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  1. My DD is in public school so I don't have some of the homeschool-specific hoops to worry about, but I am anticipating needing to give her a lot of cheerleading and help through the process. She's pretty intimidated about getting started. She's interested in a major that is really only offered at large public universities (food science), and she wants to leave our home state but not get TOO far away, so that gives us a very manageable list to consider. We only found about a dozen universities within a 12 hour drive of us that offer food science, and she crossed two off the list right awa
  2. I'm imagining variants being named after people like hurricanes: "New COVID-19 variants Ralph and Steve are now spreading..." 😁
  3. No, I learned about it as an adult (I think the first time was from an article a friend shared with me maybe 8-10 years ago).
  4. I moved school districts between 8th and 9th, which ending up leading to a duplication for me: (6th grade: State history) 7th grade: Geography 8th grade: US History from 1860 to "present" (which really meant through the 1960s, with a really brief spin through the 70s - this was in about 1991) 9th grade: Civics (government + current events) 10th grade: "Roots of Western Civilization" (basically, an ancient history class) 11th grade: US History, again from 1860 to "present" aka the 1960s 12th grade: electives -- I chose Psychology and Sociology
  5. In the state where we are, you are "on your honor" to seek additional testing/evaluation for potential learning disabilities if your student scores below 30th percentile on their standardized test. Since it's "on your honor", there's no way to know how many families follow through on this. I think the idea is that it is supposed to be a "wake up call" to families who have no idea their kid is struggling. No one is saying you can't continue homeschooling no matter what the scores. We have mostly been in fairly academic circles in homeschooling, so parents with struggling kids I've known have
  6. I think the Perfect Squares chapter is the most ill-placed out of all the BA chapters. Kids have just been introduced to multiplication, then it gets into this. After watching my oldest DS struggle a bit with this one and not really retain it at the time (and keep in mind, he was 7 when he was doing this -- I think the summer between 1st and 2nd grade), I decided it fit much better right before the next multiplication chapter, which I think is in 4A. So both DS12 and DS9 skipped the perfect squares chapter when it first appeared and came back to it right before starting 4A. The timing was
  7. A couple more titles for you -- Asimov on Numbers by Isaac Asimov (out of print, but available with reasonably priced used copies) has many historical tidbits and was one of my favorite books in middle school (I was a bit of a weird kid!). My DS14 has not found the same love unfortunately even though I did purchase him a copy! Mage Merlin's Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries - a bit lighthearted and fun. All my DS's like this one. It uses a fictional story to tell about real unsolved problems in math. An Imaginary Tale: The Story of the Square Root of -1 - DS14 has been slowly w
  8. I was about to suggest this channel too...so many great things there! Veritasium just did a really interesting history-of-math related video too if you haven't seen it yet. We checked out The Math Book by Pickover from the library and 14 year old DS and I both really enjoyed it.
  9. If you have any opportunity to ask locally, you might get more location-specific information that pertains to your local school district. I feel like experiences I've read here on the forums are all across the board from excellent to terrible in terms of high school placement. I think the hardest thing to do is to enter mid-highschool and have any credits count. Many (if not most) high schools won't accept course credits earned at home toward graduation, so by far the best time to enter is 9th grade (or earlier). As for personal experiences, my DD chose to enter public school in 8th gr
  10. If you are looking at considering other testing ideas that might show out-of-grade-level mastery, we did the online NWEA MAP Growth test to meet our state testing requirements this year (and the past couple of years) and it can go through high school level material in all subjects. (And into "college level" passages for the reading test - it gave my 12 year old a lexile level that's apparently considered post high school? I mean, I take it with a grain of salt, but it's there). It's a test that public schools also use, so it would have some "cred" with most schools I think. It's adaptive,
  11. I have 3 kids who used BA as pretty much their only math - two of them used it for the 3-5 levels, and my youngest from 2-5 (he's halfway through the 5 books right now). After experiencing it the first time when oldest DS went through the books, I found that I could judge each kid's "puzzle tolerance" and if they got to a point on a given page where they understood the computation or other concept being taught but we're just getting exhausted from the puzzle aspect (for example - match the equivalent fractions by drawing lines between them, but you have to do it by not crossing any lines
  12. DS12 and DS14 got their shots yesterday afternoon at CVS. They didn't ask for ID even though email instructions said to bring one. I'm guessing they are using common sense to know that 12-15s may not have one? (I had brought their passports just in case). Both woke up with sore arms but by dinner time said the soreness was subsiding. DS14 seemed a little more tired than usual tonight but it may or may not have been shot related...hard to tell as he had a busy week so it might just be ready-for-the-weekend tiredness.
  13. To answer the OP's question, we live in an area that has had very high masking compliance, and I suspect many people will continue masking even though the state mandate will be falling away. I also think at least for a while many local businesses and other places will still require masks. We'll be down to just DS9 being unvaxed within a little over a month, and I'll probably let him go unmasked in smaller settings but still wear a mask in a more crowded public place. We all may mask in more crowded places anyway. ETA: We also live in a state near the top of the vax percentage char
  14. I think you are looking at partial data for a yesterday/today. Yesterday we had 1,000 or so cases just in my mid size state. Here's what it looks like on that site when I click on "yesterday"
  15. When my DS9 gets phonograms turned around like that, I first ask him to see if he can spot his mistake, and if he can't, I might ask him something like, "Is ao a spelling choice for the sound /long o/?" Nine times out of ten he'll catch the mistake at that point and be able to fix it. I will also plan reviews on any phonograms that he makes a mistake like that on. (For us, this would be a multisensory review of the mistaken phonogram, plus reading/spelling several words with that phonogram). We also drill all the phonograms he knows visually 2-3x per week (plus there is an another drill th
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