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  1. I don't have an answer but I do have the same question. I showed my son the Traditional Logic book at the curriculum fair and he was not very excited by it. He also has already done the same books you mentioned. I would also love to hear some answers.
  2. I went to Nepal two years ago when I was 47. The group I went with stayed in Kathmandu for a week and then trekked to a village for several days to stay in a homestay. We went with a company called Five14 Nepal. This was my first real trip outside the states. I am so glad I went. The people and the mountains are beautiul. Looking forward to OP's follow up.
  3. You may want to see if the Big State U accepts CLEP credit for Spanish. I have not done this with foreign languages only history. The cost is $87 plus testing fee depending on where you go. It is easy to sign up on college board. It was a little more challenging for us to find a testing center and their fee was high. I think you can earn up to 9 college credits depending on the test grade. I would think that would translate to at least 2 years of high school Spainish credit plus it removes having to do it in college.
  4. No. My oldest son has a roommate with one. Our local library has one too, but I have never used it.
  5. Both of my eyes are nearsighted but the left has always been much worse than the right. Now in my late 40s, I started having trouble seeing close up with contacts in, so now I wear the same power contact in each eye but it works as monovision. My dominant right eye sees far away while my left eye with the lower powered contact can see close up. I tried no contact in my left eye but the difference is too much. For awhile I was just wearing my full powered contact in my left eye for distance and leaving my right contact out.
  6. I'm not sure if it is challenging to code, but my son had requested an Otto bot for Christmas. My other son had it 3d printed and we bought the electronics. The plans are free and it is based on using Ardrino which is a stepping stone to Raspberry Pi. I like it because it is a combination of programming and building. He does it for fun as I really don't understand it much and whenever I make it into "school" he loses interest. I wish all learning could work like this We were first introduced to Ardrino at a maker faire like event. Aso my oldest son has worked with it in college.
  7. I am wondering if anyone who has used this book has felt the need to add in more graph and statistics teaching than is offered in the book? I am specifically thinking of chapter 8 which covers scattered data, linear regression, and probability. I live in NY and looked at what is covered for the Regents exams.(which we haven't pursued to date, but you never know) If I am reading correctly, I also see box plots, stem-and-leaf plots and a lot of statistical vocabulary. If you have felt the need to add, what did you use?
  8. I am a pencil snob. My favorite is the Pentel Twist Erase III. 0.9mm. It is the perfect weight and I like the thicker lead. I buy them for my boys and have them mark them with nailpolish to help tame the pencil wars. They also like them and therefore keep better track of them.
  9. D's (10th grade) took it and scored in the 42nd percentile. We have what I think is a rigorous school but testing has never been his thing. We live in NY and he has taken the Iowa test many times with similar results. This guy has been one of my hardest working students because he doesn't intuitivally understand as easily as his brothers. I an posting for those who may be discouraged by scores. They are not who your child is. I also don't place a huge emphasis on them so that may be a factor. My oldest received a full ride scholarship based partly on his SAT score so I do realize the importance of these tests, but there is something about the principle of the whole system that makes me not want to stress this kid out to jump through their hoops. I will probably have him practice some over the next year to keep working on his test taking skills.
  10. I grew up near there so maybe I can help.
  11. I bought it but haven't opened it yet. I thought it would be interesting to watch the labs along with doing them as I always have a hard time finding internal parts during dissections and picking out small organisms under the microscope (Is that a dust particle or the cell???). I would love to hear other opinions. I do agree that the video is pricey but I had extra homeschool $ this year now that I am down to 2.
  12. I guess I'm going to make it Thankful Thursday for me.. This is my second ds's last week of school. His graduation party is Saturday. I have learned from my experience with my oldest not to wait till later in June/July for the party as we tried to work around other public school friends/relatives parties, and I spent to much of summer break worrying about the one we were throwing. So it is a picnic at a local park. I am trying to keep it simple, but I still feel like I am going in four directions at once. My younger two sons do still have about 3 weeks of school left so it doesn't really feel like a finale to me. We do not have any other parties going on yet. Here in NY public school has a few weeks left. Dinner tonight is burgers. I am thankful that the weather Saturday is starting to look as if it may be decent.
  13. My second ds will be graduating this a May and for the moment does not have any college plans or ambitions. He is a young senior (17) and still has much maturing to do. I agree that college is really not the right choice for him yet. I would love to see him get some life experience and travel and work until he finds his gifts and passions. I do feel bad that he will probably be bombarded by the "what are you doing now?" questions.
  14. Thanks. It is an android and I am thinking gmail for the same reason - I don't want my email chained to a specific ISP. I do wonder if one is safer than the other. I am planning on doing an email overhaul soon with all my accounts. Most likely, I will not use my smartphone for online banking or shopping.
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