# HollyDay

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1. ## Shopping for a ukelele--we got one, thank you!

Dd bought hers from Guitar Center. They have a large selection with a variety of prices as well as a robust online store. She did purchase hers pre-lockdown so she was able to go into the store and try a few. We have made several purchases over the years from Guitar Center for various products and have always been pleased. Sweetwater Music is also an online store I've used. Their customer service has been excellent.
2. ## History that doesn't strictly follow a 4-year cycle?

We did not follow a 4 year cycle in high school. We did Geography in 8th grade. This provided the backdrop for many history topics. 9th grade was World History 1, 10th World History 2. 11th grade was US History. 12th grade was econ/gov't and current events.
3. ## preparing for calculus?

My math major dd says to prepare for calculus: solid understanding of algebra (factoring, FOIL), mastery of fractions, interpretation of decimal approximation and how to convert back and forth from decimal to fraction, strong understanding of how to solve for x and y. basic trig skills such as unit circle, sin, cos, tan, graphing, phase shifts, how to work with trig functions numerically and graphing including their inverse functions, the differences between degrees and radians and how to convert between the two. Understanding of rates of change especially how to see these graphically. You will learn more about this in Calculus but it helps to have a familiarity with the concept early. An understanding of exponential and logarithmic functions. A basic preview of limits does help as well. Ability to recognize linear vs non linear equations Overall though, the importance of a strong algebraic foundation cannot be stressed enough. A lot of problems actually require only a little calculus but a lot of algebra. This is especially true when you get into integration. Sometimes to integrate, you first need to use a lot of algebra to get the equation into a form that can be worked with. The same is true for differentiation at times. Then after using the Calculus skills learned, you often have to use algebra again to get the answer into a form that can be used in application to get the needed answer.
4. ## What small liberal arts colleges should go on our list?

Not sure if any of these are repeats or not: Randolph Macon Longwood Lenoir Rhyne Amherst College
5. ## Give me your best non fiction and fiction for 1850-present

1850s will cover westward expansion. Do you want books covering that subject? US Civil War and post/reconstruction period? Roaring 20s Dustbowl Great Depression WWI and WW II Cold War Vietnam Can you narrow down your interest....country? theme?

I’ve been thinking the same things. However, the cemetery is quite strict. Closed toe due to uncertain and varied terrain. Mask requirements are strict too

I'm trying to avoid that due to summer heat.

My father in law will finally be buried in June (delay due to covid restrictions). I need closed toe shoes appropriate for a funeral and will look good with a black dress. BUT I have flat feet, damaged plantar fascia, arthritis in my spine, posterior tibial tendon issues. This shoe must be comfortable, somewhat supportive while looking fairly nice. I normally wear Hoka Bondi or Clifton sneakers. Chaco sandals in summer. Cowboy boots (doc recommended) in winter. None of which will look nice at a funeral (or be closed toe). Please give me some suggestions so I can get a pair and start breaking them in
9. ## Literature for a 9th grader to start mid year

You already have some great ideas and some good input. I wanted to toss in a few ideas that worked well for us Alpha Omega Press has literature packs for both American and British. Each is designed to take a semester. This one worked particularly well for my oldest. She was more a "just the facts" type learner. Each lifepac was short and broken into short lessons with reading selections and questions. Background on the authors was presented at the start of each section. The authors/books are studied in chronological order. Drawn into the Heart of Reading has a middle school program that could be translated into 9th grade. What I like about this program is that it allows you to select the book. The program is laid out by genres. You select the genre, then select what book you wish to study. There is a list of questions and activities for each genre. You can pick and chose what questions/activities you want to use. The actives are divided into grade level so this one works well with multiple ages. Progeny Press has study guides for individual books. Similar concept to DITHR but you can only chose from the guides they already have published. Another similar company is Total Language Plus.
10. ## Adjunct/part-time instructors vs. tenure-track professors

youngest dd is a junior in college now (oldest has graduated). Both have had excellent tenured and adjunct professors. Both have had some "interesting" professors. Individually it would be a difficult thing to nail down.
11. ## Accommodations for special needs during CLEP test, in Texas

It is my understanding that College Board really tightened their requirements a few years ago. It was a keynote topic at my local co-op meeting. Have you looked at what College Board will accommodate and what documentation it wants for accommodations and from whom they want it (medical specialists, etc)? Covid restrictions still being in place might slow the process down as well.
12. ## 9th grade curriculum that isn't reading intensive - video / computer / hands-on

My oldest dd was a "just the facts" kind of leaner. She did not enjoy literature based programs. Alpha Omega was a good fit for her. The paper based (not online or computer based) program was broken up into units so it was not as overwhelming. We could add literature as we wanted to add, but it was not necessary
13. ## Favorite PreAlgebra Text? Similar to Foerster Algebra I&2?

I agree with SilverMoon, Lials was a big hit with my youngest for pre-algebra. Horizon's pre-algebra was a hit with my other dc