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  1. DS was also accepted to Virginia Commonwealth University (back in November, but I forgot to post).    He has made his decision.....

    Where: West Virginia University

    Why:  Excellent forensics program. Beautiful campus and warm, friendly people.  (He got a good merit scholarship and a small grant,  but that wasn't part of the decision)

    Major: Forensic and Investigative Science

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  2. 7 hours ago, Frances said:

    I haven’t looked at the curriculum, but I think this is a very good idea. Most math usually makes more sense the second time around. I was a statistics TA for several years and understood some things at a deeper level every single time. If the curriculum is good at explaining real life applications of calculus, even better. The first time through some students can get so bogged down, they can’t see the forest through the trees. Already having an understanding of the basic fundamental ideas and applications of calculus would be quite helpful before he takes a full blown college calculus course.


    Thanks, Frances. That's what I was thinking. I think having a basic understanding will work so much better for my son than just jumping into calculus in college. I also found a Great Courses calculus course that looks good for a supplement. 

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  3. 47 minutes ago, EKS said:

    I have used all of Derek Owens calculus and many sections of Thinkwell.  Both are excellent, but if I had to choose one, it would be DO. 

    I wouldn't bother with calculus then. 

    Has he done statistics?  If not, that's what I'd do.  Knowing about statistics will help him in his day to day life (reading the news, understanding medical stuff, all kinds of things).  Taking a statistics course would be a far better use of his time than a dusting of calculus.

    That said, I haven't homeschooled statistics, so I don't have any suggestions for what to use.


    Yes, he did AP Statistics with PA Homeschoolers this year.  

  4. 6 hours ago, Mom22ns said:

    I haven't used it but have owned up through pre-calc in MUS. If you are just doing it for a light exposure and he is planning to take Calc when he gets to college, it would be fine. If he wants to place into Calc 2, use something else.


    Thanks, Debbie. Right now I am leaning toward light exposure next year and having him take Calc 1 in college.


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  5. 7 hours ago, Julie of KY said:

    I haven't used it. I have looked at it and I think it is very light.

    I've used PA Homeschoolers and I will be using Thinkwell next year. I am also capable of doing the teaching/support myself.


    Thanks for the suggestions, Julie. My son does not want to do an online class, so PA Homeschoolersis out. I’ll look at Thinkwell. I toyed with teaching it myself, but math has been so painful for us in the past due to my son disliking math. It was just too stressful.

    6 hours ago, Julie of KY said:

    Oh, I've also used Derek Owens Calculus and it is excellent (not easy though).


    We tried Derek Owens physics this past year and my son didn’t enjoy Derek’s teaching style.

  6. I'm looking for a calculus curriculum for next year and came across Math-U-See. I would like to hear from anyone who has used it, what you liked and didn't like. My son, who will be a senior next year, does well in math, but does not like math. I feel it is important for him to take calculus next year since he will need to take it in college and I want him to be familiar with it before then. 

    If you're reading this and used something other than MUS, I would like to hear from you too. 



  7. Has anyone ever had a transcript rejected by a college because it wasn't in the requested format? One of the schools my son is interested in applying to (West VA Univ) requests the transcript be organized by year. Due to summer classes at a local university, I had planned to organize his transcript by subject. So, just wondering if anyone has ever had a problem due to the format of the transcript. Also, if anyone has applied to WVU, I would like to hear about your experience. 




    I have some suggestions from my research for AP Stats. There are loads of courses out there but I found these to be some of the most accessible for a high school student. I think these should work even if you don't want to take the AP exam. These are all free or very inexpensive($10).


    • On youtube, Profrobbob has videos for most math classes including



    Thank you! I will check these out.



  9. You should look at The Great Code: The Bible and Literature and its sequel Words with Power by Northrop Frye. I think they would just the sort of thing you're looking for, but they might be too advanced for your student. Prof. Frye was a professor of literary criticism at Toronto University so I think you can be assured that little to no religious perspective has invaded his work.


    I've not read the two books you list, but I've heard good things about them.


    That's good to hear. I had also put The Great Code  in my Amazon cart early this morning, but had not looked at Words with Power. Thank you! I will look at those more. My son had a wonderful English and creative writing teacher for a couple of years, and he got a great start with lit analysis. Hopefully these will be at a good level for him.


  10. Here's the plan as of now:


    Math -  Finish pre-calc (at home) and then start calculus with Derek Owens

    Physics (Derek Owens)

    English 3 -  Homegrown, working on the details now

    Government (fall) - The Everything American Government Book; What You Should Know About Politics.....But Don't; HipHughes and Crash Course American Gov't videos

    Economics (spring) -  Still working on details. May be at CC.

    Programming - Python

    German - Finish German 3,which he's working on over the summer, and start German 4 (OSU)

    AP Statistics - PAHS


    ECs: Computational Linguistics Club, Irish Dance, Tennis, piano,

  11. As part of our English class next year, I want to look at biblical allusions in literature. We may also delve into a literary analysis of the Bible. As I started looking for books to guide us, I found a wide variety of books, some of which are obviously written from a religious point of view. I'm not looking to study the Bible from a religious point of view. I want a "just the fact ma'am" presentation from a literary point of view. I would like to hear from anyone who as incorporated something like this in their studies, and hear what books you found useful.


    Two books that I am currently considering are: Everyday Biblical Literacy: The Essential Guide to Biblical Allusions in Art, Literature and Life
    and How to Read the Bible as Literature. If you have read or used these books, did you find them useful?





  12. My ds does German with OSU and has really enjoyed it. He just started German 3 last week. The courses are self-paced. There are periodic quizes and tests, with required speaking tests from time to time. They have weekly skype sessions to go over material covered and so the tutor can answer any questions the student has. They are very responsive to emails if you have any problems or questions.




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    I listened to a very short but interesting TED talk by mathematics professor Arthur Benjamin called "Teach Statistics before Calculus!" 


    Even before this I was thinking of adding P&S into our High School math plan.  My son is very interested in practical applications of math in daily life and I find Probability and Statistics so practical. In addition there is so much more available to students now with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) such as:

    Carnegie Mellon's Intro to Probability and Statistics

    It seems like it would not be that hard to find a decent intro to P&S.  I'm just curious what your thoughts, plans or or efforts might be in this area?



    Hi Derek.


    It's been over 3 years since you started this discussion, but since I am considering having my son do statistics next year and calculus his senior year, I wanted to see what you chose to do. Did you have your son take statistics first? If so, would you do it again?






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