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  1. Thanks, this is helpful. My son said he wants to do the PAH class to get the class discussions, so we will go with that.
  2. Has anyone taken AP Physics C (now called Mechanics, E&M) through Physics Prep? I'd like to hear reviews on this one. It's cheaper than Kernion's PA class, so I'm wondering what people think of it.
  3. Is the new version of Teaching Writing with Structure and Style worth the cost? I don't currently own it. I borrowed the first edition and have started watching them. I think I want to buy them so I can refer to them again later. But the first edition is a lot cheaper on ebay than the current edition. Is it significantly better?
  4. Thank you for sharing this! We have AP Calc AB and Honors Physics through Derek Owens on our list for next year for 11th grade. Good to know someone loves it! Did you find that keeping on pace to finish in a year was difficult? We did DO for Precalc this year and my son got behind (he had robotics, which is super time consuming). He is now trying to catch up so he can finish by mid-June.
  5. Has anyone purchased this recently? Any thoughts on it? I'm thinking of buying it for my two high schoolers. The sample videos look pretty good, although I have some concerns about starting at the beginning with subject and verb as he does in the first module. It's hard to know how this will be implemented. It's so new that it's hard to know what to think. I'm hoping someone bought it at a convention this year and has watched some of it. Anyone?
  6. I've been scouring the forum but I'm still undecided. My son is doing Precalc with Derek Owens this year (10th grade). He wants to major in Computer Science (he already does a ton of programming in his free time). Here are the options I'm considering for next year. Help me choose! 🙂 Option 1: AP Physics C Mechanics / E&M (PAH) AP Calc AB with Derek Owens Option 2: AP Physics C Mechanics only AP Calc AB with Derek Owens Option 3: Honors Physics with DO AP Calc AB with Derek Owens If we do Option 3, should we then do AP Physics C his senior year? He has already done Bio and Chem (not AP or even honors, at our local PSP). He has also done java programming. If we do Option 1 or 2, these will be his only AP classes next year. He might do a local Honors US History with AP exam, but we may decide to do US History at home instead because he isn't that into history. He likes to have free time to code - he creates games using Unity. It's hard to know how he would handle the Physics C class without Calculus. So far Precalculus is going well (not done yet). We probably wouldn't do Calculus BC because we like Derek Owens and would prefer to stick with him. Plus, the PAH class is SO much more expensive! Also, what science would we do for 12th grade??
  7. Does anyone else have a kid taking AP Computer Science A this year? Can we chat about best resources for studying? We have the Barron's book. I looked at the College Board web store, but the only full exam they still sell is from 2009. I have only found more recent sample questions for the multiple choice exam in the Course Description and plenty of sample FRQs. How is everyone studying this year? I also just saw that they are changing the course and exam next year to make it easier. I guess that will mean a brand new test with no previously released prep material, which would be sketchy. But an easier exam....
  8. I just wanted to post a follow up for people who might find this thread in a google search. We ended up switching to Chalkdust for the remainder of Algebra 2. It made a HUGE difference. He regained his confidence and made it through the rest of the class. He still hit a couple of speed bumps, but nothing major. And once he got past them he was fine. So I would definitely recommend a change for anyone struggling with Foerster's.
  9. I ended up getting a copy of the new edition. It is dramatically different. However, some of those things are still in there. The defense attorney remark is still there, to my surprise.
  10. Thanks! This is helpful. I plan to use other things with the Pelican Society membership, so it's worth it.
  11. Is Center for Lit offering any discounts at the GHC convention? What discount does membership in the Pelican Society provide for the Teaching the Classics DVD set?
  12. Do you mind if I ask what other extra books you did? ETA: You are right about using WttW before EIL. Sounds like we will do that for my 8th grader and start EIL in 9th (or at least not right at the beginning of 8th grade). I found this review that discusses this - it is super helpful. Putting it here for anyone else who might stumble upon this thread.
  13. Help me decide between Windows to the World using the Jill Pyke syllabus and the first level of Excellence in Literature Introduction to Literature (by Janice Campbell). This will be for my 8th grader. He is a natural writer, but could use more instruction on essay writing. We limped our way through the first half of Lost Tools level 1, then switched to Bravewriter this year, which was a hit but isn't what I want to teach going forward. Both WttW and EiL look good so I can't make up my mind. I already own Windows to the World (haven't used it), but not Teaching the Classics, so the Jill Pyke syllabus would cost more. If anyone has used both and could compare them that would be awesome!
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