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  1. I'm specifically talking about the higher number problems in each lesson. She and I both understand and can easily do all the basic "math" problems, and then we can sometimes do the first word problem or so with no issue. Then they get tricky. Often even with watching the video solutions we're not 100% sure what they were asking or how he arrived at the solutions. This is super frustrating for both of us, who are perfectionists and are accustomed to learning to mastery and thoroughly "getting" everything before moving on. We haven't had great success using the MWB graphing program, Geogeb
  2. I know this has been asked before and have read all the previous threads. My dd is in Ch 6 (logarithms) and has done okay with the text so far. We're using the Math Without Borders videos and doing the problems he assigns. The word problems are becoming more and more difficult and even with me putting in an hour or so of personal study each night, I'm not understanding the material to the extent that I can help her (and she needs me to be able to help her). I was good at this in school and enjoy math, but these word problems are killing me! What are our options? We have covered a sig
  3. We have used Cambridge 1 and 2, and have done Henle 1 and 2. She'll be fine for grammar, but there are many vocabulary words in Cambridge that would be helpful to know as they'll show up in the translations right off the bat. If possible, you might want to just expose her to that so that she can be prepared. The vocabulary is pretty interesting and not too difficult. A solid base of grammar with Henle will help her tons!
  4. I submitted on Sunday and was approved early Monday morning, so I assume that it might have been more immediate if I had submitted on a weekday. Thanks again for this recommendation! That saved me TONS of time.
  5. Wow! Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I submitted it and am waiting approval. What a game changer this is! I thought I had heard about this option months ago but couldn't find it anywhere on the College Board site so assumed it wasn't a valid option anymore.
  6. I'm in the process of attempting this so I can submit my syllabus to the College Board and call my dd's class "AP" on her transcript. My head is spinning, because while I am used to designing courses for our homeschool, I have never written this type of a syllabus. How detailed does it need to be? I printed off the sample from the CB website, so I do have that to go from. Basically, I have a paragraph for a course overview, a paragraph about student assignments, and then her reading list. After that, I've divided the year into 9 units (rotating poetry, short fiction, longer fiction, d
  7. CLE Algebra Conceptual Physics (Hewitt), science biographies (Kepler, Newton, Einstein), A Briefer History of Time Literature (King Arthur, Watership Down, Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare, poetry) Middle Ages History using Ambleside Online Year 7 Lite Easy Grammar, writing will mainly consist of daily written narrations with occasional assigned short essay topics Getting Started with Spanish Mapping the World with Art (I think, but I haven't actually bought this yet. He loves Ellen McHenry's science books so I think this might be an enjoyable way to cover
  8. I have worked through the texts ahead of my dd, but not that far ahead. Honestly, I would probably forget it if I attempted it years in advance. I just stay somewhat ahead and work through as many problems in the lessons as I can, focusing on ones that look more challenging. I then make little pencil notes in the solutions manuals about helpful hints for a problem or alternate solutions that may also be valid. We have used CLE Algebra I, Jacobs Geometry, and are currently in Foerster's Algebra II. All of them have been a success here.
  9. There are no hard and fast rules here! It really just depends on what you and she want from it. My dd has through all 4 forms and Henle I and II. She will keep going through AP Latin and has no desire to add a modern language to that. My ds went through Second Form and then moved on to Spanish. He dreaded Latin and wanted something that felt more immediately practical. That was hard for me because I have been so committed to Latin and have learned it right along with my kids. I think the ideal would be to do both a modern language and continue a classical language to some de
  10. I'm planning to have my ds work through this text (the high school one) for 8th grade. I have bought the book but would love to have solutions for the chapter review questions at the end of each chapter. Does anyone know whether the Teacher Edition of the book includes those answers? I'd rather not purchase accompanying workbooks, unless those include an answer key within them.
  11. Math: Foerster's Algebra 2 Latin: Mueller's Caesar Henle 3 with MPOA Science: Discovering Design with Chemistry History: American History I, using Ambleside Online year 9/10. Government: Going to try to self-study for AP Government (still using mainly AO books but adding AP prep materials, too) English: Ambleside Online year 9/10 plus self study for AP Literature and Composition using AO books and some additions Partial credits: Bible, worldview, Fine Arts using Ambleside Online materials + Community Bible Study Extra Curricular: Taekwondo will happen for s
  12. Good to know! Geometry has been a fun challenge but I wouldn't say it's a walk in the park.
  13. Okay, then we'll skip the videos. Every time I've purchased DVDs for any class it has ended up being a waste of money. I'll definitely have to brush up on my skills, but I've been doing that with Geometry and we've had no problems so far. She is a motivated and self-directed student so hopefully this will be fine.
  14. What have you used to complete this book successfully? I will definitely buy the Solutions Manual. I see there is something called Math Without Borders that can be used with it. How necessary or helpful would that be? My dd does not like video instruction.
  15. We're using Apologia at home and it hasn't been difficult at all. I do read the modules a bit ahead of my dd just to understand what she's doing, but that probably isn't necessary for everyone. I spent about $150 on a microscope and have mixed feelings about it. We have had some successful viewings through it and lots of misses. I often look the slides up online for comparison anyway.
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