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  1. Is the college one of the ones that require you to submit all standardized test attempts? If not, maybe he could just roll the dice and take the Lit test in September without a ton of prep, and if it goes well, send the score, and if not, don't. There's only one official practice exam available, if I recall correctly (I think we also used a few of the multiple-choice sections from old AP Lit exams, too, for some more practice with those kinds of questions--those are harder, but they give you a feel for the way College Board asks questions about literature). He should make sure to have good knowledge of literary terms (personification, simile, alliteration, etc.); other than that, success on that test relies on having read a lot of good literature and having some sense of what kinds of things are worthy of discussion in the context of a given text--I think it's a test that students find either really easy or really hard. If he's been a keen reader for years, then he's way ahead of the game and there's not a lot more that can be usefully done in terms of prep (beyond trying out some sample questions and knowing the literary terminology). So maybe it won't be as time-consuming to squeeze it in as another test might be. I think there are six or seven passages on each test. There's a mix of poetry and prose, I know, and it is my impression that there is normally at least one passage in older English. Maybe that could be something else to practise? Have him read a few Shakespeare sonnets or soliloquies from one of the plays, just to get used to the feel of the language? ETA: Just thought I'd mention that maybe he'll even find it fun! The Kid came out of the test happily bubbling about the interesting passages, wanting to read the books from which they'd been excerpted! So maybe it will be an enjoyable experience!
  2. Could you ask the school what they want? That might be simplest. 760 on Latin is great! If the school really does want another one, maybe the Literature test? (This is your philosophy/classics child, correct? I imagine he's a talented reader!) Or is there another subject he could prep for reasonably efficiently (i.e. he did the course recently and it's an area of strength)? I'm sure you already know this, but some of the subject tests are not offered at every sitting (World History, for example), so the schedule would need to be pondered, too.
  3. Yes, it's OK (I worried about this, too, but it turned out not to be a problem at all).
  4. Fun! One of mine read The Scientific Sherlock Holmes (by James O'Brien) and enjoyed it:
  5. We've had such fun with Shakespeare--I think it's great that you're doing this, and wonderful that you can get to at least one live production! Over the years, we've studied and seen live fifteen of the plays (multiple productions of some of them), and I think the more you do, the richer the experience for your students--you're going to have a great year! Over several years, we've seen live As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles, A Winter's Tale, All's Well that Ends Well, Love's Labour's Lost, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Much Ado about Nothing...and we're hoping to make it to Julius Caesar and Coriolanus this year. We've enjoyed all of them--I think it's not a bad idea to plan what you read around what you can see live, or which ones have a filmed version you'd really like to share with them--it's much more alive that way than it is on the page. (When we read them, everyone picks parts and we read aloud--that helps, too.) The most useful book about the plays we have read is Marjorie Garber's Shakespeare After All. Another fun thing to try might be to read plays by some of Shakespeare's contemporaries; we read six of them one year, as follows: -Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday -George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho -Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour -Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus -Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl -Francis Beaumont, Knight of the Burning Pestle Those were all very enjoyable, too, and gave us a little more sense of the context. We read an interesting book by Stanley Wells called Shakespeare & Co.: Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Middleton, Fletcher, and the Other Players in His Story. Hope that helps! Have a fantastic year!
  6. University of Cincinnati? (I don't know anything about it--just have heard it mentioned as an excellent Classics department).
  7. If she's pondering Canadian schools, I'm wondering if she might be interested any of these? -University of Guelph -University of Saskatchewan -University of Lethbridge -University of Alberta All have well-regarded biology and agriculture programmes. All will be cold! Lethbridge will be the warmest, with Chinook winds periodically through the winter.
  8. That's great! I haven't read Walcott myself, but had Omeros on a long list of Homer-related works (the Penelopiad and so on) that I thought we might do at one point . We wound up doing a whole bunch of Central European lit in translation instead! (One never knows which way the wind will blow one...) But I'm glad something from one of my endless lists wound up being indirectly useful to someone else!!
  9. How about Derek Walcott's Omeros? Should be just the ticket for a former classical homeschooler....
  10. Humour might be good? The Murderous Maths series is a bit of a hoot.
  11. I'm trying to remember...all of the Mitsumasa Anno books were wonderful (Anno's Magic Seeds, Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar, Anno's Math Games). Kathryn Lasky, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth. Denise Schmandt-Besserat, The History of Counting. Glory St. John, How to Count Like a Martian. Demi, One Grain of Rice. Marilyn Burns, The I Hate Mathematics Book (which I kept in a plain brown wrapper so he couldn't see the title!!). Hans Magnus Enzensberger, The Number Devil. Theoni Pappas, the Penrose books. Puzzlegrams by Pentagram Press. David Schwartz, G is for Googol. The Thomas Y Crowell Young Math series (there are about twenty-odd of them, I think--mostly out of print). Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Circles, Squares, and Triangles (three separate books). Charles Townsend, Merlin's Big Book of Puzzles, Games and Magic. There were more, but I can't remember any more, sadly. The Nuffield books were fun (though not picture books): The Living Math website always had a lot of good suggestions, too: Hope you'll find something you'll like! ETA: Ivar Ekeland, The Cat in Numberland!! Awesome book.
  12. Yes, I liked that book a lot--really good explanations, and some very challenging problems. I hope you're enjoying your trip!
  13. Oh, age 6 is the best! I loved it. So many things to explore, so much fun to try to figure out how little brains work! I kept big baskets of math picture books around--and we'd also just get out pencils and paper and make up puzzles for each other. It was so joyous! What I found so interesting was the sophistication of the concepts that we could try--little kids don't know things are supposed to be hard, I think! So we talked a lot about number bases (we had fun books called The History of Counting and How to Count Like a Martian, I remember) and other fun things--lots of geometry-type things, too. I wish I could remember more, or had kept a journal. I do remember his favourite math thing when he was five--taking out a square piece of graph paper and colouring half of it, then colouring half of the remaining half in a different colour, and so on and so on, until he was left with the tiniest little bit in the middle--that was good for hours of contemplation and adding up fractions...Also he made lots of graphs of data about his books when he was six or so (especially the Hardy Boys since there are so many of them): frequency of repeated words in the titles or scenes in the illustrations...lots and lots of graphs. Oh, and also lots of fun--we'd go out to the driveway and I'd set up equations with pinecones and seashells in place of variables...or we'd make tower of Hanoi puzzles with different sizes of leaves from around the yard. It was so so so fun. I'm glad you're hanging out on this board!
  14. Thanks, Kathy! It has indeed been such a lovely adventure--I have been feeling very nostalgic lately about all of the fun stuff we used to do--Miquon, and the Anno books, and Malba Tahan, and the Thos. Crowell Young Math Books, lots of picture books about math, and the Nuffield green/red/purple books, Don Cohen's calculus for six-year-olds (or whatever that cute little spiral-bound book was called), lots of recreational problem-solving books--math was glorious fun! It still is for him, which makes me really glad (not so fun for me now that I feel so out of my depth, but every now and then I still get a few glimmers and feel very happy!). You have been a big help along the way, too--I carefully noted your recommendations for things as my kids grew--lovely Jacobs for algebra and the Shanks/Brumfiel/Fleenor/Eicholz precalc book were big hits with him, and I found them in your posts first! The Stein calculus book is published by Dover, so nice and cheap! And there are some instructor's materials free on Dover's website (not that you would need them!). We have found some gems on their site--we got some books Kiana recommended that my son loved (about topology and graph theory and game theory), and years ago I got him the huge Averbach/Chein recreational math book--that was perfect when he was about eight or so--he'd finished the AoPS number theory book at that point and was hungry for more mathy fun.
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