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  1. 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. 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. 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. Not sure if any of these are repeats or not: Randolph Macon Longwood Lenoir Rhyne Amherst College
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. I'm trying to avoid that due to summer heat.
  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  14. I kept a reading list just because I found it interesting. However, it was not required by my state. Nor did any college or university ask me for one
  15. I am in need of new summer shorts. None of the clothing stores in my area allow the trying on of clothes (and haven't for the past year). I have lost 20 lbs and am unsure of my current size. Also, I don't find it easy to use size charts when online ordering (gravity is "stronger" now that I'm closer to 60). Do y'all have any suggestions for finding shorts that will fit sight unseen?
  16. something that will count. Dd chose College Algebra. It counted as part of core requirements and let her gently enter the college experience.
  17. Do you "need" to take "the big 3"? No. Should you? Maybe. It depends upon your goals for a well rounded education. There are college prep science courses and there are "lighter" sciences. Also it depends upon college requirements. And it depends upon changing future plans. Oldest dd changed her degree path the spring semester sophomore year to a totally different major/career path which also required a change in 4 year college which had different science and math requirements. She was prepared though because of her high school transcript and the classes she had already taken. Oldest was not science/math oriented. She took Biology, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, and Equine Science in high school. In college she took Geology and Meteorology. Youngest on the other hand wanted math and science. In high school she used the same biology text as her sister, but used Zumdahl for Chemistry and Geller and Young for Physics. and took a Genetics class. She is majoring in math and computer science at college. You can pretty much count on the "big 3" sciences being accepted by colleges/universities. But, not all might accept other sciences.
  18. We used Jump In for 7th grade. It was my oldest dd's favorite program that year and her favorite writing program overall
  19. Transcripts are scary but not impossible. HSLDA has a template that is very helpful. I found the local CC required a different style transcript than the 4 year colleges. Look at the requirements of the various colleges your dc might wish to attend. Odds are their webpage has some information about transcriptions and/or homeshool. If not, call and ask. It is really not that hard once you get started. I too remember feeling overwhelmed and scared. But once I got started it was ok
  20. I established a chart of what I wanted to accomplish in 4 years. I knew both dc would go on to additional learning of some type post high school so I wanted to give them an academic/college bound track. I looked at the state requirements to make sure those boxes were checked. Basically we did: 4 English: grammar review, writing 4 social studies: geography, world history, us history, gov/econ 4 math: algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, adv math (to include trig/analytical geometry/pre-calculus) 4 science: physical (which was actually done in 8th grade), biology, chemistry, physics, plus one other of dc's choosing (one did equine science, one did genetics) 3 literature (which was wrapped into english): us, british, world 2 foreign language (youngest dc wanted to do 4 and oldest did 2 spanish and 1 ASL) 1 fine arts 1 health electives: drivers ed, violin, piano, voice/choir, calligraphy, logic, robotics, home ec, business math/personal finances, meteorology, astronomy, latin, greek, MS Office Once I got the skeleton listed above in place, dc and I looked at curriculum and chose programs for each year. Some things fell into place on their own. For example some of the sciences had math prerequisites so that order established itself. I wanted literature and history to complement each other so that was easy to place too. Many of the electives were based on what was offered at local co-ops or were based on prerequisites (had to be 15 to start drivers ed for example). Youngest dd said one of the best things we did to prepare for high school was learning how to learn. Dc had to take notes now. They had to organize their time differently. They had to study and prepare for tests differently. We did standardized testing (Iowa) but now the SAT/ACT was coming. They had to learn how to research for papers. Deadlines became more important. Colleges have deadlines for papers and work to be turned in. One thing I wish I had done more was citations. College requires MLA or APA. We did a LOT of writing in high school, but I didn't do a lot of citations.
  21. Middle school literature was difficult for us. Dc were transitioning from "kids" to "young adult" and both had very different reading tastes. I looked at many, many different programs and finally chose Drawn into the Heart of Reading. It allowed us to pick the genre and the book but also gave us structure for analysis and discussion. I could pick 1 genre for both dc but different books for dc who where at different grades/ages/stages/interests. Reading lists were provided, but I used advice I found here (thank you Lori D!!!) and looked through reading lists from other programs to select a variety of books.
  22. have you tried audio book with him following along with written book? that way he hears and sees the words at the same time?
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