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  1. I recommend working ahead of your student so that you can fill this stuff on the fly when this stuff comes up. And, having used many different Algebra 1 programs with several different students--it always comes up.
  2. This may not fit the bill exactly, but the Michael Clay Thompson book Classics in the Classroom talks about (among other things) using classic literature (including nonfiction) as a means to explore complex ideas, enduring questions, and so forth. It's a short and easy read.
  3. If the text you've settled on doesn't end up working for you, the book I mentioned upthread (Ways of the World) is a fabulous sequel to HO.
  4. This is, of course, a key point. I think that it would be ill advised to do a statistics project without knowing statistics first.
  5. I used this text with my older son when he was in 8th grade. I found it to be incoherent in the sense that it seemed slapped together and that the author wasn't attempting to weave a coherent narrative (even within the same chapter). When we jumped ship eight or so chapters in is when I discovered K12's Human Odyssey series. We ended up using all three volumes that year and it was like a breath of fresh air. Given that experience, I would definitely use Our Human Story over the Spielvogel text even though there are no teacher helps (unless you enroll in the K12 course).
  6. My son is taking an advanced statistics class (post AP) where he does projects like this (I think they also did a project in his AP class at the end of the year). Look up "statistics project ideas."
  7. I would want to know what the legal status of the relationship would be. Would you be a guardian, landlord, or what? I would think that how the relationship is classified legally would determine how severing that relationship would proceed.
  8. I don't have any ideas for such a resource, but I think you're on the right track about how to go about it. I totally agree with both points--not that I am a huge expert, but I do have a master's degree in the humanities, and as part of that we had to analyze quite a bit of literature. I've never thought about kids' difficulty with literary analysis--otherwise highly intelligent and insightful kids--as being related to a lack of time on earth, but it makes perfect sense. I've always thought that the reason literary analysis papers are used as a starting point for learning the basics of essay writing (aside from the fact that most high school English teachers were English majors) is because, in a sense, you don't need to bring a huge amount of outside knowledge to the task. The world of the text is in the text. But that isn't exactly true--the literary part of literature resides not within the text but where the reader meets the text. In other words, what the reader brings to the text is just as important as the text itself, and if the reader's worldview is not yet developed, as is surely the case with the worldview of a teen, then any sort of analysis that is attempted will be limited. I wish I had realized the above ten or twelve years ago!
  9. I would say no, as AAS isn't designed to be used independently (learning the rules by quizzing with the cards, dictation, etc). I suppose you could make it work by doing a lot of prep work beforehand.
  10. You could simply give a full credit in the year he completes the course, or you could arrange the transcript by subject, which avoids the issue of when altogether.
  11. If you want to not use deodorant, try wetting your armpits with rubbing alcohol and letting it air dry. If you do it every day, it is unlikely you will smell.
  12. Just a note about Our Human Story--large portions of it are straight out of the second and third volumes of The Human Odyssey (K12's middle school series), so if a student has used HO, using Our Human Story may be a bit redundant. That said, I *love* K12's approach to history, and Our Human Story would be a great choice for a student who is doing their first pass through history or who has only had elementary level history.
  13. This has not been our experience in private or public high school, CC, or a 4 year college. I am sorry it has been yours.
  14. I don't know exactly, but it was probably something like "I just wanted to make sure you are still able to write a recommendation for me and that you know that the deadline is on Friday, March 20 [or whatever]. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Thanks so much for doing this for me--I really appreciate it!"
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