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Iskra

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  1. I should add, I don't want to rule out video instruction, but he is definitely more of a book kid, and would prefers books to videos if all else was equal. Also, if this helps with placement, the last thing he played at a recital before he quit 4 years ago was Bach's Minuet in G major.
  2. I haven't posted here in forever. I hope it is still a very active place full of wise contributors, because I need some advice. Ds is entering 9th grade next year and somehow we completely missed the boat on his music education. He had piano lessons for 3 years. He was doing very well, his teacher often said that he was among the brightest students she had ever had. Everything clicked easily for him and he was moving fast through the books. Then circumstances changed and his teacher could no longer come to our house and we stopped lessons altogether. That was 4 years ago. I thought he would just continue on his own because of how well it was going for him, but it fizzled out and he hasn't done any piano in 4 years. For a while he became interested in electronic music and was messing around with different software trying to make music for his computer games, but this was on and off and not taken very seriously. Now he is finishing up 8th grade and looking towards the high-school years he really wants to get back to the piano and take it seriously. Private lessons are definitely not in the budget at this point. How can we make this work for him? He has a math brain and anything logical/math related comes very easy to him, so I think he could very easily do an advanced music theory course at an accelerated pace (does this exist?) to serve as a refresher and make-up for 4 years of no instruction. This course would need to be part of a piano course and not just a separate music theory class, so that he can get back into practicing the piano, but at the same time learn theory at high-school level. So, please help as I do not know/understand the different stages/levels of a music education. Can someone who plays/teaches piano suggest a piano curriculum for him that won't make him waste time on stuff he already knows, but would quickly just review the beginner stuff and then move him through the rest of the material at an accelerated pace? It would need to be something that is self-taught and it is fine if it is aimed at adults.
  3. That's great. Unfortunately I don't personally know anyone that can fill this capacity. I know no local teachers or professors. I guess we might just drive to the closest university that administers the AMC 8 (about 3.5 hours drive).
  4. I'm interested in how you went about having the AMC 8 proctored by yourself? We contacted a local school that was listed on the AMC 8 website and asked if they would be willing to let ds who is homeschooled take the exam there. Initially they agreed, but the Friday before the exam they sent an e-mail to me saying that they can let him take the test, but i have to order a test bundle for him. I contacted AMC 8 and they assured me that if the school has agreed to administer the test to my son that they will provide the test for him, and they do not sell tests to parents. The school however did not provide a test for my son. Basically, I feel like we were tricked. I'm trying to avoid this same disaster happening next year. So how does the proctoring by yourself work, and what are the steps to make it happen? I saw no information on it on the AMC 8 website. Thanks.
  5. Thank you for the update. I've read through this thread many times. My impression always was that you were most impressed by CW. Your latest update doesn't mention that curriculum at all. Did you change your mind about it?
  6. lewelma, when you do write out what you wanted to share please post a link in here so that I won't miss it. Thank you for giving so much of your time to this community.
  7. Very interesting thread. Thank you for all the info. Btw, how old was Laura when she wrote the books? And also, were all of them edited by Rose (except for the "First 4 years")?
  8. Thank you for all this information guys. FaithManor, my kids would like to know where did you get all that information about the discrepancies and what happend between the books. They would like to read that too. Is there a biography of her life written by someone else, that has all the facts straight?
  9. So we finished reading "On the banks of Plum Creek" and just started "On the shores of Silver Lake". Is that the correct sequence? In the first chapter Mary is blind and apparently Caroline has had another baby girl - Grace. Where we left off in the previous book she wasn't even pregnant and no one was sick. I feel like there is a book (or at least few chapters) missing. All the other books so far seemed to continue right where the previous book ended. Are we missing something?
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