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8filltheheart last won the day on April 14 2014

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  1. I write my kids' assignments in their lesson planner. The only thing they have to keep track of is whether or not they have completed the assignments. (and I do that all the way to high school graduation. Only outsourced high school classes require them to create their own calendar of due dates/assignments.) FWIW, I have never had a 6th grader who would be perfectly fine working alone in a room for the majority of the day. Too much temptation for distraction for a pretty young kid.
  2. Doubtful. Everything is computerized. If someone needs a room, the room will show up as available. I agree with everyone else. She will not be charged for a single bc the room is a single by default, not request.
  3. Well, @WTM, I can share that my ds who loved AoPS also loves theory. He was originally pursuing a field in theoretical physics bc that is where his love lies. Career practicalities made him change courses, but I do see WTM's description of that appeal.
  4. Has anyone read this book? @Farrar , maybe you? I have this on my high schooler's reading list for this yr. I have preread so many books this summer that my head is spinning with info that is new to me. I am out of time and cannot preread this one. I am not concerned about this for her reading list, but I started contemplating it for my 6th grader's list and that is where I am completely unsure of its appropriateness. If anyone has read it, I'd appreciate any insight you might have.
  5. Except I see that as a false dichotomy. Not using AoPS does not equal not offering students challenging math. Foersters is a solid math curriculum. My ds used Foersters and jumped into AoPS in the Intermediate Alg text bc we didn't know about AoPS prior to that (and he had used Horizons prior to alg when he was 10) and he had no problems transitioning to using AoPS. I think that the idea that AoPS is the BEST is not actually a good representation of what AoPS offers. It is excellent for what it is. But, there are other excellent math programs that prepare students for STEM careers. (My dd who is an atmospheric science major would be offended by the suggestions that somehow she was not challenged in math and not prepared for a science career bc she actually loved math in high school. My Russian majoring dd also enjoyed math. Passionate enough about it to want to dedicate more time to it than necessary, otoh, no.) In terms of your last paragraph, not all parents are going to be able to teach AoPS that way. (and honestly, I would guess that if students are actually actively taught and having the concepts explained then that actually removes a lot of what is challenging about the AoPS approach.) AoPS in our family has to be completely independent of mom and with the online class as the only source of help. Textbooks like Foersters, otoh, I can help with.
  6. I'd have her contact them and ask if this means she won't have a roommate or if it just means one hasn't been assigned yet.
  7. All of my other older kids used Foersters for alg 1 and 2/trig. (My oldest ds is a chemE and my college sophomore dd is majoring in atmospheric science, so 3 of my older kids are STEM focused.) We use Alexander for geometry Elementary Geometry for College Students: Alexander, Daniel C., Koeberlein, Geralyn M.: 9781285195698: Amazon.com: Books. My 2 recent high school grads both used Derek Owens for precal and then Thinkwell for cal. This past yr in 5th my dd did what all 7 of her older siblings did for pre-alg, MUS's alg and geo completed in a single yr as pre-alg/pre-geo.
  8. No, not too frustrating bc she is very gifted in math. Time. The approach. She is very pragmatic and said that she just wanted to be taught the whys directly so she could implement them vs going from forest to tree. She instead spent hrs walking around perfecting her French pronunciations and memorizing long epic poems for fun. (I have weird kids. 🙂 ) My 6th grader, otoh, would have zero patience for it. She has big plans every day for what she wants to do and spending hrs on math is most definitely not on the list. 😉
  9. I'm going to disagree with @Not_a_Number and agree with you that based on your description it does not sound like AoPS would be a good fit. I have multiple gifted math kids and only 1 has been a good fit for AoPS. He is my ds who ended up with UG degrees in physics and math and pursued physics in grad school. He spent hrs in his head doing things like thought experiments. Jogging or playing basketball while his mind worked through possible solutions to a math problem was his idea of fun. I have a dd who just graduated from college with degrees in Russian and French. She has always loved puzzles and problem solving, but for her, languages were where her brain liked to use those skills. She took AoPS alg in 7th grade and absolutely hated it. She much preferred spending her time on languages and have math a more direct route. My rising 6th grader is equally gifted in math. She will be using Foersters alg, not AoPS. She doesn't have the patience for math like her brother did. You have to know your child, their toleration for challenge, and what motivates vs undermines their desire to learn. I personally would never recommend AoPS for a student not passionate about math. There are solid math programs out there that can challenge them without the AoPS approach.
  10. If you are interested in Math in Focus Singapore Math Course 1 (which is MiF's 6th grade course), I have the books for sale (both A and B semesters' student/TM sets for $75. The books are in excellent condition.) Here is a description: Grade 6 - Semester A (Math in Focus) | Rainbow Resource
  11. Competitive for admissions, absolutely. Career breaker? Absolutely not for 99% of careers or grad school admissions. For jobs and grad school, with the exception of a handful of employers, what students do is far more important than where they attended.
  12. I'd drop history and do the fun geography study you have. I would drop any English grammar book you're using and work from copy work instead. You can use copywork to teach writing, grammar, punctuation, and even proper letter formation/handwriting. Have a 2x a month Friday tea party where they present a poem or perform a musical piece. Have them create a nature/science magazine to "publish" with interesting things they have learned. Making learning interesting is more about methodology than anything else. Find ways that makes them excited about what they are doing vs. filling out a worksheet. For example, I am doing a geography unit this yr with my 6th grader and 5th grade granddaughter and I am going to have create their own National Geographic magazine. Sounds like way more fun than writing reports. 😉
  13. Instead of fun, I put a lot of effort into making learning interesting. I rarely use textbooks. I spend hrs researching materials to find high quality, engaging books to read on subjects of interest. FWIW, grammar can be made interesting when teach via discussion of grammar within the context of sentences vs. textbook grammar.
  14. I would give a pointed response. I would look them in the eye and say, "Neither public schools nor private schools offer the academically focused education I want for my children. I have researched and am prepared for the rigors of high school education. We are satsifed and firm in our decision to homeschool through high school." Unsolicited advice, well-meaning or not, does not require a conciliatory response if it is happening repeatedly. I'd make sure to project confidence in your decision and be firmly unopen to continuing the conversation.
  15. @EmilyGF I would look into DO. His courses are great and his coursework can be completed independently and asychronously so she can work at her own pace and schedule.
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