both your posture and you're writing." Even I am sick of hearing that line!! But the repetition does work, eventually. How do you discuss exponents with your math learners?
  12. So long as you don't start throwing the bean dip... Perhaps, though, some of the questioners are truly just curious? Of course you owe explanation to no one, but some conversation might be fine in some situations. Everyone who made a choice about where to send their dc probably feels the same defensiveness that you do. It is a big decision that you all have in common - except for everyone's reasons for making their family's choice. Anyway it worked out, it is the logical conversation topic for this time of year. A change of pace from, "can you believe all this rain?!"
  13. I think you are right, the key is increased time in the target language. Since you are shooting for practical, hit-the-ground-running results, perhaps try to focus on phrases/sentences/conversations that she will use frequently. I'm thinking of the, "what are you doing? Can I play?" things, but maybe even more focused. In Spanish I came across some workbooks that assumed fluency and we spent a few days learning commands like, "turn to page qq. Cross out the one that doesn't belong." Similarly for math class vocabulary, art class vocabulary, etc. One thing we did recently for German was watch an "Easy German" video asking a bunch of different people what they would do with €20. Here is something similar from Easy French: It is nice to hear the same question answered by different people. At real-life pacing I had trouble even reading the captions, so be careful about getting overwhelmed, and plan to watch it more than once.
  14. I found SSL to be a scattered, parts-of-parts approach to Latin. If you aren't planning to continue with books by the publisher (CAP?) I wouldn't bother. The best introductory book to Latin that I've seen, for parts-to-whole learning, is GSWL. Lots of people love SSL, but I think by 4th grade it is on the young side, and the vocabulary they teach doesn't transfer well to other programs.
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