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  1. This is what I would recommend as well. I have a small collection of algebra textbooks, and this one is by far my favorite. My youngest used it last year. Each lesson is presented well in the textbook and the solutions manual contains every single problem worked out step-by-step. I know that Jacobs is very popular, but having used it with my oldest, I would not use it again unless I had a student that needed a slower pace. The teaching is good in Jacobs, but the S&S is quite behind what is covered in CLE algebra 1. My oldest used Jacobs and did quite well, and followed it with Unlock
  2. There is a large amount of space between bare minimum and no AP/DE. Bare minimum would be my middle child, who will struggle to have more math on her transcript than prealgebra and algebra 1 (I know prealgebra doesn't count for high school credit and I don't care and am putting it on there anyway). She is doing most of her classes on Power Homeschool (Acellus) and we all know what the opinion around here is of those classes. But they were created for students like her. Most of her strengths are not academic, so she is doing the bare minimum for traditional subjects. She will go to community co
  3. I have a cat who does the exact same thing - she haaates vomiting, so when she is going to vomit she announces it to the family with a loud wail that sounds remarkably human. She is a seal point Siamese, so I was going to ask what your cat was because I have always wondered if it is a trait unique to Siamese cats...every other cat I have owned just silently vomited. Then I saw your picture and it answered my question 😄 My cat has several other very unique traits that make life with her interesting, so enjoy your cat! It will be an adventure, lol.
  4. The only sample of work that my oldest was asked to provide was a graded paper from her senior English course as part of her application to the honors college at a university. All students were required to provide it, though, not just homeschooled students.
  5. The studio skin joggers from Senita Athletics (they have a referral program, so I won't link to the website). Seriously the most comfortable pants I have ever worn in my life. I have to force myself to wear something else, and usually by the end of the day I am in them. The company also has outstanding customer service. I bought a pair of joggers in November and a couple weeks later I ordered another pair in a different color so I would have something to wear while the first ones were in the wash, lol. When I received them I glanced at the packaging and verified that they were the correct
  6. Your comment about him not seeming to have matured since you got married as young adults made me think of this chart. I found the chart very helpful, not only for having appropriate expectations of my child with ADHD, but with understanding that my husband's executive function age didn't (and won't) progress past the chronological age of 21. So I have to stop expecting it to. And I have to choose to live with him like that because this isn't something he can change or fix. It isn't something he is doing on purpose to hurt or annoy or exasperate me; he is honestly doing the best he can with the
  7. Most of the live classes at Colosky's Math Academy meet three times/week according to the schedule posted on the FB page. A couple of the classes only meet twice/week. We have never used them, so I can't give a review.
  8. I have used Grammarly's free plagiarism checker with my own children. It seems to work really well. They offer a premium version as well, but I have not used it.
  9. FundaFunda Academy offers a couple of their regular programming classes as self-paced 5-week modules. We haven't used the classes, though.
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  11. I had this same reaction to minocycline (antibiotic prescribed for acne). My husband almost had me committed after I begged him to just let me end my life. I had enough of my wits about me to realize that I had started the antibiotics ten days beforehand and thought I should see what happened if I stopped taking them. Two days after I stopped taking it, I cracked a joke to my husband and he started sobbing with relief (and he is not a crier).
  12. I thought that CLE did a better job of breaking instruction on new concepts down into smaller steps. I also really appreciated having a solutions manual with fully worked solutions. It was much easier to find where my son went wrong in a problem when I could compare the answers to each worked out step in the book instead of having to work the problem myself until I saw where the problem was (which I had to do when my oldest did algebra with Jacobs). I also felt that there were a lot more word problems in CLE.
  13. Send the recommender requests before submitting the application. After the application is submitted the recommender can still upload the recommendation, but I am not sure the student can make changes to the application like adding new recommenders - the student is only supposed to submit a completed application since it immediately goes to the schools. Also, you want to give recommenders as much time as possible - no matter how much they promise to get it done in a timely manner, they often leave it until the deadline is quite near.
  14. My son has listened to many of the books on audio, and apparently it's all wrong hearing someone other than John R. Erickson be the voice of Hank. So the podcast didn't last ten seconds before it was shut off.
  15. My oldest used Jacobs Elementary Algebra and did well with it. My youngest preferred the looks of CLE Algebra (the new textbook) so that is what I used with him. Both are very good programs, though after teaching both I can say that I prefer CLE. My middle has struggled with math, but she is finding success with Teaching Textbooks algebra.
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