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  1. My kids won’t let me get rid of anything. Over the past couple of years I gave away about 5-6 boxes of things, but I still have 6 shelves full of books and can’t seem to part with anything. So much of it is literature.
  2. We are AOPS family and the only trig we covered before precalculus was one chapter in geometry.
  3. So what about kids who opt to only take ACT? Their “adversity” won’t be considered?
  4. I am surprised that bio for science majors is only one semester. It’s usually a two semester sequence. The one semester bio at CC here is equivalent to a high school course.
  5. A poster here was happy with WTMA bio and I believe her kid took the SAT successfully afterwards. If she had a thorough high school level bio already, I wouldn’t repeat it but go instead for the AP course. For my kid, I would go for PS bio option, but that’s because mine would love to be in a classroom with kids given the opportunity. I wouldn’t go for a prof with a 2 rating (assuming it’s based on a lot of reviews). Read those reviews to see if any “theme” emerges. CC grades are permanent.
  6. Would you say she was as well prepared for the physics C exams as she was prepared for AP Chem after PAH AP chem? We are weighing CC versus PAH for physics. The only downside of CC is not all material will be covered in time for the exam.
  7. So it’s PS teachers who pick, not the outside judge? We are in CA and I can’t figure anything out. Mine would love to make a national orchestra one day. I would hate to put him in school just for this opportunity.
  8. Can somebody tell me what sort of stats topics I need to teach my kid? I am having a hard time finding a detailed list anywhere. I know we need to learn Standard deviation and understand regression, right? What else? I tried to look on Khan Academy fl it can’t figure out which ones to chose from a list of topics.
  9. Can a homeschool kid apply? Or is this done strictly by school music teachers and not open to homeschoolers?
  10. I can only speak for my child. I can tell you the textbook used for honors chem is almost identical to the one used by AP Chem. You might also check on accelerated board. I rarely look there but they probably have kids more like your boy and can give you a better advice. You can certainly stretch it over a longer period, but the question to ask is does your kid really want to spend that much time on chem? Mine doesn’t. He likes chemistry, but I think he will be happy once it’s over. 🙂
  11. I would say anything becomes easier if time is doubled, of course, but the 36 week schedule for honors chem is just right. I think only once (a unit in the beginning of the second semester if I remember correctly) we felt the pace was rushed, but otherwise it is just right. I am so very glad that we had teacher grading, because it isn’t just as simple as getting the final right answer. Dicentra went through every solution to identify where the mistake was made and gave feedback on mistakes that made it possible for my kid to rework some of the problems he missed. She also gave partial credit for some mistakes. I am not a knowledgeable person in chemistry, so I really, really appreciated this level of detail in grading. When it’s time for a next kid to do chem, I will chose the teacher graded option again. However, for anybody who knows something about chem, parent graded option is just fine.
  12. I will say again - Clover Valley Honors Chem has been incredible. Very well organized, challenging, outstanding teacher support (live office hours plus email support), well taught (quality of lectures is top). German at CLRC - I agree with RootAnn. My kid loved the class and the social aspect of it.
  13. Could you give more details on the workload? Daily or weekly hours maybe?
  14. Roadrunner


    I was raised an atheist. No, at no point in my life I had any confusion over my morals. I can’t believe this conversation.
  15. I also felt it that covered significantly fewer topics (at least compared to AoPS) and it didn’t have much practice, so if you have a completely math intuitive kid who doesn’t need much practice, JA is too easy, and if a kid isn’t super strong in math, JA doesn’t have enough practice. It just seemed to me that I couldn’t quite “place” the program. Having said that, it is wonderfully written and would work wonders alongside some more traditional book.
  16. Maybe that’s what it was. I remember it felt less like math. Mine went to AoPS instead and loved it. Something just didn’t fit with JA as much as I wanted to love it.
  17. I would absolutely do SM 5 first before transitioning to any prealgebra program. We used Armadillos and it wasn’t a good fit for my kid do he abandoned halfway and went to another prealgebra program.
  18. You have covered figurative language? Regular SAT doesn’t have this, but subject test does.
  19. Roadrunner


    As an atheist I am deeply offended by your post. I don’t murder anybody and the lack of the belief in afterlife and it’s imaginary punishments have nothing to do with it.
  20. I agree. More you practice, more you improve, but string instruments are tricky. I know kids who spent several years with markings on their instruments to help them stay in tune covering at best one Suzuki book per year. One of my children used the marks for one month and within a year worked through four levels of Suzuki and made an honors orchestra. I don’t know if it’s hard work or ability, but he doesn’t consider practice “work,” so does end up playing a significant time. And if you look at our studio, kids are all over the map. Some who took long time to “get it” have blossomed into truly wonderful players. So to OP, I hope she isn’t discouraged. It will “click.”
  21. I can’t believe I am the giving advice here since I can’t extricate myself from a sticky situation (😌), but longer you stay, harder it is to walk away. I don’t know how you walk away, but I wouldn’t leave a kid with a teacher who makes her cry.
  22. I would make sure the teacher knows the progress is unrelated to the practice. If your DD loves music, there is nothing wrong progressing at her pace. And that’s normal. Not everybody is born a dancer or a painter. Music is the same. Very few are born musicians. I always believed it was beneficial to learn the basics of art (draw a little, dance a little, play a little), but no reason to require everybody to continue any “art” beyond basics unless they have true passion. If your child loves music, make sure that love isn’t destroyed by frustration over an “imaginary” progress line.
  23. There has been a compromise reached over repertoire for now. So peace for at least two months is now guaranteed. It’s a temporary fix, but buys me time to set up couple of trial lessons.
  24. My friend’s daughter started as a freshman and reported a lots of foul language on campus, sexual content discussed in English classes.... really inappropriate situations she ran into on campus (she is stunningly pretty). I think it all depends on a school, but also here is more of this in large general Ed classes (?), maybe. Yet she shrugged it all off and did just fine. The problem they faced was grades. Some of the better classes with good professors were harder on grading, so often the decision was made to go with teachers known to give easy As. She joked all the teachers students loved because they were “fun” were jokingly easy to get grades. Despite everything it was a good decision for her. For my kid we will do a very selective approach, going for just few things we can’t find online. But that’s because the quality I think isn’t always the best at CC given the student body (generally weak) and not because I am worried about what happens to him on campus.
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