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  1. It is very easy to create your own. My 6th grader and I are doing a modern history/geography/culture study this yr and her writing assignments have all been pulled from our reading. So far we have studied Haiti, India, Pakistan, and are currently studying Afghanistan.
  2. @mathmarm I agree 100% that teaching in context is appropriate. It is also what happens in a normal, healthy environment. The example you used is an example of a mistake that little kids could easily make. It doesn't mean that in a couple of yrs they will still be making the same mistake in a normal, healthy environment (and I am not referring to SES status at all. I am simply referring to normal, healthy human interaction). That same scenario would not read as at all plausible with an older child bc most readers would immediately dismiss the idea that older kids would make that mistake.
  3. Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't paying that much attention. It really doesn't change my personal POV. I have known way too many little kids who haven't really grasped time in terms of a clock to think it is a big deal for a 2nd grader. Ever been in a car with kids who ask how much longer and 10 mins later ask if you are almost there when the previous answer had been 5 hrs? Use the correct language when speaking with kids? Absolutely. But concept-wise, I don't see it as an issue that matters in 2nd grade. But equally, I have NEVER had a child have a problem differentiating between the concepts of distance and speed (in terms of 2nd graders' daily language). Nor have I ever seen a child not understand that speed and distance matter in terms of starting point. I am guessing that kids who don't understand that have never played around racing and giving slower/younger kids a head start in an attempt to level the "playing field." Some things kids learn just from normal human interaction. For kids in language deprived environments, maybe. But in a healthy environment? No, I don't see a big deal. But, equally, I am not someone who latches onto terminology being a big deal in primary grades.
  4. Bk 2 of this series is the first book my dd used for Russian. She had an instructor in addition to being incredibly strong in grammar. (She had already completed multiple yrs of Latin and French prior to starting Russian.) My 6th grader who is no where near as strong in grammar as her sister was (her sister started Russian in 9th grade) is working with the same tutor and started in bk 1. My older dd did not use the 3rd bk in that series. Her tutor switched her over to more traditional Russian texts next. https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AEsmantova+Tatjana&s=relevancerank&text=Esmantova+Tatjana&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1 Many colleges use the Golosa Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, Book One, Books a la Carte Edition (5th Edition): Robin, Richard M., Evans-Romaine, Karen, Shatalina, Galina: 9780205048380: Amazon.com: Books (this is not a series my dd ever used, though, so I don't know anything about it.) FWIW, my dd taught herself to fluency in French, but she would never have advanced in Russian to the level she did without an excellent Russian tutor. Russian grammar is complex and their verbs of motion....definitely not easy.
  5. @EKS Count me as I one who doesn't care if a 7 yr old cannot do math equations with miles/hr. Most 2nd graders are barely learning multiplication, forget about understanding division with units.
  6. I have a dd who self-taught herself to fluency in French by high school graduation. She didn't do it completely without a textbook, though. She wanted to learn French when she was in 3rd grade. I'd put on movies in French that she knew in English. I bought her CD soundtracks with Disney songs (mostly) in French (they don't change all of the songs). As she got older, I added in simple grammar books. Eventually she used French in Action. She started to read books in French that she knew in English. (When she was in 8th grade she read The Chronicles of Narnia in French.) By 11th or 12th (can't remember now) she was reading Les Mis in its original French. She watched the French news. (when she could understand the flash news, she knew her French was good. 😉 ) She was able to multitask while watching French movies (like building a puzzle). She never had a French teacher and I don't know any French. We sent her to 2 summer French camps. She went to meetings at our local Alliance Francaise in order to practice speaking. There in 11th grade she met a newly arrived Francophone who had just moved to our area who was lonely bc she had left behind her children and grandchildren. She offered to meet with dd to just chat in French. Eventually they started a book study. (Les Mis is one of the bks that they got together to discuss. THe Francophone had never read it before.) I asked her if she would be willing to read dd's French essays and mark the grammar mistakes. Dd's French accent is so good that one time she went with her "adopted French grandma" to a local international event and dd was talking with people there. They thought dd was a Francophone (dd of her mentor). So, it can be achieved in a very circuitous route. The motivation needs to come from the child, though.
  7. Giving a general description of how a course is approached is far different than listing every paper and every project. No, I have never given that level of detail.
  8. I have had kids applying to colleges for more than 10 yrs. I don't really see a major shift. As has been previously noted, their request is not what your pretty typical course description states. Their request is onerous.
  9. A booklist isn't a big deal, but I am strongly of the opinion that that list is ridiculous and I would walk the other way bc of it. The title and length of every research paper across subjects? List of all projects across subjects? Lists of dates and visits to other countries? That is absurd, and yes, if you want to call my attitude "up in arms," I'll embrace it. Asking for course descriptions, resources used, approx number of papers, example of a title/length, types of projects.....that might fall into my "jump through the hoops" level of toleration, but definitely not the expectations as given. They'd be better off asking for a sample of work (a research paper) if they wanted meaningful information.
  10. I really don't follow your thoughts. The OP's ds will be ready for AP cal BC in 10th grade. He could dual enroll in classes at a 4 yr U and take at minimum 4 semesters worth of math post cal BC if that is what he opted to do. He could also DE in physics or chemistry. (My ds had completed 5 of his UG physics courses for his bachelors in physics before he graduated from high school.)
  11. Our different local Us allowed DE, but they had a limited list of classes to select from. We made an appt with the registrar. Ds had test scores from 8th grade that far exceeded their freshman profile and we asked for his AoPS teacher to provide a letter describing his current level of math. They agreed to allow him to DE in multivariable pending his AP scores (obviously needed). They limited him to that course and cal physics. We moved and had to repeat the process there. That uni let him DE in as many hrs as he wanted after 1 semester there.
  12. My girls and I have been listening to The Warsaw Orphan. It is an excellent book. I did have to skip most of a chpt bc of a rape scene (you can tell when it ys about to happen....the Russuan soldiers have invaded Poland.) We are about 90% of the way through the book. Some big thoughts in the story, but all based on true historical events. My 11 yo asks to listen to it every time we climb in the car. Another great book is The Night Divided. So is Number of the Stars. If you want pure fiction, I didnt mind listening to The Green Ember series, The Christmas Doll, and The Emerald Atlas.
  13. I strongly disagree with the statement that a "reputable college will make you do a bit of repeat calculus (just to make sure all the students are on the right page), and then will continue with even more calculus for an engineer." A few private schools that dont allow or limit transfer credit, yes, but that is far rarer than not accepting transfer credit. Even GA Tech was willing to accept all of my ds's transfer credits.
  14. Sorry to read that @Hoggirl. Fingers crossed that he gets offers in Nov.
  15. How significant of a commute for the 4 yr U? I can share what our ds who took AoPS precal in 9th did. He took AoPS cal in 10th and self-studied for the AP exam. He then DE at a 4 yr U and took multivariable, diffEQ, linear alg, and diffEQ 2. (He went on to double in physics and math and then grad school in physics). His older brother is a chemE and he also DE at a 4 yr U. For them, they drove between 30-45 mins (different schools in different states) in order to attend the 4 yr U. Yes, I think it was worth the time commitment for them to attend the 4 yr U in our situation bc our CCs are not geared to high performing students. 4 yr U courses are also more likely to be accepted for transfer credit at higher ranked schools.
  16. My dd's campus is fully active. Only 49% of students are vaccinated, but their Covid numbers are low (and this is in an area of very high transmission since campus opened in Aug). I just looked and only 8 students out of 10,000 have tested positive in the past week. Their peak infection week was 3 weeks after school started at 54. (They do have an indoor masking mandate.)
  17. Thinkwell has precal (have never used) and cal 1&2. My 2 most recent high school grads used it for cal. One took the CLEP exam and made a very high score. The other is a STEM major and was well-prepared for her math/physics courses.
  18. I have never had a child with top 1% SAT scores, so it isn't that, either. Upper 90s %ile, yes, but not in the 99th.
  19. LOL...and for us it is the opposite. With my younger kids (since this is the k8 forum), age of dinosaurs, distance light travels, age of mtns/geological formations, etc are far more common conversations than evolution. FWIW, I agree with you about physics. I'll go farther and say chemistry and molecular biochemistry. Kids don't need yrs and yrs elementary level coverage of those topics to master them at the high school/college level. You can wait until they can approach the topics with physics first with the math to back the concepts (at least at the algebra level) for formal introduction. Considering I have a chemE ds and a ds with a masters at this pt in physics and neither one of them studied chemistry or physics as "chemistry" or "physics" in elementary school, I am definitely not swayed by the argument "you start giving kids foundational science from a young age so that when they hit high school science they aren't caught off-guard and then feel that science is “too hard”. She has a few explanatory videos on her philosophy; here is a short one (three minutes). As an example, chemical bonding is introduced in first grade in a kid-friendly way. Every year the concept is built up. " I have never seen my kids "caught off-guard" by science or thought it was too hard. My kids tend to love science.
  20. If that were the case, then my last 2 high school grads would have had exactly 1 subject area with grades that would have been considered, Russian for 1 (taken with a private tutor) and German for another (German Online). Considering they both received merit scholarships, one of them her U's top competitive scholarship (as well as offers from multiple other universities, including a scholarship from URochester and full-tuition at Fordham), it is doubtful that they awarded them scholarships based on no grades. I believe that my printed off of my homeschool printer with mom as their primary teacher and grade giver transcript was accepted at face value. (Considering that dd graduated in May with a 4.0, I'm guessing that her U is probably willing to continue to accept mom-assigned grades.)
  21. To answer your question, no, none of those are necessary. I know that none of my children know those terms or ever practiced those types of writing exercises, yet my kids are strong writers who have excelled in academic writing.
  22. I know nothing about Eckerd, but I wanted to share that if finances are an issue, please don't fall down the college dream school hole into a debt pit. It absolutely is NOT worth it. Kids can have excellent educations and great careers without going into debt for their college degree.
  23. @SpireaWhat basic writing skills does she possess? Can she write a paragraph that has a topic sentence and supporting details in logical sequence and without incorporating unrelated information? Can she write multiple a multiple paragraph paper with an intro, conclusion, and transitions? Or can she write a multiple paragraph report that needs work on the above? I would stop and evaluate her actual abilities before you make a decision. I see the programs you mention as focused on lower elementary grade skills. Since she is 12, I would try to spend this yr getting her writing basics solid, but not by going back to books that take mult6yrs to progress through to end up where she needs to be. There is no need bc older kids learn faster and can incorporate more difficult concepts simultaneously than younger students. I might look at a book like WriteSource 2000. https://www.amazon.com/Write-Source-Writing-Thinking-Learning/dp/0669386251
  24. I'm not YE and most definitely believe in evolution, but honestly it just doesn't come up that much the way we study science.
  25. I was also going to suggest Thinkwell. My college sophomore used them in high school and she liked them.
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