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  1. I didn’t add anything for one student but he followed up AoPS and Foerster with Larson textbook for precalc with a teacher, so maybe these things were covered a bit there? I am adding in some Khan Academy for those topics you mentioned for my next students, started in prealgebra. I noticed last year that those sorts of plots were showing up in the newer elementary standardized testing, so I thought it might be a good idea.
  2. We used Kolbe, with our own labs and not most of the virtual ones, but through Kolbe we also purchased a digital package from the publisher that had two different versions of chapter assessments (printable) which had multiple choice as well as short answer questions where students had to answer with a paragraph, draw diagrams, etc., as well as other learning and study materials. We used some of the publisher materials and then used the Kolbe semester exams for grading. It looks like they have the store set up differently now; before I had to buy two separate publisher products, but now it looks like they are bundled together and will cost more than the plans with tests. Maybe there is a way to register and get materials from the publisher, but several years ago I couldn’t figure out how to do it, even after getting an educator account with Pearson. There are Study Guides put out by the publisher to go with the book. Maybe you could look at those and see if you could use them for testing, or to write your own tests from.
  3. Penelope

    Daniel Fast

    Huh. I think that is reading into the text. I also read into a little, though, because I just assumed “vegetables” (don’t know what the original Hebrew means but English texts say vegetables) included foods from plants, like beans and maybe even grains. The point was to avoid meat sacrificed to idols, I thought.
  4. I adore Julie Bogart and love to listen to her seasoned advice, but I am not a Bravewriter fan girl, either. I was not impressed with the original book or with the high school writing samples that kids were supposedly leading up to. I am more on the structured side of teaching writing for most kids, which is why I like WWS so much. However, I now have a child who is stuck midway through WWS3, which has me kinda flummoxed, because, why now, at this point? But I am reading these threads and thinking about switching to something that will finish what we started and also will go ahead and segue into thesis-based writing.
  5. Reviewing notes after each class. Setting up a study period for the class each day (maybe you already know he doesn’t cram all the study into a week or two, but a lot of kids do). Maybe his notes could be better? If he is friendly with any students with the higher grades, asking if he could compare their notes after class might be helpful. For students who are used to having everything be in the book, it can be hard to get used to classes where a lot of information is only given in class and note taking and studying mainly notes is essential. Learning to engage with the book more than just completing the study guide Is important (outlining the text, asking self questions about the text). It seems like a common strategy for students is reading the material over and over, which can actually work sometimes, until it doesn’t. Even a multiple choice test can be written so that deeper understanding is required to answer the questions.
  6. This year for APs the school took payment and did... something.. on their end and then had us go back to the College board account to finish things up. And that was with a state homeschool code. But the state homeschool codes for AP are different than the ones that were used for the PSAT and SAT.
  7. No, DO has recorded videos and then you submit homework and tests for grading. You can always email with questions. There is no interaction with other students.
  8. Penelope

    More Changes to Advanced Placement

    I think there is a difference. AP exams are given every day for about two weeks on school days when all students and staff are there and most are not taking the exam. AP exams are also linked to classes given in that school and are not required of prospective college students the way SAT is. I am grateful for the schools that are open to homeschoolers taking AP tests at their facility, but I understand why not every school wants to, just like not every school wants to be a site for the SAT. I do agree that they should set up registration the same so we could see the schools allowing it directly on the website. It would save all of the calling around to find out whether a school will allow it and which tests they actually offer during a given year. Maybe with the changes and the newer online registration for AP, they will move toward that.
  9. Penelope

    More Changes to Advanced Placement

    From the College Board: ”Exams canceled after this deadline and by the spring course orders and fall order changes deadline will incur a cancellation fee of $40 per exam. The original exam fee will be removed from the invoice. This fee won’t apply to exams originally ordered for students who transfer out of the school.” So it is not additional, it is $40 that you won’t be refunded if you cancel. They already have late exam administrations for all exams for cases of sickness or other emergencies.
  10. It’s been a couple of years but it seemed to me that the algebra 2 book had many fewer word problems than the first book. I did not like the algebra 2 book quite as much though it is certainly solid. I too remember the solutions as hit or miss. You could go with the Math Without Borders materials. We used the algebra 2 right before he updated it, and it was just so-so for my student.
  11. Penelope

    SAT Score Improvement

    As homeschoolers, we did it for talent search opportunities, which ultimately we never took advantage of. It can also provide a score for kids who might be ready for early college classes with dual enrollment, without having to take the test again early in high school. Some middle schools clue parents in to taking SAT or ACT if their children have high standardized test scores. It does provide a testing opportunity which doesn’t get looked at by colleges, though I am not sure how helpful that is for kids who already tend to test well or they wouldn’t be taking the test that young in the first place.
  12. My elementary aged kids have read, with me, A Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing. I like the histories for middle school (Julius Caesar, Henry V, Richard III) and I think Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet are good tragedies for that age.
  13. The thing is, most of the time, those cookies will go into the dumpster anyway. It is not like they are going to package them up again. I do not think it is wrong to save the cookie that you would have eaten and give it to someone else.
  14. Penelope

    What curriculum covers progymnasmata?

    For an older student, Composition in the Classical Tradition by D’Angelo is a book that has all the forms. It used to be recommended for high school in TWTM. Cindy Marsch at offers some materials for progym instruction. I am not sure about the age ranges but I would guess not elementary. I can’t agree that the main IEW program is based on the progym. It is based on materials by a Canadian college professor, which he used for his own classes, and does not seem very like the progym at all to me. I don’t know anything about the Rhetoric program they offer; maybe that is what was meant by the comment that IEW is loosely based on the progym.
  15. That kind of stuff doesn’t bother me anymore. I just know where to look for advice and help and where not to. This is just someone looking to make extra money while staying at home, and I don’t begrudge anyone that, though I certainly would not call her a veteran. The spamming is annoying though. I feel like people who have homeschooled many years and are finished are better at the big picture advice, but sometimes those that are “seasoned” and still in the trenches and trying out new things are great at helping each other with the detail stuff: curriculum reviews, schedules, all the nitty gritty. The host of this site was not a veteran for many of the years she was writing books and giving talks, but she helped many of us (me!) with her plans and advice. And the big picture laid out in TWTM was one of the things that convinced me I wanted to and could homeschool.
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