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  1. I recommend watching the documentary Big Sonia which is about a Holocaust survivor, her family, and her impact on young people. Then you can meet her outside of Kansas City. I don't want to give specifics to spoil the documentary. Feel free to PM me. https://youtu.be/rfcVG41Dbto
  2. We always joked that it was because the dental staff needed practice to gain experience! Margaret is right that it makes you nondeployable regardless of whether the wisdom teeth have any issues.
  3. I have been having the same camera issue. Thanks for the tips to possibly fix it
  4. If you have a decent and accessible library system I would start there. I have fond memories of reading picture books of myths from other cultures at that age.
  5. If you are using BYL 8, check in here and let us know how it is going. Did you complete everything in the first week? Did you have any problems? Was there anything you really liked? Are you using the program schedule or doing something different? @SilverMoon @HSMWB @MDL @serendipitous journey
  6. I think it would be manageable if only math and spelling (unless it is in the early programs) was added to the program. I think in early elementary I would have been fine just adding math and spelling but in later years my family needs more in depth writing.
  7. I like this idea. Maybe I will look at next week and see if everything will be more manageable if he focuses on subjects instead of daily work. Thanks!
  8. I can totally relate and would love to tips to get everything finished. My 8th grader is doing byl8 without narration and dictation. His other classes are wtma expository writing 2, wtma aops algebra, wtma Geography (which I tried to convince him to cancel), an outside science class 2x a week (with homework), vocab study, analytical grammar (starting next week), and he wants to do ancient history. This week has been tough. We are one day short because of labor day and he didn't get much finished on Tuesday either from being distracted. This is where we stand as of right now with
  9. A friend of mine uses these vegan recipes https://www.purplecarrot.com/plant-based-recipes Her family isn't vegan so she uses cheese and things like regular mayo or whatever she has on hand. She serves it with a small portion of meat. For her family of six she is able to spend around $10 for the dinners she makes.
  10. Yes, this! I was just about to ask what section you are working in. If you stick with it, it gets much better! There are not videos for each section but I highly recommend using them for the sections they exist
  11. This week is WTMA orientation week and next week classes officially begin. What classes are your students taking? My 8th grader is taking AOPS Algebra (delayed), Expository Writing II (delayed), and Geography. This is his 3rd year at WTMA. Algebra- last year my nonmathy Ds took prealgebra through WTMA with Mrs Yoo. He needed a lot of extra help from me but he learned a lot, more than I think he would have learned otherwise I think. One frustration for him was he was much slower than other students so it was difficult when it was time to work out examples. This year he is doing
  12. Have you tried using the videos to teach the lessons? They are found on the AOPS website. I think there is a video for most sections.
  13. I think you can do a reverse image search in Google to find where the picture came from.
  14. What is this place that people wait 3 hours (!?!?!!?) to get a table?
  15. Last year we did byl7 and there was so much reading. I like your idea of easing into it and skipping that book. Are you assigning the reader and the literature to be read or are you reading one aloud? We are using byl8, too. DS will start after labor day. I still need to purchase most of the books that are spines! The rest will come from the library
  16. When I first purchased aops prealgebra for my nonmathy Ds I was very overwhelmed looking through the book and doubting the choice to use the program. DS completed the program through WTMA with a lot of help from me but he learned so much. He is doing aops algebra this year with wtma and I anticipate a similar, perhaps better, year. This year I purchased the online version of the algebra book along with the hard copy. The online version is so much easier to read and not as overwhelming. I highly recommend checking it out on the website. In addition to being easier to view, the videos ar
  17. We found the prealgebra aops book very overwhelming and hard to read but stuck with it using WTMA. This year I purchased the aops algebra book with the online text. It is so much easier to read the online version, clearer and less overwhelming. The videos that cover the lessons are embedded in the text which is very nice. Another big plus is that the exercise questions have a place to enter the answers and then there is a show solution button that gives immediate, detailed feedback. Good luck finding a curriculum! SJ
  18. Some teachers at WTMA are great at keeping the chat on topic and to a minimum and others are not. My ds has had a difficult time not being distracted by the chat box. This year he is doing delayed classes and hopefully the chat dialog is not included in the videos.
  19. To answer the original question - Ds is using BA Online as his main math program. He reads the text and completes the questions. He is in level 5A and it is challenging. He just finished the first section and the last set of problems took him an hour to complete because they were so tough.
  20. Also, if you miss a certain amount in a row (I think 3) it says to come back later to try again.
  21. While the online program does not explicitly tell you what pages the exercise problems refer to in the text you can go directly to that area of the text by clicking the book icon when you have the exercise problems open. Hope that makes sense.
  22. I have always looked up topics at my local library system and found books that way. The You Wouldn't Want to be series has always been a hit here.
  23. Last year we took the plunge get and did AOPS prealgebea. My 7th grader is not a math kid and I was pretty nervous about it. He took it online through WTMA because I wanted to ensure it was completed within the school year, for accountability, and to have a teacher for additional help if needed. It was hard and he needed a lot of help but it was a good decision. I was also concerned about review problems but the instructor encouraged him to stick it out. As you go through the class there is plenty of review since each new chapter builds on the previous ones. I feel like my ds learned a
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