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  1. DS first try at AP: English Lang - 4, Physics 1 - 3. He was disappointed with the 3 at first, but we found out that 67% scored below 3 on the Physics 1 exam, so then he hidn't feel too bad :lol: . He did learn much from and worked hard at both classes, so I'm satisfied. He hates writing so is especially thrilled that his English score would get him out of freshman comp at the schools he's looking at!
  2. Ds, rising senior, was thrilled because he bumped his math score 6 points from last Feb. We,'re a bit puzzled on his composite score though. Average of four scores came to 31.5. Website says they round up, but they gave him a 31 composite. Any thoughts?
  3. I've never been able to find any teacher resources, but there are key questions at the beginning of each chapter that work for discussion or written response.
  4. We are taking a Physics course through AIM Academy taught by Vicki Dincher. http://debrabell.com/aimacademy/course-schedule/ The Apologia physics book is used for this course.
  5. We're doing this right now. Ds is taking Physics through AIM Academy with Vicky Dincher and preparing for the AP Physics 1 exam. The AIM course uses the Apologia textbook, but Mrs. Dincher supplements with handouts and more in-depth labs. While Apologia does cover the topics of AP Physics 1, it does not go into the depth required for some of the topics, so supplementation is a must. The challenge this year is that the AP Physics 1 is new, so there are not many sample questions available from the college board; you would probably have more to work with next year. At Mrs. Dincher's suggestion, ds is also completing an EdX Course, Preparing for the AP Physics 1. While the EdX Course wouldn't be enough on its own, it is helpful as a supplement. It seems to have more of the type of conceptual problems, short answer, and lab type exercises described by the college board description.
  6. Once a week orally. I read but whenever there is a script with different roles, we take turns. Both ds have really enjoyed it with this format.
  7. My ds thought the math was a lot more difficult than the practice tests he had been doing. He found the reading fine, but ran out of time on science and had to guess towards the end. All in all he was quite disappointed, especially with the math. We just ordered the Barron ACT 36 book to supplement his study. He's aiming for at least a 30 as well, but especially wants a strong math showing. Will try again in April.
  8. My dd did a semester of dual enrollment at the CC after Spanish III with Sr. Gamache. Her college took the credit and it was at a high enough level to fulfill the foreign language requirement. FWIW, she found Sr. Gamache's class more challenging than the CC class.
  9. I'm looking at this for next year: https://shop.middleburyinteractive.com/language-courses/category/spanish. They offer Spanish 1, 2, 3 and AP with both independent and teacher supported options. (I think the AP is only with teacher support).
  10. Does anyone have experience with AIM Academy's Spanish classes taught by David Nance? I've done a search, but can't find any information. I would love to hear feedback on either the Spanish 1 or 2 courses.
  11. It's been a few years since using it, but from what I remember, we spent one day reading/discussing the story and another day doing selected activities from the workbook. We spread poetry sections out over a couple of days. We did the book over 36 weeks, but I believe I interspersed some novels of our own in between some of the units. I used the teacher's guide for discussion questions and answers to the workbook.
  12. Dd took Chem and Calc BC through PA Homeschoolers and did Eng. Lit & Comp at home - she scored 5's on all!! She's especially thrilled to be getting credit for her exam scores at college this fall.
  13. We've used Labpaq Biology and Chemistry and have had overall favorable results. On the plus side, the kits are very complete and well organized with separate material packages for each lab. The only things we had to supply were common items, such as distilled water, a couple of food items, etc. For the most part, the labs did what they were supposed to do, and when they didn't, we discussed the possible areas of error (which I think is a good learning experience). On the downside, some of the procedures were long and cumbersome, especially with chemistry. However, with careful prereading, I was able to assist my kids if they ran into problems. The longer labs are often separated into separate parts, so you could spread them to different days or just choose to do certain parts. Most of the labs are what I would term observational rather than inquiry based, e.g. observe chemical reactions, observe the boiling point and melting point of different substances, etc. I would have preferred some more inquiry based labs where the student could come up with an educated hypothesis based on what they have been learning, but the ease of having everything in one kit was key to us.
  14. I only have experience with World of Chemistry (Zumdahl), but we use it because of its very clear explanations. It is a standard high school text (not AP) level and very accessible. The authors provide very detailed step-by-step examples of the mathematical problem solving.
  15. Does anyone have any experience with K12's Audio Engineering course, or perhaps their other technology courses? I'd like to get some feedback. Thanks!
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