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  1. The 3rd chapter of 5A is completely dedicated to variables. I just did that one with DS9. Is this photo like what you were talking about with non standard equations? There are definitely a few like this, plus word problems that would result in this style equation.
  2. Our public school district just changed the requirements for the incoming Freshman class (class of 2025 I guess that would be?) to add Environmental Science as a requirement. The previous requirement was biology-chemistry-physics but the new one will be Biology, Environmental Science, and either Chem OR Physics.
  3. I think the transition to a certain amount of work per day (with assignments broken up on a daily basis) is largely based on what makes sense for each subject. For my 6th grader it works well to say "complete one science lesson or assignment per day" or "do one grammar page per day" because the curriculum is already set up that way. But AoPs Pre-Algebra sometimes has lessons that are very easy for DS12 and he can do 2 or more in one day, and sometimes he only gets half a lesson done. I find time works better for that curriculum. I did give him a "progress chart" that showed about how much h
  4. My daughter in public school has a class like that this semester and they call it Global Culinary Arts.
  5. If you are comfortable with some vintage books, Sabbath Mood Homeschool has some great book lists for science that go up to high school level: https://sabbathmoodhomeschool.com/living-science-books/ I tried one of the curriculum guides once and it wasn't our style but even if you don't want the guides you can look at what she suggests. My kids could often get a lot out of books at a higher level than she suggests, especially if I read out loud. A modem series we like is the Scientists in the Field series. It is kind of like a very detailed picture book (with photos) and text about t
  6. Please add me too! To give a small reply to the original topic...I feel like I take quite a bit of consideration to my kids' preferences in choosing a curriculum for math and considering making a switch when needed. My oldest is much less "into" math than her younger brothers and tends to get more anxious about it (even now, as a teen!). So in the upper elementary years when RightStart was no longer working for us, I let her try samples of a few different programs before we settled on something new. In Pre-Algebra we tried one textbook she hated, before switching to another. But none of
  7. Which year? I have a 1985 Dolciani pre algebra.
  8. We have two Aldi stores in my city, and one (since last year) is regularly out of many products, especially if you shop at the end of a busy day. The other one is fine except for the usual Aldi randomness that always happens of one or two things being unavailable. So clearly it's not an overall distribution problem? I've wondered if the store more frequently lacking products has poor management, or if has gotten a lot busier and can't keep up with stocking (maybe also a management issue).
  9. I think I might need to start a spin off thread in this direction! My 2E 9 year old is getting so frustrated with how not remembering/understanding various math terms is slowing him down in math progress. I have probably defined the word "exponent" (just for example) dozens of times and he understands how to do math with exponents but forgets that "exponent" is the word that matches with the concept "multiplying a number by itself that many times". But other than being his personal math dictionary, I haven't made a lot of progress in really remediating the weakness.
  10. We do British style pancakes every year for pancake day... here's my lemon juice/powdered sugar lunch pancakes!
  11. I felt like it was pretty light in terms of academic content to be considered a high school level course. My oldest DS did it in 7th grade (he is advanced in some areas, but didn't have a strong biology background in particular). He only did some of the suggested reading beyond the textbook, though. I think for a student needing an easier course it might be ok, but otherwise to come out of it with what might be more equivalent to a rigorous high school course, I think you would really need to look at the reading beyond the textbook and either do all of it or maybe sub in some more challengin
  12. I could start a thread with a similar title, except 2E boy. My youngest is currently 3rd grade, and we'll probably finish BA 5 early next fall. He has dyslexia and dysgraphia, and is hitting these books at a younger age than his older brothers did...so he isn't going to end up with the same level of skill at organizing work and working independently that they had by the end of BA5. One of his big struggles is mapping math terminology to correspondeding concepts - like he will forget the meaning of the word "exponent", but if I point to a problem with an exponent, he totally understands
  13. I'm going to guess that the OP means procedural vs. conceptual, but maybe doesn't think of it using those terms, necessarily. Also, for multi-digit multiplication and long division (which the OP wouldn't have gotten to in BA yet), BA never gets all the way to the traditional algorithm most of us grew up using. I taught my two older kids who used BA the traditional algorithm for both as a "shortcut" once they were comfortable with the longer way. My youngest refuses to hear me out about the traditional algorithm...and I'm just left getting annoyed that big multiplication problems take a
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