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  1. I see that there are self-paced videos for Apologia Physics on the Apologia site and also on the Berean Builders site. Does anyone have experience with these? Pros or Cons? Or other recommendations for physics that includes videos and doesn't require higher level math than Algebra 2 (will be taking Alg. 2 concurrently). I already own Apologia, but would consider other options if they are better. I haven't taken physics myself, and due to ds's health issues we aren't wanting to use a live class for the fall. Thanks!
  2. Due to health issues, we need video-based/ self-paced rather than an online course. However, I really could use the help of a program that shows either with the video or the answer key the answers step by step. My oldest used Teaching Textbooks, so I am familiar with that, but looking for something more challenging for this kid (but not AOPS). I've looked at the master list here on the forum, but they all look similar to me. We used Foerster's for Algebra 1, but I was comfortable enough teaching that that I didn't really the videos except on some of the word problems, but I'm not very comfortable teaching Algebra 2 so I'll be mostly relying on the videos. (He's doing geometry online this year) Could I get some opinions on favorite video based Algebra 2 programs, and why you liked it? Some I'm considering (but not limited to): Derek Owens, Thinkwell, Chalkdust, Alexs, or Math without Borders w/ Foersters. Thanks.
  3. My son took a writing class with Jess Woods through Excelsior. She gave excellent feedback and I felt she knew how to push the kids to do better and improve. I plan to have him take more classes with her.
  4. Piano lessons here are about $25/hr (other instruments vary), This is what I paid a homeschool mom (she does this for a living-she charges the same for non-homeschoolers). I guess I just didn't want to overcharge and wanted to be helpful, but I DO know what you mean about people undervaluing your time. Thanks ladies! You've given me a lot to think about.
  5. There is a chance I might be tutoring some high school subjects (chemistry, math etc.). What would be a fair rate for a fellow homeschool mom? I tried looking online and some rates seem ridiculously high, especially since this is for a homeschool (one income!) family. Things to keep in mind: I'm not a teacher (unless you include homeschooling- and I have taught the subjects to my own kids.) The only 'tutoring' I have done was in high school and college. I was asked to be a peer tutor by a couple of high school teachers, so I did that when asked. I also helped tutor and lead study groups in college (including for chemistry.) However, I'm certainly not a professional teacher. These were just subjects I enjoyed. While this person is a friend (and I probably will just do it for free), if I ended up doing this for others, I would like to know a fair rate for, say, a half hour or hour session. Thanks!
  6. One thing to keep in mind is that public school kids' SAT scores don't always match their GPA's either. In fact one of my son's friends is going through that right now. She's an amazing student getting all's A's in classes like Calculus, Chinese 4, AP Literature etc and a string of extracurriculars a mile long. And her SAT's were under 1200 (she's also very chatty, in case you wondered how I know that, lol!). I understand what you mean, that we feel we need to "prove" our kid's grades since we homeschool. But just wanted to reassure you that the scores and GPA's don't always match what you would expect.
  7. We kind of went through the same thing in the last year or so (wanting interaction with friends but co-ops and cc wasn't what we wanted). We decided to do our own small classes with friends for certain subjects (health, biology and chemistry labs, speech, literature "book clubs"). We had to keep the group very small (around 6-8) since it was meeting in our homes. It has really worked well. The kids got a chance to meet up with friends rather than just a larger co-op, and they were classes that they specifically needed and demanded more of them than the co-op classes would have.
  8. Thank you all for helping me sort through my thoughts. Right now I'm really hoping that the other teacher decides not to offer it, and then I can convince the whole group to do it with Jetta! Lol! I think that class sounds so amazing, especially since I now realize it is more challenging than I was even thinking. He doesn't seem to mind Apologia but he's never had anything different since he started middle school. I, on the other hand, had some really amazing science classes in school and just find it very dry and boring. I will talk some more with my son and let him know everyones experiences with it and see what he thinks. (In the past he hasn't been a huge fan of online classes because he says not many kids participate, but he's having a great experience with his foreign language class this year so that might change his opinion!)
  9. I'm wondering how Clover Creek compares to Apologia. I've heard such great things about C.Creek both on here and from irl friends that I always planned to use this. I especially like what I've heard about the way it teaches writing up lab reports. For the past few years we've used Apologia simply because that's what everyone around here uses, and so we've been able to have a lab group that meets together. The kids are all good friends, and also good students so they keep each other motivated to study hard and score well. This is why I've stuck with it even though Apologia isn't my personal favorite. This year we have a lady who has a science background teaching Apologia Chemistry and I'm thinking she will offer Physics either next year or the following (so this group of kids can have it before graduating.) Here's my question: Would CC be about the same level as Apologia? Or would it be more of an intro (since it uses a conceptual textbook) and then we could take Apologia the following year with the lab group? I had always planned to do CC and then Apologia but I saw on the website that there is more math added in than a typical conceptual level course so I'm guessing these are about the same level. I don't want to do both if there's a lot of overlap. Which means, of course, that I have to pick. 😕 ( My son has always done well in math and science, so I'm not concerned about Apologia being too hard.) I know my son will want to be with friends and I do already own the Apologia books, but I just can't help but thinking the Clover Creek would be better. Help me think through whether the benefit of the lab reports outweighs the benefit of a live group with friends. And yes, I realize I'm already stressing about next year and it's only September.
  10. Nevermind. I figured it out
  11. Great suggestions ladies! I also appreciate the "uplifting" ones (because even as I was posting this I was having the same thoughts.)
  12. If someone liked the following books, what else would you recommend? Thanks! The Giver Brave New World 1984 A Separate Peace Fahrenheit 451 Animal Farm Lord of the Flies (I'm not sure what genre these are... some are dystopian, but not all)
  13. Excelsior offers a Beginning Research Writing with Jess Woods. You can email the teacher to see if it would be as in depth as you're looking for. I have not used this particular class, but have used her for other classes and I highly recommend the teacher. Mrs. Woods has given the most specific, in-depth feedback on papers out of all of the online teachers I've used (from a variety of online places) . Plus she's nice and funny.
  14. I haven't read #9 but the rest of the list looks great to me. Some of these were my favorites when I was in high school. And I agree about the survey course being so nice for filling in gaps and helping them understand historical periods and what the views and thoughts of the day were, and how that came through in the writing. We did the same last year (also American Lit., like you) and it really helped my kids understand and make connections. We like digging deeper as well, but really appreciated the foundation last year set for us. Best of luck with your class!
  15. Thanks for this post! I'm taking notes. There are some great ideas here. One thing we've done in the past that worked well was using a version for kids for the first time through so they understood the storyline (Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb, Bruce Coville books or Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit). This really helped in middle school. That usually only took a class period to read, then we used Folger's books to read together and would watch a play (live or movie) either before or after reading the actual play. We haven't always done this however, and actually once they had experienced a couple of the plays, they started getting use to the language enough that they could follow the storyline on their own. Mine really liked Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, MacBeth and Hamlet. We also watched a version of Romeo and Juliet (2013) that was on Netflix at the time that they really liked. (Not sure if it was entirely accurate, but stuck fairly close to the storyline, the costumes were good and we really enjoyed it) I was thinking I might try Taming of the Shrew and watch Ten Things I Hate About You w/ Heath Ledger because my kids are huge Heath Ledger fans (I have to preview this because I haven't seen it in ages. I do know there was teenage partying in it, but can't remember anything else including if there are many connections to the Shakespeare play) I have a feeling this particular play can lead to ALOT of discussion 😂.
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