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  1. Thanks for your reply, Arcadia. There are no AP test centres readily available to us.
  2. I know this will vary by student, but generally speaking, which test do you think has more capacity to show improvement? Given basically equal, decent-but-room-for-improvement initial practice test scores, is it easier to improve one's understanding of SAT tricksy questions, or easier to increase speed on the ACT? Thanks for the help!
  3. Another Canadian idea: Brescia University College at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. It's a women's college. brescia.uwo.ca US admissions requirements indicate minimum 1100 SAT and 3.0 GPA. Students can also take courses at the other affiliated colleges (Huron and King's) as well as at Western itself. International tuition with fees looks to be in the neighbourhood of $28,000 CDN (our dollar is about 80 cents at the moment). London is a nice city, and Western is a good school. I don't know anything about Brescia itself, but you might find it worth a look.
  4. Maybe this is silly, but I am wondering--if she liked the comic book aspects of Beast Academy, do you think she might enjoy something like the Murderous Maths books? Our library's got them--maybe yours does, too. If math is a big struggle for her, she might enjoy a little bit of fun/silliness with it once in a while. One of my kids enjoyed the Danica McKellar series Pen mentioned above (we got them from the library). I wonder if there would be anything at the Living Math site that might capture her interest? www.livingmath.net Some people find JUMP math quite helpful for kids who struggle: www.jumpmath.org The workbooks are quite inexpensive, and the teacher's guides are free on their website. Their materials only go up to grade 8, though. Other inexpensive back-to-basics kinds of things are the Keys To books, Strayer-Upton books, and Rod and Staff, which all have their strengths. MEP is free online; I wonder if that would be worth a look? www.cimt.org.uk/project/mep/ Once you get to Algebra and beyond, I know people who have enjoyed using the Fresh Approach books by Christy Walters. I know that none of these things have the outside accountability that you are looking for--just tossing out some ideas for things that occurred to me. Good luck to you and to her! I hope you find just the right thing and that math becomes easier and more enjoyable.
  5. Me, too! I had been just feeling ill every time I thought about what had happened to him--and it was such a joyous thing to hear the good news! It makes me smile every time I think about it.
  6. Just thought I'd pop in to your thread to tell you about someone I know with a humanities PhD who is making a good living as an indexer of scholarly books (in various fields). There are nuances to scholarly indexing that software cannot yet capture, and it takes a real live human being to produce that kind of index--it's very specialised work and it pays well (at least here). Someone else I know is working for an academic press. Various people I know with humanities PhDs are professional editors, speechwriters, translators, and so on. There are jobs beyond the college classroom if that doesn't ultimately work out--really there are. It likely does pay to think ahead and stay a little bit flexible--it never hurts to have a Plan B!--but it would be sad to give up on a dream when that may well not be necessary. Good luck to him!
  7. Listen to Nan! He'll be fine, Jenny--you're doing the right thing by helping out, and it will all be OK in the end. He sounds like a great kid to me.
  8. This is a different thread, but was one of my particular favourites: Drat. Can't link, for some reason. Anyway, the thread was called "A list - balance (how much of what to produce an academically curious, capable adult)," started October 18, 2010 by Nan, with contributions from so many wonderful people. Maybe somebody else has a computer that can produce links! ETA: Garga has linked below--many thanks!!
  9. We loved the Chakerian/Crabill/Stein book here. There are videos available, which we didn't use, but might also be of interest to you. Here is the link to those: https://mathwithoutborders.com/geometry The author of the videos uses the Foerster books for the other courses. Maria Miller has a review of the geometry book on the Math Mammoth website, if that helps. Here that is: https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/geometry_guided_inquiry.php ETA links.
  10. Merci! You probably all know about the NFB already, but here is the link to their French catalogue, just in case: https://www.nfb.ca/explore-all-films/?language=fr&sort_order=alphabetical&production_year_min=1917&production_year_max=2017&duration_min=20&duration_max=13865&format=all_formats&download_type=all_download_types&alpha_filter=A&genre=all_genres
  11. It sounds as though you are doing a great job already! I find that one gets a lot of nutritional bang-for-the buck with dried legumes (beans, lentils, chick peas, etc.), cabbage-family vegetables, yams/sweet potatoes, root veggies (carrots, beets, turnips), potatoes, and eggs--lots of vitamins for not too much money. Do your kids like other grains? Bulgur and that sort of thing? Mine enjoy salads made with rye grains or cracked wheat--very filling, not very expensive. Stuffed baked potatoes? You could make a can or two of tuna or salmon go a long way in stuffed potatoes. Hummus and whole-wheat pitas? (I make my own pita bread--easy.) Squash is cheap here--is it there? You could stuff baked squash halves with cooked grains mixed with some other little bits of veg or meat (you can stretch a couple of sausages out that way pretty easily). Do you have the space to have a little bit of a garden, even in some containers? You could have more variety in produce if you can grow even some of your own vegetables. Lettuce, radishes, some herbs--all easy and tasty. Beans are really easy. Peas are pretty easy, too. I hope your husband will find work soon--we've been there, too, and it's not very fun.
  12. Any new books?? I love hearing what people are reading! Here: Child is reading Bohumil Hrabal's Too Loud a Solitude, I'm reading Gary Barwin's Yiddish for Pirates, and Husband is reading Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
  13. Some links stashed away in my bookmarks: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015000983471;view=1up;seq=5 (I think Sebastian recommended this once.) https://www.tarquingroup.com/books/ages-16.html (some geometry topics there) http://hyperbolic-crochet.blogspot.ca/ (is he crafty? grin) https://www.geogebra.org/cms/ (learn a new program?) https://books.google.ca/books/p/princeton?id=mYz7QIt3vQoC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ViewAPI&hl=en&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false (spherical trigonometry) http://finitegeometry.org/sc/16/quiltgeometry.html (quilt geometry) Hope you'll find something fun to do together!
  14. Hi, Melissa! I think it's great that your daughter wants to be a piano teacher. She won't get rich, but she could certainly have a very satisfying career; I know lots of musicians who are making a living, so it is possible to follow your dreams and still pay the bills, if you're both good and lucky! You've had some good advice above (though if she truly has no interest in teaching in the schools, I don't see any reason to prefer the education degree over the pedagogy one)--I just have a couple of other ideas that might be worth throwing into the mix. -Is she interested in church music? That could be a good add-on to a private studio income. -Would she be interested in accompanying? That's another fruitful area for a pianist to explore. One particular focus could be vocal coaching; pianists who work well with singers are worth their weight in gold. -Would she want to do any regular gigs? I have friends who supplement their income with regular playing jobs at restaurants and seniors' homes, and others who are rehearsal accompanists for opera and ballet companies. -It would be useful to be very good at theory as well as piano. I remember back in the day my own teacher had oodles of extra students when theory exams were approaching, because none of the other piano teachers in our city liked teaching theory and they all sent their students to my teacher for those lessons. -An interesting secondary area could be training to be a registered piano technician; I knew someone who paid his way through music school tuning pianos (he'd done the one-year technician certification first). -It's also useful ultimately to locate in an area where housing is not over-the-top expensive! Good luck to her!
  15. One more thing, just from a philosophical point of view...what seems to me to have worked best here so far is just sheer volume of reading, whether the books are great ones or not. We certainly read lots of more-or-less fluff in French, just to build up the amount of exposure--lots of BD, lots of Petit Nicolas and Tintin, lots of forgettable series books, lots of magazines--just to strengthen the French muscles. That may not be what you're after--and of course different things work for different children--but I just thought I'd toss that out there as an idea. Like you, we are interested in them being able to read French for pleasure, and we try to encourage that.
  16. We both have kids in Jardin des lettres 4e--and we both have Molière fans! I agree that Dumas, etc., is a big mouthful to chew--as much in terms of length as of difficulty. Bibiche knows far more than I do, but I did have a couple of small ideas that maybe could be useful. My son read several Molière plays--maybe she might be interested in more of those? He also has read some Jules Verne--not true classics, but not junk, either. Also very good, and much enjoyed here, are the Saint-Exupéry aviation books: Vol de nuit, Terre des hommes, Lettre à un otage, and Courrier sud. For a short and easy one, you might try André Maurois's Patapoufs et Filifers (that went over well here); my boy is currently working on Raymond Queneau's Zazie dans le Métro, but is finding the slang a huge challenge (but so far, he's enjoying the challenge!). He also read some of Perrault's tales and the Jean de La Fontaine fables. My husband wants him to read Racine next--the vocabulary is fairly limited, apparently (about 3000 words?)--and because he thinks every civilised person should read Racine! I will ask him if he has other ideas.
  17. Would school books from Italy be interesting to you? Here are some: https://www.eurobooks.co.uk/languagebooks/subject/ITA
  18. I'm not sure if this helps--but I wonder if it would be possible to download the CK12 materials onto a disc or a stick? They're free, at least, and perhaps they would be useful to you.
  19. A couple more good sources of Canadian stories: Historica Canada does the heritage minutes: https://www.historicacanada.ca/content/videos https://www.youtube.com/c/HistoricaCanada The CBC series Canada: A People's History is likely available on DVD at your library. http://www.cbc.ca/history/ The National Library and Archives has some interesting podcasts about Canadian history here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/podcasts/Pages/podcasts.aspx Hope that helps!
  20. A couple more ideas... Robert O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Russell Stannard, the Uncle Albert series (physics) https://www.faber.co.uk/author/russell-stannard/ Would the Hitchhiker's Guide (etc.) be of any interest? It's thirty years and more since I read them, and I can't remember how appropriate they'd be. George Gamow's Mr. Tompkins books are interesting (but a bit difficult, as I recall). https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Tompkins-Paperback-George-Gamow/dp/0521447712/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_1/157-0479987-9866705?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=C5RZEQKFH30VXMMC61B0 Thomas Keneally, Ned Kelly and the City of Bees. If math books would be fun, too, these are goodies: The Cat in Numberland (Ivar Ekeland; short but v. good). https://www.amazon.ca/Cat-Numberland-Ivar-Ekeland/dp/081262744X The Number Devil. https://www.amazon.ca/Number-Devil-Mathematical-Hans-Enzenberger/dp/0613285913/ref=pd_sim_14_2/159-8028977-0877810?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=M6GX6D9CB5QWEXGGF31W And of course Flatland is a classic: https://www.amazon.ca/Flatland-Romance-Dimensions-Distinguished-Chiron/dp/918775116X/ref=pd_sim_14_27?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=7QAHQTCKKFKWH6BHDB68 ETA Kid # 2 just reminded me of Michael Reisman's Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper. https://www.amazon.com/Simon-Bloom-Gravity-Keeper-Hardcover/dp/0142413682/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484018530&sr=1-1&keywords=simon+bloom And again ETA one I remember seeing at the library but haven't read: Jacqueline Houtman's The Reinvention of Edison Thomas. http://www.jhoutman.com/pages/edisonThomas.html Oh, and one last idea--what about Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books? Lots of interesting things about herbal medicine, and the mysteries are solved most often through the logical interpretation of physical clues. Also the medieval setting might be of interest. And though they're written for adults, they're very innocent (even my gran loved them!). I'll stop now!
  21. A third kid (I've got the whole crew working on this!) just reminded me of Benedict Carey's middle-grade mysteries for math and science buffs: Island of the Unknowns and Poison Most Vial. https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Most-Vial-Benedict-Carey/dp/1419700316/ref=la_B001JS6ABA_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483986673&sr=1-2 https://www.amazon.com/Island-Unknowns-Mystery-Benedict-Carey/dp/0810996634/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=980FCHYBY26ETDRZ8XYV ETA links.
  22. Yes, Oppel wrote the bat series (he also wrote an airship series, and one about a train called The Boundless--all popular here--not really science-y, though). I was thinking about your history, too--has your daughter read any Sally Gardner? I, Coriander is a wonderful book, set in 1650s London. She also wrote The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, set during the French Revolution. She's such a magnificent writer. http://www.sallygardner.net/about-sally/about-sallys-books/ One of the kids just reminded me about the incomparable Frances Hardinge. http://www.franceshardinge.com/library/library.html Said kid says that The Lie Tree's protagonist's father was a scientist, and the story has a lot of scientists arguing about Darwin's theories (it's set at the time). A Face Like Glass would be very interesting to a child interested in language and communication. Fly By Night and Fly Trap are set in an alternative eighteenth century. ETA: Another kid just reminded me of Jay Hosler's graphic novels--very scientific! http://www.jayhosler.com/books.html Those were much loved here.
  23. Kenneth Oppel's Half Brother may appeal to her, perhaps. http://www.kennethoppel.ca/pages/halfbrother.shtml (language, anthropology, primatology) Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea was very good. http://www.booktrust.org.uk/a/books/view/24769 (environmental science, conservation) I haven't read Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever, but it sounds interesting. http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-689-83858-3 (epidemiology) One of my kids loved Gerelchimeg Blackcrane's Black Flame. http://houseofanansi.com/collections/imprint-groundwood/products/black-flame (nature, animals) If you think she'd like Kon Tiki, she might also like Tim Severin's The Brendan Voyage (my kids liked it a lot more than Kon Tiki, which they also enjoyed). https://www.amazon.com/Brendan-Voyage-Sailing-America-Exploration/dp/0375755241 A fictional extreme adventure that was beloved here is The Ascent of Rum Doodle by WE Bowman. http://www.rumdoodle.org.uk/ These might be too silly for her, but my kids years ago adored the Mad Scientists' Club books. http://www.purplehousepress.com/msc.htm That's all I've got for right now! Will come back and edit if I think of anything else. ETA: Google reveals a couple of books that look like lots of fun to me: Greg Leitich Smith's Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo and Tofu and T. Rex. http://gregleitichsmith.com/books/tofu-and-t-rex/ http://gregleitichsmith.com/books/ninjas-piranhas-and-galileo/ I think I'm headed to the library!!
  24. We haven't done that exact thing--though we have used some of the MEP upper-level material, and it's good. There are a few fun topics in MEP 7, 8, and 9 that aren't in 1-6, but there is also a lot of review there--going right to the high school stuff from 6 should be doable for a keen student. I think your plan for both kids sounds like a really good one. One thing to keep in mind is that if you switched over to the American sequence instead of doing what you plan, it's tricky to get lined back up with Canadian curriculum, if you should ever need to do that for some reason (ask me how I know...sigh...). MEP is a lot more like our system of integrated maths, so it should ease that transition, should you ever need to make it.
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